The Czech Bishops’ Conference has urged Czech citizens to vote in the
upcoming parliamentary elections. According to the bishops, not taking part
in the vote is not a correct Christian attitude.
In the appeal, published on Tuesday, the Czech Bishops’ Conference has called on people to reject intolerance and warned them against succumbing to false election promises.
According to a survey conducted by the CVVM polling agency, public trust in
president Miloš Zeman rose in September.
Some 51 percent of people who took part in the poll said they trusted the president, which is an increase of 10 percentage points compared to May.
Trust in the government has also slightly increased, unlike trust in the Senate and the Lower House of Parliament. Mayors and local councils traditionally enjoy the highest trust of citizens.
The Czech National Library has purchased a prayer book from 1655 at an
auction in London. The price was 148,000 crowns (approximately 5,700
euros), the National Library’s spokeswoman, Irena Maňáková, told the
Czech News Agency on Tuesday.
The valuable manuscript, which also served as a diary, belonged to Anna Kateřina Karbanová from Volšany, a daughter of a Prague noble man and city councillor.
The population of the Czech Republic rose by about 73.400 people over the
past five years to total around 10.579 million, according to the latest
data released by the Czech Statistical Office on Tuesday. The rise was
driven mainly by foreign migrants.
Despite more children being born in recent years, the Czech population is ageing. Children up to the age of 15 account for 15.6 percent of the population, while people over the age of 65 account for nearly 19 percent. The average age is currently 42 years.
A Czech man has been sentenced to 17 years in prison in New Zealand for
attempting to smuggle 20 kilogrammes of methamphetamine to the country, the
local daily, The Stuff, reported on Tuesday.
The 42-year old Czech and his mother were arrested in May 2016 at the airport in Auckland where they arrived on a flight from Thailand. The drugs, with a street value of up to 20 million US dollars, were discovered in secret compartments in their luggage.
Charges against the mother were dropped after the investigation showed she had no knowledge of the drugs.
The Czech economy grew annually by 4.7 percent in the second quarter of
this year, the Czech Statistical Office said on Tuesday, confirming
preliminary figures released in early September. Analysts say this was the
fastest tempo of growth since the end of 2015 and the biggest
quarter-to-quarter growth recorded over the past 20 years.
According to experts, manufacturing industry, especially car production, was the major factor behind the growth.
The Josef Jungmann prize for the best translation into Czech was awarded to
Josef Forbelský for his translation from Spanish of Miguel Cervantese’s
novel Persiles and Sigismund.
The Josef Jungmann prize has been given annually since 1991 on the day of Saint Jerome, who is the patron saint of translators. At this year’s ceremony, which took place on Monday night, Vrastislav Slezák and Radoslav Nenadál were inducted into the hall of fame.
Czech ice hockey veteran, Jaromír Jágr, has signed a one-year contract
with the Canadian NHL club, the Calgary Flames. The deal comes on the eve
of the start of the new season.
Jágr, 45, has been for weeks seeking a new team as a free agent after his former contract with the Florida Panthers was not extended at the end of the last season.
The new deal could allow Jágr to set a new record for NHL league starts.
Lithium extracted in the Czech Republic near the German border at Cínovec
should be processed in the country according to an agreement between the
ministry of industry and the Australian mining company, European Metals
Holdings. Mining should begin in 2022 the agreement continues.
European Metals says it is prepared to continue talks with the government about the precise processing and uses of lithium.
Lithium is used in batteries and is a key component for electric cars and other uses. The Czech Republic is reckoned to have around 3 percent of the world’s reserves.