Czech mother of two Eva Michalakova who was stripped of her parental rights
by a Norwegian court two years ago has filed a complaint with the European
Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
The children were taken from their parents in 2011 on suspicion of child abuse. Although no charges were pressed against either of them, Eva Michalakova was stripped of her parental rights and forbidden all contact with her two boys, now aged eight and twelve. All her appeals in Norway were rejected.
The Czech Foreign Ministry has said that it is ready to support Michalakova if the case is heard in Strasbourg.
Police from the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland have cracked down on a
gang that produced vast quantities of the drug pervitin or crystal
Forty one people have been charged altogether, eight in the Czech Republic. The drug was produced in illegal home labs and sold in Germany, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
650 police officers worked on the case for close to a year.
A Chinese tire manufacturer plans to build a plant in the Moravian-Silesian
region, President Milos Zeman said during a visit to the region on Tuesday.
Mr. Zeman said he had negotiated with a Chinese company the size of Nexen which wanted to invest in the industrial zone Triangl. According to the president the investment should create 1,500 to 2,000 new jobs.
Although he failed to name the company, the ctk news agency says that billion crown investor could be Linglong Tire which had previously shown an interest in investing in the Czech Republic.
Teachers' unions have declared a strike alert over the coalition’s
failure to agree on a wage hike for people working in the education sector.
The parties of the ruling coalition agreed on Monday that teachers should get a wage increase, but failed to agree on how much it should be.
Trade unions are pushing for a 15 percent wage increase for teachers and a 10 percent increase for non-teaching staff.
According to the head of the umbrella trade union organization Josefa Středula other unions may join the strike alert.
Traffic police are increasing their presence on Czech roads after
statistics revealed a growing number of accidents in the first eight months
of this year.
The police were called to sixty thousand accidents between January and August which is 2,000 higher than in the same period of last year.
Road experts say this is due to increased aggression on the road, inattention and speeding. Traffic police have been posted particularly in high-risk areas.
The Czech Constitutional Court has ruled in favour of a foreign national
who was arrested on an Interpol warrant in view of possible extradition to
Russia where he was found guilty of a criminal offense.
The court said the Czech authorities erred in detaining the man since the
said foreign national was granted asylum in Austria in 2004.
According to international treaties, asylum granted in one member state of the EU must be respected in all the others, the court ruled. The man has since been released, but experts say the case will serve as a legal precedent.
The average wage in the Czech Republic grew by 7.6 percent to 29, 346
crowns in the second quarter, according to data released by the Czech
Minus inflation the growth is 5.3 percent which is the fastest wage growth
registered in the last ten years.
According to analysts this reflects the exceptionally healthy state of the economy and low unemployment rate. They predict it will lead the central bank to effect another hike in interest rates in September.
The Czech Republic's national football team had a final chance to keep
alive the slimmest of hopes of reaching the World Cup in Russia in 2018,
but would have had to defeat Northern Ireland on Monday night in Belfast.
Although the Czechs had hoped to dominate, it was Northern Ireland who went
up, scoring two. It remained 2:0 until the final whistle. The defeat means
that the Czechs can no longer finish better than third in their group and
can no longer advance.
The only time the independent Czech Republic successfully qualified for the World Cup was in 2006 - a squad which featured the likes of players such as Pavel Nedvěd, Jan Koller, Milan Baroš, Karel Poborský or Petr Čech. That team won one match in the group stage, against the US, but lost against Ghana and Italy and did not advance.
Top seed Karolína Plíšková made quick work of American player Jennifer
Brady on Monday at the US, losing just one game in the first set (6:1, 6:0)
to clinch a spot in the quarterfinal at the US Open. Fellow Czech player
Petra Kvitová qualified for the quarterfinals a day earlier.
Lucie Šafařová, however, did not advance, losing to Coco Vandewegh in straight sets.
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