• 05/13/2021

    Karolína Plíšková has reached the quarterfinals at the WTA tournament in Rome. On Thursday, she beat two-time Grand Slam finalist Vera Zvonareva of Russia in two sets (7:5, 6:3).

    Plíšková was the tournament winner in 2019 and a runner-up to Simona Halep last year. Her compatriot Barbora Krejčíková was eliminated in the third round, after losing to Iga Świątek of Poland in three sets (6:3, 6:7, 5:7).

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 05/13/2021

    General practitioners will receive the Moderna anti-coronavirus vaccine directly to their surgeries as of next week, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš told reporters following a meeting with representatives of doctors.

    Babiš said that should speed up the process especially for some 216,000 people waiting to be vaccinated by GPs, over 10 percent of whom are seniors over the age of 80.

    GPs are expected to receive 454,000 doses of Moderna in May and June. According to the chairman of the Association of General Practitioners Petr Šonka, 70,000 doses will be delivered every week, of which 50,000 will be delivered to GP’s surgeries, with the rest intended for people receiving their second dose.

    Until now, GPs have received mainly vaccines from AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson. According to Šonka, vaccines from AstraZeneka will be delivered in May only about enough to cover the requirements for the second dose of vaccination.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 05/13/2021

    Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has said the government will assess conditions for opening restaurant gardens on Friday, the date by which the Chamber of Commerce has demanded clarification be made.

    Currently, it is unclear what proof patrons will be required to present that they have a negative coronavirus test result, are fully vaccinated or have had the illness in the previous 90 days. At a press conference after talks with general practitioners, Babiš did not stipulate how checks should be made.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 05/13/2021

    Cloudy skies and heavy are again in the forecast, with thunderstorms expected on Friday in northern Bohemia and in the Moravian-Silesian region. A flood warning is in effect for much of Bohemia. Daytime highs should range from 12 to 16 degrees Celsius.

  • 05/13/2021

    During the first four months of this year, 10,744 new companies were registered in the Czech Republic, 17 percent more year on year, according to the Dun & Bradstreet consultancy.

    Dun & Bradstreet analyst Petra Štěpánová said the interest of entrepreneurs in launching new businesses shows the Czech economy has begun to recover since the coronavirus shutdown.

    Last month was especially encouraging, with a record 2,719 companies established. That is a rise of 61 percent in annual terms and 13 percent more than in April 2019, Štěpánová said.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 05/13/2021

    A major Czech medical association has criticised the Covid-19 vaccination distribution system, claiming that regional coordinators are favouring large centres, leaving clinics without enough doses to vaccinate clients.

    The Czech Medical Society of J.E. Purkyně, which brings together some 5,000 physicians, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals, says this is problematic also because surgeries play a key role in convincing sceptical people to get vaccinated, as they tend to trust their GPs.

    According to Ministry of Health data, about 470,000 people have registered to get vaccinated through surgeries and clinics. The Czech Medical Society says that more than 40,000 people over the age of 80 and some 90,000 people between the ages of 70 and 79 are still waiting for an appointment. Most are registered in the doctor’s offices. Prime Minister Andrej Babiš is due to meet representatives of GPs to discuss the situation on Thursday.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 05/13/2021

    A Central European project focusing on disinformation research will be based in Prague, led by experts from the Czech Technical University (ČVUT) and Charles University. It is one of eight such EU centres selected by the European Commission to identify disinformation and study its influence on public opinion.

    In part, the aim is to identify fake news using artificial intelligence (AI) and by strengthening digital and media education. The two Czech universities will cooperate with Slovakia’s Kempelen Institute of Intelligent Technologies (KInIT), the French press agency AFP and Polish partners. In its first two years, the Prague project will receive financial support from the EU and the Czech National Recovery Plan.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 05/13/2021

    Following two days of rain, the national weather institute ČHMU has issued a flood warning for Bohemia, especially in the regions of Domažlice, Tachov, Stříbro, Tanvald and Jilemnice. Thunderstorms are likely especially in northern Bohemia and in the Moravian-Silesian region bordering Poland.

  • 05/13/2021

    The Czech Republic has officially registered to take part in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. President Miloš Zeman and Czech Olympic Committee chairman Jiří Kejval signed the relevant document on Wednesday at Prague Castle.

    The Beijing Games are slated to begin on 4 February 2022. The Chinese capital will be the first venue to host the Olympics both during the winter and summer.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 05/13/2021

    Prague has become the headquarters for the European Union Agency for Space Programme (EUSPA). It takes the place and expands on the work of the former satellite navigation agency GSA, which had been based in the Czech capital since 2012.

    The EUSPA will play a key role in implementing the EU’s space programme, said the new agency’s director, Rodrigo da Costa. It is currently the only EU agency based in the Czech Republic. Its expansion is expected to create around 400 new jobs.

    Author: Brian Kenety

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