Wednesday, 23 January 2019
National | Prague Daily Monitor

The Chamber of Deputies overrode a Senate veto on changes to the Labour Code, on Tuesday. The changes will see employees get paid 60% of their salaries, during the first three days of sick leave. Currently, employees receive nothing, during the first three days they are sick, after which sickness insurance kicks in. The changes to the Labour Code, were a major point on the agenda of the Social Democrats, the junior partner in the governing coalition.

Prague | Prague TV

The Prague City Council approved the composition of a new commission for a "night mayor" that will manage nightlife. It will be headed by Jan Štern. The commission will include representatives of the Prague 1 district and the Municipal Police, as well as representatives of night clubs and organizers of cultural events.

Prague | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

Novinky.cz reports, based on data from the Czech Statistical Office, that over 10% of the capital's residents are short of money and find it difficult to survive on their wages. This is mainly due to rapidly rising housing and living costs in the city, despite Prague having the highest average wage in the country.

National | Radio Prague

A unique, five-year project is currently underway in the Czech Republic, focusing on the long-term impact of air pollution on people living in the heavily-industrial region of north-east Moravia. Over the course of five years, scientists will be comparing the health data of thousands of people from different regions of the country, focusing on those who are most vulnerable to air pollution.

Prague | Prague TV

Prague has a lot of green space, and a lot of wild animals. In 2018, people in Prague helped rescue a record 4,712 wild birds and animals so they could get professional care at the city's Emergency Rescue Station. These included 141 different species, with birds as the majority. This was an increase from 2017, which saw some 4,134 animals rescued. In 2016 there were 3,707 rescues.

Prague | Prague TV

The former hospital building in Prague where student protester Jan Palach and Catholic priest Josef Toufar both died has fallen into disrepair. Prague City Hall will start negotiations to buy the former Borůvkovo sanatorium on Legerova Street 1627/61 and 1607/63.

National | Radio Prague

The Czech Republic could become the first post-communist country to legalise same sex marriage. An amendment to the country's Civil Code is set to have its first reading in Parliament this week. While polls show that the majority of the country supports the move, there is also an opposing bill on the table.

Prague | Prague TV

Trains will play a much greater role in urban transport than before, according to the final version of a plan by the Prague Institute of Planning and Development (IPR). There should be completely new routes from Prague to Central Bohemia in the coming years.

National | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

Právo reports that the Ostrava Transport Company (DPO), will stop printing and selling paper transport tickets, from January 1st, 2020. DPO estimates that the move will save the company over CZK 15 million, annually.

National | Brno Daily

Online database Numbeo compiles user-contributed data on a wide variety of indicators to produce a Quality of Life Index for 226 global cities. The website's 2019 edition ranked Brno in 89th place, ahead of global destinations including Prague, London, and New York.

National | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

The National Institute of Public Health (SZU) announced on its website, that the country was in the throes of a serious influenza outbreak, at the end of the third week of 2019. It is estimated that the current infection rate is about 1158 people in 100,000, with 1500 per 100,000, being epidemic level.

National | Radio Prague

The owner and chief presenter of the country's most controversial television channel, Jaromír Soukup, has announced the creation of his own political movement. While it is not yet clear in which elections he intends to run, the move is expected to shake up the Czech anti-establishment political scene quite a bit. While the news soon echoed through the Czech media, not all were surprised. Political scientist Petr Just says that such an announcement was expected to come eventually.

National | Business | Radio Prague

President Miloš Zeman has lashed out at the education minister for having met the director of the counter-intelligence service BIS to discuss the agency's warning that a "Soviet narrative" still dominates the teaching of modern history in Czech schools.

National | The Washington Post/AP

Czech officials say a man has been seriously injured after he set himself on fire in downtown Prague amid commemorative events to remember a student who burned himself to death 50 years ago to inspire resistance against the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia.

Prague | Prague TV

The Blob, a modern building proposed for plain at Letná park, has faced what might be its final setback.