The population of Prague has increased every year but one for the last 16
years, with growth of around 14,000 people recorded in 2017, according to
official figures cited by the Czech News Agency. The rise last year was
mainly due to new arrivals (almost 11,000), with around half being from
Natural growth is also a factor, with the capital’s birth rate having constantly exceeded the mortality rate since 2006.
Czechs are consuming more and more medicines. According to official
figures, 107 million more daily doses were taken last year than in 2016,
Czech Television reported.
The state anti-drug coordinator told the station that around 900,000 people in the Czech Republic were dependent on medication. Just a fragment of that number seek help with their addictions, the official said.
President Miloš Zeman is due to appoint Jana Maláčová as minister of
labour and social affairs on July 30. before that he will meet Ms.
Maláčová, who has hitherto been a senior official at the Ministry of
Labour and Social Affairs, on Tuesday.
She will replace the Social Democrats’ Petr Krčál, who stepped down within a few weeks of taking the post after being accused of plagiarism during his student career.
Unusually the appointment ceremony will take place not at Prague Castle but at Lány, the presidential residence near the Czech capital.
The 17th edition of the Colours of Ostrava music festival came to a close
on Saturday with performances by 1980s star Grace Jones, her Jamaican
compatriot Ziggy Marley and US artist Seasick Steve, among others.
The organisers refuse to release attendance figures but it is believed that the event – which takes place in a former ironworks in Ostrava’s Vítkovice district – draws around 50,000 people every year.
A huge pair of red boxer shorts have been hung on the façade of the London
art venue Red Gallery in support of Czech artists. The exhibit was created
by the Prague art group Ztohoven, who were taken to court after placing
similar outsized underwear on a flagpole at Prague Castle in protest at the
policies of President Miloš Zeman.
Czech curator Jaroslav Krampol organised the outdoor exhibit in the UK capital, which Red Gallery has titled the ‘Aint No Politician Will Burn These Red Pants (sic). President Zeman recently burned a large pair of red boxers in a “happening” in Prague to which journalists had been invited.
Mr. Zeman’s spokesman said the red boxers were not a symbol of populism but a flag of spiteful “liberals” (his quotation marks).
President Miloš Zeman agrees with Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and Finance
Minister Alena Schillerová that a 10-percent pay rise in the state
administration next year – which is being proposed by trade unions –
would be wrong. The latter quoted Mr. Zeman after the two ANO politicians
met the head of state and his team of experts at his Lány retreat near
Prague on Saturday.
The government is planning a 15 percent salary increase for teachers in 2019 and 6 percent raise for other state employees, such as fire and police officers and clerks. However, union leaders want such employees to get 10 percent more.
Ms. Schillerová said she, Mr. Babiš and Mr. Zeman believed that there should be a debate on pay rises. However, a 10 percent rise would cost the state an extra CZK 5 billion and would not be appropriate, she told reporters.
The leader of the opposition TOP 09 party, Jiří Pospíšil, says he is
considering sacking his assistant over the latter’s business dealings,
iDnes.cz reported. The news site iRozhlas.cz reported that Jan Zedník had
bought scores of apartments in the Most area with a view to capitalising on
disadvantaged tenants that are mainly living on social welfare.
Though Mr. Zedník, who is a member of the Civic Democrats, said he invested in the properties to secure funds for his retirement, Mr. Pospíšil has called on him to provide an explanation of the whole matter, iDnes.cz said.
Hundreds of people visited the one-time home of writer Karel Čapek in
Prague’s Vinohrady district on Friday. The Prague 10 district authority
opened the villa to the public in connection with this year’s 100th
anniversary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia.
The country’s first president, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, and famous journalist Ferdinand Peroutka were among the First Republic figures that used to meet at Čapek’s home.
Prague 10 Town Hall said there was so much interest in visiting the villa, which it is planning to renovate, that a second open day will be held on August 9.