The spokesman of the Supreme Court in Brno, Petr Knötig, has announced that he is to quit the post by the end of June. Mr. Knötig’s resignation follows the news that he used a derogatory term to describe members of the Roma minority on an internet forum. He was also photographed holding what he said was a replica pump action shotgun in the court building.
A court in Alexandria in the US state of Virginia on Friday heard evidence in an appeal lodged by murder suspect Kevin Dahlgren against a previous ruling allowing for his extradition to the Czech Republic, Czech Television reported. The court is due to issue a verdict in the coming days. Mr. Dahlgren is accused of murdering his cousin, her husband and their two children in Brno in May 2013 and fleeing to the US before he could be questioned by Czech police. If the court rejects his petition, his lawyers can appeal the verdict. If that move proves unsuccessful, the US Department of State will decide whether to hand Mr. Dahlgren over to the Czech authorities.
The Czech Republic’s football players were beaten 2:1 by Iceland in Reykjavik on Friday night in a qualification game for next year’s European Championship. The Czechs went ahead through Bořek Dočkal on 55 minutes but conceded two in the next 21 minutes in what was their first defeat of the campaign. The result means Iceland are now two points ahead of the Czech Republic at the top of Group A.
The 52nd Kmoch’s Kolín festival of brass band music has got underway in the Central Bohemian town. Over 40 brass groups are taking part in the weekend-long event, including ensembles from Italy, Germany, Hungary and Latvia. Running since the early 1960s, the festival is named in honour of the great locally born band leader and composer František Kmoch (1848–1912).
Members of the board of directors and the supervisory board of the ČEZ
energy group will not receive bonuses from last year's profit it was
decided at a company meeting on Friday. Shareholders decided to pay a 40
crown per share dividend before taxes, the same amount as in previous two
years, or about 21.5 billion in total, which is 73 percent of adjusted net
profit of the group for 2014, the Czech News Agency reported. The state,
which owns about 70 percent of CEZ's shares via the Finance Ministry,
will receive 15 billion. Management bonuses will not be paid for the first
time since 2001 when ČEZ launched dividend payments to its shareholders.
The Finance Ministry came up with the proposal for no rewards to be paid.
The management received 25.5 million every year since 2010. The board of
directors had proposed the same amount this year also, but the proposal was
At the same time, the board of directors can still use the share motivation programme. Within the programme, CFO Martin Novak bought 100,000 CEZ shares for 56.4million in May and then sold most of the shares, earning 6.9 million in the transaction, business daily Hospodářské noviny reported.
Thirty-eight new professors were named on Friday at a ceremony at Prague’s Carolinum - six of them women. The decrees were issued by the deputy for university studies and research, Jaromír Veber. Originally, university chancellors threatened to boycott the ceremony, after the country’s president, Miloš Zeman, refused to name three academics on the grounds they cooperated with the communist secret police in former Czechoslovakia.
Additional paratroopers from the Czech 43rd Airborne Battalion departed from Pardubice on Friday to take part in the NATO military exercise Noble Jump 2015 in neighbouring Poland. Sixty-five soldiers left in the second group, a military representative confirmed for the Czech News Agency. In all 150 Czech personnel are taking part. The first group left earlier this week.
Former US secretary of state Madeleine Albright, on a personal visit to the Czech Republic, unveiled a plaque in Terezín on Friday honouring 26 members of her family who were sent to the Jewish ghetto in the town during WWII and suffered and perished at the hands of the Nazis. Albright, who is 78, only learned of her Jewish heritage in the 1990s. On Thursday, the former secretary of state visited the town of Letohrad where her father had lived.
The regional court in Hradec Králové has ruled that a local teaching hospital made no mistakes in its treatment of a patient in 2006 and 2007 later found to have a cancerous tumor which spread and eventually took her life. The woman had complained of back pain but did not meet the criteria for an MRI. The judge overseeing the lawsuit said that expert witness assessments showed that an overwhelming majority of health officials would have proceeded in the same manner. Her children had been suing for two million crowns in damages.
The Czech national football team faces Iceland on Friday evening in a key qualifier for next year’s European championships being held in France. The Czechs currently lead Group A with 13 points in five matches – a single point ahead of their hosts. Friday night’s match will mark midfielder Tomáš Rosický’s 100th appearance for the national team.
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