The next four weeks should see temperatures slightly below long-term
averages in the Czech Republic, according to a regular monthly forecast
issued by the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute issued on Saturday.
Daytime highs in the coming week are expected to reach around 15 degrees Celsius. The following week they ought to climb to around 17 degrees Celsius before falling again to around 16 in the first week of October. The second week of next month should see temperatures of up to 14 degrees Celsius.
Saturday marks the 30th anniversary of the launch of the Favorit in what is
described as a landmark moment in the modern history of the Czech carmaker
Škoda. The hatchback was presented to the public for the first time at an
engineering trade fair in Brno on 16 September 1987.
The CEO of the now German-owned Škoda Auto, Bernhard Maier, said the Favorit had begun a new era for the company and enabled it to compete with cars from the then West.
The car was remodeled twice in the early 1990s. Production ceased in 1995, after almost 800,000 Favorits had been rolled out at Škoda factories in Bohemia.
Lucie Šafářová has reached the semi-finals of the WTA tournament in
Quebec, Canada. The 30-year-old advanced to the last four after beating her
Czech compatriot Lucie Hradecká 6-4 7-5 on Saturday.
Šafářová, who lifted the title in Quebec in 2013, will now face Timea Babos of Hungary for a place in this year’s final. The Czech is ranked 33rd in the world in singles and first in doubles.
Czech judges are concerned that the computer systems used to administer
judicial documents are outdated and could collapse or fall victim to
hacking, iDnes.cz reported on Saturday. The technology is more than 20
The Ministry of Justice says the while the systems are unstable, they are safe. IDnes.cz reported that hackers had attempted to break into the ministry’s database of information on court proceedings and police investigations, which has been in place since 1996.
One judge said that most files were also kept in paper form so it would be possible to make comparisons if materials in the database had been tampered with. However, some judicial documents only exist in electronic form, he said.
Taxi drivers clashed with Uber drivers at Prague’s Václav Havel Airport
on Friday afternoon, iDnes.cz reported. For the second day in a row, they
attempted to prevent the Uber drivers from pulling in at the airport's
terminals and placed English-language signs reading Illegal Transport on
their cars. Police were called out to deal with the conflict.
An iDnes.cz reporter said the taxi men had placed Illegal Transport signs on all cars that were not taxis, including those of ordinary people stopping at the airport.
The mayor of Prague, Adriana Krnáčová, described the taxi drivers’ action as disgraceful and said it attested to their level of intelligence.
The Czech minister of foreign affairs, Lubomír Zaorálek, was slightly
injured when his chauffeur-driven car was involved in a crash on Friday
evening. He suffered head injuries during the incident, which occurred in
the south Moravia region, but was released after being taken to hospital in
Brno by helicopter.
A spokesperson for the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs said his state was good and that he was now receiving treatment at home.
Mr. Zaorálek is the electoral leader of the Social Democrats going into general elections in the second half of October.
President Miloš Zeman underwent a routine CT scan this week, the head of
state told commercial broadcaster TV Barrandov on Thursday, saying the scan
had unveiled nothing unusual.
In the interview with the station, with which he sits down regularly, he told the interviewer that he continued to have nerve problems with his legs, a long-term condition, but was otherwise healthy.
The president criticised some media as having allegedly run a “dirty campaign” suggesting that he might be seriously ill.
Czech hockey player David Pastrňák signed a new contract with the Boston
Bruins on Thursday following lengthy negotiations.
The 21-year-old signed a six-year deal worth 40 million dollars. The right winger scored a career-high 34 goals last season; he also had 36 assists and had a plus-11 rating in 75 games.
Star forward, Jaromír Jágr, meanwhile, is still without an offer.
A 10 percent pay rise for the police and firefighters agreed by the
government and to take effect as of November 1 of this year will cost the
state an additional 451 million crowns, the Czech News Agency reports,
citing material from the Interior Ministry.
In 2018, the bump will lead to an extra 2.9 billion crowns in total needed
from the state budget. The figures cited concern only the police and fire
fighters and not the prison services, BIS counter-intelligence service,
Customs and the General Inspection of the Security Forces.
The government backed pay rises for public sector employees at 10 percent and 15 percent for teachers.