The number of weddings in the Czech Republic is on the rise, the Czech News
Agency reported. Last year, just under 48,000 couples had exchanged vows by
the end of September, which exceeded annual figures from 2010 to 2014,
according to data from the Czech Statistics Office. 2013 saw the lowest
number of new marriages in the Czech lands since World War I.
The average age at which Czechs get married is 32 for men and 30 for women. The annual National Week of Marriage, which supports the institution, will run from Monday to Sunday.
Representatives of major Czech drinks producers say that a suggested
deposit system for PET plastic bottles would be overly complicated,
Novinky.cz reported. Among them is Libor Duba, head of Ondrášovka
Holding, who also says that the Czech Republic is already fulfilling an EU
directive that 77 percent of plastic bottles be collected for recycling.
The Institute of Circular Economy, the University of Chemistry and Technology’s Faculty of Environmental Technology and bottled water producers Karlovarské minerální vody recently called for a deposit of CZK 3 on every plastic bottle. Their target is 90 percent recycling.
Daytime temperatures in the Czech Republic should remain above freezing
point in the coming month, according to a regular four-week forecast issued
by the Czech Hyrdo-Meteorological Institute.
The coming week will be the coldest of the month. Temperatures and precipitation are likely to be average for the time of year, forecasters said.
The Czech Republic’s Martina Sáblíková has won the 5000 metres at the
World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships at Inzell in Germany.
With her earlier victory in the 3000 metres, it means it is the fifth time
that she has won the two longest races at one world championships.
Sáblíková, who is 31, now has 19 world titles, equaling the record of German Gunda Nieman-Sitrnemann. She is also a three-time Olympic gold medalist.
Almost three-fifths of Czechs are skeptical that the country would be able
to defend itself in the case of military conflict, suggests a survey
conducted by the CVVM polling agency.
The vast majority of respondents (89 percent) said the state’s sovereignty should be defended at any price.
Some 51 percent of Czechs consider the issue of the country’s defence to be superfluous as in any case its fate would be in the hands of larger powers, the poll indicates. The opposite view was held by 40 percent of respondents.
The Czech Ministry of Defence has ordered employees to remove the AirWatch
app from service mobile phones made by China’s Huawei, iRozhlas.
reported. It is the first step taken by the ministry following a alert from
the Czech National Cyber and Information Security Agency over the potential
danger of using Huawei products.
The Chinese telecoms giant has threatened to take the Czech Republic to court if cyber watchdog agency does not rescind the warning.
Some 160 organisations comprising the country’s critical infrastructure have been ordered to review their usage of software and hardware made by Huawei and another Chinese company, ZTE.
The minister of defence, Lubomír Metnar, says that if the United States
withdraws its troops from Afghanistan the Czech Republic will do likewise.
Speaking in Saturday’s edition of Právo, he said Prague was monitoring
the situation closely.
Minister Metnar said that the US Congress and US Army top brass were opposed to a pullout as long as Afghanistan remained under strong Islamist influence. But if things changed and the US military presence was reduced or ended, the Czech Republic would follow suit, he said.
Czech soccer’s first league returned to action on Friday evening after an
annual winter break. In the opening games, Dukla Prague drew 1:1 with
Baník Ostrava in the capital and Olomouc were beaten 2:1 at home by
After the current round there will be 10 more games until the end of the season. Slavia Prague went into the winter break four points ahead of the title holders Viktoria Plzeň.
The minister of the environment, Richard Brabec, says that this winter may
partly compensate for the drought suffered by much of the country in 2018.
However, speaking on Czech Television he said large amounts of snow were no
guarantee drought would not occur in summer and warned that Czechs would
have to prepare for a lack of water.
Mr. Brabec said some municipalities needed to receive supplies of drinking water in February, which was unheard of. The days of “water prosperity” are over, he said.
This week the government announced water management plans aimed at preventing drought becoming a recurring long-term problem.
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