Czech school children and secondary school students return to classrooms on
Monday. This year, there will be around 108,000 first graders, which is
significantly fewer than in the previous years.
As of this September, children who turn five by the end of August must be registered in kindergartens.
The beginning of the new school year will be marked by pressure from the teachers’ unions who are seeking pay rise of 15 percent for educators and 10 percent for non-teaching staff.
The representatives of the unions said earlier they were ready to call a strike alert if the coalition government council didn’ t agree to meet their demands for higher pay on Monday.
Cardinal Dominik Duka has criticized the German supermarket Lidl for
erasing crosses on top of an iconic Greek church from its food packaging.
In a letter to the Greek ambassador to the Czech Republic, Duka said it was an unprecedented and uncivilized act. He also warned that the removal of real crosses from churches could follow.
The supermarket giant digitally removed several crosses on the Greek Orthodox building in Santorini from products in its own-label Greek food range which is sold all around Europe.
Lidl representatives said they avoided the use of religious symbols because they didn't want to exclude any religious beliefs.
A joint meeting of Czech and Slovak governments is set to take place at
Lednice castle in south Moravia on Monday. Among the main topics on the
agenda will be the joint celebration of the founding of Czechoslovakia,
cooperation in the area of energy infrastructure, situation in Ukraine and
Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka is also scheduled to hold separate talks with his Slovak counterpart Robert Fico to discuss regional cooperation among V4 countries as well as other issues. The meeting at Lednice Castle is the fifth joint session of the Czech and Slovak governments.
Medicinal cannabis from a Czech supplier could be available in pharmacies in the first half of 2018, the State Institute for Drug Control told the Czech News Agency on Sunday. A gram of cannabis will be sold for about 165 crowns. At the moment, patients can only buy cannabis imported from the Netherlands, which costs around 300 crowns per gram. The drug will be provided by Czech company Elkoplast Slušovice, which has won a public tender for a license to grow and provide medicinal marihuana to pharmacies.
Temperatures in the Czech Republic should be average for the time of year in the next four weeks, according to a regularly monthly weather forecast issued by the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute. Rainfall levels over the next four weeks should be slightly below the average for the time of year. Daytime temperatures throughout September are expected to hover around 20 degrees Celsius, dropping to around 17 degrees Celsius in the last week.
Several dozen people gathered in the centre of Prague on Saturday to protest against the persecutions of Falun Gong practitioners in China. The demonstrators, accompanied by the Falun Gong's Tian Guo Marching Band, walked from Wenceslas Square to Kampa island. Falun Gong is an ancient Chinese spiritual practice combining meditation and qigong exercises. It was banned by the Chinese Communist Party in 1999 and its followers have been severely persecuted.
A Czech tourists died in the High Tatra Mountains in Slovakia on Thursday, the Slovak daily Nový čas has reported. The 49-year-old Czech slipped while descending Huncovský štít and fell about 200 meters. His body was found by the rescue service. According to the rescuer workers, the man wasn't equipped with proper hiking gear, which might have contributed to the accident.