Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has strongly denounced Czech
President Miloš Zeman’s claims that Turkey was a de facto ally of the
Islamic State. The ministry’s spokesman said the statements are false and
insulting, both to the country and its president.
The Czech head of state said on Tuesday that despite seeking EU membership and being a NATO member, Turkey had served as a mediator in logistics operations for the Islamic State when it occupied parts of Syria and Iraq.
President Zeman also accused his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan of pursuing a policy of Islamizing his country.
Nine out of ten samples of water from the Vltava and Elbe rivers contain
micro-plastics, the environmental organisation Greenpeace said on Thursday.
The samples were taken last September in Prague, Ústí nad Labem and
Hřensko and sent for analysis in a Greenpeace lab in Britain’s Exeter.
The highest concentration of micro-plastics was recorded in the water released by the water treatment plant in Neštěmice on the Elbe River. The average concentration of micro-plastics, 3.7 particles per litre, corresponds with the results from similar studies abroad.
The Czech Republic has officially launched its programme at the Leipzig
Book Fair, one of the most important literary events in the world, which
got underway on Thursday. The Czech stands have already attracted several
thousand visitors, the Czech News Agency reported.
The Czech Republic is the festival’s main guest of honour this year, with some 130 events featuring 60 Czech authors. Around 70 books, translated into German for this occasion, will be presented at the festival over the course of the next four days.
Around 9.6 percent of Czechs were threatened by poverty last year,
according to data released by the Czech Statistics Office on Thursday. The
number has grown by 0.6 percent on the previous year.
The poverty line is set at 11,963 crowns per individual and 25,122 per family with two children. The Czech Republic continues to rank among the EU countries with the lowest share of people under the poverty level.
The average monthly wage in the Czech Republic currently stands at 33,840 crowns.
Czech furniture makers saw a 3.7 percent increase in revenues last year,
Tomáš Lukeš of the industry umbrella group Association of Czech
Furniture Makers said on Thursday at the launch of the annual trade fair
Production in the furniture sector climbed to around 46.34 billion crowns last year, while sales reached 37.65 billion crowns. The furniture industry has recorded a growth for ten years in a row, despite facing a shortage of staff.
Fashion designer Rosalie Kladošová took the top award in the annual Czech
Grand Design competition on Wednesday evening, for her collection called
Merino Recycle, using textiles made of recycled wool. She also clinched the
top prize in the fashion category.
This year’s nine winners also include Lucie Koldová, who won the prize for Designer of the Year for her Chips Chair, a lounge chair resembling a potato chip made for the furniture brand Ton. Artist Janja Prokic took the award for her collection of jewellery inspired by Papua New Guinea.
The Czech version of Wikipedia shut down for 24 hours on Thursday in
protest against the EU copyright law.
Editors of the free encyclopaedia claim the proposed new reform will restrict their right to cite sources and as a result affect the quality of their work.
The strike, which was also joined by editors of the Slovak and German Wikipedia, comes a few days before the vote on the new EU Copyright Directive.
Czech scientists have created artificial DNA that with further development
could help combat disease by replacing problematic strands.
Researchers at the Academy of Sciences and Charles University say that by using chemical reactions, in theory the artificial DNA could be substituted for actual strands of human DNA to halt the advance of various diseases.
Experiments in transferring the light-sensitive, artificial DNA have not yet been carried out on living cells or organisms.
The Czech population grew by almost 40,000 last year to an estimated
10,649,800 people. According to the Czech Statistical Office, as in recent
years, most of the increase stemmed from immigration.
A record 58,148 people moved to the Czech Republic from abroad in 2018 while 19,519 left the country. Ukraine and neighbouring Slovakia were the biggest source countries, followed by Romania and Bulgaria.
The data also show a rise in the number of marriages to an 11-year high. Last year, 114,036 children were born in the country, down by 369 compared to 2017. Of these, 48.5 percent were born out of wedlock.
The population of Prague increased by 14,119 people to almost 1.31 million last year. Of the 40,503 people who moved to the Czech capital in 2018, more than half came from another part of the country. The rest were foreigners, especially Ukrainians, Russians and Slovaks.
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