• 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
  • Weather forecast

    09/13/2020

    It should be mainly overcast in the Czech Republic on Monday, with temperatures of up to 27 degrees Celsius. The current warm weather should give way to daytime highs in the mid teens Celsius toward the end of the week.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • CT: Minister’s plan to end “guaranteed salary” could threaten future of coalition

    09/13/2020

    The minister of finance, Alena Schillerová of government leaders ANO, wants to do away with what is called the “guaranteed salary”, possibly putting the minority coalition government’s future at risk, Czech Television reported. Ms. Schillerová says the system, under which employees are assured of a certain pay level based on their educational attainment, represents a burden on employers and should be discontinued from January.

    However, the Communist Party, which keeps the ANO-Social Democrats coalition in power by supporting it on key votes, insists that the guaranteed salary remain in place. An MP for the Communists, Miloslava Vostrá, told Czech TV that removing it could represent a problem for her party and may cause them to withdraw their support.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • New daily Covid cases in CR reach 1,541

    09/13/2020

    Some 1,541 new cases of Covid-19 were registered in the Czech Republic on Saturday, the highest number for a single day since the pandemic began and by some distance the most recorded at the weekend, when considerably fewer tests were carried out in the past.

    It was the fifth day in succession that over 1,000 cases were detected in the country. The number of people known to have the virus at present is 13,739, which is also the largest number since the first cases were detected.

    There were just under 300 people in hospital with Covid-19 in the Czech Republic on Saturday, with 69 of them in a serious condition.

    On Friday five other districts, most in Central Bohemia joined Prague in being categorised as medium risk on a national “Covid map”.

    Since Thursday it has been compulsory to cover one’s mouth and nose indoors in the whole of the Czech Republic.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • Public health chief: return to normal life after holidays explains Covid spike

    09/13/2020

    The Czech Republic’s top public health official, Jarmila Rážová, has attributed the ongoing spike in known Covid-19 cases in the country to the fact two weeks have passed since people returned from holidays and normal life resumed with the start of the school year. In an interview with news site iRozhlas.cz, Ms. Rážová said an increase in testing should also be borne in mind: 10 days ago there were 400 tests per 100,000 people but the figure now stands at 700.

    The country’s chief hygiene officer conceded that the authorities in Prague were struggling to reach those who had been in contact with infected persons within 24 hours, adding that it would take some time for the latest restrictions aimed at containing the virus to make themselves felt.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • Anthony Hopkins to play Sir Nicholas Winton in biopic

    09/13/2020

    Welsh actor Anthony Hopkins is set to play Sir Nicholas Winton in a new biographical film entitled One Life, a number of news outlets have reported. On the eve of World War II Winton saved the lives of 669 mainly Jewish children from Czechoslovakia by organising train transports out of Prague and securing places for them to stay in the United Kingdom.

    Sir Nicholas, who was in his late 20s when he carried out this great act of humanity, will be played in his younger years by another British actor, Johnny Flynn.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • Study: Crisis leaves Czechs more satisfied with working positions

    09/12/2020

    The percentage of Czechs who say they are satisfied by their jobs has increased since the coronavirus crisis began, suggests a new survey. Three-quarters of respondents in a study carried out in the summer by Grafton Recruitment said they were content in their employment, a rise of 3 percent on a similar survey conducted last year.

    This increase has been attributed to increased uncertainty on the labour market, as employees report feeling less frustrated by a lack of opportunities for career growth or their pay level. They are also less inclined to seek a change in the context of the crisis.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • Construction of new Metro line delayed by six months

    09/12/2020

    Construction of a new line on Prague’s Metro system will most likely begin in spring 2021, around six months later than originally planned, the transport news website Zdopravy.cz reported on Saturday. A spokesperson for the city’s transport authority said that some bureaucratic processes required for the building of a “D” line from Pankrác to Olbrachtová had been held up by the coronavirus situation. Construction had been due to start this month.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • CR to contribute to joint V4-Germany migration project in Morocco

    09/12/2020

    The Czech Republic looks set to contribute nearly CZK 100 million to a joint migration project organised by the Visegrad Four, Germany and Morocco, the Czech News Agency reported on Saturday. The money would be sent in two donations, according to a paper prepared by the ministries of foreign affairs and interior set to be discussed by the Czech cabinet on Monday.

    The Visegrad Four (CR, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary) and Germany agreed to provide aid to Morocco as a source and transit country for illegal migration at a summit in Bratislava in February. Nearly CZK 800 million in total will be put into the project.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • Annual run raises funds for group recording survivors’ testimonies

    09/12/2020

    An annual fund-raising event entitled Run for Paměť národa (Memory of Nation) took place at a number of locations in the Czech Republic, including Prague’s Hvězda (Star) Game Reserve, on Saturday. The money generated goes towards Paměť národa’s endeavours in recording interviews with eye-witnesses to major events in the Czech Republic’s modern history.

    The project’s subjects have frequently included war veterans, victims of the Nazis and political prisoners from the country’s Communist era.

    Author: Ian Willoughby

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