Pavel Podruh, founder of the Czech start-up Self-Sufficient Houses, is the
first Czech ever to receive the Outstanding Young Person Award given by
Junior Chamber International (JCI). He was awarded for innovations in the
field and for promoting the idea of ecologically-friendly housing.
The Outstanding Young Person Award is an international programme celebrated annually by JCI to honour young persons or leaders that have had an impact on positive change in the community or have achieved something outstanding in their chosen field.
The 2019 Jaroslav Seifert Prize will go to the esteemed Czech philosopher,
writer and translator Miroslav Petříček for his work Filosofie en noir,
published by Charles University press. The award will be handed over at
Prague City Hall in December.
The Jaroslav Seifert Prize is a prestigious Czech literary prize created by the Charta 77 Foundation in Stockholm in January 1986.
The prize is named after the Nobel Prize winning Czechoslovak writer, poet and journalist, Jaroslav Seifert, and is awarded for an outstanding work of poetry or fiction published in the course of the past three years in the Czech Republic or abroad.
During the communist era it was awarded to authors in exile.
Municipalities around the country have been given a year to make their web
pages user-friendly for disabled and elderly citizens, according to a new
Interior Ministry regulation.
This will necessitate a suitable presentation with regard to size, style and layout and a text that is optimal for reading programs for the blind. Newly-set up web pages must meet the criteria from the outset.
The ministry said even the smallest municipalities should have no problem meeting the criteria since work on their web pages is usually done by IT specialists via outsourcing.
The travel agency Neckermann, which is part of the bankrupt British travel
agency Thomas Cook, has issued a statement saying the collapse of its
mother company should not affect its own clients.
The head of marketing at Neckermann, Jan Šrámek, said the travel agency has approximately 1,100 Czech clients abroad who should return on schedule with no foreseeable problems.
The return flights have been covered and everything should go according to schedule, Šrámek said.
He noted that in connection with the recent developments the company might have to scrap the foreign holidays of clients who have not yet left but gave assurances their money would be refunded in full.
According to the head of the Association of Czech Travel Agencies Jan Papež, the problem could affect Czech clients who had bought their holidays in Germany or Great Britain.
The minister for labour and social affairs, Jana Maláčová, is planning
to re-introduce state-subsidized crèches as of 2021.
The minister has stressed the need to address the lack of facilities for children under the age of 3.
Parents who need to place their child in a day-care facility either find so-called children’s’ groups, which are fairly expensive, or try to enrol them in kindergartens.
Under the new system children’s groups would be transformed into crèches and the state would subsidize all children under the age of 4 with a sum of 5,000 crowns a month.
The sum paid for by the child’s parents should not exceed a third of the minimal wage (presently 4,450), Maláčová said.
Children over the age of four would be placed in kindergartens. There are currently 45,000 two-year-olds in kindergartens.
Several buildings in the centre of Prague, including the Dancing House and
the Kotva department store, were covered with temporary graffiti on Sunday
night. The aim of the event, organised by Prague Property Company, is to
draw attention to the fact that the city lacks legal space for street art.
The firm administers all of the buildings in question.
The company provided 20 Czech street artists with 190 square metres of space for creating temporary graffiti. It also announced its plan to turn the Koh-i-noor factory building in Prague’s Vršovice district into a legal space for graffiti art.
Czech cross-country mountain bike racer Kateřina Nash took the gold medal
in the second round of the Cyclo-cross World Cup in Waterloo, Wisconsin.
Its is the eighth career cyclocross World Cup victory for the Czech racer.
The 41-year-old racer finished 19 seconds ahead of Jolanda Neff of Switzerland. Evie Richards of Great Britain came third. Nash finished second in the World Cup opener in Iowa City, and currently leads the series.
The Czech Republic should have the right to determine its own energy mix,
Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček told the Czech News Agency on Sunday
ahead of his departure for the United National General Assembly, which also
includes the Sustainable Development Impact Summit.
Mr. Petříček also said nuclear energy represented part of the country’s energy mix and it was an important replacement of the fossil fuels, which are being gradually phased out.
The Czech Republic’s Karolína Muchová has claimed her first-ever WTA
singles title, after winning the Korea Open Final on Saturday. The
23-year-old Czech defeated Magda Linette of Poland 6-1, 6-1 in just 69
minutes to raise her first career trophy.
The Czech No. 5 is enjoying her career-best season, having previously reached her maiden WTA final in Prague in May and a Grand Slam quarterfinal debut at Wimbledon.