Twenty-one leading personalities from the field of science, culture, sport
and public life were awarded the Silver Commemorative Medal of the Senate
by the chairman of the upper chamber, Milan Štěch, on Thursday evening on
the occasion of Czech Statehood Day on September 28.
The tradition of honouring people who excel in their profession and have contributed to promoting the good name of the Czech Republic abroad was established in 2012.
This year‘s laureates include the rector of Charles University, Tomáš Zima, Olympic medallist rower Ondřej Synek and musician Vladimír Mišík.
St. Wenceslas Day or the Day of Czech Statehood, on September 28th, will
kick off a month of nation-wide celebrations marking the centenary of the
birth of Czechoslovakia.
Prague’s famous astronomical clock on Old Town Square which has been undergoing restoration work will start marking time again at 6pm on Friday.
State institutions will open their doors to the public and celebrations marking 100 years of Czech sport will be held at Prague Castle.
Throughout the month of October there will be exhibitions, concerts, theatre performances and street happenings celebrating the Czechoslovak centenary leading up to the highlight on October 28 – a grand military parade, the re-opening of the National Museum and a ceremony marking Czechoslovak Independence Day at Prague Castle.
Czech importers of pork and pork products from states where African swine
fever has been confirmed will be held responsible for getting such imports
tested for the virus, the Czech State Veterinary Authority said on
Importers will have a duty to test all pork imports from Belgium, Bulgaria, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Hungary, Poland and Romania. Belgium and Poland are the third and fourth biggest importers of pork to the Czech Republic.
Failure to comply with the regulation will be punishable by a fine of up to two million crowns.
The black coal mining company OKD, which underwent reorganization following
insolvency procedures in 2016, is making a profit and could keep its
Karviná mine in operation until 2030, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said
following talks with the company’s management on Thursday.
The reorganization plan envisaged a gradual phase-out of mining in the region by 2023, but the prime minister said the company was in good shape and making a healthy profit and could continue to operate until 2030.
A final decision is to be made by the end of the year.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has said he regrets the fact that his
assistant sent the daily Lidové noviny an article which backs his views
regarding the alleged unsuitability of taking in child migrants from Syria.
The article was published and several editors are now leaving the daily in protest.
In an interview for Frekvence 1 radio Babiš said sending the article had been a mistake in view of the fact that Lidové noviny as well as the Mladá fronta Dnes daily are published by Mafra belonging to his business empire Agrofert.
In 2017 the prime minister was forced to put 90 percent of his assets into a trust fund in order to comply with a strict new conflict of interest law, but suspicions that he is still controlling the empire and the respective media outlets remain.
Only one in thirty Czechs regularly visits a dentist twice a year, as
recommended, for preventive check-ups and cleanings, the daily Mladá
fronta Dnes reports, citing data from health insurers.
They risk not only cavities but also serious health problems, such as tumours, the treatment of which is not covered under most health insurance policies.
Immigration police have started deportation proceedings against 57
foreigners following raids at dormitories, construction sites and companies
in Mladá Boleslav and other locations in central Bohemia.
Most are from Ukraine or Moldova. Many had long-term visas issued in Poland allowing them to travel in the European Union, but not to work. None had a valid Czech work or residence permit, the police said.
According to the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, illegal employment has been on the rise since 2016. That year for the first time authorities caught more foreigners than Czechs working illegally.
The Czech National Bank (ČNB) board has increased the two-week repo rate
by 25 basis points to 1.5 percent. At the same time, it increased the
Lombard rate to 2.5 percent and the discount rate to 0.5 percent.
The board has raised interest rates by 25 basis points at the three rate-setting sessions since June. The new levels come into effect on 27 September 2018.
Earlier, central bank governor Jiří Rusnok, citing economic growth, inflation and wage development, said he would not rule out more hikes before the end of the year.
The Czech branch of the anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International
has released a report on which parties and candidates for the Senate have
conducted the most transparent campaigns.
According to the report, the campaigns of the Pirates, Greens, Party of Mayors (Stan), and Top 09 have been the most above board. Among the 135 individual candidates, Transparency International named six stand-outs: Eva Tylová, Libor Michalek, Jiří Kratky (all of the Pirates), Zdeněk Hraba (for STAN) and Herbert Paver (TOP 09).
Among the criteria were whether the candidates had made public their campaign revenue and budget, and the names of members of their teams.
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