- Broad changes in public transit in Prague have come into effect.
- According to statistics, 140 people died in traffic accidents in the Czech Republic over the course of the summer.
- Czech tennis player Petra Kvitová has reached the fourth round at the US Open.
- Football club Chelsea, with goalie Petr Čech, lost 4:1 to Atletico de Madrid in this year’s Super Cup.
- Prague will host the UEFA Super Cup in 2013.
Transit changes come into effect
September 1 sees broad changes in public transit routes in the Czech capital come into effect. Czech daily Lidové noviny points out two-thirds of tram and bus routes have seen modification: some routes have been cancelled altogether, while some stops as well as intervals between trams or busses have changed. According to the newspaper, the ‘revolution’ in transit (as it describes it) could be chaotic for commuters, not least for seniors used to relying on long-term routes. The changes by the Prague Transit Authority were introduced to save more than 400 million crowns.
Police statistics: 140 people died on Czech roads over the summer period
Police statistics have revealed that 140 people died in road accidents over the summer. The number is the same as last year - the lowest number of road fatalities in the country since 1990, ČTK reported.
In related news, the final summer fatality was a 14-year-old school girl - tragically struck by a car at a crossing in Prague on Friday. The vehicle was impacted in a crash and sent flying, hitting the teenage pedestrian. She died at the scene.
Doctors register 121 new HIV cases in first seven months
Doctors registered 121 new cases of HIV infection in the Czech Republic in the first seven months of 2012; last year the number overall twelve months was 153. According to information from the National Reference Laboratory for AIDS a total of 728,700 thousand tests were conducted from January to the end of July this year. Nine HIV cases developed into AIDS; three patients died. Overall, the number of HIV infections in the country has consistently gone up: in 2002 the number of new cases was 50, compared to last year’s 153 or 2009’s 156. The rise this year suggests that the slight dip in 2011 and 2009 were aberrations in an otherwise upward trend.
Czechs spend 17 billion at apothecaries
Czechs spent just under 17 billion crowns in supplementary charges on medicines at pharmacists last year. The number represents a jump of two percent from 2010. Overall sales of drugs and medicines at pharmacies amounted to almost 64 billion. Pharmacies received a total of almost 74 million prescriptions.
Czech tennis star Petra Kvitová reaches US Open fourth round
Czech tennis player Petra Kvitová has reached the US Open fourth round; Kvitová is the only female player in 2012 to reach at least the quarterfinal stage at three grand slam events. On Friday, the left-handed player defeated Frances’ Pauline Parmentier 6:4, 6:4. The former Wimbledon champion faces Marion Bartoli on Sunday.
Football: Chelsea, Čech, soundly defeated in UEFA Super Cup
Football’s Atletico de Madrid sent a barrage of shots against Chelsea and goalkeeper Petr Čech in the UEFA Super Cup, scoring four-times against the European Champions. Falcao notched a hat-trick in the first half and Atletico put the match beyond reach with a fourth goal in the second half; Chelsea’s Gary Cahill got a consolation goal for the London club in the 75th minute. This year’s Super Cup was played in Monaco.
Prague will host the prestigious competition in 2013
In related news, the competition next year will by hosted by Prague. Legendary former football international Pavel Nedvěd, 2003’s European footballer of the year and a UEFA Super Cup winner with Lazio in 1999, said in an interview for UEFA that he was “extremely happy” over the choice, saying that the Czech capital had a lot to offer. The Super Cup pits the title holders of the Champions League against the reigning Europa League champions.
Mostly overcast conditions, with some sunny periods, are expected throughout the weekend. Daytime temperatures on Sunday should reach highs of around 22 degrees Celsius.