Three people have died and four others are in critical condition after drinking what appears to have been illegally produced brandy. If the others pull through doctors say they may be blind. The people in question all bought the brandy from a street stall in the Moravian town of Havirov. Police confiscated several barrels of the suspect drink on Friday and are still looking for the producer. Warnings are being issued to the public not to buy cheap liquor in the street until the incident has been investigated.
Two people have died of alcohol poisoning and three others remain in serious condition after consuming cheap brandy bought from a street stall in the Moravian town of Havirov. Police have confiscated several barrels of the suspect drink which was sold on tap and are questioning the salesman. Warnings are being issued to the public not to buy cheap liquor in the street until the incident has been investigated.
The Agricultural Workers Union is trying to drum up support for a two-hour general strike against government policy to take place on September 27th. The protest is aimed against the government’s austerity package which the union says will impact primarily lower income groups, families with children, pensioners and the disabled. Relations between the government and trade unions have been strained since trade unions walked out of a tripartite meeting in June. An attempt to resume talks is to be made on September 24th –just three days ahead of the planned protest.
There were more than 825,000 diabetes patients in the Czech Republic last year; 2011 saw 19,000 new cases registered. The number of patients relying on proper diet alone dropped to 131,000, while the number requiring medication went up. In 2011, 23,290 people with diabetes died; in 2,378 cases, the disease was a factor behind cause of death. The chairman of the Czech Diabetes Association, Milan Kvapil, told the Czech news agency Type-2 diabetes sufferers - especially those ignoring the dangers of the illness - on average died ten years earlier than healthy individuals.
The biggest Czech beer producer Pilsner Urquell will raise prices of their world-famous brew on average by three percent, starting 1 October, the brewery announced Friday. The increase is due to the rising prices of ingredients. The price hikes will apply to a large part of the company’s portfolio, mainly bottled beer. However, it will exclude the 50-litre barrels of the popular Gambrinus and Radegast brands to boost dropping beer sales in pubs and bars. Other Czech breweries are reportedly not considering any immediate price hikes but said they could not rule out a similar move.
The associations of Czech millers and bakers on Friday warned that this year’s poor wheat harvest would increase the prices of bread and other baked products. The wheat harvest is expected to be some 20 percent lower this year due to long periods of drought; that means that one ton will sell at 6,500 crowns, some 30 percent more than in the first half of this year. It’s not clear by how much the prices of bread will increase as bakers’ associations will hold talks with supermarket chains in the coming months; however, bakers say their costs have risen by 20 percent this year due to increased prices of fuel, energy and grain.
This week in business news: the government’s economic advisory council says state institutions are not being frugal enough; fuel prices are breaking high records for the second week in a row; a Czech company will build wind generators in Pakistan; hops harvest this year is drastically lower than usual; and the two main Krkonoše ski resorts will now be run by private companies.
In his weekly TV show “Ano, šéfe!” or “Yes, Boss!,” Zdeněk Pohlreich sets restaurant owners straight. Some might say he is the closest equivalent that the Czech Republic has to Gordon Ramsay. And the Czech celebrity chef has some authority on the topic: he started cooking in 1975, then left the country shortly after the Velvet Revolution and spent some time working abroad. Since returning home, he has applied what he calls “the Western standard of cooking and service” to a number of restaurants around Prague. Zdeněk Pohlreich’s current operation
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