The third national food collection was held around the Czech Republic on Saturday. Over 470 shops – including branches of major chains – took part in the drive in which members of the public could donate non-perishable foodstuffs that would then be redistributed to the needy. Some schools also participated for the first time. People gave 66 tonnes of food in the first year of the collection; last year the figure rose to 173 tonnes
Temperatures in the Czech Republic should be below the long-term average in the coming week, according to a monthly medium-term forecast issued by the Czech Hydro-meteorological Institute on Saturday. Daytime highs over the next seven days will reach around 3 degrees Celsius while it will be around 2 degrees Celsius below freezing at night. The subsequent pre-Christmas period should be relatively warm for the time of year, the forecasters said.
Milan Kubek has been reelected head of the Czech Medical Chamber. Mr. Kubek received a mandate for a third five-year term in the post after standing unopposed at the organisation’s congress in Brno on Saturday. Addressing the assembled, he said the Czech health care system was in a dismal condition. If the government doesn’t pull on the emergency brake the provision of care to citizens will collapse, Mr. Kubek said. Around 400 delegates representing over 5,000 members attended day one of the two-day conference.
The Czech immigration police detained two Syrian men carrying suspicious materials in the spring of this year, Lidovky.cz reported on Saturday. The two were travelling on a bus between Austria and Germany when they were discovered to be in possession of a notebook containing suspicious information and jihadist literature, the news website said. Police handed the pair over to Austria’s anti-terror police.
The Czech prime minister, Bohuslav Sobotka, is set to begin a six-day visit to China on Saturday. The PM will be accompanied by the ministers of health, transport and local development, as well as a large delegation of business people. The visit is chiefly aimed at boosting cooperation between companies in both states. During his stay in the world’s most populous state Mr. Sobotka will put his signature to the New Silk Road initiative, which is aimed at improving economic cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European states.
Cervical cancer awareness campaigner Lucie Bittalová has died at the age of 27. She became well-known for a campaign in the summer of this year highlighting prevention of the disease, which she herself was suffering from. Bittalová was last month named PR Personality of the Year for the campaign. She became the target of abuse for her work with the anti-racism project Hate Free Culture, with a member of an anti-Muslim group suggesting in a blog that she had brought the illness on herself and was spreading negative energy.
This year’s Jindřich Chalupecký Award for young artists has been presented to Barbora Kleinhamplová. A 2014 graduate of Prague’s Academy of Fine Arts, she had a sequence of digitised innards comprising a single body and a video of a yoga of laughter lesson in the prize’s final exhibition. The award – which is open to artists under the age of 35 – includes CZK 100,000 towards an exhibition and catalogue and a six-week stay in New York.
The terrorist attacks in Paris and the international situation in general are affecting Czechs travel and holiday plans. Airlines report a 70 percent drop in booked flights to Paris and a 50 percent drop in bookings to Brussels against the previous month. Czechs are also putting off holiday plans for the summer in expectation of how the situation develops. Interest in Egypt has plummeted and there is now renewed interest in Bulgarian and Spanish seaside resorts.
Car production in the Czech Republic increased by five percent to 1.1 million vehicles in the first ten months of this year, according to the Association of Car Makers. Skoda Auto saw a one percent increase, producing 629,000 passenger cars. Automobiles are one of the country’s leading export articles.
Brno city councilor Tomas Kratochvil who was recently expelled from his ANO party resigned from the council on Friday, the ctk news agency reports. Kratocvil had come under strong pressure from his former party to leave and the ongoing controversy over his continued presence was interfering with the work of the Brno administration. ANO’s leadership expelled him from the party citing incompetence and claiming that he was damaging the party’s good name. The other seven parties and groupings represented in Brno’s administration refused to get involved in the conflict.