• 09/12/2022

    Barbora Krejčíková and Kateřina Siniaková won the US Open womens’ doubles on Sunday, their third grand slam title this year, after beating Caty McNally and Taylor Townsend 3:6 7:5 6:1 at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.

    It was a close game in which the Czech duo managed to come back after being one set down and losing 1:4 in the second.

  • 09/11/2022

    Czechia’s Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský told Czech Television on Sunday that he expects EU member states to be united on the question of extending the bloc’s sanctions against Russia in mid-September. He also said that no further package of sanctions is currently being prepared.

    The EU extended its list of sanctions several times since Russian troops invaded Ukraine on a large scale in February. Currently, there are 1,217 individuals and 108 entities on the EU’s sanctions list, the Czech News Agency reports. There needs to be agreement in the European bloc in order for the EU to be able to extend their duration.

  • 09/11/2022

    Czechia will be represented at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral by Prime Minister Petr Fiala, the country’s president, Miloš Zeman, told radio Frekvence 1 on Sunday.

    President Zeman said that he had been forbidden by doctors to fly due to medical reasons and that he therefore asked the prime minister to attend instead.

    Earlier on Sunday, Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský said that who would represent Czechia will only be decided if the country receives an invitation to the funeral, which is set to take place on September 19.

  • 09/11/2022

    The opposition ANO party came in first in a newly released Kantar CZ poll for Czech Television with 30.5 percent of respondents saying that they would vote for the party in the next elections into the Chamber of Deputies. They were followed by the Civic Democrats with 19.5 percent and the Freedom and Direct Democracy party with 11 percent. The Pirate Party and the Mayors and Independents would also pass the 5 percent threshold to get into the lower-house, getting 8.5 and 6.5 percent of the hypothetical vote respectively.

    Meanwhile, the TOP 09 party and the Christian Democrats, who are both members of the ruling Together coalition with the Civic Democrats, polled below the threshold. 4.5 percent of respondents said that they would vote for TOP 09 and 4 percent said they would choose the Christian Democrats at the ballot box.

    The Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia placed highest among the non-represented parties in the lower-house, with 3.5 percent, followed by the Oath movement and the Social Democrats who both received 3 percent of the hypothetical vote.

    If the Together coalition were to run as a single bloc in the elections it would receive 29 percent of the vote, behind first placed ANO which was preferred by 32 percent of respondents when asked this question. A coalition of the Pirates and Mayors would come in fourth, behind Freedom and Direct Democracy (11 percent) with 10 percent of the vote.

  • 09/11/2022

    The Czech government would like to cap electricity prices for households, schools and hospitals, Finance Minister Zbyněk Stanjura told Czech Television on Sunday. He also said that he will recommend to the government that electricity prices be guaranteed for the whole industrial sector, even though this carries risks as it could be interpreted as unauthorized public support.

    The minister said that he would like to see electricity prices for businesses capped at EUR 200 per megawatt hour. He was unwilling to disclose the planned price cap for households, but said that it should be high enough to cover electricity producers’ costs and allow them an appropriate profit.

    The government’s national plan for tackling the energy crisis should be unveiled next week.

  • 09/11/2022

    Saturday saw 458 people test positive for coronavirus, around a fifth more than on the same day last week. Hospitalisation rose by 10 on Saturday to a total of 637, the Czech News Agency reports citing data released by the Ministry of Health.

    Saturday’s rise in cases folows a pattern of daily increases since Monday. The incidence number - the average number of cases per 100,000 people over the past seven days - currently lies at 117, up by 15 when compared to last week. Hradec Králové Region is currently the most affected, with an incidence rate of 143.

  • 09/11/2022

    Monday should see temperatures lie at around 20 degrees Celsius, with overcast skies and windspeeds of up to 14 kilometers per hour.

  • 09/11/2022

    The latest date by which citizens will begin to benefit from the energy measures agreed by EU ministers on Friday will be January 1, 2023, Industry and Trade Minister Jozef Síkela told CNN Prima News on Sunday. However, he said that the first part of national measures aimed at combating the energy crisis will come into force already before the onset of the heating season, including energy savings tariff benefits.

    The European Commission is expected to prepare the details of the EU plan to use windfall profits from cheaper energy producers to help consumers next week. The Czech national plan to combat the energy crisis is expected to be announced at the beginning of next week.

    Note: This news item has been corrected after an original mistranslation of the word "nejzazší", which means "at the latest".

  • 09/11/2022

    A male gorilla called Kisumu has arrived in Prague Zoo after being transported from Zoo Schmiding in Austria, the director of Prague Zoo Miroslav Bobek announced on Twitter on Saturday. Kisumu is expected to ensure the continuation of the city zoo’s gorilla population.

    In June, it was announced that Prague Zoo will also acquire a female gorilla called Duni, who is the mother of the first baby gorilla ever to be born in Czechia - Moji.

  • 09/11/2022

    The minister of interior and chairman of the Mayors and Independents, Vít Rakušan, should resign according to 56 percent of respondents in a survey conducted by the Median agency for Czech Radio. Around a quarter of those asked said that the minister should remain in his post. The survey showed that it was mainly voters of opposition parties and those that are not represented in Parliament that wan Mr Rakušan to resign.

    Mr Rakušan has come under pressure after a member of his party, the former councilor of Prague City Hall Petr Hlubuček, was charged by the police for allegations of corruption in the city’s Public Transit Company in what has become known as the “Dozimetr scandal”. Shortly thereafter, the minister placed Petr Mlejnek into the position of head of the country’s foreign intelligence service, even though he knew that Mr Mlejnek had been meeting with one of the central actors in the Dozimetr scandal, businessman Michal Redl.