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People will be able to register for Novavax vaccine as of February 1
People will be able to register for Novavax vaccine as of February 1

Foreign Minister Lipavsky: Czech Republic supports reinforcements on NATO’s Eastern borders
Foreign Minister Lipavsky: Czech Republic supports reinforcements on NATO’s Eastern borders

Private sector wages rising by up to 20 percent in some sectors, says ManpowerGroup CEO
High rates of inflation and rising energy prices are among the main reasons why Czechs are calling for higher wages. While the government has chosen to freeze salaries for civil servants, companies in the private sector are following demand and increasing wages. At the same time, experts are calling for wider reforms in the Czech economy.

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Covid responsible for 23 percent of deaths in first half of 2021
Covid responsible for 23 percent of deaths in first half of 2021

Krejčíková-Siniaková reach final of doubles competition at Australian Open
Krejčíková-Siniaková reach final of doubles competition at Australian Open

Over 50,000 new Covid cases registered on Wednesday
Over 50,000 new Covid cases registered on Wednesday

Holocaust Remembrance Day events held around the country
Holocaust Remembrance Day events held around the country

Czechs “nervous” over long lack of US ambassador
The last US ambassador to Prague shipped out just over a year ago, when Joe Biden was inaugurated president. However, his administration is yet to send a replacement, leading to reports that the Czech government is now pushing for Washington to send a new representative to Prague. I discussed the matter with journalist Daniel Anýž, an expert on Czech-US relations.

New app tracks Holocaust as it happened in Prague streets
On the occasion of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, on January 27, the Czech Academy of Sciences has launched a new mobile application, created together with the Multicultural Centre Prague and the Terezín Initiative Institute. Called MemoGIS Prague, it enables users to study the history of the Holocaust through an interactive map.

Brno to honour „father of genetics“ Johann Gregor Mendel with sculpture of pea shoots
One name resounds in the city of Brno more than any other this year –that of the Augustinian monk, mathematician and biologist Johann Gregor Mendel, born 200 years ago. The Moravian metropolis is paying tribute to the father of genetics with numerous events – among them a concert by internationally renowned artists, the reconstruction of Mendel’s greenhouse at St. Thomas’ Abbey where he conducted his genetic research on pea plants and an international Mendel Genetics Conference at the university that bears his name.

People who had Omicron do not have to take antigen test at work 30 days after positive PCR test
People who had Omicron do not have to take antigen test at work 30 days after positive PCR test

Czechia to send Ukraine 4,000 artillery rounds
Czechia to send Ukraine 4,000 artillery rounds

Foreign Ministry: No Czech government politicians will travel to Beijing Olympics
Foreign Ministry: No Czech government politicians will travel to Beijing Olympics

Large number of tests leading to slow-down in Covid tracing system
Large number of tests leading to slow-down in Covid tracing system

Czech airline Smartwings first to land Boeing 737 in Antarctica
Czech airline Smartwings first to land Boeing 737 in Antarctica

Czech media entrepreneur Michal Voráček buys Slovak TV station TA3
Czech media entrepreneur Michal Voráček buys Slovak TV station TA3

Covid treatment abroad presents burden for local insurance providers
Czech insurance companies have already paid dozens of millions of crowns for the treatment of complicated Covid cases in exotic countries as well as for repatriation flights to the Czech Republic.

Police launch criminal proceedings against individuals accused of stalking doctors and disinfo
Police launch criminal proceedings against individuals accused of stalking doctors and disinfo

International Holocaust Commemoration Day will see associated events in Prague and Terezín
International Holocaust Commemoration Day will see associated events in Prague and Terezín

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Statics show number of pig slaughters declining in Czechia
Statics show number of pig slaughters declining in Czechia

Constitutional Court rejects alternative conversion of votes into parliamentary seats
Constitutional Court rejects alternative conversion of votes into parliamentary seats

Eurostat: EU’s renewable energy consumption growing, but Czechia far behind member state average
Eurostat: EU’s renewable energy consumption growing, but Czechia far behind member state average

Lipavský backs sanctions to rein in Russia over Ukraine
Despite increasing fears of a Russian attack, the Czech Republic is not for now withdrawing diplomats home from Ukraine. But the Czech foreign minister, Jan Lipavský, says the country continues to back tough sanctions as the most effective means of reining in Moscow.

Vice-Chair of Mayors and Independents gives up seat in Chamber of Deputies
Vice-Chair of Mayors and Independents gives up seat in Chamber of Deputies

First skis imported to Czech lands 130 years ago
This year marks 130 years since the appearance of the first skis in the Giant Mountains. Count Harrach, a local nobleman, had them brought from Austria in 1892 to be used by his foresters. Skiing quickly took off and started to spread all around the country, becoming a popular national pastime.

Krejčíková and Siniaková reach Melbourne semi-finals
Krejčíková and Siniaková reach Melbourne semi-finals

New record: 42,000 Covid cases registered in CR Tuesday
New record: 42,000 Covid cases registered in CR Tuesday

Foreign minister: No evacuation of Kiev Czech Embassy yet
Foreign minister: No evacuation of Kiev Czech Embassy yet

Senate grouping announce support for political boycott of Beijing Olympics
A group of Czech senators have publicly expressed their support for the visiting Tibetan filmmaker and former political prisoner Dhondup Wangchen’s appeal to boycott the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing. The Tibetan film director is currently touring Europe to highlight human rights issues in China in the context of the Olympics.

Scientists discover beetle in amber dating back to the Age of Dinosaurs
An international group of scientists, including an expert from the Palacký University in Olomouc, have made a unique discovery. While studying amber fossils in Hungary, they found a beetle dating back dozens of millions of years. The results of the study were published in the prestigious journal Scientific Reports.

Ex-energy regulator chief Vitásková to run for president
Ex-energy regulator chief Vitásková to run for president

One-tenth rise in traffic on Czech roads in half decade
One-tenth rise in traffic on Czech roads in half decade

Committee backs powers for school principals to respond to Covid
Committee backs powers for school principals to respond to Covid

Report: Czech government wants US ambassador after post empty for year
Report: Czech government wants US ambassador after post empty for year

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Krejčíková beaten in Australian Open quarter-finals
Krejčíková beaten in Australian Open quarter-finals

Over 35,000 Covid cases, including reinfections, reported Monday
Over 35,000 Covid cases, including reinfections, reported Monday

Lipavský takes part in Blinken-EU talks on Russia threat to Ukraine
Lipavský takes part in Blinken-EU talks on Russia threat to Ukraine

Oldest Czech Scout Eduard Marek dies aged 104
The oldest member of the Czech Scout movement, Eduard Marek, died on Sunday at the age of 104. Marek was imprisoned by both the Nazi and Communist regimes and was active in the Czechoslovak resistance. In later life he also made a mark by becoming one of the oldest people to ever parachute out of an aircraft.

First floating electric plant opens in Czechia
The first Czech photovoltaic electric plant to float on water was installed in Štěchovice in Central Bohemia. The 22kW facility floats atop of a water reservoir that is part of the local hydroelectric plant. Its power output is set to quintuple by the summer. If the project is deemed successful, it will open another source for potential carbon neutral energy sources. A further benefit lies in the fact that, because the photovoltaic panels help prevent water evaporation from the surrounding area, it is not necessary to close off neighbouring farmland.

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Being an expat mum in the Czech Republic can be a struggle
There are around half a million foreigners living in the Czech Republic today, and although raw statistics about how many of them speak Czech are hard to find, it is a commonly-held truth among Czechs and expats alike that most foreigners, particularly those who have a non-Slavic mother tongue and especially those who live in the capital, do not make much headway with the Czech language, if they even try at all. Many live for years or even decades without being able to do much more than order in a restaurant. This has all kinds of consequences for the integration (or lack thereof) of foreigners into Czech life and society, but perhaps nowhere is this felt more keenly than with expat women who have children in the Czech Republic.

Non-native pupils dropping out of secondary schools due to language problems
The children of foreign nationals who have opted to settle in the Czech Republic, have the benefits of a dual culture, traditions and multiple language skills. However integrating is not always as easy as it may seem and the challenges they face can be daunting.

Average age of cars in CR fifth highest in EU
Average age of cars in CR fifth highest in EU

Krejčíková and Siniaková into Melbourne quarter- finals
Krejčíková and Siniaková into Melbourne quarter- finals

Confidence in economy rises for first time in six months
Confidence in economy rises for first time in six months

Foreign Ministry to discuss Czech embassy in Kiev Tuesday
Foreign Ministry to discuss Czech embassy in Kiev Tuesday

Benedict Allen: The UK adventurer who now calls Prague home
Explorer, writer and broadcaster Benedict Allen is known for daring travels to such spots as the Amazon, Papua New Guinea and the Gobi desert. The British adventurer has documented his often solo journeys in a series of books as well as TV programmes for the BBC and other broadcasters. However, in recent years Allen has been in a rather different environment, Prague, a city he now calls home. When we spoke recently, he told me his earliest inspiration was his test pilot father.

Children over 12 can start registering for booster vaccine
Children over 12 can start registering for booster vaccine

Record Sunday increase in Covid cases recorded in Czechia
Record Sunday increase in Covid cases recorded in Czechia

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Outbreak of bird flu reported in east Bohemia
Outbreak of bird flu reported in east Bohemia

Oldest Czech scout Eduard Marek dies aged 104
Oldest Czech scout Eduard Marek dies aged 104

Health Minister: Covid epidemic to culminate next week with up to 80,000 daily cases
Health Minister: Covid epidemic to culminate next week with up to 80,000 daily cases

Czechia moves to 19th spot in Social Risk Index
Czechia moves to 19th spot in Social Risk Index

Tennis: Krejčíková through to Australian Open quarterfinals
Tennis: Krejčíková through to Australian Open quarterfinals

Record weekend increase in Covid cases recorded in Czechia
Record weekend increase in Covid cases recorded in Czechia

Virtuoso Tomáš Kačo gets back to his roots on LP My Home
Tomáš Kačo is a US-based piano virtuoso from the Czech Republic's Roma minority. On the LP My Home the one-time prodigy performs classical, jazz, folk and Romany music.

Prague-born Madeleine Albright became Secretary of State 25 years ago
Madeleine Albright became the first female Secretary of State on January 23, 1997. She now holds both the Order of the White Lion and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. 

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Hundreds bid last farewell to Czech rally driver Karel Loprais
Hundreds bid last farewell to Czech rally driver Karel Loprais

Czechia insists on EUR 50 million compensation over Poland’s Turów mine
Czechia insists on EUR 50 million compensation over Poland’s Turów mine

Foreign Minister: Czechia ready to back sanctions against Russia
Foreign Minister: Czechia ready to back sanctions against Russia

Krejčíková only Czech singles player to remain in Australian Open
Krejčíková only Czech singles player to remain in Australian Open

American Hockey League suspends Czech hockey player over racism
American Hockey League suspends Czech hockey player over racism

Czechia’s Covid-19 seven-day incidence hits record high
Czechia’s Covid-19 seven-day incidence hits record high

Slovene architect Jože Plečnik left a significant mark on Czech architecture
This week marks 150 years since the birth of Slovene architect Jože Plečnik who had a significant impact on Prague’s modern architecture. Associated with the Vienna Secession architectural style, Plečnik also influenced Czech Cubism. His projects in the Czech capital included the renovation of Prague Castle and the design of the iconic Church of the Most Sacred Heart of Our Lord in Prague’s Vinohrady.

European Court of Human Rights rejects Czech mother’s appeal over lost parental rights
Czech mother Eva Michaláková has lost a case at the European Court of Human Rights over lost parental rights to her two sons. The court in Strasbourg ruled that Norway’s social and judicial services did not breach international law or conventions when removing her two sons from her care and stripping Mrs Michaláková of her parental rights in 2011.

State ready to start paying out energy support
State ready to start paying out energy support

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Czech billionaire Karel Janeček to run for president
Czech billionaire Karel Janeček to run for president

Lower house committee recommends appointing Michal Koudelka head of BIS
Lower house committee recommends appointing Michal Koudelka head of BIS

Fresh snow and icy roads complicating traffic around the country
Fresh snow and icy roads complicating traffic around the country

Police officer charged for killing man while on duty
Police officer charged for killing man while on duty

Judges and prosecutors to file complaint against government-imposed salary freeze
Judges and prosecutors to file complaint against government-imposed salary freeze

Covid: 26,907 cases detected on Thursday, up 40 pct week on week
Covid: 26,907 cases detected on Thursday, up 40 pct week on week

Australian Open: Krejčíková stages comeback win over Ostapenko
Australian Open: Krejčíková stages comeback win over Ostapenko

Pile-up blocks traffic on D5 motorway 50km southwest of Prague
Pile-up blocks traffic on D5 motorway 50km southwest of Prague

Moravia tornado damage image wins Czech Press Photo main prize
Moravia tornado damage image wins Czech Press Photo main prize

Finance Ministry projects 3.1 pct growth, 8.5 pct inflation in 2022
Finance Ministry projects 3.1 pct growth, 8.5 pct inflation in 2022

Black woman’s skull found in medieval burial ground in Bohemia
Czech archaeologists have made an unusual discovery while excavating an early medieval burial ground near Tetín castle in Central Bohemia. Among the human remains buried there was a skull which they believe may have belonged to a woman of African origin.

Study: Decline in frost days will negatively impact ecosystem
The average number of frost days in the Czech Republic, that is days when the minimum daily temperature falls below freezing point, has gradually been falling, according to newly-released data by the Czech Academy of Sciences. Experts warn that this could have a lasting impact on the ecosystem.

Czech billionaire ‘tested’ Bugatti on German autobahn at speeds of over 410 km/hr
Czech billionaire ‘tested’ Bugatti on German autobahn at speeds of over 410 km/hr

ECHR rejects Czech mother’s complaint against Norway over stripping of parental rights
ECHR rejects Czech mother’s complaint against Norway over stripping of parental rights

Beijing Olympics: ankle injuries sideline champion Czech snowboarder Eva Samková
Beijing Olympics: ankle injuries sideline champion Czech snowboarder Eva Samková

Czech government scraps plan for mandatory vaccination
As Covid numbers continue to rise steeply, the Fiala government announced on Wednesday that it would invalidate the former government’s directive on mandatory vaccination for selected groups. The move confirms its resolve to pursue an anti-Covid strategy based on trust and goodwill.

Karel Gott and the stories we tell
Kevin Loo watched the recently released 'Karel' documentary to finally learn more about the Czech music legend.

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Czech government backs amendment to bolster conflicts of interest law
Czech government backs amendment to bolster conflicts of interest law

Covid: Czech seven-day incidence rate climbs to 1,086 per 100,000 inhabitants
Covid: Czech seven-day incidence rate climbs to 1,086 per 100,000 inhabitants

Health minister says current work and school testing obligations could stay in place until of Feb
Health minister says current work and school testing obligations could stay in place until of Feb

Czech government decides against mandatory vaccination
Czech government decides against mandatory vaccination

Senate Foreign Affairs Committee calls on government to ask for apology and compensation from Russia
Senate Foreign Affairs Committee calls on government to ask for apology and compensation from Russia

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Barbora Krejčíková advances into 3rd round of Australian open
Barbora Krejčíková advances into 3rd round of Australian open

Mayors returning donations but deny wrongdoing
After questions about their financing, government coalition member the Mayors and Independents have decided to return millions of crowns they received in donations. The party’s leader says no money is worth risking voters’ trust.

Patients awaiting orthopedic operations delayed by up to 3 years due to pandemic
Patients awaiting orthopedic operations delayed by up to 3 years due to pandemic

Government approves legislation for schools to enact extra holidays in case of quarantine
Government approves legislation for schools to enact extra holidays in case of quarantine

Minister wants to lower transport subsidies by 25 percent
Minister wants to lower transport subsidies by 25 percent

2021 air pollution second lowest in 10 years
2021 air pollution second lowest in 10 years

Covid: Omicron surge behind record-high daily Czech caseload
As anticipated, a surge in the Omicron variant of coronavirus has led to sharp rise in new infections. Some 28,469 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded on Tuesday – the highest figure in the Czech Republic since the pandemic began. And health authorities say the daily toll will likely reach 50,000 before the end of January.

Car sales up in Czechia in 2021 despite fall in production
Production of passenger cars in the Czech Republic fell by 4.1 percent year-on-year to 1,105 million vehicles last year. This represents a drop by nearly 23 percent on 2020. Production fell more sharply in the third quarter, when the shortage of computer chips reached its peak. 

Czech mortgage rates make biggest jump in decades
Czech mortgage rates make biggest jump in decades

Czech Republic has new record one-day Covid tally of 28,469
Czech Republic has new record one-day Covid tally of 28,469

Czech woman released from Pakistan jail still unable to leave country
Czech woman released from Pakistan jail still unable to leave country

National Bank: Inflation should rise by up to 10 percent
The Czech National Bank expects inflation to continue growing for the next several weeks. The Bank’s director of budgetary forecasts committee, Petr Král, told Czech Radio that inflation should rise to 9 or 10 percent, but is unlikely to exceed that rate by more than a few months.

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Repeat Covid infections on rise in CR in recent weeks
Repeat Covid infections on rise in CR in recent weeks

Bamberg Symphony, led by conductor Hrůša, wins prestigious ICMA award
The Bamberg Symphony, led by Czech conductor Jakub Hrůša, has been awarded the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) prize for best symphonic music for its recording of Symphony No. 4 by Austrian composer Anton Bruckner. This year’s awards list also features performances of music written by some of the greatest Czech composers.

Kvitová exits Australian Open in first round
Kvitová exits Australian Open in first round

Zeman critical of judges over opposition to pay-freeze
Zeman critical of judges over opposition to pay-freeze

MPs expected to lift Babiš immunity over alleged fraud case
MPs expected to lift Babiš immunity over alleged fraud case

Son blasts anti-vaxxers as singer dies after deliberately getting Covid
Czech folk singer Hana Horká has died after deliberately contracting Covid in order to avoid vaccination. In reaction to her death, her son has lashed out at Czech anti-vaxxers on social media, blaming them for her death.

Local Czech Consul Ivo Losman: “Manchester is growing in importance”
It has been nearly three years since the opening of the Czech Consulate in Manchester. One of its main tasks has been to offer guidance and support to thousands of Czechs living in the north of England with their applications for settled status in the UK amid the Brexit transition. I recently caught up with the head of the consulate, Ivo Losman, and asked him how successful Czech officials had been in helping with this administrative process.

Conductor Jakub Hrůša and Bamberg Symphony Orchestra win ICMA award
Conductor Jakub Hrůša and Bamberg Symphony Orchestra win ICMA award

Hygiene officers no longer able to trace all contacts as Covid numbers soar
Hygiene officers no longer able to trace all contacts as Covid numbers soar

Survey: Half of Czechs only have savings for three months
Half of Czechs do not have financial reserves for more than three months, according to a survey conducted by Ipsos Mori and commissioned for Provident Financial. At the same time, about 50 percent of those questioned by the survey said that they had some money left over each month after paying all the necessary expenses.

Alien ice statues in Pustevny
The annual Ice Sculpting Festival in Pustevny is an event that attracts many visitors to the Beskydy Mountains each winter. This year, seven Czech and Slovak artists created a total of 25 statues from 40 tons of ice. The artists were inspired by the signs of the Zodiac and by Space, creating sculptures of rockets, the Sputnik satellite or the aliens.

Hungary Today

Israeli Embassy: Hungary Pays Tribute to Holocaust Victims by Joining #WeRemember Campaign

Hungary on Wednesday and Thursday marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day, with the logo of the #WeRemember campaign appearing around the country, the Israeli Embassy in Budapest said in a statement. Launched by the World Jewish Congress (WJC), the #WeRemember campaign raises awareness of the importance of remembering the victims of the Holocaust, and is aimed […]

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Tucker Carlson’s Film on “Battle between Hungary and Soros” Debuts on Fox News

Tucker Carlson’s documentary features Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, Minister for Family Affairs Katalin Novák (now, nominee to be president), and others. An important theme is the situation of families and population decline in Hungary, but the central issue is George Soros and migration. Recently, Carlson interviewed Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó as well, after showing the […]

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PMO Head Gulyás on Holocaust: ‘Murderers Must Be Named’

Gergely Gulyás, the prime minister’s chief of staff, attended a commemoration of the Holocaust on Thursday, and said “we must not only not forget who the murderers were but we must also name them”. The people “persecuted, tortured and killed because they were Jews belonged to us, they were part of the Hungarian nation,” Gulyás […]

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Commissioner Reynders: EU Will Not Sanction Hungary before Elections

European Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders talked about the Commission’s actions against Poland and Hungary in an interview with Politico. The EU’s top justice official acknowledged that Hungary will certainly not face financial penalties over rule-of-law violations until after its parliamentary election. Regarding Poland, Reynders said that the country is under “real pressure” from the Commission, […]

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Transparency International Corruption Index: Hungary Ranks Second Worst in EU

The level of perceived corruption in Hungary has further deteriorated, according to the 2021 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) results released by Transparency International (TI). Hungary scored even lower than in 2020, becoming the country perceived as the second most corrupt member state of the EU after Bulgaria, the global NGO found. In 2021, Hungary scored […]

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Krone.at

Lobau-Aktivisten befürchten nächtliche Räumung
Bereits vor einigen Tagen gab es erste Gerüchte - krone.at berichtete - nun scheint es konkreter zu werden: Die Räumung des Lobau-Protestcamps soll unmittelbar bevorstehen. „Wir haben mobilisiert und bereiten uns auf eine Räumung vor“, sagte Lena Schilling vom Jugendrat. Grund für die Räumung seien wohl die ergebnislosen Gespräche mit der Stadt Wien. Dort will man das aber nicht bestätigen.

Schwanen-Ei gestohlen und erfolgreich ausgebrütet
Erschreckender Fall von Tierquälerei im Bezirk Zwettl: Ein Ehepaar stahl ein Schwanenei und brütete dieses aus. Den Vogel hielt es dann in einer winzigen Holzbox. Doch Tierschützer bekamen Wind davon, die Behörde schritt ein.

Vor Kontrolle geflüchtet und 2 Polizisten verletzt
Gleich zwei Polizisten wurden von einem Kosovare verletzt, der in Pasching bei Linz vor einer Polizeikontrolle flüchten wollte. Nach einer wilden Verfolgungsjagd konnte der 46-Jährige schließlich aber gestoppt und festgenommen werden.

Wien schickt Kranken Corona-Medizin per Fahrrad
Wien setzt bei der Behandlung von Covid-19 auf eine neue, zusätzliche Strategie: Personen, die möglicherweise einer Risikogruppe angehören und die mit dem Virus infiziert sind, werden vom Gesundheitsdienst (MA 15) aktiv kontaktiert. Dort wird abgeklärt, ob ein Einsatz spezieller Medikamente möglich bzw. nötig ist. Anschließend stellt die Stadt die Tabletten per Fahrradkurier zu. Die Gefahr eines schweren Verlaufs soll damit reduziert werden.  

Auch Corona-Kommission warnt vor Öffnungsschritten
Von der Corona-Kommission kommt keine Unterstützung für die immer häufigeren Forderungen nach einer Lockerung von Covid-Maßnahmen. Nach der Sitzung des Gremiums am Donnerstagnachmittag hieß es in einer Aussendung, „vorschnelle Öffnungsschritte“ würden nach wie vor das Risiko einer Gefährdung des Gesundheitssystems bergen. Insgesamt zeigt sich die Kommission aber optimistisch, auch wenn die Ampel im ganzen Land dunkelrot leuchtet. Die Zahl der Infektionen steigt weiterhin landesweit, eine leichte Entspannung gibt es aber in den Skiregionen.

Elefant griff Urlauber an: Mann zu Tode getrampelt
Der Angriff ereignete sich am Dienstag im Murchison Falls-Nationalpark, als ein Mann das Fahrzeug verließ, in dem er mit Freunden unterwegs war und plötzlich von einem Elefanten zu Tode getrampelt wurde ...

Kinderleiche in Schuttcontainer bei Paris entdeckt
Die Leiche eines zehnjährigen Kindes ist im Großraum Paris in einem Koffer in einem Schuttcontainer entdeckt worden. Nach der 33 Jahre alten Mutter des Kindes werde gefahndet, teilte die Staatsanwaltschaft in Meaux am Donnerstag mit. Der Bursche wies etliche Stichverletzungen auf.

Ärzte verweigerten Abtreibung von totem Fötus
Das fast vollständige Abtreibungsverbot in Polen hat eine 37-Jährige das Leben gekostet. Agnieszka T., eine dreifache Mutter, war mit Zwillingen schwanger. Einer der beiden Föten starb allerdings im Bauch der Polin - dennoch wurde dessen Entfernung nicht genehmigt. Nun sind sowohl die Frau als auch das zweite ungeborene Kind tot. „Der Staat Polen hat Blut an den Händen!“, ist Agnieszkas Familie überzeugt.

Männer in Türkei von Lawine begraben und getötet
In der Türkei sind zwei Menschen von einer Lawine begraben worden. Rettungskräfte hätten nur noch die Leichen der beiden Männer in der osttürkischen Provinz Erzurum bergen können, berichtete die staatliche Nachrichtenagentur Anadolu am Donnerstag unter Berufung auf den Gouverneur der Provinz.

Bundespräsidentenwahl: Griss erteilt klare Absage
Die frühere OGH-Präsidentin Irmgard Griss will nicht noch einmal für die Hofburg kandidieren. Die aktive Politik sei für sie „eigentlich erledigt“, sagte sie in einem Interview. Bei der Bundespräsidentenwahl 2016 hatte Griss als parteifreie Kandidatin 18,9 Prozent geholt und mit nur 2,4 Prozentpunkten weniger als Alexander Van der Bellen die Stichwahl recht knapp verpasst.

Kurz zu Pfau-Vergleich: „Kein Mehrwert erkennbar“
In einem der „Krone“ übermittelten Statement nimmt Ex-Kanzler Sebastian Kurz zur jüngst veröffentlichen Studie von Meinungsforscherin Sabine Beinschab Stellung. Kurz betont, mit der Beauftragung nichts zu tun zu haben, weiters könne er den vermeintlichen Mehrwert für die ÖVP oder gar seine Person nicht nachvollziehen.

Corona: Wien stemmt sich gegen „echte“ Lockerungen
Wiens Gesundheitsstadtrat Peter Hacker (SPÖ) unterstützt die Linie der Bundesregierung, die vorerst weiter an der mittlerweile heftig umstrittenen 2G-Regel im Einzelhandel und in der Gastronomie festhält. Doch wenn man keinen neuerlichen Lockdown in genannten Bereichen wolle, dann seien Schutzmaßnahmen weiterhin sinnvoll, sagte Hacker am Donnerstag. Gänzlich anders sehen das - neben NEOS und FPÖ - einige Ländervertreter. Die gesamtstaatliche Krisenkoordination GECKO tagt am Freitagnachmittag.

„Williges Werkzeug“: VSStÖ will Polizei abschaffen
Die SPÖ-nahe Studierendenvertretung (VSStÖ) in Wien fordert in einem Instagram-Posting die Abschaffung der Polizei und sorgt damit für innenpolitischen Zündstoff. Die SPÖ geht in Bund und Ländern klar auf Distanz zum Posting, scharfe Kritik kommt außerdem von der Volkspartei. Die ÖVP-nahe AktionsGemeinschaft (AG) fordert Rücktritte. 

Jetzt wird Rückforderung von Studien-Geld geprüft
Die skurrile Studie „Wirtschafts- und Budgetpolitik“ hat nicht nur tierische Einblicke in die Politik offenbart, sie könnte nun auch ernsthafte strafrechtliche Konsequenzen haben. Nachdem SPÖ und NEOS am Donnerstag bereits eine Rückzahlung des dafür aufgewendeten Steuergeldes gefordert hatten, kündigte auch Wolfgang Peschorn, Chef der Finanzprokuratur an, etwaige Ansprüche prüfen zu lassen. Die Chancen für ein solches Vorhaben scheinen aus juristischer Perspektive vielversprechend.

Köstinger vs. Handelskonzerne: „Absurdes System“
Landwirtschaftsministerin Elisabeth Köstinger (ÖVP) hat einmal mehr zu einem Rundumschlag gegen Handelskonzerne ausgeholt. Mit Blick auf die Preisverhandlungen ortete sie „ein schizophrenes und absurdes“ System, das landwirtschaftliche Betriebe unter Druck setze und „dem Ende angehören muss“. Es gelte, faire Preise für die Betriebe zu garantieren, forderte Köstinger. So würden „Millionengewinne auf dem Rücken bäuerlicher Betriebe geschrieben“, kritisierte sie weiter.

McDonald‘s freut sich über deutlich mehr Umsatz
Die Fast-Food-Kette McDonald‘s erholt sich von der Corona-Pandemie, auch wenn anhaltenden behördliche Restriktionen in einigen Regionen weiter belasten. Im vierten Quartal stiegen die Umsätze um 13 Prozent auf rund sechs Milliarden US-Dollar (5,3 Milliarden Euro).

Chip-Knappheit laut Intel bis ins Jahr 2023 hinein
Die globale Chip-Knappheit wird nach Einschätzung des Branchenriesen Intel noch mindestens ein Jahr andauern. Die Engpässe dürften sich bis ins Jahr 2023 hinziehen, mit schrittweiser Besserung der Lage, sagte Intel-Chef Pat Gelsinger zur Vorlage aktueller Quartalszahlen am Mittwoch. Intel konnte im vergangenen Vierteljahr dank Zuwächsen im Geschäft mit Chips für Rechenzentren seinen Umsatz steigern. Doch unter anderem die Ausgaben für den Ausbau der Produktion lasten auf der Profitabilität, was einigen Analysten und Anlegern Sorgen bereitet. Gelsinger zeigte sich aber entschlossen, die Milliarden-Investitionen voranzutreiben.

Tesla 2021 mit Rekordgewinn von 5,5 Mrd. US-Dollar
Der US-Elektroautobauer Tesla hat im Vorjahr trotz der globalen Chipkrise und Problemen in den Lieferketten so viel verdient wie noch nie zuvor in einem Geschäftsjahr. Unter dem Strich verbuchte der Konzern nach eigenen Angaben vom Mittwoch einen Gewinn von 5,5 Milliarden Dollar (rund 4,9 Mrd. Euro) - und damit 665 Prozent mehr als im Vorjahr.

Wiener Forscher brachten Kakadus „Einlochen“ bei
Kakadus gelten bereits seit geraumer Zeit als besonders intelligent, Wiener Forscher konnten nun zeigen, dass die Papageienvögel sogar in der Lage sind, zwei unterschiedliche Werkzeuge zu kombinieren, um eine Aufgabe zu lösen. Im konkreten Experiment der Forscher der Veterinärmedizinischen Universität Wien sollten die Tiere einen Ball mit einem Stöckchen in ein Loch befördern. Solche Fähigkeiten zeigten bisher nur wenige Tiere außer dem Menschen, wie etwa Schimpansen und Kapuzineraffen.

„Schulaufsatz“: Forscherin zerlegt Skandal-Studie
Sebastian Kurz ein „hinterfoziger (sic) Pfau“, Matthias Strolz, der „wie ein Affe herumspringt“ - die am Mittwoch vom Finanzministerium veröffentlichten inkriminierenden Studien der Meinungsforscherin Sabine Beinschab bringen einen durchaus humoristischen Ansatz mit sich. Dass es aber auch mit der wissenschaftlichen Qualität dieser vermeintlichen Studie nicht weit her ist, offenbart nun die Kommunikations- und Sozialwissenschaftlerin Andrea Schaffar. Der Text erinnere sie an einen Schulaufsatz, geht sie mit der Arbeit hart ins Gericht.

Rapid-Abschied offiziell: Kara wechselt in die USA
Jetzt ist es offiziell: Ercan Kara verlässt Rapid und wechselt in die USA! Der Stürmer geht in Zukunft für Orlando City in der Major League Soccer auf Torejagd. Dies gaben sein bisheriger Verein Rapid und der Klub aus Florida am Donnerstag bekannt. Kara erhält laut Angaben von Orlando einen Vertrag bis Ende 2024 mit Option auf eine Verlängerung 2025 und 2026.

Rapids Fountas unterzeichnet bei D.C. United!
Taxiarchis Fountas wechselt von Grün-Weiß in die USA - offen ist nur noch, wann genau das passieren wird! D.C. United verlautete am Donnerstagabend jedenfalls, dass Fountas spätestens im Juli 2022 zum MLS-Team stoßen werde und einen Kontrakt bis Ende Juni 2025 erhält. Der Klub habe zudem eine Option zur Verlängerung bis zum Jahresende.

Niederösterreich setzt wieder auf Wohnzimmer-Tests
Es geht Schlag auf Schlag: Bereits den dritten Tag in Folge wurde in Niederösterreich ein neuer Rekord bei den Corona-Ansteckungen gemeldet - 6147 Fälle waren es am Donnerstag. Das Land reagiert mit einer neuen Serviceleistung: Bei den Teststraßen gibt es ab Mitte nächster Woche Tests für zu Hause.

Neubau darf nicht höher als das Salzamt sein
Auch wenn die Pläne, eine Parkgarage zu errichten, am zum Verkauf stehenden Areal des ehemaligen Salzstadls an der Oberen Donaulände längst vom Tisch sind, war bisher nicht definiert, was ein Käufer dort umsetzen könnte. Nun gibt’s Vorgaben.

Herzenshelferinnen für wundervolle Aktion gesucht
Krebskranke Frauen verlieren oft ihre Haare, sind blass und fühlen sich einfach nicht mehr schön. Catharina Flieger (Make-up-Artist) und Birgit Machtinger (Berufsfotografin) hatten solche Fälle in der Familie und wollen Frauen in dieser Situation helfen. Dafür haben sie die Aktion „feel again“ ins Leben gerufen.

Burgenland hält weiter an Contact Tracing fest
Die Omikron-Welle rauscht weiter durchs Burgenland: 769 Neuinfektionen wurden zuletzt registriert. Aktuell sind 4895 Personen an Corona erkrankt. Im Gegensatz zu anderen Bundesländern hält das Burgenland aber weiter am Contact Tracing fest. „Wir können derzeit immer noch zwischen 50 und 60 Prozent der Kontakte nachverfolgen“, heißt es dazu aus dem Koordinationsstab.

Mehrere Schwerverletzte nach Skiunfällen
Am Donnerstag ist es in Obertauern und Werfen zu schweren Skiunfällen gekommen. In Obertauern kollidierte eine 57-jähriger Skifahrer aus Deutschland auf der Piste mit einem Dänen und erlitt dabei schwere Verletzungen. Der Däne blieb unverletzt.

Brandanschlag in Villach: Mordversuch am Ehemann?
Ein Knalleffekt bei Ermittlungen nach Feuer in Wohnhaus! 60 Menschen mussten im August in Villach aus dem Wohnhaus fliehen. Ermittelt wird wegen Mordversuchs!

Junger Skifahrer bei Sturz in Bach schwer verletzt
Mit schweren Verletzungen musste Donnerstag ein 18-Jähriger aus Deutschland in die Klinik Innsbruck eingeliefert werden. Der junge Mann war beim Skifahren im Skigebiet von Kaltenbach mit hoher Geschwindigkeit über die Piste hinaus geraten und in ein Bachbett abgestürzt. 

ÖSV-Shootingstar liefert fulminantes Renncomeback
55 Tage, also fast acht Wochen, musste der amtierende Riesentorlauf-Juniorenweltmeister Lukas Feurstein pausieren, nachdem er sich bei einem Abflug in Zinal an beiden Schienbeinköpfen verletzt hatte. Dass sich der 20-jährige Vorarlberger, der mit drei Topplätzen einen sensationellen Saisonstart hingelegt hatte, aber auch von solchen Rückschlägen nicht stoppen lässt, bewies er am Donnerstag bei seinem ersten Renneinsatz seit 3. Dezember