Czechs will have to pay more for food, housing and electricity in the
coming year. According to economic experts the price of electricity is
expected to go up by eight to ten percent, the price of gas by five to
Food prices are expected to rise by four to five percent on average by mid-2019 and rents are expected to go up by five to ten percent.
The rise in rents is driven by the lack of new construction. Presently around 22 percent of Czechs live in rented accommodation.
The Czech Republic has maintained an excellent credit rating in the past
year, getting some of the best ratings in Central and Eastern Europe from
key international rating agencies.
Standard & Poor’s gives the country an AA for local currency and AA- for foreign currency, with a stable outlook. Moody's credit rating for the Czech Republic is at A1 with a positive outlook.
The agencies looked positively at the shape of public finances, the declining outlook for public debt, low unemployment and sound economic growth. This year’s credit ratings for the Czech Republic are the best since 1993.
The regional court in Příbram has ruled that the man who took several
people hostage in a Příbram bank on Friday will be remanded in custody
The twenty-eight-year-old man held nine hostages at gunpoint in a branch of the Unicredit bank. He was disarmed by members of a rapid deployment squad and arrested several hours later.
The man reportedly wanted to draw attention to his personal problems and had no intention of robbing the bank. If convicted he could face a sentence of between five and twelve years in prison.
One of the miners injured in a methane explosion in a black coal mine in
Karvina ten days ago remains in critical condition, according to a
spokesperson for Ostrava hospital where he is getting treatment.
The man suffered serious burns to more than 50 percent of his body and specialists are waiting for him to be stabilized before they can begin removing dead tissue and undertaking essential skin grafts.
Another miner, whose condition is reported to be stable, also remains in hospital. The devastating explosion killed 13 miners and injured another 10.
An investigation into what caused the accident has not yet started since the area affected still remains inaccessible for safety reasons.
Italian far-right groups are misappropriating the legacy of Jan Palach,
according to the Italian daily la Repubblica.
The paper refers to a concert organized by neo-Nazi groups in Verona, to mark the upcoming 50th anniversary of the tragic death of Jan Palach, who set himself alight in protest against growing public apathy to the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. The concert is to be held under the motto Country and Freedom.
La Republicca says the tendency on the part of ultra-right groups to appropriate Palach’s legacy “polically and culturally“ has been evident for some time.
The Czech team was beaten 5:1 by Canada in the world junior hockey
championship in Vancouver.
Morgan Frost, Maxime Comtois, Brett Leason, Alexis Lafreniere and MacKenzie Entwistle scored for defending champion Canada; the only goal from the Czechs came from Ondřej Machala.
The loss puts the Czechs fourth in Group A. They will next face the Danish team on Monday.
The Czech Foreign Ministry’s priorities for 2019 include Czech-British
relations in the event of a "hard“ Brexit, continuing negotiations
on the EU budget for 2021-2027 and the Czech Republic’s upcoming
chairmanship of the Visegrad group, Czech Television reported on Sunday
citing diplomatic sources.
The Czech government is currently preparing draft legislation that would be needed in the event of a "hard" Brexit which it wants to put to Parliament at the beginning of the year.
Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček will also travel to Latin America and Africa where he wants to boost ties and open up new markets for Czech exporters.
The Czech Health Ministry has moved to reassure the public that the present
fall-out in digoxin, a medicine prescribed to heart patients, will be
resolved by the end of next week at the latest.
Health Minister Adam Vojěch said the issue was being dealt with as a top priority and the lacking medicine would be imported to meet local needs.
Pharmacists and doctors described this particular fall out as the most serious in the past year, since there is no substitute for the given medical treatment and discontinuing it could be life-threatening for patients.
Baby-boxes in the Czech Republic have saved 180 infants since they were
first installed in 2005, the ctk news agency reports citing Statim, the
association that manages them.
This year alone twelve baby girls and six baby boys were left in boxes installed in different parts of the country. 76 such boxes are currently in operation.
Although critics oppose them on the argument that they make it too easy for parents to abandon children, their advocates emphasize the fact that they save babies from being abandoned where they have nil or very low chances of survival.
Over 1,000 skeletons discovered during renovation of Kutná Hora “bone church”
Language exams for foreigners seeking permanent residency permit to become tougher
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Prague’s historical Koh-i-noor factory to be converted into residential area
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