Czech President Zeman greeted the Grand Duke of Luxembourg Henry I at Prague Castle on Friday. The Duke has come to attend ceremonies to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the birth of Charles IV. The president is also set to meet with Monaco’s crown prince Albert II and the Hereditary prince of Liechtenstein, Alois, later on Friday.
Czechs spend on average 58 minutes at work a day in activities not related to their work duties in 2015, suggests as a study carried out by the agency trueconneXion, which is six minutes more than in the previous year. The study suggests that smartphones and internet accessibility were the main factors to blame. According to Martin Hnízdil of truconneXion, an increasing number of people are struggling to catch up with the days’ work at home in late afternoons or evenings.
It has been confirmed that Czech captain and Arsenal midfielder Tomáš Rosický is to leave the English club after 10 years this summer. Arsenal manager Arséne Wenger announced the news at a press conference on Friday. The 35-year old Rosický, who was signed by the Gunners from Borussia Dortmund in 2006, has been beset with injuries ever since his arrival. He might appear for the last time in the final round of the league against Aston Villa. Contracts have also expired for other Arsenal players Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta.
The 2016 Architecture Grand Prix has gone to the studio Chmelík and Partners for the reconstruction of the White Tower in Hradec Králové. An international jury headed by architect Eva Jiřičná selected the project from 51 entries in the competition, run by the Society of Czech Architects. The jury said the reconstruction of the 16th century tower combined sensitive approach to its historical values with active use of the object. The 16th century tower belongs among the most significant historical sites in the city.
The spokesman for Czech president, Jiří Ovčáček, is set to meet with Peter Bystroň, the head of the right-wing populist and Eurosceptic party Alternative for Germany, at Prague Castle on Monday. Mr Ovčáček told the news site aktualne.cz that he will meet Mr Bystroň on behalf of the president, adding that Mr Bystoň had asked for the meeting himself. According to Mr Ovčáček, the meeting will be of an informative character. In the past, Alternative for Germany, has received support from former president Václav Klaus.
New Zealand customs officers have apprehended two Czechs who are accused of trying to smuggle 20 kilograms of pervitin into the country. The Czechs were arrested on Thursday at the airport in Auckland where they arrived on a flight from Thailand. The drugs were discovered in secret compartments in their luggage. According to New Zealand authorities, it is the largest amount of pervitin ever seized in the country. It could be sold on the black market for up to 20 million New Zealand dollars, which is around 324 million crowns. The two Czechs have been placed in custody and could face life imprisonment.
Neither Minister for Foreign Affairs Lubomír Zaorálek nor Minister for Industry and Trade Jan Mládek will be attending a meeting in Brussels on Friday at which EU ministers are due to discuss the details of a complex trade deal between Canada and the EU, according to the Czech NGO Iure. Iure is leading a campaign against the Canadian trade deal. The group has criticized the Czech stance and deal with Canada saying that it is the first of a new model of trade pacts allowing corporations to challenge and overthrow national legislation. The CETA deal is expected to be finalised in October and take effect from 2017 if it is not derailed by public opposition. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs said minister Mládek’s ministry was the lead one for the Friday meeting. The Ministry of Industry and Trade did not reply to questions.
Three people, a former policeman, member of the special police squad for combating organised crime, and a customs officer, have been charged with abuse of office and taking bribes following various actions by the anti-organized crime squad on Wednesday. Twelve people were detained during a series of actions on Wednesday related to the leaking of information about criminal, including high profile, cases. The offices searches of offices included that of state attorney Dagmar Máchová.
The Czech team beat Norway 7:0 in their fourth game of the ice hockey world championship being hosted in Russia. Dominik Furth, for the second time in goal, achieved his second shut-out in the competition so far. The Czechs scored their first goal in the sixth minute and cruised to a 3:0 advantage by the end of the first period. Unbeaten and heading group A with the loss of only one point, the Czechs look almost certain to make the quarterfinals and now face Kazakhstan on Friday.
A Czech assistant referee and linesman have been banned by the national football association for being drunk in charge of a first division football match. Fourth official Marek Pilný and linesman Jiří Jech were both visibly worst for wear at Wednesday’s match between Slavia Prague and relegation threatened Příbram. During the game the linesman was reportedly seen relieving himself on the pitch when the action was at the other end. Pilný was visibly unsteady on his feet and did not appear for the second half. The head of the Czech football association commented Thursday that everything could be seen in football.
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