The youth and children’s organisation Pioneer (Pionýr in Czech) has
14,200 members today, the Czech News Agency reported, citing a
spokesperson. It is the successor to a communist-era association known as
Pioneer Organization of the Socialist Youth Union that had 100,000 members
in 1990, the year after the fall of communism in the country.
The scouts are more popular today, with just over 60,500 members in the Czech Republic.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš of ANO says he hopes Jan Hamáček of
coalition partners the Social Democrats resolves the situation at the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs within two months at the latest. He made the
comment in an interview for Právo. At present Mr. Hamáček, who is
minister of the interior, is also serving as foreign minister in a
temporary capacity. The situation came about after President Miloš Zeman
refused the Social Democrats’ candidate for foreign policy chief,
Mr. Babiš said he expected the Social Democrats to put forward a different nominee. The prime minister said the current situation had to end as the Czech Republic would be celebrating the centenary of Czechoslovakia at the UN General Assembly, which begins in the last week of September.
Pope Francis will be driven in a Škoda car at the World Meeting of
Families 2018 in Ireland next week, the Czech News Agency reported. The
Czech-based automaker is an official partner of the major Roman Catholic
gathering and the pontiff is due to travel to the Irish president’s
residence in a Škoda Rapid next Saturday.
A number of Rapids have been specially fitted out for the World Meeting of Families, including with chrome poles to hold Vatican flags.
The Social Democrats say they are aiming to at least equal the 7-percent
showing the party achieved in the last general elections in upcoming
municipal elections, Novinky.cz reported. Previously one of the country’s
dominant parties, the Social Democrats are now aiming to hold on to one or
two of the 13 Senate seats they will also be trying to defend this October,
the news site said. After the last Senate elections that grouping had 25
Chairman Jan Hamáček said the Social Democrats had to take cognisance of the fact the party did not have 20 or 30 percent support but hovered around the 10 percent mark. He said a marked change could not be expected in the autumn.
The authorities in Prague have helped create a new beer brand aimed at
encouraging people to combat pollution by making more use of public
transport, iDnes.cz reported on Saturday. The city has teamed up with
brewers Lobkowicz to produce the lager Pražský chodec (Prague
Pedestrian), advertising for which includes the slogan Beer Against Smog.
Car usage is a major cause of the city’s air pollution problems, which
more people using public transport would help alleviate.
Mayor Adriana Krnáčová said city hall had been looking for just such an unusual means of highlighting the need to improve Prague’s air quality.
Advertisements for Prague Pedestrian have appeared bearing the city’s logo and that of Lobkowitz. The city has also funded a website for the brew.
Petra Kvitová has reached the semi-finals at tennis’s Cincinnati
Masters. The Czech overcame Elise Mertens of Belgium in an almost
three-hour encounter that ended 7-5 5-7 6-3 to equal her best result to
date in the competition, where she previously made it into the last four in
Kvitová’s next opponent will be Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands. The Czech is currently ranked sixth in the world.
Patrik Štěpánek, the last of the three Czech soldiers killed in
Afghanistan, was buried with military honours in his home town of Plzen on
Friday. The ceremony was attended by Defence Minister Lubomír Metnar and
General Chief-of-Staff Aleš Opata.
The three Czech servicemen were killed by a suicide bomber while patrolling an area near Bagram Military Base earlier this month. All three were promoted to the rank of officer in memoriam and will be awarded medals for bravery.
A long-distance Flixbus driven by a Czech crashed on Autobahn 19 at
Linstow, south of Rostock in the early hours of Friday. According to DPA
news reports 16 passengers were injured 8 of them seriously.
According to Danish media reports, the bus was travelling from Stockholm to Berlin and had picked up passengers in Copenhagen before the crash in Germany. The driver reportedly suffered lighter injuries. The cause of the accident is being investigated.
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