• 07/26/2021

    Fencer Alexander Choupenitch has won a historic bronze medal in fleuret at the Tokyo Olympics. The 27-year-old fencer from Brno, who has Belarussian roots, beat Spain‘s Carlos Llavador, Germany’s Peter Joppich and Egypt‘s   Mohamed Hamza. Cheung Ka Long from Hongkong won the gold, and  Japan’s Takahiro Shikine took the silver.

  • 07/26/2021

    Tuesday should bring partly cloudy skies with scattered showers in the eastern parts of the country and day temperatures between 23 and 27 degrees Celsius.

  • 07/26/2021

    The number of new Covid-19 cases have been dropping for eight days in a row in the Czech Republic, suggesting that thanks to the growing number of vaccinated people, the epidemic is coming under control. The Health Ministry reported 75 new cases on Sunday, a decline of 41 compared to the same day the previous week. There are now on average 13 new cases per week per 100,000 inhabitants and the reproduction number at 0.8 is at its lowest since the end of June.

  • 07/26/2021

    Fire crews were called out to hundreds of emergencies overnight in connection with the storms that swept the Czech Republic, particularly the southern parts of the country. They mostly dealt with fallen trees and flooded homes. Among those hit were the villages devastated by a tornado a month ago, where many houses still have makeshift roofs. The storm warning which took effect on Sunday afternoon remains in force until Tuesday noon. Meteorologists warn of high winds and hailstones.

  • 07/26/2021

    The Ministry of Health wants to speed up the vaccination of children aged 12 to 15 ahead of the new school year, Health Minister Adam Vojtech told journalists. He said the aim was to increase the capacity of centers vaccinating minors since only fully vaccinated pupils will be able to return to school in September without tests. About a fifth of schoolchildren between the ages of twelve and fifteen have entered the vaccination process so far. Half of them have already received the first dose, the others have at least registered or already have a reserved date. About 4,700 children are in line to get vaccinated.

  • 07/26/2021

    Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš will not have to apologise to the Czech branch of anti-corruption NGO Transparency International for repeatedly calling it corrupt the Regional Court of Central Bohemia ruled on Monday. The Czech News Agency reports that it is likely that Transparency International will appeal the decision.

    According to the judge who was in charge of the case, the prime minister’s statements in this regard were reactions to criticisms of his own person and it is therefore clear that he was not actually accusing Transparency International of corruption, bribery or any other crimes.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 07/26/2021

    Prime Minister Andrej Babiš is suing the town hall in Černošice, the municipality where he lives, over its decision to start new infringement proceedings against him on suspicion of conflict of interest linked to his ownership of the media companies Londa and Mafra.

    The Černošice council previously debated the same case on the basis of a complaint filed by Transparency International, concluding that the prime minister had a conflict of interest and meting out a 200,000 crown fine for the offense. The prime minister appealed the decision and his appeal was upheld by the regional council of Central Bohemia.

    The Černošice town hall recently initiated new infringement proceedings against the prime minister after Transparency International said it had new evidence in the matter. Transparency filed a complaint with the Černošice council because Czech law states that conflict of interest complaints must be registered with the relevant local authority.

    According to the prime minister’s lawyer this is in violation of the ‘ne bis in idem' principle which states that the judiciary may not decide twice about the same issue.

  • 07/26/2021

    Canoeist Lukáš Rohan has become the first Czech to win a medal at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics after coming in second in the water slalom category. Rohan completed the slalom in 101.96 seconds. Slovenia’s Benjamin Savsek came in first with a time 2 seconds faster than Rohan. Germany’s Sideris Tasiadis came in third to take the bronze with a time of 103.7 seconds.

    Born in Mělník in 1995, Lukáš Rohan has been competing in water slalom for the past 10 years. He won two silver medals at the European Championships before the Tokyo Olympics.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 07/25/2021

    A fire broke out in a warehouse in the Uhrineves district on the outskirts of Prague on Sunday. The building partially collapsed with damage estimates ranging up to CZK 120 million, according to Prague firefighters.

    The fire started around 6:30pm with 23 firefighter units being sent out immediately. The fire was brought under control about half an hour after their arrival. Dozens of people had to be evacuated out of the building. The Czech News Agency reports that there were no casualties. The cause of the fire is currently being investigated.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 07/25/2021

    Despite growing interest in the study of dental hygiene among Czech students, dental clinics across the Czech Republic are facing a serious shortage of hygienists, Czech Radio reported on Sunday.

    There are only 1,800 working dental hygienists in the country - four times fewer than there are dentists. Dental nurses are also in low supply.

    The shortage is partly the result of the dental hygiene profession being in the early stages of development, the head of the Association of Dental hygienists, Lenka Velebilová, told Czech Radio.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe

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