Hundreds of billboards are to be gradually taken down from the country’s highways for safety reasons, the Czech roads authority said on Tuesday. An inspection of the country’s main highways recently revealed that a vast number of billboards had been put up in violation of road safety norms. The first four hundred or more billboards are to disappear in the first quarter of next year. Many of them have been put up illegally, without a permit.
It’s something that happens every once in a while to all of us: you’re waiting to pay for items at the supermarket or grocery store and at the very last second you notice the underside of your egg plant is covered in mold. Or the ends of the cucumber are soggy. Or something in your cart is just plain off. It happened to me most recently at a supermarket after racing through overcrowded aisles I noticed only at the check-out that an expensive pack of peppers was thoroughly rotted. It’s the kind of moment that you vow you’ll never go back to the place
Seventy-three percent of small and medium sized Czech firms say they have had sensitive data stolen by their own employees in the past two years. Security tests which are now underway in some 200 firms indicate low security and poor protection of personal and classified data. IT experts have criticized the fact that smaller companies often try to save money on security systems which they say is particularly dangerous at a time when many firms are having to lay off employees.
The Czech Social Security Administration has taken this year’s prize in a poll to choose the bureaucratic “absurdity of the year”, the deputy editor of the financial newspaper Hospodářské noviny announced on Tuesday. The agency came first in the survey for a regulation requiring entrepreneurs to produce statements from the business register when the same information is regularly updated and freely accessible on the internet. Last year the prize – which is meant to highlight pointless bureaucracy – went to a law requiring physiotherapists to have a fridge.
In Business News this week: the government moves to reign in solar power subsidies that threaten huge electricity price rises; the price of ČEZ shares falls with speculation Temelín completion could be put back; Prague sets rail deregulation in train; and advertisers target patients in Czech hospital waiting rooms.
Customs police cracked down on three Prague open air markets on Saturday, confiscating a vast amount of fake goods. They were accompanied by Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek who said the fight against counterfeit goods and tax evasion was a big priority. Many of the predominantly Vietnamese stalls had to be opened by force because their owners had disappeared. The CTK news agency said customs police confiscated tens of thousands of packages containing fake goods produced in China. The exact amount – including a damage estimate – should be known within a week. Minister Kalousek said the raids on dishonest salespeople would intensify in the coming months.
This week Prague is hosting its biggest annual festival of design. Now in its twelfth year, Designblok brings more than 200 presentations of new designs, as well as exhibitions, fashion shows and lectures taking place in selected showrooms, boutiques, and galleries all over the city. It has become a tradition that the centre of the exhibition programme, the so called “Superstudio”, is located at a different place each year. Ruth Fraňková spoke to Jana Zielinski, the director of Designblok, to find out about this years’ venue.
Olga Lomová: Western misconceptions could let China export much of its system and ultimately contribute to our enslavement
Hitler no ‘gentleman’, but court rules Czech state need not apologize for president’s claim Ferdinand Peroutka said so
Bertha von Suttner – Prague-born peace campaigner whose ideas on cooperation and disarmament continue to have lasting effect
Czechia now ahead of Spain in GDP per capita, but still below EU average
Prague City Hall terminates memorandum with e-scooter operator Lime
Czech agencies smash spy ring operated by “very aggressive” Russians
More than a third of over 40s believes their lives were better under communism, study shows
Rare Terezín concentration camp artefacts found in attic of private home