Another phase of a clean-up of the sludge oil lagoons left by the former
chemical plant Ostramo in Ostrava got underway on Tuesday. Some 200,000
tonnes of waste was removed in the past but thousands more were
The tender to remove an additional 90,000 tonnes of the chemical dredge was won by the company AVE CZ in 2015. The oil and chemical lagoon in Ostrava is considered a major ecological disaster for the Czech Republic.
A large brass plaque was set into the pavement in Olomouc on Tuesday to
honour the memory of more than 3,500 Jews, who were transported from the
city to extermination camps during WWII.
The ‘Stolperschwelle’, literally a ‘stumbling threshold’, has been
placed outside the elementary school in the centre of the city, from where
four transports left for the Terezín in 1942. Only about 295 people
Another 25 smaller plaques were placed into pavements in front of apartment blocks and houses, reminding the city’s residents of the victims of the Nazis who lived there.
The Czech Republic’s economic growth accelerated to an annual five
percent rate in the third quarter of this year form 4.7 percent in the
previous quarter, according to preliminary figures published by the Czech
It is the fastest growth over the past two years. Compared to the previous quarter, GDP growth contracted from 2.5 to 0.5 percent. Analysts expect an overall annual economic growth by around 4.4 percent.
A group of Czech tourists were arrested in the Kazakh capital of Astana
last week for disorderly conduct, the news site aktualne.cz reported on
The six men changed into black wigs and neon-green thong swimsuits, similar to those worn by the actor Sasha Baron Cohen in the film Borat, attempting to take a picture in front of a panel saying ‘I love Astana.’ They were released after paying a fine of 22,500 tenge (approximately 60 euros).
Zdena Mašínová and her brother Josef, one of the two brothers who dramatically escaped from Czechoslovakia in the early 1950s, have officially become owners of the family farm in Lošany in Central Bohemia, which was confiscated by the Communists in 1948. After the fall of the Communist regime, Zdena Mašínová was given back two-eighths of the farm, but the rest was kept in state hands since her brothers didn’t live in the Czech Republic. In March this year, a district court in Kolín issued a new inheritance ruling saying that the family was entitled to the whole estate.
Czech president Miloš Zeman is set to meet with former Russian president
Mikhail Gorbachev during his visit to Russia in the second half of
November, his spokesman Jiří Ovčáček said at a press conference on
Tuesday. He will also meet with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medveded.
The Czech head of state is scheduled to start his visit to Russia by meeting his counterpart Vladimir Putin in Sochi. Mr Zeman and his delegation will be accompanied by a record strong group of businessmen.
Prague’s taxi drivers are planning to protest against the ride-sharing
service Uber by blocking traffic in the city on Wednesday. The protest,
organised by the Prague taxi drivers association, will go ahead despite a
call from Prague Mayor Adriana Krnáčová to revoke it.
Last month, taxi drivers staged a similar protest, blocking traffic to Prague’s International Airport. The association is vehemently opposed to the Uber service arguing that it is unfair competition since Uber drivers do not have to meet any of the demands levelled on the Prague taxi service.
President Miloš Zeman has expressed support for the speaker of the lower
house Jan Hamáček to be deputy speaker in the new Chamber of Deputies. On
Monday, the head of state met with the politician as well and the acting
head of the Social Democratic Party Milan Chovanec.
The president was reportedly interested in the situation in the party following its poor showing in the recent election.
The president is gradually meeting with the leaders of all the parties which won seats. He has already met with representatives from the Pirate Party, Civic Democrats, Freedom and Direct Democracy, and the Communists.