Petra Kvitová beat American Amanda Anisimova 6:2, 6:1 in less than an hour
on Sunday returning to the Australian Open quarterfinals for the first time
in seven years.
Kvitová was in top form, breaking Anisimova's serve five times and never faced a break point. She got 86 percent of her first serves into play, and won all but five of the points when she did.
Smog regulations are in place in some parts of the Moravian-Silesian region
which is suffering from severe air pollution. This means that producers in
the region have had to scale down production until there is a significant
The situation is reported to be worst in Ostrava, Karviná and parts of Frýdek-Místek where levels of dust particles are three times higher than limits allow.
Children, older people and people with chronic health problems have been advised to stay indoors. Air pollution has long been a serious problem in the region due to heavy industry, traffic and coal heating.
A concert by Italian neo-Nazi bands in memory of the Czech student martyr
Jan Palach, who set himself alight in protest against growing public apathy
to the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, was held at a country
estate close to Verona on Saturday, despite efforts by Czech and Italian
officials to prevent the misappropriation of his legacy.
The organizers had to seek an alternative venue for it after Verona’s Teatro Stimmate and Movieland Park both refused to host the event.
The concert, held under the motto Country and Freedom took place on the 50th anniversary of Palach’s death and was reportedly attended by around 400 people.
The Czech Republic is expected to experience a spell of Arctic weather in
the coming fortnight. Meteorologists have warned that a cold front moving
west from Siberia will hit the country in the coming days bringing
sub-degree day temperatures during the daytime and night temperatures
dropping to -20 degrees Celsius in places.
On Saturday night time lows in Kvilda, in the Šumava Mountains reached -32 degrees Celsius. A warming is expected at the end of the month.
The 14th Prague Short Film Festival, due to be held in Prague from January
23 to January 27, will be a tribute to the legendary 20th century director
The Prague Shorts traditionally includes an international competition of short films of up to 30 minutes, a national competition of shorts and non-competitive informative film sections, retrospectives, biographies, and other accompanying events.
The Bergman Revisited section will include shorts by six Swedish directors whose work reflects Bergman’s creative style.
The Pirate Party has elected software specialist Marcel Kolaja to lead the
party in elections to the European Parliament in May.
At a party conference at the weekend the party outlined bold ambitions, including gaining twenty percent of the vote in the European elections and winning the next general elections in the Czech Republic in 2021. The party has no seats in the European Parliament at present.
Party leader Ivan Bartoš said the party would focus on linking up domestic and European issues in its campaign, which politicians had failed to do in the past.
Prime Minister Andrej Babis has confirmed that a government planned tax
reform will have to be postponed until 2021 since the national budget could
not afford the subsequent fall-out in revenues it would bring about. The
opposition parties have criticized the delay.
The proposed tax reform envisages the abolition of the so-called “supergross” tax wage. Instead, the draft amendment introduces a progressive tax rate of 19% for income of up to 1.5 million crowns and 24% for income above this amount. Entrepreneurs, including those claiming expenses as a percentage of income, will be allowed to deduct 75% of social security and health insurance contributions paid.