• 09/22/2021

    Thursday should see partly cloudy to clear skies throughout most of the Czech Republic. Average daytime highs of 20 degrees Celsius are expected.

  • 09/22/2021

    A Torah scroll that the Nazis stole from for their planned museum on Judaism in Prague will return to use there on September 27, the start of a holiday marking the end of the annual cycle of public Torah readings, JTA reports.

    The 130-year-old scroll will be used in a service on Simchat Torah for the first time since it was looted by the Nazis in 1942.

    The London-based Memorial Scrolls Trust, which preserves scrolls and other scripture, has said it will transfer the scroll to the use of Ec Chaim, a Progressive Jewish congregation in the Czech capital.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 09/22/2021

    The 58th Golden Prague festival begins on Wednesday with a gala concert at its traditional venue, the New Stage of the National Theatre, and runs through September 25.

    Headliners include Czech violin virtuoso Václav Hudeček, accompanied by the Czech Sinfonietta Orchestra, and mezzo-soprano Štěpánka Pučálková.

    The concert is broadcast live by Czech Television on the cultural channel ČT Art.

    Among the film premieres will be Jakub Sommer's documentary 'My Life with Bohuslav Martinů', and Patrik Ulrich’s documentary about the co-founder of the legendary Jára Cimrman Theatre, Miloň Čepelka.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 09/22/2021

    President Miloš Zeman has been released from hospital and is due to hold several meetings with government and opposition representatives at the official residence at Lány chateau on Wednesday.

    The Czech head of state had spent the past eight days at the Central Military Hospital in Prague due to dehydration and mild fatigue.

    President Zeman, 76, was a chain smoker and allegedly a heavy drinker until being diagnosed with diabetes in 2015. He suffers from diabetic neuropathy and has difficulty walking.

    On Wednesday he is due to meet Finance Minister Alena Schillerová to discuss the 2022 draft state budget, before meeting with the heads of two opposition parties: Petr Fiala (Civic Democrats) and Tomio Okamura (Freedom and Direct Democracy).

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 09/22/2021

    Prime Minister Andrej Babiš began a two-day visit to Hungary on Wednesday. He is due to tour a guard tower along the 175-km long barbed wire border fence that his counterpart Viktor Orbán had built to prevent migrants from entry.

    More than 400,000 people crossed Hungary in 2015 on their way towards Western Europe, in particular Germany. Hungarian authorities then built another anti-migrant wall along its border with Croatia.

    According to the ČTK news agency, Mr Babiš is keen to see the thermal imaging camera system Hungary is using and will visit a guard tower at the Röszke border post. On Thursday, the Czech prime minister is due to attend a demography summit in Budapest.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 09/22/2021

    The Czech women’s national football team scored a runaway victory in the second game of World Cup qualification. On Tuesday, the team beat Cyprus by a score 8-0 in Liberec.

    The Czech team have now taken the lead in the qualifying group, and stand four points ahead of the Netherlands. Belarus and Iceland are in third and fourth place, respectively.

    For the 2023 World Cup to be held in Australia and New Zealand, the winners of the nine groups qualify directly, while runners-up must compete in play-offs.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 09/22/2021

    The Czech women’s volleyball team will compete in a world championship for the first time in 12 years. The Czech men’s team, however, did not qualify, ČTK reports.

    According to the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) ranking, Czech women are currently 22nd, and so are among the 24 teams that can take part in the World Cup, to be held in Poland and the Netherlands.

    The Czech women’s volleyball team manager Miloslav Javůrek said the players had worked hard to achieve this result by taking part in all international tournaments, except the Olympic Games.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 09/22/2021

    The current government could issue a tender to build another reactor at the Dukovany nuclear power plant after the mid-October elections, Industry and Trade Minister Karel Havlíček said on Tuesday.

    According to the state-controlled power utility ČEZ, which operates Dukovany, all relevant information on expanding the plant could be sent to applicants by the end of November.

    Three companies are in the running: the French energy group EdF, the US company Westinghouse, and the South Korean manufacturer KHNP.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 09/22/2021

    Some 599 fresh Covid cases were recorded in the Czech Republic on Tuesday. This was 44 more than the number registered on the same day last week and the most on any one day since May 25.

    There are now 169 people in hospital with the virus, 26 of them in a critical condition.

    The reproduction number fell for the second day in a row and is now at 1.05.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 09/22/2021

    The Czech Republic has preordered coronavirus vaccines for 700,000 children between the ages of five and 11, the Ministry of Health confirmed to Czech Radio.

    As of yet vaccines for children under 12 have not yet been approved. At present Pfizer-BioNTech is preparing data for the European Medicines Agency.

    The minister of health, Adam Vojtěch, said a lot would depend on parents but his government had in any case pre-ordered the children’s vaccines in the summer.

    There are 809,000 children aged five to 11 in the Czech Republic.

    Author: Ian Willoughby

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