Prague city councilors on Friday opened four time capsules that workers
uncovered during the ongoing reconstruction of Prague City Hall Tower.
The time capsules dated back to 1949 and 1984, the years of previous reconstructions. Both contained documents of the times, reflecting the communist philosophy but also things that someone had slipped in unnoticed by the authorities –such as a letter in Latin containing the names of presidents Edvard Beneš and T.G. Masaryk.
The second capsule from 1984 contained banknotes, coins, a newspaper and a letter from three masons who complained about an increase in the price of beer but said that since the hostilities between East and West could lead to a third world war they would drink beer while they could, no matter the price.
Labour market experts are expecting a further drop in unemployment, with
the figure likely to dip under 4 percent in September, the ctk news agency
The unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in July, and 4.0 in August. The lack of workers on the market is also expected to push up salaries.
The expectations are that unemployment will reach 3.7 percent in November before seeing a slight growth due to the end of seasonal work.
The Czech Foreign Ministry is releasing five million crowns in emergency
aid to the victims of hurricane Harvey, the ministry said on its website.
The money should go to buy water, food, medicines and hygiene supplies.
Czech Catholic charities are also sending aid. The Czech Bishops conference said it was sending 23,000 dollars to the Archdiocese on Galevston-Houston. There is a large community of Czech expats living in Texas.
The lower house has refused to lift a ban on deliveries to the Iranian
nuclear plant in Bushehr, in line with a proposal tabled by the Communist
The law enforcing such a ban was passed in 2,000 in reaction to a Czech firm’s plans to deliver ventilation equipment for the plant.
The deal was criticized by Britain and the US amid growing suspicion that Iran was using civilian nuclear program to cover up its nuclear projects in the military.
An agreement has since been reached with Iran which resulted in the lifting of sanctions against the country in the nuclear sphere, but the majority of Czech MPs still voted against lifting the ban, expressing concern with regard to Iran’s nuclear program and arguing that such a move could damage the country’s close ties with Israel.
The lower house of Parliament has approved an amendment to the law which
would give the Czech Ombudsman’s Office the power to check whether
foreign nationals from other EU states do not face discrimination at the
The amendment transposes an EU directive into the country’s anti-discrimination law. It will guarantee foreign nationals from EU member states equal opportunities on the labour market, including social and tax advantages.
The bill still needs to win approval in the Senate and be signed by the president.
The tenth annual Dvořák Prague festival got underway on Thursday night
with a concert in Prague’s Rudolfinum. The festival opened with Antonín
Dvořák’s Stabat Mater, featuring Metropolitan Opera Kristine Opolais
and René Pape.
Over the next two weeks, the event will showcase performances by renowned soloists and some of the world’s best orchestras, including London Philharmonic Orchestra or Wienner Philharmoniker.
The Czech Republic and Italy are preparing a joint project to help migrants
from Ivory Coast, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka told journalists after
meeting his Italian counterpart Paolo Gentiloni on Thursday.
The Czech Republic is to contribute with roughly one million euros to the project, helping to improve the living conditions of the people who are returned from other countries to Ivory Coast.
The Czech Republic has been against the redistribution of refugees from the very beginning and has only accepted 12 of the 2,000 it had been designated by the EU.
Czech search engine and Internet company Seznam plans to launch its own TV
channel, The Czech News Agency reported. The company wants to broadcast
video content which is only available on the internet at the moment. The
company has reportedly registered a new firm called Seznam.cz TV, and will
try to obtain a broadcasting license. The company's spokeswoman Irena
Zatloukalová refused to provide any further details.
Seznam is one of the few locally developed European search engines which have been able to hold their own against the giant US search engine site and company, Google. who currently holds a 70 percent stake in the company. The company, which was founded in 1996, currently employs some 1,200 people and has annual turnover of around one billion crowns (nearly 37 million euros).
Around one third of Czechs have overdrawn their bank accounts over the past
year, according to a survey carried out by CSOB bank. Roughly a half of
households had problems with unexpected expenditures that exceeded 10,000
crowns, the survey suggests.
According to CSOB’s Petr Hutla, most families’ financial reserves would only last for three months in case they lost their main source of income. One quarter of Czech households would survive for less than a month on their savings.