In recent years there has been an increase in the number of secondary
school students suffering from various forms of learning disabilities such
as dyslexia and dysgraphia, according to the Czech Education Ministry.
The fact that this increase is not registered in primary schools suggests that such defects are long undetected, the ministry says in a report released on Dyslexia Day, marked for the 8th time this year.
Some statistics suggest that up to 15 percent of the population suffer from some learning disability. Experts believe that dyslexia is most often hereditary but can also be caused by problems during pregnancy or an injury.
The fire that ravaged a rare 16th century wooden church in Třinec-Guty in
August of this year caused damages of at least 50 million crowns, according
to the Catholic Church parish which owns it.
The church was burnt to the ground and even its bells melted in the blaze, its wood carved interiors and precious paintings from the first half of the 16th century are irreplaceable.
Work on a new church is to begin next year. Like its predecessor from 1563, will be made of oak and pine-wood. The new house of prayer is estimated to cost around 20 million crowns.
Maintaining a strong negotiating position in the EU, increasing defense
spending, implementing anti-drought measures and developing a competitive
economy based on high skills and high value-added products; those are some
of the Soboka government’ s recommendations to the future administration.
The document, cited by the ctk news agency, enumerates some of the current government’s biggest achievements, among them stabilizing the country’s finances, reducing unemployment and increasing the minimum wage.
Although the present administration did not adopt a time frame for euro adoption, it says the next government should open a public debate on joining the euro.
The Road and Rail Directorate says it has counted some 500 billboards
located in the close vicinity of highways and 1st class roads in violation
of the law.
The road authorities say they will give owners one final warning before dismantling the billboards and making them pay for the service.
The law, which came into force on September 1st, bans advertisement billboards within 250 meters from the roads in view of boosting safety.
The legislation has met with strong opposition from outdoor advertising operators some of whom attempted to bypass it by replacing advertisements with gigantic Czech flags and other non-commercial posters.
The police have filed charges against two men who reportedly collected and
stole weapons from an off- limits area in the vicinity of the Vrbetice
munitions depot in the south-east of the country which was almost
completely destroyed by a series of explosions in 2015.
Weapons, ammunitions and other explosives were scattered over a wide area, which is still being combed by explosives experts and remains off-limits to the public.
The two men repeatedly violated the ban to steal weapons and ammunition which were confiscated in home raids. Security in the area has been stepped up as a result.
Finance Minister Ivan Pilný from the ANO party maintains that there is no
money left in next year’s draft budget for wage hikes for public sector
The minister says that the proposed 15 percent wage hike for teachers and 10 percent increase for other public sector employees would require an additional 33 billion crowns and would increase next year’s budget deficit to close to 100 billion crowns.
The minister also dismissed the prime minister’s proposal that the money could come from the finances saved by individual ministries, saying the idea is unrealistic and the money is simply not there.
The coalition parties are to meet on Monday to debate the issue.
Prague city councilors on Friday opened four time capsules that workers
uncovered during the ongoing reconstruction of Prague City Hall Tower.
The time capsules dated back to 1949 and 1984, the years of previous reconstructions. Both contained documents of the times, reflecting the communist philosophy but also things that someone had slipped in unnoticed by the authorities –such as a letter in Latin containing the names of presidents Edvard Beneš and T.G. Masaryk.
The second capsule from 1984 contained banknotes, coins, a newspaper and a letter from three masons who complained about an increase in the price of beer but said that since the hostilities between East and West could lead to a third world war they would drink beer while they could, no matter the price.
Labour market experts are expecting a further drop in unemployment, with
the figure likely to dip under 4 percent in September, the ctk news agency
The unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in July, and 4.0 in August. The lack of workers on the market is also expected to push up salaries.
The expectations are that unemployment will reach 3.7 percent in November before seeing a slight growth due to the end of seasonal work.
The Czech Foreign Ministry is releasing five million crowns in emergency
aid to the victims of hurricane Harvey, the ministry said on its website.
The money should go to buy water, food, medicines and hygiene supplies.
Czech Catholic charities are also sending aid. The Czech Bishops conference said it was sending 23,000 dollars to the Archdiocese on Galevston-Houston. There is a large community of Czech expats living in Texas.