Nine war veterans from Belgium and the US are set to attend the annual Freedom celebrations in Pilsen marking the liberation of the West-Bohemian city by the US Army in 1945. The four-day celebrations, which get underway on May 3, will involve commemorative meetings, military presentations, concerts and exhibitions. A Ride of Freedom, including historical military vehicles, will cross the town on May 5.
Education Minister Robert Plaga has presented 47 teachers with Best Teacher
Award for a creative and inspiring approach in the classroom. The event is
held annually on Teachers Day, which falls on March 28.
The Education Minister is also set to hand out the Golden Amos Award to the most popular teacher of the year. Each year, students put forward their own nominees for the prize, commemorating Jan Amos Comenius, known as the Teacher of Nations.
Hundreds of teachers across the Czech Republic are protesting against what
they describe as poor conditions in the education sector by wearing black
on Thursday. The event, which was joined by 40 schools around the country,
takes place on the occasion of Teachers’ Day. According to the Ministry
of Education, the average monthly salary of Czech teachers is now 35, 089
crowns, which is an eleven percent increase on 2017. Average monthly salary
in the Czech Republic is 31,885 crowns.
The ANO party-led government has pledged to raise teachers’ salaries to around 46,000 crowns by 2021.
In tennis, the fifth-seed Karolína Plíšková advanced to the Miami Open
semi-finals after defeating her compatriot Markéta Vondroušová in
straight sets, 6-3, 6-4. Plíšková will face the second-seeded Simona
Halep of Romania for a spot in the final.
Another Czech, Petra Kvitová, lost her chance to become world number one for the first time next week after she lost 7-6, 3-6, 6-2 to Ahleigh Barty in the quarter-finals.
Nobel Prize-winning novelist Mario Vargas Llosa of Peru is among the
high-profile guests set to attend Book World Prague, the 25th installment
of the International Book Fair and Literary Festival taking pace from 9-12
The focus this year is on Memory and Reminiscence while the guest of honour is Latin America.
Apart from Vargas, other important Latin American writers presenting their work include Bernardo Carvalho, Rodrigo Fresán, Álvaro Enrigue, David Unger, and Mariana Enríquez. The German Nobel Prize-winning author Herta Müller is also set to attend.
A total of 29 countries will be represented at the fair and festival, which last year drew 46,000 visitors.
The Czech National Bank kept key interest rates on hold at its policy
setting meeting on Thursday as the risks of a global economic slowdown and
fallout from Brexit outweigh accelerating inflation at home.
Consumer-price growth in February accelerated to its fastest pace in 16 months, with core inflation running at a record high, fuelled by a jump in salaries of over 6 percent in real terms.
But several central bankers have urged for caution over the effects of a Eurozone slowdown, with Germany the market for about a third of Czech exports alone, Bloomberg reported.
MPs voted in a secret ballot to name Ladislav Jakl, a controversial
politician who ran unsuccessfully for the Senate, to the Radio and
Jakl, who long served as the right-hand man of former president Václav Klaus, received 88 votes in the second round of the secret ballot, 6 more than he needed. He was nominated by the opposition far-right Freedom and Direct Democracy party.
Among other things, the Radio and Television Council grants, modifies and withdraws broadcasting licences, oversees the plurality of programme offerings and information, and ensures the independence of broadcasters.
The Ministry of Defence on Wednesday revealed terms for a new tender for
210 tracked vehicles worth some 53 billion crowns, the largest single order
in Czech military history.
Four European manufacturers were invited to submit bids to supply the infantry fighting vehicles: BAE Systems, General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS), PSM and Rheinmetall Landsysteme.
Minister of Defence Lubomír Metnar said price will be the decisive factor.
One condition is that a significant part of production and servicing take place in conjunction with VOP CZ, a Czech state enterprise run by the ministry.
The Czech Republic considers the Golan Heights to be Israeli occupied
territory, Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček (Social Democrats) said on
Wednesday, in line with the common European position and relevant UN
Security Council resolutions.
Mr Petříček’s statement, issued after a meeting on Wednesday with his Lebanese counterpart, was in reaction to the United States having unilaterally acknowledged Israel's declared sovereignty over the Golan Heights.
Several other EU countries, including Germany and France, have objected to the Trump Administration’s new position, as has NATO ally Turkey, and Russia.
The Ministry of Agriculture as of April will have enhanced powers to
regulate timber harvesting and afforestation if necessary to minimize
damage by the ongoing bark beetle calamity.
President President Miloš Zeman signed into law an amendment to the Forestry Act, saying it has become clear that existing extraordinary measures are insufficient, his spokesman told the news agency ČTK.
The bark beetle infestation affecting spruce forests throughout the country in 2018 was said to have been the worst in the past 200 years.
Due to the ongoing infestation, the country’s largely coniferous forests are facing extensive felling of trees, which could negatively impact many animal species, including hawks and white-tailed eagles.