Hurdler Zuzana Hejnová has been named Czech Athlete of the Year for the
third time. The 32-year-old came fifth in the women’s 400m hurdles at the
World Athletics Championships in Doha and regularly reached the podium at
Diamond League events in 2019.
Hejnová, a two-time world champion in the past, finished ahead of javelin thrower Jakub Vadlejch and shot putter Tomáš Staněk in the poll of athletics functionaries, trainers and journalists.
The authorities in Prague 3 are offering students cheap accommodation in
municipal properties in exchange for spending time with the residents of
old folks’ homes, Novinky.cz reported on Sunday. The programme comes
partly in response to the fact that student dormitories are overcrowded and
commercial rents have skyrocketed in the city.
The students are required to spend 30 hours a month with seniors under the scheme. Prague 3 deputy mayor Ondřej Rut said it should bring together the generations and offer both fresh perspectives.
Impoverished Czechs receiving benefits referred to as the living minimum
and the existential minimum could receive an additional 13 percent next
year, the minister of labour and social affairs, Jana Maláčová, told
The Social Democrat minister has proposed such an increase in view of the fact both minimums have been at the same level for eight years while inflation has increased by 13 percent during that time.
Government leaders ANO say they are not against such an increase. However, they have made agreement conditional on a revision in other benefits.
All of the Czech Republic’s Roman Catholic bishops, the country’s
foreign minister, Tomáš Petříček, a group of senators and over 2,000
pilgrims are set to take part in a three-day pilgrimage to Rome that will
culminate on Tuesday. The pilgrims will be marking the 30th anniversary of
the canonisation of Saint Agnes of Bohemia by Pope John Paul II on 12
November 1989; it was also attended by many Czechs and is considered a
significant moment in the final days of the Communist regime.
During an audience on St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican on Wednesday the pilgrims will present a gift to Pope Francis in the form of the Crown of St. Agnes of Bohemia, a piece by sculptor Daniel Ignác Trubač.
The Czech president, Miloš Zeman, was among a number of international
leaders to visit Berlin on Saturday for events marking the 30th anniversary
of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Mr. Zeman and the heads of the three other
Visegrad Four states attended a gathering in the city held at a monument to
the contribution that the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary made
to the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Their German counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, said that without the courage of the Poles, Hungarians, Czechs and Slovaks peaceful revolutions in Eastern Europe, or the reunification of Germany, would not have been possible.
In her address Chancellor Angela Merkel quoted Václav Havel and said that no wall that divided people was high enough or long enough not to be destroyed in the end.
Mr. Zeman then returned to the Czech Republic. The country’s minister of foreign affairs, Tomáš Petříček, was due to attend celebrations in the German capital in the evening.
The first snow of this winter in the Czech Republic fell around the village
of Kvilda in the Šumava mountain range in the southwest of the country on
Friday night, iDnes.cz reported.
Forecasters said that snow showers could fall in areas higher than 900 metres above sea level, especially in Bohemia, on Saturday. They said there was also a danger of glaze on roads in some upland places, with temperatures set to fall below freezing point at night.
Most GPs in the Czech Republic have run out of flu vaccines, despite this
being the best time of year to get inoculated, Czech Television reported on
Saturday. One pharmacist told the station that the first wave of vaccines,
which had arrived in mid-October, had been sold out and finding more was
proving impossible at present. Suppliers say more vaccines should be
available from November 15.
Last winter around a million people caught influenza in the Czech Republic. Almost 200 died from complications linked to the illness.
The World Council of Subcarpathian Ruthenians have apologised to President
Miloš Zeman and the Czech public over a false claim that the head of state
had said that the Ukrainian territory of Crimea was part of Russia. The
comment was meant to have been made to the group’s delegation at an event
at Prague Castle on October 28 marking the anniversary of the independence
However, the group’s deputy leader said that “an unfortunate statement causing speculation about such a comment” had been made by a person whose membership of other associations had nothing to do with the World Council of Subcarpathian Ruthenians.
The president’s spokesman said recently that Mr. Zeman continued to regard the annexation of Crimea as unlawful.
The Prague authorities have decided to extend an experiment under which the
city centre embankment Smetanovo nábřeží, which is near Charles Bridge
on the Old Town side of the river, has been closed to traffic. The
restrictions will remain in place for another week while more data is
collected on their impact. This will be used to help weigh up long-term
closures on both banks of the Vltava.
Smetanovo nábřeží has been closed since October 29. Last Monday City Hall also closed the road between Valdštejnská St. and Újezd on the opposite side of the river to traffic.
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