The Czech Credit Bureau reports that the number of bankruptcies among small
Czech entrepreneurs is the lowest in five years.
According to statistics there were 60 company bankruptcies in the month of July and 377 bankruptcies of small entrepreneurs which is 108 less than in the preceding month.
The drop in bankruptcies among small entrepreneurs is ascribed to the healthy economy, higher wages and growing demand for their products and services both from companies and individuals.
A fire alert is in place in ten regions of the Czech Republic, including
Prague, because of the hot dry weather. Many regions have issued a ban on
lighting fires out in the open.
The incidence of fires rose sharply in the month of July. Fire crews were called to 2,700 fires that month which is the highest number in twelve years.
Deputy Prime Minister Jan Hamáček of the Social Democrats has asked the
speaker of the lower house, Radek Vondráček, to call a special session of
the Chamber of Deputies to debate the pensions bill that was recently
returned by the Senate in view of proposed changes.
The bill envisages a pensions hike for all pensioners with a special focus on those older than 85. It needs to win approval by the end of August so that it may come into force on January 1 of next year.
A farmer in the Krkonoše Mountains found a young wolf in his sheep
enclosure, according to the ctk news agency.
The animal appeared frightened and although there was a flock of sheep in the enclosure none of them were harmed.
It is thought that the young wolf was a lost member of a pack that is somewhere in the vicinity. The animal was released back into the wild.
According to the head of the Krkonoše National Park Jakub Kašpar such an incident is exceptional.
At its meeting on Thursday, the Czech National Bank Board increased the
two-week repo rate by 25 basis points to 1.25%. At the same time, it
increased the Lombard rate by 25 basis points to 2.25% and the discount
rate by 20 basis points to 0.25%.
The new interest rate levels come into effect on 3 August 2018.
It is the third hike in interest rates since the end of the bank’s forex interventions against the crown. National Bank Governor Jiří Rusnok has not ruled out further increases this year.
Czech Radio will be at the center of a series of commemorative events
marking 50 years since the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968.
Czech Radio is cooperating closely with the National Museum, the National Film Archive and the Institute for Study of Totalitarian Regimes to produce a video-mapping of the August events, including a 13-hour special starting late on August 20th which will follow the events of that night and the early hours of August 21st when Russian tanks rolled into the country to crush the democratic reforms of the Prague Spring movement.
Thirty Czech Radio reporters will be stationed at crucial sites around the country to recall the events of that dark chapter in the country’s history.
Czech stage and film actor Ilja Racek has died at the age of 88.
He was a long-time member of the ensemble of the Vinohrady Theatre in Prague where he spent close to twenty-five years and where he later appeared as a guest performer. He most recently worked on part 2 of the popular TV series Sanitka or Ambulance.
Racek was diagnosed with prostate cancer ten years ago and refused to undergo chemotherapy.
Pardubice Airport is back in operation after a plane landing at the airport
careened off the runway. No one was hurt in the accident.
According to Czech Radio the accident happened in the aftermath of a strong heat storm and the pilot had problems breaking on the wet runway. There were 120 passengers on board.
A scheduled evening flight from Pardubice to Heraklion was dispatched from Prague. The cause of the accident is being investigated.
Police have closed an investigation into the case of a publishing house
that sold T-shirts and mugs with the portrait of Hitler and Stalin.
Police spokesman Jan Daněk said the police was not filing charges since there was no evidence that the activity was other than profit-oriented.
The owner of the publishing house Naše Vojsko, which also sells mugs of Einstein, John. F. Kennedy and Charles IV, told the media he welcomed the outcome of the investigation, saying that the sale of T-shirts featuring Hitler and Stalin might be ethically borderline, but he had no intention of propagating Nazism and was doing it solely for profit.
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