In tennis, the Czech Republic took a 2:0 lead in the first round Fed Cup
tie against Switzerland on the opening day on Saturday.
Barbora Strýcová beat Belinda Bencic in straight sets 6:2, 6:4.
Earlier Petra Kvitová needed three sets to overcome Viktorija Golubic 6:2, 1:6, 6:3.
The reverse singles and doubles will be played at Prague’s O2 arena on Sunday.
The leadership of the Social Democrat Party has suggested that parts of the
special meeting to be convened on February 18 in Hradec Králové be closed
to the public and journalists.
The meeting is expected to elect a new leadership after disastrous results in October’s parliamentary elections where they won just 15 seats. It should also discuss whether and on what terms to negotiate over joining a government lead by ANO leader Andrej Babiš. Saturday’s meeting of party leaders even suggested that parts of the agenda of the meeting be postponed until May.
Outgoing prime minister Babiš has stalled partnership talks with the Social Democrats until after the Hradec Králové meeting in the hope that the internal party situation becomes clearer.
Czech biathlon competitor Veronika Vítková has won the first winter
Olympic medal for the Czech Republic.
Vítková won a bronze medal in the sprint competition and was just 1.6 seconds behind the second placed Norwegian Marte Olsbu. The competition was won by Germany’s Laura Dahlmeir.
Separately, speed skater Martina Sáblíková was forth in the 3,000 metres completion with Dutch rivals winning all the medals.
The Czech Army has tasked to clarify its needs for a new multi-purpose
helicopter by Minister of Defence Karla Šlechtová.
The army has been seeking to purchase 12 new helicopters which would replace the ageing Russian Mi-24 models. In the past both Italian and US manufacturers have been sounded out in what is regarded as a very lucrative tender estimated to be worth around 15 billion crowns.
The minister complained earlier that the Czech Army seemed to have set out a series of requirements which no helicopter currently on the market could match.
A flu epidemic in the Czech Republic has worsened over the last week with
around 10 percent more cases registered. There is now an average of 1882
cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
The epidemic has hit all of the country with the exceptions of the capital, Prague, and the South Moravia region.
So far 100 serious cases of infection have been notified and 16 deaths linked to the flu epidemic. Most of the deaths have been among elderly people.
Unions at the Czech Republic’s biggest car maker Škoda Auto have
rejected a pay offer from management.
Unions said that management made an offer which did not even match the inflation rate in 2017. Czech inflation last year averaged at 2.5 percent.
Unions have been pressing for a pay increase of 18 percent with most of that made up in a wage rise and the rest resulting from workers’ individual assessments. Union negotiator Jaroslav Povšík told the Czech News Agency that company management were seeking a deal over 27 months but the unions regarded this timeframe as far too long.
A new deal over wages should take effect from April 1
Around 50 members of the 93-member Czech team took part in the opening
ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Friday.
During the spectacular opening the Czech flag was carried by Eva Samková
and the snowboard cross star is one of two Czech competitors hoping to
defend their Olympic titles from the last Winter Games in Sochi, Russia in
The Czech team at the curtain-raiser were all wearing what have been dubbed Raškovka hats. In the Czech national colours of red, white and blue, they resemble the wool hat in which Jiří Raška won his first gold in ski jumping at the Olympics in Grenoble in 1968.
An air pollution alert has been issued for most of the Moravian Silesian
Region. It is the first time such a smog warning, a regular occurrence in
the relatively industrial region, has been declared this winter.
The level of airborne dust currently seen in Moravia Silesia is such that regulations may need to be introduced soon forcing factories to adhere to certain restrictions. Forecasters say they do not expect the situation to improve soon.
Almost half of Czech teachers are in danger of experiencing burnout
syndrome, suggests a study conducted by the Faculty of Pedagogy at Charles
University in Prague, Czech Television reported. Two and a half thousand
teachers were interviewed for the survey.
The study found that one-fifth of respondents had signs of medium to severe signs psychological problems and were in need of specialised care.
Excessive administration, difficulties with both pupils and parents and the low prestige of a profession that is not paid highly in the Czech Republic were given as reasons for the threat of burnout.