A Czech court has ordered the expulsion of a foreign national who wrote in
Arabic at the beginning of the month on a statue of St. Francis on Charles
Bridge, a national heritage site. There is a three-year-ban on the
foreigner’s return; doing so during that time period would constitute a
For the act, the foreigner, who also received a fine of 15,000 crowns, could have faced up to three years behind bars.
Because he was detained at the scene, the case was handled quickly by the state prosecutors’ office. The defendant did not appeal the ruling which is now binding. According to reports, the words in Arabic were a translation of words on the landmark.
Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer arrived in Prague on Monday ahead of the
premiere edition of the Laver Cup, which will pit two teams - from Europe
and the rest of the world – against each other on an indoor hard court.
Team Europe and Team World is being captained by former tennis rivals Bjorn Bjorg and John McEnroe.
Federer, the winner of 19 grand slams, told the media that he loved the Czech capital and was looking forward to the tournament which begins Friday.
Pensions next year are set to go up by an average of 475 crowns per month
next year, the Minister for Labour and Social Affairs Michaela Marksová
announced on Monday.
The planned increase is the highest since 2008.
According to the Czech social security administration, the average monthly pension at the end of June amounted to 11,807 crowns. Prior to the current government, the average stood at 10,970 crowns.
A 27-year-old Czech woman has appealed a verdict by the District Court in Brno which found her guilty of defrauding a Norwegian national of the equivalent of more than 53 million crowns (around 2 million euros). She and the 60-year-old male met online on an erotic services website. The woman is alleged to have asked him to borrow funds for a number of reasons, from a knee operation to a car purchase to food for her cat, convincing the Norwegian she would return his money later. Found guilty, the defendant was sentenced to eight years in prison from a maximum 10. She immediately filed an appeal. The case will now go to the High Court in Olomouc.
Lithium mining in Krušné Mountains could lead to more than 1,000 jobs,
say representatives of the town of Cínovec in the Teplice area, where
mining is planned.
Investments of around 10 billion crowns are expected and Cínovecká deponie, a company controlled by Czech billionaire Karel Janeček’s investment fund RSJ Investments, possesses all the necessary permits needed to mine the resource in Cínovec.
Lithium is one of the raw materials used for making batteries for electric cars and other applications for renewable energy. High demand and soaring prices could help make the Czech Republic one of the main producers of the metal worldwide.
Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek has told journalists he is feeling
better and recovering from a concussion and wound requiring stitches
sustained in a car crash. He has been told by doctors to avoid sports and
to get plenty of rest.
The foreign minister’s car, driven by a member of the minister’s security team, was involved in a crash at Lechovice near Znojmo late Friday.
Mr Zaorálek said the vehicle had flown off the road and into an adjacent field. He thanked his luck there had been no trees by the roadside and said the driver had done a good job of swerving the vehicle away or impact would have occurred earlier. The minister was the only one hurt in the accident.
Football club Arsenal earned their first league point at Stamford Bridge in
six years, drawing 0:0 against Chelsea on Sunday. It was the second clean
sheet of the season for former Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Čech, in his second
year with the Gunners.
Pedro missed Chelsea's best chance in the first half when he raced clear but was blocked by the Czech keeper.
Higher rents in the Czech capital and other towns and cities, as well as a
lack of apartments, has seen more university students seeking dormitory
rooms. The Czech News Agency reported that interest was higher than in
previous years even though there were fewer first year students this
The dormitory services association for Prague’s Charles University confirmed that all available rooms were now taken; as did the Czech Technical University, ČVUT.
Rent in Prague averages 15,000 crowns per month, according to ČTK; a single dorm room costs around 4,300.
The Czech president, Miloš Zeman, received an award recognising his
long-term support for Israel on Monday. The Gershon Jacobson Jewish
Continuity Foundation presented him with its Warrior for Truth award at a
gala evening in New York.
Mr. Zeman arrived in the US city on Sunday ahead of an address at the United Nations General Assembly. He is reported to be planning to speak about the battle against terrorism in Tuesday’s speech.