The Czech Republic’s richest man has Petr Kellner has bought a horse
valued at around CZK 250,000,000, the news website iHned.cz reported on
Tuesday. The mare named Catch Me if You Can will be ridden by Mr.
Kellner’s daughter, Anna Kellnerová, who is a competitive showjumper.
The purchase was announced on the Facebook page of the Czech Equestrian
iHned.cz reported that Mr. Kellner had outbid Bill Gates, who had offered the equivalent of CZK 200,000,000 for the horse, which was previously ridden by Laura Klaphake.
The leaders of five opposition parties that have tabled a vote of
no-confidence in Andrej Babiš’s government have appealed to Social
Democrats’ chairman Jan Hamáček to rethink his party’s membership in
the ANO-led coalition.
The leaders of five opposition parties that have tabled a vote of no-confidence in Andrej Babiš’s government have appealed to Social Democrats’ chairman Jan Hamáček to rethink his party’s membership in the ANO-led coalition.
The heads of the Civic Democrats, the Pirates, the Christian Democrats, the Mayors and Independents and TOP 09 made the call on Tuesday. Tomio Okamura of Freedom and Direct Democracy also backs a no-confidence vote tabled after a scandal sparked by statements from Mr. Babiš’s son.
The opposition leaders called on the prime minister to explain the circumstances surrounding a trip made by his son to Russia-occupied Ukrainian territory, which Pirates’ boss Ivan Bartoš described as a potential security risk.
The opposition also want President Miloš Zeman to drop his stated intention of asking Mr. Babiš to form a new government if his current one loses Friday’s no-confidence vote.
Andrej Babiš Jr. says he was taken to Crimea against his will at a time when his father was being investigated for wrongly acquiring EU grants.
The government will increase the Czech minimum wage by CZK 1,150 to CZK
13,350 a month from January, the minister of social affairs, Jana
Maláčová, said. The Social Democrat minister said she would push to
ensure that figure is close to CZK 16,000 by 2021, when the government’s
The ANO minister of finance, Alena Schillerová, said she abstained from a vote held during Tuesday morning’s cabinet meeting. She argued that the change would increase companies’ costs.
The average monthly salary in the Czech Republic in the middle of this year was CZK 31,851. Some 4 percent of the country’s workforce is on the minimum wage.
Czech woman Elena Gorolová has been named on an annual BBC list of 100
inspirational and influential women. Ms. Gorolová is a Roma social worker
based in Ostrava. The BBC highlighted her campaigns against forced
sterilisation and work to return institutionalized children to their birth
The 49-year-old told Czech Radio that Czech doctors were no longer carrying out forced sterilisations and the focus of her work today was securing financial compensation for victims of the practice. She herself was sterilised without her knowledge.
President Miloš Zeman has told Prime Minister Andrej Babiš that he will
task him with forming a new government if his current one loses a
no-confidence vote on Friday. The two men held talks at the president’s
Lány residence on Monday evening.
Mr. Zeman had already said he would continue to back the prime minister last week, when the latter became embroiled in a scandal surrounding his son. Andrej Babiš Jr. says his father wanted him to disappear when he was being investigated on charges of wrongly acquiring EU subsidies.
Mr. Babiš denies that his son was forcibly sent to Crimea and asserts that he is mentally ill. He said on Monday there was no reason for the opposition-tabled no-confidence vote, which his minority cabinet, backed on key votes by the Communists, is expected to survive.
The Czech Republic have avoided relegation from the second level of
European football’s Nations League after a 1:0 win over Slovakia in
Prague on Monday night. The only goal of the game came from Roma striker
The hosts had needed just one point to avoid going down to League C in the new competition and Slovakia were in the end relegated from a group that had already been won by Ukraine.
The result was the third victory in four games in charge for the Czech Republic’s recently appointed manager, Jaroslav Šilhavý.
Over two dozen people, five in memorium, received certificates asserting
their work in resisting the Communist regime in a ceremony in Prague on
Monday. Such activities included distributing samizdat literature, founding
Societies of Friends of the USA and preparing for armed uprising.
The deputy minister of defence, Alena Netolická, told the assembled that while Communist repression had changed over the decades, its criminal essence remained constant.
The Ministry of Defence has to date recognised over 1,650 people as belonging to what is referred to as the “third resistance”. This entitles them to some financial reward.
Events marking the anniversary of the start of the Velvet Revolution in
Prague on Saturday drew the largest crowds since the establishment of the
independent Czech Republic, the organisers of the Festival of Freedom
announced on Monday.
Around 132,000 people took part in events at Národní, Wenceslas Square and Albertov. A concert on Wenceslas Square alone drew over 80,000 people, organisers said.
Up to 30,000 of the participants were foreign, with one-third being Slovak. The figures were mainly calculated on the basis of mobile phone presence at the sites in question.
Some 80 percent of Czech households have access to the internet, according
to figures released on Monday by the Czech Statistics Office. This
represents an increase on five years ago, when 67 percent of the
country’s households were able to get online. However, this country is
lagging behind the European average – which was 87 percent last year –
in this regard.
The number of Czechs making use of social media this year reached 4.5 million, a 50 percent increase on 2013.
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