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Three Czechs accused of running modern slavery ring in England

Czech police have accused two men and one woman of modern slavery in a long-running operation targeting people from socially disadvantaged backgrounds. Between 2009 and 2017, the suspects allegedly lured people from the Czech Republic and Slovakia to Manchester, England, with false promises ... more >>
 

Weather outlook

Light rain is in the forecast for western Bohemia on Thursday while in the rest of the country it should be cool and partly cloudy. Average daytime highs are expected to range from 18 to 22 degrees Celsius. more >>
 

Prague plans overhaul, expansion of Výstaviště exhibition grounds

Prague City Hall has obtained a building permit for the long-planned reconstruction and modernisation of the 19th century-era Výstaviště Exhibition Grounds. The city said in a press release on Wednesday that it hopes to contract a builder to start work in the second half of 2020. The overhaul ... more >>
 

Czechia faces chronic lack of skilled craftsmen, SME association says

The Czech Republic is facing a chronic lack of skilled craftsmen, according to the Association of Small and Medium Enterprises, which notes a steady drop of trainees in a number of fields in recent years. The association said the biggest drop has been recorded in the masonry and painting. While... more >>
 

Letní Letná new circus fest begins with ‘sky walk’ over the Vltava

The annual Letní Letná festival in Prague begins on Wednesday evening with a ‘sky walk’ by tightrope walker Tatiana-Mosio Bongonga, who will attempt to cross the Vltava River at a height of 35 metres. The 16th edition of the popular festival features some of the world’s best contemporary circus... more >>
 

Vyškov synagogue declared Czech national cultural monument

The former Vyškov synagogue on the main square of the southern Moravian town of the same name has been declared a national cultural monument. The synagogue was built in the neo-Romanesque style in 1885. Services ended before 1929. It then served as the town’s museum until 1954 and a few years ... more >>
 

Špilberk int'l music festival to feature Miloš Forman film scores

The 20th annual Špilberk International Music Festival gets underway on Wednesday evening with a ‘Romantic Carnival’ performed by the Brno Philharmonic. The open-air festival, held in the courtyard of the city’s iconic Špilberk Castle, lasts until August 22nd. On Thursday, the acclaimed New York... more >>
 

Nový Jičín gears up for ‘most original hat’ contest

This year’s Festival of Nový Jičín will feature a ‘most original hat’ contest’ to mark the 220th anniversary of the Moravian town’s hat factory. A town hall spokesperson said entries should be original, hand-made models. Apart from the hat contest, this year's Nový Jičín celebrations, held on… more >>
 

Security experts: Czechia lags behind Nato allies in cyber defence

A group of former high-ranking state officials say a recent cyber-attack on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs underscores the need to bolster state security measures, which will require adopting new legislation. Unlike other Nato allies, the Czech Republic has not done enough to build a cyber ... more >>
 

Major investment planned for Czech railway stations in coming years

The Railway Infrastructure Administration is set to invest almost CZK 10 billion in renovations of railways stations around the Czech Republic in the next five years, Czech Television reported. This year alone it is carrying out more than 50 major projects to spruce up stations. The head of the... more >>
 

Police arrest fake hauliers over theft of goods worth CZK 48 million

At the turn of the year the Czech police arrested an international gang of fake hauliers who attempted to make off with at least CZK 48 million in goods. In a posting on the police’s website on Tuesday, a spokesperson said the group had been hired to deliver electronics, tires, beer and ... more >>
 

Prague’s Baroque Šlechtova restaurace set to reopen in 2020

A Baroque structure in Prague’s Stromovka Park that used to house a restaurant before falling into disrepair in the 1960s is set to reopen next year. Šlechtova restaurace, originally built in the 17th century as a summer residence, will be operated by the Prague brewery Vinohradský pivovar, which... more >>
 

New index shows locations with best quality of life in Czech Republic

A new ranking of the best and worst places to live in the Czech Republic has just been published. The country’s major cities and surrounding municipalities generally performed well, while towns in the poorer regions of the northwest and northeast tend to lie at the bottom of the table. The index ... more >>
 

Filip Koubek: Today’s Czechs in Australia fit in easily

Many Czechs in Australia will be familiar with the voice of Filip Koubek. This is because for many years he presented special Czech broadcasting produced by the country’s SBS radio aimed at Czech expats living in the country. Now, more than 40 years after its launch, the service has ... more >>
 

Daily news summary 13.8.2019

Hacking by other state, ministries’ funding up, Okamura Soros claim apology more >>
 

Poll: Trust in President Zeman remains steady

Trust in President Miloš Zeman remains virtually unchanged from last year, suggests a poll by the STEM agency. In 2018 some 56 percent of those surveyed said they trusted the head of state; this year the figure was 57 percent. The over 60s are more likely to approve of President Zeman, with more... more >>
 

Cyber security watchdog: Other state likely behind hacking of ministry

An attack on the computers of the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs was most likely carried out by another state, according to the National Cyber and Information Security Service. The agency informed the Senate’s Committee for Defence and Security of its findings and on Tuesday committee members ... more >>
 

First Czech open prison reports record-low reoffending rate

The Czech Republic’s first open prison, which went into operation nearly two years ago, is reporting a record-low reoffending rate. So far, some 92 prisoners have served their time in the minimum-security facility and only three of them have returned behind bars. The reoffending rate at ... more >>
 

2019 burčák now on sale in South Moravia

The first burčák of 2019 has gone on sale in South Moravia, the Czech News Agency reported on Tuesday. Among those offering the fermented young wine is Miloslav Machuča from Valtice, who began selling it on Friday. Mr. Machuča said this year’s grapes were of high quality and in plentiful supply, ... more >>
 

Okamura ordered to apologise for claiming news site was linked to Soros

The Prague Municipal Court has ordered Tomio Okamura of the Freedom and Direct Democracy party to apologise over making false claims against a news website. In a Facebook post Mr. Okamura said that HlídacíPes.org was connected financially to the billionaire George Soros. He also called ... more >>
 
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