• 11/25/2020

    The Czech Television advisory board of the has elected a new five-member supervisory board, two weeks after sacking the previous members without notice.

    Their sacking came following a dispute over the purchase of a plot of land for the public broadcaster’s studio in Ostrava. Minister of Culture Lubomír Zaorálek argued it was not done in accordance with the law governing Czech Television.

    The new supervisory board members are Eva Hubková, Petr Juchelka, Jan Lamser, Michal Petrman, and Zuzana Prokopcová. Hubková has worked in economic positions at Czech Television, Juchelka is a tax advisor, Lamser is a financial consultant, Petrman worked for the consultancy Deloitte, and Prokopcová is an auditor.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 11/25/2020

    The Czech Football Association ethics committee has initiated disciplinary proceedings against 17 of 20 people being prosecuted for allegedly influencing results of second and third league matches and embezzling property of the Pilsen branch.

    At the same time, the committee has suspended its investigation until a decision by law enforcement authorities. The highest-ranking person accused is the former association vice-chairman, Roman Berbr, who also served at the head of the Pilsen association.

    Reportedly, the charge mainly concerns matches that saw Vyšehrad advance to the second league in the 2018/19 season and related wagers. Berbr has been in custody since October as was the former Vyšehrad sports director, Roman Rogoz.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 11/25/2020

    The recording Bohemian Tales with Czech conductor Jakub Hrůša and featuring violinist Augustin Hadelich has been nominated for a Grammy Award. The winners are to be announced on January 31.

    The album comprises violin compositions by the famous Czech composers Antonín Dvořák, Josef Suk and Leoš Janáček was made with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

    Hrůša and Hadelich performed Dvořák’s Violin Concerto together for the first time in 2017, accompanied by the New York Philharmonic. The New York Times called named Hrůša a fast-rising star and Hadelich among the best violinists of his generation.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 11/25/2020

    Thursday should be cool and cloudy with average daytime highs of 3 to 6 degrees Celsius.

  • 11/25/2020

    The lower house of Parliament’s budget committee has rejected the plenary’s recommendation to approve the 2021 draft state budget. Only MPs from Prime Minister Andrej Babiš’s ANO party voted in favour of the proposal, which failed to pass by one vote.

    In the first reading, the lower house voted in favour of a CZK 320 billion budget deficit. It was supported by President Miloš Zeman and passed with support by ANO, Social Democrat and Communist Party deputies.

    Tthe Communists, who have tolerated Babiš’s minority coalition government in exchange for policy concessions, have pushed to transfer money from the Czech Army budget, in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic. ANO’s junior coalition partner, the Social Democrats, have argued for boosting the Ministry of Culture budget by 300 million crowns.

    Basic budget figures, such as revenue, expenditure and deficit, can no longer be changed by MPs. They can suggest transfers within the budget and similar proposals up until next Wednesday, when the second reading is schedule.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 11/25/2020

    Central Crisis Staff head Jan Hamáček has said the spread of Covid-19 has not slowed sufficiently enough for the government to definitively consider further easing restrictions at its meeting on Sunday (November 29).

    Hamáček, who is also the interior minister, told reporters that while the Counter-Epidemic Score (PES) has remained at 57 (on a scale of 100) for several days, it has not fallen as much as hoped and in certain regions is increasing.

    The PES envisions five levels of alertness. The score is calculated from the value of the reproduction number, the rate of positive test results over the past seven days and the number of infected among the general and senior population.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 11/25/2020

    Another suspected pollutant has been found in the Bečva River, where cyanide poisoning this September killed all living organisms along a 40-km stretch, including over 32,000 tons of fish.

    Mayor Robert Stržínek said foam has formed on the water surface, as when excessive traces of nickel were identified some weeks after the cyanide poisoning in Moravia.

    The Environment Ministry had commissioned an ecological survey of the Bečva River, the site of the country’s worst environmental disaster in a decade.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 11/25/2020

    The number of people infected with Covid-19 in the Czech Republic since the start of the pandemic has crossed the 500,000 mark, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Health.

    The country registered 5,854 new cases on Tuesday, which is 1,600 more than on the previous day. Over 78,000 people are currently fighting the disease; the death toll is now at 7,499.

  • 11/25/2020

    Television presenter Kamila Moučková, who broke the news of the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968 has died at the age of 92.

    A Charter 77 signatory, Moučkova refused to bow to demands of the new hard-line communist leadership and was forced to leave her job and make a living as a saleswoman or waitress during the normalization era.

    She returned to Czechoslovak public television after the fall of communism where she briefly hosted her own show.

  • 11/24/2020

    Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has said he would like to give people the chance to get themselves tested with a rapid antigen test for free in the run up to Christmas.

    The prime minister said this would help bring the situation under control and could take place as soon as restrictions on people gathering are further eased.

    Speaking at a meeting of the army leadership, the prime minister thanked the army for its help in dealing with the coronavirus crisis, saying the assistance being given by soldiers in hospitals, care facilities and testing centres was invaluable.

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