A Social Democrat MP who made controversial comments in Parliament about homosexuals says she has no reason to quit the party. During a debate on shared adoption by homosexual parents on Wednesday, Pavlína Nytrová said that homosexuals would push for the allowing of sex with children. Her party colleague Michaela Marksová tweeted that Ms. Nytrová ought to leave the Social Democrats for a different grouping. Party leader Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka has also distanced himself from the statements but said he would not push for her expulsion.
Nineteen children were injured, none of them seriously, in a bus crash near Písek in southern Bohemia on Thursday morning. The bus was taking a total of 48 children on a day-trip from a summer camp in the Strakonice area when the accident occurred. Police said the driver had failed to respond adequately to water on the road and was to blame for the vehicle ending up on its side.
Issues surrounding the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union should not dominate the agenda of talks at European level in the coming months, says the Czech prime minister, Bohuslav Sobotka. Speaking on Thursday, Mr. Sobotka said that while Brexit was an important part of the debate, the key issue would be positive changes in how the EU functions that would generate greater public support. With regard to the UK’s plans to leave the bloc, he said the country could not hold on to the advantages of membership and rid itself of the disadvantages.
Wrestler Adéla Hanzlíčková has joined the team of athletes, who will represent the Czech Republic at next month’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The 22-year old freestyle female wrestler will go to Rio after a decision by the United World Wrestling federation to relocate free spots to participants. The Czech Olympic team, which is the smallest for a summer Olympics since the formation of the independent Czech Republic, currently has 106 members, but the final total could still change.
Persistent rain in the Czech Republic is continuing to cause some rivers to swell. Among them is the Blanice River in South Bohemia, which reached the lowest flood warning level in the early morning hours. Meteorologists warned that water levels will continue to rise during the day, especially in the regions of Liberec and Ústí nad Labem in north Bohemia. Most rivers are likely to reach their peak levels during the night and start to recede during Friday.
The Ministry of Culture has pronounced the former prison Cejl in Brno a cultural heritage monument, the city’s deputy mayor Matěj Hollan told the Czech News Agency on Wednesday. The city, which owns the building together with a private owner, can appeal the verdict within the next 15 days. The city council plans to turn the run-down and long abandoned building, which dates from the 18th century, into a creative centre worth hundreds of millions crowns. The decision of the ministry would increase the costs of the reconstruction by millions of crowns.
Heavy rain is expected to hit some parts of the Czech Republic, namely the regions of Hradec Králové and Liberec, on Wednesday evening. According to the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute, up to 60 millimetres of rainfall can be expected in the mountain regions in the north of the country. Meteorologists also warned of rising water levels on some of the country’s rivers. The warning is in place until Thursday evening.
A boulevard in Kiev will probably be named after former Czech president and playwright Václav Havel, the news site ukranews reported on Wednesday. Kiev city hall has launched a public poll to find a new name for a street which is currently named after the Bolshevik revolutionary Ivan Lepse. So far “Havel’s Boulevard” is heading the public poll with over 3,000 votes out of 5,429 cast. On the other hand, some 2,000 people expressed their opposition to changing the street name.
Companies that sponsor political parties are more successful in public tenders, suggests a study carried out by IDEA think tank at CERGE-EI, which was presented on Wednesday. The authors of the study looked into over 56,000 public tenders announced between the years 2007 and 2013, which were published in the Journal of Public Contracts. The donors were given more than 9,250 contracts, which is 16.3 percent of the overall amount. According to the study’s authors, some 3,500 private companies donated nearly 750 million crowns to political parties over the period.
The financial authority in Pelhřimov will be investigating the funding of the Stork’s Nest farm and conference centre, owned by Finance Minister Andrej Babiš, the news site Neovlivni.cz reported on Wednesday. The centre was at the centre of a scandal earlier this year over suspicions that it received European grants for a 50 million-crown project which it should not have qualified for. The minister later revealed that the farm and centre was owned by his daughters and the brother of his current partner when it received the funds. The financial authority will allegedly look into whether Mr Babiš did not violate the law against money laundering when transferring the farm’s ownership in what is now seen as a highly expedient move.
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