Temperatures in the Czech Republic in the next four weeks should remain average for the time of year, according to a regularly monthly weather forecast issued by the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute. Snowfall and rainfall levels are also expected to be above average in the next week. Temperatures will hover between zero and five degrees Celsius during the day and drop below zero during the night.
The Social Democrats' biggest rival in the upcoming general elections will be the ANO Party, led by finance minister and millionaire businessman Andrej Babiš, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said during the party's regional conference in Hradec Králové on Saturday. Mr. Sobotka said the finance minister was using his money, the Agrofert company and the media to gain absolute power over the Czech Republic. He also added that Babiš was not a superman and could be defeated. ANO have been consistently ahead in opinion polls for some time.
British singer Elton John is set to perform at Prague's O2 Arena on Saturday night. According to the organizers, the concert is completely sold out. Sir Elton will appear in the Czech capital as part of his world tour to promote his 33rd studio album Wonderful Crazy Night. He last visited Prague three years ago.
Citizens of the Czech town Králíky have voted against plans for a women’s prison to be sited in the district. As many as 86 percent voted "no" in a local referendum on Friday. The turnout was about 45 percent. The Ministry of Justice has proposed that a former children’s facility be turned into a prison for 200 women at the town of just under 5,000 in Eastern Bohemia. The ministry says it will take note of the referendum outcome although it is not binding on it.
Prague’s Municipal Court on Friday is due to deal with a complaint by the director of the Czech National Gallery Jiří Fajt against head of state president Miloš Zeman. The president refused in May to sign off on Fajt becoming a professor citing his doubts about whether the gallery director had benefited from a sponsorship payment made by a major bank. Fajt says he has already amassed a series of honourary degrees and is protesting the slur on his reputation. The court rejected Fajt's complaint but he can appeal.
Minister for human rights Jiří Dienstbier on Friday unveiled a campaign in support of gender equality which should be launched by the end of the year. The campaign will focus on domestic violence as well ways of better combining work and family life. The minister pointed out that women are on average paid 22 percent less than men in the Czech Republic. He added that cases of rape were often grossly underestimated with the total running to around 10,000 a year in the country.
Citizens of the Czech town Králíky are voting Friday in a local referendum over whether to support plans for a women’s prison to be sited in the district. The Ministry of Justice has proposed that a former children’s facility be turned into a prison for 200 women at the town of just under 5,000 in Eastern Bohemia. The ministry says it will take note of the referendum outcome although it is not binding on it.
The State Attorney’s Office said it has closed an inquiry into suspicions that funds were embezzled in connection with release of two Czech kidnapped in Pakistan three years ago. The office said there were no grounds for any case to be answered. Hana Humpálová and Antonie Chrástecká were released in March last year after being held for two years. Rumours have abounded that a ransom was paid for their release but the payment has never been officially confirmed.
Czech shopping centres and major retail chains are taking part this year in so-called Black Friday sales for the first time. One Prague shopping centre said 60 outlets were taking part by offering reductions of up to 50 percent on previous prices. Shopping centres outside Prague also say they will take part. Up till now it was mostly e-shops that signed up to the sales. Black Friday is an import from the United States and is regarded as the start of the pre-Christmas shopping season.
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