Marek Výborný is to resign as chairman of the opposition Christian
Democrats, he announced on Tuesday. The party will hold an extraordinary
congress in late January to find a new leader. Mr Výborný, who has been
in the post less than a year, suffered a personal tragedy in late September
when his wife died suddenly.
He has three young children and told journalists that being a parent was more important than being a politician.
Czech farmers say that sales of eight major agricultural commodities should
rise by almost CZK 2 billion this year to reach over CZK 90 billion. More
cereals and potatoes have been harvested this year but the rape crop was
down on 2018.
The Agricultural Association of the Czech Republic said the overall sales figure for this year should be above the average recorded since the year 2000.
Czech tennis player Barbora Strýcová has parted company with her coach,
David Kotyza, after two years. The 2019 season was the most successful of
the 33-year-old’s career as she won the doubles title at Wimbledon and
also reached the semi-finals in singles at the All England Club. She is
currently world women’s doubles number one.
Strýcová announced the split from Kotyza on Instagram on Tuesday after defeat in the doubles final at the WTA Finals in Shenzhen.
Eight people were injured on Tuesday when there was an explosion at a waste
disposal facility at a Hamr na Jezeře in the north of the Czech Republic.
Two of those injured are in a critical condition. Around 10 rescue workers
also need to be examined after coming into contact with an unknown
substance, a spokesperson for the rescue services in Liberec said.
The mayor of Hamr na Jezeře said it appeared that sulphuric acid has leaked into the atmosphere.
The Czech prime minister, Andrej Babiš, visited Ukraine on Tuesday. After
attending the launch of a Czech-Ukrainian enterprise forum, Mr. Babiš held
talks with the country’s prime minister, Oleksiy Honcharuk. Following
both engagements in Kiev he reiterated the Czech Republic’s support for
the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.
Mr. Babiš later told Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, that the Czech Republic condemned Russian aggression in the east of the country and Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea. The Czech leader also invited Mr. Zelensky to a meeting of the Visegrad Four in Prague.
Major renovation work has begun on the Thermal hotel in Karlovy Vary. The
building will be closed from January until mid-March because of the
renovations, which will cost CZK 580 million.
Work on some parts of Thermal was launched in November. The building, which dates from the 1970s and hosts the Karlovy Vary film festival every year, belongs to the Czech state.
Retired forward Václav Nedomanský has become the second Czech to be
inducted into ice hockey’s Hall of Fame in Toronto. The other Czech to
have received this accolade was goaltender Dominik Hašek, back in 2014.
Nedomanský, now 75 and living in California, was a member of the Czechoslovak world championship winning team in 1972 and scored 163 goals in 220 games for the national side.
He later fled from communist Czechoslovakia and arrived in Toronto via Switzerland. It was not until Nedomanský was 33 that he began his career in the NHL, with stops at the Detroit Red Wings, the New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues.
After his active career, Nedomanský initially worked as a coach, in Schwenningen and Innsbruck. After the fall of the Iron Curtain, he worked as a scout in Europe for the Los Angeles Kings.
Charles University students who for several days blocked the rectorate
building have agreed to end their occupation strike. They also withdrew
their demand that Rector Tomáš Zima resign immediately.
Following a three-hour meeting on Monday evening with the protesters, the Academic Senate agreed to adopt a resolution that Charles University would proactively address fighting climate change, ČTK reports.
Zima has been in the spotlight in recent weeks for his role in establishing a Czech-Chinese Centre at Charles University, where some events seem to have been funded by the Chinese Embassy. The Academic Senate has agreed to review Zima's mandate and seek climate neutrality by 2022.
Over 136,000 people have signed an online petition or ‘challenge’ by
protest group Million Moments for Democracy calling on politicians and
ordinary citizens to ensure a flourishing democracy.
The petitioners want politicians “who respect democratic norms and institutions, do not lie or steal, and have no conflicts of interest”. Signatories pledge to “care about others and the state of society, assuming their share of responsibility” for the country to be “free and just”, among other things.
The petition was announced at a Million Moments for Democracy rally on Saturday marking the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution attended over 250,000 people.
In late February the group launched a petition specifically calling on Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) to resign for allegedly not respecting the aforementioned principles. So far, that petition has 433,000 signatories.