Czech Post is not planning to shut any branches in villages, the minister
of the interior, Jan Hamáček, said on Tuesday after a meeting with the
chairman of the Union of Towns and Municipalities, František Lukl. The
postal system falls under the Ministry of the Interior.
Mr. Hamáček said in a statement that Czech Post should go into profit within three years thanks to a planned restructuring.
Mr. Lukl said the mayors of small urban centres had been disquieted by Prime Minster Andrej Babiš, who said Czech Post was dead and should be transformed into a private company. This gave rise to fears of branch closures.
Confidence in Czech economy fell to 94.6 index points in September, the
lowest in five years, according to data released by the Czech Statistics
The business confidence indicator decreased by 0.7 to 92.9 compared to the previous month, as expectations deteriorated among retailers, and consumer confidence fell by 1.8 to 103.3 index points.
Business confidence in Czech Republic averaged at 93.20 index points from 1993 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 106.60 index points in February of 2007 and a record low of 69.10 index points in March of 1999.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has criticized the focus on words rather than
actions at the United Nations Climate Action Summit at which he represented
the Czech Republic.
Speaking to journalists the Czech prime minister said the Czech Republic would not get its voice heard at the conference despite the fact that it was adhering to the 2015 Paris Agreement targets. “There are many here who have failed in this respect, but are unveiling ambitious plans for the future,“ Mr. Babiš noted.
The Czech prime minister was not alone criticizing the hollow tone of the promises made. The BBC reported that China, India and Russia, were given the change to address the conference despite being the world’s biggest polluters.
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, 16, made an emotional speech at the summit, slamming world leaders for their "business as usual" attitude and saying future generations would never forgive them if they failed to act.
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.