Czech Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček was on a one-day working visit
to Manchester on Friday. Mr. Petříček met with Czechs living in Great
Britain to discuss their concerns in connection with Britain’s departure
from the EU.
The Czech Foreign Ministry recently opened a consulate in Manchester in order to give expats and companies additional support in resolving concerns linked to Brexit.
The Czech foreign minister also honoured the memory of Czech and Slovak soldiers killed in WWII who are buried at the Cheadle and Gatley Cemetery south of Manchester.
Meteorologists have issued a gale-force wind warning for Sunday to Tuesday.
The warning is in effect for all regions in Bohemia and parts of Moravia and Silesia where high winds may damage roofs, topple trees and bring down power lines.
People have been advised to secure lighter objects in their yards and gardens. The warning is valid from 6pm on Sunday to Tuesday evening.
The Labour and Social Affairs Ministry is planning to put forward an
amendment to the law which would cut housing allowances to people on the
dole who are not actively looking for work and to parents who do not send
their children to school.
Labour Minister Jana Maláčová said the move is to help the local authorities deal with “problem” citizens. However many local administrations and NGOs working with socially disadvantaged groups have criticized the idea, saying it will make the plight of people living in poverty even worse.
The committee for social affairs in the lower house of Parliament has not
recommended extending employees annual leave from four to five weeks.
The proposal that the law should guarantee a five week leave for all employees came from the Communist Party and only won support from the Social Democrats in the respective committee.
At present all public sector employees have a five week leave and some private companies offer an extra week as a bonus.
According to available statistics about four fifth of all workers enjoy a five week annual leave. Trade unions have been pushing for a five week leave for all, but employers are vehemently against it.
Police say they know the identity of the three women who led a group of
pre-school children across a rail track when the red lights were flashing
and the gates were down.
The incident, which happened in a Prague suburb, was recorded by Mall.TV which happened to be filming in the area and was placed on YouTube, causing a public outcry.
Police say they have questioned the women, but did not disclose whether charges had been brought against them. Hundreds of people die at Czech rail crossings every year.
Czech hotels and other accommodation facilities saw a record number of
tourists in 2019, according to Czech Statistics Office data released on
Friday. The overall number of tourists accommodated in Czech hotels, bed
& breakfasts, and at campsites reached 22 million, 3.5 percent more
than in the previous year. The number of overnight stays also rose,
reaching over 57 million.
More than 10.8 million foreign tourists visited the country last year. Most were from Germany, followed by visitors from Slovakia and Poland. The number of tourists from China and South Korea has dropped.
The Czech Republic’s annual Muriel Award for the best comic book or
graphic novel of the year has been given to Článek II (or Article II),
about the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, the Nazi governor of occupied
Bohemia and Moravia. Heydrich, one of the main architects of the Holocaust,
was known as the “Butcher of Prague”. He died of complications after
being ambushed and shot in May 1942 by a British-trained team of Czech and
Slovak paratroopers in an action code-named ‘Operation Anthropoid’.
Apart from the Muriel Award, the graphic novel about the assassination, written by Jiří Šimáček and illustrated by Ján Lastomírský, also won the main prize of the Czech Academy of Comics and a prize for best script.
The Muriel Awards, established in 2008, were handed out on Thursday evening at a ceremony at Prague’s Bio Oko cinema.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš is in Brussels on Thursday to hold talks
with the President of the European Council Charles Michel and the President
of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.
Among the topics on the agenda will be the long-term perspective of the
European budget ahead of the extraordinary summit scheduled for February
Prior to his visit to Brussels, Prime Minister Babiš held talks with his Slovak counterpart Petr Pellegrini in Bratislava. Mr Babiš said after the meeting that he was against the current EU budget proposal for 2021-2027, which plans on cutting cohesion policy funding due to the impact of Brexit.
The National Museum in Prague has become available for exploration via
Google Street View. As of Thursday, users can take a virtual tour of the
building, including the Pantheon, the dome and the building’s second
floor, which is not accessible to the public.
All of the Czech Republic’s UNESCO heritage sites as well as many castles and natural sites are now accessible via Google’s mapping service, which was first launched 15 years ago.
Among the Czech Republic’s most visited sites on Google Street View are Prague Castle, the South Bohemian town of Český Krumlov and the centre of the Czech capital.