December 5, 2021

15:26 Former President Klaus breaks ankle while hiking

Former President Vaclav Klaus slipped on an outdoor trail in the Giant Mountains and broke his ankle over the weekend, a spokesperson for the Vaclav Klaus Institute told reporters today. After being treated at Bulovka Hospital in Prague, Klaus, an octogenarian, goes for a short walk on crutches. At the end of September, Klaus spent several days in the urological clinic of the Central Military Hospital in Prague. Prior to that, he had been hospitalized with high blood pressure problems.

10:30 Ice warning issued for Prague and Bohemia until Monday

When temperatures drop below freezing, frost or frost will form locally in the Czech Republic from tonight to Monday morning, the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute (CHMI) said this morning, issuing a low ice warning and putting warn anyone walking on sidewalks and / or slippery. roads. According to meteorologists, winter is expected to continue in the mountains early next week, and more snow will fall. Wednesday will see warmer weather.

December 4, 2021

czech books NY Times: “Nicky & Vera” by Peter Sís among the best of the year

The New York Times named Czech author Peter Sís illustrated from the children’s book NICKY & VERA: A Quiet Hero of the Holocaust and the Children He Rescued among its top 25 children’s books of 2021. According to the publication, “This tribute to eyes of a child explores the fates that led Nicholas Winton to cross paths with a young girl he saved from the Nazis. ”

19:58 Soviet MiG-23 fighter transported from Prague to Kunovice

A convoy with the Soviet-made MiG-23MF supersonic fighter arrived at the Kunovice Military Aviation Museum, South Moravia, from Prague late afternoon today.

The dismantling and loading at the LOM Praha plant took almost three hours. The convoy then took the D1 road to Moravia. The trip lasted over five hours due to bad weather. The machine will be the first exhibition of the third generation of fighters at the Kunovice museum. The MiG-23MF was an essential part of the former Czechoslovak Air Force; the last MiG-23s were launched in the Czech Republic in 1998.

19:40 Orthodox worshipers clash with security guards

Orthodox believers who support priest Jozef Fejsak in his dispute with the bishop of the eparchy of Olomouc-Brno Izaias failed to break into their church defended by security personnel today. A minor injury was reported and police attended the scene. A week ago, entry to the church was barred by a two-member security team and worshipers eventually cut a chain at the church door, but during this attempt they did not could not defeat the more robust security personnel. At the heart of the conflict is property disputes.

ART Newly discovered Mucha auctioned for record price

Toomey & Co. Auctioneers’ Art & Design auctioned off a recently discovered oil on canvas by Alphonse Mucha on Thursday. The painting won $ 965,000 at auction, including a buyer’s premium, nearly 10 times the estimated value. The price is an auction record for a Mucha study, according to Art Daily. The rediscovered work, “Young couple from Rusadla”, dates from 1920 and represents a young couple embracing. This is part of a larger composition titled “Rusadla”, which illustrates a processional scene from a Slavic summer solstice festival.

The two figures from “Young Couple from Rusadla” appear in the upper right corner of the painting, which has since been lost but has been reproduced in the magazine Zlatá Praha July 30, 1919.

Czech artist Alphonse Mucha was a very influential figure in the Art Nouveau movement in Paris which rose to fame in 1894 after creating a popular lithographic advertising poster for the piece, Gismonda, with Sarah Bernhardt. Subsequently, Mucha devoted himself to the chronicle of the Slavic people and their history with his series of 20 paintings, “Slav Epic”.

12:40 Okamura will lead the SPD for another 3 years

Tomio Okamura was re-elected as head of the anti-EU Czech Party for Freedom and Direct Democracy (SPD), winning 84 out of 85 votes at the party’s national congress today. Okamura himself abstained from voting. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the congress is being held online. Okamura will lead the SPD for another three years. He has chaired the party since its founding in 2015. Delegates also elected other board members. The post of vice-president of the SPD was defended by the legislator Radim Fiala.

10:26 Former finance minister plans to run for Czech presidency

Former finance minister Miroslav Kalousek has said he is considering running for the presidency. Although the former leader of KDU-ČSL and TOP 09 is not yet fully committed to the idea, he described the office’s vision as that of a “constitutional worker” and a much more civilian president. as the current president Milos Zeman. A possible civic candidacy will be decided by the winter.

8:34 Upper part of Sněžka cable car stopped by strong wind

This morning only the lower part of the cable car to Sněžka, from Pec pod Sněžkou to Růžová hora, started its daily winter season operation. The upper part of Růžová hora at the top of the highest Czech mountain is not in use due to strong winds. The Sněžka cable car can operate with winds of up to 60 km / h. Due to the anti-coronavirus measures, passengers must adhere to strict hygiene rules, which are checked upon admission. The Polish mountain service reported freezing conditions in Sněžka this morning, with a temperature of around minus ten degrees Celsius and a wind speed of over 70 km / h.

7h00 One in four Czechs will spend more than CZK 7,500 on Christmas

A new survey carried out for UniCredit Bank by Ipsos in November found that nearly one in four Czechs intended to spend more than CZK 7,500 on Christmas gifts. Both men and women plan to give roughly the same amount as a gift. According to the survey, which polled 1,000 people, a majority of Czechs do not plan to cut spending on gifts this year. Forty-five percent of those surveyed intend to spend more than 5,000 CZK on gifts, of which 21% chose to limit the budget to 7,500 CZK and 24% admitted that they were willing to spend even more this time. year. The most common response across all age groups (33%) was the financial range of CZK 2,501 to 5,000.