Meteorologists have declared a smog alert across much of the
Moravian-Silesian region on Thursday. The warning applies to Ostrava,
Karvinná and parts of Frýdek-Místek where levels of dust particles have
exceed the permitted limit.
Children and people suffering from heart problems or asthma have been advised to stay indoors as much as possible. Forecasters have also warned that if the situation doesn’t improve, regulations may soon be introduced forcing some companies to limit production. The region of Moravia Silesia has long had the worst air quality in the country and in Europe with local industry, heat plants, and domestic heating contributing to the problem.
The health of the world’s last surviving male northern white rhino, which
belongs to Dvůr Králové Zoo, has considerably worsened, the Czech News
Agency reported on Thursday.
The 47-year-old rhino has been moved to a reserve in Kenya since 2009 as part of an international effort to save the dying breed in its natural habitat.
According to vets, the rhino suffers from a deep infection in his right rear leg and there is not much hope for improvement due to his age.
Czech agricultural earnings fell to 21.3 billion crowns in 2017, which is a
drop by 5.5 percent on the previous year, according to preliminary figures
released by the Czech Statistics office on Thursday.
That figure still represents the third best result since the year 2000, according to the office’s deputy head Marek Rojíček. The best result recorded by Czech farmers to date was in 2014, when agriculture earnings reached 22.9 billion crowns.
Major General Aleš Opata will be appointed the new chief of the General
Staff of the Czech Armed Forces, Defence Minister Karla Šlechtová
announced on Thursday. Mr Opata, who has served as a deputy of the Army
Chief of Staff, will replace Josef Bečvář in the post. His appointment
is scheduled to take place on May 1.
The minister said the first task of the newly appointed Army Chief of Staff, will be reorganizing the army’s management. Among other topics she wants to discuss with Mr Opata will be shortcomings in army equipment.
Prague’s taxi-drivers are planning another protest action on Thursday
against app-base services such as Uber and Taxify. Taxi drivers, who have
to pay the city for their licenses, argue that competition from
ride-sharing services such as Uber is undercutting their business.
The Prague taxi drivers’ association has been pushing for the municipal and national authorities to the different taxi services on an equal footing. A number of protests, which included blocking traffic in the city, took place in February.
The chairman of China’s energy and investment group CEFC Ye Jianming, who
serves as economic advisor to Czech president Miloš Zeman, has been
investigated for suspected economic crimes, Reuters reported on Thursday,
citing an anonymous source.
CEFC, which describes itself as the biggest private company in Shanghai and seventh largest private firm in China, has chosen the Czech Republic for the headquarters of its European activities.
The company was recently refused permission by the Czech National Bank to increase its stake in the Czech-Slovak J&T Financial Group.
Germany and France could participate in a future meeting of the Visegrad
Group, which includes the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. The
proposal was made by Bundestag speaker Wolfgang Schäuble to the chairman
of the lower house of Czech parliament, Radek Vondráček, during their
meeting in Berlin on Wednesday.
Mr Vondráček said after the meeting that he and Mr Schäuble both agreed on deepening cooperation of the countries` parliaments. He also said the Visegrad Four should invite Germany to one of their future meetings. Wolfgang Schäuble advanced the idea of inviting two countries, such as Germany and France, arguing that such a meeting would contribute to improving cooperation within the European Union.
The ANO prime minister in resignation, Andrej Babiš on Wednesday held
talks on forming a government with representatives of the Social Democratic
Party. The Social Democrats demanded a written guarantee from the ANO party
that the larger coalition partner will not overrule them in case they
participate in the government. According to the party's deputy
chairman Jiří Zimola, negotiations on a joint government with the ANO
party should be completed by the end of March.
ANO leaders also held talks with representatives of the Freedom and Direct Democracy Party, which has no ambition to enter the government. They also met with leaders of the Communist Party, who said they want to hald talks with the Social Democrats before offering their support to the government.
The bout of cold weather, with night time lows dropping below -20 degrees
Celsius, continues to break records in many part of the Czech Republic.
Several monitoring stations, especially in South Bohemia and in the Hradec Králové region registered record-low temperatures on Tuesday night. The lowest temperature for the day, -25.2 degrees Celsius, was recorded in Rolava in Krušné Hory mountains in the northeast of the country.
According to weather experts, the current cold spell is expected to last until Friday. Next week could see day-time highs of around five degrees Celsius.
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