Czech morning news in brief: top headlines for July 12, 2021

Weekend techno party ends in arrest, WTA tennis tournament kicks off in Prague today, tick-risk alerts in Czech Republic reach high level. Staff

Written by Staff Published on 12.07.2021 09:46:00 (updated on 12.07.2021) Reading time: 3 minutes

President Zeman to meet Slovenian President Pahor on Monday

Czech President Miloš Zeman will meet his Slovenian counterpart Borut Pahor on Monday. The heads of state will meet on the occasion of the conference Prague European Summit, at which Pahor will deliver a speech. Zeman will receive Pahor at the presidential manor Lany, Central Bohemia, on Monday according to Prague Castle. The conversation will cover "the situation in Europe, given the current Slovenian EU presidency, especially in the sphere of economy and culture," said a castle spokesperson. They will also speak about an exhibition of Slovenian architect Josip Plecnik, presenting his work in Lany and Prague Castle. The Prague European Summit conference will take place between Monday and Wednesday, covering political issues in the EU, with speeches to be delivered by politicians, senior officials, and economists.

Weekend-long techno party in Krušovice ends in arrest

An unauthorized techno festival that began on Friday evening with four hundred people in attendance and reached seven hundred participants on Saturday night and early Sunday morning led to multiple noise complaints, numerous drunk-driving citations, and one arrest. A foreign man police officers detained at the party on suspicion of "violating domestic freedom" and "damaging another's property" ended up in a jail cell. Police also found several drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs and recorded 15 complaints of noise disturbances. The organizers of the party had permission from the owner of the land to host the party but didn't have a valid permit to hold the event.

Livesport Prague Open tennis tournament begins today

The Livesport Prague Open women's tennis tournament begins today with Czech player and two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitová playing the third match of the program, which begins at 10:00, against Rebecca Šrámková from Slovakia. Tereza Smitková will then face Maddison Inglis from Australia. The remaining six domestic tennis players in the main competition will enter the competition on Tuesday at the earliest. Among them Roland Garros singles and doubles champion Barbora Krejčíková and another Olympian Markéta Vondroušová. The Livesport Prague Open is a WTA women's tennis tournament, which has been held at the TK Sparta Prague complex in Stromovka since 2010. The past 11 years have been held on clay, but this year matches will be played on a hard surface for the first time. The traditional May dates were replaced by the post-Wimbledon date after a change in the WTA calendar. This year, the main competition will be played from July 12 to 18. ČTK

Tick risk currently at high levels in the Czech Republic

Sunday saw the Czech Republic reach the fifth-highest warning level for tick activity which means extraordinary risk, meteorologists from the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute (CHMI) said on Twitter. The CHMI publishes a forecast of tick activity for the territory of the Czech Republic, divided into individual districts. The forecast is published every Monday and Thursday in cooperation with the State Institute of Public Health. The institute recommends using a repellent when visiting wooded areas, dressing appropriately, and, if possible, moving on paved roads away from vegetation and tall grass and doing regular tick inspections. Tick activity expresses the proportion of ticks in a given locality that are ready to infect a host. As tick activity increases, the degree of risk of infestation increases. For more tips on tick prevention and treatment see here.  ČTK

Czech filmmaker wins second prize in the young talent competition at Cannes

Czech filmmaker Jan Kellner received second prize in the Nespresso Talents competition for budding filmmakers for his short film 'Bagman.' The awards were presented on Friday as part of the Cannes Film Festival in France, according to RFI. The third place went to Nicolina Sterbet, who lives in Prague. The first place in this year's competition was awarded to Russian artist Klim Tukayev. The Nespresso Talents competition focuses on short films shot in the vertical format. The awarded artists receive a cash prize and an invitation to the next year's Cannes Film Festival. ČTK

Czech Republic to see more storms this week

Mixed weather is predicted again for this week in the Czech Republic with tropical temps forecast by mid-week and strong storms passing through the Czech Republic Tuesday, possibly accompanied by torrential rains, hail, and gusts of wind. Clouds with storms and occasionally intense precipitation are predicted throughout various regions until Sunday. Temperatures may exceed thirty on Tuesday and Wednesday, then cool slightly. The week begins, however, with calm and sunny weather according to the latest forecast by the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute.

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