Josef Vojáček has been appointed head of the state-owned forestry company
Lesy České republiky. Agriculture Minister Miroslav Toman announced the
news at a press conference on Monday. The former head of Military Forests
and Farms was selected out of 11 candidates who took part in an open
Mr Vojáček will replace Daniel Szórád in the post, who was sacked in May over his inability to deal with the calamitous impact of bark beetle infestation which has plagued Czech forests since 2016.
The Czech Republic’s biggest steelmaker, ArcelorMittal Ostrava, has
posted a profit of 3.2 billion crowns in 2017. It is an increase by 1.9
billion crowns on the previous year.
The results were mostly affected by higher financial yields due to the sale of share in daughter companies, the company’s spokeswoman Barbora Černá Dvořáková told the Czech News Agency on Monday.
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 to win EU antitrust clearance to acquire a troubled Italian peer Ilva.
For China, the Czech courtship was an unqualified victory, the U.S. daily
New York Times wrote on Sunday. The article, which focuses on the change in
Czech-Chinese relationships during Mr Zeman’s presidency, says “China
had won a sure friend in Europe, an American military ally and a country
once seen as a bulwark for liberal democracy in a strategically important
The article says “Mr. Zeman, a well-known smoker and drinker, has rejected Havel-era support for the Dalai Lama and its close ties to the government of Taiwan,” and points out that Mr. Zeman was the first Czech leader to visit China in nearly a decade in 2014.
The past weekend has proved to be the most tragic on Czech roads since the
beginning of summer holidays, with thirteen people killed in traffic
accidents in the space of 48 hours.
Among the victims were six motorcycle drivers, three cyclists and one pedestrian, the head of the traffic police Tomáš Lerch told the Czech News Agency on Monday. The road death toll traditionally worsens during summer holidays. Police ascribe it to the heat, which causes tiredness and a lack of concentration.
The Czech grain harvest is expected to drop by 7.5 percent on the previous
year, hitting an overall yield of 6.3 million tonnes, according to
preliminary data released by the Czech Statistics Office on Monday. It is
third lowest figure over the past ten years.
The harvest of poppy seeds will also be affected by this year’s prolonged period of drought, dropping by one fourth on the previous year to 15,000 tonnes. The harvest of rapeseed, on the other hand, is expected to increase by over 12 percent to 1.3 million tonnes.
Several firefighter units are trying to extinguish a blaze that has broken
out at a waste sorting facility in Kutná Hora, just 50 kilometers out of
Prague. The fire has already spread to a nearby field.
A third degree fire-alert is in place, a spokesman for the fire service Jaroslav Gabriel told the Czech News Agency. Several firefighters, who are trying to prevent the blaze from spreading to a nearby hall, have collapsed as a result of the intense heat.
The number of Russian nationals living in the Czech Republic keeps
increasing, the Czech News Agency reported on Sunday, citing data released
by the Ministry of Interior. There are currently 37,000 Russians
permanently residing in the country, compared to 23,300 ten years ago.
Russians are currently the fourth biggest group of foreigners with long term residency in the Czech Republic, making up seven percent of all foreign residents. According to a recent poll carried out by CVVM agency, focusing on Czechs’ perception of foreign nationalities living in the country, around one third of respondents said they disliked Russians.
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