A team of Czech and American scientists are working on a new method of
fighting cancer. It involves removing amino acid glutamine, which serves as
fuel for them, from cancer cells. The results are so promising that a US
investor has put around CZK 800 million into the project.
The research is being carried out by scientists from the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Czech Academy of Sciences and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Clinical trials are due to begin next year, the Academy of Sciences announced on Tuesday.
The leader of the Christian Democrats has put forward the idea of a broad
minority coalition as a way out of the current political impasse. Pavel
Bělobrádek says a government could be formed of his party, the Civic
Democrats, the Social Democrats, the Pirates, TOP 09 and the Mayors and
Representatives of the six parties are to meet on Wednesday to discuss the outcome of a meeting between the president and ANO chief Andrej Babiš on Tuesday evening.
The six-party minority government proposed by Mr. Bělobrádek would have 85 mandates in the 200-seat lower house, more than the acting ANO government, he said.
He said Mr. Babiš had proven a failure after being unable to form a functioning government six months after the elections.
Czech ski facility operators say the season just ended was one of their
best ever. Representatives of the Association of Mountain Resorts said that
visitor figures were up by 2 percent, while revenues grew by 5 percent
compared to the previous winter.
Numbers were boosted by the interest of Czech visitors on the back of a healthy economy. Over 80 percent of visitors were from this country.
The Czech men’s tennis team will face Hungary in playoffs for the elite World Group in the Davis Cup. The draw took place on Tuesday, three days after the Czechs earned a place in the decider after overcoming Israel in Ostrava. The clash will get underway in Hungary on 14 September. The Czech Republic won the Davis Cup in 2012 and 2013, though the stars of that team are no longer representing the country.
Two policemen were injured in a shooting incident at a care in the
community home in Domažlice, West Bohemia on Tuesday. The assailant, a
34-year-old mental patient, then shot himself dead.
The officers are not in a critical condition, a police spokesperson said. The shooter had been due to be transferred to a different facility on Tuesday due to a deterioration in his condition.
Unemployment in the Czech Republic has reached a new 20-year low, dropping
to 3.5 percent in March, down from 3.7 the previous month.
According to the Czech Statistics Office the downward trend was recorded in all regions of the country.
Labour offices registered 263, 000 unemployed who could take their pick from over 250,000 job vacancies on the market.
Demonstrations against Prime Minister Andrej Babiš took place in Prague,
Brno and over a dozen other towns and cities in the country on Monday
Several thousand people gathered on Wenceslas Square to call for Babiš’ resignation and protest against the fact that a politician who faces criminal charges has been tasked with forming a government.
The Slovak-born prime minister, who is trying to form a new coalition after his present government failed to win a confidence vote in January, has also fought in vain to be cleared of a charge of having cooperated with the communist-era secret police.
The organizers of the protest say they aim to collect a million signatures under a petition against Babiš heading the Czech government.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has criticized the slow pace of digitalization
in state administration, saying that the task had been neglected by past
governments and a major effort was needed to press ahead with it.
Speaking at a conference on digitalization in Hradec Kralové, Mr. Babiš said his government considered digitalization one of its top priorities and something that would significantly improve the lives of Czech citizens.
The two-day conference is attended by over 2,000 experts on reform of the public sector and e-government. One of the main topics discussed on Monday was data protection and the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation.
The Czech foreign trade surplus dropped in February year-on-year by 2.9
billion to 18 billion crowns, according to the Czech Statistics Office.
Exports dropped by 1.2 percent year-on-year and imports were down 0.2 percent.
The fall is attributed primarily to a drop in car exports and electronics. The German economy has followed a similar trend.