In fifty percent of cases when a patient is prescribed an antibiotic in the Czech Republic, it is unnecessary, the head physician of the antibiotics department at Prague's Na Homolce hospital, Vlastimil Jindrak, warned on Wednesday. The exaggerated use of antibiotics leads to bacteria becoming immune to the drugs. This could result in an epidemic. Czech doctors would also save money if they used other forms of treatment, as health insurers currently spend some three billion crowns on antibiotics a year.
Prague city councillors supported the city's proposed candidacy for the Olympic Games in 2016 at a meeting on Tuesday evening. The city council will now vote on the matter next week Thursday. If, as expected, most of its members vote for the proposal, Prague will become an official candidate for the Olympic Games and compete against cities like Berlin, Madrid and Rio de Janeiro for the honour of hosting the event.
Deputy Prime Minister and Christian Democrat leader Jiri Cunek, who is facing charges of corruption, has postponed a police interrogation. Mr Cunek says he put in a request to reschedule because the media had found out about the date. Mr Cunek is accused of having accepted a bribe five years ago when he was mayor of the Moravian town of Vsetin. Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek said on Wednesday that it will not be long before Mr Cunek - unable to cope with mounting pressure - resigns.
The head of the Catholic Church in the Czech Republic has said the Church does not enjoy the best of relationships with President Vaclav Klaus. Speaking on a radio programme on Tuesday, Cardinal Vlk said that relations with the president were not very positive. In particular, the cardinal highlighted Mr Klaus's negative reaction to a memorandum drawn up by a number of Catholic organisations on defining the relationship between church and state and finally settling the issue of church property.
Former Czech president Vaclav Havel has said that he would like to see a woman as the next Czech head of state. Speaking in an interview with Czech state television on Tuesday morning, Mr Havel said that he thought it was time for a female candidate from the younger generation, which has grown up untainted by communism to be the next president. Mr Havel also ruled running for president again, but at the same time jokingly admitted he would consider putting his name forward if someone "slightly feared" his candidacy, which is seen by many as a veiled reference to his arch rival President Vaclav Klaus, who has announced he will run for re-election.
New cameras are being installed to combat vandalism on Prague's Charles Bridge, Mlada fronta Dnes reported. Ten cameras are to be mounted on the towers on either side of the bridge in the next few weeks with the main task of monitoring the famous landmark's valuable statues. A recent study found that 18 of the bridge's 31 statues had been damaged. Police patrols of Charles Bridge and its surroundings are also being stepped up.
Lawyer Zdenek Altner who is suing the Social Democrats for nearly 19 billion crowns or roughly 890 million dollars, has lodged a complaint against the Social Democrat chairman Jiri Paroubek and other senior party figures. Mr Altner's assistant Zdenka Vackova said on Tuesday that Mr Altner will disclose details of the complaint on Thursday. The lawyer claims he is owed 93 million crowns or 4.3 million US dollars from the Social Democrats for services he gave them in a legal dispute over the ownership of the party's headquarters in the 1990s and that this has now risen to 19 billion crowns due to fines and late-payment penalties. The Social Democrat leadership says Altner's claims are exaggerated and unsubstantiated and would not stand up in court.
The Irish police have arrested the wife of a Czech man who was found stabbed to death in his home in County Tipperary, Ireland. The body of Patrick Solenski, aged 36, was discovered with a number of stab wounds to his stomach shortly before 11pm last Sunday evening and pronounced dead at the scene. He had been living with his Irish wife and two children in the area for five years and worked at a local meat plant. The case has made front page news in Ireland.
Around 300 people attended a rally in Prague on Monday evening calling for the building of a United States military facility in the Czech Republic. Organisers said they wished to express support for US policy in Europe and encourage debate on an American plan to build a radar base in the Czech Republic. The radar would be part of the US global missile defence shield. Most opinion polls indicate that a majority of Czechs are not in favour of the base.
A motion put forward in the Czech Chamber of Deputies calling for the resignation of Christian Democrat leader and Deputy Prime Minister Jiri Cunek will not go before the house. The governing coalition comprising the Greens, Christian Democrats and Civic Democrats voted against the proposal put forward by opposition Social Democrat and Communist MPs. Mr Cunek is accused of taking a bribe when he was mayor of the Moravian town of Vsetin five years ago. He denies the charges and the governing parties have so far decided to stand by him.
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