Czech search engine and Internet company Seznam plans to launch its own TV
channel, The Czech News Agency reported. The company wants to broadcast
video content which is only available on the internet at the moment. The
company has reportedly registered a new firm called Seznam.cz TV, and will
try to obtain a broadcasting license. The company's spokeswoman Irena
Zatloukalová refused to provide any further details.
Seznam is one of the few locally developed European search engines which have been able to hold their own against the giant US search engine site and company, Google. who currently holds a 70 percent stake in the company. The company, which was founded in 1996, currently employs some 1,200 people and has annual turnover of around one billion crowns (nearly 37 million euros).
Around one third of Czechs have overdrawn their bank accounts over the past
year, according to a survey carried out by CSOB bank. Roughly a half of
households had problems with unexpected expenditures that exceeded 10,000
crowns, the survey suggests.
According to CSOB’s Petr Hutla, most families’ financial reserves would only last for three months in case they lost their main source of income. One quarter of Czech households would survive for less than a month on their savings.
The lower house of parliament on Thursday ratified a Czech-Slovak treaty on
mutual protection of airspace.
The Czech and Slovak defence ministers, Martin Stropnický and Peter Gajdoš, signed the treaty in February, after it was approved by the Slovak and Czech governments.
Under the treaty, if one of the countries is unable to protect its airspace, the other can assist it. It also allows pilots to interfere on the territory of the other country even with weapons in case it is necessary.
The reconstruction of Prague’s Veletržní Palace, the home of the Czech
National Gallery’s modern art collection, is essential for the future of
the institution, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said on Thursday during a
visit to the premises.
The current head of the National Gallery, Jiří Fajt, plans to announce an international architectural competition for the renovation of the 1920s building.
According to the prime minister, the reconstruction should be one of the main priorities of a new investment programme of the Ministry of Culture, which should be approved by his government.
According to preliminary estimates, the renovation of Veletržní Palace could cost up to one billion crowns.
The 2018 draft budget proposal should be approved by the end of September,
despite the coalition’s ongoing dispute over wage hikes for public sector
employees, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said on Thursday after a meeting
with Finance Minister Ivan Pilný.
The coalition is set to hold talks on the issue on Monday. Prime Minister Sobotka repeated that he supported the unions and agreed with a ten percent hike for public sector employees and 15 percent hike for teachers starting November 2017.
The State Environmental Fund has launched the second round of its project
called Dešťovka, a water tank rebates programme intended to boost a
policy of rainwater harvesting and utilization.
The Ministry of Environment on Thursday earmarked 240 million crowns to be used in subsidies for homeowners willing to install rainwater tanks to be used for watering gardens, flushing toilets and other household needs instead of drawing on public supplies. One household can receive up to 105,000 crowns in subsidies. The first round of the programme, which was launched in May, proved to be extremely successful, with people applying for the subsidies amounting to 110 million crowns within the first 28 hours.
The Czech Republic saw one of the warmest summers since records began back in 1775, the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute reported on its website on Thursday. The oldest Czech meteorological station at Prague’s Klementinum recorded an average temperature of 21.7 degrees Celsius, which places this summer on the 6th spot in a total of 243 measurements. The summer of 2003 remains the hottest in history, with an average temperature reaching 22.4 degrees Celsius.
Residents of Prague have greater projected longevity than people living in
other parts of the Czech Republic, with women in the capital expected to
live to 82.7 years and men to 78 years on average. The figures are
projected for babies born in 2015 and 2016 and come from official
government data quoted by Czech Television. Babies born in the Ústí nad
Labem region have the lowest life expectancy, with women projected to live
to 79.5 years on average and men 74 years.
While Prague enjoys high employment and a relatively high level of social services, Ústí nad Labem suffers from poor air quality and relatively high numbers of people with low living standards.
Karolína Plíšková has been knocked out at the quarter-finals stage of
the US Open in New York. The Czech’s 6-7 3-6 defeat to Coco Vandeweghe of
the United States on Wednesday means that Plíšková will lose her world
number one ranking after eight weeks at the top.
Meanwhile, the Czech Republic is guaranteed to have a pair in the doubles final at Flushing Meadow, with Lucie Šafářová and Barbora Strýcová set to meet Lucie Hradecká and Kateřina Siniaková in the semi-finals.