The Czech president, Miloš Zeman, says he is unlikely to get a meeting
with Donald Trump. He made the comment in a radio interview and cited the
US ambassador to Prague, Stephen B. King. Mr. Zeman said that like the US
president he was regarded as a “Russian agent”. What’s more, some of
his views do not chime with those of current American policy, the Czech
head of state said.
Not long after Mr. Trump was elected, Mr. Zeman, one of the few European leaders to publicly back him, said he had invited him to the White House.
Czech skier Kateřina Smutná came second in the Jizerská padesátka, the
country’s best-known cross-country skiing event, on Sunday. It was the
second time in a row she achieved that result in the 50-kilometre race in
Winner Lina Korsgren of Sweden celebrated her first success in the Jizerská padesátka. The men’s race was won by Andreas Nygaard of Norway, who was also enjoying his first triumph in the event.
The race is open to the public and on Sunday saw the highest level of participation in four decades with around 7,800 skiers.
If elections had been held last month government leaders ANO would have
come first on 32 percent, suggests an opinion poll by the Kantar CZ agency
for Czech Television published on Sunday. The Czech Pirate Party would have
come second on 16.5 percent, ahead of another opposition grouping, the
Civic Democrats, on 13.5 percent.
All of the parties that are currently in the Chamber of Deputies would make it back in, the survey suggests. However, three of them – including junior coalition party the Social Democrats – would receive 5 percent, which is the threshold for election to the lower house.
Czech doctors may in future have to commit to remaining in the country for
up to four years after completing their education, the minister of heath,
Adam Vojtěch, says. Speaking on TV Prima on Sunday, Mr. Vojtěch also said
that higher pay and the provision of accommodation could help stem the flow
of nurses out of the Czech healthcare system. The ANO appointee said that
the measures were still being debated.
Czech hospitals lack around 3,000 nurses. The country is facing a lack of doctors as more and more approach retirement age and there are fewer medicine students per head than in surrounding states.
The number of weddings in the Czech Republic is on the rise, the Czech News
Agency reported. Last year, just under 48,000 couples had exchanged vows by
the end of September, which exceeded annual figures from 2010 to 2014,
according to data from the Czech Statistics Office. 2013 saw the lowest
number of new marriages in the Czech lands since World War I.
The average age at which Czechs get married is 32 for men and 30 for women. The annual National Week of Marriage, which supports the institution, will run from Monday to Sunday.
Representatives of major Czech drinks producers say that a suggested
deposit system for PET plastic bottles would be overly complicated,
Novinky.cz reported. Among them is Libor Duba, head of Ondrášovka
Holding, who also says that the Czech Republic is already fulfilling an EU
directive that 77 percent of plastic bottles be collected for recycling.
The Institute of Circular Economy, the University of Chemistry and Technology’s Faculty of Environmental Technology and bottled water producers Karlovarské minerální vody recently called for a deposit of CZK 3 on every plastic bottle. Their target is 90 percent recycling.
Daytime temperatures in the Czech Republic should remain above freezing
point in the coming month, according to a regular four-week forecast issued
by the Czech Hyrdo-Meteorological Institute.
The coming week will be the coldest of the month. Temperatures and precipitation are likely to be average for the time of year, forecasters said.
The Czech Republic’s Martina Sáblíková has won the 5000 metres at the
World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships at Inzell in Germany.
With her earlier victory in the 3000 metres, it means it is the fifth time
that she has won the two longest races at one world championships.
Sáblíková, who is 31, now has 19 world titles, equaling the record of German Gunda Nieman-Sitrnemann. She is also a three-time Olympic gold medalist.
Almost three-fifths of Czechs are skeptical that the country would be able
to defend itself in the case of military conflict, suggests a survey
conducted by the CVVM polling agency.
The vast majority of respondents (89 percent) said the state’s sovereignty should be defended at any price.
Some 51 percent of Czechs consider the issue of the country’s defence to be superfluous as in any case its fate would be in the hands of larger powers, the poll indicates. The opposite view was held by 40 percent of respondents.