• Weather

    09/14/2020

    Tuesday should be mostly sunny throughout the country. Daytime highs are expected to range from 26 to 31 degrees Celsius.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • Constitutional Court judge Šimáčková to candidate for Czech seat on ECHR

    09/14/2020

    Constitutional Court Judge Kateřina Šimáčková will apply to become the next Czech representative at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg, Lidovky.cz reports. If successful, she would replace the current Czech judge, Aleš Pejchal when his term expires in November 2021.

    Šimáčková, 53, was appointed to a 10-year term as a Constitutional Court judge in August 2013 and previously served as a Supreme Administrative Court judge. She told Lidovky.cz she considers the idea of a Europe united by respect for human rights, democracy and the rule of law to be among the most valuable ideas worth working for.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • Czech expert: light pollution rising, some 2 billion crowns wasted each year

    09/14/2020

    Some 2 billion crowns a year is wasted on unnecessary lighting, Czech astronomer Pavel Suchan told a public hearing at the Senate on Monday. Examples of such light pollution include all-night lighting of billboards, parking lots and shopping centres.

    Suchan was speaking at a hearing convened by an inter-ministerial working group set up by the Environment Ministry in 2017. Its aim is to find effective ways to reduce light pollution and to ensure legal protection against it.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • Most Czechs approve of govt move to abolish ‘super gross’ wage – Median poll

    09/14/2020

    More than half of Czechs favour the government’s move to abolish the so-called “super gross” wage as the base for calculating employee income tax, a Median poll conducted for Czech Radio shows.

    The super gross wage is the sum of an employee’s gross wage plus social and health insurance premiums. In its place, as of January 2021 the government plans to introduce a progressive tax rate of 15 percent for annual income of up to 1.5 million crowns and 24 percent for income above this amount.

    According to the Median survey, 56 percent of respondents welcome its abolishment, 33 percent oppose it and 11 percent have no opinion on the subject. People with a university education and voters of centre-right parties are most opposed to abolishing the super gross wage, the poll found.

    Previous attempts to abolish the super gross wage failed because of the loss to state revenues. The government has argued its cancellation will boost consumer spending and help rev up the economy post-coronavirus.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • Conservationists launch wildcat monitoring project along Czech-Slovak border

    09/14/2020

    Czech wildlife conservationists have launched a two-year project to monitor wildcats in the shared border region with Slovakia. The aim is to determine the health of protected and endangered species, including in terms of genetic diversity.

    The Olomouc chapter of the Czech group Hnutí Duha (Friends of the Earth) is leading the project, in cooperation with the Czech Institute of Vertebrate Biology and the Slovak National Zoo, where a rehabilitation station will be established.

    Crossbreeding with domestic cats and the loss of natural habitats pose the main threats to the survival of wildcats that otherwise thrive in forests undisturbed by human activity.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • New coronavirus measures take effect in some parts of country

    09/14/2020

    New measures aimed at containing Covid-19 were introduced in parts of the Czech Republic on Monday. In the whole of the Central Bohemian Region and the Uherské Hradiště district pubs and bars must now close at midnight – a measure that is already in place in Prague.

    In the capital people must now disinfect their hands before entering public buildings, restaurants, shops and hotels.

    On Friday four other districts joined Prague in the medium risk category on a national “Covid map” reflecting relative risk of catching the virus.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 102 contract Covid-19 at sanatorium in Pardubice Region

    09/14/2020

    Over 100 people at a sanatorium at Holice in the Pardubice Region have contracted Covid-19. One-hundred and two people, both clients and employees, at the private facility have tested positive for the coronavirus, the regional governor said on Sunday evening.

    The first case at the sanatorium was discovered on Thursday. While the vast majority of people connected to the site have caught it, none of the cases are serious.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • Prymula: CR experiencing second Covid wave

    09/13/2020

    The Czech Republic is experiencing a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, says the government’s commissioner for science and medical research, Roman Prymula. Speaking on Czech Television on Sunday, Mr. Pyrula said that within two or three weeks the number of Covid-19 patients in hospital would reach the same level as was seen in the spring, when the pandemic first hit the country.

    The epidemiologist said that if the virus continued to spread as explosively as it has recently, Czech hospitals’ ability to deal with Covid patients could be exceeded; if measures were not taken, hospitals could reach the limits of their capacity at the end of October, he said.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • Public get chance to pay last respects to director Menzel on Friday

    09/13/2020

    People will be able to pay their final respects to Jiří Menzel at the Prague venue Rudolfinum next Friday, his widow Olga has announced. The Oscar-winning film director died last weekend at the age of 82.

    Menzel’s funeral will be a private family affair but a book of condolences will be available for the public to sign between 10 am and 6 pm on Friday at the Rudolfinum, where there will also be an exception relating to his much-loved film Capricious Summer. A concert of music by the director’s favourite composer Mozart will be held at the Rudolfinum in the evening, as part of the festival Dvořák‘s Prague.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • This year's Czech summer wettest in decade

    09/13/2020

    This year’s June-August period was the wettest in the Czech Republic in the last decade, according to data released by the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute. June was particularly rainy, with almost twice the long-term average precipitation for the time of year.

    In addition, the three-month period was cooler than in the previous three years.

    Author: Ian Willoughby

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