• 01/21/2022

    People who have been hard-hit by the increase in energy prices can now apply to labour offices for support, Labour Minister Marian Jurečka said at a press briefing in Prague on Friday.

    He said the authorities had prepared an online calculator where people can check whether they are entitled to the respective housing alliance and find out how high the support would be. It is also possible to use a one-off “immediate assistance” contribution.

    Labour offices will inform their clients about the possibilities of financial assistance. The Czech Social Security Administration will also start sending letters to seniors in February.

  • 01/21/2022

    Saturday should be overcast around most of the country with snow showers and day temperatures between 0 and 4 degrees Celsius.

  • 01/21/2022

    Czech billionaire and anti-corruption activist Karel Janeček has announced his decision to run for president in the 2023 election. Janeček, a mathematician and philanthropist, said he wanted to contribute to solving the problems of Czech society. In recent months he has made headlines by attacking the government’s Covid measures, saying they are extreme and should be resisted.

    Among those who have announced their decision to run for office are Senator Pavel Fischer and the one-time chairman of the NATO Military Committee Petr Pavel. There is speculation that the former prime minister Andrej Babiš will also make a bid for the presidency.

  • 01/21/2022

    The Security Committee of the lower house of Parliament has recommended that the government officially appoint Michal Koudelka head of the counter-intelligence Security Information Service (BIS).

    Michal Koudelka’s term as director of the counterintelligence service expired last year and under pressure from his long-term critic President Miloš Zeman, the former government headed by Andrej Babiš named him acting head of the BIS, leaving it to the next government to fill the post on a permanent basis. The parties in the new coalition government have indicated they want Koudelka to remain in the post.

    In past years President Milos Zeman repeatedly attacked the BIS's work, berating it for warning about the activities of Chinese and Russian agents in the country.

  • 01/21/2022

    Fresh snow and icy conditions have been complicating traffic around the country. A stretch of the D1 highway from Prague to Brno was closed for several hours during the night following a collision of two trucks. In South Bohemia maintenance workers were out in force all night clearing the main roads of fresh snow. Drivers have been warned to exercise extreme caution, especially in the higher altitudes. A heavy snowstorm caused a pile up involving 36 vehicles on the D5 motorway on Thursday.

  • 01/21/2022

    The České Budejovice chief state attorney has filed charges against a police officer who killed an aggressive man while on duty. The incident happened in a country cottage area in South Bohemia where a drunk man was demolishing property. When officers arrived at the scene the man turned to attack one of them and the other fired his service weapon. The man died of his injuries on the spot. If convicted the officer may face up to ten years in jail. It is the first such case in the country’s modern history.

  • 01/21/2022

    Judges and prosecutors will file a complaint against a government-imposed year-long salary freeze for constitutional officials –including politicians, judges, prosecutors and the president. The head of the Union of Judges Libor Vavra argued that the step is in violation of the constitutional order and expressed disappointment with the fact that the Senate had decided not to oppose the move. President Zeman has already said he would sign the bill.

  • 01/21/2022

    The daily number of newly registered Covid-19 cases remains at near record highs, with 26,907 detected on Thursday, some 15,200 more than on the same day last week.

    However, nearly 135,500 tests were performed on Thursday, about 42,000 more than a week ago.

    The seven-day incidence rate now stands at 1,228 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants, a near record level, according to Ministry of Health data.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 01/21/2022

    World women's singles No. 4 Barbora Krejčíková staged a comeback win against Jelena Ostapenko in three sets on Friday at the Australian Open.

    Krejčíková, who has won the last three Australian Open mixed doubles titles, was in deep trouble at 2-6, 1-3 down to the Latvian. But she rallied to win the set by a score of 6-4 and achieved the same result in the final set.

    But Krejčíková, who is also the No. 1 seed in doubles with compatriot Kateřina Siniaková, has announced that she will not play mixed doubles this year after winning this Grand Slam tournament in 2021.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 01/20/2022

    Some 20 cars and 16 lorries were involved in a pile-up stretching 150 metres on the D5 motorway when sudden snowfall on Thursday caused drivers to skid into each other.

    The accident occurred about 50 kilometres southwest of Prague. At least five injured people were taken to hospital by helicopter or ambulance.

    At around 4 p.m., a lane in the direction of Pilsen was reopened, while the lane heading towards Prague remained closed.

    Author: Brian Kenety

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