• 01/26/2022

    No government politicians will be traveling to the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, the spokeswoman of the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lenka Do, told the Czech News Agency this Wednesday. No decisions have yet been made whether the Czech ambassador and relevant diplomats will be taking part in events.

    The decision comes amid a political boycott of the games, caused predominantly by China’s poor human rights record, by several Western states, including the United States and the United Kingdom. EU states Netherlands and Denmark have also joined in the boycott.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 01/26/2022

    The large number of Covid-19 tests that are currently being sent from laboratories across the Czech Republic has led to a slight slow-down in relevant processing systems and could lead to the country’s coronavirus tracing system operating at a slower rate, the state’s Smart Quarantine operator announced on Wednesday. This could, for example, lower the speed at which people are informed that they came into contact with an infected individual.

    On its Twitter page, the Smart Quarantine team asks for patience as it is working on optimising its systems.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 01/26/2022

    The Czech budget airline Smartwings announced on Wednesday that it has become the first airline in the world to land a Boeing 737MAX on the continent of Antarctica.

    The landing was made in the early hours of the day on Troll Airfield on the norther tip of the continent. The flight was commissioned by the company Aircontact and transported members of the Norwegian Polar Institute.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 01/26/2022

    Czech media entrepreneur Michal Voráček has bought a 100 percent stake in the Slovak television network TA3, the TV station announced on Wednesday. The acquisition was made via Mr Voráček’s company Blueberg Media.

    Mr Voráček is known for owning the media business Our Media together with former politician Ivo Valenta, which is the operator of Czech news site Parlamentní listy.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 01/26/2022

    The Czech Police has launched criminal proceedings against individuals who are accused of stalking doctors and spreading disinformation about Covid-19, the daily Denik N reported on Wednesday. According to the Police, the perpetrators acted in order to acquire money for themselves.

    Among the accused are Patrik Tušl, who is accused of stalking the president of the Czech Medical Chamber and Jana Peterková, who is supposed to have spread disinformation about senior citizens dying after being vaccinated against the coronavirus.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 01/26/2022

    This year’s International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust, celebrated on January 27, will be commemorated in several places across the Czech Republic. The Senate, together with the Federation of Jewish Communities in the Czech Republic and the Foundation for Victims of the Holocaust, will organise a commemorative meeting at 10am on Thursday. Among the speakers at the televised event will be Auschwitz survivor Helga Hošková.

    At 3pm the Czernin Palace, belonging to the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs, wil host a Czech-Israeli-American commemorative event focusing on murdered and persecuted Jewish diplomats during World War II. Several foreign officials will be taking part in the event, including Israel’s Minister for Social Equality Meirav Cohen, Israeli Ambassador Anna Azari and the chargé d´affaires of the US embassy in Prague Jennifer Bachus.

    Outside of Prague, a commemoration will also be held at the Terezín Memorial at 1pm. where a reading of author Roman Cílek’s book Holocaust - Slepá cesta dějin (Holocaust – A blind path of history) will take place in both Czech and German.

    International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust is celebrated on January 27, the day that Red Army troops entered the Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp complex in 1945.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 01/26/2022

    Thursday will see temperatures in the Czech Republic range around 4 degrees Celsius, with overcast skies. Rainfall is expected in the northern parts of the country.

  • 01/26/2022

    The number of “zabijačky”, the traditional pig slaughters carried out at a farmer’s home with the help of a butcher, have declined over the past 10 years from 125,000 to just 93,000, the regional daily Deník reported on Wednesday citing a statistic from the Ministry of Agriculture.

    The most likely causes behind the decline are cheaper pork imports from abroad, a lack of butchers and general changes in countryside life, Deník writes. Czech butchers are hoping that the phenomenon could be reversed by extending domestic meat processing; something that they argue would also make meat cheaper for the consumer.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 01/26/2022

    The Constitutional Court has rejected a proposition made by the Pirates and Mayors coalition to change how votes were converted into seats in the Chamber of Deputies, the Czech News Agency reported on Wednesday. The proposal was previously rejected also by the Supreme Administrative Court. The Constitutional Court stated that the proposal was rejected for process reasons.

    The current system of conversion, led to the Pirate Party, which ran together with the Mayors and Independents in a coalition during the last elections into the Chamber of Deputies, to receive just three seats in the lower-house, this despite the fact that the coalition won 37 seats in total.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 01/26/2022

    The share of renewables in the European Union’s electricity consumption rose from 34 percent in 2019 to 37 percent in 2020, Eurostat informed on Wednesday. While the largest share of renewables was registered in Austria, the Czech Republic, with a 15 percent renewables share, ranked fifth from bottom, behind Luxembourg, Hungary, Cyprus and Malta.

    Electricity consumption from renewables came predominantly from wind (36 percent) and water (33 percent) power plants. Solar power made up 14 percent, with the rest of the share coming from biofuels and other renewable sources.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe

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