• 04/14/2021

    The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has given Slavia Prague centre-back Ondřej Kúdela a 10 match suspension for alleged racist behaviour against Glasgow Rangers’ Glen Kamara during a Europa League match in Glasgow last month. The ban means that Kúdela will also miss the UEFA Euro championship this summer.

    Glen Kamara received a three match ban for attacking the Czech defender after the match, while Glasgow’s Kemar Roofe gat a four match ban for his foul on Slavia goalkeeper Ondřej Kolář.

    According to news site Seznam Zprávy, Kúdela will appeal the decision.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 04/14/2021

    The Czech economy should grow by 3.1 percent this year, according to a new forecast released by the Ministry of Finance on Wednesday. In 2022, the ministry expects growth to reach 3.7 percent.

    In a press release, the Finance Ministry states that the ongoing coronavirus vaccination programme will improve the epidemiological situation which will in turn lead to the revitalisation of the economy at home and abroad.

    The forecast also expects inflation to reach 2.5 percent in 2021, with unemployment rising to 3.6 percent.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 04/14/2021

    Czech President Miloš Zeman will meet with the Social Democrat candidate for foreign minister, Jakub Kulhánek, at 1pm on Thursday at the former’s Lány residency, the president’s spokesman Jiri Ovčáček stated on Wednesday.

    Mr. Kulhánek, who is currently deputy interior minister, was proposed as a replacement for Tomáš Petříček by the Social Democrats after Culture Minister Lubomír Zaorálek refused to take the position.

    It is known that President Zeman and Mr. Petříček were occasionally at odds about the direction of Czech foreign policy. Asked about how the president views Mr. Kulhánek, Social Democrat Deputy Chairman Roman Onderka stated that he is not aware of any reservations.

    It is customary for President Zeman to meet with ministerial candidates before they are appointed.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 04/14/2021

    Deputy Prime Minister and acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Jan Hamáček said that he will travel to Moscow next Monday in order to discuss the possibility of securing deliveries of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine.

    Mr. Hamáček stressed that the vaccine would only be used if it gets the green light from the European Medicines Agency (EMA). However, he said that he wants the Czech Republic to be ready to purchase Sputnik V if the EMA does give its approval, pointing to German efforts to secure a pre-order of the Russian vaccine.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 04/14/2021

    Deputy Prime Minister and acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Jan Hamáček has asked Czech ambassadors in Russia and the United States to propose Prague as the location of a possible meeting between presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin.

    According to a Kremlin statement released after a call between Biden and Putin on Tuesday, President Biden "suggested considering the possibility of holding a personal meeting at the highest level in the foreseeable future".

    Relations between the US and Russia are currently frosty. Not least because of the rising tensions between Russia and Ukraine.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 04/14/2021

    Thursday should see temperatures range around 5 degrees Celsius. Snow or rainfall is expected across much of the country.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 04/14/2021

    The municipal administration of the Eastern Bohemian city of Hradec Králové has signed a CZK 568 million contract for the construction of a new football stadium with the companies Strabag, Geosan Group and D&D Elektromont. It is the biggest contract in the modern history of the city.

    The stadium is expected to have a capacity of 8,000 and is planned to be finished by the spring of 2023. The arena will be built on the spot which is currently occupied by the multi-purpose Všesportovní stadion, which was constructed in 1966.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 04/14/2021

    The tourist sector in the Czech Republic would benefit from a clear plan detailing how the government plans to loosen its coronavirus restrictions, the director of the state agency CzechTourism, Jan Herget, said on Wednesday. He said his agency has prepared several support programmes for the tourist sector, which will be launched as soon as the lockdown measures end.

    The agency has allocated CZK 100 million from its budget to support tourist marketing campaigns. This includes the CZK 8.7 million “Restart” programme, which aims to entice tourists from neighbouring countries to visit Czech sites.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 04/14/2021

    The average price of renting a 2+KK flat in Prague has seen a year-on-year decrease by 15.9 percent in the first quarter of 2020. Meanwhile, the cost to rent a 1+KK fell by 16 percent and the cost of a 3+KK flat went down by 20 percent, data for the same period from property website Ulovdomov.cz shows.

    A decrease in the cost of renting flats was also noticable in the other major Czech cities. In Brno, rent fell by 2.9 percent, in Ostrava by 9.5 percent and in Plzen by 8.7 percent.

    The director of UlovDomov.cz, Martin Březina, says that the likely reason behind the significantly higher price fall in Prague is that the capital was more affected by the sudden influx of AirBnb properties onto the long-term rent market during the pandemic.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 04/14/2021

    Wednesday sees the extension of the coronavirus vaccine registration to over 65-year-olds. Until now, one could only register for the vaccine if they were either over the age of 70, were chronic patients or were part of a key infrastructural group identified by the government.

    According to Health Minister Petr Arenberger, there are around 670,000 people between the ages of 65 to 69. However, more than a third of this group has already been able to register, due to falling into one of the other categories as well.

    By Wednesday mid-day, the state registration system had already received over 70,000 applications from members of this age group.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe

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