Around 1,000 people received a free lunch on Prague’s Wenceslas Square on Tuesday in a campaign highlighting food waste. A group called Save Food handed out meals prepared from products that would otherwise have been discarded by supermarkets as they neared their expiry date. The ingredients were supplied by Makro and Tesco, the only supermarket chains cooperating with Czech food banks. The organizers said Czech legislation should allow retailers to hand out nearly expired foodstuffs to groups working with homeless and socially handicapped people.
Prague City Hall on Tuesday approved the city’s draft budget for 2014. The budget should be balanced with expenditures and revenues amounting to 44.2 billion crowns, or over 2.2 billion US dollars. Some 9.4 billion crowns have been earmarked for investments, a spokesperson for the city hall said. The budget is yet to be approved by the city council.
The former Auschwitz concentration camp hosts an exhibition on the fate of Czech Jews in the Terezín ghetto, the news agency DPA reported. The exhibit features diaries, photos and other artefacts secretly made by Terezín inmates, the head of the Auschwitz museum said. During the Holocasut, tens of thousands of Czech and Slovak Jews were transported from Terezín to Auschwitz. In 1943, the Nazis established a special section in the camp for families coming from Bohemia and Moravia but in July 1944, all of its 7,000 inhabitants were killed in what was the largest mass murder of Czechoslovak citizens during the war.
The Czech-based carmaker Škoda Auto revealed the pricing of its new Spaceback model at the Frankfurt motor show on Tuesday. The basic model Spackback Fresh will cost some 270,000 crowns, or around 14,000 US dollars. The car producer has also began accepting orders for the new model which will go on sale in early October in the Czech Republic and other European countries.
A test of stain removers carried out by the leading Czech consumer magazine dTest has revealed none of the substances actually work. The magazine tested eight stain removers available on the Czech market by using them to remove 17 stains of various origins. Only one substance was found to be satisfactory. The magazine said people should treat stains according to their origin rather than rely on universal stain removers that are expensive and burden the environment.
An appeals court in Olomouc on Tuesday confirmed a verdict of nine years in prison for a 38-year-old man convicted of growing large quantities of marihuana plants. The man, who was arrested in March 2012, ran several indoor plantations with more than 2000 plants of the illicit drug; he claimed he never sold the drug on the black market as he wanted to gain experience to be able to take part in a medical marihuana growing programme once it’s legalized for Czech growers. However, the court said the man grew the plants in expectation of financial benefits.
The Czech national football team faces Italy on Tuesday in a crucial qualification match for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The Czechs, who lost to underdogs Armenia 2:1 in Prague on Friday, are ranked third in their qualification group. To keep their hopes alive of reaching the tournament in Brazil, they need to win Tuesday’s game in Italy as well as two remaining qualifiers to finish second in the group. That would give them a chance to advance to the qualification’s play-offs.
Expert analysis commissioned by Germany’s opposition Green Party, has questioned the safety of the Temelín nuclear power plant in the Czech Republic. The latest issue of the German weekly Der Spiegel reported on the matter. According to the magazine, the study cast doubt on the quality of welds between Temelín’s pressure vessel and the surrounding cooling system, arguing that their quality was not well-documented or that existing documentation contained mistakes. The matter has been raised before and Czech experts found no defects in construction. Germany’s environment minister, Peter Altmaier, according to the publication, also saw no reason to press for additional tests at the Czech plant, earning him criticism from opponents of nuclear energy in Germany.
Senior police officers are leaving the anti-corruption and financial crime unit of the Czech police, the internet news site Novinky.cz reports. The news report says there is growing discontent in the unit ahead of a planned overhaul under its new chief Milan Komárek. According to Novinky this state of affairs dates back to a dispute between Prague High State Attorney Lenka Bradáčová and the units’ former chief Tomáš Martinec who left his post in May as a result of the highly-publicized controversy. The stated aim of the planned overhaul is for the unit to work on fewer, but more significant cases, and to develop closer cooperation with other units of the police force. The officers who are leaving are reported to be experts in the field.
The chairman of Public Affairs, Vít Bárta, has announced he will run in the upcoming election under the banner of Dawn, a political movement founded by tourism expert turned senator Tomio Okamura. Mr Bárta will head the candidates’ list in the region of Plzeň and faces the Civic Democrats’ Jiří Pospíšil and others. Mr Okamura strongly welcomed Mr Bárta as a candidate, saying – in his view – the leader of Public Affairs (the upstart party in the last election) was the only minister who had taken seriously anti-corruption recommendations put forward by the government’s economic advisory council, NERV, seriously. Over the course of the last three years, Public Affairs was first a coalition member, continuing in the opposition after the party splintered into two groups, one of them LIDEM formerly led by Karolína Peake.
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