Kenyan long-distance runner Benard Kimeli has won the Prague Half-Marathon.
The defending champion improved his personal best on the 21-kilometer track
to 59 minutes and 7 seconds.
In the women’s race, another Kenyan, Caroline Kipkirui, who now represents Kazakhstan, won with a time of 1:05:44. Jiří Homoláč was the best of Czechs and Europeans, covering the distance in over 64 minutes.
The traditional Easter market opens on Prague’s Old Town Square on
Saturday. Visitors will find stalls selling food and a wide variety of
Easter products including hand-painted eggs, wooden toys and decorated
An outdoor stage has been set up for the performances of choirs, folk music and dance ensembles from around the country. Easter markets also get underway on Wenceslas Square and Náměstí Republiky. They will run until April 28.
Firefighters were called to assist in 216 fires on Thursday, which is four
times more than the average, the Fire Rescue Service informed on its
website. The figure exceeds records set during the extremely hot and dry
summers of 2015 and 2018.
According to the spokeswoman for the Fire Rescue Service, Nicole Zaoralová, fires in the open nature prevail these days and they are mainly caused by peoples negligence when burning garden waste and old grass. Another factor behind the upsurge is the unseasonably dry weather.
Thousands of volunteers are taking part in a massive spring clean-up of the
Czech countryside this weekend. The rubbish clearance, which was launched
in 2008, is part of the international campaign Clean up the World.
Volunteers are cleaning up rubbish in forests, at the road sides, along rivers and pathways. According to organizers, this years focus are old tires. It is estimated that up to 80,000 people could take part this year.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš would not comment on Prague's position on
the British request for a further Brexit delay, telling reporters he would
wait to see developments at the EU summit next Wednesday.
The Czech prime minister said that for the Czech Republic, the most advantageous scenario would be if a new referendum were called in Britain and resulted in the country remaining in the EU.
The prime minister previously said that the Czech Republic would support a solution enabling Britain to leave with a deal since this was in the interest of all parties involved.
The Prague City Hall coalition has agreed to abandon a controversial
proposal to collect anonymous data from electricity meters in order to
identify and tax vacant properties.
The proposal to tax unoccupied apartments, put forward by the Pirate Party, was intended to make speculative property buyers rent out flats rather than leaving them empty until sold.
It sparked a major dispute within the ruling coalition with the TOP 09 party arguing that this would be an invasion of privacy and interference in ownership rights.
Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib said after Friday’s negotiations that Prague City Hall would seek other incentives to try to resolve the problem.
US astronaut Andrew Feustel, who has taken a number of Czech artefacts with
him on his space missions, is visiting the Czech Republic, together with
his wife Indira who has Czech roots. The couple are giving talks to the
public in Prague, Olomouc, Ostrava and Brno.
Fuestel was on three space missions, in 2009, 2011 and in 2018, each time taking a significant Czech artefact with him. The chosen objects were the legendary Czech cartoon character, Krteček, or Little Mole, a painting by a Jewish boy drawn in the Terezín ghetto and a book of poems entitled Cosmic Songs by the 19th century Czech author Jan Neruda.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš on Friday met with the head of the Czech
Anti-Trust Office, Petr Rafaj, who is suspected of corruption in a police
investigation involving the Austrian firm Kapsch.
Rafaj was invited to the Office of the Government to brief the prime minister and deputy-prime minister Jan Hamáček on his involvement in the affair. Rafaj reportedly assured them that the Anti-Trust Office was impartial and independent in its decision-making.
There have been calls for Rafaj’s dismissal but the prime minister has indicated he would await the outcome of the investigation before making a decision.
The Czech Finance Ministry has proposed levying a higher consumer tax on
tobacco, spirits and gambling.
The tax on cigarettes and tobacco should go up by 10 percent, that on spirits by 13 percent. Certain forms of gambling should also see a tax increase from 23 to 25 or even 30 percent.
The proposed hikes would increase state revenues by approximately 10 billion crowns a year. If approved the amendment to the law would come into effect as of January 2020.
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