Czech tennis player Petra Kvitová faces French player Marion Bartoli in
the fourth round at the US Open on Sunday; 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 another
player, Pauline Parmentier, 6:4, 6:4.
Earlier, RP reported that Kvitová was playing in the quarterfinals on Sunday. RP regrets the error.
Presidential hopeful Miloš Zeman, a former prime minister and former chairman of the Social Democratic Party, has heavily criticized the sacking of former police president Petr Lessy. Mr Lessy was fired on Wednesday after being charged with libel against a former colleague and abuse of public office. The move, unusually swift, preceded the naming of new police president Martin Červíček. According to Mr Zeman, the move to replace Lessy – who had been at odds with both the interior and finance ministers as well as Prime Minister Petr Nečas – would fuel speculation that investigations into serious corruption cases would be swept under the carpet. He called the move a “major political mistake”.
A snake breeder, who was bitten by a poisonous cobra in the area of Bruntál, remains in serious condition in a hospital in Karviná. The patient, who remains in an induced coma, was bitten at around 11 am on Saturday while feeding the animal and transferred to hospital. He has since received four shots of antiserum and is responding as expected, a hospital spokeswoman said. The antiserum was delivered from Munich, Germany on Saturday evening, ČTK confirmed; the antiserum needed to be provided within 24 hours.
The Czech Rally Zlín, part of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, was cancelled on Sunday after a spectator was killed and another injured after a crash on stage 13. Václav Kopáček and Tomáš Singer’s Subaru flew off the road and collided with the two viewers at the Halenkovice stage. Organisers said the two were in an off-limits zone. The deceased is a 54-year-old man; the other spectator, who survived with light injuries, is reoprtedly a Hungarian national. The incident is under investigation by the police.
Sunday is the last day for Czech citizens living abroad to register to vote in the upcoming Senate elections. Unlike elections to the Chamber of Deputies, voters casting their ballot for senators must do so on Czech soil. The first and second rounds will take place in October. Czech expats, unlike voters at home, can cast their ballot for whichever senator they prefer, from whichever region. An electronic system could replace the complicated method of expat voting within two years, per an Interior Ministry proposal.
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.
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