• 03/01/2024

    The Netherlands has promised to contribute another 150 million euros to the Czech initiative to purchase shells for Ukraine from countries outside the EU, news agency Reuters reports. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced this on a visit to Ukraine on Friday. The Netherlands already pledged to contribute 100 million euros at a summit in Paris on Monday, so this now means a total Dutch contribution to the initiative of 250 million euros.

    Author: Anna Fodor
  • 03/01/2024

    Saturday should be overcast with a chance of showers throughout the day. Daytime temperatures should range between 7 and 13 degrees Celsius.

    Author: Anna Fodor
  • 03/01/2024

    Starting from next week, retailers will not be able to sell products containing the psychoactive substance HHC in stores or online, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Agriculture told the Czech News Agency on Friday. The State Agricultural and Food Inspectorate (SZPI) will be checking that businesses are complying with the law. In addition to HHC, the ban also applies to products containing HHC-O and THCP.

    The government added these to the list of prohibited substances in response to a number of children and adolescents ending up in hospital in recent months after overdosing on products containing them.

    Author: Anna Fodor
  • 03/01/2024

    The Labour Ministry has finalised its draft pension reform law, the head of the ministry Marian Jurečka announced at a press conference on Friday. It will see a number of changes to pensions as they currently stand, including increasing the retirement age according to life expectancy, setting the minimum pension at 20 percent of the average wage, and early retirement for physically demanding professions.

    The opposition ANO party has criticised the plan for reducing the number of jobs that count as physically demanding and have said they want an analysis of the impact of the changes.

    Author: Anna Fodor
  • 03/01/2024

    Last month was the warmest February in Czechia since 1961, the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute reported in a press release on Friday. The average temperature was 5.7 degrees Celsius, 6.1 degrees higher than the average between 1991 and 2020. This made it even warmer than March usually is in Czechia.

    Author: Anna Fodor
  • 03/01/2024

    Police are investigating a leak of 25 tons of carbon dioxide from a tank in an industrial zone in Cheb as public endangerment due to negligence. The gas leak occurred on Thursday, creating a thick white mist near the ground. Two firefighters were injured during the intervention.

    Carbon dioxide is dangerous for humans and can even cause death by suffocation at extreme concentrations. Symptoms of mild CO2 exposure may include headache and drowsiness. At higher levels, rapid breathing, confusion, increased cardiac output, elevated blood pressure and increased arrhythmias can occur.

    Author: Anna Fodor
  • 03/01/2024

    Czech Tennis Association president Ivo Kaderka, and Vojtěch Flégl, member of the supervisory board, who are accused of massive fraud, have been taken into custody for fear that they might try to influence witnesses.

    According to the police, the two men are key figures in a scam involving millions of crowns in state subsidies intended for tennis and youth sports organizations.

    Five people and five legal entities were charged by the police following Tuesday’s raid on the headquarters of the Czech Tennis Federation.

    Both Kaderka and Flégl claim they are innocent and have filed a complaint against the decision to hold them in custody.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 03/01/2024

    Czech deputy ambassador to Moscow Jiří Čistecký is due to attend the funeral of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed on Friday. The last farewell to Navalny, who died two weeks ago in an Arctic penal colony at the age of 47, will take place on Friday afternoon in Moscow.

    Afterwards, the Kremlin critic will be buried at Borisovskoye Cemetery on the southern outskirts of the Russian capital. The burial takes place amid tight security measures and fears of a police crackdown.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 02/29/2024

    Friday will be mostly sunny with day temperatures ranging between 12 and 16 degrees Celsius.

  • 02/29/2024

    The Czech state collected CZK 6.49 billion from motorway vignettes last year, up by nearly 11 percent year-on-year. The total number of vignettes sold in 2023 rose by almost 13 percent to 8,331,877, the state-owned enterprise Cendis, which manages the sale of electronic vignettes, said on Thursday. The sales are expected to grow even further this year, due to an increase in the price of vignettes from March.

    Since the introduction of the online motorway vignette system in December 2020, sales of vignettes increases by about one million units each year. The most popular motorway stamps sold last year were the ten-day vignettes, followed by annual vignettes and monthly stamps.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková

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