Petra Kvitová will take on Julia Görges in the opening match of the Czech
Republic’s Fed Cup semi-final against Germany on Saturday. In the next
rubber Karolína Plíšková will face Angelique Kerber.
If the Czechs advance in Stuttgart they will play either France or the US in the Fed Cup final in October. The Czech Republic have won the competition five times in the last seven years.
The Czech crown could reach 23.80 to the common European currency in three
years’ time, according to a new study produced by the Czech Ministry of
Finance. This year the Czech currency has been trading at an average of
25.10 to the euro.
The regular study, based on prognoses by 16 financial institutions, also suggests that economic growth will slow in the coming years, from around 3.5 percent in 2018 to 2.5 percent in 2021.
Hospitals are launching a survey for the first time of doctors and nursing
The survey will give the doctors’ and nurses specialisations and training. So far, such a comprehensive nationwide picture of the health sector is lacking.
One of the aims is to get a more precise picture of how doctors’ and nurses’ careers develop after training and to pinpoint where skills are in excess and where they are lacking.
Many Czech regions and hospitals complain they lack key health staff while in other areas, such as Prague, the shortage is not felt so severely.
The remains of Czech Cardinal Josef Beran will be flown back to the Czech
Republic on Friday.
The remains were removed from the St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican on Thursday in a ceremony attended by Czech Minister of Culture Ilja Šmíd. The special military plane bringing the remains to Prague should arrive during Friday evening.
Cardinal Beran found himself exiled in Rome in 1965 when the communist authorities did not allow his return to the country after a trip abroad. He died in 1969 with his last wish to be buried in his homeland. That wish was also denied by the communists.
Czech prime minister Andrej Babiš has said he has no evidence that recent
Czech elections were influenced by the activities of British-based company
Cambridge Analytica. But he has promised that the country’s domestic
intelligence service, BIS, will look into the matter.
The claims Czech elections could have been influenced stem from British broadcaster Channel Four. The issue was raised in parliamentary questions in the Czech lower house Thursday by the TOP 09 lawmaker Markéta Pekarová Adamová.
The main focus of the claims surrounding Cambridge Analytica is their use of profiles from millions of Facebook accounts in the 2016 US presidential elections.
The lower house of the Czech parliament on Thursday supported a communist
party proposal that a ban on exporting equipment for Iran’s Bushehr
nuclear reactor be lifted. The vote was on the first reading as the start
of the legislative process.
The ban has been in force for 18 years with the communists seeking to overturn it since 2009. The precise proposal stems from the problems of South Bohemia company ZVVZ Milevsko which had won a contract to deliver air conditioning equipment.
The Czech government took a neutral position on the issue when it came up in Cabinet in March in spite of warnings that agreement to lift the ban might affect relations with key allies such as the United States.
Car production in the Czech Republic dropped by 2.6 percent in the first
quarter of the year.
The country’s bigger car maker, Škoda Auto, increased production by 2.5 percent, to stand at just over 377,000. The biggest drop came from Hyundai where output was down 15,5 percent. Production from the TPCA joint venture fell by 1.5 percent.
The association representing the auto sector said it expects production to pick up over the remainder of the year. The auto sector represents around 9.0 percent of Czech Gross Domestic Product.
Slavia Prague seals cooperation with oldest Chinese football club
In football, Czech top club Slavia Prague has moved to deepen its
cooperation with the game in China.
It has signed a strategic cooperation deal with the oldest Chinese club, Beijing Sinobo Guoan, which plays in the country’s top league. The cooperation covers top professional and youth football.
Beijing Sinobo Guoan was founded in 1951 and was 9th in the league last year. Slavia is owned by Chinese company CEFC. A delegation from the Chinese club have been on a visit to Prague.
News agency Bloomberg has said that the Czech capital Prague could be a
location for the meeting between US president Donald Trump and North Korean
leader Kim Jong Un.
Bloomberg included Prague in a list of nine possible locations. It added that Kim’s uncle is ambassador in the country. Other locations included Oslo, Helsinki, Stockholm, Geneva, Warsaw, Ulaanbaatar, Bankok, and Singapore.
The meeting should take place in early June or before according to the US president.
Karel Gott to get funeral with state honours as singer’s death is mourned at home and abroad
Beijing ends agreement with Prague – but can spat harm Czech capital?
Czech pop music legend Karel Gott dies at the age of 80
Karel Gott’s Mona Lisa to be put up for auction
Czechs observe day of mourning for pop idol Karel Gott