Finance Minister Alena Schillerová has expressed deep shock over an
investigative report published on Seznam.cz revealing abuse of elderly
clients at an old age home in Ostrava.
A reporter infiltrated the home working undercover as a volunteer, bringing shocking testimony of physical and mental abuse of old people.
The minister, who visited the home two weeks ago within a two day trip to the region, said she was horrified by the revelations and called for a thorough investigation into the affair.
She said it might be worthwhile considering introducing strict psychological tests for employees in the future.
Labour and Social Affairs Minister Jana Maláčová described the revelations as “terrible” adding that she had sent an inspection team to the old age home immediately.
Prague ranks 13th among the world’s top 113 cities in terms of economic and social inclusivity compiled by D&L Partners. The new Prosperity & Inclusion City Seal and Awards (PICSA) Index measures factors such as the affordability of housing and access to education and healthcare, besides GDP per capita. Zurich tops the ladder, followed by Vienna; London placed 33rd, while New York 38th.
Václav Havel was the best president the country has had since the fall of
communism in 1989, according to the results of a public survey conducted by
the STEM agency.
Václav Havel was rated top by 55 percent of respondents, followed by Václav Klaus and then the incumbent president, Miloš Zeman.
In fact one in four people who voted for Miloš Zeman in the last presidential elections said Václav Havel was the best president in the country’s modern history. He was highly rated in how he had used his powers and his interest in citizens’ concerns.
The government will present a long-term national investment plan by
Christmas, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis told journalists on Friday. He
said the plan would outline 17,000 projected investments to the tune of 3.4
billion crowns to be made in the course of the next decade.
The investment plan was reportedly made on the grounds of individual demands from different regions and municipalities ands well as the government’s own priorities.
Scientists attending the Wild Europe international conference in Bratislava
have petitioned the Czech minister of environment, Richard Brabec, to
increase the level of nature protection in some parts of the Šumava
National Park. They specifically name the Zhůrský mountain meadows with
their precious flora and the Kvilda marshlands.
The protection zones, which afford different degrees of protection in different localities, were recently redrawn in all the country’s national parks and the changes made in the Šumava National Park have been highly controversial.
The international conference in Bratislava is attended by government ministers, Council of Europe representatives and conservation and forestry experts from around Europe.
Prague City Hall councillors have indicated they will not allow the police
to activate automatic facial recognition cameras in the city.
Prague police asked the municipality to approve the pilot project at six selected locations within measures to increase security in the capital.
Prague mayor Zdeněk Hřib from the Pirate Party slammed the idea, tweeting that City Hall would not support the “Chinese-style Big Brother project” and Councillor Jiří Pospíšil from TOP 09 said such a move would be an invasion into people’s privacy for which there was currently no justification.
Interior Minister Jan Hamáček and the police said they had merely floated the idea to test the waters.
The Czech Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes on Thursday
handed out its annual awards for contribution to freedom and democracy.
Among this year’s recipients were Russian journalist Vladimir Kara Murza who is a vocal critic of President Vladimir Putin, Romany activist Čeněk Růžička and a member of the anti-Nazi and anti-communist resistance František Wiendl.
The tradition of handing out commemorative medals to defenders of freedom and democracy was established in 2008.
The Češi pomáhají (Czechs Help) initiative says it has a list of 200
Czech families ready to take in unaccompanied child asylum seekers from
Greek refugee camps. The initiative has called on the government to respond
positively to the Greek authorities’ appeal for EU member states to take
in underage asylum seekers.The Czech Republic has been asked to accept 40
Czech Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček recently said that Czech embassy officials in Greece would visit the refugee camps in question to ascertain the situation. However the prime minister’s ANO party and the Social Democrats of the ruling coalition have frowned on the idea, preferring to help migrants in their home countries.
The consortium CzechToll/SkyToll, which is to start operating a new tolling
system in the Czech Republic as of December 1st, has announced it will
increase the number of registration places in the coming days in order to
avoid traffic problems due to unregistered vehicles.
Hauliers using toll roads will be obliged to register and have their vehicles fitted with a new on-board unit by December 1st.
Approximately 251,000 vehicles are reported to have registered to date and another 200,000 are expected to do so in the coming days.