Two of the Czech Republic’s leading athletes took silver medals at the World Athletics Final in Greece’s Thessaloniki on Saturday. Olympic champion Barbora Špotáková finished second in the women’s javelin, while the Czech record holder Jaroslav Bába came second in the men’s high jump. Špotáková, who also took silver at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin, said she was satisfied with her performance, as she was with the whole season.
The entire supervisory board of the troubled Czech Airlines will be removed at a CSA annual meeting on Monday, the minister of finance, Eduard Janota, said on a TV debate programme on Sunday. Two members of the supervisory board stepped down voluntarily on Friday. Mr Janota also said he would hold meetings on Monday with union leaders from CSA. They have refused to accept pay cuts proposed by the management of the airline, which is in serious trouble after recording record losses in the first half of this year. The government is set to decide next month on whether to accept a bid from the only company remaining in a tender to privatise CSA. Minister Janota has said if the sell-off does not go ahead, the state would be unwilling to bail out the airline should it go bankrupt.
Tučín in Moravia has been named Czech village of the year. As well as the title, Tučín – population 455 – also receives a two-million-crown grant. Second in this year’s competition was Lány in central Bohemia, followed by Žernov in eastern Bohemia. This is the 15th year of the village of the year awards, with the main criterion the quality of local projects that encourage community spirit.
Over 60,000 people attended an open-air concert by the Czech rock band Kabát in Prague’s Vypich district on Saturday night. According to the CTK news agency, it was the biggest concert ever played in the capital by a Czech group. The show marked the 20th anniversary of the foundation of Kabát, who in recent years have become one of the most popular musical acts in the country.
An independent MP who succeeded in having early elections cancelled by the
Czech Constitutional Court says he is seriously considering fighting fresh
plans for early elections. On Thursday the court upheld Miloš
complaint that a one-off amendment allowing for elections on October 8 and
9 was unlawful. A day later, both houses of Parliament passed a permanent
change to the constitution, with a view to holding elections at the end of
the first week of November. Mr Melčák told reporters that if his lawyers
advised him the second amendment could be applied retroactively he would
mount a fresh legal challenge. Another independent MP, Juraj Raninec, said
he was considering a similar course of action.
Under a plan agreed by the main political parties, the Chamber of Deputies will dissolve itself on Tuesday and the president will call elections on November 6 and 7.
The Czech Republic has had an interim government since May. There are concerns that a failure to form a new political government in the near future would have serious consequences for the country’s budget for next year; if a 2010 budget is not approved in time, a provisional budget without needed spending cuts would enter into force.
Police have charged four men with throwing stones and eggs at the leader of the Civic Democrats Mirek Topolánek. Mr Topolánek suffered a cut on the head after being hit by projectiles while on the stump at a swimming pool in south Moravia last month. The four turned themselves in to the police soon after the incident, which followed a series of egg attacks on the Social Democrats leader, Jiří Paroubek.
Two people died on Saturday when a small sports plane they were travelling in crashed on the edge of a forest near Sobíňov, east Bohemia. The aircraft went up in flames after hitting the ground, a police spokesperson said. Witnesses said it appeared the crash was due to engine failure. Since April 2006, over 40 people have died in crashes involving small planes in the Czech Republic.
The Czech football captain Tomáš Rosický scored a goal for Arsenal on Saturday in his first game for the club since January last year. Rosický came on as a substitute in the second half of a Premier League match away to Manchester City, scoring a consolation goal to make it 4:2 when the hosts were already leading 4:1 with around ten minutes to go. The Czech midfielder, who turns 29 next month, was out of football for a year and a half with a knee injury he said he feared could end his career.
Car-maker Škoda Auto is planning to introduce a new vehicle that would be bigger than the company’s Fabia and cheaper than the Octavia, the newspaper Mladá fronta Dnes reported. The new car, for which no name has yet been announced, would replace the Octavia Tour older model, which is currently being sold alongside a newer Octavia. The German-owned Škoda plans to produce the new model at a plant in Vrchlabí, east Bohemia. Production could begin in the latter part of 2010, Mladá fronta Dnes said.
If elections are held this November, approving the following year’s budget could be difficult when regular elections are held every four years, the news website idnes.cz wrote on Saturday. General elections have previously been held in June at the end of a fixed term, meaning new governments should be in place in advance of the period when a new budget is considered. The current caretaker finance minister, Eduard Janota, told idnes.cz that at least two and a half months was needed to debate a budget. The Civic Democrats’ Petr Nečas suggested one way out could be to have a budget that starts in March or April.
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