• 09/24/2021

    The football club Sparta Prague must pay a fine of 75,000 crowns for racist actions by its fans during a match against Viktoria Pilsen on September 11.

    A referee interrupted the Sparta-Pilsen game for several minutes at the start of the second half due to racist abuse from Sparta fans against Colombian-born midfielder Jhon Mosquera.

    The Pilsen club was fined 30,000 crowns for the use of pyrotechnics in the stadium and inappropriate behaviour of some spectators.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 09/24/2021

    Saturday should see clear skies and average daytime highs of around 23 degrees Celsius.

  • 09/24/2021

    Czech and Polish government representatives are meeting in Prague on Friday to discuss the future of a Polish coal mine near the shared border. Czech authorities want to halt the expansion of the Turów mine, citing concerns about the impact on water and air quality, among other things.

    On Monday, the Court of Justice of the European Union fined Poland 500,000 euros for each day it continues to disobey a previous court order, stemming from a Czech law suit, suspending mining operations at the Turów site.

    The Polish government and mine operator have said they do not intend to close the mine, as doing so would endanger the country’s energy security and lead to the loss of thousands of jobs.

    Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki accused the Czech Republic of acting “absolutely without good will” in resolving the dispute and in protest cancelled a trip on Thursday to the Budapest Demographic Summit, which his Czech counterpart, Andrej Babiš, was attending.

    Polish media had reported earlier that the country’s negotiators were also considering cancelling Friday’s trip to Prague.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 09/24/2021

    Prague Castle is hosting a two-day festival of microbreweries on Friday and Saturday, in the Royal Gardens. Some 50 breweries, most of them Czech, will each present two products there.

    The number of domestic microbreweries, which make less than 10,000 hectolitres per year, has been steadily increasing in recent years and currently stands at around 480.

    This is the 9th edition of the microbrewery festival organised by the Czech-Moravian Federation of Microbreweries.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 09/24/2021

    The Office for the Protection of Economic Competition (ÚOHS) has fined the Ministry of the Interior 800,000 crowns for concluding a contract to purchase rifles and submachine guns for the Czech Police without holding a tender.

    In January, ÚOHS barred one of the purchase contracts from being the fulfilled. Interior Minister Jan Hamáček said he will demand an explanation from the Police Presidium and investigate those who violated competition law.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 09/24/2021

    Confidence in the Czech economy fell for a third consecutive month in September, dropping by 2.4 points to 96.2 points compared to August.

    The indicators were lower in month-on-month terms both among businesses and consumers, data from the Czech Statistical Office show. Companies are pessimistic due to shortages of materials and related price increases, which have also raised consumers’ concerns about inflation.

    The business confidence indicator decreased by 1.8 percentage points to 95.3, while the consumer confidence indicator decreased by 5.3 percentage points to 100.7. Compared to September 2020, however, the composite indicator, business indicator and consumer confidence indicator are all higher.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 09/24/2021

    The Febiofest film festival in Prague wrapped up on Wednesday night. The Swedish film ‘Charter’, by Amanda Kernell, about a mother fighting for her children, has won the Main Competition at. The jury decided to award a Special Mention to the film ‘Listen’, by Ana Rocha de Sousa, which tells the story of a Portuguese family living on the outskirts of London.

    ‘Dinner in America’ was selected by an audience jury as the best comedy, while the Amnesty International Febiofest Award 2021 went to ‘Exile’, a film that reflects on issues around immigration and integration. A Special Mention in that section was awarded to ‘Any Day Now’, a hopeful story about an Iranian family in Finland.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 09/24/2021

    Czech tennis players Petra Kvitová and Tereza Martincová both have matches in Ostrava on Friday that will determine whether they make the semifinals at the WTA domestic tournament.

    Martincová, who starts with a wild card in the main competition, faces Maria Sakkari of Greece in the opening quarterfinals at 2 pm. The second seed Kvitová will duel Jil Teichmann of Switzerland at 6pm at the earliest.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 09/24/2021

    The Covid reproduction number in the Czech Republic has fallen to 1.0, which is regarded as the cut-off between the epidemic slowing down and accelerating. It had been above 1.0 since the end of August and reached up to 1.47 in the second week of this month.

    On Thursday 488 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded, a fall of 60 on the same day last week.

    The number in hospital with the virus stands at 164, the same as a week ago. Twenty-seven of those patients are in a critical condition.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 09/24/2021

    Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the Czech minister of foreign affairs, Jakub Kulhánek, called for greater international cooperation when it comes to the fight against terrorism, renewal after the Covid pandemic and responding to climate change.

    The Czech foreign policy chief spoke of his disquiet over the situation in Belarus and expressed support for the territorial integrity of Ukraine and Georgia.

    Mr. Kulhánek also said states should work to ensure that technology does not become a new means of surveillance and persecution.

    Author: Ian Willoughby

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