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30-09-2017

EC evaluation of Prague as possible site for EBA

Prague offers satisfactory office space and good transport facilities as a possible site for the European Banking Authority (EBA) according to an evaluation released by the European Commission.

But it says the quality of facilities for healthcare and education of the families of employees still has to be evaluated further.

Prague is seeking to be selected as the site for the European agency once it has to move from London as a result of Brexit.

Other European cities, including Vienna, Brussels, Paris, Frankfurt, Dublin, Luxembourg, and Warsaw are also seeking to host the agency. A decision is expected in November.

Czech divers explore likely wreck of WWI submarine

Czech divers have apparently been able to find and explore the wreck of an Austro-Hungarian submarine off the coast of Albania dating from WWI.

The wreck of the U16 had previously not been discovered or subject to a detailed exploration. The identity of the sub will have to be confirmed during further dives.

The submarine sank in mysterious circumstances in October 1916. It was probably sunk following an encounter with the Italian torpedo boat, Nembo.

Prague placed sixth in world ranking for solo travellers

Prague has been placed as the sixth most attractive city in the world for tourists on their own by the news server Business Insider.

It created a ranking of the 50 best locations based on evaluations from users of the biggest credit card companies, personal security, and cost of living. The first placed location was Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

Ondřej Tunka takes gold on canoe slalom world championships

Czech canoe slalom competitor Ondřej Tunka has become world champion beating fellow Czech Vit Přindiš in the finals being staged in Pau, France.

Tunka barely scraped into the finals and was given little chance of success. His victory margin was just two tenths of a second ahead of countryman Vit Přindiš, who took the silver medal.

Slovenian Peter Kauzer thought he had won but took a two second penalty relegated him to the bronze position. In the women’s competition, Tereza Fišerová also won a silver medal.

Drunk Czech policeman sentenced after car damage spree

Former Czech policeman Karel Kadlec received a conditional sentence of 20 months in prison suspended for four years from a Prague court for driving into and damaging 24 cars in a spree of damage in a Prague suburb when he was under the influence.

He will also have to meet 1.3 million crowns of damages connected to the case. The damage took place in April 2016 when the former policemen ploughed into a series of cars parked on a Prague street leaving a trail of damage.

He was found to have over the limit of alcohol in his blood. Kadlec later maintained that he could not remember anything about the incident.

Czech retailers condemn probe into butter price rise

The Czech Confederation of Commerce and Tourism, which group large and small retailers, has condemned as populism a government move to check on sharp price rises of butter.

The check was announced by prime minister Bohuslav Sobotka following price rises which have seen the price of a pack soar to more than 50 crowns.

Sobotka said he was puzzled by the confederation’s reaction since similar moves had been announced in other countries.

Weather

Sunday is expected to be cloudy with rain most likely in the west and north of the country. Daytime temperatures will range between 15 and 18 degrees Celsius.

30-09-2017