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České aerolinie (Czech Airlines or CSA) is revealing how it plans to stay alive as a company.  CSA has announced that it will not be shutting down, but undergoing an elaborate restructuring plan that likely means letting go of hundreds of its employees.  The airline was no exception in one of the hardest-hit industries in the world by the coronavirus restrictions, forcing its parent company, Smartwings Aviation Group, to request 1.1 billion CZK in compensation for its troubles. CSA recorded a loss of 1.5 billion CZK for 2020, and additionally, can’t find a leasing company to support their flights for the rest of the year. “CSA will not be shutting down our operations in any way, and our restructuring processRead more.

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Czech content creators and publishers are signing contracts with Google to have their material featured in the Google News Showcase.  First reported on by Lupa.cz, the San Fransisco-based tech overlords announced on their European Twitter account that they had signed deals with “The UK, Germany, Czechia, and elsewhere.” Google News is an application within the Google platform that pays media publications for the right to feature their stories. This isn’t yet available in the Czech Republic, and most Czechs just use the homepage at Seznam.cz as their own version of Google News. According to Lupa.cz’s sources, Czech publishers have already signed contracts with Google to get their content featured.  “We are already negotiating with publishers in the Czech Republic. SomeRead more.

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While it doesn’t mean the immediate reopening of stores, the Czech Constitutional Court has rescinded the ban on retail stores, declaring it unlawful under the constitution.  A coalition of Czech senators opposing the coronavirus shutdowns convinced judges that the restrictions on businesses were confusing, discriminatory, and needlessly harmful to business owners and entrepreneurs.  They argue that the restrictions are ostensibly being made up as they go along, making it so that business owners and entrepreneurs have no idea whether or not their product or service is banned, or about to be banned. “For example, are pillows and sheets, or a vacuum cleaner, or curtains, or a blender, or dishes or other things like that ‘essential’ for normal household needs? There’sRead more.