Around 1,000 people received a free lunch on Prague’s Wenceslas Square on Tuesday in a campaign highlighting food waste. A group called Save Food handed out meals prepared from products that would otherwise have been discarded by supermarkets as they neared their expiry date. The ingredients were supplied by Makro and Tesco, the only supermarket chains cooperating with Czech food banks. The organizers said Czech legislation should allow retailers to hand out nearly expired foodstuffs to groups working with homeless and socially handicapped people.
Some Czech travel agencies have decided to renew the sale of holiday packages to Egypt, despite warnings from the Foreign Affairs Ministry for tourists not to travel to the country. Travel agencies in the Czech Republic suspended trips to Egypt in mid-August, when the political situation in the country became unstable and protests broke out in major cities. Some travelers were asked to return to the Czech Republic before the end of their scheduled holiday. Three major agencies are planning to renew trips during September, saying that the situation in the outlying resorts has been stable and safe throughout. Although the Czech Foreign Ministry’s travel alert is still in place, some agencies cite the fact that the British Foreign Office has issued no warnings to tourists travelling to Egypt.
A number of Czech travel agencies have sped up the return of clients from Egypt, cutting vacation stays short for fear that growing violence and unrest in Cairo and other cities could spread. Although life at seaside resorts in Hurghada and Sharm el Sheikh has continued as normal, the majority of Czech tourists are to return this week. Not all understand why their vacation was cut short.
Canoeing or rafting in the Czech Republic for many is more than a sport or pastime it is a way of life, a tradition going back decades that is capped on summer evenings with summer bonfires, pork sausages (špekáčky), music and beer. Web developer Igor Lobovský, an avid canoeist himself, earlier this year launched a no-nonsense website (with a nostalgic 8-bit logo) called Vodáci sobě helping users navigate among the country’s many boat rental companies. The aim was not only to help users get a good deal but also to help smaller companies get broader
The Czech Foreign Ministry on Friday issued a warning against all travel to Egypt. The ministry warned that due to unpredictable development in the country, Czech citizens should avoid any trips to Egypt including its popular Red Sea resorts Sharm el-Sheikh. Hurgada, Marsa Alam, Dahab, Nuweiba and Taba. Czech tourists in these resorts should not leave hotel premises until departing from the country, the ministry said.
In Business News this week: viewers get a first glimpse of the redesigned Škoda YETI; the grain and rapeseed harvests this year are a success; the number of self-employed has moved closer to one million; tourist agencies are offering clients travelling to Egypt a chance to switch destinations at the last minute; the Czech Republic is out of recession.
One time a few years back I went to record vox pops outside Prague’s Nový Smíchov shopping centre. However, a strikingly high percentage of the men and women in the street whose opinions I was attempting to elicit were not what I was looking for. They weren’t Czech but were from Ukraine or other states east of here.
The condition of a Czech tourist in hospital in Hurghada, Egypt, has improved and the man was able to leave the medical facility on Wednesday. His wife and eight-year-old daughter, however, died on Tuesday in as yet unclear circumstances. There has been speculation the cause of death may have been food poisoning. The man collapsed after finding his wife and daughter already dead in their room at the resort where they were staying, according to reports.
A new demographic projection released on Tuesday makes for bracing reading. It suggests that the population of the Czech Republic will fall from today’s 10.5 million to in the region of 7.7 million by the year 2100. As the percentage of elderly people shoots up, the birth rate is set to fall markedly – a problem that demographers say cannot be solved by an influx of foreigners.
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