A number of leading photographers have refused to submit entries to this
year’s edition of the Czech Press Photo competition. Names such as Michal
Čížek, Milan Jaroš, Stanislav Krupař, Tomki Němec, Filip Singer and
Jan Šibík, who between them hold a number of prestigious awards, said in
an open letter to the organiser that Czech Press Photo had lost the credit
it had built up over a quarter of a century.
Last year’s winning photo by Lukáš Zeman, which depicted an orangutan and its dying baby, was criticised for lacking journalistic value.
Czech trade unions have recommended that negotiators push for pay rises of
6 to 7 percent next year. The Czech Confederation of Trade Unions made the
call at a conference attended by over 1,500 union delegates in Prague on
Tuesday. The umbrella organisation also said that it would push for reduced
working hours without pay decreases and for longer holidays.
The Czech Chamber of Commerce said employers were planning an average pay increase of 6 percent in 2020 in any case, regardless of pressure from workers.
One of the Czech Republic’s best-known circuses, the Original Berousek
National Circus, is to cease touring the country, Lidovky.cz reported.
Owner Jiří Berousek told the news site that the organisation would put
down sticks in one place next year and open a fun park. He said the reason
was a lack of staff, including technical workers, animal handlers and
Mr. Berousek also said his circus had been harmed by a case last year in which animal parks owner Ludvík Berousek, a relative, and others were found guilty of killing critically endangered tigers and illegally trading in products made from their carcasses.
Czech society is divided into six social classes that differ in terms of
resources and status, suggests a newly released survey produced by Czech
Radio in cooperation with sociologists. The report found that around a
third of Czechs belong in two types of upper middle class, while three
types of lower middle class account for almost half the population. The
remaining 18 percent belong to an impoverished class, the survey indicates.
The two kinds of upper middle class include the wealthy (22 percent) and cosmopolitans (12 percent), who have less money but strong social contacts and skills.
The lower middle classes are the traditional proletariat (14 percent), the endangered (22 percent), who have seen a downturn in their wealth, and a class who own property and have connections in their localities (12 percent).
Slavia Prague are preparing to play their first Champions League game in 12
years, away against Inter Milan, on Tuesday night. Slavia have a tough
group that also features Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund and their manager,
Jindřich Trpišovský, says the club’s aim will be to still be in
European competition after Christmas.
To achieve that the Czech title-holders would need to come at least third in the group, a result that would give them a place in the knock-out stages of the second-tier Europa League.
This is only the second time Slavia have reached the Champions League.
A woman with a transplanted womb has given birth to a child in the Czech
Republic for the first time. The baby, a boy, was born at Prague’s Motol
hospital at the end of last month, representatives announced on Tuesday. He
was delivered by Caesarean section in the 35th week of the pregnancy of the
mother, who is 27 years old.
Doctors said the mother would keep the transplanted womb in case she wishes to have a second child.
The Czech prime minister says it is necessary to deal with the issue of
climate change rationally, not to combat it in the manner of a fanatical
religion. Andrej Babiš is due to attend the United Nations Climate Action
Summit in New York next week. Speaking in Prague on Tuesday, he said the
Czech Republic was committed to net-zero carbon emissions. However, related
economic changes need to be effective in terms of cost and fair when it
comes to sharing the burden among states, he said.
Mr. Babiš told MPs at a conference at the Czech lower house that there was no need to exaggerate the issue by saying climate change would mean people wouldn’t have children or would become vegetarians. He reiterated that the Czech Republic regards nuclear power as the way forward.
Foreign policy issues topped the agenda of a meeting between President
Miloš Zeman and Prime Minister Andrej Babiš on Monday evening.
Mr. Babiš said the consultations had covered a broad range of issues including a planned summit of Visegrad heads of state in Prague in October, Mr. Babiš‘ participation in the UN General Assembly in New York and the president’s recent visit to Serbia during which Mr. Zeman said he wanted to discuss the possibility of renouncing the Czech recognition of an independent Kosovo with Czech top officials.
Prime Minister Babiš, who said earlier that he saw no reason to change the Czech position on Kosovo, said he had listened to the president‘s arguments and promised that the matter would be put to the country’s top officials at one of the regular meetings held to coordinate foreign policy matters.
The Ukrainian embassy in Prague has urged the Czech authorities to denounce
a visit to Russian- occupied Crimea by a Czech delegation, which negotiated
the possibility of organizing tourist trips to the region.
According to the embassy this is not only a transgression against Ukrainian laws, but possibly also violates the EU sanctions against Russia.
According to Denik N the delegation included former Communist Party deputy chair Josef Skála and writer Lenka Procházková.
The embassy claims that representatives of Ukraine’s Ruthenian community in the Transcarpathian region, whom President Zeman recently received in Prague, were also involved in the talks.
Ukraine considers Ruthenians a pro-Russian colony which threatens the integrity of the country.
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