Friday, 19 April 2019

Prague Daily Monitor

Only 5000 phonebooths in the country remain

Prague Daily Monitor |
25 Mar 2019

Czech Television reports that less than 5000 standalone telephone booths in the country remain. Once a ubiquitous part of the urban and rural landscape, the number of phonebooths has fallen drastically from 30,000 at the beginning of the millennium and will continue to fall.

342,000 pensioners worked last year

Prague Daily Monitor |
25 Mar 2019

Czech Television reports that approximately 342,000 pensioners worked last year, based on statistics from the Czech Statistical Office (CSU). This figure is 30,00 more than the figure for 2017 and is the highest in the last eight years.

Czech Wikipedia blacked out on Thursday

Prague Daily Monitor |
22 Mar 2019

The Czech edition of Wikipedia was blacked out all day on Thursday, as part of a protest against new EU copyright laws. The campaign conducted by Wikipedia in a number of European countries, is against Articles 11 and 13 of the new European Union Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, which comes into effect shortly.

Turkey responds strongly to Zeman calling it an ally of Islamic State

Prague Daily Monitor |
22 Mar 2019

Czech Television reports that the Turkish Foreign Ministry on Thursday, strongly condemned President Milos Zeman's statement that Turkey was an ally of global terror group, the Islamic State. Zeman made the claim earlier this week, while on tour in the Karlovy Vary region.

PPF sells bonds for EUR 550 million

Prague Daily Monitor |
22 Mar 2019

Hospodářské noviny reports that the PPF group, which belongs to Petr Kellner, sold bonds worth CZK 14 billion or EUR 550 million to investors on Thursday. The seven-year bonds were issued by group company PPF Arena 1 and carried a yield of 3.125%.

Cabinet meets with town and village representatives

Prague Daily Monitor |
21 Mar 2019

The cabinet headed by Prime Minister Andrej Babis (ANO) met with representatives of the Association of Towns and Municipalities on Wednesday, to discuss amendments to the public construction law.

Babiš in Brussels for European Council meeting

Prague Daily Monitor |
21 Mar 2019

Prime Minister Andrej Babis (ANO) will travel to Brussels on Thursday and Friday, to attend the Spring European Council meeting. On the agenda, will be talks on strengthening the European economic base, climate change, a summit with China and ways to tackle disinformation.

Czech sentenced to nine years in prison in Pakistan for drug smuggling

Prague Daily Monitor |
21 Mar 2019

Tereza Hluskova who was arrested at Lahore airport, while attempting to smuggle out nine kilograms of heroin, in January 2018, was sentenced by a Pakistani court on Wednesday. She will spend eight years and eight months in prison near Lahore, and in addition, will have to pay a fine of 113,000 Pakistani Rupees.

Senate rejects Ales Gerloch's nomination to Constitutional Court

Prague Daily Monitor |
21 Mar 2019

The Senate in a secret ballot, on Wednesday, chose not to approve Charles University Vice Rector and Law Professor Ales Gerloch's nomination to the Constitutional Court. Gerloch received only 19 out of 64 votes cast and his nomination failed.

Interest in Measles vaccine and antibody testing is growing

Prague Daily Monitor |
20 Mar 2019

Czech Television reports that the number of people getting tested to see if they still have antibodies to measles, has increased rapidly in the past weeks. Similarly, the number of people taking the vaccine has also increased.

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