• Shirin Ebadi and Eamon Gilmore to speak at this year’s Forum 2000 conference

    09/22/2020

    Iranian lawyer and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Shirin Ebadi and the European Union Special Representative for Human Rights Eamon Gilmore will be among the speakers at this year’s Forum 2000 conference in Prague, organizers announced on Tuesday.

    The main theme of the 24th edition of Forum 2000 is "A New World Emerging? Restoring Responsibility and Solidarity" and will discuss ways of addressing the growing global challenges in a rapidly transforming world.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  •  Report: Most Pervitin seized in Europe made in Czech Republic

    09/22/2020

    Most of the crystal methamphetamine known as Pervitin seized in Europe comes from the Czech Republic, mainly from areas bordering on neighbour states, suggests an annual report released by the European monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, the EMCDDA.

    In 2018, police in the European Union seized 620 kilos of the illegal drug, most of it in France and the Czech Republic.

    According to the report, much of the drug produced in the Czech Republic is extracted from a medicine containing pseudoephedrine, available on prescription.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • Study: Most Czechs happy with their current job position

    09/22/2020

    Some 69 percent of Czechs are happy with their current job, suggests a survey conducted by the Public Opinion Research Centre (CVVM) in July. It is an increase by nearly nine percentage points on the previous year and the best result since 2003.

    However, more than 50 percent of respondents believe they are being paid less than they deserve at their current job. The survey also suggests that nearly 80 percent of people want to stay in their position, despite being underpaid. More than three quarters of respondents also said that they have good relations at work.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • Weather

    09/22/2020

    Wednesday is expected to be partly cloudy t overcast with occasional rain showers. Daytime highs will range between 21 and 25 degrees Celsius.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • Serial Killer festival of TV and online series kicks off in Brno

    09/22/2020

    The third edition of Serial Killer, an international competition festival of television and web series, gets underway in Brno on Tuesday.

    Due to the coronavirus crisis, most of the screenings have been moved from cinemas to the Internet.

    In addition to the traditional sections, such as the competition of series from Central and Eastern Europe, international panorama or web series, this year’s edition will focus on the series produced in the United Kingdom.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • Germany to put Czech Republic in “red” coronavirus category

    09/22/2020

    Germany is likely to place the Czech Republic on the list of states which pose a high risk of COVID-19 infection, Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček told journalists on Tuesday. Czechs travelling to Germany will be required to present a negative Covid-19 test  or go into quarantine.

    Mr Petříček said the Czech Republic was currently negotiating exceptions, that would include for example cross-border job commuters.

    Germany has already placed Prague and the Central Bohemian region, which are one of the main hotspots of Covid19, on its red list of risky travel destinations.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • New health minister outlines further restrictions to curb spread of Covid19

    09/22/2020

    The newly appointed health minister, Roman Prymula, has said there are no plans for measures that would negatively affect the economy, even though a lockdown would be the easiest solution in fighting the coronavirus pandemic. Mr Prymula made the statement at a press conference following his appointment to office. He said the main priority now was to tackle the problem while keeping the economy running and for primary schools to remain open for as long as possible.

    The health minister said there were no immediate plans to impose a state of emergency, although the situation could change in the coming weeks.

    In the next few days, the Ministry of Health plans to introduce further restrictions on the opening hours of restaurants and bars, keeping them closed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. It also wants to limit the number of people at outdoor events to 100, and indoor events to 50.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • Prymula takes reins as health minister

    09/22/2020

    Epidemiologist Roman Prymula has begun serving as minister of health in the Czech government. He was appointed on Monday, just hours after the news that Adam Vojtěch was stepping down from the post after three years.

    Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said that Mr. Prymula would provide crisis management at the Ministry of Health, where he previously served as deputy minister. The 56-year-old headed the Central Crisis Staff in the beginning of the coronavirus crisis and was latterly government commissioner for research in the health sciences.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • Number of Covid deaths in Czech Republic rises to 522

    09/22/2020

    The number of deaths with Covid-19 in the Czech Republic has risen to 522 from the 503 reported on Monday morning, according to official Ministry of Health data issued on Tuesday. Some 1,476 new cases of the virus were recorded on Monday, bringing the total number of active cases to just under 25,000.

    The number of people hospitalised with the coronavirus stands at 494 (up from the 230 seen 12 days earlier), with 101 in a serious condition.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • Babiš calls on nation to respect face mask rules, admits mistake in easing restrictions

    09/21/2020

    In an address to the nation on Monday evening, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš called on Czechs to follow regulations on wearing face masks in order to protect the vulnerable from Covid-19. Mr. Babiš said it had been a mistake to ease measures aimed at containing the virus in the summer, when he had been lulled into a false sense of security by the country’s hitherto success in dealing with it and the atmosphere in society. Unfortunately the epidemic is back, he told TV viewers and radio listeners.

    Regarding face masks the PM said nobody enjoyed such restrictions but that masks did not threaten democracy or freedom; rather not wearing them threatens lives, he said.

    Mr. Babiš said his government did not wish to impose the kind of restrictions that halted the economy in spring. At the same time it had to place protecting citizens’ lives first and finding the balance between the two was difficult, he said.

    Author: Ian Willoughby

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