The Chinese Embassy in Prague has objected to Senate leader Jaroslav Kubera
(Civic Democrats) speaking at a Taiwanese celebration on Wednesday, where
he highlighted economic cooperation and was photographed with Taiwan
Economic and Cultural Office representatives.
Czech investigative daily Deník N reports that President Miloš Zeman has warned Kubera, who plans to visit Taiwan next year, that his actions may aggravate relations with China.
Kubera is quoted as saying his trip is not anti-China but rather pro-business, noting that Taiwan is the Czech Republic’s third largest Asian trading partner.
In April, then Trade and Industry Minister Marta Nováková (for ANO) was recalled over a diplomatic incident that highlighted China’s efforts to assert its influence: a Taiwan representative was forced to leave a ministry event at the request of the Chinese ambassador.
One-fifth of seniors who contracted pneumococcus last year succumbed to the
disease, according to the National Institute of Public Health data.
Pneumococcus can lead to severe pneumonia and dangerous inflammations, including meningitis. Of 481 people who contracted it last year, 256 were over 65 in age. In total, 84 people died, including one child.
The Czech football team on Friday evening handed England their first major
tournament qualifier defeat since 2009, by a score of 2:1 in the 2020
European Championship contest.
Captain Harry Kane gave England the lead in the fifth minute from the penalty spot, but Jakub Brabec leveled for the Czechs four minutes later.
The Czech substitute Zdeněk Ondrášek was the match-winner, with his first international goal, running on to Lukas Lukáš Masopust’s pass with five minutes left in the second half.
England had not lost a first qualification match since their loss to Ukraine in October 2009. The result puts the Czech Republic level on 12 points with Group A leaders England, albeit having played a game more.
More than 3,000 England fans had been expected to travel to Prague for the game at Slavia Prague stadium. Police detained dozens of soccer fans before the qualifier, and skirmishes broke out in at least two bars, police said.
Teachers unions in the Czech Republic have threatened to go on a one-day
strike, if the government fails to meet their pay demands, union leader
František Dobšík announced after their meeting on Friday.
The unions are asking for 10-percent increase – on condition that this pertain to their basic pay alone. They are against Education Minister Robert Plaga’s proposal to increase the base wage of all teachers by 2,700 crowns.
The average monthly gross salary of a teacher was around 36,200 crowns in the first quarter of this year compared to the national average of 32,466 crowns in the same period.
Mayors from 56 municipalities in the regions of Přerov, Olomouc and Nový
Jičín have called on the government to suspend decision-making concerning
the Danube-Oder-Elbe waterway project.
Senator Jitka Seitlová told reporters on Friday that a feasibility study on the project is to be presented to the government in the autumn.
The project worth over 580 billion crowns plans to further develop the network of European waterways and open routes for Czechia to three seas.
The mayors want the preparation process to be halted until there is proof that it will benefit the region as well as the whole country.
Thousand of fans of Karel Gott have paid their last respects to the iconic
pop singer, who died at the age of 80 this month. His public memorial is
being held at Žofín Palace until 10:00pm on Friday. Already on Thursday
afternoon, the first fans began gathering in front of the venue by the
Vltava River, despite a ban in Prague against sleeping in public places. An
estimated 28, 000 people came to pay tribute to the late singer by Friday
The popular singer passed away last Tuesday at the age of 80 after suffering from leukaemia. He is to be buried in Prague with state honours following a memorial service at St. Vitus Cathedral on Saturday, which has been declared by the government as a day of mourning.
Czech police are on high alert ahead of Friday’s Euro 2020 qualifier
between England and the Czech Republic in Prague. Up to six thousand
British football fans are expected to arrive in the Czech capital for the
match, which is to be played at Slavia Prague’s Eden Arena.
The police will be out in force for the event, deploying mounted units and a special anti-riot squad.
England currently lead Group A, three points clear of the Czech Republic, who lost 5:0 to England in the first match at Wembley in March, suffering the heaviest defeat in the history of the international team.
US video streaming Netflix officially launched its Czech-language user
interface on Friday. An estimated 1,000 films, approximately 20 percent of
all content now streaming on the Czech version of Netflix, have received
additional Czech subtitles or dubbing. Netflix has also begun to license
and stream original Czech and Slovak-language films, which appear with
Netflix, which has been available in Czechia since 2016, is gearing up for increased competition on the Czech streaming market, with Apple TV+ set to launch in November at a significantly lower price.
The annual three-day fish harvest got underway on Friday morning at the
largest Czech fish pond Rožmberk, near Třeboň. The South Bohemian town
is the country’s most famous centre for the production of carp, which is
traditionally eaten by Czechs for Christmas dinner.
Overall, fishermen in Třeboň expect to harvest some 2,400 tonnes of fish from its 250 ponds this year. Last year, the traditional fish harvest attracted some 55,000 people.