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The life of Czech children pre and post Covid
The pandemic has changed the lives of us all – including the lives of children. For the better part of the last school year they were forced to adapt to a whole different way of life –distance learning, very little direct contact with their school friends and few cultural and sports activities during the days of lockdown. They were confronted with illness and death, had to wear respirators and take Covid tests. How has the pandemic impacted the lives of Czech children – are they as happy and self-confident as they were before, are they safe online and which of their rights do they think is most frequently violated? Those are some of the questions I discussed with the head of the Czech branch of UNICEF Pavla Gomba.

Media: Czech police investigating President Zeman’s inner circle
Media: Czech police investigating President Zeman’s inner circle

Govt., union and industry leaders reject restrictions on unvaccinated workers
Govt., union and industry leaders reject restrictions on unvaccinated workers

Health Ministry: Covid cases and hospitalisations significantly more frequent among the unvaccinated
Health Ministry: Covid cases and hospitalisations significantly more frequent among the unvaccinated

New nutrition labelling of food products to be launched in Czechia next year
As of next year, some food manufacturers in the Czech Republic, including Danone or Nestlé, will start labelling their products with colour codes to inform consumers about their nutritional value. The easier navigation of food packaging has been promoted by a platform called Pro Nutri-score, which includes some major medical organisations and food manufacturers.

Czech Centres to commemorate 10th anniversary of Václav Havel’s death this autumn
Czech Centres to commemorate 10th anniversary of Václav Havel’s death this autumn

Commemorative “banknotes” issued to mark 10th anniversary of Václav Havel’s death
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the death of Václav Havel, the dissident playwright, human rights activist, and first president of post-communist Czechoslovakia. In honour of his memory, a commemorative sheet, resembling a banknote, has been issued, featuring an image of the late statesman chosen by his widow.

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Trolleybuses to return to Prague after 50 years
Trolleybuses to return to Prague after 50 years

Energoaqua asks to end criminal prosecution in Bečva River affair
Energoaqua asks to end criminal prosecution in Bečva River affair

Senate votes against freezing of MPs’ salaries
Senate votes against freezing of MPs’ salaries

October 28 celebrations to take place without Prague Castle award ceremony
October 28 celebrations to take place without Prague Castle award ceremony

Covid-19: Tuesday saw highest number of cases since April
Covid-19: Tuesday saw highest number of cases since April

Taiwan's foreign minister thanks Czechia for support, receives medal from Senate chair
Taiwan's foreign minister thanks Czechia for support, receives medal from Senate chair

Some 50 future judges awaiting appointment by ailing Czech president
Some 50 future judges awaiting appointment by ailing Czech president

Covid-19 has become a pandemic of the unvaccinated, Health Minister says
Covid-19 has become a pandemic of the unvaccinated, Health Minister says

Spolu, PirStan coalitions reach agreement on “vast majority” of programme
Spolu, PirStan coalitions reach agreement on “vast majority” of programme

Health minister urges Czechs to get the jab as Covid situation worsens
As Covid numbers continue to rise steeply in the Czech Republic, Health Minister Adam Vojtěch on Tuesday made an urgent appeal for more people to get vaccinated against the infection. He stressed that the situation in the coming weeks would get worse and that the only real weapon against Covid is mass inoculation.

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Labour Minister Jana Maláčová confirms candidacy for Social Democrat party chair
Labour Minister Jana Maláčová confirms candidacy for Social Democrat party chair

Czech scientists brew beer according to 3,000-year old recipe
Czech scientists have made a unique discovery suggesting that the oldest herbal millet beer could have been brewed in Bohemia. They came across the evidence while studying a 3000-year-old bronze vessel, unearthed in the village of Kladina in 2017.

Pilsen appeals court reduces former MP Jaroslav Škárka’s sentence for hate speech
Pilsen appeals court reduces former MP Jaroslav Škárka’s sentence for hate speech

New medical council may issue assessment of President Zeman’s health next week
New medical council may issue assessment of President Zeman’s health next week

Number of hospitalised Covid-19 patients tops 1,000 for first time since May
Number of hospitalised Covid-19 patients tops 1,000 for first time since May

Hrishabh Sandilya: From running Prague bars to aiding refugees in Cyprus
Cyprus-based Hrishabh Sandilya helps run an NGO named Project Phoenix, which tries to boost migrants’ chances of finding success in their new countries. But prior to that Sandilya, who is from India, lived for several years in Prague, where he worked alternately in education and on the city’s vibrant night-life scene. To find out how he made that unusual journey, I spoke to him when he was in the Czech capital recently.

25th edition of Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival starts Tuesday
25th edition of Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival starts Tuesday

Czech police organized crime unit arrests seven Ukrainians for alleged extortion
Czech police organized crime unit arrests seven Ukrainians for alleged extortion

School-goers to undergo another round of testing
School-goers to undergo another round of testing

Award giving ceremony at Prague Castle postponed
Award giving ceremony at Prague Castle postponed

Flying robots made by the Czech Technical University for EXPO 2020 in Dubai celebrate Karel Čapek
Visitors to the Czech pavilion at the EXPO 2020 world exhibition in Dubai can admire six drones representing various robotic projects. The aerial robots, which will be on display until November 14,  commemorate one hundred years since Karel Čapek coined the word "robot", now used worldwide. The photo shows a swarm of drones being tested in the United Arab Emirates.

Unvaccinated individuals returning from high risk states will not have to self-isolate
Unvaccinated individuals returning from high risk states will not have to self-isolate

Interior Minister Hamáček resigns as Social Democrat leader
Interior Minister Hamáček resigns as Social Democrat leader

Taiwanese trade mission signs memoranda on closer cooperation with Czech Republic
Taiwanese trade mission signs memoranda on closer cooperation with Czech Republic

Record hop yield means Czech producers can compete with Germany in foreign markets
Farmers are happily announcing that 2021 has seen the largest harvest of hops in a quarter-century. The record 8,500 ton yield came despite the extreme fluctuations in harvests that Czech producers have experienced in recent years. To find out more about what's going on, I spoke to Jiří Smetana, the vice-chairman of Arix, one of the largest hop producers and traders in Czechia. I began by asking him why hop yields were so high this year.

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Steep growth in Covid cases continues
Steep growth in Covid cases continues

Interior minister: If epidemic worsens govt may introduce more restrictions at the workplace
Interior minister: If epidemic worsens govt may introduce more restrictions at the workplace

Leading cultural personalities awarded on occasion of Czechoslovak Independence Day
Leading cultural personalities awarded on occasion of Czechoslovak Independence Day

Ombudsman: President’s illness calls for open communication and dignity
Ombudsman: President’s illness calls for open communication and dignity

“This festival is the best education”: Ji.hlava boss discusses edition 25
The jubilee 25th edition of the Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival gets underway in the small Czech city on Tuesday. The country’s top documentary event opens with When Flowers Are Not Silent, about brutal repression in Belarus, and offers around 300 other films across six days. I spoke to founder Marek Hovorka and first asked about a Ji.hlava masterclass due to be given online by controversial US director Oliver Stone.

Government wants to give police greater powers to enforce coronavirus restrictions
Government wants to give police greater powers to enforce coronavirus restrictions

New restrictions come into force as Covid numbers rise
New restrictions come into force as Covid numbers rise

Czechs bracing for hard times
Czechs bracing for hard times

Senate to consider activating Article 66 in early November
Senate to consider activating Article 66 in early November

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Finance minister defends VAT waiver on energy
Finance minister defends VAT waiver on energy

Russian Sputnik vaccine not recognized by Czech authorities
Russian Sputnik vaccine not recognized by Czech authorities

Some children under 12 already getting Covid vaccine
Some children under 12 already getting Covid vaccine

Steep rise in Covid cases continues
Steep rise in Covid cases continues

October 24, 1941: Czechoslovaks in the Siege of Tobruk
On October 24th 1941 members of the 11th Czechoslovak infantry battalion assisted the defenders of Tobruk in North Africa.

Czech folk band Spirituál kvintet say goodbye to fans after six decades
After an era spanning six decades, the oldest Czechoslovak folk band Spirituál kvintet held a goodbye concert to a sold-out audience in Prague’s Lucerna. The band, which performed for Presidents George H.W. Busch and Bill Clinton, released more than 20 albums and is reported to have played in 10,000 concerts.

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Companies pushing employees to get the Covid vaccine
Companies pushing employees to get the Covid vaccine

More young children in hospital with respiratory infections
More young children in hospital with respiratory infections

Czechs taking walk-in vaccination centres by storm
Czechs taking walk-in vaccination centres by storm

MEP Kateřina Konečná elected Communist Party leader
MEP Kateřina Konečná elected Communist Party leader

Central Military Hospital reports slight improvement in president’s health
Central Military Hospital reports slight improvement in president’s health

Daily increase in new Covid cases crosses 4,000 mark
Daily increase in new Covid cases crosses 4,000 mark

‘The younger the Czech, the more tolerant’, HateFree Culture survey shows
A recent survey of 2,000 Czechs on attitudes towards ethnic, racial, religious and sexual minority groups, finds that “the younger the Czech, the greater the likelihood they have tolerant attitudes and respect human rights”. However, the survey commissioned by the HateFree Culture campaign shows an overwhelming majority consider “coexistence” with the Roma and Muslim minorities especially “problematic”. 

New action plan developed to help Czechia counter hybrid threats
The Czech Security Council has accepted a new 15 point action plan on how to counter hybrid threats. If approved by the government, it will delineate tasks that ministries and state agencies have to fulfil within the next two years as part of the country’s new hybrid threats strategy.

Freight transport in Czechia threatened by shortage of AdBlue fuel additive
In addition to the rising cost of fuel, Czech road hauliers are also becoming concerned about a growing shortage of the AdBlue diesel fuel additive, the Czech News Agency reported this week. Without it, hauliers say the operation of most trucks is at risk.

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Newly elected deputy’s office window smashed
Newly elected deputy’s office window smashed

Charles University elects first ever female rector
Charles University elects first ever female rector

Polish Solidarity leader: Turow will have fatal consequences for Czech-Polish relations
Polish Solidarity leader: Turow will have fatal consequences for Czech-Polish relations

Newly-emerging government planning return to Václav Havel’s values
Newly-emerging government planning return to Václav Havel’s values

Tracing the history of Pilsen’s famous golden brew
Pilsen is, without a doubt, synonymous with beer. And the Brewery Museum, located on the outskirts of the city, celebrates the golden brew that put Pilsen on the world map. It offers a unique look into the brewing process of the Middle Ages, and displays beer-related paraphernalia from all over the world, including curiosities such as the world’s smallest beer jug and a huge Siberian tankard. An inseparable part of every visit to the Brewery Museum is the tasting of a Pilsner beer.

Steep rise in Covid cases continues
Steep rise in Covid cases continues

CEZ: over 7,000 households still without electricity after gale-force winds
CEZ: over 7,000 households still without electricity after gale-force winds

President’s Office releases footage of Zeman signing convocation of Chamber of Deputies
President’s Office releases footage of Zeman signing convocation of Chamber of Deputies

China angered by Taiwanese foreign minister’s trip to Prague
China angered by Taiwanese foreign minister’s trip to Prague

Czechia battered by strong winds
Czechia battered by strong winds

Trade union: Chip crisis in automobile sector will impact small suppliers the most
The ongoing crisis in the automobile sector, caused by a shortage of chips, will hit small suppliers who don’t have international backing especially hard, according to Jaroslav Souček, the chairman of one of the Czech Republic’s largest trade unions - KOVO. The government may consider using COVID-19 subsidies to prop up these businesses in order to avoid shortages of other materials in the future.

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More young Czechs are getting tinnitus. Is it Covid or pandemic-related stress?
Czechia has seen a significant rise in tinnitus cases since 2019. Among them are people who had Covid-19, but also an unusually high number of young adults who did not contract the virus. Czech specialists say stress could be a factor.

Traditional meeting of Czech president and foreign diplomats cancelled
Traditional meeting of Czech president and foreign diplomats cancelled

Record-high temperatures registered across Czechia on Wednesday
Record-high temperatures registered across Czechia on Wednesday

Da Vinci Code writer Dan Brown to read from his latest book in Prague
Da Vinci Code writer Dan Brown to read from his latest book in Prague

Laterna Magika to return to Expo 50 years after its premiere
Laterna Magika to return to Expo 50 years after its premiere

Sharp rise in new Covid cases continues
Sharp rise in new Covid cases continues

“We see ourselves standing in a desert” – Afghan describes life under Taliban and journey out
What Afghans miss the most since the country was taken over by the Taliban this summer is freedom. Lack of aid strategy also helped government corruption, says Zakia, an Afghan woman with Czech residency who managed to leave the country after several failed attempts to cross the border.

New restrictions introduced as Czech Covid numbers shoot up
Covid-19 numbers in the Czech Republic are again growing at an alarming rate, with Tuesday and Wednesday seeing double the new cases as the same days last week. The government has responded with fresh measures, including mandatory respirators at workplaces and Covid certificate checks at spots like bars.

Govt approves raft of tougher anti-Covid measures effective as of November
Govt approves raft of tougher anti-Covid measures effective as of November

Panasonic set to close TV factory in Pilsen, up to 1000 will lose their jobs
Panasonic set to close TV factory in Pilsen, up to 1000 will lose their jobs

Czech govt approves temporarily cutting VAT on electricity, gas to ‘zero’ from current 21 pct
Czech govt approves temporarily cutting VAT on electricity, gas to ‘zero’ from current 21 pct

Constitutional lawyers: state decoration ceremony should be postponed due to President’s incapacity
Constitutional lawyers: state decoration ceremony should be postponed due to President’s incapacity

Czech film My Sunny Maad seeks Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature
My Sunny Maad, an animated film by Czech director Michaela Pavlátová, will seek a nomination for the Animated Feature Oscar. The Czech-French-Slovak coproduction film about a Czech woman married to an Afghan man has already won the Jury Prize at the Annecy Festival in France and the main prize in Mexico’s Guadalajara.

Constitutional Court ruling strengthens rights of demonstrators to peaceful assembly, privacy
Constitutional Court ruling strengthens rights of demonstrators to peaceful assembly, privacy

Memorial plaque honouring songwriter Karel Kryl unveiled in Ostrava
Memorial plaque honouring songwriter Karel Kryl unveiled in Ostrava

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Czech firm Rossum, building AI platform to process documents, gets $100mn investment
Czech firm Rossum, building AI platform to process documents, gets $100mn investment

Health Minister Vojtěch seeks tougher measures to fight Covid-19
Health Minister Vojtěch seeks tougher measures to fight Covid-19

Celebrating the ‘tonetka’ – 160 years of bentwood furniture design in Moravia
For older generations of Czechs – and European designers of virtually any age – “bentwood furniture” and Bystřice pod Hostýnem are synonymous. For it was in that tiny Moravian town that hundreds of thousands one of the world’s most iconic pieces of furniture, known simply as “Chair No. 14”, literally took shape. In essence, modern furniture what born at what is today the TON factory – which has operated without interruption since 1861.

Pundit: “It’s a definite breakup between Zeman and Babiš”
There have been a slew of headlines involving Miloš Zeman’s team since the speaker of the Senate made public a doctors’ statement that the president is unable to perform his duties. These include a pledge from Prime Minister Babiš to remove Mr. Zeman’s head of office. To make some sense of all these news stories, I spoke to political scientist Jiří Pehe.

Incoming coalition to nominate Pekarová Adamová for speaker
Incoming coalition to nominate Pekarová Adamová for speaker

Czech Covid numbers rising extremely fast
Czech Covid numbers rising extremely fast

Prosecutor to ask for lifting of Babiš’s immunity when MPs sit
Prosecutor to ask for lifting of Babiš’s immunity when MPs sit

Houses of Parliament to seek second report on Zeman’s health before votes
Houses of Parliament to seek second report on Zeman’s health before votes

The health of Czech of heads of state throughout history
The current state of Czech President Miloš Zeman’s health and the lack of information provided by his office have raised a debate about the public’s right to information with regard to the country’s top official. Miloš Zeman is not the first head of state who has suffered from serious health problems during his presidency that impacted his ability to work. Czech Radio has mapped out how information about the president’s health was provided to the public since the founding of Czechoslovakia. 

Foreign minister strips Zeman aide of diplomatic passport
Foreign minister strips Zeman aide of diplomatic passport

Czechs start shopping for Christmas amid fears of rising prices and shortage of goods
Fears of rising prices and a shortage of consumer products caused by the global shipping crisis have prompted some Czechs to start shopping for Christmas earlier than usual.  Some Czech e-shops have already seen sales rise by tens of percent during September and the number of orders continues to increase, Czech Radio reported on Tuesday.

Experts expect doubling of Covid hospitalisations in CR within fortnight
Experts expect doubling of Covid hospitalisations in CR within fortnight

‘Noráci’ project traces fate of Czech men forcibly deployed in Norway during WWII
During the Second World War, approximately 600,000 Czechs were forced into slave labour for Nazi Germany. However, a few thousand Czechs were also forcibly deployed in Norway. A new project called Noráci, carried out by a group of Czech and Norwegian scholars, traces the fate of these men, based on their memorabilia as well as on the memories of their descendants.

Senate’s Constitutional Committee for Zeman losing powers over incapacity
Senate’s Constitutional Committee for Zeman losing powers over incapacity

News of President Zeman’s grave condition clarifies post-election picture
Senate chair Miloš Vystrčil on Monday ended weeks of speculation regarding the health of Czech President Miloš Zeman. Citing a report by the president’s chief physician, he said Mr. Zeman was unable to perform his presidential duties and the prognosis for an early recovery was highly uncertain. In the wake of general elections, the news has sparked intensive debate on a possible transfer of the president’s powers.

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Babiš calls on Mynář to quit after police start investigation
Babiš calls on Mynář to quit after police start investigation

Police investigating possible “crime against republic” related to Zeman hospitalisation
Police investigating possible “crime against republic” related to Zeman hospitalisation

Further steep increase in Covid cases
Further steep increase in Covid cases

Senators to discuss possible transfer of ailing president’s powers
Senators to discuss possible transfer of ailing president’s powers

Senate chair: Czech president unable to fulfil his duties
Senate chair: Czech president unable to fulfil his duties

Winter is coming. With energy prices soaring, Czech regulators wants proof suppliers are ready
Following the sudden collapse of the Czech Republic’s biggest alternative energy supplier, the national energy regulator is seeking assurances from other electricity and gas suppliers that they can meet customers’ needs. Against the backdrop of soaring prices on European exchanges, the Energy Regulatory Office (ERÚ) has asked some 430 licensed energy suppliers here to provide evidence of their capacities by Friday.  

Czech legislators discussing making Heydrich assassination “significant day”
Czech legislators are discussing whether to declare May 27 – the day of the assassination of the Nazi governor of Bohemia and Moravia, Reinhard Heydrich, in 1942 – a “significant day”. The proposal is the result of an initiative launched by Prague 8 – the municipality where the assassination took place. The district mayor says he has high hopes for it will pass no matter how the government decides.

Health Ministry shortens term for booster shots on EMA recommendation
Health Ministry shortens term for booster shots on EMA recommendation

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Skoda Auto halts production for two weeks
Skoda Auto halts production for two weeks

Steep rise in Covid cases continues
Steep rise in Covid cases continues

Senate has been briefed on President Zeman’s health
Senate has been briefed on President Zeman’s health

Costumes abound at second Comic-Con Prague
The second edition of Comic-Con Prague took place in the Czech capital at the weekend, drawing hordes of fans of graphic novels, sci-fi and fantasy movies, series and books. 

Babiš: Zeman offered me two tries at forming government
Babiš: Zeman offered me two tries at forming government

Hungary Today

New Musical Fountain in Nyíregyháza- Photos!

A new musical fountain with a water surface of almost 500 square meters opened in the eastern Hungarian town of Nyíregyháza. You can listen to songs by Ferenc Erkel, Queen, and Adele, among others. This article was originally posted on our sister-site, Ungarn Heute. Translation by Júlia Tar The grandiose tourist attraction was built in […]

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Opposition Urges Intervention as Petrol Prices Sky-rocket

Petrol prices are breaking records virtually from week to week, recently surpassing the HUF 500 limit. Naturally, the high costs have led to political debates too. Several on the opposition side wants the Orbán administration to finally “do something,” instead of hesitating. The Prime Minister, however, hasn’t ruled out a price freeze. On Wednesday, the […]

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Fidesz Makes ‘Stop Gyurcsány, Stop Márki-Zay’ Petition Available in Sign Language

The ruling parties’ “Stop Gyurcsány, stop Márki-Zay” petition has been made available for people using sign language, Fidesz said in a statement on Wednesday. According to the statement, the move was initiated by MP Zsolt Nyitrai and MEP Ádám Kósa to give people with hearing difficulties the opportunity to support the party’s signature drive. Fidesz […]

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Government Reportedly Raises Offer for Budapest Airport with Doubtful Financial Return

The Hungarian government is persistent about its bid to buy back Budapest’s Liszt Ferenc Airport. Reportedly, they have recently raised their offer once again, and proposed a hefty HUF 1.6 billion (EUR 4.36 billion) for the airfield. While the Orbán administration calculates a short return period, this is very much doubtful due to the circumstances […]

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Budapest to Reintroduce COVID-19 Restrictions

While the Orbán administration does not plan to reintroduce restrictions, some cities and universities have already done so, most recently in the Hungarian capital. Mayor Gergely Karácsony shared what the restrictions exactly are on his Facebook page. Gergely Karácsony said that he “would like to ask all Budapest residents to wear their masks on public […]

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Graz: Spektakuläres Lichtermeer vor Schlosskulisse
Das Klanglicht-Festival verzaubert nach einer langen Corona-Zwangspause wieder: Am neuen Standort im Grazer Schloss Eggenberg verwandelt sich der Park in ein leuchtendes und klingendes Wunderland der Fantasie, in das Besucher noch bis inklusive Samstag eintauchen können. Am Mittwochabend fand die Eröffnung statt.

Zwölf Verletzte bei Karambolage auf Westautobahn
Ein 56-jähriger ungarischer Staatsbürger hat am frühen Mittwochnachmittag eine Karambolage auf der Westautobahn ausgelöst, bei der zwölf Menschen verletzt wurden. Der Mann übersah im Gemeindegebiet von Pucking, auf in Fahrtrichtung Wien, dass auf der rechten Spur die Autos vor ihm zum Stillstand kamen und prallte gegen das Heck einer 44-Jährigen aus dem Bezirk Freistadt. Ihr Pkw wurde in drei weitere Autos geschoben.

Corona-Alarm auf Donau-Kreuzfahrtschiff in Wien
Corona-Alarm auf einem Donau-Kreuzfahrtschiff in Wien: Derzeit sitzen auf einem Schiff in Nußdorf 178 Passagiere fest, die aus Deutschland gekommen waren. Unter ihnen sind 80 Corona-Infektionen bestätigt.

Trotz Verbot Lkw überholt: Crash mit 2 Verletzten
Trotz Überholverbots versuchte Mittwochmittag in Kirchberg an der Raab (Südoststeiermark) eine 56-Jährige, einen Sattelzug zu überholen! Dabei kollidierte sie mit einem einbiegenden Auto und landete 130 Meter nach der Unfallstelle im Straßengraben. Die Bilanz: zwei Verletzte, drei demolierte Fahrzeuge.

Lkw-Crash auf Inntalautobahn führt zu Mega-Stau
Spektakulärer Verkehrsunfall am Mittwochmittag auf der Inntalautobahn bei Kundl (Bezirk Kufstein): Ein Lkw-Fahrer (33) war von einem Pannenstreifen auf die Fahrbahn gefahren. Ein nachkommender Lkw-Fahrer (57) fuhr ihm auf das Heck auf. Beide Lenker wurden verletzt. Ein riesiger Stau war die Folge.

Paris kündigt Maßnahmen gegen London an
Im Fischerei-Streit erhöht die Regierung in Paris jetzt den Druck auf Großbritannien. Ab dem 2. November sollen britische Fischerboote an bestimmten französischen Häfen nicht mehr anlegen dürfen, wie das Pariser Meeresministerium am Mittwochabend mitteilte. Außerdem werde Frankreich künftig systematisch die Sicherheit britischer Boote überprüfen.

Nach Überschwemmungen: Sizilien ruft Notstand aus
Seit Tagen herrscht auf Sizilien Unwetter-Alarm: Catania war am Dienstag nach intensiven Regenfällen überschwemmt worden, ganze Straßen und Plätze standen teilweise einen Meter unter Wasser. Ein Mann starb, weil er von den Wassermassen unter sein Auto gedrückt wurde. Am Mittwoch wurde vom Präsident der Region schließlich der regionale Notstand ausgerufen.

Putin ordnet mehr Gaslieferungen für Österreich an
Der russische Präsident Wladimir Putin hat zur Entspannung in der Energiekrise in Europa für November eine weitere Öffnung der Gasventile angeordnet. Er wies den Staatskonzern Gazprom am Mittwoch an, die Lieferungen nach Deutschland und Österreich zu erhöhen, sobald die unterirdischen Speicher in Russland aufgefüllt sind, wie die staatliche Nachrichtenagentur TASS meldete.

US-Demokraten zeigen Steuerplan für Superreiche
Mit einer neuen Steuer für Superreiche will die Partei von Präsident Joe Biden ihre Pläne für massive Investitionen in Sozialprogramme und Klimaschutz finanzieren. „Hunderte Milliarden Dollar“ könnten laut dem demokratischen Senator Ron Wayden mit der Abgabe eingenommen werden. Er stellte am Mittwoch die Grundzüge einer solchen Steuer vor. 

Blackout, Terror: Krisenvorsorge künftig erlaubt
Neue Details zu dem überraschend präsentierten „Krisensicherheitsgesetz“, das am Dienstag im Ministerrat beschlossen wurde: Erstmals in der Geschichte des Assistenzeinsatzes soll das Bundesheer auch prophylaktisch tätig werden dürfen, noch bevor eine kritische Situation auftritt - und etwa Masken oder Nahrung einlagern.

3G im Job: „Impfkontrolle durch die Vordertür“
Der Wiener Rechtsanwalt Roland Gerlach sieht noch viele offene Fragen bei der Umsetzung der 3G-Regel am Arbeitsplatz. Für ihn ist die Verordnung jedenfalls eine „Impfkontrolle durch die Vordertür“, kritisierte der Arbeitsrechtsexperte am Mittwoch.

Steiermark: 2G in Nachtgastro und bei Großevents
Am Mittwoch gab es die höchsten Corona-Zahlen des Jahres in der Steiermark: 548 Neuinfektionen, mehr als 4700 aktiv Infizierte, 29 Patienten auf der Intensivstation. Am Vormittag hat die Landesspitze mit Experten beraten. Das Ergebnis: In der Nachtgastronomie und bei Veranstaltungen ab 500 Personen gilt ab 8. November die 2G-Regel, die FFP2-Maskenpflicht wird erweitert, für Mitarbeiter in sensiblen Gesundheitsbereichen gilt die 2,5G-Regel.

Impfkritiker-Partei MFG will bundesweit antreten
Die Partei MFG („Menschen, Freiheit, Grundrechte“) lehnt die Corona-Maßnahmen wie eine Maskenpflicht eindeutig ab und sieht die Impfung sehr kritisch. Aus dem Stand schaffte sie es bei der Wahl in Oberösterreich in den Landtag, nun plant sie ein Antreten bei weiteren Landtagswahlen und auch bei der nächsten Nationalratswahl. „Egal, wann diese stattfindet“, erklärte Bundesgeschäftsführer Gerhard Pöttler am Mittwoch. Gegen die 3G-Pflicht am Arbeitsplatz will die Partei Beschwerde beim Verfassungsgericht einlegen.

Industrie rüffelt Gewerkschaft: „Politische Show“
Die Betriebsversammlungen der Metaller am Mittwoch im Zuge der laufenden Kollektivvertragsverhandlungen sorgen bei den Arbeitgebern der Metalltechnischen Industrie (FMTI) für Kopfschütteln. Sie bezeichnen die Vorgehensweise als „destruktiv und spaltend“, es handle sich um eine „politische Show“. Die Gewerkschaften PRO-GE und GPA hätten in den bisherigen drei Verhandlungsrunden kein Interesse an echten Gesprächen gezeigt.

Banken schränken Sparbuchangebot zunehmend ein
Sparbücher gibt es zwar noch, aber die Anbieter werden weniger. Ein aktueller Test zeigt: Nur sechs von elf Banken bieten noch ein klassisches Sparbuch ohne Bindungsfrist an. „Sparbücher sind bei den Banken nicht mehr wirklich in. Die Zinsen für Sparprodukte sind im Keller.“ Bei einem Zinssatz von 0,01 Prozent pro Jahr muss ein täglich abhebbares Guthaben mit 10.000 Euro 26,7 Jahre veranlagt sein, um etwa Eröffnungsspesen in Höhe von 20 Euro durch Zinserträge ausgleichen zu können. 

Online-Shops haften künftig für Verpackungsmüll
Mit der geplanten Novelle des Abfallwirtschaftsgesetzes (AWG) müssen ab 1. Jänner 2023 erstmals Betreiber von elektronischen Marktplätzen (Plattformen) in ihren Verträgen mit Handelsbetrieben und Herstellern sicherstellen, dass diese die gesetzlichen Vorgaben zu Sammlung und Verwertung von Verpackungen, Einwegkunststoffprodukten, Elektroaltgeräten sowie Gerätebatterien einhalten. Darüber freut sich der Handelsverband, die möglichen Strafen von 8400 Euro seien aber zu gering.

Altverträge: Wohnen um 90 Cent pro Quadratmeter
Eigentum, Miete, Altverträge, Gemeindebau. Wohnen wird immer teurer und ist in manchen Sektoren schlicht unleistbar geworden. Und auch die Anleger finden weiterhin Geschmack an Immobilien. Die „Krone“ hat für Sie die Fakten zusammengestellt.

Autovermieter Hertz ordert 100.000 Tesla Model 3!
Der US-Autovermieter Hertz versetzt sich einen Stromstoß gegen den drohenden Krisentod: Der US-Autovermieter steckt mit einem Großauftrag bei Tesla Milliarden in den Ausbau seiner Elektro-Autoflotte. Bis Ende 2022 sollen 100.000 Tesla bestellt worden sein, teilte der Konkurrent von Sixt mit.

Corona: EMA will noch vor Weihnachten entscheiden
Möglichst noch vor Weihnachten will die Europäische Arzneimittelbehörde EMA entscheiden, ob sie eine Empfehlung für Corona-Impfungen für Kinder zwischen fünf und elf Jahren ausspricht. „Der derzeitige Zeitplan für die Bewertung beträgt ungefähr zwei Monate“, teilte die EMA am Mittwoch mit.

Forscher bauen ersten „denkenden“ Roboter mit Hirn
Japanische Forscher haben jetzt den weltweit ersten „denkenden“ Roboter entwickelt. Dieser besitzt gehirnähnliche Neuronen, die im Labor gezüchtet wurden. Wenn diese elektrisch stimuliert werden, navigierte die Maschine erfolgreich durch ein kleines Labyrinth und umfährt Hindernisse.

Alles aus? Austrias „Ehe“ mit Insignia in Trümmern
Die Fronten zwischen der Wiener Austria und ihrem „strategischen Partner“ Insignia haben sich neuerlich verhärtet! Der Fußball-Bundesligist reagierte am Mittwoch auf öffentliche Aussagen der Insignia und erklärte, laufende Verhandlungen mit dem Unternehmen über ein Sponsoring zu beenden. Austria-Vorstand Gerhard Krisch verwies auf eine Garantie über 7 Millionen Euro „einer Gesellschaft aus dem Insignia-Umfeld“.

Totengräber und Schattenmenschen
Haben Sie schon mal ein Energiewesen getroffen oder Stimmen aus dem Jenseits gehört? Wenn Sie Nervenkitzel dieser Art mögen, dann müssen Sie jetzt unbedingt weiterlesen! Für die ganz mutigen unter unseren Lesern gibt es sogar die Möglichkeit, auf Tuchfühlung mit dem Unbeschreiblichen zu gehen: Die „Krone“ verlost unter allen Freunden des Spuks eine Geisterjagd mit den Vienna Ghosthunters! Sie gehen auf eine exklusive Tour auf den „Friedhof der Namenlosen“, und erfahren dabei allerlei Wissenswertes über übersinnliche Phänomene. Dabei hören Sie gespenstische Geschichten aus erster Hand von Österreichs Geisterjäger Nummer eins: Wilhelm Gabler. 

Zahlreiche Überfälle: Junge Räuberbande geschnappt
Zahlreiche Straftaten im Raum Purkersdorf, Bezirk St. Pölten, und in der Bundeshauptstadt Wien sollen auf das Konto einer Jugendbande gehen, die nun von der Polizei gesprengt wurde. Vier Beschuldigte im Alter von 16 und 17 Jahren sind ausgeforscht, das Quartett zeigt sich zu den Straftaten großteils geständig.

Herzattacke! Blau-Weiß-Stürmer im Cup kollabiert
Schlimme Szenen im ÖFB-Cup: Das Achtelfinal-Duell zwischen dem FC Blau-Weiß Linz und dem TSV Hartberg ist am Mittwoch in der 1. Spielhälfte aufgrund eines medizinischen Notfalls abgebrochen worden! Auslöser dafür war der Zusammenbruch von Linz-Stürmer Raphael Dwamena abseits des Spielfelds ...

Smarte Technologie für Forschung am Neusiedler See
Die Artenvielfalt der Brutvögel und die Bedeutung des Schilfgürtels sowie des Wasserstandes sollen nun besser erforscht werden. Um den Eingriff in die Natur möglichst gering zu halten, kommt dabei modernste Technologie zum Einsatz. Das Projekt wird von Nationalpark, Uni Wien und Huawei Österreich umgesetzt.

Schach fördert die Logik und macht Kinder schulfit
Schachspielende Kinder haben nachweislich eine höhere Konzentrationsfähigkeit und können daher ihre Leistungen in der Schule besser abrufen. Einer, der das seit längerer Zeit weiß und sich daher um Schach in burgenländischen Schulen bemüht, ist Reinhold Achs. Seine Kurse starten in den nächsten Tagen.

Türke handelte mit Kokain in seinem Geschäft
Ein Türke (46) handelte in seinem Geschäft in der Stadt Salzburg bereits seit 2019 mit Kokain.

Bei Flämmarbeiten: Hoteldach fing plötzlich Feuer
Während Flämmarbeiten bei einem Hotel in der Gemeinde Weißensee entwickelte sich plötzlich ein Schwelbrand unter dem Dach. Bis zum Eintreffen der Feuerwehren kämpften zwei Dachdeckergesellen gegen den Brand an. 

Snowboarder kracht in Skifahrer - verletzt
Im Krankenhaus endete für einen Einheimischen (59) eine Skifahrt am Gletscher in Sölden am Mittwochvormittag. Der Mann wurde von einem einheimischen Snowboardfahrer (31) von hinten gerammt. Beide Sportler kamen zu Sturz. Der 59-Jährige musste mit dem Heli geborgen werden.

Starke Marken und ihre Helden
Warum Marken erst in der Wahrnehmung des Kunden entstehen und wir beim Kauf oft auf „Autopilot“ schalten und wie wir durch Marken zu Helden unserer eigenen Geschichten werden können.