While last year 142 cases of measles were detected in the Czech Republic,
already 182 cases had been detected as of December 4, according to the
State Health Institute.
Doctors warn that although it is mandatory to vaccinate children against measles, many are not. The disease is preventable through two doses of a safe and effective vaccine.
The highly contagious, airborne disease experienced an unpresented resurgence in 2017 in the Americas, Eastern Mediterranean and Europe, according to the World Health Organization.
It can cause debilitating or fatal complications, including encephalitis (an infection that leads to swelling of the brain), severe diarrhoea and dehydration, pneumonia, ear infections and permanent vision loss.
The Muslim community in the Czech Republic is moderate and well integrated,
but attacks by some politicians could lead to some being radicalised, the
Ministry of Interior says in its annual report for 2017 on extremism.
Extracts of the report were published on Sunday on iRozhlas, the online portal of Czech Radio. It says the migration wave of 2015/2016 did not change the character of religious communities here because few Muslims remained in the Czech Republic.
However, police have also registered efforts by foreigners in the Czech Republic to spread a radical interpretation of Islam. The report in particular spoke of persons from Central Asia and the Caucasus in this respect.
The Interior Ministry the and Union of Industry and Transport have created
a job database to help veterans of the armed forces find work in the
private sector after ending their military service.
Defense Minister Lubomír Metnar said soldiers will have direct access to a database of more than 11,000 companies and applications. An estimated 800 soldiers leave the army every year, iRozhlas reports.
The Czech Army already offers exiting soldiers retraining courses for example to become professional drivers, social service workers and accountants.
Union of Industry and Transport head Jaroslav Hanák says there are many opportunities for soldiers in the transport, energy and automotive industry.
EU Budget Commissioner Günther Oettinger has recommended three ways for
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) to avoid a conflict of interest as
regards the Agrofert concern, the investigative weekly Respekt reports.
Oettinger said in a letter, published in part by Respekt, that Babiš should either take sever his and his family’s ties to Agrofert, which the billionaire businessman founded; ensure that Agrofert ceases to accept EU subsidies; or refrain from taking part in some decisions on allocating funds.
Last week, the European Parliament approved a resolution calling on the European Commission to suspend all EU subsidies to companies belonging to Agrofert until the question of whether he de facto retains control over it is settled.
Meanwhile, the European Commission has announced it will send a team of auditors to the Czech Republic to look into the distribution of EU subsidies from 2007 until the present day.
The finále of Czech Television’s StarDance competition drew 1.7 million
viewers, about 100,000 more than the previous installment of the reality TV
style celebrity dance contest, held in 2016.
Actor Jiří Dvořák won the contest with his partner, professional dance instructor Lenka Nora Návorková, defeating fellow thespian Pavla Tomicová, who was paired with Slovak dancer and choreographer Marek Dědík.
StarDance is based on the BBC programme Dancing with the Stars, launched in 2004. This year’s Czech contest was the ninth installment.
A group of Czech girl and boy scouts crossed into the country from Austria
on Saturday evening with traditional Light of Bethlehem lanterns.
The flame had arrived in the Austrian city of Linz from Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus Christ. The scouts brought it by train to the Czech city of České Budějovice.
In the coming days before Christmas, the lanterns will be taken to all corners of the Czech Republic for people to light their own candles, with large ceremonies planned at the cathedrals in Brno, Prague, and Olomouc.
The tradition of the Light of Bethlehem first appeared in the Czech Republic after the fall of the communist regime in 1989.
The Communists (KSČM) leadership has chosen MEP Kateřina Konečná as the
party’s leader for the European Parliament elections in May 2019. She won
a clear majority of the votes in a secret ballot of the party’s central
committee, according to the Czech news agency ČTK, citing unnamed sources.
Her rival candidate, MEP Jaromír Kohlíček, received about 25 percent of the vote. Konečná, who is the Communists’ deputy chairman for European affairs, had been the favourite to win and has already been preparing for the EP election for several months.
The KSČM leadership also approved their election programme on Saturday morning. The party wants to call for changes in key EU treaties with the aim of giving more power to the member states. In particular, the Communists want a greater say on what legislation will be agreed on the European level.
The senior opposition right-wing Civic Democrats' (ODS) election leader will be Jan Zahradil, who is also the leading candidate of the EP's European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR).
The junior government Social Democrats (ČSSD) board has proposed MEP Pavel Poc for the centre-left partys election leader, while the opposition Christian Democrats (KDU-ČSL) have chosen MEP Pavel Svoboda.
The Ministry of Industry and Trade has launched a further round of
subsidies to support the development and purchase of electronic vehicles
and charging stations to reduce C02 emissions.
It offers entrepreneurs up to 200 million crowns from EU funds for the purchase of electric cars and the purchase of non-public recharging stations. Applicant can ask for money until May 2019. Subsidies range from 50,000 to 10 million crowns.
In the Czech Republic, there are currently 178 public pay stations. The government aims to have some 800 charging stations nationwide within five years. Their construction is being supported by Ministry of Transport subsidies.
EU lawmakers in October hammered out a deal to cut vehicle emissions 35 percent by 2030 in a bid to fight climate change and pollution.
The EU also agreed to offer incentives for manufacturers to sell zero- and low-emission cars in markets such as the Czech Republic where the current sale of such vehicles is below 60 percent of the EU average.
Czech screenwriter-director Petr Jákl’s English-language biopic of the
15th-century Bohemian leader Jan Žižka has finished shooting after less
than three months on set.
With a reported budget of 275 million crowns, Jákl’s biopic of General Žižka, an innovative military strategist who led the Czech Hussites to victory in a series of confrontations in religious wars, is set to be the most expensive domestic film ever shot.
American actor Ben Foster will portray Žižka in the film, which has the working title “Medieval”, opposite British veteran actor Michael Caine. Foster is perhaps best known from the X-men franchise and the indie film “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”.