The Czech Republic’s footballers will on Thursday night take part in
their first game in the Nations League, a new competition intended in large
part to replace friendly matches. The Czechs’ opponents in Uherské
Hradiště will be Ukraine. The other member of their Nations League group
is Slovakia and all teams face one another twice.
Success in the Nations League can help teams reach the European Championships. The Czechs face Russia away in a friendly on Monday.
The Czech women’s doubles pairing of Barbora Krejčíková and Kateřina
Siniaková have advanced to the semi-finals at US Open, after defeating
Elise Merten and Demi Schurs 2-6, 7-7 and 6-3.
The Czech team is just two wins away from a third straight Grand Slam title, after clinching victories at Roland Garros and Wimbledon earlier this year.
Prague saw the hottest summer since records began back in 1775, the Czech
Hydro-Meteorological Institute reported on its website on Thursday.
The oldest Czech meteorological station at Prague’s Klementinum recorded an average temperature of 22.7 degrees Celsisu, the highest in the past 244 years.
Until this year, the summer of 2003 was the hottest in history, with an average temperature of 22.4 degrees Celsius.
Czechs who suffer from rare and serious diseases should have easier access
to modern and expensive medicines in the future.
The Czech Ministry of Health is planning to change the rules in the reimbursement of health care costs to make the medicines available for more patients.
Health Minister Adam Vojtěch made the announcement on Wednesday on the occasion of the World Duchenne Awareness Day. The Duchenne Muscular Dytsrophy, a rare muscle-wasting condition, affects around 250,000 people worldwide.
The distribution of refugees remains to be the only problematic issue in
the otherwise excellent Czech-German relations, German chancellor Angela
Merkel said on Wednesday after meeting with Czech Prime Minister Andrej
Babiš in Berlin. Several dozen people gathered outside the German
Chancellery in the German capital to protest against Mr. Babiš.
The ANO party leader, who arrived in Berlin for his first official visit of Germany, is also set scheduled to meet with Bundestag president Wolfgang Schäuble. Earlier on Wednesday, he held talks with representatives of several local think tanks and laid a wreath at the Berlin Wall Memorial.
The environmental organisation Greenpeace has taken samples from the Vltava
River in Prague to measure the level of micro-plastic pollution in the
water. The samples will be analysed in a Greenpeace lab in Britain’s
The testing is part of a campaign called ‘Plast je Past’ or ‘Plastics are a Trap’, which attempts to eradicate excess plastic packaging. It also appeals to outdoor clothing producers to tackle the problem of micro-fibres, which are released into the water during washing.
Sales of new passenger cars in the Czech Republic in the first eight months
of 2018 increased by four percent compared to the same period last year, to
193,252 vehicles, according to figures released by the Association of
Automobile Importers on Wednesday.
According to the association, the growth has been a direct result of a change in the exhaust emissions limits, which came into effect in September last year.
The biggest seller in the period between January and August was Škoda with over 59,300 cars, followed by Volkswagen and Hyundai. The Škoda Octavia remains to be the best-selling model, followed its Fabia and Rapid models.