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03-11-2015 12:53 | Daniela Lazarová

The shadow economy makes up 15 percent of the Czech GDP, according to data released by the Czech Statistics Office. Transactions to the tune of 614 billion crowns annually go untaxed. In addition to large-scale VAT evasion this concerns undeclared income from smaller transactions in cash for services provided. According to the Centre for Economic and Market Analyses the overall sum lost to state revenues could help create 1.5 million new jobs.

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NHL: Pastrňák scores two in tight win over Florida

06-12-2016 09:53 | Jan Velinger

The Boston Bruins’ David Pastrňák scored twice and David Krejčí earned two assists in the team’s 4:3 win in extra time on Monday over the Florida Panthers. Jaromír Jágr scored once for the losing side. The Bruins are currently third in the Atlantic Division and seventh in the Eastern Conference. 

HlidácíPes releases screenshots of head of Prague Castle protocol snorting unknown white substance

06-12-2016 09:25 | Jan Velinger

A scandal concerning the chief of protocol at Prague Castle, Jindřich Forejt, has deepened after the investigative independent news site Hlidací released several screenshots of Mr Forejt where he appeared to snort an unknown white substance; HlidacíPes bought the video from an unknown source. The site made clear it would not be releasing the video itself, which allegedly also showed the head of protocol involved in sex games. Neither Prague Castle nor Mr Forejt has issued a statement. In all, HlidacíPes reportedly has a total of nine videos which were allegedly filmed at the 39-year-old’s home. 

NHL: Voráček gets assist as Flyers continue winning streak

05-12-2016 16:08 | Jan Velinger

Jakub Voráček got an assist in the Philadelphia Flyers win over Nashville – the team’s fifth straight victory. In other NHL hockey, Petr Mrázek continued to do well between the posts for the Detroit Red Wings, helping the club win 4:3 in overtime. Detroit are currently in the bottom half of the Eastern Conference and 20th in the league overall. 

CNN includes Prague on list of best Christmas markets

05-12-2016 15:43 | Jan Velinger

American news broadcaster CNN has included Prague’s Christmas markets on a list of the 10 best in the world, citing traditional markets on the city’s Old Town and Wenceslas Squares. The article rated favourably Czech beer and sausage as well as the opening times at both markets, saying they remained open throughout the Christmas period. Other markets included in the piece included ones in Vienna, Venice or Copenhagen. The only North American Christmas market to make the list was Montreal’s. 

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05-12-2016 14:30 | Jan Velinger

Tuesday should be sunny with daytime highs reaching only 0 degrees Celsius. 

Field surgical team leaves for Iraq

05-12-2016 14:27 | Jan Velinger

Personnel of a 17-member-strong field surgical team departed for Iraq shortly after midnight on Monday where they will join coalition, Iraqi, and US soldiers providing support at a US base several dozen kilometres away from Mosul. The news was confirmed by the spokesman for the General Staff of the Czech Armed Forces Jan Šulc. Two surgeons and an anaesthesiologist form the core of the group. 

Poll: Trust in head of state at lowest this year

05-12-2016 14:14 | Jan Velinger

Trust in the country’s president, Miloš Zeman, is the lowest all year according to a poll conducted by the CVVM agency. According to the survey, trust in the head of state fell by eight percent in November, to an overall 48 percent. The drop coincided with a scandal in late October in which Czech-born Auschwitz survivor Jiří Brady was allegedly passed over for a state honour as the result of a meeting between his uncle, Culture Minister Daniel Herman and Tibet’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. Distrust in the president, according to the same poll, is 49 percent. Trust in Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka's government, meanwhile, is at 35 percent – down by three from the previous poll. 

Angels, devil and Mikuláš visit children in hospital ward

05-12-2016 13:43 | Jan Velinger

Some 17 children at a hospital ward in Karlovy Vary were visited by fourth year high school medical students on Monday dressed as angels, devils and Mikuláš (St. Nicholas) to mark the upcoming saint’s day. Events marking “Mikuláš” are traditionally held on the evening of December 5. Traditionally, children receive fruit or chocolate in return for reciting poems or singing songs, which keep the devils at bay. Somewhat naughty children can also receive a potato or lump of coal. In recent years, more and more Czech children have themselves dressed up as the iconic characters, making the evening more similar to Halloween. 

Supreme Audit Office finds only shortcomings, no breach of the law, in military purchases

05-12-2016 12:32 | Jan Velinger

Investment in new military equipment by the Czech Army over the period of the last five years was marred by shortcomings in project outlines and planning, the country’s Supreme Audit Office has found. According to the audit, the army’s fighting capabilities had nevertheless improved through most of the purchases. Details of the audit were released on Monday by the Supreme Audit Office’s Olga Málková. The country’s Defence Ministry considers important the fact that the bureau found no breach of the law or of ministry regulations. The ministry has also announced that it is working on simplifying and speeding up the process of army acquisitions. 

Independent media speculate that head of Prague Castle protocol is on way out

05-12-2016 12:18 | Jan Velinger

There has been speculation in the Czech media that the head of protocol at Prague Castle, Jindřich Forejt, could be leaving his post within a matter of days. Independent news websites such as Neovlivní.cz, a have all reported the story; the president’s spokesman Jiří Ovčáček declined to comment, saying he only discussed personnel changes when they were happening. Mr Forejt has been the centre of media attention in recent weeks, both for a faux pas concerning the American ambassador to Prague, as well as controversy surrounding this year’s state honours and Czech-born Canadian Jiří Brady, who reportedly had been considered but in the end did not receive a state distinction. 


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