Windstorms and hailstorms in the first six months of the year caused
damages amounting to 1.2 billion crowns, the Czechs Association of
Insurance Companies reported on Wednesday. It is the highest figure since
2011, when detailed monitoring began.
The Czech Republic’s biggest insurance company, Česká pojišťovna,
investigated over 30,000 incidents caused by natural events, with damages
amounting to 1.5 million crowns.
Czech insurance companies say damages caused by hail and windstorms in the first half of 2019 amounted to one quarter of all damages cause by extreme weather conditions. They have also recorded an increased number of damages caused by lightening during the first six months of 2019.
Czech Justice Minister Marie Benešová has rejected Russia’s request for
the extradition of Russian banker Alexander Bugayevsky, the ministry
informed on Wednesday.
The former Intercommerz bank board chairman, who is charged with embezzling over 45 million euros, was arrested in the Czech Republic in January 2018 on an international warrant.
Mr Bugayevsky denies the accusations and has applied for asylum in the Czech Republic.
The European Commission has accused Czech mobile phone operators O2 and
T-Mobile as well as the Czech telecom infrastructure provider CETIN of
breaching EU antitrust rules. According to the EC report, published on
Wednesday, the network sharing agreement between the country’s two major
operators restrict competition and harms innovation.
The network sharing cooperation between O2/CETIN and T-Mobile CZ started in 2011 and has been increasing in scope. Currently it covers all mobile technologies and the entire territory of the Czech Republic, with the exception of Prague and Brno, amounting to around 85% of the population, the report says.
Czech tennis player Karolína Plíšková is the eight highest-paid female
athlete, according to the U.S. magazine Forbes, with total earnings
amounting to 6.3 million US dollars.
The Czech-born former World No. 1 has won four events over the past 12 months, winning 4.6 million US dollars in prize money and another 1.7 million in endorsements.
The list is dominated by Serena Williams with 29.2 million US dollars and Naomi Osaka with total earnings of 24.3 million US dollars.
The 23rd edition of the heavy metal festival Brutal Assault gets underway on Wednesday at an old army fortress known as Josefov, some 130 kilometres east of Prague. The event, one of the biggest of its kind in Europe, will feature over 130 bands and is expected to attract around 20,000 visitors. According to organizers, tickets to the festival have already been sold out.
Scientists have presented new evidence of a thriving wolf population in the Beskydy and Javorníky mountains in north-east of the country. A wolf with seven cubs, which were apparently born this year, was captured on a camera trap. It is the first time wolfs have started reproducing in the area since being re-introduced there in the 1990s.
The recently elected Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová is the most popular
foreign politician among Czechs, with over 70 percent of respondents giving
her a favourable rating, according to a poll carried out by the STEM agency
released on Wednesday.
The Slovak head of state is followed by Pope Francis, who enjoys the support of 63 percent of Czechs. The head of the European Commission Jean-Paul Juncker has a 25 percent support rating while the Chinese president Xi Jinping is at the bottom of the ladder with just18 percent.
Czech police are investigating a 25-year-old man from the Karlovy Vary
Region on suspicion of fighting with pro-Russian separatists in Eastern
Ukraine, the news site Deník N. reported. The man could face up to 20
years in prison if found guilty of involvement in a terrorist attack.
Deník N. said 15 cases of Czechs fighting in Ukraine’s Donbass region. It said the recently charged man is accused of taking part in combat alongside pro-Russian rebels in the second half of 2015.
The government removed the president from a list of politicians and senior
officials who must make public meetings with lobbyists, Aktuálně.cz
reported. The head of state was taken off the list at the last moment
before the government approved the bill on reporting lobbying, the news
A spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice said that the move had been made after the president’s chancellor called for it at a meeting with cabinet members.
Announcing the approval of the legislation last week, the minister of justice, Marie Benešová, told reporters it had passed with “minor modifications”.