News Press: Czech firms want Ukraine workers even despite language barrier

23-03-2016 07:17 | Ian Willoughby

Unable to find qualified locals, Czech firms are keen to hire plumbers, welders, fitters and machinists from Ukraine, reported on Wednesday. There is such a shortage in some areas that companies are willing to overlook the language barrier, the news website said. A draft government project to attract Ukrainian employees has only been targeted at university graduates but may be amended. The vice president of the Czech Chamber of Commerce said without Ukrainians some Czech firms would be unable to fulfill their orders and collapse.

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Weather forecast

03-12-2016 08:27 | Ian Willoughby

It should be cloudy with some fair spells on Sunday. Temperatures are not expected to climb above 0 degrees Celsius. Daytime highs are likely to hover around freezing for much of the next week, forecasters say. 

Launch of new interpretative dictionary of Czech set for turn of year

03-12-2016 08:20 | Ian Willoughby

The Institute of the Czech Language at the Academy of Sciences is to start bringing out a new interpretative dictionary of Czech at the turn of the year, Czech Television reported. The first part will deal with the letter A and will only be available online. Other letters are to be added in the coming years, with the authors set to decide at a later date whether to also bring out a print edition. The entire project will be a lot narrower in scope than a previous dictionary of literary Czech published between 1960 and 1971, Czech Television said. 

Czech book market growing but number of small bookshops falling

03-12-2016 08:19 | Ian Willoughby

The Czech book market is growing, according to a new report from the Association of Czech Booksellers and Publishers cited by the news site The industry had a turnover of CZK 7.5 billion in 2015, a 5 percent increase on the previous year that was driven in large part by the Ministry of Education directing schools to buy books for their libraries directly from bookshops. Over 16,500 titles were published on the local market. The report says that the number of independent bookshops has continued to decline and may fall further due to the government’s new electronic cash registers scheme. 

Speed-skater Sábliková wins 3,000 m race in Astana

02-12-2016 17:23 | Daniela Lazarová

Three times Olympics winner Martina Sábliková won her third consecutive 3,000 m race at the Speed Skating World Cup in Astana, Kazakhstan. She was timed at 4. 02,90 coming in ahead of Anna Jurakova from Russia (4.03,84), and Miho Takagi from Japan (4.05,68). Sáblíková also won the 3,000m title in Nagano Japan and Harbin in China. She is striving for her 11th World Cup victory. 

Head of Prague Castle guard dismissed

02-12-2016 15:43 | Daniela Lazarová

The head of the Prague Castle guard, Petr Prskavec, has been dismissed, the president’s spokesman, Jiří Ovčáček, announced on Friday. He did not specify the reasons for his dismissal. Prskavec spent less than a year in office, taking over from Radim Studený, who was sacked for failing to prevent the guerrilla artistic group, Ztohoven, from hoisting a giant pair of red boxer shorts over Prague Castle after removing the presidential standard. The Prague Castle guard had recently come under fire over increased security at Prague Castle which inconveniences visitors who have to queue up to pass through metal detectors, but an inside source claims this was not the reason for Prskavec’s dismissal. 

Norwegian court rejects Czech mother’s appeal

02-12-2016 13:32 | Daniela Lazarová

A Norwegian court has refused to reopen the case of Czech mother Eva Michaláková who is fighting for her two sons, after being stripped of her parental rights following suspicions of abuse. Although charges were never pressed the boys have been placed in foster care and a judge barred Ms Michaláková from having any contact with her sons in June of this year on the grounds that she had medialized the case in her own interest. The appellate court ruled that the verdict of the regional court was fully justified and there were no grounds on which to review the case. The verdict is now legally binding. Michaláková’s battle for her sons, which has now dragged for five years, has received a great deal of publicity in the Czech Republic. Last year the Czech prime minister intervened on her behalf and he told journalists on Friday the Czech Republic would continue to support her should she choose to take her case to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. 

Weather forecast

02-12-2016 12:52 | Daniela Lazarová

Saturday should be clear to partly cloudy with snow in places and day temps between -1 and 3 degrees Celsius. 

Lower house approves bill on national parks

02-12-2016 12:36 | Daniela Lazarová

The lower house has approved fundamental changes to the law governing the country’s four national parks. The proposed changes include relaxing the ban on tourist access to the most sensitive and valuable areas of the parks and at the same time significantly increasing the number of non-intervention areas which are off limits to loggers, development and enterprise. The proposed law has caused heated controversy especially as regards the Šumava National Park where critics say it will severely restrict the development of villages inside the park. Environment Minister Richard Brabec has welcomed the bill’s approval. It will now go to the Senate for debate. 

Strong winds disrupt rail transport, damage power lines

02-12-2016 12:02 | Daniela Lazarová

Strong winds have disrupted rail transport between the Czech Republic and Slovakia and caused damage to power lines in many parts of the Czech Republic. The worst damage is reported from northern Bohemia where emergency crews were out all night clearing roads, rail tracks and fixing damages power lines. Gale-force winds toppled a twenty metre tall Christmas tree on the main square of Česká Lípa, north of Prague. Fortunately no one was injured in the accident. Rail transport between the Czech Republic and Slovakia was disrupted after a train going from eastern Slovakia to Prague crashed into a fallen tree trunk. The accident caused delays and in some cases travellers were asked to use replacement busses. 

Arson not ruled out in fire at Amazon

02-12-2016 11:43 | Daniela Lazarová

Thursday’s fire at the Amazon distribution centre in Dobroviz near Prague caused damage to the tune of three million crowns, the ctk news agency reported. The cause of the fire is being investigated and the police have reportedly not ruled out arson. 2,800 people were evacuated and three people received medical attention after inhaling toxic fumes. Most of the distribution centre remains in operation. The fire is reported to have damaged goods to the tune of 100,000 crowns. Amazon opened the distribution centre in Dobroviz in 2013. 


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