A 26-year-old woman has been found guilty of hate speech on social networks
in connection with hateful comments which appeared under a class photo of
first-graders in a school in Teplice, published in a regional daily just
over a year ago.
Reacting to the mix of Czech, Romany, Vietnamese and Arab children in the group photo, the woman wrote they should all be shot.
Details of the verdict have not yet been released, since all parties involved first need to be informed about it in writing.
The management of the Temelin nuclear power plant on Monday reported a
human error in servicing when lightly radioactive water was released into
the wrong reservoir. The water remained in a closed circuit and the
incident did not endanger safety or affect power production, Temelin said
in a statement.
A report was sent to the State Institute for Nuclear Safety and, in line with a bilateral agreement, to the Austrian authorities in Melk.
Noise pollution in the vicinity of Prague’s Václav Havel Airport has
worsened and the airport management has started fining companies that use
louder planes than agreed on or shift their flights into the night hours.
According to the airport’s spokesman Roman Pacvon, the airport started issuing noise pollution fines in June of this year and has so far issued fines of over three million crowns.
The set noise pollution limits have not been violated to date, but aircraft noise has been getting worse in the night hours which could soon present a problem, Pacvon said.
In the first six months of 2018 the airport registered over 70,000 arrivals and departures, which is a 5.4 percent increase year-on-year.
The government is planning a series of measures to fight the poverty
Labour and Social Affairs Minister Jana Maláčová said her own ministry was cooperating with the ministries of the interior, health and local development on 15 measures which would prevent money-making activities that attract a large portion of their business from the poor.
These include rental price maps, hygiene norms in properties for rent and a limit on the number of persons per square meter. The measures are currently being consulted with town mayors.
According to Prime Minister Andrej Babiš the government will not try to push through a law on social housing, but will provide housing subsidies for selected localities.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš’ wife Monika has resigned from the board of
Imoba, the company that owns the Stork’s Nest farm and conference centre,
over which her husband faces charges of EU subsidy fraud, the daily E15
reported on Monday.Monika Babišova left the board at her own request
without giving any reasons.
Prime Minister Babiš is suspected of having manipulated the status of the Stork’s Nest farm in order to gain a 50 million crown EU subsidy for the company which would otherwise have been out of reach.
Although Babiš has denies any wrongdoing, Imoba recently returned the subsidy in full.
The European Union needs unity in its foreign and trade policy, Czech Prime
Minister Andrej Babiš told the German daily Bild.
The Czech prime minister said the trade dispute with US President Donald Trump showed how badly Europe needed to stand together and act in unity. He said Brexit was bad in every way for Europe and Brussels must prevent further departures from the bloc.
As regards the Czech Republic, Babiš said the country’s departure from the EU would be a disaster.
On the domestic front, the Czech prime minister rejected the idea that the Communists, who supported the minority government of ANO and the Social Democrats, had acquired significant influence on national decision-making.
The Czech unemployment rate stood at 3.1 percent in August, the Czech Labour office reported on Monday. The number of job seekers reached 230,490, which is the lowest figure for the month since the year 1997. The number of vacancies increased slightly to 313.000. Last August the unemployment rate was at four percent.
The Czech minister of agriculture, Moiroslav Toman, is set to meet with
European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan in
Brussels on Monday. One of the topics on their agenda will bet EU’s plan
to cut direct subsidies to farmers.
Under the planned EU’s budget for 2021-2027, farmers would receive around 232 billion euros in direct support, which represents a drop of more than 30 billion euros from the current seven-year budget.
According to the Czech Agrarian Chamber, Czech farmers would receive around 4.1 percent less than in the previous seven-year period.
The Czech Minister of Health, Adam Vojtěch, is against a blanket pay rise
for employees in the health sector. He made the statement in a debate on
Czech Television on Sunday.
The country’s health and social care unions have been pushing for a 10-percent pay rise, but according to Dagmar Žitníková, the head of the umbrella organization of health and social services employees, there is still space for negotiation. The union committee is set to meet on Monday to further debate the issue.
Meanwhile, the head of the Czech Doctors’ Union, Martin Engel, said they will continue to insists on the 10-percent salary hike for doctors.
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