Czech police investigated two security incidents tied to President Miloš Zeman’s three-day tour of the Liberec region last week, reports news site iDnes. According to the website, one man tried to take a concealed firearm into a public meeting with the head of state in Tanvald. Stringent security, including door frame metal detectors, revealed the legally-held weapon. The police did not want to comment the exact type of gun; the case is being treated as a misdemeanour. In another incident, writes iDnes, police responded to a threatening email warning Mr Zeman not to visit the town of Lomnice nad Popelkou. No charges were filed in that case after the police tracked down and questioned the sender.
London football club Arsenal, third in the Premier League, fell 3:2 to a young Manchester United side on Sunday, a result which Czech goalkeeper Petr Čech called a step back after Arsenal’s recent win over league leaders Leicester. Arsenal are in third spot, five points behind the leaders, while Tottenham Hotspur are second. The last time the Gunners won the league title was in 2004.
Hygiene officers handed down fines worth almost 13 million crowns in the Czech Republic last year, ordering the closure or temporary closure of 259 restaurants and cafeterias. The number was higher than in 2014 by 105, Chief Hygiene Officer Vít Valenta confirmed. Officers conducted just over 23,000 checks of establishments: fines handed down most often concerned the improper storage of foodstuffs or short-comings in on-site technical parameters. Hygiene officers are continuing checks this year: 2,200 establishments were contolled from January 1 to February 20. Of those, 10 were ordered to shut down, 17 to be santised, and 24 to destroy foodstuffs no longer suitable for consumption.
Czech women tennis players have slipped in the WTA rankings published Monday. Top singles player Petra Kvítová has dropped from 8th to 9th place follower her quarterfinal exit at the Doha tournament last week. Lucie Šafářová and Karolína Plíšková have both dropped one place to 13th and 20th places respectively. In the mens’ ranking, Tomáš Berdych remains at number seven.
The Czech spending watchdog, the Supreme Audit Office, has published a critical report on spending by the Ministry of Industry and Trade on information technology and systems between 2010 and 2014. It found that the ministry had 112 different systems in use. Some of the systems have hardly or not at all been used it concluded. A system for trading excess chemicals with the aim to stop their illegal dumping cost 5.3 million crowns but was used just once for a trade totaling 13,000 crowns. Another system for trading secondary products and materials from sorted rubbish was still unused when the office report was concluded. It found that some parts of the ministry organized tenders without reference to anyone else and that prices for similar services contracted with outside firms were sometimes twice as high.
The European Commission decided to initiate proceedings against the Czech Republic over an imcomplete list of European protected localities, Environment Minister Richard Brabec told the Czech News Agency on Sunday. Earlier this month, the cabinet approved an extension of the Natura 2000 list, but failed to add two localities on which the European Commission insisted, the Labe valley and the Slavíkovy ostrovy near Přelouč, east Bohemia. The minister said the matter will be debated at the government's meeting on Monday.
In biathlon, Czech Jaroslav Soukup took the silver medal in a 15 km mass-start race at the European Championship in Tyumen, Russia on Sunday. The 33-year-old Czech had one penalty loop and finished four seconds behind Germany's Florian Graf, securing a place in the Biathlon World Championship in Oslo, which gets underway on Thursday.
An armchair designed by architect Josip Plečnik for President Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk was sold on Sunday at Prague's Sýpka auction house for 1.1 million crowns (around 40,000 euros). The starting price of the chair from the early 1920s, was 150,000 crowns. The chair was the last missing piece of an original trio, which was sold in the 1970s, when Gustav Husak ordered the remodeling of Prague Castle. It has recently been discovered in a private collection.
The Sudeten German Landsmannschaft, an organization representing Sudeten Germans expelled from Czechoslovakia after World War II, dropped the passage from its statuses stating it would fight for the return of confiscated Sudeten German property. The decision was made during the Landsmannschaft's conference in Munich at the weekend. The same change had laready been approved at a conference last year, but it was later revoked by a court. The possibility of Sudeten German restitutions have been a major issue of contention between the Czech Republic and Germany in the past.
Meteorologists have issued a snow warning for several parts of the Czech Republic on Sunday. The Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute said up to 15 centimetres of fresh snow was likely to fall in central, western and northern Bohemia throughout Monday and Tuesday. The weather office has also warned against icy conditions on the road.
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