Policy The Fiala government survives its first vote of no confidence

The Czech coalition government of Petr Fiala has as expected survived the first attempt at a vote of no confidence initiated by the opposition ANO with the support of the Freedom and Direct Democracy (SPD) party in the Chamber of Deputies today. The five-party cabinet of Civic Democrats (ODS), Christian Democrats (KDU-ČSL), TOP 09, Pirates and Mayors and Independents (STAN) will continue to govern with the confidence of the lower house of the Czech parliament.

The ANO, supported by the SPD, launched the vote of no confidence on the case around the head of the intelligence service (ÚZSI) Petr Mlejnek, who resigned from his post, and on the measures taken by the government to deal with to the energy crisis. The debate in the lower house before the vote lasted 22 hours continuously, starting Thursday afternoon. The 84 opposition deputies present voted against the cabinet and 100 deputies from the government coalition voted against, while at least an absolute majority of 101 votes in the 200-seat Chamber of Deputies was needed to overthrow the government.

Health Some Czech foods contaminated with mold, cadmium

Some foods in Czechia are still contaminated with mold and also significant amounts of cadmium, the National Institute of Public Health (SZÚ) said. In this regard, the Czech Republic ranks among the most dangerous states in the world, the SZÚ said. On the other hand, the diet of the Czechs has become less loaded with PCBs, and the lead load has also decreased. Tests have shown that potential doses of toxic toxins can be absorbed by people via black and fruit teas, self-rising flour, pasta, rice, pepper, nuts, peas and even foods. for babies. Important sources of cadmium include potatoes, baked goods, flour, pasta and rice.

Sports The Czech pair beat the Williams sisters at the US Open

Czech tennis players Lucie Hradecká and Linda Nosková defeated Venus and Serena Williams in the first round of the US Open women’s doubles on Thursday at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York. A crowd of 23,859 fans gave the Williams sisters a standing ovation as this is likely the last time the sisters will compete together. Serena has announced her intention to retire. Hradecká said she was shocked that they won. “I’m so sorry for you that we beat them, but we’re so glad we did,” she told the crowd after the game. Nosková said playing against the Williams sisters is “a special moment for everyone, anyone, and anytime.”

Policy Babiš compares Hungarian Orbán to Havel

During the ongoing parliamentary session ahead of a vote of no confidence in the government, ANO movement leader Andrej Babiš compared right-wing Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to former Czech President Václav Havel. Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský had criticized Babiš’s ties to Orban, claiming that Babiš allowed Orban to use him as a puppet.

Lower House Speaker Markéta Pekarová Adamová condemned Babiš’s remarks. “The person who talks about the fact that races should not mix is ​​really not the Hungarian Václav Havel, as Andrej Babiš is trying to tell us. Sadly Viktor Orbán is now Hungarian Tomio Okamura at best,” she said. The no-confidence vote should fail and the opposition movements ANO and SPD lack votes.

Civil society Forum 2000 Conference Honors Chinese Journalist Zhang Zhan

The Forum 2000 international conference has awarded a Courage Award to Chinese journalist and former lawyer Zhang Zhan, who was convicted and imprisoned in her native country for her articles highlighting the development of the Covid pandemic in China. The Forum 2000 conference of world thinkers and thinkers takes place in Prague from Wednesday to Friday, with the threat to democracy and reactions to it as the main topic on the agenda.

The forum was opened by Prime Minister Petr Fiala and was also joined online by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The Forum 2000 annual conference was established in 1996 by then Czech President Vaclav Havel together with writer Elie Wiesel and Japanese philanthropist Yohei Sasakawa.

Crime A young man accused of planning a terrorist attack in the Czech Republic

The regional court of Brno will be seized of a case of alleged preparation of a terrorist attack in the Czech Republic inspired by similar acts abroad. A minor, under the age of 18, is charged, Olomouc Prosecutor General Radim Daňhel told ČTK. His office filed charges in the case in mid-August. The Brno Regional Court has already received the charges and will decide whether to detain the suspect in early September. Daňhel said the suspect was already taking steps to prepare for the attack.

Culture Russian punk band Pussy Riot will play in Prague

Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot, known for their criticism of President Vladimir Putin, will perform at the MeetFactory in Prague on September 8. Proceeds from the concert will go to rebuilding a children’s hospital in Kyiv, news server Seznam Zprávy reported. The founding member of the group, Maria Alyokhina, will return to Prague after three years. She spent the last year in prison for taking part in protests against the imprisonment of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

September 1, 2022

Education Czech President Zeman opens a new school year in Lány

Czech President Miloš Zeman and his wife opened the new school year in Lány, reminding students of Czech philosopher and teacher Jan Amos Komenský’s motto “schola ludus” (school through play). Zeman praised the tradition of the Lány school that the final graders are the “bosses” of the first graders. “I would be very happy if this habit spreads to other schools as well, because we should learn to protect those who are starting, who are younger and therefore more vulnerable,” Zeman said. He compared school to a game followed by “the game called life” and wished the students success in both “games”.

Equality Czechia has its first female professional firefighter

As of today, Czech firefighters have the first woman in a field unit. Michaela Žďárská joined the Holešovice fire station in Prague. In the Czech Republic, women have so far only been able to fight the fires as volunteers. Czechia is behind other countries, said Vladimír Vlček, general director of the Czech Fire Brigade (HZS ČR). “We have to live with the times. In Europe, especially in Western Europe, about 3-5% of women serve. … In the United States it’s even much more. Over there it’s almost 20% in some units,” Vlček added. .

Defense Czechia and Germany finalize details of Leopard tank donation

The Czech Republic and Germany have completed the legal and technical details regarding a donation of 15 German Leopard 2A4 tanks to the Czech army. Now, the members of the government will discuss the agreements which will then be signed. At the same time, the first tanks are being adjusted in Germany to adapt them to the needs of Czech troops, she added. Germany will hand over 15 Leopard tanks to Czechia as compensation for the heavy vehicles Czechia gave to Ukraine after its invasion by Russia in February. The two countries will also start talks on the purchase of up to 50 state-of-the-art Leopards 2A7+ tanks with various modifications, Defense Minister Jana Černochová said in May.

Crime Appeals court overturns prison sentences in football grant scandal

An appeals court has overturned prison sentences against former Czech Football Federation (FAČR) president Miroslav Pelta and former deputy education minister Simona Kratochvílová in a sports grant case and ruled sent the case back to the Prague City Court, state broadcaster Czech TV reported. Last November, the Prague City Court sentenced Pelta to six years in prison, a five-year professional ban and a fine of CZK 5 million for illegally handling sports grants, and Kratochvílová was sentenced to a from 6.5 years in prison, to a prison term of six years disqualification and a fine of 2 million CZK.

Time The weekend should be warm with occasional showers

The forecast for the Czech Republic promises to be clear until the weekend, showers may not appear until Saturday afternoon. Mornings will be cool, but daytime temperatures at the weekend could reach over 25 degrees Celsius, according to the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute (ČHMÚ). Friday morning it will be mostly clear to partly cloudy, in the afternoon it will be cloudy.

Over the weekend, skies are expected to become partly cloudy. Occasional showers and light rain may occur on Saturday, and occasional thunderstorms will also appear on Sunday. Summer temperatures are expected to continue early next week. Monday is forecast to be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated showers.