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Survey: Over two-thirds of Czechs shop online every month
More than two-thirds of consumers in the Czech Republic shop online at least every month, a quarter do so every two weeks, and 14 percent shop online every week. These are among the findings of a survey by Visa based on a representative sample of 1,000 respondents.

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“Operation Kulak”: Memorial to Czech victims of collectivisation erected below Mount Říp
In the autumn of 1951, Communist authorities launched a massive wave of agricultural “collectivisation”, forcibly evicting thousands of Czech farmers from their land and homesteads. To mark the 70th anniversary of “Operation Kulak”, a monument to the victims was installed this weekend below Mount Říp – a place of symbolic importance in Czech mythology and history.

Third vaccination rollout begins in Czech Republic
Thousands of people around the Czech Republic have begun receiving text messages informing them that they are in line for a third jab against the coronavirus. Over a million booster shots should be administered by the end of 2021.

Uninsured Czech climbers in Pakistan not to get help from state
Uninsured Czech climbers in Pakistan not to get help from state

Disputes over wage growth in public sector continue
Disputes over wage growth in public sector continue

GPs and vaccination centres start administering booster shots against Covid-19
GPs and vaccination centres start administering booster shots against Covid-19

MPs slam Environmental Inspectorate for botching investigation of Bečva River poisoning
MPs slam Environmental Inspectorate for botching investigation of Bečva River poisoning

2021 Nato Days takes place
Around 60,000 people attended the 2021 edition of the annual NATO Days in Ostrava and Czech Air Force Days event, which took place at the Mošnov airfield in the Moravia-Silesia Region at the weekend.

Sunday new Covid cases up on previous week
Sunday new Covid cases up on previous week

Oath party removes candidates over failure to produce lustration certs
Oath party removes candidates over failure to produce lustration certs

Minister Maláčová says Social Democrats insist on 6 percent public sector pay rise
Minister Maláčová says Social Democrats insist on 6 percent public sector pay rise

Saturday recorded Covid cases up on previous week but hospitalisations fall
Saturday recorded Covid cases up on previous week but hospitalisations fall

Turnout 60 percent for 13 municipal elections
Turnout 60 percent for 13 municipal elections

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More and more young adults still living with parents in CR
More and more young adults still living with parents in CR

Thousands in CR in position to get third Covid jab from next week
Thousands in CR in position to get third Covid jab from next week

Czechs rescued in Pakistan may not leave without paying for rescue
Czechs rescued in Pakistan may not leave without paying for rescue

15 years ago, Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihamoni became an honorary Prague citizen
King Sihamoni studied in Prague from 1962 to 1975, and calls Czechoslovakia his ‘second home’. He is the only living monarch who speaks Czech.

Antonín Dvořák among friends and family
Along with Bedřich Smetana, Antonín Dvořák is perhaps the best known Czech composer. Contemporary accounts from the time of his life show that it was not just Dvořák’s music that made an impression on people, but his character as well.

CT: Over 73,000 Czechs apply for settled status in UK
CT: Over 73,000 Czechs apply for settled status in UK

Covid numbers Friday virtually same as week previously
Covid numbers Friday virtually same as week previously

Volunteers picking up rubbish around Czech Republic within international drive
Volunteers picking up rubbish around Czech Republic within international drive

PM to discuss public sector pay demands with union leaders Monday
PM to discuss public sector pay demands with union leaders Monday

NATO and Czech Air Force military show taking place in Moravia-Silesia
NATO and Czech Air Force military show taking place in Moravia-Silesia

Czech women footballers defy expectations to draw with Dutch away
Czech women footballers defy expectations to draw with Dutch away

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Czech-born jazz great George Mraz dies at 77
Czech-born jazz great George Mraz dies at 77

“It’s not typical of Peter Sís”: New exhibition opens at New York Czech Center
A new exhibition of work by the famous children’s author and illustrator Peter Sís opened this week at the Czech Center in New York. Entitled The Wall, How I Grew Up Behind the Iron Curtain, the show helps confirm a return to relative normality at the Czech Center, which like others around the world was closed by Covid. I spoke to its director, Miroslav Konvalina.

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Czech top diplomat aims to boost business with diversifying oil-rich Saudi kingdom
Minister of Foreign Affairs Jakub Kulhánek was in the Middle East this week with a Czech business delegation, looking to boost bilateral trade with two regional powerhouses: the United Arab Emirates and, more crucially, Saudi Arabia.

Soaring energy prices contributing to high Czech inflation
Soaring energy prices are one reason the Czech Republic is currently experiencing the highest rate of inflation seen since 2008, the website iHned.cz reported.

Former president Václav Klaus released from hospital
Former president Václav Klaus released from hospital

Amazon building new centre in Přerov region
Amazon building new centre in Přerov region

Parliament to debate Bečva River poisoning
Parliament to debate Bečva River poisoning

Covid numbers rising, but Czechia still third least affected country in EU
Covid numbers rising, but Czechia still third least affected country in EU

Record number of women running in October’s general elections
Record number of women running in October’s general elections

PM: Government not to blame for rising inflation
PM: Government not to blame for rising inflation

Draw for Sparta, wins for Slavia and Jablonec in European football
Draw for Sparta, wins for Slavia and Jablonec in European football

Prague to revitalise trendy Holešovice market, a victim of the “wild 1990s"
In the Prague district of Holešovice, a stone’s throw north of the Vltava River, lies one of the largest year-round marketplaces in the entire Czech Republic. The site covering some 11 hectares served as a slaughterhouse and cattle market from 1895 until the 1970s, when the latter was closed due to complaints about the stench. A move is now afoot to bring the half-empty Holešovice Market fully back to life.

Study: University student subsistence support in Czechia below EU average
The Czech Republic’s university study support system is outdated and needs to change, according to a newly released study conducted by the Institute for Democracy and Economic Analysis. While in Czechia 1.5 percent of tertiary education expenses are spent on supporting student subsistence, the EU average is roughly twelve times higher.

Eleven receive Gratias Agit for promoting good name of CR
Eleven receive Gratias Agit for promoting good name of CR

Newly confirmed Covid cases and hospitalisations on rise
Newly confirmed Covid cases and hospitalisations on rise

Renaissance shield stolen by Nazis returned to Czechia by Philadelphia Art Museum
A rare Renaissance shield, which was originally stolen by the Nazis from Konopiště Castle during the Second World War, is now being returned to the Czech Republic by the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Representatives of both the museum and Czech institutions signed an agreement earlier this week, ending a several-year verification process.

Fatal gas blast due to pipes damaged in renovation work
Fatal gas blast due to pipes damaged in renovation work

Satoranský named Czech Basketball Player of Season for record seventh time
Satoranský named Czech Basketball Player of Season for record seventh time

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Officials: Zeman has no life-threatening illness
Officials: Zeman has no life-threatening illness

Škoda Auto to halt production for a week due to chip shortage
Škoda Auto to halt production for a week due to chip shortage

Czech team knocked-out of European Volleyball Championship after losing to Slovenia
Czech team knocked-out of European Volleyball Championship after losing to Slovenia

President’s condition is not serious, PM says
President’s condition is not serious, PM says

Blanket school Covid tests over but regional outbreak plan ready
Covid tests at the Czech Republic’s schools at the start of the new term did not produce particularly concerning results and such blanket testing will no longer be employed. However, they could be brought back at local level if isolated outbreaks occur, the health minister says.

Former President Klaus may be released from hospital by end of this week, spokesman says
Former President Klaus may be released from hospital by end of this week, spokesman says

St. Ludmila, martyred 1100 years ago, an early, enduring symbol of Czech national pride
Saint Ludmila, the first historically documented duchess of Bohemia, was murdered on the 15th of September in the year 921. Together with her husband Bořivoj I, founder of the Přemyslid dynasty, she sought to spread Christianity throughout the Czech lands, and was de facto ruler of Bohemia after his death, when their sons were too young to sit on the throne.  

Deloitte: Construction of gigafactory would raise GDP by CZK 172 billion
Deloitte: Construction of gigafactory would raise GDP by CZK 172 billion

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Blanket testing in schools shows coronavirus cases not rising among schoolchildren
Blanket testing in schools shows coronavirus cases not rising among schoolchildren

Czechia’s second quarter GDP growth below EU average
Czechia’s second quarter GDP growth below EU average

Coronavirus: Karlovy Vary and Prague most affected regions
Coronavirus: Karlovy Vary and Prague most affected regions

Lights, camera, action! ‘Highlights from the National Gallery Prague’
The Czech Centres and National Gallery in Prague have put the finishing touches on a video project showcasing selected artworks in the gallery’s collections from the early Middle Ages to the present day.

Two Czech climbers stranded on Rakaposhi mountain rescued by helicopter
Two Czech climbers stranded on Rakaposhi mountain rescued by helicopter

Miloš Zeman grants his 20th presidential pardon
Miloš Zeman grants his 20th presidential pardon

Czechia ranks 22nd in global index of economic freedom
Czechia ranks 22nd in global index of economic freedom

Batman comes to Prague for first time to fight “Bolshevik wizard”
For the first time in history, Batman will be fighting criminals in the Czech lands, specifically in 1980s Prague, where the masked vigilante will try to thwart the plans of a group of Communist mystics.  The story is part of the Batman: The World anthology, which is being released by DC Comics this Tuesday.

IEA report: Czechia must abandon coal faster than planned
IEA report: Czechia must abandon coal faster than planned

Martin Loužecký: We use skateboarding as tool to deal with ‘youth bulge’ phenomenon
Martin Loužecký is a long-time skateboarding enthusiast and a graduate in African Studies from the University of Copenhagen. While still a student, he and his friends established a non-profit organization called Skate World Better, which aims to support children and young adults in Africa through skateboarding. So far, they have built three skateparks in Africa and they plan to continue.

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President Miloš Zeman taken to hospital
President Miloš Zeman taken to hospital

Covid-19 incidence rate continues to rise
Covid-19 incidence rate continues to rise

Two Czech climbers stranded on Rakaposhi mountain start their descent
Two Czech climbers stranded on Rakaposhi mountain start their descent

International Energy Agency says Prague must do more to meet 2030 goals
The Czech Republic needs to do more if it wants to meet the European Union’s energy and climate goals by the year 2030, according to the International Energy Agency.

Czechs score volleyball sensation with win over Olympic champions France
The Czech Republic’s volleyball players achieved a sensational victory on Monday evening, overcoming recent Olympic champions France in the sport’s European Championships in Ostrava. What’s more, the Czechs didn’t allow the French even one set on their way to the competition’s quarterfinals.

Czechs knock Olympic winners France out of European Volleyball Championships
Czechs knock Olympic winners France out of European Volleyball Championships

CR to take part in Commission talks over Babiš conflict of interest
CR to take part in Commission talks over Babiš conflict of interest

PM’s son testifies for six hours over subsidy fraud case
PM’s son testifies for six hours over subsidy fraud case

Daylight saving time to continue in CR for at least five years
Daylight saving time to continue in CR for at least five years

Prague world’s seventh best city to live in, according to Time Out
Prague has placed seventh overall in Time Out magazine’s 2021 Index of the best cities in the world to live in. The Czech capital was among five European cities to make it into the top 10 of the ranking which focuses on several aspects including culture, nightlife and food.

Fear of further wave of epidemic leaves language schools struggling
Language schools in the Czech Republic are still struggling with a shortage of students, who are not applying for courses in pre-pandemic numbers, even despite the reopening of classrooms. The lack of demand has also caused an exodus of teachers, with some schools having to cut their staff by 50 percent. To find out more about what is happening I spoke to the president of the Czech Association of Language Schools Marcela Hergesselová.

Czech women climb tennis’s world rankings after goods showings in NY
Czech women climb tennis’s world rankings after goods showings in NY

Can the Czech Republic “invest its way out” of the Covid-19 crisis?
Governments, industries, businesses and everyday people worldwide are grappling with how to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, not least in financial terms. The European Commission has set out a massive, coordinated response to counter the impact of the public health emergency. But what do leading Czech economists think is the best way forward for this country?

Vojtěch: Key Covid indicators give no reason for panic
Vojtěch: Key Covid indicators give no reason for panic

Tribute concert for Ivan Král held in Prague
Tribute concert for Ivan Král held in Prague

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Czech death rate in first half of year one-third up on 2020
Czech death rate in first half of year one-third up on 2020

Wenceslas IV visits Pálava wine festival
The wine, gastronomy and culture festival known as Pálavské vinobraní opened up in the South Moravian town of Mikulov on Friday. Among the guests was also a man symbolically dressed as Wenceslas IV. A traditional part of the festival, the attendance of Wenceslas IV draws on a real historical event that took place in 1403, when a group of men-at-arms from Mikulov Castle rescued the Bohemian king from his imprisonment in Vienna.

Kulhánek: Czechia should not recognise Taliban but some communication necessary
Kulhánek: Czechia should not recognise Taliban but some communication necessary

Coronavirus: Sunday hospitalisations highest since mid-June
Coronavirus: Sunday hospitalisations highest since mid-June

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Czech Foreign Minister and business delegation visiting Saudi Arabia and UAE
Czech Foreign Minister and business delegation visiting Saudi Arabia and UAE

Latest STEM poll puts PM’s ANO party ahead
Latest STEM poll puts PM’s ANO party ahead

Snowboarder Eva Samková named this year’s best Czech snowsports athlete
Snowboarder Eva Samková named this year’s best Czech snowsports athlete

Memorial to miner traditions revealed in Most
Memorial to miner traditions revealed in Most

Largest number of coronavirus cases detected in Czechia on a Saturday since May
Largest number of coronavirus cases detected in Czechia on a Saturday since May

Antonín Dvořák in America
More than 130 years ago, Czech composer Antonín Dvořák left for the United States, where he spent several years as the head of the National Conservatory of Music. It was there that he composed his most famous symphony From the New World.

Libeň has been part of Prague for 120 years
Libeň was annexed to Prague as the last suburb before the establishment of Czechoslovakia. The largest district of Prague 8 has witnessed many historical events.

Train crash near Trutnov forces firefighters to evacuate over 200 people
Train crash near Trutnov forces firefighters to evacuate over 200 people

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Czech elementary education to be revised on grand scale ahead of new education programme creation
Czech elementary education to be revised on grand scale ahead of new education programme creation

Over 700 sites across Czechia taking part in this year's European Herritage Days
Over 700 sites across Czechia taking part in this year's European Herritage Days

Škoda boss: We will not be able to produce 100,000 cars this year due to chip shortage
Škoda boss: We will not be able to produce 100,000 cars this year due to chip shortage

Friday sees further rise in coronavirus cases
Friday sees further rise in coronavirus cases

Czech architect Jiří Boudník, who aided NY’s “9/11” rescue effort, created key Ground Zero models
On the morning of September 11th, 2001, Czech-born architect Jiří Boudník was working on a new federal courthouse in Brooklyn, three subway stops from the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan. After a second airplane hit the Twin Towers, and orders came to evacuate his worksite, Jiří Boudník headed towards Ground Zero, knowing – thanks to his background in civil engineering and architecture and having experienced the 1993 terrorist bombing there – that at least a partial collapse of the Twin Towers was imminent. In the days to come, while organising a volunteer “bucket brigade” to clear debris and retrieve human remains, he developed computer 3D and 4D models of the disaster site that helped firefighters and others safely carry out their grim task. 

Coronavirus leads Indian expat to finally realise his dream and open a bar in Prague
The popularity of Prague’s historic centre among tourists has left it dotted with various bars, restaurants and clubs. Many of these businesses are still struggling after the coronavirus pandemic substantially cut travel to the Czech capital. But for one Indian IT businessman, COVID-19 served as a signal to finally realise his dream and he has now opened a new cocktail bar in the heart of Prague’s Old Town.

Inflation levels in Czechia at their highest since 2008
Inflation in the Czech Republic rose by 4.1 percent year-on-year in August, the most significant increase since November 2008, according to the Czech Statistics Agency. The rise in prices is being felt both in the cost of commodities and services, but the most significant price growth is visible in the cost of property.

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Czech archaeologists return to Jerusalem to take part in excavations at Tel Motza temple
After more than a two-year break, caused by Covid-related restrictions, Czech archaeologists have returned to Israel to continue excavations at the Tel Motza temple. Experts say the discovery of the shrine from the time of King Solomon, which matches the Biblical description of the first temple in Jerusalem, could rewrite history.

Film festival guests fined for ignoring rule on compulsory respirators
Film festival guests fined for ignoring rule on compulsory respirators

Tests will not be needed ahead of school swimming lessons
Tests will not be needed ahead of school swimming lessons

Culture Ministry considers supporting Czech video game industry
Mafia, Kingdom Come: Deliverance, or Machinarium – those are some of the internationally most successful Czech video games. The industry has been identified as a high growth sector by the Czech government and could receive state funding in the future similar to that which is granted to film makers.

Inflation up by 4.1 percent in August, the highest increase since November 2008
Inflation up by 4.1 percent in August, the highest increase since November 2008

Art Lines wins jury's award for Best Project at Venice Glass Week
Art Lines wins jury's award for Best Project at Venice Glass Week

Booster shots against Covid to be administered after September 20
Booster shots against Covid to be administered after September 20

Number of people hospitalized with Covid rising
Number of people hospitalized with Covid rising

Prague court finds four former communist secret service men guilty of harassing dissidents
Prague court finds four former communist secret service men guilty of harassing dissidents

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Researchers develop simple test to identify people at risk of developing severe Covid infection
Researchers develop simple test to identify people at risk of developing severe Covid infection

Czech book market struggling with paper shortage
 Publishing houses in the Czech Republic are struggling with a shortage of paper and cardboard, which, in some cases, forces them to postpone the release of planned titles. As a result, there could be fewer books in stores at Christmas and the prices of books could increase in the future.

Charles Univ. dean-elect on Milada Horáková, funding humanities, and saving ‘small languages’
Dr Eva Lehečková, a prominent linguist at the Institute of Czech Language of the Academy of Sciences, has been named the next dean of Charles University’s philosophical faculty. She is replacing as dean a historian who refused to allow a billboard be erected with the image of Milada Horáková – who was executed 70 years ago after a show trial – and the text “Murdered by Communists”. In a wide-ranging interview with Czech Radio, Dr Lehečková addressed the controversy surrounding the outgoing dean, Michal Pullmann, and laid out her strategy to develop the faculty.

Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde holds talks in Prague
Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde holds talks in Prague

Covid cases growing, highest incidence in Karlovy Vary
Covid cases growing, highest incidence in Karlovy Vary

Hungary Today

President Áder Explores Hungarian Water Management Industry in Podcast

President János Áder on Monday discussed the activities of Hungarian water management companies at home and abroad with Bálint Horváth, the CEO of Pureco, a Hungarian-owned company installing water purifying systems in African countries. Áder noted that 90 percent of waste water is dumped uncleaned into natural waters in Africa, which is an “enormous strain”. […]

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“The Extended Family, the Nation, Must Be Served” – Interview with Europa-Club President András Smuk

1956. The father of a family unexpectedly returns to his children and wife after 4 years, having fled from Hungary to Austria in 1952. He escaped the Soviet retribution, for years he could not even give a sign of himself. A few days later, however, he had to flee again, this time with his family. […]

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Government Renews Agreement with Baptist Church

The government renewed its comprehensive agreement with the Hungarian Baptist Church on Monday. The document was signed by Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén and János Papp, the head of the church. At the event, Semjén said that the 1998 agreement had withstood the test of time and its renewal was merely necessitated by changes in […]

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“The Amount of Educated People is the True Power of a Nation” – The VII Friends of Hungary Conference

Those committed with a desire and the ability to do something for Hungary met at the VII annual conference of the Friends of Hungary Foundation, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Over 200 people from more than 20 countries around the world came to Budapest to meet with each other, as well as with President […]

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Parliament’s Autumn Session: Tax Refund and Vaccination

Fully 1.9 million parents will receive partial refunds of their 2021 personal income tax payments, a measure that totals 600 billion forints (EUR 1.7bn), while pensioners will receive a pension premium to make up for higher inflation, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said at the opening of parliament’s autumn session. He also addressed the lawmakers and […]

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Neuer Corona-Cluster in der Justizanstalt Stein
In der Justizanstalt Stein in Niederösterreich ist neuerlich ein Corona-Cluster entstanden. Am Montag wurden sechs positiv getestete Bedienstete gemeldet, wie das Justizministerium auf Anfrage mitteilte. Häftlinge seien keine betroffen, hieß es. Im Vorjahr waren mehr als 100 Infektionen in der Justizanstalt verzeichnet worden.

Bub stürzt in Wohnung schwer: Per Heli ins Spital
Schwer verletzt hat sich ein Bub am Montagabend bei einem Sturz in einer Wohnung im zehnten Wiener Gemeindebezirk. Der Fünfjährige musste vom Notarzt versorgt und in ein Krankenhaus geflogen werden.

Wien: Mann bei Rauferei Teile des Ohres abgebissen
Einem Mann ist bei einer Rauferei in der Wiener U-Bahnstation Schottenring in der Nacht auf Sonntag von seinem Kontrahenten ein Teil des Ohres abgebissen worden. Einem Bekannten des Opfers, der ebenfalls in die Auseinandersetzung involviert war, dürfte der Täter in den Rücken gebissen haben. 

„Asylsystem hat die Mädchen das Leben gekostet“
Mit einem ebenso eindringlichen wie berührenden Appell richten die Eltern zweier getöteter Mädchen und deren Anwälte einen Weckruf an die Politik, um den strengeren Umgang mit straffällig gewordenen Asylwerbern zu erreichen. Ein Maßnahmenbündel soll das System reformieren.

Corona-Fall bei Oldtimer-Ralley in Mürzzuschlag
Nach Bekanntwerden eines Corona-Falles im Bezirk Bruck-Mürzzuschlag ruft die Bezirkshauptmannschaft Bruck-Mürzzuschlag als Gesundheitsbehörde alle Personen, die sich am Samstag, 11. September, 9 bis 19 Uhr bzw. am Sonntag, 12. September, 9 bis 12 Uhr bei der „Hochsteiermark Classic“ (Oldtimer-Rallye-Rundkurs, Mürzhofen - Bruck - Mariazell - Neuberg) aufgehalten haben, auf, ihren Gesundheitszustand in den nächsten Tagen besonders aufmerksam zu beobachten und sich einem PCR-Test zu unterziehen.

Streit um Maske: Tankstellen-Kassier erschossen
Es dürfte wohl der erste Mord sein, bei dem das Motiv tatsächlich die Verweigerung des Mund-Nasen-Schutzes ist: In Deutschland ist am Samstagabend ein 20-jähriger Student, der als Tankstellen-Kassier jobbte, erschossen worden. Der Bluttat vorangegangen war ein Streit um die Maskenpflicht. Der mutmaßliche Täter hatte nämlich das Tragen eines Mund-Nasen-Schutzes verweigert. 

USA heben Corona-Einreisestopp für Geimpfte auf
Die USA werden die monatelangen Einreisebeschränkungen zumindest für jene Menschen aufheben, die gegen das Coronavirus geimpft sind. Wie das Weiße Haus am Montag ankündigte, sollen die Lockerungen im November greifen. Unklar ist noch, welche Impfungen anerkannt werden. Darüber soll nun die US-Gesundheitsbehörde CDC entscheiden. EU-Kommissar Thierry Breton sprach von einem logischen Schritt angesichts des Erfolgs der Impfkampagne in Europa.

Vatikan: Zutritt ab 1. Oktober nur mit Grünem Pass
Ab dem 1. Oktober wird ein sogenannter Grüner Pass für den Zugang zum Vatikan notwendig sein. Dies wurde von der Päpstlichen Kommission des Vatikanstaates festgelegt. Der Grüne Pass - eine Impfbescheinigung oder ein negativer Test - wird im Vatikan immer obligatorisch sein, außer bei liturgischen Feiern. Die Gendarmerie wird für die Kontrollen zuständig sein. Alle Einwohner und Arbeitnehmer im Vatikan müssen einen Grünen Pass vorlegen.

Melbourne: Bauarbeiter-Rebellion gegen Impfpflicht
Wütende Gewerkschaftsmitglieder aus der Baubranche stürmen am Montag im australischen Melbourne den Sitz ihrer Gewerkschaft CFMEU. Grund sind Pflichtimpfungen, die diese Woche in Kraft treten sollen. Es gilt das Motto: „Geimpft oder keine Arbeit mehr“. Die ohnehin angespannte Situation schaukelte sich auf, mündete in gewalttätige Proteste. Schließlich rückte ein bewaffnetes Polizeikommando an, um den Wirbel unter Kontrolle zu bekommen.

Corona: Wien verschiebt planbare Operationen
In Wien hat die Auslastung der Intensivbetten einen weiteren, kritischen Punkt erreicht. So werden bereits erste Operationen verschoben und auch die Ordensspitäler übernehmen wieder Covid-Patienten. Am Dienstag wird die Stadtregierung wieder über die Corona-Maßnahmen beraten, eine Verschärfung steht im Raum. 

„Wahlkasperl“ Strache geht auf Stimmenfang in Graz
Gerade noch wegen Korruption in erster Instanz schuldig gesprochen, geht Heinz-Christian Strache nicht nur in Berufung, sondern auch schon wieder auf Stimmenfang. In Graz tritt sein Team HC bei den Gemeinderatswahlen am 26. September 2021 an.

Billa lädt Köstinger nach Kritik zu Diskussion ein
Landwirtschaftsministerin Elisabeth Köstinger (ÖVP) hat am Wochenende schwere Vorwürfe gegen die Handelsketten Billa, Spar und Hofer erhoben. Es würden „erpresserische Zustände“ herrschen, „unfaire Praktiken“ würden „keinen fairen Wettbewerb“ ermöglichen. Der Handel reagierte prompt, sprach von „pauschalem Bashing“. Die Supermarktkette Billa will die Wogen glätten und lud die Ministerin für den 4. Oktober zu „Tischgesprächen“ ein, um etwa Vorwürfe und Vorurteile zu diskutieren.

Novomatic blitzt mit Beschwerde gegen Razzia ab
Der niederösterreichische Glücksspielkonzern Novomatic ist mit seiner Beschwerde gegen eine Hausdurchsuchung im Februar 2021 abgeblitzt. Das Oberlandesgericht (OLG) Wien habe dieser nicht Folge gegeben, teilte das Gericht am Montag mit. Die Wirtschafts- und Korruptionsstaatsanwaltschaft (WKStA) hatte am 11. Februar nicht nur die Wohnung von Finanzminister Gernot Blümel (ÖVP) durchsucht, sondern auch den Novomatic-Firmensitz in Gumpoldskirchen.

Walter Pöltner: Rücktritt aus Frust über Pensionen
Walter Pöltner, Kurzzeit-Minister der Übergangsregierung, tritt als Vorsitzender der Alterssicherungskommission zurück. „Aus Frust, weil die Politik die langfristige Sicherung der Pensionen, aber auch der Pflege, nicht ernst genug nimmt“, wie er sagt. Die von der Regierung angekündigte Pensionserhöhung von bis zu drei Prozent für kleine Pensionen sei der Tropfen, der das Fass zum Überlaufen gebracht habe.

Edtstadler: „Kickl in politischer Selbstisolation“
Verfassungsministerin Karoline Edtstadler (ÖVP) hat am Montag heftige Kritik an der Corona-Politik von FPÖ-Chef Herbert Kickl geübt. Dieser befinde sich laut Edtstadler in „Corona-politischer Selbstisolation“: „Während Herbert Kickl die Bevölkerung mit falschen Informationen gegen die Corona-Impfung aufstachelt, lässt sich die Führungsriege der FPÖ, von Norbert Hofer bis Harald Vilimsky, insgeheim impfen“, so Edtstadler.

Finanzprobleme in China lassen Bitcoin abstürzen
Sorgen um die wirtschaftliche Stabilität Chinas und eine generell trübe Stimmung auf den Finanzmärkten haben zum Wochenstart auch viele Kryptowährungen wie den Bitcoin stark belastet. Der Bitcoin-Kurs fiel auf der Handelsplattform Bitstamp um etwa acht Prozent auf rund 43.200 Dollar (rund 36.670 Euro). Anfang September hatte die älteste und nach Marktwert größte Digitalwährung noch mehr als 50.000 Dollar gekostet.

Heimische Start-ups sind Milliarden wert
Über 500 Millionen Euro - noch nie wurde so viel in österreichische Start-ups investiert. Das Interesse an jungen Firmen wächst. Immer mehr Gründer etablieren sich international.

Die „Krone“ sucht Ihre Leser-Tipps!
Jede kleine Veränderung bewirkt Großes - und wie Nachhaltigkeit im Alltag am besten funktioniert, wissen die Österreicherinnen und Österreicher selbst am besten. Die „Krone“ sucht die besten Rezepte, Ideen und Vorschläge. Teilen Sie Ihre Erfahrungen unseren Lesern!

Tiroler Energieschub für die US-Kette Walmart
Der auf Proteinshakes & Co. für Frauen spezialisierte Online-Anbieter Women’s Best expandiert mit neuem Energydrink.

Urzeitkrebs im Nationalpark Donau-Auen entdeckt
Im Nationalpark Donau-Auen, der heuer sein 25-jähriges Gründungsjubiläum feiert, haben kürzlich Experten der Bundesforste (ÖBf) und der Nationalpark Gesellschaft einen Sensationsfund gemacht: Sie haben dort einen etwa zehn Millimeter großen Linsenkrebs entdeckt. Bei dem „lebenden Fossil“ handelt es sich demnach um eine besonders stark bedrohte und extrem seltene Art eines Urzeitkrebses.

Biontech: Impfstoff bei Kindern unter 12 wirksam
Der Corona-Impfstoff von Biontech/Pfizer ist nach Angaben der Hersteller sicher und wirksam - auch bei Kindern zwischen fünf und elf Jahren. Das gaben Biontech und Pfizer am Montag bekannt und betonten, die jungen Studienteilnehmer hätten den Impfstoff gut vertragen und „robuste Antikörper“ gegen SARS-CoV-2 gebildet. Nun soll nach diesen positiven Studienergebnissen schnellstmöglich die Zulassung beantragt werden, unter anderem bei der Europäischen Arzneimittelbehörde.

Nachbarskind brachte Essen - sexuell missbraucht!
So ein liebes Mädchen. Brachte dem Nachbarn Essen von der Mama, weil dessen Frau und Tochter verreist waren. Und freute sich über den angebotenen frischen Fruchtsaft. Doch der Mann küsste und begrapschte das Kind - das durch die Schwester gerettet wurde.

Pühringer und Kraus: Doppelspitze für Wiens Grüne
Die Wiener Grünen werden künftig über zwei Chefs verfügen - da Judith Pühringer und Peter Kraus als Team kandidieren und sich sonst niemand der Wahl stellt, wie am Montag bekannt wurde. Das tue man keinesfalls deswegen, weil man sich nicht zutraue, die Geschicke der Wiener Oppositionspartei alleine zu leiten, versichert das Duo. „Wir wollen das gern gemeinsam machen“, sagte Pühringer. Man bringe dabei auch unterschiedliche Erfahrungen ein, pflichtete Kraus bei.

Interesse am Einzelhandel: 100 neue Lehrlinge
Viele neue Gesichter beim Einkaufen: Fast 100 neue Lehrlinge hieß die Lebensmittelhandelskette Hofer nun in ihren Zweigniederlassungen in Trumau im Bezirk Baden sowie in Stockerau im Bezirk Korneuburg willkommen. Und in Perchtoldsdorf wurde die Filiale modernisiert und um 300 Quadratmeter vergrößert.

E-Learning Plattform wächst durch Homeschooling
Homeschooling stand während der Pandemie oft am Stundenplan. „Schüler, die bereits vor diesen Phasen mit unserer Lernplattform gearbeitet haben, taten sich dabei leichter“, ist Markus Fischer überzeugt. Der Linzer betreibt chabaDoo, eine Online-Lernhilfe für Lehrer und Schüler.

Sportvereine sind fit für den Herbst
Nach den langen coronabedingten Einschränkungen sollen unter dem Motto #comebackstronger gezielt Sportvereine unterstützt werden. Die Sportunion Burgenland hat dazu etwa den Langen Tag des Sports sowie einen eigenen Bonus ins Leben gerufen. Der Vereinssport soll so für die Zukunft gestärkt werden.

Neue moderne Bauten für den Nachwuchs
Rund eine Million Euro wurde in den Kindergarten in Illmitz investiert, um den Kleinen einen bestmöglichen Start in ihre Zukunft zu bieten. In Neuberg wurde die Volksschule neu errichtet und stellt den Schülern nun ausreichend Platz zum Lernen bereit. Beide Einrichtungen wurden feierlich eröffnet.

Verletzter „Bullen“-Star Solet: Diagnose ist da!
Oumar Solet, Innenverteidiger bei Fußball-Serienmeister Red Bull Salzburg, muss sich einer Operation des rechten Knies unterziehen!

Lkw brannte auf Firmenareal vollständig aus
Die Freiwilligen Feuerwehren Ludmannsdorf, Suetschach, Hundsdorf, Weizelsdorf und Feistritz im Rosental wurden Montagabend zum Einsatz gerufen. Am Firmenareal der Bärenbatterie in Feistritz im Rosental hatte ein Lkw plötzlich zu brennen begonnen. 

Drautalstraße wird um Bahnhof Lienz gesperrt
Kommenden Samstag und Sonntag wird die B 100 Drautalstraße vor dem Bahnhof in Lienz einen Tag lang gesperrt. Grund dafür sind Asphaltierungsarbeiten. Für Fahrzeuge unter 3,5 Tonnen wird eine Umleitung eingerichtet.

Vorarlberger SPÖ gibt derzeit trauriges Bild ab
In der Vorarlberger SPÖ brodelt es nach wie vor gewaltig: Eigentlich hätte am Montagabend in einer internen Besprechung geklärt werden sollen, wer neuer Landesvorsitzender wird. Die Sitzung wurde allerdings abgesagt - weil Noch-Parteichef Martin Staudinger keine Zeit hatte. Ein Affront mit Ansage.