• 09/16/2021

    Eleven people have been awarded the Czech Foreign Ministry’s Gratias Agit prize for promoting the good name of the country internationally. The choreographers and dancers Jiří Kylián and Ivan Liška – who are based in the Netherlands and Germany, respectively received the award in person from Minister Jakub Kulhánek at the Černín Palace on Thursday.

    However, in view of the coronavirus situation the other laureates will receive the Gratias Agit in the countries where they live. Among them is František Příhoda, an Australian Olympic champion of Czech origin who this year turned 100.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 09/16/2021

    Some 542 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded in the Czech Republic on Wednesday, a rise of 147 on the same day last week. The number of people in hospital with the virus stood at 154, up from around 100 a week ago. Twenty-nine people are currently in a serious condition with Covid.

    The reproduction number has fallen to 1.1. It has been on the decline for five days in succession.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 09/16/2021

    A gas explosion on Wednesday that killed two fire officers in the town of Koryčany in the east of the country has been blamed on damaged pipes. A spokesperson for the local police said that the owners of the house where the explosion had occurred had caused damage to the pipes during recent renovation work. Four volunteer fire officers were also injured in the explosion.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 09/16/2021

    Tomáš Satoranský has been named Czech Basketball Player of the Season for the fourth time in succession. The point guard has won the title for the seventh time in total, beating the previous record held by Jiří Welsch.

    Satoranský, who is 29, moved from Chicago to New Orleans at the start of last month.

    In view of the Covid situation the Czech Basketball Federation did not hold a gala evening to announce the players of the season this year.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 09/16/2021

    It should be mainly overcast in the Czech Republic on Friday, with an average high temperature of 19 degrees Celsius. Daytime highs are expected to fall on the following days.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 09/16/2021

    Medical tests on Czech President Miloš Zeman have not identified any problems that could put his life at risk, his office said. No reason was given when Mr. Zeman was admitted to Prague’s Central Military Hospital on Tuesday. A statement published on the website of Prague Castle on Thursday said he had been suffering from dehydration and exhaustion.

    The head of state will leave hospital in the coming days and will resume official engagements from Wednesday.

    Mr. Zeman suffers from diabetes and neuropathy of the feet and is confined to a wheelchair.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 09/16/2021

    Car manufacturer Škoda Auto will cease production in its Mladá Boleslav plant for a week starting September 27 due to a shortage of chips which are used in its electronics systems, the company’s trade union weekly Škodovácký odborář reports. Employees will receive 85 percent of their average salary for a cancelled shift, according to the trade unions.

    The news comes soon after a statement by Škoda CEO Thomas Schäfer last weekend, who said in an interview with the newspaper Augsburger Allgemeine that the car manufacturer is not able to produce 100,000 vehicles due to the chip shortage.

    Škoda Auto is not the only car manufacturer closing its factory in Czechia for a week due to chip shortages. The Kolín plant of Toyota Motor Manufacturing halted its production this week and will restart from Sunday, September 19.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 09/16/2021

    The Czech volleyball team has been knocked out of the European Championships after losing 0:3 on sets to Slovenia in the quarter-finals in Ostrava on Wednesday. The match was attended by an unusually high number of home fans - more than 5,000 - who honoured the team by chanting "Hoši, děkujem!" (Thanks boys) after the match.

    The Czech team, which had managed to knock-out Olympic champions France in the previous last-16 match, were not able to repeat the miracle against the Slovene team, losing 21:25, 19:25 a 25:27.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 09/15/2021

    The state of President Miloš Zeman’s health is not serious. He went into hospital care after consulting doctors, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš told Radio Impuls on Wednesday. Mr Babiš said that he is informed about the condition of the head of state and does not believe that there are any reasons to be concerned.

    President Zeman was transferred to the Military University Hospital in Prague on Tuesday. However, no explanation beyond his presence there was given to the media either from Prague Castle or the hospital.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 09/15/2021

    Václav Klaus, who was President of the Czech Republic from 2003 to 2013, may be released from the Military University Hospital in Prague by the end of this week, his spokesman Petr Mancinka reportedly told news site Seznam Zprávy.

    Former President Klaus was taken to the hospital last week due to hypertension problems. He was shortly released thereafter, but had to return on Tuesday.  However, it now looks like he could be spending the weekend at his home, Petr Macinka said.

    The hospital, in which Václav Klaus is currently staying, is also tending to current Czech President Miloš Zeman.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe

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