• 11/27/2020

    Sparta Prague beat Glasgow Celtic 4:1 at home in football’s Europa League on Thursday night. Two of the goals came from Lukáš Juliš, who had scored a hat-trick when Sparta previously beat Celtic in Scotland. The result leaves the Czech side with a chance of advancing to the knockout stage of the competition.

    Slavia Prague are close to reaching the next stage after a 3:1 win over Nice on Match Day four.

    Slovan Liberec, meanwhile, look set to exit the Europa League after losing 2:0 to Hoffenheim at home.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 11/27/2020

    Police have confiscated several million crowns in cash belonging to the former vice-president of the Czech Football Association, Roman Berbr, who is accused of game-rigging, Czech Television reported on Thursday. They also found that Berbr controls a corporation in the Seychelles, with a capital of 100,000 US dollars through which he can do business in the Czech Republic. On the grounds of these revelations the court ruled that he be remanded in custody.

    Roman Berbr and 18 others face charges of corruption and large-scale game-rigging in the second and third divisions.

  • 11/27/2020

    The ruling parties in the coalition government, ANO and the Social Democrats, say they will preserve the coalition despite their differences over a tax reform which the ANO party pushed through the lower house last week.

    The tax reform which introduces a 15 percent tax for low and medium income groups, would benefit millions of people, but critics from the Social Democratic Party, which originally backed the plan, say the state can ill afford the enormous fall-out in revenues, projected at 130 billion crowns annually, in light of the coronavirus crisis.The bill will now be debated in the Senate.

  • 11/26/2020

    Friday should be overcast around the country with morning fog and day temperatures between -1 and 3 degrees Celsius.

  • 11/26/2020

    The Ministry of Defence has signed a contract with the Czech company Glomex MS for the supply of up to 1,200 Toyota Hilux off-road vehicles, Jakub Fajnor from the ministry’s press department told the ctk news agency.

    The army will pay 1.07 billion crowns for the delivery. The off-road vehicles are to replace the outdated UAZ 463 and Land Rover Defenders currently used.

  • 11/26/2020

    Lawyer and deputy interior minister, Petr Mlsna, who is slated to be the next head of the Anti-Trust Office has said he will work to increase the transparency of the antitrust authority's decision-making, and intends to explain the verdicts on serious cases to the public, unlike his predecessors.

    In an interview for Novinky.cz Mlsna said that he would end the practice of non-standard meetings at the office and insist that people in the top management have security clearance.

    The office’s former head Petr Rafaj was dismissed over allegations of corruption and abuse of power.

  • 11/26/2020

    MP Jan Lipavský, a deputy for the Pirate Party and deputy chairman of the lower house’s foreign affairs committee, has called on Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček to revoke the diplomatic passport of the president's adviser, Martin Nejedlý, over his planned trip to Russia.

    According to the news sites Respekt and Aktuálně.cz the visit was arranged by a Russian deputy prime minister. Speaking at a press conference in the lower house on Thursday deputy Lipavský said that in view of the fact that official representatives of the Czech Republic and the Russian Federation have not met at ministerial level for over ten years, the visit is a mockery of the Office of the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic.

    He added that he would consider it a waste of taxpayers' money if the Office of the President rented a private plane for this purpose.

  • 11/26/2020

    The epidemiological situation is not as good as we hoped, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said at a press briefing on Thursday announcing the government’s decision to test selected high-risk groups of the population with antigen tests.

    The prime minister said that while antigen tests were not as accurate as the traditional PCR tests, they reliably identified people who were in the highly infectious stage of the disease and could help curb its further spread. He said antigen tests should be applied in schools, care homes and companies.

    The government is to decide on Sunday whether to allow shops, restaurants and services to reopen as of Monday. The decision is eagerly anticipated, but interior minister and head of the Central Crisis Staff, Jan Hamáček, warned on Wednesday that the score on the counter-epidemic system is not decreasing as much as hoped and because of that, it is unclear whether the government will be ready to ease the restrictions further.

  • 11/26/2020

    The 23rd annual education fair Schola Pragensis starts on Thursday in Prague, at which secondary and technical schools present their programmes. This year, due to Covid-19, the fair is being held online. It will be broadcast live on Saturday (November 28) from 9:45am to 6pm.

    In total, nearly 200 schools from Prague and Central Bohemia are taking part in the event. The programme is intended mainly for students in their final year of elementary school. The broadcast and background details are available on the website www.scholapragensis.online.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 11/26/2020

    On Wednesday, there were 4,931 confirmed new coronavirus cases in the Czech Republic, about 600 fewer than a week ago and 900 less than the previous day, Ministry of Health data show. As of Tuesday, 5,413 people were in hospital, of whom 815 were in serious condition. About 50 Covid-19 patients died on Wednesday.

    The Counter-Epidemic Score (PES) has remained at 57 (on a scale of 100) for several days, at the third of five levels of risk alertness. The PES is calculated from the reproduction number (now at 0.96), the rate of positive test results over the past seven days, the total number of cases and those among seniors.

    The Central Crisis Staff is meeting on Sunday to assess developments. Its chairman, Interior Minister Jan Hamáček, said the spread of Covid-19 has not slowed sufficiently to consider easing restrictions, as the number of cases is still rising in certain regions.

    Author: Brian Kenety

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