• 10/12/2021

    The speaker of the Czech Senate, Miloš Vystrčil, has asked the head of President Miloš Zeman’s office, Vratislav Mynář, for a prognosis on the head of state’s health. Mr. Zeman is currently hospitalised in Prague with an unidentified chronic illness.

    Mr. Vystrčil said on Tuesday that senators were concerned about whether the president’s health allowed him to fulfil the duties of his office. He said Mr. Mynář had not yet provided the general information that members of the upper house expected.

    Mr. Zeman, who is 77, has neuropathy of the feet that has left him wheelchair-bound, as well as type two diabetes.

    Media outlets have reported that he also has ascites (the abnormal build-up of fluid in the abdomen), while ex-president Vaclav Klaus has said he suffers from a liver problem.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 10/12/2021

    Police have begun prosecuting a 17-year-old boy and a girl of 16 for spraying graffiti on Prague’s Charles Bridge in July. The teenagers are facing charges of harming the belongings of others.

    The damage was estimated at CZK 100,000 when turquoise graffiti appeared on the 14th century bridge’s railings, the pedestal of a statue of St. Augustine and lamp-stands. The two teens, who were seen on CCTV footage, have confessed to causing the damage.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 10/12/2021

    The State Attorney’s Office has called for a nine-year jail term and a CZK 25 million fine for the former head of the Czech Football Association, Miroslav Pelta, over alleged abuse of sports subsidies. It also wants a five-year term and a CZK 2 million fine for Miroslav Janstu, the chairman of the Czech Sports Union, and 10 years for Simona Kratochvílová, a former deputy education minister.

    Ms. Kratochvílová is accused of influencing sports grants to the benefit of the two men and supplying them with information.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 10/12/2021

    It should be mainly overcast in the Czech Republic on Wednesday, with an average high temperature of 9 degrees Celsius. The following days will also be cloudy, but slightly warmer.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 10/12/2021

    The Czech basketball player Tomáš Satoranský made his first appearance for New Orleans Saints in a pre-season game against Utah Jazz on Monday. In a 16-minute outing Satoranský notched up four points and assists in a 96:127 defeat for his new club.

    The Czech, who is 29, joined New Orleans from the Chicago Bulls in the summer.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 10/12/2021

    Zbyněk Stanjura of the Civic Democrats is being spoken of as a candidate for the post of finance minister, amid speculation over personnel in a new government being formed by the Together and Pirates-Mayors coalitions, which can form a majority after general elections at the weekend. The Pirate Party are tipped to get two cabinet posts, including minister for regional development and digitalisation for leader Ivan Bartoš.

    Together, comprising the Civic Democrats, the Christian Democrats and TOP09, should get nine government departments, while the Pirates and Mayors are in line for six, according to reports.

    Mayors chairman Vít Rakušan has previously said he is interested in the post of minister of the interior while the leader of TOP09, Markéta Pekarová Adamová, is being spoken of as a possible speaker of the lower house or minister of labour and social affairs.

    In any case, the Together group is demanding that one of its MPs serve as new speaker.

    The Civic Democrats’ Petr Fiala is in line to be prime minister.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 10/12/2021

    Czech authorities registered 1,345 new Covid-19 cases on Monday, about two-thirds more than on the same day a week ago, and the highest daily increase since May 11.

    The number of people being treated in hospital for coronavirus stood at 373, the most since early June, according to Ministry of Health data. About 20 percent of patients are in serious condition.

    The reproductive number, which indicates how many other people likely will be infected by one person testing positive, now stands at 1.17. The reproductive number has been rising since late August, with the close of the summer holiday season.

    To date, over 1.7 million Covid-19 cases have been recorded in the Czech Republic. About 30,512 infected with the virus died.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 10/12/2021

    The Czech football team defeated Belarus on Monday evening in their penultimate of eight World Cup qualifiers. With their 2:0 victory is the Group E runner-up and advances to the playoffs.

    Patrick Schick scored 22 minutes into the first half with an assist from Michal Sadílek. Adam Hložek scored his first goal for the national team 65 minutes in after an assist from Schick.

    Coach Jaroslav Šilhavý's charges still have the same number of points in Group E as Wales, who have played one less match. Only the group winner, most likely Belgium, will advance directly to the championship.

    Monday’s match took place in neutral Russia as European airlines have banned flights to Belarus as part of sanctions.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 10/11/2021

    The leadership of the Pirate Party takes responsibility for the loss of seats in the Chamber of Deputies after the weekend elections, chairman Ivan Bartoš informed party members. He indicated its forum in January will determine further steps.

    Some Pirate Party members have called on Bartoš to resign, but the majority of those who voted in the poll on the party's website were against him stepping down.

    Of the 37 seats that the coalition of the Pirate Party and Mayors and Independents (STAN) won in the elections, 33 will be held by STAN and only four by the Pirate Party. For the Pirates this is a considerable loss, given that in this electoral period they had 22 seats.

    The result is due to the high number of preferential votes that STAN candidates received on the coalition ballots. Bartoš said a “disinformation campaign” waged by Prime Minister Andrej Babiš's ANO party and the far-right Freedom and Direct Democracy (SPD) also had a significant impact.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 10/11/2021

    Two teams from Czech universities have been awarded the European Citizen’s Prize for their efforts and innovations to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

    The Masaryk University Volunteer Centre in Brno, MUNI HELPS, was honoured with a 2021 prize for organising some 3,800 volunteers in to help in various areas since the outbreak of the pandemic.

    Researchers from the Czech Institute of Computer Science, Robotics and Cybertechnology at the Technical University (ČVUT) in Prague were awarded a 2020 prize for developing a 3D-printer respiratory mask.

    Representatives of the groups received the prizes, which have been awarded by the European Parliament since 2008, in Prague on Monday.

    Author: Brian Kenety

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