A police officer who caused serious injury to a motorcyclist after blocking
his path with a service vehicle has again been cleared of wrongdoing. A
Prague appeals court ruled to that effect on Tuesday, confirming an earlier
Officer Šimon Vaic had been facing criminal charges of grievous bodily harm after driving his car into the path of a motorcyclist, who was at that time banned from driving, in July of last year. He could have faced up to two years in jail and a service ban if found guilty.
Football goalkeeper Petr Čech has announced that he will retire at the end
of the current season. Čech, who is now 36, won four Premier League
titles, the Champions League and the Europa League during an 11-year spell
at Chelsea, where he also set a number of individual goalkeeping records.
He lifted the FA Cup in 2017 with current club Arsenal.
Petr Čech was captain of the Czech national team, making a record 124 appearances over a 14-year period.
The UK’s departure from the European Union would affect a great many
Czech citizens living in Great Britain, the Czech foreign minister, Tomáš
Petříček, said on Tuesday, iDnes.cz reported. He said Czech estimates
put the figure at around 100,000.
Speaking at a meeting of the Senate’s European Affairs Committee, Mr. Petříček said he would regard a possible no-deal Brexit as unfortunate but said the Prague government would also have to plan for such an eventuality.
The minister also said elections to the European Parliament in March would be a test of the resilience of European liberal democracy and the EU as a whole.
Karolína Plíšková has reached the second round at tennis’s Australian
Open in Melbourne after overcoming compatriot Karolínu Muchová 6-3 6-2 in
little over an hour on Tuesday.
The world number eight’s twin sister, Kristýna Plíšková, is also into round two at the first Grand Slam tournament of 2019. She beat Anna Blinkova of Austria 7-6 2-6 6-2.
Strong winds and persistent snow are causing problems in some parts of the
Czech Republic. Roads remain closed in some mountain areas and an avalanche
alert just one degree short of the maximum level has been declared in the
Krkonoše Mountains in the north of the country.
Maintenance workers have gradually been clearing roads, while power had been restored on Tuesday morning to most homes that spent the night without electricity. Forecasters say temperatures should rise in the coming days.
The Czech Republic will reopen its embassy in Singapore, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, who is currently on a diplomatic tour of Southeast Asia, said at a special Singapore-Czech Business Forum on Tuesday. The decision came after Mr. Babiš discussed the matter with Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček on Monday. Currently, the Czech Republic has a consulate in Singapore. Apart from trade relations, boosting cooperation in science is also an important component of the Czech PM’s trip. On Tuesday afternoon he visited Singapore’s autonomous vehicle testing centre CETRAN, where he tried out one of its unmanned vehicles. Meanwhile, the Czech University of Chemistry and Technology has also signed a memorandum of understanding with the local Nanyang Technological University. The Czech prime minister is set to continue his tour with a visit to Thailand today, after which he will travel to India.
The brutalist-style building complex Transgas, located behind the National
Museum building in Prague, can be demolished legally, district building
authorities have decreed. Opponents of the decision now have 15 days in
which to file an appeal.
The current owner of the complex, HB Reavis, plans to construct a new six to seven story administrative centre on the site a couple hundred metres from Wenceslas Square, as well as to free up some space for public use. Some conservationists see the Transgas building as a brutalist icon worth preserving while others consider it an ugly yet otherwise unremarkable building typical of the late seventies or early eighties.
Many architects were behind an initiative to prevent the building’s demolition by having it declared a cultural heritage site, including the author of its design, Václav Aulický.
President Miloš Zeman has reaffirmed his decision not to appoint Ivan
Ošťádal and Jiří Fajta as professors at Prague’s Charles University,
a representative of the university said on Monday. This is the latest move
in a three-year dispute between the president and the university, which
took Mr. Zeman’s original decision to court.
While the judge ruled that no executive organ has the power to re-evaluate the university’s selection procedure, the Municipal Court returned the matter to the president for a new decision. However, Mr. Zeman has not done so. The Office of the President stated “fundamental deficiencies in the appointment procedure” as reasons behind its move.
Charles University representatives said they are currently discussing their next steps with legal experts.
Natural calamities were much less frequent in 2018 compared to the previous
year, according to a survey of leading insurance companies carried out by
the Czech News Agency.
Reported damages caused by natural events were down roughly by 50 percent compared to 2017, the survey shows. Most damage was caused by storms and lightning, while flooding was rare. Damage due to minor earthquakes, even rarer still, rose compared to previous years. The most afflicted regions were those of Central Bohemia, Moravia-Silesia, and Prague.
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