President Miloš Zeman and his team of experts met with Health Minister
Adam Vojtěch on Saturday at the Lány Chateau to discuss the current
situation in Czech health care system.
Mr Vojtěch said after the meeting that one of the burning issues of Czech health sector was a long-term shortage of nurses. Among other things, the ministry is planning to increase the nurses’ bonuses for working shifts by around 5,000 crowns this year.
Among other issues on the agenda was the present situation of general practitioners in the country, computerization of Czech health care system and availability of medicines.
Czech-born Holocaust survivor George Brady has died in Toronto at the age
of 90, the Czech News Agency reported on Saturday, citing his nephew and
former culture minister Daniel Herman.
The Auschwitz survivor has lived in Canada since 1951. In 2016, he became a central figure in the Czechoslovak Independence Day celebrations getting recognition from institutions around the country after he had been reportedly crossed off the list of nominees for a state award from President Zeman.
Mr Brady received numerous distinctions and awards including the Karel Kramář Medal from Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka for his efforts in support of democracy and human rights, which included educating students about the Holocaust and supporting Czech expats abroad.
Czech speed skater Martina Sablíková has won the silver medal at the
World All-round Speed Skating Championships in Italy’s Collalbo on
Saturday. The long-distance specialist won the women’s final 5,000-meter
race on Saturday and finished second in the overall competition.
Antoinette de Jong of the Netherlands took home the winning title, while Italy’s Francesca Lollobrigida finished third. It is the eleventh medal in the ladies’ tournament for the 31-year-old Czech, who has won the championship five times over the course of her career.
President Zeman’s first foreign trip in 2019 will take him to neighboring
Slovakia, the president’s office told the Czech News Agency on Saturday.
The Czech head of state will attend the summit of the Bucharest Nine, the
countries making up the eastern flank on NATO.
In the first half of this year, the Czech president is is to travel to Austria, Hungary and China. By the end of the year, he might also visit Serbia or the North African region.
In tennis, Petra Kvitová has won her second Sydney International title on
Saturday. The Czech world No. 8 recovered from a poor start to beat home
favorite Ashleigh Barty 1-6, 7-5, 7-6 in the final match on Saturday.
The Czech Republic’s Kateřina Siniaková has picked up the women’s doubles title in Sydney with Aleksandra Krunić of Serbia, overcoming Eri Hozumi and Alicja Rosolska 6-1 7-6 in the final match.
The 22-year-old Siniaková became the sole holder of the WTA no. 1 doubles ranking following the end of the tournament, after previously sharing the top ranking with Barbora Krejčíková.
In basketball, Tomáš Satoranský has become the first Czech ever to achieve a triple-double. The Czech point guard recorded his first triple-double with 18 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, helping Washington beat the Milwaukee Bucks 113-106 on Friday. Satoranský, who is 27 years old, is the only Czech player currently on an NBA contract.
The Ministry of Education will back a proposal by the teachers’ unions to
raise the average salary of teachers by the end of 2021 to 49,450 crowns.
That amounts to a 35 percent increase from current levels and about 5,000 crowns more than the coalition government has committed to so far.
To reach figure of 49,450 crowns, the unions expect a 15 percent increases this year and in 2020, followed by a 10 percent increase in 2021.
The National Museum in Prague, which opened to the public with great
fanfare on October 28th, after having undergone a years-long, complex
renovation, will be closed for the month of February.
Museum director Michal Lukeš told the Echo24 daily that it is quite common in such circumstances to have a trial opening period followed by a temporary closure.
The museum was re-opened on the 100th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia for symbolic purposes, but the final restoration is not complete, he said. Certain technical procedures must also be tested in the presence of firefighter and other safety experts.
Czech diplomats have met authorities from the Italian the city of Verona to
try to block the misappropriation of Jan Palach’s name and likeness at a
far-right concert next week, on the 50th anniversary of his death.
Palach died in January 1969 several days after having set himself alight to protest Czech apathy in the face of the ongoing Soviet occupation. The Italian newspaper La Republicca reports that certain ultra-right and neo-Fascist groups have long appropriated Palach’s legacy both “politically and culturally”.
The Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Friday on Twitter that the Embassy in Rome is in contact with Verona province officials “to prevent the misuse of the name of Jan Palach in an unacceptable context.”
Students at Charles University in Prague, where Palach studied, earlier launched an online petition in this regard.