Cloudy skies and scattered rain are likely Tuesday in central Bohemia and the northern regions of Hradec Králové and Pardubuce. There is a chance of heavy thunderstorms throughout the country until late Tuesday evening. Average daytime highs throughout the country should hover around 29 degrees Celsius.
Markéta Pechová has become the first Czech woman with a disability to
swim the English Channel.
Pechová, now 40, had her right leg amputated in childhood due to cancer. She swam from Dover, England, to the French shore on Sunday in just 12 hours and 31 minutes.
Despite her handicap, the athlete from Liberec regularly competes in long-distance swimming competitions.
She is the 25th Czech to have swum the English Channel. Among them is Yvetta Hlaváčová, who crossed it in less than 7 hours, 25 minutes and 15 seconds in 2006, a world record for women.
Throughout this week, Czech ambassadors posted around the world are meeting
in Prague for their annual meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
As is customary, the meeting was opened by the prime minister, Andrej Babiš (ANO), and followed by remarks from the foreign minister, Tomáš Petříček (Social Democrats) along with an address by an international guest of honour.
This year, it is Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok (People's Party for Freedom and Democracy). The three are due to discuss the possible deepening of cooperation between the Benelux countries and the Visegrád Four states.
On Tuesday, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney (Fine Gael) is due to speak to Czech ambassadors about the stat of Brexit negotiations and possibility of a so-called Irish backstop, which would maintain a seamless border on the island of Ireland after the UK leaves the EU.
The newly established Coal Commission will meet for the first time on
Monday to discuss coal’s future role in the Czech Republic’s energy mix
and address how to manage its reduced production and use.
Environment Minister Richard Brabec (ANO) announced the creation of the Coal Commission this March. The 19-member advisory board is co-chaired by Brabec and Minister of Industry and Trade Karel Havlíček (ANO). It also includes experts appointed by relevant stakeholders, including industry, labour unions, NGOs and local communities.
Brabec said the main goal is to conduct a structured national debate on the transition from fossil fuels towards renewables and nuclear against the backdrop of combatting climate change.
The Czech Republic is the fifth-biggest polluter in Europe and the 20th in the world in terms of CO2 emissions and the key reason is coal-fired power plants.
Last year, brown coal-fired power plants produced the most electricity in the national energy mix (43 percent), followed by nuclear power plants (a third) and renewable sources (11 percent).
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) will attend a ceremony in the
Slovak town of Banská Bystrica on Thursday to mark the 75th anniversary of
the outbreak of anti-fascist military action that came to be known as the
Slovak National Uprising.
In its simplest telling, the uprising was the culmination of years of planning by Slovak partisans, 18,000 of whom fought alongside 60,000 Czechoslovak soldiers against the Nazi Germany and the puppet state of Slovakia led by the priest Jozef Tiso.
Under communism, the role played by the Czechoslovak government-in-exile, the Allies, and non-communist partisans was discounted, and the uprising glorified as a unified action by the Slovak people against fascism in favour of socialism.
An international team of veterinarians, including experts from the Dvůr
Kralove Zoo, have managed to fertilize the eggs of the last two living
female white rhinos with the semen of dead males.
The last male, named Sudan, died at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya in 2018, leaving two females, Najin, 30, and her daughter Fatu, 19, as the only survivors of the subspecies.
The Czech zoo sent four white rhinos to Kenya in 2009 and has spearheaded efforts to save the species from extinction.
Scientists note that the inseminated embryos may not develop. They expect to announce results on September 10.
Slovak screenwriter Karol Hlávka and Croatian director Lordan Zafranović
are preparing a feature film about one of the key figures of the Prague
Spring, Slovak politician Alexander Dubček, entitled The Human Face, the
ctk news agency reported.
The movie will not be a biopic of Dubček but rather a political thriller that focuses on key events in his life and holds parallels to greater political contexts, according to screenwriter Karol Hlávka.
It is not yet clear who will play the lead role. According to the film’s producer Andrej Antonio Leca the part of Soviet leader Leonic Breznev will go to the French actor with Russian citizenship Gérard Depardieu is.
Shooting is to begin in 2021 and the film is scheduled to premiere the following year.
Two foreign nationals, Czech and Iranian divers, have been found dead in an
underwater cave off the island of Karpathos, in southeast Greece, local
authorities reported. The two men, aged 60 and 35, had dived to a depth of
45 meters inside the cave on Saturday.
A third diver who went inside the cave turned back due to a lack of air and broke surface, without finding his companions. He then alerted the authorities.
It is believed the two divers lost their way in the cave which has strong undercurrents and very low visibility. Divers from the Greek coast guard's Underwater Missions Team retrieved the bodies on Sunday afternoon.
According to the Global Slavery Index, there are currently over 30,000
people living in “modern slavery” in the Czech Republic, Czech Radio
reported on Sunday. Offenders use them mainly for seasonal work or in
The Czech Republic presently ranks 108th out of 167 countries on the Global Slavery Index. The country sentenced 16 people for human trafficking last year, according to data released by the Ministry of the Interior.
The victims are mostly people from socially disadvantaged groups and foreigners, mainly from Ukraine, Bulgaria, Romania or Vietnam.
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