• 06/20/2021

    Brides are getting older in the Czech Republic, with the average age of first marriage for women passing the 30-year mark for the first time last year, Novinky.cz reported. In 1961 women were wed for the first time at 22, on average, though that number started rising following the end of the Communist period.

    Among men the average age in 1989 was 25; last year it had risen to 33.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 06/20/2021

    My Sunny Maad by the Czech director Michaela Pavlátová received the Jury Prize at the Annecy Festival, which is focused on animated films, in France. It was the first time a Czech-made film had been in the main competition at Annecy for nearly 30 years.

    The feature-length film is about a Czech woman who falls in love with an Afghan but has no idea what awaits her in a post-Taliban Afghanistan.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 06/20/2021

    Most Czech companies want their staff to return to their workplaces and do away with work from home practices, suggests a survey of 700 employers cited by Czech Television. Many firms believe that their employees are less productive at home and losing good working habits.

    Eighty percent of companies surveyed said that were bringing their people back to their places of work. Fourteen percent said they would allow combined workplace and “home office” and just two percent said they would prefer mainly work from home.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 06/19/2021

    The Czech minister of foreign affairs, Jakub Kulhánek, has laid out the country’s plans for its presidency of the European Union in 2022. Mr. Kulhánek told Czech President Miloš Zeman at talks at his Lány residence on Saturday that the Prague government wished to host an EU summit with countries from the Western Balkans, as well as an EU-United States summit.

    The foreign policy chief said this reflected the priorities of the Czech presidency – planned for the second half of next year – which were transatlantic ties and Western Balkans states’ preparations for EU accession.

    Mr. Kulhánek said that in the nearer term the Czech Republic supported sanctions against the Lukashenko regime in Belarus.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 06/19/2021

    It should be largely overcast in the Czech Republic with an average high temperature of 31 degrees Celsius. The heat wave should begin to abate early next week.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 06/19/2021

    A third person has died following a leak of toxic materials in Plzeň on Friday, a representative of the city’s university hospital said on Saturday. Another person who was taken to hospital in a serious condition is reported to now be doing better.

    The chemicals leaked in the grounds of a company focused on the treatment of liquid industrial sludge. The police are investigating the matter on suspicion of criminal negligence.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 06/19/2021

    The number of people hospitalised with Covid-19 in the Czech Republic has fallen below 100, with 99 such cases recorded on Friday. Some 147 new cases of the virus were confirmed on the last day of the working week.

    Over 110,000 doses of vaccine were administered in the country every week day, with the number reaching almost 117,000 on Thursday.

    Nearly 2.5 million in the Czech Republic are now fully vaccinated, with 4.6 million having received at least one dose.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 06/19/2021

    Fewer than 22,000 of 2.47 million people in the Czech Republic who received the first of two doses of vaccine against Covid-19 contracted the virus, iRozhlas.cz reported on Saturday, referring to data from the Czech Institute of Health Information and Statistics. What’s more, four-fifths of them caught Covid within three weeks of their first jab, which takes full effect after that period.

    The head of the institute, Ladislav Dušek, told the news site that vaccination represented highly effective protection against infection and in particular against severe cases of Covid.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 06/19/2021

    Hundreds of people attended an 80th birthday party for former Czech president Václav Klaus at the South Gardens at Prague Castle on Friday. Mr. Klaus, who also served as prime minister and finance minister turned 80 on Saturday.

    Among the guests were current head of state Miloš Zeman, Czech Roman Catholic Church head Duka, former prime minister Petr Necaš and ex-TV Nova chief Vladimír Železný.

    Mr. Zeman called on Mr. Klaus to return to politics, saying many of his own supporters would back him. He recently refused to rule out standing again for president.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 06/19/2021

    The Tatra T6A5 tram, which has been a common sight on the streets of Prague in recent decades, is taking its last journey on Saturday. The tram was first introduced in 1996 and 150 in total were purchased by the city’s transport authority.

    The T6A5 offered relative comfort at the time, with upholstered seats and better ventilation; it did not feature the heated seats of the earlier T3 model.

    Author: Ian Willoughby

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