Czech football club Viktoria Plzeň have drawn Bayern Munich, CSKA Moscow, and Manchester City in the group stage of the Champions League. Bayern are the title holders. The draw is being seen as a tough but attractive one for Plzeň, who have now reached the group stage of the competition twice in three years. Plzeň’s advance to this stage of Europe’s most prestigious club competition, secured the team bonuses to the equivalent of 280 million crowns. In the first match, the club will face Manchester City.
Czech Post has warned people about emails that look like notifications of package pick-ups, but actually carry a Trojan horse virus. Customers are advised not to open the emails and delete them. Czech Post’s spokesman said that this is the second time a similar virus attack has taken place in the past two weeks and that this may be an attempt to discredit the postal service. The company has filed a legal complaint against an unknown perpetrator.
The mayor of Ostrava and the regional chairman of the Social Democratic party, Petr Kajnar, has filed a lawsuit after not having made it onto the party’s ballot in the Moravian-Silesian region. Mr. Kajnar, along with two other colleagues from the city administration, claim that the candidates for the ballot were not selected democratically, which is a violation of the statues of the party. The head of the Social Democratic party in the city of Ostrava, Adam Rykaly, has said that Mr. Kajnar simply did not get enough votes to be put on the ballot for the next general election. According to a decision of the Constitutional Court from 2011, parties are legally bound to respecting their statues.
Actor and dubbing artist Jiří Tomek has died at the age of 82 in Brno. Mr. Tomek is known as the Czech voice of Peter Sellers and received the František Filipovský award for lifelong mastery of dubbing in 1998. He began acting in the Theater of Brothers Mrštiky in the mid-1950s and mostly had comedic roles. He also received around 60 minor roles in film and television productions. In 1995, Mr. Tomek was one of the first two people to place their hand prints on commemorative plaques as part of the boardwalk of fame in front of Brno’s Municipal Theater.
Czechs voting abroad will be choosing from candidates running in the Central Bohemian region in the upcoming general elections in October, according to a random draw carried out by the State Election Committee on Friday. The committee selects the region in which Czech citizens who do not have permanent residency in this country will be voting before every parliamentary election. In both of the last general elections – in 2006 and 2010 – the random draw fell on the South Bohemian region. The Interior Ministry has slated more than 400 million crowns for organizing the election on October 25 and 26.
The National Reference Laboratory for AIDS said on Thursday that the number of HIV positive people in the Czech Republic has crossed the 2,000 mark. Of those 389 have developed AIDS and 196 people have died of AIDS-related complications. The laboratory warns that the number of HIV positive cases has grown steadily in the past decade and could increase at a geometric rate unless effective action is taken especially among the young generation. In recent years the authorities have earmarked less money for prevention and awareness programs and people no longer see AIDS as a threat.
Czech top officials have spoken out against a possible military intervention in Syria, arguing that it will not help resolve the conflict in the war-torn country. Outgoing Prime Minister Jiří Rusnok said on Thursday that there were no legal grounds for military intervention and that he did not believe such a move could help bring about an end to the civil war. President Miloš Zeman likewise argued against military intervention, saying that the conflict in Syria was not a war between “good and evil” but between two evils –a dictator on the one hand and religious fundamentalists on the other.
Czech football club Viktoria Plzeň has reached the group stage of Europe’s most prestigious club competition, the Champions League, for the second time. The club defeated Slovenia’s Maribor 1:0 on Wednesday and won 4:1 on aggregate to advance. The game’s lone goal came from Stanislav Tecl in the 3rd minute. In 2011/12 Plzeň also advanced to the group stage. A draw will be held in Monaco later on Thursday to determine match-ups in the finals.
Firefighters were called to deal with an emergency at Prague’s Vinohrady hospital on Thursday where employees of the hospital’s pharmacy accidentally spilt a container of acid and were exposed to the vapors which are a strong irritant to the eyes, nose throat and skin. Firemen working in protective suits evacuated 28 people before decontaminating the premises. Two employees were treated at the hospital.
Four Czechs have been placed in quarantine in Kazakhstan after coming into contact with bubonic plague sufferers. An outbreak of the disease is reported in the eastern part of the country where over a hundred people are either being treated or are under medical surveillance. The plague claimed its first victim last week – a fifteen year old boy. The Czech Foreign Ministry has issued a travel warning to the country.
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