Two out of five Czech households include dogs, suggests a survey by the
STEM/MARK agency released on Tuesday. Forty percent of Czech owners allow
their dog into their bed. Of those that do have a dog, only one in five
possess more than one, the study found.
Mid-sized dogs, weighing between six and 24 kilogrammes, are the most popular.
President Miloš Zeman is set to hand out a total of 43 honours for
services to the state during the annual celebration of Czech Statehood on
October 28 at Prague Castle, a record high number during his presidency so
far, the daily Lidové Noviny reported on Tuesday.
Among those to be honoured are former president Václav Klaus and World War Two veteran Emil Boček. Both men are set to receive the highest possible honour, the Order of the White Lion First Class. Other honours recipients include ice hockey superstar Jaromír Jágr, Škoda Favorit designer Petr Hrdlička or soldier Tomáš Procházka, who died last year while serving with the Czech military contingent in Afghanistan.
Some 24 percent of Czechs over the age of 40 do not know when the Velvet Revolution began and more than a half of those with basic or aprentice level education say they were better off under communism. This according to a survey conducted by the history focused non-profit Post Bellum and market researcher NMS, released on Tuesday. According to the survey results, the higher the education level among respondents the more likely i tis they see the Communist era in a more positive light. Meanwhile, those under the age of 40 are slightly more likely to celebrate this year’s anniversary.
Scrutiny regarding the handling of funds by the country’s two public
broadcasters – Czech Television and Czech Radio – should be handled by
the politically independent Supreme Audit Office instead of Parliament,
according to a proposal submitted in the lower house by four Social
Democrat members of the Chamber of Deputies.
The proposal was made amid an ongoing dispute in the lower-house, where the Communists and the Freedom and Direct Democracy party are blocking approval of Czech Television’s annual budgets.
Czech Television stated via its social media that its management is already subject to a multi-level audit and that it would not be opposed to scrutiny from the Supreme Audit Office.
The Russian Embassy in Prague has denied that the information provided
earlier on Monday by Czech civilian counterintelligence (BIS) Director
Michal Koudelka, who said that Czech security organs had uncovered and
broken up an FSB intelligence operation in the country, is in any part
The intelligence chief described the embassy as one of the sources of funding for a Russian operation in the country, which used a web of servers to attack targets in the Czech Republic and its allies.
Councillors at Prague City Hall have decided to cancel the memorandum of
understanding with Lime, the company which has been renting electric
scooters across the capital since last autumn. According to City Hall the
move is only a signal to Lime that it is not happy with the company’s
approach towards fulfilling its commitments and not a ban on its Prague
Lime bikes, which are often simply left in the middle of the pavement after being used, have been described by many locals as an inconvenience since their introduction and City Hall referred to the company’s inability to prevent parked scooters from interfering with pedestrians as one of the ways in which it has breached the memorandum.
The amount of registered groundwater increased in September compared to
measurements conducted last year, reaching normal levels in a quarter of
the country, the Czech News Agency reported on Monday citing the Czech
Hydrometeorological Institute. Meteorologists say that more water has been
entering underground waterways due to an increase in rainfall and lower
temperatures which has made soil more capable of absorbing water.
The Czech Republic has faced severe droughts in recent years and, although the situation is better than it was in 2018, meteorologists still measured below normal levels of groundwater around the Labe and Vltava rivers.
The Office for Economic Supervision of Political Parties and Political
Movements has found 17 cases of misconduct while reviewing the Freedom and
Direct Democracy Party’s 2017 election campaign. Examples include late
transactions of unused funds from the party’s election account and not
disclosing necessary details on all candidates who financially contributed
to the campaign.
The office will now consider its next steps, spokeswoman Linda Hrubešová told the Czech News on Monday. It may choose to initiate administrative proceedings or issue a fine order. The latter could amount to hundreds of thousands of crowns.
Prague Airport plans to boost its capacity up to 23 million annual
travellers by 2035, the Chairman of the Board of Directors Václav Řehoř
told members of the Chamber of Industry on Monday. This year the airport is
expected to handle 17.7 million passengers and is already encountering
The prerequisites for increasing the quantity of passengers that the airport can handle are the centralisation of security checks, as well as the construction of a parallel runway and two new terminal sections, which are to be completed by the year 2036.
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