The number of aviation accidents in the Czech Republic is growing, with 91
accidents reported last year, which is an increase of 19 accidents
year-on-year, according to data published by the Institute for the
Investigation of Aviation Accidents.
Most of the accidents involved small aircraft used for sport or recreational purposes. Eleven people lost their lives in the crashes. None of the accidents involved large commercial aircraft.
The institute says that despite the increase, the Czech Republic maintains a high safety aviation standard.
The state budget is even less prepared to deal with a period of recession
than it was ten years ago, according to a report by the Supreme Audit
The report is critical of growing mandatory expenditures and a strong dependence on tax revenues, noting that even a slight recession would bring an increase in the state deficit.
The office says that last year mandatory expenditures rose to 1069 billion crowns, amounting to 75 percent of the state budget. The budget proposal for 2020 counts on a 40 billion crown deficit.
President Miloš Zeman lit a bonfire at Lany chateau to mark the 82nd
anniversary of the death of Czechoslovakia’s first president Tomáš
Garrigue Masaryk on Saturday.
The traditional ceremony was also attended by Cardinal Dominik Duka and the honorary chairman of TOP 09 Karel Schwarzenberg.
The tradition of Masaryk bonfires goes back to 1935 when they were lit around the country to celebrate the president’s 85th birthday. The tradition was cut off by the communist regime and renewed in 2001.
Some 1,500 trade unionists from all over the Czech Republic are planning to
go to Prague on September 17 to demonstrate in support of higher wages
ahead of tripartite talks.
The Czech-Moravian Confederation of Trade Unions (CMKOS) will make public its demands for next year, based on a study on bringing Czech earnings closer to the average income in the old EU member states.
The planned demonstration is part of a trade union campaign aimed at ending cheap labor in the country.
There are approximately 3.1 million people working in the private sector, where the average wage is CZK 33,321.
The public sector employs 640,700 people who get an average wage of CZK 35,437.
CMKOS is an umbrella organization comprising 30 unions with about 300,000 members.
Several hundred people joined a march for traditional family values through
the centre of Prague on Saturday afternoon.
Its participants, among them politician and church dignitaries, protested against the idea of the state recognizing a family other than the traditional man and woman model.
The event, organized by Alliance for Family comes ahead of a debate in Parliament on a bill on marriage equality, which would give gays and lesbians the same rights as heterosexuals.
100,000 have signed a petition against it.
The title Village of the Year for 2019 has gone to Lipová in the Usti
region. Ratibor, located in the Zlín region, Moravia, came second and
Libovice in Central Bohemia placed third.
The criteria include civic activities and social life, maintenance of buildings, energy sources and greenery. 206 villages competed for the title this year.
The competition aims to draw attention to small municipalities and encourage people living in the countryside to take an active part in the development of their village. The title has been awarded since 1995.
The Czech basketball team was beaten 90:81 by the Serbs at the World Cup in
China, bagging sixth place in the overall ranking. The result has secured
them a place in the qualifiers for the Olympics.
The team’s performance in China was the best result since 1970 when the Czechoslovak team also placed sixth at the FIBA championship in the former Yugoslavia.
The leadership of the Communist Party has appealed to the government to
prevent the removal of the controversial statue of Soviet Marshal Ivan
Konev from its site in Prague 6.
In a resolution approved at a meeting of the party leadership on Saturday, the party says it disagrees with the decision of the Prague 6 authorities to replace the controversial statue with a new monument to the liberators of Prague in 1945. It says that with respect to historic events the government should ensure that the statue be allowed to remain in its rightful place.
The decision to remove the statue from its present site and find a suitable new location for it has angered the Russian authorities, who issued a statement on Friday warning Prague the act would damage Czech-Russian relations and would not go unanswered.