Record warm temperatures were seen in several parts of the Czech Republic
on Friday, mainly in Moravia and Silesia. Record temperatures for November
2 were seen at 18 stations keeping records for 30 years or more. The
highest temperature, 21.2 degrees Celsius, was registered at Lučina near
At this time of year temperatures typically range from 5 to 9 degrees Celsius. Meteorologists have attributed the unseasonable weather to a stream of very warm air coming from south-eastern Europe.
Labour offices in the Czech Republic have provided immediate, extraordinary
assistance to around 1160 socially deprived tenants since 2016, according
to the annual report issued by the government Agency for Social Inclusion,
which is set to be debated by the government on Wednesday.
The immediate support is designated for tenants living in lodging houses to pay first and last month's rents in their new housing. Around 560 applications have been turned down by the labour offices.
The government Agency for Social Inclusion was established in 2008 to assist local authorities to resolve housing problems and creating a liaison between people living in social exclusion and labour offices, schools and the police and currently works in 60 municipalities with over 230 socially excluded localities.
The Czech beach volleyball duo Barbora Hermannová / Markéta Nausch
Sluková were awarded the Queens of the Beach title at the CEV gala event
in Budapest on Friday night.
The Czechs have had their most successful season so far, ending at the top of the FIVB World Ranking. They won the Vienna Major women’s final and claimed bronze at the European Championship in the Netherlands. They also took silver at the World Tour Finals in Hamburg.
Activists have lost an appeal to remain at an abandoned building in Prague
3 taken over by squatters in 2014 that now houses the alternative Klinika
social and arts centre.
The Constitutional Court said in a resolution rejecting the appeal that just because a building has been out of use for a long period does not give others the right to occupy it.
If the state wants to in effect legalise squatting, it must do so through legislative changes, the court said.
The state has sold the Žižkov district building to the Railway Infrastructure Administration, which wants to reconstruct it to house part of its operations.
Trade unions have launched a campaign to prevent a 2016 law banning larges
stores from operating on certain public holidays from being amended.
Some 80,000 retail workers and supporters of the law have taken to wearing green bracelets with the inscription “Don’t take away our holidays”.
Currently, stores with a retail space of over 200 square metres must be closed on New Year’s Eve, Easter Monday, Victory in Europe Day, St. Wenceslas Day and Czech Independence Day. On Christmas Eve, they can operate only until noon, and must be closed on December 25 and 26.
The Czech Trade Inspection oversees compliance with the ban, which does not apply to pharmacies, petrol stations, and shops at airports, railway stations and in hospitals.
Women in the Czech Republic earn on average 80,000 crowns less per year
than men do, Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Jana Maláčová told a
news conference convened ahead of European Equal Pay Day.
"The difference in pay for women and men is 22 percent and the second highest in the entire European Union,” she said, calling fair remuneration for women and men "a crucial economic issue".
The gap is wider in the Czech private sector than in the public sector, she said. In the EU, on average women are paid 16 percent less than men, according to Eurostat.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) remains the most popular politician
according to a new poll by the STEM agency, with just over half of
respondents viewing him a favourably.
Pirate party chairman Ivan Bartoš, who placed second in the ranking with 41 percent support, has gained the most ground since the previous STEM poll a month ago, gaining five percentage points.
In the third spot is chairman of the far-right Direct Democracy and Freedom Party (SPD), Tomio Okamura, who was viewed positively by 36 percent of those polled.
Communist (KSČM) party chairman Vojtěch Filip had the lowest favourability rating, at 23 percent, down nine percentage points since the last STEM poll.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) has called on the European Commission to
review the sale of ArcelorMittal's steel plant in Ostrava, due to be
sold to the UK-based steelmaker Liberty House.
In a letter to EU Competition Commissioner Margarethe Vestager, Mr Babiš alleges that Liberty House Group has not laid out a comprehensive investment plan for the steel plant, the ČTK news agency reports. Czech unions earlier claimed the UK company’s plan was both unstainable and inconsistent with EU requirements.
For its part, Liberty House said it has a firm growth strategy for the Ostrava plant, into which it plans to invest over €150mn in the next five years so as to improve the quality of the plant's hot rolled coil and produce higher-grade rod.
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