Morning News: Tuesday, February 14, 2023

  • US pop icon Gwen Stefani has been announced as a headliner for the Prague Rocks Festival on 21 June. She is returning to the Czech Republic for the first time since 2007, when she performed in Prague as part of her tour.


  • The consumption of antibiotics in the Czech Republic has risen by 47% year-on-year in the first part of this year, which has affected the availability of certain drugs, but their use is now decreasing, Health Minister Vlastimil Valek (TOP 09) said at a press conference on Friday.


  • The trial of former MP Dominik Feri is set to begin in Prague on Tuesday. Mr. Feri, who is 26, is facing two charges of rape and one of attempted rape. The one-time TOP 09 party politician could face up to 10 years in prison if found guilty.


  • Czech football international Jakub Jankto has become the highest profile current male player to publicly come out as gay. Jankto, who is 27, made a public announcement on Twitter on Monday. Jankto is contracted to the club Getafe but is currently with Sparta Prague on loan.


  • The Eiffel Optic chain of dioptric glasses and contact lenses stores is bankrupt. As Seznam Zprávy pointed out, the company has filed for insolvency, saying it owes more than CZK 86 million and admitting it has no money for January payouts. The beginning of the company’s downfall was thought to be the shutdown during the coronavirus pandemic.

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