Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Čech has said continuity is a fundamental
principle for the club’s new manager who will take over from retiring
Arsène Wenger. The 35-year-old Czech said failure to respect that
principle could threaten the club with the same problems as Manchester
United after the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson.
Čech’s comments were reported in the London daily, the Evening Standard. The front runner to take over from Wenger is former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta, according to British media reports. Čech said Arsenal’s main league problem this year was dropped away points.
The Czech government has turned down a proposal from the lower house of
parliament aimed at boosting legal aid to the poor. The proposal from the
communist party that the state meets at least part of the costs of civil
cases for the poor was turned down.
The communist party has repeatedly backed the move in the past. The government also rejected a proposal from the STAN party aimed at boosting clients’ rights when changing foreign currency. It would have given them the right to back out of transactions within two hours.
And a proposal from the same party allowing high placed government officials to remain on regional councils was also rejected.
The Czech economy faces no real threats with relatively high economic
growth seen in the next years, according to an International Monetary Fund
evaluation of the country.
The annual evaluation said it could see no major imbalances, budget policy was prudent, and rising wages are a response to the need to fill jobs, according to the IMF.
It sees economic growth this year at 3.7 percent and in 2019 at 3.2 percent. That’s slightly down on the 3.9 percent and 3.4 percent forecasts of the Czech National Bank. The IMF sees mid-term Czech growth averaging at 2.5 percent.
The ANO-appointed minister of transport, Dan Ťok, has announced that he
does "not much" wish to be a member of a new government that
acting the prime minister, Andrej Babiš, is attempting to form, Czech
Television reported on Wednesday.
Mr. Ťok joins the minister of justice, Robert Pelikán, and the minister of foreign affairs, Martin Stropnický, in signalling an intention not to continue serving under Mr. Babiš. The transport chief is due to annouce a definitive decision on his future by the end of the week.
The acting prime minister, Andrej Babiš of ANO, has suggested annuities as
a possible solution to a major shortage of nurses in Czech hospitals. At
present hospitals lack around 2,500 nurses. Mr. Babiš said annuities could
attract back into the profession those that had left it for other sectors.
Annuities are received by former police officers, soldiers and fire and customs officers, generally on completing 15 years of service.
The Association of Nurses has proposed that its members receive CZK 5,000 a month, a suggestion that the ANO appointed minister of health, Adam Vojtěch, said he would look into.
The Czech Republic will face the United States in the quarter-finals of the
Ice Hockey World Championships in Denmark. The Czechs learned the identity
of their opponents in the first knock-out round on Tuesday after Finland
beat the US and secured first place in the tournament’s Group B.
Coach Josef Jandač’s team will take on the Americans in Copenhagen on Thursday for a place in the last four.
The Czech president, Miloš Zeman, is expected to make another visit to
China next autumn, the Czech News Agency reported on Tuesday. Mr. Zeman
should attend an international trade fair focused on imports into the
world’s most populous state. The Czech head of state has visited Beijing
in the past and also hosted the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, in Prague.
President Zeman advocates closer economic ties with China and said in 2014 that he wished to learn how the country had “stabilised” its society. Critics accuse him of ignoring the Communist state’s human rights violations.
Prague councillors have voted to name a plaza in the city after the late
film director Miloš Forman, the Czech News Agency reported on Tuesday.
Miloš Forman Square will be located by the Hotel International at the end
of the upmarket Pařížská St. in the downtown area.
Forman made some of the most highly rated films of the Czechoslovak New Wave and later won two Oscars after moving to the United States. He died in mid-April at the age of 86.
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