Gold ducats bearing an image of Charles IV and glass cups discovered by archeologists in Prague are among the items due to appear in a new exhibition in the capital. The Seven Towers exhibition, which gets underway on Monday at the Academy of Sciences, is subtitled Charles IV in the Eyes of Academics. The event is one of several being held to mark next month’s 700th anniversary of the birth of the Bohemian king and Holy Roman Emperor.
Police in Bochov summonsed several people who held up protest banners against President Miloš Zeman when he visited the West Bohemian town, the spokesperson for Karlovy Vary police said on Tuesday. After questioning the demonstrators were found not to have committed any wrongdoing last month when they held up a number of signs. One of them read “Zeman is a Gentleman: A. Hitler”, parodying the president’s claim that pre-war journalist Ferdinand Peroutka had supported the Nazi leader. A 71-year-old man who pulled down one of the protesters' signs faces a misdemeanour charge, police said.
The minister of the interior, Milan Chovanec, says he is giving Police President Tomáš Tuhý a week to explain an incident involving a Tibetan flag at Prague’s FAMU film school during a visit by the Chinese president last week. Two men presenting themselves as police officers inspected the flag, one of several erected in support of Tibet when Xi Jinping was in the city. Mr. Chovanec said if the police did not have a relevant reason for the visit it was a case of completely unacceptable arbitrary behaviour. He also called on Mr. Tuhý to explain why people who held up banners against President Miloš Zeman in the town of Bochov had been called in for questioning.
Czech exporters say the central bank’s policy of keeping the crown weak has meant between CZK 400 and CZK 450 billion in extra exports in the last two years. The Czech National Bank intervened to bring the crown down to around 27 to the euro in November 2013 and has maintained the policy ever since. The deputy head of the Association of Exporters, Otto Daněk, said on Tuesday that if the bank had not taken action the crown would today stand at around 25 to the euro. Mr. Daněk said Czech exports could this year reach a record of over CZK 4 trillion.
Beehives are to be installed on the roof of Prague City Hall in the historical centre of the capital. Councilors on Tuesday voted to allow a beekeeper to run six hives on top of the Art Nouveau building for an unlimited period of time. Beehives are already in place on the roof of a city centre shopping centre and hotel. Experts say the urban environment provides bees with a wide variety of plants for pollination and, unlike in the countryside, there is no danger from pesticides
The Czech Tax Office and financial analysis unit at the Finance Ministry will have to respond to the Panama Papers, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka tweeted on Monday, adding it would be necessary to create pressure on existing tax havens. The Panama Papers are a data leak of more than 11 million documents revealing how the world elite move funds to offshore companies and havens to avoid taxes when possible. The prime minister suggested that the EU needed to act to push for the liquidation of tax havens and shady business agreements connected with offshore dealing. More than 280 Czechs were listed in the leak, including top business leaders. In the Czech Republic, the Panama Papers are being analysed by the Czech Centre for Investigative Journalism.
Prague Zoo saw the birth of the first baby elephant both bred and born at the zoo in its 82 year history, on Tuesday. The news was revealed by Prague Zoo’s director Miroslav Bobek on twitter. The Indian elephant was born after 3 AM, and weighed 104 kilograms, he said. The baby was born to Janita, was brought to the zoo from Sri Lanka in 2012. The zoo’s director described the baby elephant’s birth as one of the most powerful moments he had witnessed at the zoo during his tenure.
The Florida Panthers qualified for only the second time this century for hockey’s Stanley Cup playoffs, getting help from the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday who defeated closest contender in the Atlantic Division the Boston Bruins. The only other year Florida qualified this century was in 2011/12. Florida is home to legendary Czech player Jaromír Jágr, who won two back-to-back Stanley Cups at the start of his NHL career with the Pittsburgh Penguins and later came close with the Boston Bruins. Jágr, 44, has had an excellent regular season with 26 goals and 62 points; fellow player Brian Campbell expressed confidence that Florida would continue to improve with four games remaining in the regular season.
The spokesman for EPH, Daniel Častvaj, issued a statement on Monday in connection with the Panama Papers leak, which named billionaire Daniel Křetinský and 282 other Czechs among thousands of others. The papers are thought to make clear how the world elite take advantage of tax havens. In the statement, Mr Častvaj said that Mr Křetinský had never made use of Panamanian or other anonymous structures to hide the ownership structure of his businesses; nor, he said, had the businessman ever made use of illegal or unethical means in the area of tax planning. The press release called the ownership of EPH, EP Industries, Czech News Centre and other groups “fully transparent”. The PPF Group also reacted to the listing of billionaire Petr Kellner, saying that property owned on the Virgin Islands dated back to when Mr Kellner and his wife had lived and conducted business there. Mr Kellner is the majority owner of PPF.
Interior Minister Milan Chovanec has said he will want an explanation why Germany allowed 25 Iraqi nationals to apply for asylum there instead of returning them to the Czech Republic where the Iraqis were accepted as part of a relocation programme organised by the foundation Generace 21. The interior minister expressed the opinion that the asylum seekers should have been turned back, saying the decision had set a precedent.
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