Morning News: Friday, September 2, 2022

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  • Prague saw the fifth hottest summer since records began back in 1775, the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute reported on Thursday. Between the start of July and end of August, the oldest Czech meteorological station at Prague’s Clementinum recorded an average temperature of 22.2 degrees Celsius, the fifth highest in the past 245 years.


  • US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin is due to arrive in Prague next Friday, September 9, the Czech Ministry of Defence said on Thursday. The Pentagon chief will hold talks with Defence Minister Jana Černochová and Prime Minister Petr Fiala, focusing on aid to Ukraine and the current security situation.


  • The Forum 2000 International Award for Courage and Responsibility was presented in Prague on Thursday to Chinese citizen journalist and activist Zhang Zhan, who was imprisoned by the Chinese government for reporting the truth about the Covid epidemic in Wuhan.


  • The Czech and Polish Air Force started to patrol Slovak airspace on Thursday after the NATO member stopped using Russian-made MiG fighter airplanes. Slovakia will rely on the help of its allies until it completes the purchase of US F16s.


  • The school workers’ trade union wants the state to spend 15 percent more on the wages of teachers and non-teaching staff next year, its head Frantisek Dobsik said yesterday, adding that the demand is a response to rising prices, the decrease in real wages and the economic development outlook. A 15-percent increase will cost CZK 18 billion.

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