• 05/27/2022

    The Czech National Ice Hockey Team will be facing Canada in the World Championship semi-finals on Saturday after beating Germany 4:1 in the quarter-finals on Thursday afternoon. Canada won their quarter-final match against Sweden that same evening. The match on Saturday will begin at 18:20 GMT+3.

    Author: Anna Fodor
  • 05/27/2022

    The Olomouc-born tennis star Karolína Muchová did not make it past the third round in the French Open tournament today after sustaining an injury. She won the first set against American player Amanda Anisimova, but sprained her right ankle in the second set, which she lost 2:6. She had her ankle taped and tried to continue playing, but lost the third set 0:3.

    With Muchová’s defeat, there are no more Czech tennis players left in the women’s singles.

    Author: Anna Fodor
  • 05/27/2022

    ČEZ, whose majority shareholder is the Czech government and is the largest utility company in Central and Eastern Europe, have announced that their natural gas prices will increase by 76 to 86 percent from July, compared to the last price list in early February, the news site Novinky.cz reported on Friday.

    In contrast to electricity prices, where there will only be a significant increase for new customers, gas prices will rise for everyone.

    However, Jiří Gavor, an analyst at energy consulting company ENA, told the Czech News Agency that although other suppliers will also increase their prices, this should be the tip of the iceberg, and prices should subsequently begin to fall.

    Author: Anna Fodor
  • 05/27/2022

    The Covid-19 pandemic in the Czech Republic still appears to be slowing down, with around 1700 new cases registered in the last seven days, which is around 700 fewer than the week before. However, the number of tests being carried out has also decreased, partly due to the fact that since May 5, insurance companies have only paid for tests if they were issued at the request of a doctor.

    According to data from the Ministry of Health, there were 138 people in hospital with Covid on Thursday, down from 200 a week ago, and there were 13 Covid-related deaths in the country last week, up from nine the week before.

    Author: Anna Fodor
  • 05/27/2022

    A re-enactment of the 1942 assassination of Reinhard Heydrich took place this morning in Prague’s Libeň district, to mark the 80th anniversary of the historic event. The re-enactment took place shortly after 10.30, the same time that the real attack took place, and was then followed by a memorial service which included the laying of wreaths.

    The event was attended by crowds of spectators and representatives of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and the United Kingdom, including Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský, Czech Defence Minister Jana Černochová, Slovak Defence Minister Jaroslav Naď, and British Foreign Minister Liz Truss.

    This year was the first time that the anniversary of the assassination was officially recognised as the Day of National Defiance. The assassination of Heydrich is considered to be one of the greatest acts of European domestic resistance during World War II and contributed to the post-war reconstruction of Czechoslovakia.

    Author: Anna Fodor
  • 05/27/2022

    Saturday looks set to be mostly overcast with some wind and showers likely, and day temperatures between 12 and 16 degrees Celsius.

    Author: Anna Fodor
  • 05/27/2022

    The Prague City Assembly voted on Thursday to revoke the city’s honorary citizenship for Soviet Marshal Ivan Konev, who was in overall command of the Soviet forces that entered Prague towards the end of the Prague Uprising. Marshal Konev had held the honorary citizenship since June 1945. It was taken away due to some of his controversial acts, such as the bombing of Mlada Boleslav after the war, or his participation in crushing the Hungarian Uprising of 1956, the Czech News Agency reports.

    The decision was opposed by some representatives of the ANO party, which is currently in opposition. Some of their representatives in the Assembly described it as a useless and populist gesture.

    Ivan Konev was one of Josef Stalin’s favourite generals and would rise to command key Red Army formations during the war. During the Cold War he served as the supreme commander of the forces of the Warsaw Pact.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 05/27/2022

    The Czech Republic is marking the 80th anniversary of Operation Anthropoid this Friday, May 27. The assassination of the acting Reichsprotector of Bohemia and Moravia Reinhard Heydrich by parachutists Jozef Gabčík and Jan Kubiš is seen as one of the greatest successes of the Czechoslovak resistance movement during the Second World War. A reconstruction of the action is taking place in Prague’s Libeň neighbourhood. Among the guests will be UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss.

    In the evening a ceremonial gathering at the National Museum in Prague will see the opening of a special exhibition dedicated to the action, titled “We will never give up! (Nikdy se nevzdáme!). The event will be attended by Czech President Miloš Zeman and his Slovak counterpart Zuzana Čaputová.

    Several other smaller events are taking place across the country to mark the occasion.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 05/26/2022

    The Czech National Ice Hockey Team beat Germany 4:1 on Thursday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the World Championships in Helsinki, Finland. Goals by David Pastrňák, Roman Červenka and David Krejčí placed the Czechs in a comfortable 3:0 lead going into the last third of the game. Moritz Seider managed to lower the lead in the 54th minute, but it was not to be. Forward Jiří Smejkal scored the last goal of the game in the 59th minute into the empty net.

    The victory means that the Czech team is now in the semi-finals, where it will face either Canada, Slovakia, Switzerland or the USA.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 05/26/2022

    The National Institute of Public Health (SZÚ) has confirmed three further cases of monkeypox in the Czech Republic, bringing the total number up to five. According to the hygienists, all of the individuals live in Prague. The SZÚ stated that all five cases are of a milder variant of the virus belonging to the West African group, where the mortality rate lies at one percent.

    Two of the positive samples were sent from the Military University Hospital in Prague and one from the Na Bulovce hospital in the same city, SZÚ spokeswoman Štěpánka Čechová said on Thursday. She said that the SZÚ has received no further samples to examine at the moment.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe

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