Consumer lender Home Credit announced on Thursday it will withdraw from a
controversial partnership agreement with Charles University announced
earlier this week.
A spokesman for the company said Home Credit did not want to be drawn into irrational debates about the nature of the cooperation before it had even begun.
Hundreds of Charles University students and faculty had called on the rectorate to cancel the agreement, accusing the company of lending irresponsibly, thereby adding to the personal debt crisis.
Home Credit is part of the PPF Group controlled by Czech billionaire Petr Kellner. Under the cooperation agreement, the consumer lender was to give Charles University half a million crowns annually, mainly to the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics and the Institute of Economic Studies.
The telecom group O2 Czech Republic plans to remove all public pay
telephones by year’s end except for those it is obligated to keep in the
country’s smallest municipalities.
Out of the roughly 3,900 telephone booths currently in operation, some 1,150 will remain in municipalities with up to 200 inhabitants, an O2 spokesperson said.
Škoda Transportation has been confirmed as the winner of a tender to
supply of up to 45 six-car metro trains for Warsaw.
The first set is due to be handed over to the Polish capital within two years of signing the purchase contract.
Škoda Transportation is part of the PPF group controlled by Czech billionaire Petr Kellner. The total value of the contract is almost 8 billion crowns.
Peter Zamarovský, a professor at the Czech Technical University (ČVUT) in
Prague, has been awarded this year’s Littera Astronomica prize for his
literary work linking natural sciences and philosophy.
Prof. Zamarovský lectures on philosophy and at other institutions also teaches physics and digital photography.
The Czech Astronomical Society said he received the award for popularizing philosophy, physics and astronomy. He is due to receive it on Friday at the 29th Autumn Book Fair in Havlíčkův Brod.
The new Czech Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, will be built according to
a proposal by students of the Faculty of Architecture at the Slovak
University of Technology (STU) in Bratislava.
Jana Hájková and Kristína Boháčová, both 23, won an international competition announced by the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs together with the Department of Architecture at the Faculty of Civil Engineering (ČVUT) in Prague.
The students’ concept used exterior materials that are in harmony with the Ethiopian environment and connected both Czech and Ethiopian culture. The new embassy should be built by 2025.
About 500 heads of nursery schools and kindergartens throughout the Czech
Republic have complained in a letter to Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO)
that pre-school education is being neglected.
The letter charges that Minister of Education Robert Plaga (ANO) has failed to invest in kindergartens despite increasing numbers of children being enrolled.
There has been a marked rise in class size after pre-school attendance was made compulsory in order for disadvantaged families to receive certain social benefits.
Pre-school teachers often now have up to 28 children in their classrooms, the headmasters say.
Consumer prices in September fell by 0.6 percent, the biggest
month-on-month decline since September 2006, according to the Czech
Statistical Office (ČSÚ).
The drop stemmed mainly from a price decrease in ‘recreation and culture’ and in ‘food and non-alcoholic beverages’.
The year-on-year growth of consumer prices decelerated to 2.7 percent in September, which was 0.2 percentage points down on August. The Slowdown in the year-on-year price growth occurred mainly in 'food and non-alcoholic beverages'.
The biggest influence on the growth of the year-on-year price level in September came again from prices in 'housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels', where prices of actual rentals for housing went up by 3.8 percent.
Beijing has terminated its sister agreement with Prague and will suspend
all official contacts with the Czech capital, the Czech News Agency
reported on Thursday quoting a statement from Beijing authorities supplied
by the Chinese Embassy in the Czech Republic. The embassy goes on to say
that representatives of the Prague coalition had been intentionally
interfering in China's internal affairs and deliberately violated the
sister agreement with Beijing.
Earlier this week Prague authorities voted to terminate the city’s agreement with Beijing, after which the Chinese Ambassador to the Czech Republic Zhang Jianmin posted on Facebook that Prague’s own interests will suffer, triggering a reaction from the Czech Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček, who said that threats have no place in diplomacy.
One of the Czech Republic’s most famous football stars, Petr Čech will
now be minding the goal on skates. The former Chelsea and Arsenal
goalkeeper has agreed to play as a goalkeeper in the British ice hockey
team Guildford Phoenix until the end of the season. His ice hockey debut
could come at Guildford’s Sunday game against the second team of the
The Czech sports star, who is also an accomplished drummer, told British media that after 20 years of playing football professionally, it will be a great experience to play some ice hockey, which he enjoyed following and playing as a child.
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