The Supreme Court is set to deal with the case of alleged discrimination
filed by a young Somali woman who left a Prague nursing school because she
was not allowed to wear a headscarf.
The girl sued the school, seeking an apology and 60,000 crowns in compensation, but a Prague court dismissed the case at the start of last year arguing that there was no evidence of discrimination.
The case, which happened in 2013, sparked a heated debate in the country. Czech ombudswoman Anna Šabatová stood up for the Somali girl, arguing that she was discriminated by being denied access to education.
Jan Thompson officially steps down as British ambassador to the Czech
Republic on Friday, the embassy’s spokesman Jiří Šebek told the Czech
News Agency on Wednesday.
Thompson, who headed the office for four and a half years, will be replaced by Nick Archer, who is set to arrive in Prague next week. Archer worked in a number of diplomatic positions before joining the United Kingdom Trade and Investment in 2012.
The Czechs will face Canada in the semi-final at the 2018 World Junior Ice
Hockey Championships after Canada trounced Switzerland by a score of 8:2.
The Czechs clinched their spot in the semis earlier edging Finland by a
score of 4:3 in a shootout in the quarterfinal.
The other semifinalists in the tournament are the hosts USA and Sweden.
The incumbent Miloš Zeman is the most discussed candidate in this
month’s presidential elections on social media, according to analysis
conducted by the company SentiOne cited by the news website iHned.cz. The
study carried out between mid-October and mid-December found that there was
twice as much interest in Mr. Zeman as in any other candidate.
Just over 40 percent of mentions of candidates related to the president, compared to 19 percent for academic Jiří Drahoš, who has been coming second in opinion polls behind Mr. Zeman. Some 73 percent of comments regarding the incumbent were negative, more than for any of his rivals.
The first round of the presidential elections takes place on Friday and Saturday next week. If none of the candidates receives over half the vote, the front two will go through to a run-off a fortnight later.
Starting on Wednesday, passengers taking the Metro from Prague’s Muzeum
stop will not be able to board trains heading toward Nemocnice Motol on the
A (green) line. Repair work to the platform in question should be completed
by May 20. Similar restrictions were placed on people travelling in the
other direction for several months before Christmas.
On Tuesday entrances to the Náměstí Republiky Metro station were closed to allow for repair works to escalators that should continue until August. Passengers need to enter the station of the same name from Masarykova nádraží train station.
The Czech company Agrofert has lodged a complaint with the European Union
ombudsman and at the EU’s Court of Justice over the handling of an
investigation into the provision of EU subsidies to the Stork’s Nest
complex by the European Anti-Fraud Office, known as OLAF. The information
was shared by Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, the former owner of Agrofert,
Mr. Babiš has been accused of fraud in connection with the subsidies but denies any wrongdoing. He said he had not read the OLAF report on the matter and was not minded to do so.
The ANO leader was speaking after a traditional New Year’s lunch with President Miloš Zeman at the head of state’s retreat at Lány near Prague.
The Czech athlete Vítězslav Veselý has split from his javelin coach, Jan
Železný. The 2013 world champion issued a statement on Tuesday thanking
Železný and outlining his plans to train himself in future.
Veselý said bearing full responsibility for his own training had always attracted him and would be a new challenge. The 34-year-old plans to take part in this year’s European Athletics Championships in Berlin.
Presidential candidate Michal Horáček is taking Communist MP Zdeněk
Ondráček to court for slander after the latter accused him of being a
collaborator with the StB. In an interview Mr. Ondráček said that
according to available information Mr. Horáček had collaborated with the
communist-era secret police.
However, a lawyer for Mr. Horáček said the available information referred to seemed to the StB’s own file on the presidential candidate.
Mr. Horáček recently objected to moves to elect Mr. Ondráček as head of the lower house committee overseeing the body that monitors the police in view of his past. The Communist Party deputy took part in a crackdown on protestors before the Velvet Revolution as a member of a riot squad.
Prague’s public transport system is to operate on a reduced “summer”
schedule over the next couple of weeks due to a lack of drivers, the news
site iRozhlas.cz reported on Tuesday. Intervals between tram, bus and Metro
services are to be increased by around two minutes.
Regular services will be resumed on January 15 when drivers who earned time off over the holiday season return to work.
Prague’s transport authority launched a recruitment campaign last year, complaining of a lack of drivers. Services in towns near the capital are facing the same problem.