The former Czech international goalkeeper Petr Čech will become sporting
director of Chelsea following his retirement next week, the UK TV station
Sky Sports reported on Tuesday. Čech enjoyed enormous success with Chelsea
before joining Arsenal, for whom he will make his last appearance in the
final of the Europa League – against Chelsea – next week.
Čech tweeted after the Sky Sports report was published that he would be making a decision about his future after the game. He is the most capped Czech international ever and has won four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups and, in international competition, one Champions League and one Europa League title.
The fourth in a weekly series of protests against Prime Minister Andrej
Babiš and his appointment of Marie Benešová as justice minister took
place in Prague on Tuesday evening. Whereas previous demonstrations were
focused on Old Town Square the latest took place on the larger Wenceslas
Square. Organisers Million Moments for Democracy said around 50,000 people
had taken part.
As well as demanding the removal of Mrs. Benešová and the safeguarding of an independent judiciary, the protests’ organisers have called on Mr. Babiš to take part in a TV debate. He has refused to do so.
Million Moments for Democracy say unless their demands are met they will hold further demonstrations around the country next Tuesday and another one in Prague in a fortnight’s time.
Mr. Babiš appointed Mrs. Benešová as minister of justice days after police recommended he face trial for the alleged abuse of EU subsidies.
The Czech Republic have beaten Switzerland 5:4 in their final group game at
the World Ice Hockey Championships in Slovakia. The Swiss opened the
scoring but the Czechs pulled ahead. However, Switzerland then evened the
scoring at 4:4 before a goal by Jan Rutta gave the Czechs victory.
The Czech Republic now go forward to the knock-out phase of the competition. Tuesday’s result means that they have a chance of remaining in Bratislava for the quarter-finals instead of having to travel to the second city hosting the competition, Košice.
The website of public broadcaster Czech Television was the victim of a
cyber attack on Tuesday. Spokesperson Karolína Blinková said the
attackers had targetted the online broadcasting of an ice hockey match
between the Czech Republic and Switzerland.
Ms. Blinková said the attacks had come from both within the Czech Republic and abroad. Czech Television’s website was accessible once again from around 1:30 pm but some users were unable to log onto the CT 24 news site.
Czech schools are lacking 1,800 teachers but that figure could rise to as
many as 6,000 in September, according to research carried out by the
Ministry of Education released on Tuesday. Around 9 percent of classes are
currently given by unqualified teachers or by qualified educators forced to
work overtime, the report found after collating data from 99 percent of the
Women continue to strongly dominate in the profession in the Czech Republic, with only around one-fifth of teachers being men. The average age of a teacher in this country is 47.2.
The chairman of the Social Democrats, Jan Hamáček, insists that his party
will nominate a new candidate for culture minister following the
resignation of Antonín Staněk. Mr. Staněk has said he will stand down
before the end of May and stated publicly that Mr. Hamáček had ordered
him to go.
After a meeting on Monday with President Miloš Zeman, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš of ANO suggested that Mr. Staněk’s departure was unusual and involuntary.
President Zeman says he will not decide on how to proceed on the matter until he speaks to Mr. Staněk, with whom he is said to enjoy warm relations, and Mr. Hamáček later this week.
Part of Prague’s famous astronomical clock was mistakenly painted over
during renovation work last year, Czech Television reported. The error
concerned part of the clock face showing astronomical events. The Prague
authorities discovered the blunder and had that section correctly repainted
some weeks ago.
Czech Television said experts from the Czech Academy of Sciences and the Ministry of Culture had been critical of the renovation project, which was the most extensive in several decades. The medieval clock is located in the tower of Prague’s Old Town Hall and is visited by millions of tourists every year.
Czech political parties’ campaigns for this week’s European Parliament
elections are in the main non-transparent, says the local branch of
Transparency International. The majority are negligent when it comes to
publishing data on financial and personnel issues and only fulfill legal
obligations in a formal manner, the anti-corruption group said after
monitoring 11 of the groups standing.
Transparency International said only the Pirates, Christian Democrats and Allies for Europe (a joint ticket of TOP 09 and the Mayors and Independents) were fully transparent. The opposite was the case with Tomio Okamura’s Freedom and Direct Democracy, which even refused to divulge its total campaign budget, TI said.
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