The speaker of the Czech Senate, Milan Štěch, arrived in South Korea on
Monday for a four-day working visit. He is being accompanied by a
delegation which includes executives from the Czech Chamber of Commerce and
the president of the Academy of Sciences, Eva Zažímalová.
In addition to talks in Seoul, focused on encouraging new South Korean investment in the Czech Republic and expanding cooperation between the two countries in numerous areas, the Czech delegation will visit the city of Busan. Štěch will also open the new site of the Czech Embassy in Seoul.
A new poll conducted by the CVVM agency suggests that a majority of Czechs
remain distrustful or pessimistic about the country’s political parties
roughly a week after voters went to the polls.
Roughly two-thirds told pollsters that parties were only interested in voters at election time, that they were corrupt, that they divided society and that their main goals were maintaining their own advantages and interests.
Some 72 percent of respondents said that although political parties criticized one another, they were all the same.
A little over 50 percent said that parties were needed to defend interests of different social groups, and for democracy to function.
Sunday’s high winds in the Czech Republic claimed a third life on Monday
after a man in the area of Mladá Boleslav who had been hit by a tree and
had suffered multiple injuries died in hospital.
The man, who was 58, had been transported to hospital in Liberec by an emergency helicopter and had been on life-support.
Ďuričko freed after serving two-thirds of sentence The regional court in
Karviné has freed Bohumir Ďuričko, a former businessman serving 12.5
years in prison for the murder of Václav Kočka, jr in 2008, based on the
recommendation of the state prosecutor. Mr Ďuřicko and his lawyer filed
the request having served two-thirds of his sentence.
The prosecutor backed the proposal providing Mr Ďuričko would abstain from alcohol and other factors. Ďuričko will remain on probation for a period of seven years.
In 2008, the businessman shot and killed Václav Kočka, jr at a Prague bar following a personal argument, hours after the venue had hosted a book-signing by then-Social Democrat leader Jiří Paroubek. The deceased’s father was in court on Monday; he expressed regret, he said, that the "justice system had decided as it had".
Material damage in forest and woodlands is being tabulated in the Krkonoše
Mountains, where strong winds on Sunday damaged thousands of cubic metres
of wood in the form of snapped branches and falling trees. Damage was made
worse because soil was already saturated from extensive rainfall.
Locals as well as tourists have been warned not to enter forest areas until areas are stabilised. On Sunday, wind at the Czech Republic’s highest peak, Snežka, hit a speed of 180 kilometres per hour. On Monday, some sites, such as Prague Zoo, remained closed.
Czech veteran forward Jaromír Jágr did not play in the Calgary Flames 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals on Sunday although he did skate with the team in practice and Flames’ coach Glen Gulutzan describer the player’s status as day-to-day. The Flames’ next match is against Pittsburgh on Thursday this week.
The Social Democrats have said they will not field their own candidate in
the presidential election to be held in January 2018. Five years ago,
during the first direct presidential elections in the Czech Republic, the
party backed candidate Jiří Dienstbier, who finished fourth in the first
round – behind Jan Fischer, Karel Schwarzenberg and the eventual winner,
Earlier this year, the Social Democrats had hinted they might put forward their own nominee. Other parties that will not field candidates in the upcoming election include ANO, the Christian Democrats and TOP 09.
The party for Freedom and Direct Democracy’s leader Tomio Okamura has not ruled out his own bid, which he will decide after November 6.
The Pirates party has said it will support Radek Vondráček from the ANO
party for the post of chairman of the Chamber of Deputies. Party leader
Ivan Bartoš said the move was in recognition of ANO’s resounding victory
in October’s general elections.
The party has proposed its own deputy chair Vojtech Pikal for the post of deputy chairman of the lower house. The Pirates have likewise expressed interest in chairing the security committee in the Chamber of Deputies.
The high winds that battered the Czech Republic on Sunday are dying down
and life in the country is slowly returning to normal.Several hundred
thousand households were still without power on Monday morning and trains
are not running along 22 routes that remain blocked by fallen trees.
Two people were killed by falling trees on Sunday and people have been warned not to venture into forests or wooded areas since many trees undermined by the hurricane-force winds could still fall. The material damage is expected to reach billions of crowns.