The legendary Czech folk singer Wabi Danek has died at the age of 70. In the course of a career spanning close to half a century he recorded 11 CDs and performed at thousands of concerts and festivals. His biggest hit Rosa na kolejích (Dew on the Tracks) recorded in 1970 became a staple around Czech campfires and a radio evergreen.
Police will be out in force on November 17 to maintain law and order in
view of the record number of street gatherings and demonstrations being
held on the anniversary of the Velvet Revolution. According to Prague City
Hall, 24 events are officially registered, of that nine marches through the
Commemorative events will traditionally take place at Národní třída, where communist police cracked down on a peaceful student march 28 years ago, Wenceslas Square and Albertov, which witnessed a brutal crack-down on Czech university students on November 17, 1989. Police reinforcements are being sent to Prague from the regions and drivers have been warned to expect traffic restrictions in the city centre.
The fiscal policy of the Czech National Bank should stabilize in the coming
year or two, bringing interest rates to around 3 percent, the bank’s
governor Jiří Rusnok said on Thursday. Rusnok said that inflation growth
estimated at around 2 percent would spur the return to normal. A two
percent inflation would mean interest rates of around 3 percent, Rusnok
Interest rates in the country have been at a record low for years. The central bank last raised the basic rate at the beginning of November raising it by 0.25 to 0.5 percent.
The health authorities are struggling to contain a hepatitis epidemic in
Ustí nad Labem, north of Prague.
Doctors report 30 new cases in the last 6 days alone. Altogether 276 people have contracted the infectious disease in different parts of the city. Of the 30 new cases seventeen are children.
Vaccinations are underway in schools and the locals have been asked to take precautions when visiting crowded places, such as supermarkets and public transport. Doctors say it may take up to two months to contain the epidemic.
Police say they have shelved the investigation into an attack on tennis
star Petra Kvitová in December of last year due to lack of evidence.
Although the Prostějov tennis club offered a reward of $3,850 for
information leading to the arrest of the attacker and the police received
several hundred tips from the public, none of them helped move the
Kvitová was attacked in her home in Prostějov last December, by an unknown assailant who entered her apartment under the guise of checking a utility meter. She sustained severe injuries to her left hand as she fought for her life. After undergoing surgery and rehabilitation she made her comeback at the French Open this year.
The director of the Czech National Gallery, Jiří Fajt, has filed a
complaint against President Miloš Zeman at the Constitutional Court over
the latter’s refusal to appoint him professor, Lidovky.cz reported on
Thursday. Lower courts have in the past rejected similar complaints from
Mr. Zeman refused to sign decrees making Mr. Fajt and two others professors, citing what he said were serious transgressions in their pasts. In Mr. Fajt’s case, the president said his salary at the National Gallery had been supplemented by a bank. The former said this claim was untrue and accused Mr. Zeman of wilful behaviour.
President Miloš Zeman has described speculation about his state of health
as a campaign against him in the run-up to a presidential election in
January. In an interview published on the news site iDnes.cz, the head of
state said his only health problem was neuropathy that made it difficult
for him to walk.
Mr. Zeman said he had used a wheelchair once and this had caused a storm but he did not expect to need one regularly for 10 or more years. He said he would not publish a complete medical report on his health as he had done so before in the form of statements from his doctors.
The Office of the President is suing a local politician in Brno who said Mr. Zeman was suffering from cancer and had only months to live.
The owner of a sauna in which two women died earlier this year received a
suspended sentence from a court in Jičín on Wednesday. The women, who
were a mother and daughter aged 65 and 45, died after being unable to exit
the sauna after the door handle broke and they were unable to break a
The sauna, which had not received building approval, was in a garden colony and was used by the owner and his friends. He was fined CZK 5,341 in connection with the deaths.
Only nine people will stand for the post of Czech president in elections in
January after 11 would-be candidates were found to have deficiencies in
their applications, Czech Television reported on Wednesday. The eleven have
been given eight days to rectify the shortcomings. However, they have
effectively been disqualified as the Ministry of the Interior said there
was insufficient time for them to do so.
Among those in the running are the incumbent Miloš Zeman, former prime minister Mirek Topolánek and academic Jiří Drahoš.
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