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Celebrating singer František Nedvěd of Brontosauři
In this edition of the Sunday Music Show, we pay tribute to František Nedvěd, who passed away this July at the age of 73. He was an early pioneer of Czech country, folk and “tramp” songs – best sung around a campfire in the great outdoors.

130 years since opening of Petřín funicular
The Petřín funicular transports roughly 2 million people every year up and down Prague’s most famous hill and is the second most visited attraction in the Czech Republic. It was built on the occasion of the General Land Centennial Exhibition in 1891, which took place in Prague.

Police checks reveal 15 percent of Prague clubbers breached coronavirus rules
Police checks reveal 15 percent of Prague clubbers breached coronavirus rules

Survey shows 23 percent of Czechs do not want coronavirus vaccine
Survey shows 23 percent of Czechs do not want coronavirus vaccine

Three Czech spas could be placed on UNESCO heritage list
Three Czech spas could be placed on UNESCO heritage list

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Temelín nuclear power plant could be expanded in future, says minister
Temelín nuclear power plant could be expanded in future, says minister

Olympic Games get underway in Tokyo with Czech athletes sidelined by Covid
The opening ceremony of the 32nd Olympic Games began in Tokyo at one o’clock on Friday afternoon (Prague time), in a stadium designed to hold tens of thousands but without a single sports fan in attendance, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Also missing from the “Parade of Nations” were heartbroken Czech athletes and officials who had tested positive for Covid-19 after arriving in Japan.  

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Covid numbers below 200 for first time in three weeks
Covid numbers below 200 for first time in three weeks

Czech 20th century on display at major new National Museum exhibition
The history of the Czech nation during the tumultuous twentieth century is the subject of a new major exhibition opening up this Friday in the National Museum in Prague. Around 2,000 square metres of space in the museum’s New Building are dedicated to the exhibit, which mixes historical artefacts with multi-media presentations to bring the period alive.

Museum documenting history of Lennon Wall opens in Lesser Quarter
Museum documenting history of Lennon Wall opens in Lesser Quarter

Salvation Army and NGO Naděje inoculating homeless people against Covid-19
Salvation Army and NGO Naděje inoculating homeless people against Covid-19

Bill on postal voting rights for Czechs abroad passes in first reading in Senate
Bill on postal voting rights for Czechs abroad passes in first reading in Senate

Holliday home prices in Czechia rise by a third as Czechs seek to escape quarantine risk
Prices of holiday homes have risen by a third over the past year, Czech Television reported on Thursday. Realtors believe that this is in part due to people searching for a country retreat amid fears of a return to quarantine.

Jeseník Spa – The cradle of hydrotherapy
Located in the Hrubý Jeseník mountain range, about 240 kilometres east of Prague and close to the border with Poland, the town of Jeseník might not be a destination very high on the list of most tourists to Czechia. But the mountain town is a cradle of hydrotherapy.

Kvitová and Satoranský to carry Czech flag at Olympics opening
Kvitová and Satoranský to carry Czech flag at Olympics opening

Cyclist Schelgel brings number of Czech Olympic Covid cases to four
Cyclist Schelgel brings number of Czech Olympic Covid cases to four

Forcibly sterilised Czech women to receive financial compensation
Forcibly sterilised Czech women to receive financial compensation

Rule of Law Report fair to all EU member states, says Commissioner Jourová
The European Commission published its second annual report on the rule of law among EU member states this week, with particular criticism levelled at Hungary and Poland. Government officials from both states lashed out against the report, which they said was commissioned in bad faith. Czech lawyer Věra Jourová, the European Commission Vice-President for Values and Transparency, says it is based on a fair approach to all member states.

Janoušek re-enters jail after court health ruling
Janoušek re-enters jail after court health ruling

Fire fighters finish work in tornado-hit villages in Moravia
Fire fighters finish work in tornado-hit villages in Moravia

Nausch Sluková latest Czech to test positive in Tokyo
Nausch Sluková latest Czech to test positive in Tokyo

Student Štepánka Klečanská on green issues: we need more people to do the small things that count
An essay about deforestation won Prague student Štěpánka Klečanská the chance to take part in an event aimed at raising awareness about climate change and the role of women in tackling it, co-organized by the Canadian Embassy in Prague and the Czech ministries of foreign affairs and the environment. I met up with her later to get her take on climate change issues and began by asking about whether there really is a difference in how men and women tackle climate change issues.

Dutch architecture firm to design new station for Brno
Dutch architecture firm to design new station for Brno

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Olympic Committee investigate “Covid” flight described as scandal by PM
Olympic Committee investigate “Covid” flight described as scandal by PM

‘A Journey to Prehistory’ through the works of late, great Czech painter Zdeněk Burian
The Děčín Regional Museum has launched a major exhibition entitled ‘A Journey to Prehistory or In the Footsteps of Zdeněk Burian’, in honour of the famous Czech illustrator who brought the Stone Age to life for generations of children worldwide.

Covid infections continue slight drop, reproduction rate still below 1
Covid infections continue slight drop, reproduction rate still below 1

Court orders billionaire Czech lobbyist Roman Janoušek must return to prison
Court orders billionaire Czech lobbyist Roman Janoušek must return to prison

New website lets people know if they have unclaimed money from voucher privatisation era
A new website called Zapomenuté miliardy (Forgotten billions) offers Czechs the chance to find out if they own any unclaimed shares distributed during the privatisation era of 1990s. Thousands of people have since found their unclaimed money.

Tokyo Olympics: Czech table tennis player Pavel Širuček tests Covid-positive
Tokyo Olympics: Czech table tennis player Pavel Širuček tests Covid-positive

Prague may reopen trial of Czechoslovak Army general convicted in 1947
Prague may reopen trial of Czechoslovak Army general convicted in 1947

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Forgotten Billions service recovers 320mn in ‘coupon privatisation’ money
Forgotten Billions service recovers 320mn in ‘coupon privatisation’ money

Police recover tanks and heavy guns during ongoing weapons amnesty
For nearly six months now, people in the Czech Republic have been able to hand over illegally held weapons to the police free of prosecution. The opportunity has resulted in police officers receiving thousands of firearms and pieces of ammunition, including heavy military equipment.

Deputy PM: current anti-Covid measures adequate, despite Delta spread
Deputy PM: current anti-Covid measures adequate, despite Delta spread

Mathilda Nostitz, Czech countess and philanthropist, dies aged 85
Mathilda Nostitz, Czech countess and philanthropist, dies aged 85

“Into the unknown”: Over 100 Czechs competing at Tokyo Olympics
Over 100 Czech sportsmen and women are in Tokyo to represent their nation at the 32nd Olympic Games, which begin on Friday. The biggest show in sport was delayed by a year by Covid – but Czech participants say their focus is on making the most of the event, even without fans.

Senate confirms right to armed defence will be constitutionally enshrined
Senate confirms right to armed defence will be constitutionally enshrined

Justice Minister proposed salary cut for ex-Chief Prosecutor as disciplinary action
Justice Minister proposed salary cut for ex-Chief Prosecutor as disciplinary action

Ekofilm docu fest in Brno attracts over 200 competition film submissions
Ekofilm docu fest in Brno attracts over 200 competition film submissions

Brodské-Lanžhot crossing between Slovakia and Czechia likely to be blocked by protestors
Brodské-Lanžhot crossing between Slovakia and Czechia likely to be blocked by protestors

New walk-in vaccine centres open up in Czech Republic
New walk-in vaccine centres open up in Czech Republic

EC's Rule of Law report identifies shortcomings in implementing Czech anti-corruption strategy
EC's Rule of Law report identifies shortcomings in implementing Czech anti-corruption strategy

President signs major new amendment on distraint law
President signs major new amendment on distraint law

Government promising walk-in vaccine centers in all regions as Delta variant gains dominance
The Chief Hygiene Office announced this week that the more contagious Delta variant now accounts for around 80 percent of coronavirus infections in the Czech Republic. Although the daily increase in Covid numbers is still low, experts predict it will be a matter of weeks before the country finds itself battling yet another wave of infections.

Senate committee declares President Zeman fit for office
Senate committee declares President Zeman fit for office

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Three Czech projects mentioned in A+Awards for international architecture
Three Czech projects mentioned in A+Awards for international architecture

Founder of child neurosurgery in Czechoslovakia, Vladimír Beneš, dies
Founder of child neurosurgery in Czechoslovakia, Vladimír Beneš, dies

Czech Olympic volleyball team ravaged by coronavirus
Czech Olympic volleyball team ravaged by coronavirus

Summer Festivities of Early Music offer a unique musical experience in a beautiful environment
The Summer Festivities of Early Music traditionally offer a unique musical experience in a beautiful environment. The festival, which is extremely popular with music lovers, runs from July 20 to August 5. Its director Josefína Knoblochová explains what visitors can look forward to this year.

Explosion in training facility injures two Czech soldiers
Explosion in training facility injures two Czech soldiers

Central European foreign ministers meeting in Czechia to discuss Covid, EU expansion
Central European foreign ministers meeting in Czechia to discuss Covid, EU expansion

Tornado: Pope Francis to address Slovakia alongside cross made from damaged Moravian church
Tornado: Pope Francis to address Slovakia alongside cross made from damaged Moravian church

Czech health insurance will not cover Covid-19 tests as of September
Czech health insurance will not cover Covid-19 tests as of September

Covid-19: Delta variant constitutes 70-80 pct of infections in Czechia
Covid-19: Delta variant constitutes 70-80 pct of infections in Czechia

Brussels approves CZK 180 billion in EU funds for Czech National Recovery Plan
The European Commission has approved the Czech Republic’s National Recovery Plan and will allocate CZK 180 billion to the country from the EU’s Resilience and Recovery Fund, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said in Prague on Monday. However, the Czech Republic will have to ensure that there is no conflict of interest in allocating the money; otherwise it may have to send the funds back.

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EU Commission endorses Czech Republic’s €7bn recovery and resilience plan
EU Commission endorses Czech Republic’s €7bn recovery and resilience plan

SAO: Czech water quality hasn’t improved despite CZK 2.7bn in EU subsidies
SAO: Czech water quality hasn’t improved despite CZK 2.7bn in EU subsidies

Russian service of Radio Prague International blocked in Russia over 20-year-old Palach article
The Russian Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights Rospotrebnadzor has blocked the Russian language website of Radio Prague International on the territory of Russia. The decision was made in connection with an article posted in 2001 about student martyr Jan Palach who set himself on fire in 1969 to protest against growing public apathy to the Russian-led invasion of Czechoslovakia. The Russian agency says the article violates Russian laws by speaking about suicide in positive terms.

iRozhlas.cz: Agrofert dairy subsidiary filed suit at EU court over subsidies suspension
iRozhlas.cz: Agrofert dairy subsidiary filed suit at EU court over subsidies suspension

130 years of Prague trams on parade
On July 18, 1891 František Křižík opened the first tram stop in Prague on Letná plain near Stromovka park. It was from the same spot that the Prague Public Transit Company sent a column of 13 historic and modern trams last Sunday, exactly 130 years later.

Prague’s historic Charles Bridge again defaced by graffiti
Prague’s historic Charles Bridge again defaced by graffiti

EU Commission head, Czech PM meet in Prague to discuss EU economic stimulus package
EU Commission head, Czech PM meet in Prague to discuss EU economic stimulus package

Births, weddings, and deaths in Czechia
Are you new to the Czech Republic? Here are some basic facts about family life that might be helpful.

“Prague was exciting, it was Havel”: Mark Baker on a time of transformation
Early 1990s Prague, when everything seemed possible, has attained almost mythical status. Travel writer and journalist Mark Baker had been regularly visiting Czechoslovakia even prior to the fall of communism – and delivers illuminating reflections on those exciting, turbulent times in the new Czech-language book Čas proměn. We discussed that “time of change” just ahead of its publication.

Biochemist: Czech Republic close to achieving herd immunity
Biochemist: Czech Republic close to achieving herd immunity

Investigace.cz: Governments used Israeli technology to spy on journalists
Investigace.cz: Governments used Israeli technology to spy on journalists

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Krejčíková wins Prague Open, picks up third title this season
Krejčíková wins Prague Open, picks up third title this season

Tram parade marks 130 years since first tram rode through Prague
Tram parade marks 130 years since first tram rode through Prague

Soul singer Michal Prokop's new album
Although once considered the best Czech soul singer, Michal Prokop chose to enter politics during the 1990s where he served for 10 years. Now, after years of silence he has restarted his signing career and has just released a new album - Mohlo by to bejt nebe (It could have been heaven).

Last two of seven escaped bison return to their enclosure in Tábor Zoo
Last two of seven escaped bison return to their enclosure in Tábor Zoo

Many Czechs requalifying post pandemic
Many Czechs requalifying post pandemic

Member of Czech logistics team to Olympics tests positive for Covid-19
Member of Czech logistics team to Olympics tests positive for Covid-19

Several regions dealing with local floods after hours of torrential rain
Several regions dealing with local floods after hours of torrential rain

First electric tram introduced in Prague 130 years ago
July 18, 1891 was one of the most important days not only in the history of Prague’s public transport, but also in the history of railway transport and Czech technical engineering in general.

Russia blocks Radio Prague International’s website on its territory
Russia blocks Radio Prague International’s website on its territory

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Meteorologists issue severe storm warning
Meteorologists issue severe storm warning

Krejčíková to play Martincová at all-Czech Prague Open final
Krejčíková to play Martincová at all-Czech Prague Open final

Covid numbers slightly declining
Covid numbers slightly declining

Czech Republic in talks with potential battery cell factory investors
Czech Republic in talks with potential battery cell factory investors

Russia blocks website of human rights organization for cooperating with Czech NGO
Russia blocks website of human rights organization for cooperating with Czech NGO

Daniel Herman awarded Charles IV Prize at Sudeten German Landsmannschaft conference
Daniel Herman awarded Charles IV Prize at Sudeten German Landsmannschaft conference

Prague hotels fight for clients as room prices fall up to 50 percent of pre-pandemic value
Roughly CZK 170 billion have been allocated by the state to support businesses since the coronavirus pandemic hit the Czech Republic in March 2020. The subsidies have now been cut, but the Czech hospitality sector is still struggling.

Scientists from Liberec develop 3D printing robot able to create right angles
One of the major obstacles in the use of 3D printing in the construction sector are the sharp edges on most buildings, at least in this part of the world. Scientists from Liberec are now developing a construction robot that should be able to deal with right angles and sharp corners. Its model should be completed at the start of 2022.

Prague’s historic Letná carousel set to be restored and reopened by spring 2022
After being closed for nearly two decades, the historic carousel in Prague’s Letná park is now set to be restored and reopened, the Czech Technical Museum, which administers the building, has announced. Its director Karel Ksandr hopes that if all goes well the carousel will reopen sometime next spring.

EC ready to approve Czech Republic’s National Recovery Plan
EC ready to approve Czech Republic’s National Recovery Plan

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Covid data indicate a new rise in coronavirus epidemic
Covid data indicate a new rise in coronavirus epidemic

Pirate Party suing PM
Pirate Party suing PM

EC urging Prague to introduce reliable system to identify and prevent conflict of interest
EC urging Prague to introduce reliable system to identify and prevent conflict of interest

EC Vice-President Frans Timmermans holds Green Deal talks with Czech officials
EC Vice-President Frans Timmermans holds Green Deal talks with Czech officials

Mariánské Lázně - second-largest Bohemian spa town
Nestled in a shallow valley between the green hills of the Slavkov and Upper Palpatine Forests, Mariánské Lázně is the second-largest Bohemian spa town. Like Františkovy Lázně and Karlovy Vary, the town combines a laid-back spa atmosphere with unique history and architecture, which includes a singing fountain and the longest colonnade in the Czech Republic. A frequent visitor to the Bohemian Spa Triangle, the legendary writer Johan Wolfgang Goethe considered Mariánské Lázně to be the best Czech spa town.

Finance Ministry selects Jiří Pos to become chairman of the board at Prague Airport
Finance Ministry selects Jiří Pos to become chairman of the board at Prague Airport

Justice minister files disciplinary action against former prosecutor general
Justice minister files disciplinary action against former prosecutor general

Priorities of Czech EU presidency discussed at roundtable
Priorities of Czech EU presidency discussed at roundtable

Czech PM to meet with Frans Timmermans to discuss European Commission's electro mobility plan
Czech PM to meet with Frans Timmermans to discuss European Commission's electro mobility plan

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Olomouc-based bikesharing company Nextbike expands to over 20 cities
The Olomouc-based Bikesharing company Nextbike has expanded to over twenty cities in the Czech Republic. The company currently operates nearly 5,200 shared bicycles and electric bikes, which is an increase by 170 percent on the previous year.

Czech Radio: Issuing certificates to people inoculated in third countries plagued by complications
Czech Radio: Issuing certificates to people inoculated in third countries plagued by complications

Czechs most concerned about coronavirus, according to survey
Czechs most concerned about coronavirus, according to survey

Military ground of Libavá turns into sanctuary for rare bird species  
Despite the sound of gunfire, explosions and ground army vehicles, the military ground of Libavá has become something of a sanctuary for rare species of birds. Since 2016, when the area partly reopened to the public, ornithologists have been closely monitoring the place and are now working on a special atlas dedicated to the local species.

NortonLifeLock in talks to buy Avast, WSJ reports
NortonLifeLock in talks to buy Avast, WSJ reports

Prague to host first outdoor live art festival after months of lockdown
Prague will host a two day multi-genre festival of music, theatre performances and slam poetry starting Friday titled "Art belongs to the streets". It will be the first such event after the long months of coronavirus lockdown.  I asked the festival’s director Jan Gregar what genres will be represented and what visitors to the capital can look forward to.

Prague metro to operate until midnight from Thursday
Prague metro to operate until midnight from Thursday

New building act places heritage sites in danger, warns Czech head of ICOMOS
New building act places heritage sites in danger, warns Czech head of ICOMOS

Culture Ministry interested in buying writer Bohumil Hrabal’s home in Kersko
Culture Ministry interested in buying writer Bohumil Hrabal’s home in Kersko

Digitally restored version of Vojtěch Jasný’s The Cassandra Cat screened at Cannes
Digitally restored version of Vojtěch Jasný’s The Cassandra Cat screened at Cannes

Euro 2020: Patrick Schick’s stunning effort named Goal of the Tournament
Euro 2020: Patrick Schick’s stunning effort named Goal of the Tournament

West Ham’s Souček wins Golden Ball for Czech player of year for second time
West Ham’s Souček wins Golden Ball for Czech player of year for second time

Writer Bohumil Hrabal’s holiday home on market for CZK 12 million
The former holiday home of famous Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal in Kersko, east of Prague, is now on sale for the price of CZK 11.9 million.

MPs pass bill requiring long-term residents to use state health insurance
Foreigners with long-term residency will have to insure themselves exclusively with the state health insurance company VZP for a period of five years, according to a bill passed by the Chamber of Deputies on Tuesday, which will now be sent to the president for signature. Critics say that the change in legislation will provide VZP with an exclusive monopoly.

Professor Patrick van Damme on the role of Prague's Faculty of Agri-Sciences
Patrick Van Damme, Belgian professor in tropical agronomy, has recently been appointed to head the Faculty of Tropical Agri-Sciences , becoming the first foreign dean in the history of the University of Life Sciences. I met with Mr van Damme to discuss the faculty’s projects and plans, but I first asked him about his links to the Prague institution.

Bookmakers: Czechs will bring seven or eight medals from Tokyo
Bookmakers: Czechs will bring seven or eight medals from Tokyo

Climatologist: Until 2050 the course is set, but we can influence what happens after that
Temperature swings, heavy storms and flash floods have become a regular feature of the Czech summer. In late June, the country moreover experienced an unseen event in human memory-a tornado that ripped through seven villages leaving a trail of devastation in its wake. Climatologists say it’s time to sit up and take notice- the once temperate Central European climate is a thing of the past.

Hungary Today

Párbeszéd: Government at Root of Weak Forint, High Inflation

The Hungarian government and central bank governor György Matolcsy have failed to improve the competitiveness of Hungarian companies and have kept the forint weak, causing high inflation, the opposition Párbeszéd said on Friday. Bence Tordai, the party’s deputy group leader, told an online press conference that Fidesz had funnelled development funding into “the pockets of […]

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More Proposals Approved to Speed up Economic Recovery, Péter Szijjártó Says

The operative board coordinating Hungary’s economic recovery approved eight more measures to help restart the economy, Péter Szijjártó, the minister for foreign affairs and trade, said on Friday. The operative board has approved infrastructure and logistics developments in Komárom, Göd, Dunakeszi and Nyíregyháza, the minister said. The city of Komárom in the north, where a […]

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Áron Szilágyi Claims Hungary’s First Gold in Tokyo and Writes History

Áron Szilágyi once again won the Olympic title in the men’s individual sabre claiming Hungary’s first gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics. The victory means Szilágyi has become the first man ever to win three Olympic gold medals in an individual fencing discipline.  As we reported, Áron Szilágyi was optimistic before the kick-off of the […]

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Press Roundup: Third Dose of Coronavirus Vaccine Offered from August

As the government makes a third dose of Covid vaccine available for citizens, a left-wing columnist accuses it of ignoring science. A pro-government commentator defends the government’s early decision to use the Chinese vaccine to speed-up immunization. Hungarian press roundup by budapost.eu Népszava’s Miklós Hargitai finds it complacent of the government to explain the distribution of the third […]

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Being Hungarian ‘Advantage,’ State Secretary Potápi Says

The government has succeeded in reuniting the Hungarian nation over the past decade, and today being Hungarian is an advantage everywhere in the Carpathian Basin, the state secretary in charge of policies for Hungarian communities abroad said at a roundtable discussion in Sátoraljaújhely on Friday. The Hungarian communities of the Carpathian Basin will only be […]

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Krone.at

Dieb tauscht Buddha-Statue gegen Marienfigur
Der wohl kurioseste Diebstahl des Jahres beschäftigt derzeit die Polizei in Lichtenegg im Bezirk Wiener Neustadt. Denn im beschaulichen Ort ist aus dem Gastgarten eines Wirtshauses eine Buddha-Statue verschwunden. An ihrer Stelle platzierte der Dieb eine - offenbar deutlich wertvollere - Marienfigur. Ein möglicher Hinweis befindet sich im Gästebuch einer nahen Wallfahrtskirche...

Grausame Beweise: Balkan-Mafia mit Spaß am Foltern
Drogenhandel im großen Stil, mindestens drei Mordanschläge, Folter als Geschäftspraktik – die Verhaftung des weltweit gesuchten Westbalkan-Mafia-Bosses Dario D. alias „Dexter“ in Wien (die „Krone“ berichtete) sorgte nicht nur bei uns für Aufsehen. Nun schockieren aufgetauchte Videos seiner Machenschaften

Long-Covid-Syndrom: Gefangen im Lockdown
Bereits im November erkrankte „Krone“-Kolumnistin Franziska Trost an Corona. Bis heute kämpft sie mit den Folgen. Wie es sich anfühlt, wenn das Leben nur noch auf Sparflamme läuft.

Österreicher befürchten Kürzungen bei Gesundheit
Aufgrund der massiven Schuldenaufnahmen in Zusammenhang mit der Corona-Krise befürchten zwei Drittel der Österreicher Leistungskürzungen im Gesundheitssektor. Das geht aus einer Umfrage des Instituts für Demoskopie und Datenanalyse (IFDD) für die „Krone“ hervor.

Wie Forscher die nächste Flut berechnen
Überschwemmungen und Hochwasser zählen zu den am häufigsten auftretenden Naturgefahren, weltweit ist davon eine Milliarde Menschen bedroht. Auch österreichische Forscher tüfteln daran, welche Maßnahmen im Ernstfall vor Zerstörungen schützen. Hilfe bieten dabei Simulationen, die verschiedene Szenarien berechnen.

Die Olympischen Spiele im Kalten Krieg
Russische Sportler dürfen bei den Spielen in Tokio nicht unter der Flagge ihres Landes starten. Wegen staatlichen Dopings werden Medaillen nur dem „Olympischen Komitee“ zugeordnet. Die Hymne Russlands ist nicht zu hören. Doch jahrzehntelang waren die Olympischen Spiele der Ort eines Stellvertreterkrieges der Supermächte USA und UdSSR. In einer dreiteiligen „Krone“-Serie analysiert Peter Filzmaier die Olympiapolitik.

Trump-Fans in Kalifornien wollen Brände aussitzen
In Kalifornien setzen Feuerwehrleute ihr Leben aufs Spiel, um die Bevölkerung vor herannahenden Waldbränden zu beschützen. Jedoch wollen einige Menschen die Gefahr, die ihnen droht, einfach nicht wahrhaben, etwa in Greenville. Anhänger von Ex-Präsident Trump ignorieren dort die Aufrufe zur Evakuierung. Stattdessen sitzen die demonstrativ in Klappstühlen vor ihren Häusern, trinken Bier und hören Musik - eine Ignoranz, die tödlich enden kann.

Frankreich: Ausschreitungen bei Impfgegner-Demos
In Paris und anderen französischen Städten haben rund 161.000 Menschen gegen die Verschärfung der Corona-Regeln demonstriert. Das berichtete der französische Nachrichtensender Franceinfo am Samstag unter Berufung auf das Innenministerium. Allein in Paris seien rund 11.000 Menschen auf die Straße gegangen. Am Rande des Protestes kam es in der Hauptstadt im Bereich der Prachtstraße Champs-Élysées zu Ausschreitungen. Die Polizei setzte daraufhin Tränengas und Wasserwerfer ein, wie Fernsehbilder zeigten.

Deutsche Flutregionen wappnen sich für neuen Regen
In den deutschen Bundesländern Rheinland-Pfalz und Nordrhein-Westfalen, wo vor etwas mehr als einer Woche verheerende Überflutungen mindestens 179 Todesopfer gefordert haben, bereiten sich die Menschen auf neuerliche Schauer und Gewitter vor. Dabei seien „lokal eng begrenzt“ Unwetter durch heftigen Starkregen möglich, berichtete der Deutsche Wetterdienst (DWD) am Samstag.

Regierung trifft sich zum Sommer-Gipfel
Der Streit zwischen Türkis und Grün um den Klimaschutz sowie um die Verwirklichung von Straßenbauprojekten ist noch lange nicht beigelegt. Die Regierungspartner warfen sich vor Kurzem gegenseitig vor, in der Steinzeit zu leben. Beim Sommerministerrat kommende Woche soll wieder gute Stimmung verbreitet werden.

Mückstein besuchte Corona-konformen Ball in Wels
Ein Corona-konformer Ball geht Samstagabend in Wels über die Bühne. Der Welser Sommernachtsball sei „wahrscheinlich der erste und bisher einzige Ball 2021“, meinte Tanzschulchef Christoph Hippmann im Vorfeld. Während der Vorbereitungen stattete sogar Gesundheitsminister Wolfgang Mückstein (Grüne) der Tanzschule einen Besuch ab und ließ sich von den Tänzern auf die Tanzfläche entführen - wenn auch nur für ein Foto.

Jetzt fix: PCR-Pflicht bei Einreise aus 3 Ländern
Jetzt ist es fix: Reiserückkehrer aus den Niederlanden, aus ganz Spanien und aus Zypern müssen künftig bei der Einreise nach Österreich einen PCR-Test absolvieren. Diese Einigung in der Bundesregierung gab am Samstag Tourismusministerin Elisabeth Köstinger (ÖVP) der „Krone“ bekannt. Gesundheitsminister Wolfgang Mückstein (Grüne) kündigte an, dass es dafür kostenlose Testangebote am Flughafen geben werde.

Grenzschutz wird mit 400 Soldaten verstärkt
Innenminister Karl Nehammer und Verteidigungsministerin Klaudia Tanner (beide ÖVP) haben am Samstag im Rahmen einer gemeinsamen Pressekonferenz die massive Aufstockung des Grenzschutzes mit Polizei und Soldaten des Bundesheers verkündet. „Eins ist klar, das europäische Asylsystem ist gescheitert“, sagte Nehammer. Die EU-Vorgaben würden Österreich daran hindern, „für klare Verhältnisse zu sorgen“.

Rufe nach PCR-Testpflicht für Urlaubsrückkehrer
In den letzten Wochen haben aus dem Urlaub mitgebrachte Infektionsfälle wieder rasant zugenommen. Dadurch hat die Debatte um eine mögliche Verschärfung der Corona-Regeln bei der Einreise wieder an Fahrt aufgenommen. Am Freitag stieß SPÖ-Chefin Pamela Rendi-Wagner die Diskussion erneut an, indem sie verpflichtende PCR-Tests auch für geimpfte Rückreisende forderte. Ähnlich äußerte sich Gesundheitsminister Wolfgang Mückstein (Grüne), der etwa eine verschärfte Testpflicht für alle Urlaubsrückkehrer als „sinnvolle Möglichkeit“ bezeichnete.

Minister Mückstein: „Impfen mit Bier und Würstel“
Nur das gerahmte Zeitungscover, das Rudolf Anschober zeigte, ist verschwunden. Sonst hat sich im Büro des Gesundheitsministers nichts verändert. Nach hundert Tagen im Amt spricht Wolfgang Mückstein (Grüne) über Corona, Bier und sein Verhältnis zum Bundeskanzler.

Gestiegene Inflation frisst Wert vom Sparbuch auf
Die Inflationsrate ist bei uns auf 2,8 Prozent gestiegen. Als Folge verlieren die Sparer weitere Milliarden Euro an Kaufkraft, weil die Teuerung den Zinsertrag noch deutlicher übertrifft. Rechnerisch wäre so in rund 25 Jahren die Hälfte des Realwertes weg, die Agenda Austria drängt zu anderen Geldanlagen (siehe auch Video oben).

SpaceX-Rakete bringt Sonde zu Jupitermond Europa
Die US-Raumfahrtbehörde NASA hat das private Unternehmen SpaceX von Tesla-Gründer Elon Musk mit einer Mission zum Jupitermond Europa beauftragt. Grund dafür sind Verzögerungen und Kostensteigerungen bei der Entwicklung ihrer eigenen neuen Trägerrakete „Space Launch System“ (kurz SLS) dafür.

Great Barrier Reef nicht als „bedroht“ eingestuft
Trotz der Bedrohung durch Klimawandel und schlechte Wasserqualität ist das Great Barrier Reef vor der Küste Australiens zumindest vorerst einer Einstufung als „gefährdetes“ Welterbe entgangen. Das zuständige Komitee der UNESCO beschloss am Freitag auf seiner 44. Sitzung in Fuzhou in China einen Aufschub der Entscheidung über das weltgrößte Korallenriff. Erst 2023 wird wieder darüber beraten.

Ab 17 Uhr LIVE: SV Ried gegen Austria Wien
Nach dem mageren 1:1 beim Europacup-Comeback gegen Breidablik steht die Wiener Austria vor der nächsten Bewährungsprobe. Heute treten die „Veilchen“ zum Auftakt der Bundesliga bei der SV Ried an - erneut ein Gegner, der von der Papierform her einen Erfolg zulassen würde. Die Oberösterreicher hatten in der Vorbereitung mit Corona zu kämpfen und mussten zahlreiche neue Spieler integrieren. Trainer Andreas Heraf zeigte großen Respekt vor dem Team aus Wien. Mit sportkrone.at sind Sie ab 17 Uhr live dabei!

Wiener Grüne eliminieren Blumenbeete für Radweg
Die Wiener Grünen lassen in Währing Blumenbeete niederreißen, um Platz für einen neuen Radweg zu schaffen. Beton statt Pflanzen: Die Anrainer in der Thimiggasse sind verärgert, die Stadt soll doch grüner und klimafitter werden. Die Straße sei die einzig mögliche Anbindung, sagt der Bezirk und begrünt woanders.

Vierter! Felix Auböck verpasst Medaille ganz knapp
Schwimmer Felix Auböck hat erneut die bittere Erfahrung eines vierten Platzes bei einem Großereignis gemacht. Dem Niederösterreicher fehlten am Sonntag in Tokio im Olympia-Finale über 400 m Kraul 0,13 Sek. auf die Bronzemedaille, seinen am Vortag im Vorlauf fixierten nationalen Rekord verpasste er in 3:44,07 Min. um 0,16 Sek. Sensationssieger wurde auf der Außenbahn der erst 18-jährige Ahmed Hafnaoui (TUN/3:43,36) vor Jack McLoughlin (AUS/3:43,52) und Kieran Smith (USA).

Bürgermeister blitzte mit Verleumdungs-Anzeige ab
Ein oö. Bürgermeister und ehemaliger ÖVP-Landtagsabgeordneter, gegen den ein Strafprozess u.a. wegen Vergewaltigung läuft, hat eine juristische Niederlage erlitten. Der Politiker leugnet die Vorwürfe. Er hatte zunächst sogar das mutmaßliche Opfer wegen Verleumdung angezeigt. Nachdem die Staatsanwaltschaft die Ermittlungen gegen die Frau eingestellt hat, wurde nun auch der Fortführungsantrag des Beschuldigten vom Gericht rechtskräftig abgewiesen.

Landeshauptmann radelt in die Heimat seiner Julia
Was macht Landeshauptmann Hans Peter Doskozil im Urlaub? Er fährt mit dem Rad! Und zwar nicht nur eine kleine Tour, sondern ganze 660 Kilometer von seiner Heimatstadt Oberwart in die deutsche Wahl-Heimat Aalen-Ebnat. Dort nämlich kommt seine Julia her. Gemeinsam ist man seit gestern unterwegs.

Mit der „Krone“ zu Turandot in St. Margarethen!
Es war eine lange Durststrecke, sowohl für alle Kulturbegeisterten, aber auch für die Protagonisten und erst recht für den künstlerischen Direktor Daniel Serafin. Bereits im Vorjahr hätte Giacomo Puccinis Oper „Turandot“ im Römersteinbruch von Sankt Margarethen über die Bühne gehen sollen. Coronabedingt musste alles abgesagt werden. Umso prunkvoller und großartiger ist die Inszenierung der klassischen italienischen Oper in diesem Jahr. Jetzt mitspielen und Tickets für die Opernaufführung samt Backstage-Führung gewinnen!

So sind wir
Bei der Eröffnung der Salzburger Festspiele müssen die Gäste heute Maske tragen. Auch der Bundespräsident und der Kanzler. Die Bedeckung von Mund und Nase erinnert alle daran, dass es sich bei der Pandemie um keine beendete Episode nach einer üblen Laune der Natur handelt.

Autoknacker im Kanaltal & Lignano unterwegs
Im Kanaltal und um Lignano werden Pkw von Urlaubern reihenweise aufgebrochen. 

Schlammlawine drang in Haus ein: Tiere starben
Am Samstag gegen 17.50 Uhr kam es in Uderns im Zillertal auf einem Hang oberhalb von mehreren Häusern zu einem Murenabgang, wodurch in der Folge zwei Häuser mit Erdschlamm überflutet wurden.

Hammer-Tor von Wiesinger reicht LASK zum Sieg
Der LASK ist erfolgreich in die neue Saison der Fußball-Bundesliga gestartet. Gegen den SCR Altach wurden die Linzer ihrer Favoritenrolle gerecht und gewannen am Samstag auswärts mit 1:0 (1:0). Das Goldtor für die Truppe von Trainer Dominik Thalhammer erzielte Philipp Wiesinger (35.). Die Oberösterreicher reihten sich in der Tabelle damit vorerst an der dritten Stelle ein, punktegleich mit Leader Salzburg und den zweitplatzierten Hartbergern. Altach liegt an Position neun.