Elections to the lower house of Parliament will start a day early in some
polling stations abroad in order to make up for the time difference, the
ctk news agency reported.
The first voters will be able to cast their ballot on Thursday, October 19, in Brazil, Argentina, Cuba, the US and Canada. People will be able to vote at 108 polling stations abroad, mostly at embassies, cultural institutions or military army bases where Czech soldiers are serving in foreign missions.
Polling stations around the Czech Republic will close at 2pm on Saturday and the preliminary results should be announced a few hours later.
Czech physicist and scientist Armin Delong has died at the age of 92, the ctk news agency reported citing family sources. Professor Delong was the founder of electron microscopy in Czechoslovakia. In 1990, he served briefly in the Czechoslovak government of prime minister Marián Čalfa. Delong created the prototype of the table microscope for which he received the gold medal award at the World EXPO58 in Brussels.
The former boss of the Russian federal state budget Alexandr Alexandrovich
Nikolayev is to be extradited to his homeland where he will face charges of
conspiracy and fraud, the ctk news agency reported. The extradition order
was signed by Justice Minister Robert Pelikan.
The Russian authorities claim Alexandr Alexandrovich Nikolayev embezzled millions of roubles from state coffers. He had sought asylum in the Czech Republic saying he was the victim of a new wave of repressions.
Six wolves have escaped from the Bavarian national park near Ludwigsthal.
The park is located near the Czech German border and the authorities say
the animals could appear in the Šumava Mountains.
In the event of sighting them people have been asked not to approach them, try to feed them or take pictures.
The head of the national park Franz Leibl said an all out effort was being made to recapture the wolves. Since they were bred in an enclosure their chances of survival in the wild are extremely slim, he said.
Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek, the Social Democratic Party’s
election leader, has slammed party colleague and the mayor of Brno
Bohunice, Milan Hrdlička, for making highly insulting remarks about
migrants in the city council’s news bulletin.
The mayor warned about the threat of an influx of „slugs“ from Spain, Italy and other states who would devastate the country and stop at nothing.
A person who degrades people to slugs and incites racial hatred has no place in the Social Democratic Party, Mr. Zaorálek tweeted.
The ruling Social Democrats and ANO have clashed over the recently signed
memorandum of understanding between the Czech Ministry of Industry and
Australia's European Metals Holdings on a deal that would give the
Australian company the right to mine lithium in Europe’s biggest known
deposit in the north-western part of the Czech Republic.
ANO leader Andrej Babis decribed the agreement as „daylight robbery“ saying the privilage of mining the country’s natural resources should go to a Czech state-owned company.
ANO wants to call a special session of the lower house over the matter, a proposition supported by the Communist Party.
The Czech airline Travel Service has said it has acquired a majority stake
in the Czech national carrier, Czech Airlines (ČSA).
The firm, the Czech News Agency reported, reached a deal to buy shares from Korean Air and state-owned company Prisko. The sale, however, will still need final approval from the country’s anti-monopoly office.
If the deal goes through it will give Travel Service an almost 98 percent stake and a fleet of more than 80 airplanes.
Czech hockey legend Jaromír Jágr has trained for the first time with his
new NHL team, the Calgary Flames, with whom he signed this week.
The 45-year-old player who picked up 46 points last season (16 goals, 30 assists) had warned beforehand that he hadn’t trained with a team in five months and joked after the practice that he was glad he had survived.
Calgary is Jágr’s ninth club – but first Canadian team – in 24 seasons in the NHL.
Interior Minister Milan Chovanec has criticised two plainclothes officers
in Plzeň for steps taken against a motorist in September.
One of the officers apparently drew a firearm after the driver flashed his headlights at them as criticism of their driving. Images of the incident, including the drawn gun, were published by the Czech tabloid Blesk.
The motorist’s lawyer alleged his client was also punched and that the officers only identified themselves after being asked to do so repeatedly. The lawyer posted video of part of the incident online.
The interior minister called the behaviour of the officers in the video “unacceptable”. The matter is under internal investigation.