• 07/20/2021

    The Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs of the Czech Senate has not recommended that the chamber discuss whether President Miloš Zeman is unfit to continue in his office, news site iDnes.cz reported on Tuesday.

    The proposal to declare Miloš Zeman unfit to continue as president of the Czech Republic was originally put forward in June by the Senate’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Security, according to article 66 of the constitution.

    A total of 15 constitutional experts were consulted in the decision. However, the Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs found insufficient reasons to support the proposal.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 07/20/2021

    Wednesday will see temperatures range around 23 degrees Celsius with overcast skies particularly over the northern and southern parts of the country.

  • 07/20/2021

    Petr Janda’s revitalization design of the Prague riverfront area, commonly known as “Náplavka“, has received special mention in this year’s A+Awards – the annual architecture competition organised by the prestigious  Architizer platform.

    The same architect’s “Floating pool for Prague” project, which proposes the construction of a unique swimming pool design on the Vltava River in Prague, was named Jury Winner in the Sports & Recreation: Unbuilt Sports & Recreation category. Mr Janda says that discussions are currently underway with Prague City Hall and that the swimming pool could be built within the next two or three years.

    Architect Lina Bellovičová’s eco-friendly “House LO“ project received was named Jury Winner in the Residential: Private House category.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 07/20/2021

    Neurosurgeon Vladimír Beneš Sr. died on Sunday at the age of 100, Czech Television reported on Tuesday, citing information provided by his family.

    Dr Beneš is considered the founder of Czech child neurosurgery. In 1978 he set up the Child Neurosurgery Department at Motol Hospital in Prague which he led for several decades. The department was known for its progressive and unique methods in treating patients.

    Vladimír Beneš Sr. was the oldest in a line of three distinguished Czech physicians, all of whom carry the same name. His grandson, Vladimír Beneš Jr., currently heads the Child Neurosurgery Department at Motol Hospital.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 07/20/2021

    Following the positive coronavirus test of Czech beach volleyball player Ondřej Perušič it has now come to light that Simon Nausch, the coach of female volleyball players Markéta Nausch Sluková and Barbora Hermannová, also has coronavirus, Czech Radio’s correspondent reported from Tokio on Tuesday. Both Nausch Sluková and Hermannová are still waiting for their test results, which should be announced later on Tuesday.

    This is the third positive case detected in the Czech team. In addition to Perušič, one member of the support team also tested positive for COVID-19 shortly after arriving in Tokyo. All of the infected travelled in the same aircraft that transported dozens of Czech Olympic athletes to the upcoming Tokio games last week.

    The Tokio Olympic Games are set to start this Friday.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 07/20/2021

    Two soldiers were seriously injured in an explosion that took place at the Brdy military training zone near the Dolejší Padrťský pond on Tuesday. Czech Radio‘s sources say that one person is likely to lose a limb while the other has sustained serius burns on the upper part of his body. Their condition is now stabilised.

    The explosion is connected to a pyrotechnical survey that was taking place in the area.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 07/20/2021

    Foreign minister Jakub Kulhánek (Social Democrats) has announced the formation of a special group of coordinators who will manage the cooperation in the coronavirus response between Czechia, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary and Slovenia. He did not rule out the possibility of further measures on the countries‘ borders. The statements were made in a press conference organised during the ongoing Central European Five (C5) meeting in the northern Bohemian town of Mělník on Tuesday.

    Topics of discussions between the five countries include cooperation in combatting the coronavirus pandemic, the enlargement of the European Union to include the Western Balkans and cooperation in the Eastern Partnership project, which develops closers ties with countries of Eastern Europe and the Caucasus.

    The meeting of foreign ministers took place several times under Kulhánek’s predecessor Tomáš Petříček (ČSSD). They are due to meet again in May, in the Slovak capital Bratislava, to discuss the situation in Ukraine and EU-Russia relations, with their Ukrainian counterpart Dmytr Kuleba attending.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 07/20/2021

    A cross made of beams from the roof of a Czech church damaged by a tornado in June will be installed on the podium from which Pope Francis will make his addresses when visiting neighbouring Slovakia.

    The Moravská Nová Ves church priest said that the cross will be made of two beams of respectively six and three metres in length.

    After celebrating the closing Mass of the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest on September 12, the Pope will visit Slovakia for several days, with stops in Bratislava, Prešov, Košice and Šaštin, a place of pilgrimage in the Trnava region.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 07/20/2021

    The government has decided that as of September, state health insurance will not cover preventive tests for Covid-19, which people need, for example, when travelling abroad, attending cultural events or eating in restaurants, Minister of Health Adam Vojtěch told reporters on Monday.

    Children under 12 will have an exception, as no vaccination is currently approved for them. Covid-19 tests will also continue to be reimbursed to people who cannot be vaccinated for health reasons and to those who have had their first dose.

    Meanwhile, more walk-in vaccination centres, such as at Nový Smíchov shopping centre in Prague, are being established in all regions. On Wednesday, they will open at malls in Ostrava and Brno, in addition to Liberec and Ústí nad Labem.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 07/19/2021

    The Delta variant of the coronavirus constitutes between 70 to 80 percent of all infections in the Czech Republic, according to the Institute of Health Information and Statistics, based on data obtained during the last two weeks.

    The British mutation, which was spreading in the Czech Republic mainly at the beginning of the year, now accounts for around 10 percent of Covid-19 cases. There have been only isolated cases of the South African and Brazilian variants.

    Laboratories have also detected a case of the new Delta Plus variant, in the South Moravian region. Scientists have not yet reported on the characteristics of this mutation, so it is unclear if it is more contagious or marked by more severe symptoms.

    Author: Brian Kenety

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