• 12/02/2022

    An audio-visual installation created by Czech artist Jiří David is currently being set up in the newly opening Václav Havel Street in Luxemburg City, the Czech Embassy in Luxembourg has announced. The three dimensional plexiglass sound wave form of the former Czech president’s famous statement that “Truth and love must prevail over lies and hatred” is being installed into a pole between two walls that have been placed in the street. Passers-by will also have a chance to play the sentence in sound.

    A ceremonial unveiling of the installation is planned to take place on December 13, at 4:30pm, the embassy informed on Facebook, and will be the last planned event to take place in the country on the occasion of the Czech EU presidency. The new street itself is located parallel to Konrad Adenauer Boulevard in the north-eastern part of the city.

    Artist Jiří David is known for creating the neon heart that was installed above Prague Castle towards the end of Václav Havel’s last term as president.

  • 12/02/2022

    The Chamber of Deputies on Friday passed a government proposal to remove the obligatory automated creation of so-called data boxes (datové schránky) for citizens, which was supposed to come into operation from January of next year, the Czech News Agency reports.

    If the legislation also gets the green light in the upper-house and from the president, it will mean that data boxes will continue to be created for people in Czechia only upon individual request.

  • 12/02/2022

    According to a newly released Ipsos poll, ANO party leader and former prime minister Andrej Babiš would win January’s first round of the presidential election with 29.7 percent of the vote. Retired general Petr Pavel maintains his position as the main competitor of Mr Babiš with 25.3 percent of the hypothetical vote, but only by a hair’s breadth, with economist and former rector of the Mendel University in Brno Danuše Nerudová polling just 0.3 percent behind him.

    When compared with Ipsos’ October poll, Andrej Babiš has now moved into first place (up by 6.4 percent), while Mrs Nerudová saw a significant 8.1 percent surge.

    The two senators who are running for the office of head of state, Pavel Fischer and Marek Hilšer, polled at 6.4 and 4.2 percent respectively. They were followed by lower-house deputy Jaroslav Bašta (3.6 percent), trade union leader Josef Středula (3.1 percent), Denisa Rohanová (1.5 percent) and former Charles University rector Tomáš Zima (1.2 percent).

  • 12/02/2022

    Botanist and ecologist Petr Pyšek, who is in charge of the Department of invasion ecology at the Czech Academy of Sciences, has received this year’s “Czech Head” (Česká hlava) award, Czech Television reported on Friday. Professor Pyšek is considered one of the founders of the modern discipline of invasion ecology and is currently the most cited scientist in his field.

    The prize was launched in 2002 by a team of scientists and marketing experts in order to support and promote Czech science among the public as an "attractive brand". It includes several sub-awards for work in distinct areas of science.

    The ABB Invention Award went to Martina Benešová-Schäfer for her work in the research and development of radiotherapeutics for treating prostate cancer.

    Meanwhile, R&D e-infrastructure developer CESNET received the IDEA StatiCa Industry Award for its development of a low time delay long-distance video and audio transmission device.

    The Lorem Award for best research in the area of health sciences went to Ilona Hromadníková for her work in developing a new diagnostics method for predicting pregnancy complications caused by high blood pressure.

    Two Doctorandus awards, one for technical sciences and one for natural sciences were awarded as part of the Czech Head competition. The technical award went to young scientist Petr Sezemský who focuses on bioactive nanostructured surfaces created using low-temperature plasma. Meanwhile, the natural sciences award was given to Alžběta Dostálková for her research into the interactions that lead to the assembly of retroviral particles.

  • 12/02/2022

    Saturday is set to see temperatures range around 2 degrees Celsius with overcast skies. There is a likelihood of rain and snowfall in the mountainous regions of the northern and southern parts of the country.

  • 12/02/2022

    Czech snowboarder and Sochi Olympic champion Eva Adamczyková started her first Snowboard Cross World Cup competition this Friday after a year-long forced absence. Adamczyková broke both of her ankles in December 2021, just two months before the beginning of the Winter Olympic Games in Beijing.

    She competed at the FIS Snowboard Cross event in Pitzfal, Austria, last month, but this week’s competition in Les Deux Alpes is her first FIS Snowboard Cross World Cup showing since her injury took place. If she passes Friday’s qualifiers, she will be competing in the main part of the race on Saturday.

  • 12/02/2022

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is set to suggest the establishment of a government commissioner for Ukraine’s reconstruction, proposing that the current Deputy Defence Minister for Industrial Cooperation Tomáš Kopečný takes up the position, the Czech News Agency reported on Friday. Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský refused to confirm for now whether Mr Kopečný is indeed the suggested man, but said that the position would require someone with good coordination abilities who would be able to both help Ukraine and maximise opportunities for Czech companies.

    News site Aktuálně.cz reported that Tomáš Kopečný has been one of the chief movers in organising military assistance to Ukraine. Mr Kopečný has been deputy defence minister since January 2020, but said that he will now leave the position because he received an offer he can’t refuse, the news site reported.

  • 12/02/2022

    The Ukrainian Consulate in Brno and a nearby school had to be evacuated on Friday morning due to concerns about a suspicious package that had been delivered to the consulate, Police spokesman David Chaloupka told the Czech News Agency. The package was similar to those that had been identified in Spain, where a local Ukrainian Embassy employee was injured on Wednesday after the device exploded.

    The package sent to the Brno consulate was then x-rayed by the police. News site Novinky.cz has since reported that the police have found that the package contained organic tissue, adding that a closer laboratory analysis will follow. According to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Oleg Nikolenko, the packages delivered to the Brno Consulate and to several other Ukrainian diplomatic representations across Europe contained animal eyes.

    Czech Radio reported later on Friday that the Ukrainian Embassy in Prague received a similar package. The postal item is being analysed by pyrotechnicians, the Police stated. No evacuation was necessary in this case, only a partial closing of the surrounding street.

    The Czech Police have called on all consulate employees in Czechia, as well as those working in companies producing arms materials, to act with maximum caution when inspecting new mail and to call the Police if they have any suspicions.

  • 12/02/2022

    The Czech economy grew by 1.7 percent year-on-year in the third quarter of this year, according to a revised estimate released by the Czech Statistics Office on Friday. Compared to the previous quarter, GDP dropped by 0.2 percent.

    The estimate shows that the Czech economy grew slightly more than it had originally been estimated by economists as the previous agency forecast for the third quarter stood at 1.6 percent growth.

    According to experts, the year-on-year GDP growth was fuelled mainly by foreign demand and gross fixed capital formation. By contrast, household consumption expenditure had a negative impact on the economy.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 12/02/2022

    Avian influenza has re-appeared in Czechia after a seven-month absence, the State Veterinary Administration has announced. An outbreak of the H5N8 virus, which is fatal to birds, was recorded at a duck poultry farm by the village of Frahelž in South Bohemia earlier this week.

    Thousands of ducks at the farm were infected with bird flu and died within the past three days. In line with standard directives, special veterinary measures have been introduced in the immediate area of the farm, while the remaining poultry will be put down.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková