• 04/06/2024

    Dangerous populist and extremist factions are gaining support and trying to get into power in Czechia, and it is the Mayors and Independents (STAN) party's job not to allow this to happen, Interior Minister and head of the party Vít Rakušan said in his opening speech at the STAN party assembly in Olomouc on Saturday. Mr. Rakušan emphasised the importance of showing the electorate the concrete results of what the government had achieved over the last two years, despite the crises of the war in Ukraine and the influx of refugees to Czechia, in order to show people that simple solutions don't work and that such promises by populists are empty. He added that the political situation in neighbouring countries serves as a warning for how quickly change can come.

    Author: Anna Fodor
  • 04/06/2024

    Kenyan long-distance runner Sabastian Kimaru Sawe won the annual Prague Half Marathon on Saturday, setting a course and personal record of 58:24 minutes, shaving 34 seconds off his previous personal best. Gete Alemayehu from Ethiopia won the women's race with a time of 1:08:10. Patrik Vebr was the first Czech runner to reach the finish line and Tereza Hrochová was the fastest Czech woman.

    A record 15,500 runners from 115 countries took part in the Prague Half Marathon this year.

    Author: Anna Fodor
  • 04/05/2024

    Russia has made “thousands” of attempts to interfere with European rail networks aiming to destabilize the EU and sabotage critical infrastructure, Czech Transport Minister Martin Kupka told the Financial Times. He said Moscow was using various means to weaken European rail networks including attempts to hack signaling and ticket systems.

    The EU Agency for Cybersecurity published a warning about Russian threats to transport in March of last year, reporting major cyber attacks by “pro-Russia hacker groups” on railway companies in Latvia, Lithuania, Romania and Estonia. The Czech cyber security agency, NUKIB, has also warned of rising cyber attacks in recent years, particularly in the areas of energy and transportation.

  • 04/05/2024

    Saturday should be bright and sunny in the western parts of the country and partly cloudy in the east, with day temperatures between 21 and 25 degrees Celsius.

  • 04/05/2024

    The number of children and adolescents overdosing on over-the-counter drugs and alcohol has increased in the last two years, according to information released by the General University Hospital in Prague. Aside from suicide attempts, the most frequent cause of drug or alcohol overdosing is peer pressure on social media. Girls are more likely to overdose than boys. The most frequently abused drugs in the under-15 age bracket are paracetamol, antidepressants and ibuprofen.

  • 04/05/2024

    Czechia is offering to train Ukrainian pilots on F-16 and other fighter jets, Defence Minister Jana Černochová announced  during a visit to the Centre for Aviation Training of the state enterprise LOM in Pardubice. The centre has nine cockpits with forty computers that can simulate the operation of four types of aircraft, including the American F-16 fighter jets. It has offered to provide training at the centre. Ukraine has been promised a number of F-16 aircraft by Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway and Belgium to be delivered within the next few months.

  • 04/05/2024

    The government is planning to effect changes to the system of state benefits so as to target state aid better and make it more effective. As of next year people asking for state support will have to reveal the size of their savings, property and other assets, such as the number of cars they own, Labour and Social Affairs Minister Marian Jurečka told reporters. The planned reform will merge the housing allowance and supplementary housing allowance, child benefits and subsistence allowance into a single benefit that could be received by up to 850, 000 people.

  • 04/05/2024

    Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský has called on more countries to support the Czech shells-for-Ukraine initiative, so as to enable Prague to acquire as much ammunition for the country as possible. Mr. Lipavsky made the appeal at the NATO summit in Brussels where member states discussed further aid for the country. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba who was present at the NATO-Ukraine Council meeting stressed how badly Ukraine needed more military supplies to defend itself against Russian aggression. The overall cost of the Czech shells-for-Ukraine initiative, is estimated at 1.6 to 2 billion euros for 800,000 shells sourced from outside the EU.

  • 04/05/2024

    A several-week-old baby in Hradec Králové died from whooping cough on Wednesday, the third fatality from the disease in Czechia this year. The baby suffered from other infections as well and was transferred to Hradec Králové from another hospital in a critical condition.

    Health officials have recorded over 700 new cases of whooping cough this week, which brings the total number of registered cases to more than 6,000.

    Since the beginning of this year, doctors have administered more than 81,000 vaccines against the respiratory disease, 39,000 more than last year. According to Health Minister Vlastimil Válek, more than 100,000 vaccines will arrive in the country by the end of April.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 04/05/2024

    Czechia will release an additional CZK 10 million to the World Food Programme for humanitarian aid to Gaza, Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský said on Friday. In January of this year the government allocated CZK 5 million for Palestinian civilians to the same program.

    "We cannot stand idly by and watch the worsening humanitarian situation in Gaza, where there is a real threat of famine,” Lipavský wrote on the social network X. The allocation of CZK 5 million for Palestinian civilians through the WFP was announced by President Petr Pavel during his visit to Israel in early January.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková

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