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.
People have collected close to eight million crowns in aid of the families
of the three Czech soldiers killed in Afghanistan, according to a
spokesperson for the Military Solidarity Fund which set up a special
account for that purpose.Contributions are pouring in from individuals,
firms, sports clubs and their comrades-in-arms.
Members of the Chrudim unit in which they served are organizing a charity race in their memory in September, the proceeds of which will go to the account in aid of their families.
Police in south Moravia have cracked down on a drugs gang, which produced
and sold party drugs in the Czech Republic and abroad.
Eleven people were arrested and the police confiscated 40 kilograms of marihuana, over 600 marihuana plants, 150 tablets of the party drug Ecstasy as well as a firearm and ammunition.
Trade unions in the health sector have called a strike alert in support of
higher wages. They have also called on doctors and nurses to abide by the
labour code with respect to overtime and have urged inspectors to check-out
work conditions in hospitals.
Many hospitals admit that due to a shortage of staff they force doctors and nurses to take more overtime hours than the labour code allows.
The unions have written an open letter to Prime Minister Andrej Babiš saying that the government should keep its promise of a ten percent raise for health workers.
Health Minister Adam Vojtěch said on Thursday that wages in the health sector had already risen by 30 percent in the last five years and the hike now being considered was four to five percent.
There are 260,000 people working in the heath sector and another 100,000 in social services.
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