Football clubs Slavia Prague and Baník Ostrava face each other on
Wednesday evening in the Czech Cup soccer final, known as the MOL Cup, in
the Moravian city of Olomouc.
Slavia, this year’s First League champions, have won the cup four times. Baník Ostrava have won the competition only once before – in Olomouc, in the year 2005.
A Baník victory would also see the Moravian-Silesian club qualify for the preliminary round of next season’s Europa League.
The latest OECD forecast predicts the Czech economy will grow 2.6 percent
this year, down from 2.9 percent in 2018. The Paris-based organisation
expects Czech GDP growth of 2.5 percent next year.
The main drivers for growth include household consumption, buoyed by rising average salaries, and a positive foreign trade balance. On the downside are chronic labour shortages and weaker demand for Czech exports.
The OECD again called on the Czech government to invest more especiallly in transport infrastructure, to better link the country with important trading partners, and in education.
Although Czech tertiary educated adults are highly skilled, tertiary attainment rates in the Czech Republic rank in the lowest 20 percent of OECD countries.
Czech authorities have discovered tonnes more salmonella-contaminated
chicken meat was imported from Poland over the past two months.
The Polish chicken meat was first shipped to about a dozen distributors in Germany, the State Veterinary Office said on Wednesday. Most likely, all of it has already been consumed, it said.
Earlier this year bad Polish beef ended up in 11 countries, including the Czech Republic. In response, authorities here implemented blanket checks on imported Polish beef.
The mandatory controls ended in late March, after Warsaw guaranteed no cattle meat unfit for human consumption would reach the market.
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.