• 07/24/2021

    After the new bloc of the Dukovany power plant is finished, up to two new blocs could subsequently be constructed at Czech Republic’s other, Temelín, nuclear power plant, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and Vice-Premier Karel Havlíček said on Saturday during a tour of Temelin.

    The decision, Mr Havlíček said, will likely have to be made by the next government. A single new bloc at Temelín could produce up to 1,600 MW of power, according to the minister, and would be a stable source of energy following the shutting down of coal plants.

    Temelin is the largest nuclear power plant in the Czech Republic and covers around a fifth of domestic consumption.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 07/23/2021

    Saturday should be hot and dry, with clear to partly cloudy skies and day temperatures reaching 31 degrees Celsius.

  • 07/23/2021

    The Czech Republic registered 197 new cases of Covid-19 on Thursday, which is 29 less than on the same day a week ago. It is the first time in three weeks that the daily increase has dropped below the 200 mark. The reproduction number is at 0.93, The Czech Republic now has an average 14 new cases per week per 100,000 inhabitants. The government is pushing ahead with vaccinations, but Prime Minister Andrej Babiš announced earlier this week that he had no plans to make them compulsory.

  • 07/23/2021

    A museum documenting the history of the Lennon Wall in Prague opened to the public in Prague’s Lesser Quarter of Friday, July 23. Titled - The Lennon Wall Story – the museum is located in the basement below Napa bar in Malá Strana, and will be open to visitors on Fridays and weekends. The exhibition presents dozens of period photographs by famous as well as unknown authors, thematic publications, and a documentary film about the history of the Lennon Wall.

    The Lennon Wall, which stands near the capital’s Kampa Park, became a famous symbol of unofficial anti-communist resistance during the 1980s and a popular tourist site after the fall of the Iron Curtain. Over the years it underwent many changes and was on several occasions vandalized by graffiti artists.

  • 07/23/2021

    The Salvation Army and the NGO Naděje (Hope) have launched a street project aimed at inoculating homeless people against Covid-19. Mobile teams are offering vaccinations in several parts of Prague. Homeless people, of whom there are approximately 2,800 in the Czech capital would otherwise fall through the net of the governments vaccination strategy, since they do not have health insurance and would not be able to pay for a vaccine. So far around 100 homeless people have received the single-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

  • 07/23/2021

    The Senate has approved –in its first reading - a bill that would give Czechs abroad postal voting rights in parliamentary and presidential elections. The bill, submitted by fifty senators, will now be debated in the individual Senate committees. If approved the bill would take effect next year.

    The Czech Republic is one of the last five EU countries that do not yet have voting by mail. Postal voting would benefit around 600,000 Czechs who live abroad. At present they can only vote at embassies, which is costly and time consuming. Earlier this year Czechs living overseas launched a campaign in support of postal voting, tracking kilometers they have run or walked – to highlight the distances they often have to cover in order to cast their ballot.

  • 07/23/2021

    Tennis player Petra Kvitová and basketball player Tomáš Satoranský will carry the Czech flag at the opening ceremony of the 32nd Olympic Games in Tokyo on Friday. It will be the first time that two athletes have been flag bearers for the Czech team at an Olympics.

    Petra Kvitová is a two-time Wimbledon winner while Satoranský, who plays for the Chicago Bulls, has led the Czech Republic’s basketball team to its first Olympics since the country gained independence.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 07/23/2021

    The number of athletes on the Czech Olympic team in Tokyo to test positive for Covid-19 has now risen to four. The latest confirmed case involves cyclist Michal Schlegel, whose positive test was announced on Thursday.

    He and four other athletes – two beach volleyball players and a table tennis player – were on a special plane to the Olympics last Friday. A doctor on board was the first person to test positive; it later transpired he had not been vaccinated against the coronavirus.  It also reported that most passengers took off their respirators as soon as the plane took off.

    Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has described the situation as a scandal and unfair to the athletes.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 07/22/2021

    The Czech Senate has approved financial compensation for thousands of Czech women who were unlawfully forced to undergo sterilisation between 1996 and 2012. The women are set to each receive CZK 300,000 once the legislation has been signed into law by the president.

    Many of the women concerned were from the country’s Roma minority. In some cases they were coerced into signing consent forms while they were in labour or were recovering from Caesarean sections.

    Thursday’s vote followed a long campaign for justice for the victims.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 07/22/2021

    Influential Czech businessman Roman Janoušek re-entered prison on Thursday after a court ruled that he was well enough to see out the rest of his sentence. He had previously been released while serving a four-and-a-half-year term, for hit and run, after undergoing brain surgery and on the grounds he had an incurable disease.

    At one point on Thursday a missing person alert for Mr. Janoušek was issued. However, he later turned up himself at Prague’s Pankrác prison.

    Author: Ian Willoughby

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