Veterinarians in East Bohemia have ordered some 80 tons of fish be
destroyed following an outbreak of the herpes virus at the Buñkov fish
farm near Pardubice.
Although the strain cannot be transmitted to humans, it is highly contagious among fish species. It is the first such outbreak reported this year.
Due to the chronic labour shortage, Czech economic growth will slow to 3.6
percent this year and to 3.3 percent in 2019, the Czech Chamber of Commerce
says in a new forecast.
The prediction is based on data from the retail bank Česká spořitelna and the chamber’s own surveys.
By June 2019 there could be half a million unfilled positions, about 60,000 more than today, according to the chamber, which has been lobbying the government to double the annual quota for workers from Ukraine to 40,000 to help fill the gap.
The Czech capital is preparing a project to repair the dilapidated Fuchs
café on Štvanice Island between the Karlín and Holešovice districts.
Prague city councillors have earmarked some 20 million crowns to restore the 1930s’ era functionalist style café to its original state.
There are also plans to build a new footbridge to the island and install landscaped gardens.
Czech judo competitor Lukáš Krpálek has won his third Grand Prix gold
medal in Cancún, Mexico. The Olympic champion and World number two
defeated Andy Granda of Cuba in the above 100 kilogramme category. The
Czech secured the win in the minute of the contest.
Krpálek is a former world and European champion and current Olympic Champion in the U100 category. He is the most successful judoka in Czech and Czechoslovak history, and was named Czech Judoka of the Year eight times between 2008 and 2015.
The government's legislative proposals, especially in the filed of
social policy, are likely to be rejected more frequently than before after
the newly formed Senate, Deputy Prime Minister and Social Democrat leader
Jan Hamáček said on Sunday in a debate programme on Czech Television.
The Civic Democratic party have emerged as the biggest winners of the elections to a third of seats in the Senate, which took place on Friday and Saturday. Ten of the party’s 11 candidates secured a seat, bringing the party total in the 81-member Senate to 16.
The party of Mayors and Independents, or STAN, won seven seats, increasing their overall number of senators to 17 and forming the largest senators’ group in the upper chamber.
Czech jockey Jan Faltejsek won the 128th edition of the Grand Pardubice steeplechase on Sunday. The jockey, riding on seven-year-old Tzigane Du Berlais, triumphed for the fifth time. Second in the race came Radek Stromský o Hegnus, followed by Thomas Garner on Stretton. Sixteen out of 20 horses finished the race, which is the continent’s oldest steeplechase cross-country run.
The average mortgage interest rates in the Czech Republic are the sixth
highest in EU, suggests a study carried out by the website ChytrýHonza.cz,
based on data from Eurostat, the European Central Bank and Crédit Foncier.
According to the data, interest rates on mortgages in Europe range from 1.09% in Denmark to 4.4% in Poland. In the Czech Republic, the average rate is 2.2%. However, the level of indebtedness of the Czechs is not as great as, for example, that of the French.
Over 832,000 people have joined the receipt lottery, launched last October
as part of the electronic cash register system, the Czech News Agency
reported on Sunday. According to the data of the Finance Ministry, they
have registered around 193 million receipts so far.
The lottery was launched by the Finance Ministry in order to encourage consumers assistance in fighting tax evasion. Every month, some 350 to 400,000 people take part, but their number has been steadily decreasing since last November. The ministry plans to distribute up to 65 million crowns a year in winnings.
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