• 09/20/2022

    Striker Patrik Schick, who plays for German club Bayer Leverkusen, has won the Golden Ball award for the best Czech footballer of the season for the first time in his career, the Czech News Agency reports. He has knocked the winner from 2020 and 2021, midfielder Tomáš Souček, who plays for West Ham, from the top spot.

    Schick, who is 26, also won the title of Czech Footballer of the Year 2021 in a poll organised by the Czech Football Association in May.

    The winner of the Golden Ball is decided each year by a poll of Czech sports journalists. The organisers of the competition announced the winners in Prague on Tuesday.

    Author: Anna Fodor
  • 09/20/2022

    Wednesday will continue to be overcast with temperatures hovering around 13 degrees Celsius. There is a chance of some rain in the afternoon and evening.

    Author: Anna Fodor
  • 09/20/2022

    The member states of the European Union formally approved a loan of five billion euros for Ukraine on Tuesday, the Czech News Agency reports. EU finance ministers agreed on the aid, which will cover Ukraine's expenses for about a month, at an informal meeting in Prague last week.

    The approved loan follows from an EU summit at the end of May where leaders gave the green light to a financial support package worth nine billion euros. However, due to disputes over the method of guarantee, only one billion has been released so far. Czech finance minister Zbyněk Stanjura declared today on behalf of the Czech EU presidency that he will press for the approval of the remaining three billion euros from the aforementioned package at further meetings with his colleagues.

    The European Commission wants to release the approved financial support in installments. Ukraine could receive the first installment in October.

    Author: Anna Fodor
  • 09/20/2022

    Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský will meet with ministers from the Visegrad Group countries, the Bucharest Nine, and the Foreign Affairs Council on the sidelines of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly currently taking place at the UN Headquarters in New York, the Czech News Agency reports.

    As the presiding country of the EU Council, Czechia is also organising many events and the foreign minister is due to make a record number of appearances at the assembly. He will make a speech on Wednesday evening in the General Debate, and on Thursday evening, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is hosting a Transatlantic dinner at which Mr. Lipavský will speak about the legacy of the first president of the Czech Republic, Václav Havel.

    The Czech head of diplomacy also has meetings planned with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, UN Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo, and his counterparts from various countries around the world including Azerbaijan, Japan, and the UAE, among others. The main topics of the meetings include the war in Ukraine and its effects, including inflation and the energy and food crises.

    Author: Anna Fodor
  • 09/20/2022

    Czech company Allwyn Entertainment, part of a conglomerate owned by Czech billionaire businessman Karel Komárek, has been made the official operator of the UK National Lottery. The ten-year licence to operate the National Lottery is the largest public sector contract in the UK.

    The Gambling Commission, the public body responsible for regulating gambling in Britain, made the decision on Tuesday. They had already chosen Allwyn to be the operator of the licence back in the spring; however, the company Camelot, which has been operating the lottery until now, appealed against the decision.

    Allwyn won, among other things, by promising to raise significantly more for charity than Camelot and to invest heavily in new digital products.

    Author: Anna Fodor
  • 09/20/2022

    There were 3,786 new confirmed cases of covid-19 registered in Czechia on Monday. This is the highest number of new cases recorded in a single day since mid-April and an increase of about 500 from the same day a week ago.

    However, the number of hospitalised patients has decreased in a week-on-week comparison. There were 806 people in hospital with the virus on Monday, down from 863 on the same day last week.

    Author: Anna Fodor
  • 09/20/2022

    Czechia’s foreign debt decreased by CZK 64 billion in the second quarter of 2022, lying at CZK 4.567 trillion at the end of June. However, in year-on-year terms, the country’s foreign debt is CZK 338 billion higher than it was at the same time last year, according to preliminary data released by the Czech National Bank on Tuesday.

    Czechia’s foreign debt is currently equivalent to 74.3 percent of its GDP.

  • 09/20/2022

    Monday’s funeral of Queen Elizabeth II was dignified, spiritual and carried an air of the greatness of the deceased monarch, Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala told Czech Television after the event. The Czech head of government, together with his wife, represented Czechia at the funeral in London. He was seated in Westminster Abbey behind US President Joe Biden, something that Fiala said was a dignified position for Czechia.

    The Czech prime minister said that he also had the opportunity to speak to Britain’s new monarch, Charles III, and invited him to Prague. Charles III, for his part, recalled meeting Mr Fiala 12 years ago when the Czech was still a university professor. He also mentioned the projects that he took part in in Czechia, such as helping restore the Baroque gardens below Prague Castle.

    Charles III, Mr Fiala said, has all the prerequisites to be a good king, possessing humanity, empathy and an interest in current world issues.

  • 09/19/2022

    The first ship carrying liquefied natural gas (LNG) for Czechia has arrived at the Dutch port of Eemshaven and is getting ready to lay anchor, ČEZ spokesman Roman Gazdík told the Czech News Agency on Monday. The ship arrived from the United States and carries 100 million cubic metres of gas, Mr Gazdík said. It is the first of eight shipments planned for this year.

    Czechia has rented part of the terminal in Eemshaven and it is expected that the LNG supplied through the facility will be sufficient to cover up to a third of the country’s annual gas requirements.

  • 09/19/2022

    The Council of Prague City Hall on Monday approved a plan to purchase up to 200 new trams and asked the Prague Public Transit Company (DPP) to commission the relevant tender, website Zdopravy.cz reports. It is the first time in 17 years that a tram tender will be held in Prague.

    Councillor for Transport Adam Scheinherr said that City Hall will order 40 carriages to be delivered by 2026, with the contract allowing for a further purchase of 160 vehicles depending on need.

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