• 06/12/2021

    The country’s political leaders, including Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, Senate chairman Miloš Vystrčil and Culture Minister Lubomír Zaorálek, attended a ceremony commemorating the 76th anniversary of the razing of Lidice by the Nazis on Saturday.

    The old Lidice, a village north-west of Prague was one of two villages which were completely destroyed by German forces in reprisal for the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, the highest ranking Nazi official in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia.

    On June 10th of 1942, all 173 men over 15 years of age were rounded up and shot, while the women and children were to concentration camps, where many died. The other village, Ležáky was razed to the ground in a similar manner a fortnight later.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 06/12/2021

    Friday saw 180 new cases of the coronavirus detected in the Czech Republic, the lowest week-day number since August 10, according to the Ministry of Health data. On average, there were 15 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over the past seven days.

    Nearly 110,000 people were inoculate with a Covid-19 vaccine on Friday. So far, over 6.4 million jabs have already been distributed in the Czech Republic with over two million of people having received the necessary two doses.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 06/12/2021

    The newly established European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) based in Luxembourg has taken over the case of Prime Minster Andrej Babiš’s conflict of interest, the news site iRozhlas.cz reported on Saturday.

    The independent office was launched on June 1 to take over all the more serious matters with an impact on the EU budget, on which the Public Prosecutor’s Office started working after November 2017. So far is has taken over 12 cases from the Czech Republic.

    According to a final audit by the European Commission, released in April, the Czech prime minister continues to influence the multi-billion crown corporation Agrofert he established, even after he was forced to place it into trust funds to meet a strict new conflict of interest law.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 06/11/2021

    Saturday should be partly cloudy with scattered showers and day temperatures between 21 and 25 degrees Celsius.

  • 06/11/2021

    Despite the easing of coronavirus restrictions the Covid-19 epidemic continues to recede with only 190 new cases reported on Thursday. On the same day last week there were 400 new cases. The number of new cases per week has dropped to 16 to 100,000 inhabitants. The highest number of infections is in the South Bohemian and the Liberec regions. The number of Coronavirus-related deaths have remained below ten per day for the past fortnight. In March they averaged around 200 a day.

    According to the head of the Institute for health Information and Statistics Ladislav Dušek there are eight to nine districts which are still potentially risky and which need to watched to prevent the epidemic flaring up again.

  • 06/11/2021

    Křižíkova street in Prague is the eleventh most fashionable street in the world, according to the global media brand Time Out.  Time Out highlights its Art Nouveau houses, the Church of St. Cyril and Methodius, the trendy local stores and the recently renovated Negrelli Bridge.

    Smith Street in Melbourne tops the list, followed by Passeig de Sant Joan in Barcelona and  South Bank in London.

  • 06/11/2021

    Facebook has announced that it had blocked the account of Czech MP Lubomír Volný, for repeatedly violating its rules. "We deleted Lubomír Volný's account which contained republished material that violates our standards, especially the rules regarding the spread of hatred, bullying, harassment and nudity," a spokeswoman for Facebook said.

    Volný, who was elected to the Chamber of Deputies for the Freedom and Direct Democracy Party has been a vocal opponent of the government measures against coronavirus.

  • 06/11/2021

    The central register for Covid vaccines opened to foreign nationals and Czechs without health insurance on Friday. According to the Health Ministry they will get the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and the price should not exceed 850 crowns.

    The system will also direct foreign nationals to centres with English-speaking staff. It is not clear how many people this may concern. According to Interior Ministry statistics there were over 656,000 foreigners living in the country at the end of the first quarter. Over 344,000 of them have permanent residence in the Czech Republic.

  • 06/11/2021

    Unseeded Czech Barbora Krejčíková has reached the finals of the Roland Garros after beating No.17 seed Maria Sakkari of Greece in three sets (7:5, 4:6 and 9:7).

    A doubles specialist, Krejčíková is competing at the French Open for what could be her first Grand Slam title in singles. Krejčíková’s match with Sakkari was hard fought, lasting 3 hours and 18 minutes.

    In Saturday’s final, the 25-year-old will face No.31 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia. If victorious, Krejčíková would be the first Czech woman to lift the Suzanne Lenglen Cup since Hana Mandlíkova in 1981.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 06/11/2021

    The Prague Proms international music festival gets underway in Prague on Friday with a concert in the city’s Municipal House, featuring the work of celebrated film music composer John Williams.

    The Czech National Symphony Orchestra, led by Steven Mercurio, will perform film music from Star Wars, Jaws and Indiana Jones in a show called The Best of John Williams. The festival will also offer a wide range of other genres. It runs till September 22.

    Author: Brian Kenety

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