Interior Minister Jan Hamáček (Social Democrats) has proposed the budget
for the state-controlled postal service be tripled to 1.5 billion crowns.
Česká pošta, which employs about 30,000 people, has more than 1,300 vacancies due to low wages, he said during a visit on Tuesday of the service’s biggest processing centre.
Last year, the average salary at Česká pošta was about 5,000 crowns below the national average, Mr Hamáček said.
Prague archaeologists have removed the nearly 1,000-year-old remains of
what are thought to be Přemyslid princes from the St. Stephen's
cloisters in Olomouc.
It is believed that among the interned skeletons were those of Ota I, the Prince of Olomouc from 1061 until his death, and his wife Euphemia, a daughter of King Béla I of Hungary.
Researchers discovered a number of coffins at the Olomouc site only last year, and comprehensive testing has yet to be carried out.
Czech utility ČEZ's second quarter revenues and profit dropped
sharply despite increased electricity production due to higher wholesale
electricity and emissions prices after forward selling production at lower
levels. ČEZ said however that the hit from its hedging operations should
dissipate in the second half of the year.
The Prague-listed company’s revenues dropped to 40.9 billion crowns in the second quarter, compared with 48.1 billion in the same period in 2017. Net profit for the quarter dropped to 0.5 billion crowns taking half-year net profit to 7.7 billion crowns, down 54% compared year on year.
The reported number of cases of tick-borne encephalitis in South Moravia
has more than tripled. By the end of July, 38 cases of the potentially
fatal disease had been reported, up from roughly a dozen in the two
There is no cure for encephalitis, but only about one in four Czechs have themselves vaccinated against it. The country has five times as many cases as in neighbouring Austria, where 90 per cent of the population takes this precaution.
The tabloid Blesk lost some 33,000 readers in the first half of 2018 but is
still the most widely read newspaper, with a circulation of 926,000,
according to a new survey.
The broadsheet Mladá fronta dnes had 569,000 readers during that period, a drop in circulation of 3,000 year on year. In third place was the left-leaning daily Právo, with a readership of 253,000.
Rounding out the top five spots were the specialised daily Sport (240,000) and the right-leading national paper Lidové noviny (223,000), followed by another tabloid, Aha! (195,000), and the business daily Hospodářské noviny (182,000).
Three tanks have been called to help with the removal of debris from the
demolished footbridge on the Labe River near the town of Nymburk.
The footbridge was pulled down for safety reasons on Friday with large sections of it falling into the river.
The demolition process confirmed the results of an inspection which said the bridge was unsafe both for pedestrians and boat traffic on the river, collapsing much sooner than expected.
The clean-up operation is expected to last for the rest of the week.
The charges against two Dutch nationals who brutally attacked a waiter in
Prague in April of this year have been upgraded to attempted murder, the
daily Pravo reported on Tuesday.
The two men were originally charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm, but medical experts assessing the case said the prolonged brutality of the assault had been life-threatening.
If convicted the men could face up to 18 years in jail. They remain in custody.
The three Czech soldiers killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan on
Sunday will be buried with military honours, Defence Ministry spokesman Jan
Pejšek said on Monday.
Sirens will sound nationwide in their memory at midday on Wednesday, the day on which their remains will be brought home on a special army plane.
President Miloš Zeman, the head of the Czech Armed forces, and leading political representatives will be present at the ceremony at the airport.
Since 2002 more than 9,000 Czech soldiers have served in Afghanistan. Thirteen of them were killed.