Daily news summary
Czech president accepts Putin’s invitation to Sochi
Czech President Miloš Zeman has accepted invitation of his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to Sochi. The Czech head of state announced the news in New York on Wednesday, where he attended the UN General Assembly. He also said he considered the invitation an honour, adding that he would like to visit other Russian regions as well during his trip in November.
Škoda Auto workers target double digit pay rise
Workers at the Czech Republic’s biggest car maker, Škoda Auto, will be seeking a pay rise of more than 10 percent next year, according to the latest edition of the union’s weekly newspaper.
It said a bare 10 percent rise was insufficient. The article pointed out that an agreement with bosses on flexible working methods was up for negotiation soon ahead of the overall pay and conditions deal which runs till the end of March 2018.
Disagreement over flexible working would result in confusion across car plants, the article added. The average monthly wage is around 40,000 crowns at the moment.
Optimism on Czech grape harvest
The grape harvest in the Czech Republic this year should exceed that of 2016 growers say as the harvest begins to be taken in.
Growers expect grapes sufficient for around 580,000 hectolitres of grapes for wine to be brought in this Autumn, that’s around 15,000 hectolitres more than 2016.
Severe frost earlier in the year fuelled worries that the crop this year would be a poor one. The harvest is concentrated mostly in the South Moravian region.
Czech institute tests prototype to down drones
The Military Technical Institute (VTÚ) says that it has developed a prototype device which can bring down drones out of the sky.
The device uses a type of net which is shot out over the drone to bring it down. The device was being tested this week with a view to start production next year.
The problem of drones invading space at airports or being sighted over prisons in the Czech Republic has become an increasing one in the country.
Around 500 drones are registered in the Czech Republic but around twice that number are believed to be operational.
Social Democrats offer out of court deal over lawyer’s payment
The Social Democrat Party (ČSSD) has offered an out of court settlement to clear up a massive debt owed to the party’s former lawyer, Czech Radio has reported.
Citing three separate sources, the broadcaster said a settlement of 180 million crowns had been offered to the descendants of Zdeňek Altner, the party’s former lawyer who helped it recoup its Prague headquarters.
A court previously ordered the party to pay 338 million crowns for failing to honour an agreement with the lawyer who has since died. The party has appeal that decision to the Supreme Court. Czech Radio said the deceased lawyer’s eldest son rejected the party’s offer.
Czech potato crop down on bumper 2016 year
The Czech potato harvest this year looks like being up to 15 percent down on the excellent crop of 2016, according to the Czech Potato Association.
The crop this year looks as though it will total between 600,000 to 650,000 tonnes. That is down on the almost 700,000 tonnes collected in 2016. This year’s quality promises to be excellent, according to the association.
The crop looks especially good in the Czech potato heartland, the central Vysočina region, but other areas appear to have suffered from this year’s drought.
Five Czech researchers awarded prizes by grant foundation
Five Czech researchers have been awarded prizes this year by one of the country’s main grant institutions, the Czech Science Foundation.
The five comprise an informatician, biochemist, astronomer, archaeologist, and a hydro biologist.
Three of the winners are women, which the head of the foundation, Alice Valkárová, said was a promising pointer for the future.
New born girl left in baby box in Strakonice
A new born girl was placed in a baby box at a clinic in Strakonice in South Bohemia on Wednesday night. The founder of the Czech baby box system, Ludvík Hess, said her condition was stable.
Since the system was introduced a number of years ago, 159 children, unwanted by their parents, have been saved through baby boxes. There are currently 71 such facilities found across the Czech Republic.
Clouds with occasional sun and rain are expected on Friday. Top daytime temperatures will range between 14 and 18 degrees Celsius.