The regional court in Plzen on Monday heard the testimony of a 42-year-old
man who is on trial for holding unregistered weapons and trading in weapons
without a license.
According to the state attorney in the years between 2010 and 2015 the man bought and resold 225 weapons, mostly machine guns and a few dozen pistols, which were slated to be destroyed or modified for use with blank cartridges only.
In Slovakia these guns do not require registration, but in the Czech Republic, which has tougher norms they do, since according to experts the modification process can easily be reversed.
If convicted, the man could face up to 8 years in prison.
Overall confidence in the economy rose, for a second successive month, by 0.5 points to 99.6 in September, the Czech Statistics Office said on Monday. Year-on-year, the composite confidence indicator, or Economic Sentiment Indicator, was also higher. Confidence in the economy had been dipping and rising in the first and second quarter.
Strong winds and heavy rain battered the Czech Republic overnight bringing
down electricity lines, damaging roofs and stopping trains due to fallen
Although fire crews worked throughout the night a number of rail tracks and roads remained closed to traffic on Monday morning and over 70,000 homes were without power.
Southern Bohemia and Moravia were the worst hit regions.
President Miloš Zeman received Steve Bannon, Republican and former White House chief strategist to President Trump, at Lany chateaux on Sunday for talks that covered international developments, EU affairs and issues relating to Russia and China, the president’s spokesman Jiří Ovčáček reported on Twitter. Bannon is in Europe to support the Italian far-right. He has been actively trying to unite far-right movements and parties in Europe.
A 51-year old Czech national was arrested in Florence after attacking
Serbian artist Marina Abramović at an exhibition of her work, the DPA news
agency reported. The man allegedly hit the artist over the head with one of
her auto-portraits. The motive behind the attack is not clear.
Marina Abramović, is perceived as one of the most controversial figures in contemporary art, whose works have revolutionized the idea of performance, testing her body and expressive potential to the limit.
Labour and Social Affairs Minister Jana Maláčová told Czech Television
on Sunday that in seeking support for the 2019 draft budget the government
would focus primarily on securing backing from the Communist Party.
She said that this was the obvious course of action in view of the fact that the Communists had supported the minority government in a confidence vote.
However the Communist Party made it clear from the start that the government could not automatically count on its support in any other upcoming vote, particularly as regards the most important bill of the year –the state budget.
The opposition parties have already said they would not support the draft proposal since they consider the proposed 40 billion crown deficit irresponsible at a time of strong economic growth.
The central bank is likely to increase the basic interest rate to 1.5
percent at a meeting of the bank‘s board on Wednesday, according to
financial experts. The National Bank last raised the basic interest rate by
a quarter of a percentage point to 1.25 percent in August.
Central bank governor Jiří Rusnok has not ruled out more hikes before the end of the year saying economic growth, inflation and wage development all indicate the likelihood of this development.
Karolína Plíšková stunned Japanese sensation Naomi Osaka in straights
sets to capture the Pan Pacific Open on Sunday. The fourth seed took just
63 minutes to complete a 6-4, 6-4 victory over the newly crowned US Open
champion in Tokyo.
“My serve is my strongest point and today I used it to best advantage” Plíšková said after capturing her 11th career WTA title.
Czech conceptual artist Kateřina Šedá has said she is happy with the
outcome of her UNES-CO project in the town of Český Krumlov, despite
getting many negative reactions from the public.
Speaking at a press conference at the close of the social experiment which aimed to bring back normal life to the town which is suffering from overtourism, Šedá said the project had highlighted important questions regarding the measure of tourism a normal living town can take and what can be done to maintain a sense of normality. She said it was always important to hold a dialogue on such issues, even when people are angry and negative.
Český Krumlov with its 12,000 inhabitants is annually visited by over two million tourists, which has resulted in the city centre becoming something of a ghost town. In the course of the summer Kateřina Šedá paid families with children to live in the city-centre and lead normal everyday lives.
Many people criticized and ridiculed the experiment saying the money could have been put to better use. The project cost four million crowns, with the state contributing two million. Šedá said she actually ran into debt because of it.