Czech NGO People in Need has launched a public collection ‘SOS World’
to help people in the poorest countries of the world, who were hit the
hardest by the current coronavirus situation, many of them losing their
According to a press release issued by People in Need on Thursday, for these people the consequences of Covid-19, such a famine and malnutrition, can be we even worse than the disease itself.
The NGO has already launched a public collection and fundraising campaign SOS Czech Republic to help people most impacted by the economic repercussions of the Covid-19 outbreak.
It also offers financial support to those in need, operates a helpline and helps children from disadvantaged backgrounds and families to continue their education online.
An appellate court in Prague on Thursday upheld a 10-year-sentence for
former Prague imam Samer Shehadeh convicted for supporting and financing
terrorism. Mr Shehadeh was found guilty of helping his brother and
sister-in-law to travel to Syria to join the terrorist organisation
Al-Nusra Front and of supporting the group financially.
The ex-imam has confessed to the actions, but said he didn’t believe they were unlawful as he didn’t recognise the Syrian government and didn’t view the Al-Nusra Front as terrorist.
Mr. Shehaded left the Czech Republic in 2017 but was later arrested in Jordan and handed over to the Czech authorities.
The number of newly registered coronavirus cases in the Czech Republic
increased again on Wednesday, with 74 new cases reported, according to
Czech Health Ministry statistics.
The number of registered cases has reached 8,721. 304 people have died and 5,836 have recovered from the disease. At the moment, 157 people are hospitalized with COVID 19, some 30 of them are in serious condition.
The most popular tourist destination in the Czech Republic last year was
traditionally Prague Castle with nearly 2.6 million visitors, according to
figures released by the Czech Tourism agency on Thursday.
The Petřín funicular with 2.2 million visitors came second and Prague Zoo with 1.5 million visitors was the third most popular tourist site, according to data released by Czech Tourism on Thursday.
Among the other top 10 most visited landmarks are Prague's Old Jewish quarter and the Petřín tower, as well as the former industrial complex of Dolní Vítkovice in the North Moravian city of Ostrava.
The upper-house on Wednesday voted in support of the planned trip of Senate
Speaker Miloš Vystrčil to Taiwan as well as against the interference of
Russia and China in the internal affairs of the Czech Republic.
The latter vote was made in relation to the recent diplomatic incidents connected to the removal of the statue of Soviet marshal Ivan Konev in Prague 6 and China's anger at the planned Senate speaker's visit to Taiwan.
Deputy Senate Speaker Jiří Růžička called the surrounding events that followed the statues removal and the planned trip to Taiwan as unacceptable.
On the occasion of the 75th anniversary year since the end of World War
Two, Deputy Senate Chair Senátu Milan Štěch called on the upper-house to
condemn the human rights abuses committed by Nazi Germany during World War
Two and the Armenian Genocide which took place during the First World War.
Both motions passed as did the condemnation of any sort of enthnic or
religious cleansing in all parts of the world.
Motions to condemn the persecution of Christians, mainly those living in countries where they are a minority, did not pass. Neither did the motion by TOP 09 Senator Tomáš Czernin to condemn communist repression activities mainly on the territories of the former Soviet Union.
Deputy Health Minister Roman Prymula, who was the head of the country’s
Central Crisis Staff in the initial phase of the COVID-19 quarantine in
March has been offered the position of Government Commissioner for Science
An epidemiologist, Mr Prymula, who has been at the forefront of communications with the media during the crisis and is seen by many as a leading voice in the Czech response to COVID-19, announced earlier last week that he will resign from the Health Ministry at the end of May unless two unpublicised conditions that he gave the prime minister are met. Mr Babiš told iDnes.cz that Prymula and Health Minister Adam Vojtěch had “not been on the best of terms with each other”.
Health Minister Vojtěch told Czech Television that he cannot envision Prymula remaining in his current position, because he does not like his past statements and the fact that Prymula apparently refuses to discuss affairs with him.
Czech President Miloš Zeman named Petr Angyalossy as the new head of the
country’s Supreme Court this Wednesday. Mr Angyalossy said his priorities
will be to speed up court processes, strenghten public faith in the
judiciary and bring about generational change within the court.
The 56-year-old judge had until now been one of the younger members of the Supreme Court. He graduated from the Faculty of Law at the Masaryk University in Brno and became has been a judge since 1996. He then served in various position in the judiciary of the country's Olomouc Region until becoming a member of the Supreme Court in 2017.
The position of the chairman of the second highest court in the country became vacant in February after the then Chairman of the Supreme Court, Pavel Šámal, was named a member of the Constitutional Court.