News State employees promised 3.5 percent wage hike next year

28-05-2014 14:12 | Chris Johnstone

Wages of state employees including teachers should rise by 3.5 percent next year according to an agreement reached at the weekly Cabinet meeting on Wednesday. According to a report by the news server iDnes, minister of interior Milan Chovanec said that talks about the level of pay rises for police and firemen will continue with. Finance Minister Andrej Babiš had been looking to keep the wage raise lower. Christian Democrats have already achieved one of their goals on Tuesday with an agreement for more generous tax breaks for families with children.

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Culture Minister says president himself threatened his meeting with Dalai Lama would have consequences

22-10-2016 10:24 | Daniela Lazarová

Culture Minister Daniel Herman said late on Friday that it had been President Miloš Zeman himself who had threatened him not to meet with Dalai Lama or his uncle would be crossed off the list of nominees for a high state distinction. Mr. Herman told Czech Television the words had been said at an official event in front of several witnesses. He refused to disclose their names for fear of dragging them into the dispute. Culture Minister Marian Jurečka confirmed that his party colleague, Minister Herman, had spoken about the incident a fortnight ago. The president’s spokesman Jiří Ovčáček, has lashed out at the culture minister, saying he had degraded the award ceremony for his own petty disputes with Prague Castle. He refused to say whether Brady had been on the nominees list, which was confidential, but rejected any possible connection with the Dalai Lama. 

Palacký University in Olomouc to give George Brady academic award

22-10-2016 09:50 | Daniela Lazarová

Palacký University in Olomouc is to give Terezin and Auschwitz survivor George Brady an academic award in recognition of his life’s work. Its rector Jaroslav Miller said the university would be honoured to receive Mr. Brady when he visits the Czech Republic. George Brady, who has devoted his life to writing and lecturing about the Holocaust was to have been given a high state distinction by President Milos Zeman on October 28, Czechoslovak Independence Day, but he was crossed off the list reportedly due to the fact that his nephew Culture Minister Daniel Herman met with the Dalai Lama during his visit to Prague, raising the ire of the president. Palacký University in Olomouc is the oldest university in Moravia and the second-oldest in the Czech Republic. 

Culture minister says Prague Castle pressured him not to meet with Dalai Lama

21-10-2016 17:38 updated | Daniela Lazarová

Czech Culture Minister Daniel Herman has told the ctk news agency Prague Castle had put pressure on him not to meet with the Dalail Lama during his visit to Prague. Mr. Herman said he was warned that, if he did so his uncle, Czech-born Auschwitz survivor George Brady, 88, who was one of the nominees to get a state award from the president on October 28th ,marking Czechoslovak Independence Day, would not receive the honour. According to George Brady was crossed off the list of nominees on Friday. 

Deputies move to curb bootleg wine production

21-10-2016 17:36 | Daniela Lazarová

The lower house of Parliament has moved to curb bootleg wine production. The proposed amendment to the law envisages fines of up to 50 million crowns, up from the present 5 million, and sets down strict norms on the sale of barrel wine. If the bill wins approval in the Senate in its present form, barrel wine will only be able to be sold by wine producers and importers in special shops, so-called vinotekas, under strict conditions. Agriculture Minister Marian Jurecka argues that in some ways the bill is excessively stringent and has said he will try to get the Senate to modify it. The country’s small wine-makers also fear that the new conditions could be devastating for their business. 

Czech hockey legend Jágr scores 750th NHL goal

21-10-2016 14:12 | Daniela Lazarová

Jaromír Jágr reached a career milestone on Thursday, scoring his 750th NHL goal, putting him third on the league’s all-time scoring list, behind only Gordie Howe (who scored 801) and Wayne Gretzky (894). The Kladno-native is also third on the list of career points, 17 points shy of Mark Messier (1,887). 

Franz Kafka street festival in Prague

21-10-2016 13:34 | Daniela Lazarová

Admirers of the world-famous writer Franz Kafka can take part in a street event organized in his memory by the Franz Kafka Society in Prague. The half-day cultural festival named Kafka Forever is to take place on Friday (October 21) afternoon and evening between 3pm and 9pm in Prague's Dušní, or Holy Spirit Street, where a memorial to the author stands. The organizers have arranged a theatre performance, a concert and guided tours to Kafka’s favourite haunts in the Lesser Town available in Czech and German. 

Weather forecast

21-10-2016 12:47 | Daniela Lazarová

The weekend should be partly cloudy to overcast with the possibility of scattered showers on Saturday, clearer skies on Sunday and day temps between 9 and 11 degrees Celsius. 

Lower house moves to extend diesel tax rebate program to livestock farmers

21-10-2016 12:42 | Daniela Lazarová

The lower house of Parliament has voted to extend a diesel tax rebate program to livestock farmers and other agricultural workers. Currently the program, under which farmers are able to reclaim 40 percent of the consumption tax they pay on diesel gas back from the state, applies only to grain farmers. Under the present amendment it should also apply to fisheries and forestry workers. The amendment, which still needs to win approval in the Senate, aims to raise the competitiveness of Czech farmers in the EU. 

Czech field hospital to be deployed in Iraq in December

21-10-2016 12:12 | Daniela Lazarová

The Czech Republic will send a field hospital to Iraq before the end of the year, Czech Television reported on Friday, saying the mission has received approval from both houses of Parliament. The team of 30 doctors, nurses and logistics support, which is to cooperate with American medics stationed in the vicinity of Mosul, should leave in December. The hospital should help treat allied troops and Iraqi soldiers injured in the fight against Islamic State militants in and around Mosul. The Czech military already has flight specialists in Iraq who are serving as instructors for Iraqi pilots flying the L-159 jets which Iraq acquired from the Czech Republic. 

Rectors to boycott Independence Day celebrations at Prague Castle

21-10-2016 12:00 | Daniela Lazarová

The majority of university rectors will not attend the traditional ceremony at Prague Castle marking Czechoslovak Independence Day on October 28th, Czech Radio reported on Friday. An academic boycott of the celebrations has taken place for several years in a row in a show of protest against the policies of President Miloš Zeman and the fact that reactors who have fallen into disfavor with the head of state do not receive an invitation to the event. The Rectors Conference says this is undignified and has accused Mr. Zeman of appropriating the public holiday. The president’s spokesman Jiří Ovčaček warned that rectors who do not turn up for the event this year risk being crossed of the invitation list for good. 


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