Campaigners are pushing the introduction of deposits on PET plastic bottles
in the Czech Republic. The group Zálohujme (Let’s Use Deposits) say
Czechs are presently recycling less than 60 percent of PET bottles. They
want to increase that figure to 90 percent.
Under the proposal, consumers would pay a deposit of CZK 3 on every plastic bottle. Zálohujme is comprised of representatives of the Institute of Circular Economy, the University of Chemistry and Technology’s Faculty of Environmental Technology and bottled water producers Karlovarských minerální vod.
Karolína Plíšková has reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open
for the first time. The Czech was losing 1-5 in the third set but returned
four match balls to eventually overcome Serena Williams of the US 6-4 4-6
7-5. Plíšková will now face Naomi Osaka for a place in the final. She
has never won a Grand Slam tournament.
Wednesday’s result makes an all-Czech final in Melbourne possible as two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitová will face Danielle Rose Collins of the US in the other semi-final.
The police have proposed that two Dutch citizens who beat up a waiter in
Prague last year be tried on charges of attempted murder. The two, who are
brothers, could face up to 18 years if found guilty.
The police had originally charged them with grievous bodily harm but revised their position after court experts said that the attack was so brutal that the victim could have died.
The waiter was set upon after telling a group of seven Dutch citizens that they were not allowed to consume their own alcohol at the city centre outdoor restaurant where he worked.
The Chamber of Deputies has voted to return pay for the first three days of
illness to Czech employees from July of next year. In their first session
following a seasonal break, MPs overruled a Senate veto of a bill to that
effect, which was tabled by the Social Democrats.
Senators argued that the current legislation – under which the first three days are unpaid – keeps the sickness rate down. However, the minister of labour and social affairs, Jana Maláčová of the Social Democrats, said employees should not be punished for being unwell.
The Prague authorities will begin repairs of the city’s Libeň Bridge
this year, deputy mayor Adam Scheinherr said on Tuesday. Initial work will
focus on parts of the road bridge that are not directly connected to
The renovation work will be carried out according to a plan due for publication by the Czech Technical University by the end of March.
Libeň Bridge, which was built in the late 1920s, is in a hazardous state. There was talk in the past of demolishing it completely.
The Constitutional Court has refused to hear a complaint taken by a former
police officer who was dismissed after learning that he had contracted HIV.
Judges said that the petition was premature and that the police president
would first have to address the issue of possible discrimination.
When his employers learned that the officer was HIV positive they had him undergo a medical examination. The doctor concluded he was unfit to continue serving and he was let go in 2011.
The Prague 7 District Court ruled last year that the sacking was lawful as the policeman was incapable of doing his job.
Ondřej Trojan’s Toman has received the most nominations, with 13, for
this year’s Czech Lion film awards. The Hastrman, directed by Ondřej
Havelka, has 10 nominations, as does Winter Flies by Olmo Omerzu. Jan
Palach by Robert Sedláček is in the running in eight categories.
The Czech Lions are voted on by members of the Czech Film and Television Academy. The winners will be announced in Prague on March 23.
Petra Kvitová has reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open. The
Czech women’s tennis number one overcame Australia’s Ashleigh Barty 6-1
6-4 in 70 minutes on Tuesday to continue a very impressive run at the first
Grand Slam tournament of the season. Kvitová has not dropped a single set
on her route to the last four in Melbourne.
In the women’s doubles, Barbora Strýcová and Markéta Vondroušová have also reached the semi-finals at the Australian Open. Another Czech pair, Kateřina Siniaková and Barbora Krejčíková, exited at the quarter-final stage.
Smog regulations are now in force in the Zlín, Olomouc and Moravia-Silesia
regions which are suffering from severe air pollution. The situation is
reported to be worst in Ostrava, Karviná and parts of Frýdek-Místek
where levels of dust particles are three times higher than limits allow.
Children, older people and people with chronic health problems have been advised to stay indoors. Air pollution has long been a serious problem in the region due to heavy industry, traffic and coal heating.
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