Czech-made military hardware has appeared in a promotional video for the
Azerbaijani army, despite the fact that the Czech Republic has an official
embargo against supplying such products to the country, Hospodářské
noviny reported on Tuesday. The items in question are the DANA artillery
piece and the RM-70 rocket launcher.
A spokesperson for the Azerbaijani army said it had acquired the equipment from the Czech Republic. Its producer, Czechoslovak Group, says it adhered to all laws and regulations regarding sales. The Czech authorities and secret services are looking into the matter, Hospodářské noviny said.
Around 90.9 million rail journeys were made in the Czech Republic in the
first half of 2017, according to figures released on Tuesday by the
Ministry of Transport. The number was 1.7 million higher than for the same
period the previous year. The total distance covered by passengers rose
more sharply, by 6.5 percent.
The figure for bus journeys in the Czech Republic in the January to July period remained at 173 million, according to the transport ministry.
The Czech national soccer team manager, Karel Jarolím, has called up only
one uncapped player, Olomouc’s Šimon Falta, for two World Cup qualifiers
against Azerbaijan and San Marino. The midfielder, who is 24, has scored
three goals and made one assist for his club this season.
The Czechs final World Cup qualifiers games, in Baku on October 5 and in San Marino three days later, will be of little consequence as Jarolím’s men are already out of the running for Russia 2018.
The winner of the main category in the European Union Contest for Young
Scientists this year was Karina Movsesjan, an 18-year-old from the Czech
town of Karlovy Vary. Her research was in the field of cancer inception and
explored how a particular protein mutates.
Movsesjan is a student of biotechnology at Masaryk University in Brno. She was one of around 120 teenagers from around the continent who attended this year’s edition of the European Union Contest for Young Scientists in the Estonian capital Tallinn.
The Czech Republic has been judged the world’s unhealthiest country by
Clinic Compare, a UK clinic comparison website. It collated information
from the World Health Organization, the CIA World Factbook and the World
Lung Association and ranked each state according to three factors: alcohol
consumption, tobacco consumption and obesity levels.
The study’s authors said residents of the Czech Republic consumed an average of 13.7 litres of pure alcohol annually and ranked 11th highest in per capita cigarettes smoked a year. Russia came second in the survey, followed by Slovenia, Belarus and Slovakia.
Actress Květa Fialová died on Tuesday at the age of 88 after a career of
almost seven decades. Born in what is today Slovakia, she was known for her
stage, film and television work.
Fialová was hired by Jan Werich for his Divadlo ABC theatre in the late 1950s and appeared in a host of popular movies, including Lemonade Joe, Dinner for Adela and Closely Observed Trains.
Seven parties would win seats in the Czech parliament according to the
latest poll taken by the CVVM agency and released with less than a month to
go ahead of elections.
The poll puts ANO in the lead with 30.9 percent, followed by the Social Democrats at 13.1 percent with the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia in third place with 11.1 percent. The right of centre Civic Democrats are seen with 9.1 percent support and the Christian Democrats with 6.2 percent.
The poll, carried out at the start of September, also tips the Freedom and Direct Democracy Party of Tomio Okamura to enter parliament with 7.3 percent support and the Pirates also with 6.4 percent.
Elections to the lower house take place on 20 and 21 October.
Czech film director Jiří Mádl says filming of comedy drama in which Jan
Tříska was due to take part in before his death will continue as a
tribute to the actor.
The film, with the working title Na Střeše, is a comedy about life in the Vietnamese community in Prague and was due to start filming with Tříska on Monday. The actor’s death was announced the same day following injuries after he fell from Prague’s Charles Bridge at the weekend.
Mádl said Tříska, 80, had a ritual of walking on the bridge before shooting films, adding that he had prepared for the session and tried out all the costumes.
Tříska emerged as a talented actor in the 1960s and left for Canada and later the US in 1977. He was a major figure in both Czech and international films.
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has assured his Czech counterpart
that the rights of Czechs living and working in Britain will be assured
Johnson was in Prague on September 25 for talks with Lubomír Zaorálek in what the British minister described as a first stop on a round of European capitals to explain the British position outlined by prime minister Teresa May on Florence, Italy, three days earlier.
Johnson said Britain greatly appreciated the contribution of the estimated 45,000 Czechs in the UK. He added that London wanted to retain current strong trade relations with the Czech Republic.
PM May outlined the prospect of an extra transitional two year membership of the EU single market for Britain in Florence before final Brexit trade terms took effect.