Former head of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Jiří Drahoš, has announced his decision to run in the 2018 presidential elections. the news site Aktualne.cz reported on Tuesday. Mr Drahoš, who will run as an independent, announced his decision at a public debate in Jablunkov in the Frýdek-Místek region, where he comes from. Mr Drahoš, who is 68, said he decided to run for the post becuase he was worried about the future of the country`s democracy.
Some 118 trains on the Czech Republic’s rail network ran a red light last year, a sharp increase on the previous year. It is nearly thirty more than last year and twice as many as in 2014, the website aktualne.cz reported, citing data by the Railway Inspectorate. Most of the incidents did not lead to an emergency. According to experts, the phasing out of train dispatchers and inattention of train drivers, are among the main factors behind the sharp increase of such incidents.
Czech skier Šárka Strachová has announced the end of her career. The 32-year-old former world champion in slalom and holder of an Olympic medal announced the news at a press conference in Prague on Tuesday. Strachová claimed her Olympic medal in 2010 in Vancouver, finishing third in slalom. In 2007 she won the gold medal in slalom at the 20017 World Championship. In July 2012 she underwent surgery to remove a brain tumour.
The government is set to earmark some 400 million crowns for next year’s celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia and the 50th anniversary of Prague Spring uprising. Some 172 events are scheduled to take place in 2018, with more than 50 carried out in cooperation with Slovak institutions. The key event will be an exhibition presenting Czechoslovakia since its establishment until its separation in 1993, which is set to take place in the renovated building of the National Museum in Prague.
Education Minister Kateřina Valachová has awarded in memoriam a teacher from a secondary school in Prague’s Malešice district, who died last year after being bullied by her students for several months. The case made national headlines after a video of the bullied teacher was leaked to the Internet. The minister said she was determined to tackle the problem and contribute to a safer environment in schools. Another 44 teachers were awarded at the ceremony in the Senate on Tuesday, which marked international teacher’s day.
Three fifths of Czechs are happy with the way democracy is functioning in their country, which is the best result since 2004, according to a poll conducted by the CVVM agency and released on Tuesday. Some 60 percent of those polled said they were happy with the way democracy operates in the Czech Republic, a four-percentage point increase on last years’ figures. Nearly 50 percent of respondents said they thought democracy was the best form of government.
Employees of the second-biggest carmaker in the Czech Republic, Huyndai, will get a pay rise of around 12 percent, the company’s spokesman Petr Vaněk told the Czech News Agency on Tuesday. The deal is part of a collective agreement signed by the unions and representatives of the company’s management. Last year, blue collar workers in Hyundai made on average 34,500 crowns. The average wage in the Moravian-Silesian region, where the plant is located, was around 25,200 crowns last year.
Legal position of EU citizens in Britain and financial obligations of Great Britain towards EU countries will be among the V4 priorities in negotiations over Brexit, prime ministers of the Visegrad Four countries agreed at a meeting in Warsaw on Tuesday. The leaders of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Poland repeatedly rejected the idea of cutting funds to countries that refuse to take migrants. The V4 prime ministers are also scheduled to take part in an international Innovators Summit being held in the Polish capital and sign a so-called “pact for innovation”.
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