Czech tennis player Petra Kvitová has reached the US Open fourth round; Kvitová is the only female player in 2012 to reach at least the quarterfinal stage at three grand slam events. On Friday, the left-handed player defeated Frances’ Pauline Parmentier 6:4, 6:4. The former Wimbledon champion faces Marion Bartoli on Sunday.
Police statistics have revealed that 140 people died in road accidents
over the summer. The number is the same as last year - the lowest number
road fatalities in the country since 1990, ČTK reported.
In related news, the final summer fatality was a 14-year-old school girl - tragically struck by a car at a crossing in Prague on Friday. The vehicle was impacted in a crash and sent flying, hitting the teenage pedestrian. She died at the scene.
In related news, the competition next year will by hosted by Prague. Legendary former football international Pavel Nedvěd, 2003’s European footballer of the year and a UEFA Super Cup winner with Lazio in 1999, said in an interview for UEFA that he was “extremely happy” over the choice, saying that the Czech capital had a lot to offer. The Super Cup pits the title holders of the Champions League against the reigning Europa League champions.
Czechs spent just under 17 billion crowns in supplementary charges on medicines at pharmacists last year. The number represents a jump of two percent from 2010. Overall sales of drugs and medicines at pharmacies amounted to almost 64 billion. Pharmacies received a total of almost 74 million prescriptions.
September 1 sees broad changes in public transit routes in the Czech capital come into effect. Czech daily Lidové noviny points out two-thirds of tram and bus routes have seen modification: some routes have been cancelled altogether, while some stops as well as intervals between trams or busses have changed. According to the newspaper, the ‘revolution’ in transit (as it describes it) could be chaotic for commuters, not least for seniors used to relying on long-term routes. The changes by the Prague Transit Authority were introduced to save more than 400 million crowns.
Football’s Atletico de Madrid sent a barrage of shots against Chelsea and goalkeeper Petr Čech in the UEFA Super Cup, scoring four-times against the European Champions. Falcao notched a hat-trick in the first half and Atletico put the match beyond reach with a fourth goal in the second half; Chelsea’s Gary Cahill got a consolation goal for the London club in the 75th minute. This year’s Super Cup was played in Monaco.
Doctors registered 121 new cases of HIV infection in the Czech Republic in the first seven months of 2012; last year the number overall twelve months was 153. According to information from the National Reference Laboratory for AIDS a total of 728,700 thousand tests were conducted from January to the end of July this year. Nine HIV cases developed into AIDS; three patients died. Overall, the number of HIV infections in the country has consistently gone up: in 2002 the number of new cases was 50, compared to last year’s 153 or 2009’s 156. The rise this year suggests that the slight dip in 2011 and 2009 were aberrations in an otherwise upward trend.
The associations of Czech millers and bakers on Friday warned that this year’s poor wheat harvest would increase the prices of bread and other baked products. The wheat harvest is expected to be some 20 percent lower this year due to long periods of drought; that means that one ton will sell at 6,500 crowns, some 30 percent more than in the first half of this year. It’s not clear by how much the prices of bread will increase as bakers’ associations will hold talks with supermarket chains in the coming months; however, bakers say their costs have risen by 20 percent this year due to increased prices of fuel, energy and grain.
Four Lufthansa flights between Prague and Frankfurt were cancelled on Friday due to a strike by the German carrier’s cabin staff. The strike began at 5 AM and lasted for eight hours. The four cancelled flights included two Prague-bound flights arriving at 9:05 and 11:25, and two Frankfurt-bound connections leaving at 9:50 and 12:10, a spokeswoman for Prague airport said. Lufthansa cancelled over 200 flights due to the strike.
The Czech Air Force has officially taken over the NATO Baltic air-policing mission. The commander of the Czech contingent symbolically took over the mission from Poland at a ceremony at the Šiaulia airbase in Lithuania on Friday. The Gripen fighters of the Czech Air Force will start policing the Baltic airspace on Saturday. Their mission will last four months. This is the second time Czech pilots are guarding the airspace of the three Baltic countries – Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia – who lack their own air forces. Czechs were first deployed there in 2009.
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