A man holding eight people hostage in a branch of the Unikredit bank in the south Bohemian town of Příbram, was disarmed and detained by a special police squad on Friday. The motive for the crime remains unclear. According to the ctk news agency the man did not want to rob the bank but to attract attention to his personal problems and file charges against someone. All the hostages are safe.
Czech soldiers will take part in close to 200 training sessions at home and
abroad in 2019, according to information released by the Army-Chief-of
A Czech paratroopers unit will take part in a special forces training session in Kenya aimed at securing the release of hostages on foreign territory.
The biggest training session in the Czech Republic will be Czech Lion involving 500 soldiers from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Poland.
Notaries who want to work in the Czech Republic will no longer have to have
Czech citizenship, but can come from any EU member state, under an
amendment to the notary code signed into law by President Milos Zeman.
The Justice Ministry prepared the amendment in response to a ruling by the European Court of Justice, which said the Czech citizenship condition for notaries was at variance with the agreement on freedom of movement for workers.
However, notaries who would like to work in the Czech Republic will still have to graduate from a Czech faculty of law, pass a notary exam in Czech and have good command of the language.
Czech ski resorts are in operation despite the thaw, offering visitors good
conditions for both cross-country and downhill skiing, the CTK news agency
reported on Friday.
Thanks to both natural and artificial snow most ski tracks are covered by around 70 cms of snow and resorts are quickly filling up for the New Year celebrations.
The biggest Czech ski resort at Spindleruv Mlyn and the well-known Černá hora and Pec pod Sněžkou in the Krkonoše Mountains offer visitors tens of kilometres of maintained trails and numerous side activities for children.
The deputy head of the Council for Research, Development and Innovation,
Karel Havlíček, has criticized the authorities for presenting the country
abroad as a land of beer and crystal glass, arguing that the future lies in
In an interview for the CTK news agency Havlíček said the government should make better use of European funds in advancing technological development and promote the country’s successes in the field better.
Who knows that the Czech Republic has over 500 experts working in the field of artificial intelligence, Havlíček says arguing that video spots advertising the Czech Republic as a land of beer and ceramics are hopelessly outlived and the money spent on them is wasted.
Super welterweight Lukáš Konečný, widely considered to be the most
successful Czech boxer in modern history, won his comeback fight in Prague
on Thursday evening, beating his Slovak opponent Matúš Babiak by
Konečný, who turned 40 in July, once held the WBO interim, European and European Union light-middleweight titles. Four years ago, he also challenged for a middleweight world title in what would be his final fight until his comeback match this week.
The Czech boxer, whose record now stands at 51 wins, 5 losses, and 20 knockouts said that despite Thursday’s win, he does not intend to return to the ring again.
The Office for the Protection of Competition (ÚOHS) has cancelled a 250
million crown tender to provide 4x4 drive passenger cars to the police.
The anti-monopoly office ruled that the tender requirements set by the Ministry of the Interior unfairly favoured Škoda Auto against other bidders. The office had acted on a complaint filed by an importer of Hyundai brand vehicles from South Korea.
Ministry spokesman Ondřej Krátošek told the daily E15 that the central contracting authority would not oppose the decision. But he said launching a new tender would negatively impact operations of the police, as their fleet of vehicles is aging.
According to E15, the initial tender set requirements that specified interior dimensions of the cars that only Škoda Auto, a Czech subsidiary of Volkswagen Group, could meet.
Police in western Bohemia say an 88-year-old tourist from Germany who had
gone missing in the spa town of Mariánské Lázně has been found.
The woman had been reported as missing on Wednesday, after she did not return to the Hvězda Hotel from a walk on the historic colonnade.
Police said she was in good health but did not provide further details.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (Ano) stressed at a meeting with Chinese
Ambassador Zhang Jianmin ahead of the Christmas holidays that his
government did not in fact favour banning the use of mobile phones made by
Huawei and ZTE, the daily Denik N reports.
On December 17, the National Bureau for Cyber Security and Information (NÚKIB) argued using technology made by those Chinese companies could undermine state security.
Mr Babiš announced on December 19 that employees of the Government Office (Úřad vlády) would be banned from using the Chinese products. Several ministries later followed suit.
According to Denik N, however, Mr Babiš told the Chinese Ambassador to Prague that this was not the government’s official position, and a few days after announcing the partial ban, he rescinded it, saying such a move was hasty and had no technical basis.
In a press release dated December 24, the Chinese embassy said Mr Babiš had apologised for the initial decision to impose a partial ban and stressed the positive development of Czech-Sino economic cooperation.
Opposition politicians have said the position taken by the Czech prime minister was irresponsible, with one accusing him of being servile to China.
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