Over 12 percent of Czechs would vote for the Communist Party, a survey by the STEM agency revealed on Wednesday, which is some 0.5 percent more than in the previous poll released in October. The country’s two biggest parties, Social Democrats and Civic Democrats, lost around one percent of support, gaining just over 25 and 23 percent of votes respectively. TOP 09 would receive 8.4 percent and Christian Democrats 5.1 percent. No other party would make it past the 45-percent threshold.
The ČSOB, Česká spořitelna, Raiffeisen and Volksbank CZ banks have started recalling hundreds of credit cards over a Spanish fraud scam, the news website aktualne.cz reported on Wednesday. The measure affects clients who have used their cards abroad, particularly in Spain where fraudsters stole data from a local credit card centre. The move was prompted by a similar measure in Germany where banks are recalling more than 100,000 credit cards.
The Czech Republic’s national football team lost to Azerbaijan 0:2 at a tournament in Saudi Arabia on Wednsday, finishing last of four teams. The embarrassing defeat by the 125th team of the FIFA world ranking followed a Sunday’s loss to Saudi Arabia. Czechs lost both games under the new national side manager, Michal Bílek.
A drop in the number of overnight stays in hotels in the Czech Republic slowed in the third quarter of 2009, according to government figures released on Wednesday. In total, 4.3 million guests spent a night in hotels around the country in the third quarter, which was 1.7 percent fewer year-on-year. However, the drop was milder compared to the previous quarter due to a higher number of domestic tourists. A bigger decrease was registered in Prague where the number of hotel guests dropped by 4.3 percent.
The controversial Dutch politician Geert Wilders will address the Czech Senate in late November, Civic Democrat Senator Jiří Oberfalzer told the news agency ČTK on Wednesday. Mr Oberfalzer said he invited the anti-Islamic activist to defend the concept of freedom of speech, which in his view suffered after Mr Wilders was prevented from entering the UK in February. Before the address, Geert Wilder’s anti-Islamic movie Fitna will be screened, Mr Oberfalzer added.
In related news, some Czech hospitals including Prague’s IKEM institute, Na Homolce and Královské Vinohrady hospitals and other health care facilities across the country have forbidden visits due to the swine flu outbreak. The number of people infected with the H1N1 virus in the Czech Republic doubled over the last week, with 486 patients now registered. A five-year old girl in a critical condition has been hospitalized in Ústí nad Labem, northern Bohemia. Meanwhile, the Czech Education Ministry issued guidelines for schools on Wednesday on how to prevent the spread of the virus.
The Czech-based, German-owned car manufacturer Škoda Auto started producing a new, low-volume engine in its plant in Mladá Boleslav, a company spokesman said on Wednesday. The 1.2 litre, 1.2-litre, 77 kW engine is going to be fitted to Škoda, Audi, Volkswagen and Seat cars. Vehicles with the new unit will be marked TSI.
Czechs top the list of Europe’s biggest shoplifters, according to a study by the UK’s Centre for Retail Research released on Wednesday. The study shows that around 8.7 billion crowns, or 510 million US dollars, worth of goods was stolen by customers and staff in 2009. The losses accounted for nearly 1.4 percent of total retail sales in the country, which is up by 0.9 percent from last year. The number is the highest of all 21 EU countries featured in the study. Stolen merchandise most frequently includes alcohol, cosmetics, electronics and other goods.
The Czech Republic received its first batch of swine flue vaccines, Health
Minister Dana Jurásková told reporters on Wednesday. Ms Jurásková said
that out of the 95,000 vaccines that had been delivered, around 50,000
would be distributed to GPs by the end of the week. They will vaccinate
high risk patients while the remaining vaccines will be given to health
Minister Jurásková also said there will be enough vaccines and antivirotics as more deliveries are expected. She would give more details as well as an outline of the country’s vaccination strategy on Friday.
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