News Government to raise payments to state insurers to plug health funding gap
The governing parties have agreed to raise more money for the healthcare system by raising payments to state health insurers. The fees should increase from the start of July and bring some CZK 2.1 million. That sum would compensate for a fall-off in health care funding caused by the centre-left government’s abolishment of fees for hospital stays. Some six million people will see their contribution to the state insurers increase from CZK 787 to CZK 845 a month. In the run-up to Wednesday’s decision the coalition parties had expressed disagreement on the matter.
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Five-year old English cancer patient Ashya King, recently operated for a brain tumor, arrived at Prague’s Proton Centre on Monday to start his treatment. A special mask had to be produced for the child to be used during proton radiation treatment. The boy will undergo a series of thirty sessions over the next six weeks.
The US online retailer Amazon is planning to build its third centre in the Czech Republic, the E15 daily reports on Monday. The new Returns Centre should be located in Pavlov, an industrial zone near the capital. The company has not confirmed the information. The US Internet giant already has a Returns Centre in Dobrovíz and is currently building a distribution centre there. It should be completed by the end of June 2015 and will create some 2,000 jobs.
Some 2,000 people attended the unveiling of the first Buddhist stupa in the Czech Republic on Sunday in the village of Těnovice in the Plzeň region. The stupa, which is used by Buddhists as a place of meditation, is a seven-metre-tall structure made of granite and contains a treasury filled with various objects, such as texts, Buddha relics and small offerings. The village at the foot of the Brdy hills has been a home to the Diamond Way Buddhist centre since 2003. The Diamond Way is the most popular of the Buddhist teaching methods in the Czech Republic. In 2007 it was registered as the country's first and only Buddhist religious society.
Czech twin sisters, Karolína and Kristýna Plíšková, won the doubles final at the WTA Hong Kong Tennis Open on Sunday, defeating Patricia Mayr-Achleitner of Austria and Arina Rodionova of Australia 6:2, 2:6, 12:10. It is the third doubles title for the 22-year old sisters this year. Karolína Plíšková has previously failed to claim the singles title, losing to Germany’s Sabine Lisicki but 5:7, 3:6.
Heavy rain triggered a landslide in the region of Břeclav in southern Moravia on Sunday. The incident happened at a campsite by the river, leaving one caravan buried under the debris. One woman was reportedly injured and had to be taken to hospital. The campside in being evacuated.
An event to mark the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Czechoslovak Legions is held at the gardens of Prague’s Czernin Palace, the seat of the Czech Republic’s Foreign Ministry, on Sunday. Visitors can see several exhibitions on the history of the legions and hear a concert performed by the Castle Guard and Czech Police Band.
Lower-level flood alerts are still in place for some parts of the Czech Republic. Meteorologists warn that rivers could still rise in the regions of south Bohemia, Vysočina and Znojmo. The Jevišovka river in the Znojmo region inundated several houses on Sunday afternoon, forcing some 15 people out of their homes. Fire crews in the areas affected by floods reported dozens of emergency calls. Rain is expected to cease in most of the country by midnight.
Sunday is the last day of the European Heritage Days, an annual event, organized jointly by the Council of Europe and the European Commission, which offers people the opportunity to visit buildings, monuments and sites, many of which are not normally accessible to the public. The Czech Republic has taken part in the celebrations since 1991 and for the past week, visitors were able to view hundreds of monuments and historical sites for free. This weekend focuses mainly on technical monuments and spa architecture.
Over 80,000 people attended an open-air concert by the Czech rock band Kabát in Prague’s Vypich district on Saturday night. It was the biggest concert ever played in the capital by a Czech group. The show marked the 25th anniversary of the foundation of Kabát, who in recent years have become one of the most popular bands in the country. Their previous koncert at Vypich five years ago was attended by 60.000 people.
Two-time defending champion, the Czech Republic, has lost 3:0 to France in the Davis-Cup semi-finals. In the double match on Saturday, the French pair Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfred Tsonga defeated the Czechs Radek Štěpánek and Lukáš Rosol 6:7, 6:4, 7:6, 6:1.