Czech stage and film actor Ilja Racek has died at the age of 88.
He was a long-time member of the ensemble of the Vinohrady Theatre in Prague where he spent close to twenty-five years and where he later appeared as a guest performer. He most recently worked on part 2 of the popular TV series Sanitka or Ambulance.
Racek was diagnosed with prostate cancer ten years ago and refused to undergo chemotherapy.
Pardubice Airport is back in operation after a plane landing at the airport
careened off the runway. No one was hurt in the accident.
According to Czech Radio the accident happened in the aftermath of a strong heat storm and the pilot had problems breaking on the wet runway. There were 120 passengers on board.
A scheduled evening flight from Pardubice to Heraklion was dispatched from Prague. The cause of the accident is being investigated.
Police have closed an investigation into the case of a publishing house
that sold T-shirts and mugs with the portrait of Hitler and Stalin.
Police spokesman Jan Daněk said the police was not filing charges since there was no evidence that the activity was other than profit-oriented.
The owner of the publishing house Naše Vojsko, which also sells mugs of Einstein, John. F. Kennedy and Charles IV, told the media he welcomed the outcome of the investigation, saying that the sale of T-shirts featuring Hitler and Stalin might be ethically borderline, but he had no intention of propagating Nazism and was doing it solely for profit.
Eight musicians and groups are set to compete in the inaugural edition of
the “Sound of Silent Movies” competition in Prague’s Žižkov
district, which starts on Thursday evening and runs through September 14th.
Audiences will select the winner, based on the best improvisions accompanying silent classics such as Modern Times with Charlie Chaplin and the original King Kong from 1933 starring Fay Wray, as well as Czech cartoons featuring the beloved ant Ferda Mravenec.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) wants a decision on financing majority
state-owned utility ČEZ’s nuclear power plant expansion by year’s end,
he told Reuters in an interview.
The Prague-listed company has refused to invest in new plants without some form of state support. Instead, it proposes spinning off its renewables and energy services, leaving coal and nuclear sources in state hands.
Babiš says ČEZ is big enough to build new nuclear units without being split up and wants a subsidiary to be the main vehicle to build new reactors. ČEZ operates plants in Dukovany and Temelín that together covered 38 per cent of Czech energy needs last year. Its Dukovany reactors start to expire around 2035.
According to a poll by the Center for Public Opinion Research (CVVM), 49
per cent of Czechs see the economic situation as good, 36 per cent are
undecided, and 15 per cent see it as doing poorly.
A more detailed analysis of the poll shows a strong correlation between expressed optimism and the person’s assessment of their own standard of living, satisfaction with their own life or increasing satisfaction with the political situation.
The European Commission’s spring forecast predicted Czech GDP growth will slow to 3.4 per cent this year and to 3.1 per cent in 2019. Last year, Czech economic growth reached 4.4 per cent.
People in the Czech Republic worked an average of 41.1 hours per week last
year, according to a study by Raiffeisenbank, with entrepreneurs clocking
in about five hours more per week than employees.
In 2003, the average Czech worked a 42-hour week. Raiffeisenbank said the reduction stems from a campaign by trade unions launched last spring to reduce the standard hours to 37.5 per week.
Raiffeisenbank said any official reduction in the workweek would hurt the Czech economy rather than further reduce unemployment.
Neither Moravia Steel nor its subsidiary Třinecké železárny will submit
a binding offer to purchase the rival steelworks ArcelorMittal Ostrava.
A Třinecké železárny spokesperson said on Wednesday that the decision had been made after “careful analysis and consideration of all aspects” of a potential deal, without providing details.
ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steelmaker, is looking to sell its Czech unit and some other assets by the end of the year in order win EU antitrust clearance to acquire troubled Italian peer Ilva.
The Constitutional Court has ruled that the right of a witness or person
being interrogated not to incriminate a family member now applies also to
The ruling stemmed from a specific case involving a woman asked to testify about an alleged rape of a friend by her husband. The witness had refused to testify on the grounds that she was a close friend of them both.
The Constitutional Court annulled a court fine of 10,000 crowns against the woman. Justice Vojtěch Šimíček said that friendships can be stronger than family ties.
A June poll by the STEM agency shows Prime Minister Andrej Babiš remains
the country’s most popular politician, with 47 per cent of eligible
voters giving him a favourable rating. Jaroslav Faltýnek, the deputy
chairman of the ANO movement which Mr Babiš founded, ranked second at 38
STEM said that the poll results show there are still no "political stars" on the current scene viewed positively by the majority of the people.
Rounding out the top five spots are three opposition party chairmen: Ivan Bartoš of the Pirate Party at 36 per cent, Tomio Okamura of the far-right Freedom and Direct Democracy Party (SPD) at 35 per cent, and Vojtěch Filip of the Communists (KSČM) at 33 per cent.
Jan Hamáček, the party chairman of the Social Democrats – ANO’s junior coalition partner in the minority government formed in July – placed sixth, at 31 per cent.