The fruit harvest in the Czech Republic declined by 27 percent year-on-year
in 2019, according to official figures released on Tuesday. The reason for
the decline was frosts in the spring, experts said.
With the exception of apricots, raspberries and blackberries, all types of fruit recorded a year-on-year fall in yield last year. The overall volume of fruit harvested in 2019 was 18 percent below the average over the last five years.
A weekly TV interview show with President Miloš Zeman will evidently no
longer be aired, the website Mediaguru reported. Week with the President
was not aired on the private station TV Barrandov last Thursday and a
different programme is scheduled for its previous slot this week.
Mr. Zeman’s spokesman said his team was currently preparing new regular media activities for the head of state.
Week with the President was presented by TV Barrandov owner Jaromír Soukup. He also appears in several other of the station’s shows.
The computer virus used during the December cyber-attack on a Czech
hospital in the central Bohemian town of Benešov was probably of Russian
origin, Czech Radio’s Radiožurnál reports.
Known as Ryuk the virus targets institutions and companies that work with sensitive data. If the attack is successful, the hacker group can then ask for a ransom in return for making the institution’s data accessible again, Miroslav Dvořák from the Eset anti-virus internet security company told Czech Radio.
Central Bohemian Region Governor Jaroslava Pokorná Jermanová says that she does not know of any ransom money being paid or even demanded and that only a relatively small amount of data had been lost.
The attack paralyzed the institution for days since staff were unable to use x-rays, ultrasound or laboratory instruments and could not exchange information with other hospitals.
China’s biggest city, Shanghai, has cut all official ties with Prague,
news agency Reuters reported on Tuesday. The move came after Prague City
Hall signed a partnership agreement with the Taiwanese capital of Taipei on
Monday and is seen as the latest exchange in Czech-Chinese diplomatic
Prague previously had a sister city agreement with the Chinese capital of Beijing, which included a clause recognising the One China policy. However, following elections in 2018, Prague City Hall’s new ruling coalition said it wanted to remove the clause, sparking a series of tit-for-tat moves that led to the cancelling of the agreement.
Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib has signed a partnership agreement with the
Mayor of Taiwan's capital Taipei, Ko Wen-je, on economic, trade and
cultural cooperation, the Czech News Agency reported on Monday. Three other
memoranda, including one on cooperation between the cities' zoos, were
signed as well.
Partnership between the cities was agreed upon by the Prague City Hall leadership during a visit to Taiwan last spring, and the plan was then approved by the City Hall assembly at the end of 2019.
Prague previously had a sister agreement with Beijing, but a dispute over a clause regarding the One China policy led to it being terminated by the Czech capital last October.
The Czech Republic ranks seventh in the world in terms of cigarette
consumption according to the online data project Česko v datech. The
ranking was created by dividing the number of cigarettes purchased in each
country by the number of its population over the age of 15. The ratio in
the Czech Republic amounts to 2,428 cigarettes per person annually.
According to a press release by the website, most Czech smokers are
pensioners and up to a fifth of deaths in the country can be attributed to
Andorra topped the list with 6,398 cigarettes per person. However, the authors point out that in the case of the small principality, the data is likely skewed by French and Spanish citizens purchasing cheaper cigarettes there.
The country with the smallest ratio is Brunei with just 10 cigarettes per person annually.
Daria Kashcheeva’s 15-minute long animated puppet movie Dcera (Daughter)
has been nominated for an Oscar in the best animated short category. The
33-year-old Kashcheeva, is a Russian student currently studying at FAMU
film school in Prague.
In an interview with Radio Prague International after she won the student Oscar in the same category in September, she said the Dcera is about the relationship between a father and his daughter, but could also be interpreted as about “relationships between people who are close in general. How one small misunderstanding can influence such relationships for a long time and why it is important to be able to forgive those who are close to us.”
On February 10, when the awards are announced, she will be up against Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry and Karen Rupert Toliver, Kitbull by Rosana Sullivan and Kathryn Hendrickson, Memorable by Bruno Collet and Jean-François Le Corre and the stop-motion short Sister directed by Chinese born Siqi Song.
Czech Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček begins his three-day visit to
India this Monday. Apart from meeting his Indian counterpart, Dr
Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, he will also speak at the multilateral Raisina
Dialogue 2020 conference on Wednesday, attended by senior government
members and officials from across the world.
On Monday morning the Czech foreign minister tweeted that the main goal of his trip is “the development of relations, especially in the economic field”. Mr Petříček will be accompanied by a special Czech business delegation.
He was originally supposed to visit Kuwait as well. However, the official visit was cancelled by Kuwait due to the current heating up of the security situation in the Middle East.
The Ministry for Regional Development will amend its proposal for a new
Building Act, Minister Klára Dostálova told Czech Television on Monday
after a meeting with the head of the Association of Towns and Districts.
The decision comes after heavy criticism from the association, which
primarily represents regional officials, as well as remarks from courts
which studied the proposed legislation.
The ministry says it now intends to cut down on the level of centralisation it originally envisaged. Local building authorities at the district level will be preserved, while public works and large construction programmes will be decided on the state level.