Czech daily news roundup: Thursday, December 23, 2021

Temps drop drastically in the Czech mountains last night, school holidays began across Czechia, and Czech central bank increases key rate. Staff

Written by Staff Published on 23.12.2021 09:59:00 (updated on 23.12.2021) Reading time: 2 minutes

ENERGY CRISIS Gas supplier Český Energetický Dodavatel is closing

Gas: Company Český Energetický Dodavatel a.s. has announced that it will no longer be able to supply it's customers with gas, according to the Electricity Market Operator (OTE) website. According to OTE data, the company supplies electricity to 4,283 customers and gas to 2,933 customers, so it has more than 7,000 customers. The market operator received the notice of termination on Wednesday. The company says high energy prices are behind the decisions. Customers are eligible to change suppliers from today through Dec. 26.

weather Temps in the Jizera Mountains fell to 18 degrees Celsius last night

The Liberec region has had the coldest night of this winter last night, with the exception of the Frýdlant foothills. The temperature in many places dropped below minus five degrees Celsius and in the mountains below minus ten degrees. In the frost basin in the Jizera Mountains, temps dropped to almost minus 18 degrees, reading 17.9 degrees at the Rašeliniště station, according to the Ústí nad Labem branch of the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute (CHMI). Temperatures should rise today, however, and in the Czech Republic, only those in the mountains will enjoy a white Christmas; wind and rain are expected elsewhere, says CHMI.

Economy Czech Central Bank increases key interest rate

The Czech Republic’s central bank has again moved to increase its key interest rate in an ongoing effort to subdue soaring inflation. The 1 percentage point hike to 3.75% announced by the CNB on its site Wednesday represents the fifth straight increase since June and was higher than expected by analysts. The bank, which considers high consumer prices a major threat, had indicated that it would increase the rate. Inflation jumped to 6% in November, the highest level in 13 years and well above the bank’s target of 2% target.

sport Judoka heavyweight named Czech Champion of Sports 2021

Lukáš Krpálek judoka, 31, and the current Olympic champion and world champion, has been named the Czech Champion of Sports 2021, followed by tennis player Barbora Krejčíková and slalom canoeist Jiří Prskavec, the organizers of the annual poll of sports journalists announced Wednesday night at a gala ceremony held at the Hilton Hotel in Prague. Krpálek won the Olympic heavyweight judoka competition in Tokyo this summer. Krejčíková won the doubles competition at the Tokyo Olympics, the French Open, and the WTA Finals this year, and Prskavec took home a gold medal from the Tokyo Olympics.

education School holidays begin across Czechia today

Christmas holidays have commenced today at most primary and secondary schools in the Czech Republic. Students will enjoy 11 days off, returning to the classroom on Monday, January 3. Some schools have announced the "principal's leave" due to the coronavirus epidemic this week, extending their holidays by three days. Schoolchildren will have another break on Friday, February 4, for the half-year holiday by week-long spring break, taking place at different periods throughout March and ending on March 20.

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