28-year-old student Milan Bruncvík is set to become the first Czech to take part in the annual Oxford – Cambridge university boat race in the UK on Sunday, the news agency ČTK reported. Mr Bruncvík, who studies engineering at Cambridge University, is a former European rowing champion and competed at two Olympic Games. The oarsman said he was looking forward to the race which for him was a dream come true.
A woman was admitted to a Prague hospital with methanol poisoning on Friday, a spokesman for the facility said, the second such case registered in the Czech Republic this week. Some 40 people have died in the country since the outbreak of the methanol crisis last September. The police have meanwhile charged another five people for selling bootleg liquor on the black market. The country’s chief hygiene officer has again warned against drinking alcohol from unknown sources.
Czech spas will let go around 18 percent of their employees this year due to cuts to health care covering spa treatment, the Czech Association of Spa Resorts said on Friday. The Health Ministry believes the extent of insurance-covered spa treatment in the Czech Republic is excessive, and last year narrowed the number of diagnosis eligible for spa treatment, and also shortened the lengths of stays. This has lead to a 40- to 45-percent drop in the number of clients in the first two months of this year, the association said.
All presidential candidates filed their campaign accounts to the Czech Senate on Friday afternoon as required by law, the news agency ČTK reported. President Miloš Zeman was the last to file his documents which show his campaign owes three million crowns. His spokeswoman said all debts would be settled next week with contributions from his sponsors. Around six million is reportedly owed by another candidate, Jan Fischer. The deadline for filing the accounts expires on Saturday. The Senate’s mandate and immunity committee will have the accounts audited by a private firm; the candidates are also obliged by law to release the documents to the public.
The Czech Ministry of Transport on Friday asked drivers to keep winter tyres on their vehicles. Czech drivers are legally obliged to use winter tires until the end of March but the ministry said they should wait before replacing them with summer tyres as a spell of cold weather is expected in April.
The police in Jihlava on Friday charged two men, aged 20, with the brutal murder of a 15-year-old schoolgirl. Another 18-year-old man has been charged with assisting the murderers and failing to report the crime. The police believe the girl came to apartment of one of the men willingly last Friday night; for reasons yet to be established. She was overpowered and thrown out of the window. The girl survived the fall so the men dragged her in again and strangled her. They later dumped the body at a waste disposal site outside the town where it was discovered earlier this week. The two 20-year-old men, who were placed in custody, face up to 20 years in jail while their 18-year-old accomplice could land a 4-year sentence.
Some 84 percent of Czech would like to decide on important local issues themselves rather than leave the decisions to elected politicians, according to a new poll by the CVVM agency released on Friday. Nearly 60 percent of people would also like to apply the same principle to issues of national importance. However, most of those polled said they would leave decisions concerning legislation and international treaties to politicians.
Top Czech tennis player Tomáš Berdych will miss the Davis Cup quarterfinals against Kazachstan next weekend. The 28-year-old player, ranked sixth in the world, said he could not play due to a shoulder injury he suffered during his US tour. The defending champions Czech Republic will rely on Radek Štepánek, who returns after a two-month break caused by neck surgery, along with Lukáš Rosol, Jan Hájek and Ivo Minář.
Unsuccessful presidential candidate Jan Fischer, who finished fourth in the first round of the country’s first direct presidential election in January, is pooling funds to pay off unsettled campaign debts, reports Mladá fronta Dnes. According to the Czech daily, Mr Fischer received a donation of 2 million crowns from lawyer Daniel Palko this week. The head of his election team Jan Pirk said that additional funds would gradually be added. Some creditors to Mr Fischer’s campaign have reportedly already received first instalments.
Emergency services have increasing problems placing patients in hospitals, the daily Mlada fronta Dnes, writes in its Thursday edition. The paper cites paramedics as saying that hospitals refuse even critical patients and ambulances sometimes make the round of five hospitals before a patient is admitted. Hospitals say in their defence that they have a shortage of beds due to the austerity measures and have to refuse patients they cannot physically accommodate. The head of the Prague emergency services says that 20 patients were rejected by hospitals in this manner in the course of just two weeks.
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