Due to prolonged drought, the Czech Republic faces an increased risk of
brush fires, especially in Central Bohemia and in the northern Bohemian
regions of Ústí nad Labem and Česká Lípa.
The Czech Hydrometeorological Institute (ČHMÚ) issued a warning on Monday banning people to refrain from making campfires in central Bohemia, noting that more fires ignite from negligence than from natural causes such as lightning strikes. Prague City Hall later also issued a ban on making fires until the heightened danger passes.
April and May were the hottest in the past 58 years while June was the fifth warmest in nearly six decades. The average temperature for July is also expected to be above average. Over the weekend, fires broke out on forested land in Kokořín, a protected wildlife zone in central Bohemia, and in a remote area a few kilometres away.
The Czech Republic through the end of 2017 had drawn down only 3 per cent
of the nearly 850 million euros worth of subsidies allocated to the country
from 2014 to 2020 towards implementing energy-savings schemes.
According to a new Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ) report, the lengthy approval process is a major factor in the country’s failure to make sufficient use of the available EU funds.
The country has set itself a goal of saving 51 petajoules worth of energy by 2020. Of that amount, 20 petajoules should be guaranteed through European funding. However, not even 1 per cent of the target was achieved by the end of 2017, according to the NKÚ report.
Inhabitants of the Great Moravian fortified settlement in Mikulčice, which
dates back to the 8th century, cultivated cannabis and poppies, as well as
peaches, pears and nuts, new research has found.
A team from the Archaeological Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic specialising in archaeobotany has said a surprising number of ancient vineyards have been uncovered in the region. Some varieties of grapes cultivated by the ancient Slavs have yet to be classified and may have gone extinct or been hybrids, a researcher told the Czech News Agency.
The Great Moravian fortified settlement is linked to the medieval Christian missionaries SS Cyril and Methodius, who created a special script for Slavs and translated basic Christian texts into Old Slavonic.
The percentage of Czechs with a university education has increased
significantly over the past 10 years, data published on Monday by the
statistical office (ČSÚ) shows. Last year, roughly 20 per cent of Czechs
had a university degree, up from 12.1 per cent in 2007. However, the figure
still lags behind the European Union average, which is about 6.4 percentage
The most educated population lives in Prague, where nearly four out of 10 adults hold a university degree. The regions with the lowest percentage of degree-holders are Karlovy Vary and Ústí nad Labem, according to the data, which was drawn from the most recent Labour Force Survey.
The Czech Ministry of Defence plans to have dozens of specialists in cyber
warfare trained by the end of this year, iHned.cz reported on Monday. They
will receive instruction in how to protect websites from hackers from the
Czech-Israeli owned firm CyberGym Europe, the news website said.
A company representative said it was able to draw on Israeli know-how in the cyber warfare field.
Numbers of some bird species have greatly declined in the Czech Republic
since the country joined the European Union, iDnes.cz reported, citing a
Charles University study. The researchers behind the report say that EU
agricultural subsidies have led to a change in farming methods and
subsequently caused the crested lark, meadow pipit and other birds to
become increasingly rare.
Agricultural output has jumped by around one-quarter per hectare since 2004, when the Czechs joined the EU. In the same period the population of field birds has declined by around one-third.
A second fire broke out on forested land in Kokořín, a protected wildlife
zone in central Bohemia, on Sunday. Earlier 20 fire units had been called
out to deal with a blaze a few kilometres away and had succeeded in
bringing it under control.
In the early evening a fire service spokesperson said that a helicopter was again being deployed, this time to deal with an area of around 100 metres by 150 metres. The place where the second fire occurred is described as hard to reach.
The population of Prague has increased every year but one for the last 16
years, with growth of around 14,000 people recorded in 2017, according to
official figures cited by the Czech News Agency. The rise last year was
mainly due to new arrivals (almost 11,000), with around half being from
Natural growth is also a factor, with the capital’s birth rate having constantly exceeded the mortality rate since 2006.
Czechs are consuming more and more medicines. According to official
figures, 107 million more daily doses were taken last year than in 2016,
Czech Television reported.
The state anti-drug coordinator told the station that around 900,000 people in the Czech Republic were dependent on medication. Just a fragment of that number seek help with their addictions, the official said.
President Miloš Zeman is due to appoint Jana Maláčová as minister of
labour and social affairs on July 30. before that he will meet Ms.
Maláčová, who has hitherto been a senior official at the Ministry of
Labour and Social Affairs, on Tuesday.
She will replace the Social Democrats’ Petr Krčál, who stepped down within a few weeks of taking the post after being accused of plagiarism during his student career.
Unusually the appointment ceremony will take place not at Prague Castle but at Lány, the presidential residence near the Czech capital.
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