According to a study presented by the Czech NGO Arnica, fish caught in the
Vltava River in Prague contain less mercury than home-bred and imported
fish sold on the market.
Just two out of 14 samples of fish caught in the Vltava River in Prague slightly exceeded the mercury limit set by strict US safety norms. As regards randomly chosen samples of fish sold on the market, five of 28 samples tested exceeded the limit.
According to EU safety norms, which are less stringent, all but one sample of fish sold on the market - swordfish from Sri Lanka – passed the test.
People in fifteen Czech towns and cities can gain first-hand experience of
homelessness on Thursday night. The annual event titled Sleeping Out in the
Open aims to raise awareness of the problems of homeless people and fight
prejudices against them.
People taking part in the event organized by charities are encouraged to donate food and clothes to the homeless.
According to available statistics there are 23,800 homeless people in the Czech Republic, of which 2,600 are under 18.
The interior ministers of the Visegrad group states and Austria are holding
talks on a broad range of security issues in Prague.
Czech Interior Minister Jan Hamáček, who is hosting the meeting at Hrzánský Palace said the main focus of the talks was on illegal migration, border security in Central Europe and cooperation with the UK post-Brexit.
President-elect of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen said earlier the EU must clearly define “illegal” migration and work towards a common security and asylum policy.
Senator Marek Hilšer has announced his intention to run in the next
presidential elections in 2023. Senator Hilšer said he would run as an
independent candidate, which means that he will have to collect 50,000
signatures from the public or alternately get support from ten parliament
deputies or twenty fellow senators. He intends to tour the regions to win
Hilšer ran for president in the 2018 election but failed to make it to the run-off in which the incumbent president, Miloš Zeman beat his main rival Jiří Drahoš. President Zeman is not eligible to run for a third term.
Marek Hilšer is a brain tumour specisalist. He was elected to the Senate in the autumn of 2018.
40 percent of Czechs aged 16 have tried electronic cigarettes, according to experts from the National Anti-Addiction Helpline. In a press release on the occasion of the International No Smoking Day, the organisation went on to say that 17 percent of 16-year-olds are also regular users. It is expected that the number of those who smoke regular cigarettes, currently some 2.5 million people, will continue to decrease. Around 5 percent of Czech adults smoke e-cigarettes.
The consumer loan provider Home Credit will not continue to pursue its
previous plans to enter the Hong Kong Stock Exchange due to market
conditions, the Czech News Agency reported on Thursday, citing a communique
from Home Credit itself.
The company, which is part of the PPF investment group owned by the Czech Republic’s richest man, Petr Kellner, filed for a listing on the Hong Kong stock exchange in July.
Since 1990, the number of people suffering from dementia has doubled in the
Czech Republic and the mortality rates among such patients has risen by
more than a factor of seven in the past 10 years, the Czech News Agency
reported on Wednesday, quoting data published by the Czech Alzheimer’s
Society and the Czech Statistics Office. Experts say this is down to the
overall aging of the population. However, statistics show that the
expansion of relevant services is not keeping up with the growth in
Every 13th person in the country over the age of 65 suffers from dementia, statisticians say, and the ratio gets higher with increased age. Last year there were 167,000 people suffering from dementia related diseases, but only 341 homes that offered programmes for patients with dementia with altogether 20,075 beds.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation should focus on fighting
international terrorism, the main, if not only, enemy of civilised states,
Czech President Miloš Zeman said at a meeting of Czech heads of military
command on Wednesday. He and Defence Minister Lubomír Metnar also said
they were against a withdrawal from Afghanistan.
The Czech president also mentioned the recent remark by his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, who said in a recent interview with the Economist magazine that NATO was in a state of "brain death". Mr. Zeman said that “if NATO is not to be in a state of brain death, it should become more offensive and realise what its real role in the current world is.”
The Czech army will adopt a new command and control system from 2020, which
will be divided into three levels: strategic, operational and tactical, the
army announced on Wednesday on its Facebook account. Included in the change
is the transfer of the Ground Forces Command from Prague to Olomouc on June
1, 2020 and of the Air Force Command to Kbely in the north of Prague in
2021. Meanwhile, in Tabor, a new Territorial Command is being established,
which the army says will ensure more flexible use of active reserves.
Information operations in cyberspace, as well as the defence of military systems and the army’s internet will be run by a newly established Cyber and Information Operations Command in the Moravian capital of Brno.
Czech political and military leaders are meeting this Wednesday and discussing the army’s modernisation plans, as well as its role in the NATO alliance and international missions.