About 39% of Czechs will not go take a holiday this summer, according to a
survey conducted by the Profesia.cz server.
About 23% of respondents said they will take their entire holiday abroad, while 16% said they would combine short trips abroad with days off in the Czech Republic.
The study also indicates that 11% of people plan to spend their entire holidays in the Czech Republic, and hope to take advantage of long weekends.
International rating agency S&P Global Ratings has confirmed the Czech
Republic's long-term foreign currency sovereign credit rating at AA-
with a stable outlook.
S&P said the low government debt level, sound public finances and flexible monetary policy were the main positive factors.
However, S&P noted the chronic labour shortage is restricting growth. It forecasts the Czech economic growth as slowing to about 2.5 percent a year in the near term, “due to visible supply-side barriers".
Despite a high degree of political fragmentation, governments have demonstrated strong support for European Union membership, and improving the business environment and fiscal responsibility, the agency said.
A Lebanese-American sentenced for sexually abusing minors in the Czech
Republic, who served as a key witness in the Mueller investigation into
Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, now faces charges
of child sex trafficking and pornography in the United States.
The Mueller report mentions George Nader over 100 times. It says he tried to serve as liaison between a Russian banker close to Russian President Vladimir Putin and members of President Donald Trump’s transition team, the Associated Press reports.
Nader was convicted by Prague’s Municipal Court of 10 cases of sexually abusing minors and sentenced to a one-year prison term in 2003. In court, an Assistant US Attorney indicated that a witness in the Czech case may testify at trial.
Images depicting child pornography and bestiality were found on his phone last year after it was confiscated under a search warrant connected to the Mueller probe, AP reports.
The Moravian-Silesian region reports that 27 people have contracted from
tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) so far this year, with 8 cases discovered
this week. None of the victims had been vaccinated.
The Czech Republic recorded 712 TBE cases last year, the most in the entire European Union. Only about one in four Czechs is vaccinated against the disease, which causes fever, headache, aching joints and muscles. It can develop into meningitis.
A China tour by Prague’s Philharmonic Orchestra has officially been
cancelled due to a feud between the mayor of the Czech capital and Beijing.
Mayor Zdenek Hřib (Pirate Party) has long been a vocal supporter of Taiwan and Tibet. Since taking office a year ago, he has also pushed the removal of a clause in a Prague-Beijing cooperation agreement requiring the Czech capital to respect the “one-China policy”.
The Prague Philharmonic Orchestra had said in June its planned September tour of China would probably not take place as authorities there had postponed it indefinitely, without explanation.
The 28th International Music Festival opens on Friday in Český Krumlov
with a gala evening in the castle garden.
The festival programme, which closes on August 10th, includes 23 concerts, including by American pop, jazz and soul group Take 6, which has won six Grammies.
The Český Krumlov Castle Theatre will feature a baroque opera by Georg Friedrich Händel. Two concerts in Boletice commemorate the Velvet Revolution of 1989.
Other concerts are being held in the town brewery garden, at the riding school, and at the castle’s Baroque theatre as well as the church in Boletice.
A pensioner found guilty of terrorism after causing two train crashes aimed
at spreading fear of Muslim migrants has appealed his conviction, Czech
Jaromír Balda, aged 71, was sentenced in January to four years in prison and out-patient psychiatric treatment.
In 2017 he cut down trees on railway lines near Mladá Boleslav, causing crashes in which no one was injured.
He left leaflets at the scene purporting to be from Muslim terrorists claiming responsibility.
The Ministry for Regional Development will ask the European Commission to
extend its deadline for replying to a draft report on Czech Prime Minister
Andrej Babiš’s (ANO) alleged conflicts of interest when drawing EU
The EU Commission's preliminary audit found Mr. Babiš to be in conflict of interest in connection his subsidies dispersed to the Agrofert conglomerate that he founded and was compelled under Czech law to place in a trust.
Brussels had set a deadline of 30 days to reply following the receipt of the Czech-language version of the draft, which the Ministry received last week. It received the English-language version in late May.
Firefighters have found deficiencies in two-thirds of Prague “Escape
Room” games, mainly as regards fire safety rules. More than half of the
operators also had no valid occupancy permit.
Escape rooms are locked, enclosed spaces that teams of people must solve logical puzzles to leave. Intensive checks began after five teenage girls in Poland were killed in an escape room fire.
Fire Brigade deputy chief Daniel Miklós told journalists that firefighters had checked 178 spaces from late January to May.
Czech researchers develop top-grade respirator for 3D printing
Why Chinese masks destined for Italy were seized (not ‘stolen’) by Czech authorities
A mask-tree as a form of solidarity
Economist Tomáš Sedláček: A positive look at the coronavirus crisis
Government to extend restrictions on movement until April 1st