The Premier League side West Ham has agreed a GBP 13 million transfer deal
with Slavia Prague for Tomáš Souček, BBC Sport reports. The 24-year-old
defensive midfielder has scored 10 goals in 19 appearances for Slavia this
season and also has 20 caps for the Czech national side. West Ham manager
David Moyes said that the midfielder “ticks a lot of boxes” for the
London side’s needs.
Aside from negotiating a contract, Souček is currently undergoing tests and a health check. Slavia Chairman Jaroslav Tvrdík says that, if the transfer is completed, Souček could become the country’s most expensive footballer to be sold abroad, beating the previous record set by Tomáš Rosický, who was purchased by Dortmund for CZK 504 million in 2001.
Daughter, the animated short created by Prague’s FAMU Film School student
Daria Kashcheeva has been awarded the Short Film Jury Award for Animation
at the annual Sundance Film Festival. It is the latest in a series of
high-level awards bestowed on the film since it came out in 2019. The
33-year-old Kashcheeva, who made the picture as part of her bachelor degree
at FAMU, used an innovative hand-held camera technique in the film. This,
she says, gives it a documentary feel and has impressed many critics.
The annual Utah based Sundance Film Festival was created by actor and director Robert Redford and is regarded as the largest festival of independent American cinematography.
Ms Kashcheeva’s Daughter has also been nominated for this year’s Oscars and the Czech Lion Magnesia Award for the Best Student Film.
The Czech Republic received CZK 68.5 billion more from the EU than it sent
to the union’s budget last year, according to the Czech Ministry of
Finance, some CZK 24 billion more in comparison to 2018. The ministry says
the rise is due to the increase in drawing money from EU funds.
The positive difference between receiving EU funding and contributing to the EU budget places the Czech Republic among the list of so-called net recipient states. These include all of the other Central European Visegrad Four states as well. Meanwhile, Germany and France rank at the top of EU contributor states.
Shares of Czech anti-virus giant Avast fell by up to 9 percent in one day
on the London stock exchange, following news that the company’s browser
extensions may be harvesting users' data which is later sold to supply
marketers, news site iHNed.cz reports. Company shares valued at around GBP
5.3 billion have fallen by a further 5 percent on both the London and
Prague stock exchanges since the stock exchanges opened on Wednesday,
according to iHNed.cz.
The issue was put under the spotlight after major web browsers Mozilla, Opera and Google removed Avast and AVG extensions because they were suspected of collecting user data and sending it on to Avast servers.
Avast says in its defence that users were able to unsubscribe from the data sending function and reassured that personal information including names, email addresses and contact details are not harvested.
Prague’s Na Bulovce Hospital announced on Wednesday that it has taken in
a female patient who is being tested for the presence of 2019-nCoV, also
known as the Wuhan coronavirus, which has killed over 100 people in China.
The hospital, which has been selected as a treating and testing facility
for the outbreak also took in six patients yesterday. However, their tests
all proved negative for the presence of the virus.
Hygienists at the hospital are in constant contact with Prague Airport, where screenings are in place and the capital’s ambulance operators. Thus far no one has tested positive for the coronavirus in the Czech Republic.
The government’s human rights commissioner, Helena Válková, has filed a
criminal complaint of defamation over an article that linked her to
notorious Communist prosecutor Josef Urválek, Deník N reported. The
former justice minister says that she was not involved in the harassment of
dissidents, as the Info.cz website wrote. She is also demanding an apology
from historian Petr Blažek, who was quoted in the piece in question.
President Miloš Zeman withdrew his nomination of Ms. Válková for the post of ombudsman after the article was published. She rejected calls to quit as human rights commissioner.
The Prague authorities have ordered an archaeological probe of a mass grave
in order to identify the precise location of the remains of Zdena
Mašínová, who was the wife of war hero Josef Mašín and the mother of
Ctirad and Josef Mašín, who escaped to the West in 1953. The Communist
authorities dumped her body in a mass grave at the Ďáblice cemetery
following her death in prison in 1956.
Last year Prague’s leaders agreed with her daughter, also called Zdena Mašínová, to exhume her remains. Councillor Milena Johnová said on Tuesday that according to period witnesses the body had been placed relatively close to the surface in a mass grave of children.
The Ďáblice graveyard contains the remains of around 14,000 people, including political prisoners, children born in prison and the victims of suicide.
The Czech minister of foreign affairs, Tomáš Petříček, says two Czech
students who are currently in the Chinese city of Wuhan will be taken back
to Europe by the French authorities this week. The pair found themselves
stuck in Wuhan when it was placed on lock-down in a bid to slow the spread
of the coronavirus, which began there.
Mr. Petříček also said that a Czech national who is currently in Vietnam and was feared to have the respiratory infection did not in fact have it.
The foreign policy chief also said that Czech officials would remain at the country’s diplomatic missions in the region.
The coronavirus has spread across China and to 16 countries globally. Over 100 deaths had been recorded by Tuesday.
A proposal from the Czech minister of labour and social affairs, Jana
Maláčová, to withhold benefits from parents of children who played
truant has met with resistance from the Ministry of Education, the news
site Novinky.cz reported. Officials at the government department said the
plan would make conditions for teaching children worse and impact their
motivation and futures.
Under Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs draft legislation, benefits for accommodation would not go to people whose children missed 100 hours or more of school for non-health reasons.