Czech competitors took four medals on the first day of the 2017 Canoe Slalom World Cup being held in Prague's Troja. Kayakers Vít Přindiš and Jiří Prskavec took the gold and bronze medals in the K1 men's category, respectively, while Jonáš Kašpar and Marek Šindler got the gold in the canoe double (C2). Monika Jančová won the bronze in the C1 women's category. The World Cup event in Prague continues on Sunday.
Czech football champions Slavia have been fined one million crowns for failing to respect league licensing regulations. The club played their final match of the season, against Brno, at Strahov rather than at their home stadium, Eden, which had been leased by organizers for a concert by the German band Rammstein. The decision was not contested by Slavia, the Czech FA wrote on its website.
Former prime minister and former chairman of the Social Democratic Party Jiří Paroubek, who retired from politics in 2014, has applied to rejoin the party he once led, Marek Semerad the head of the Kolín party branch confirmed. According to Mr Semerad, Paroubek - who entered high politics in 2005 - has "not said his last word" in politics. Local Social Democrats are expected to approve his membership next week. Paroubek was party leader from 2006 - 2010 but resigned after winning a Pyrrhic victory in the 2010 election which left him unable to form a new government. He later left the ranks of the party and founded the leftist LEV 21 which failed to win any seats in the lower house when voters next went to the polls.
The Social Democratic Party has presented key issues upon which it will run its campaign ahead of the elections this autumn. At its conference in Prague on Saturday, the party outlined comfortable living standards, an average monthly wage of 40,000 crowns, progressive taxation, quicker health care, and a so-called 'millionaire tax' as key priorities. The party also formally confirmed Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek as campaign leader. The Social Democratic Party is trying to respond to dwindling numbers in opinion polls, which have placed the party as low as 10 percent.
The parliamentary election due to take place in October will be the first influenced by legislation passed last year curbing spending by political parties, news website iDnes reports. Under the new law, parties' campaign spending has a ceiling of 90 million crowns (in the past, the news site points out, spending higher than 100 million was not unusual). Some lawmakers, even among those who backed the bill, have reportedly now privately expressed misgivings; some interpret aspects of the law differently, clashing over whether the use of government-assigned vehicles for campaign purposes, for example, is a campaign expense. Campaign spending is overseen by a specific bureau overseeing the financing and economic activities of political parties and movements.
Czech president Miloš Zeman, accompanied by his wife Ivana and daughter
Kateřina, were received by British Queen Elisabeth II at Buckingham Palace
on Friday. Among other things, they were discussing Czech citizens who are
currently studying and working in Great Britain and their future after
Brexit, president Zeman told jounralists after the reception.
The meeting with the UK head of state is the high point of Mr Zeman’s visit to Great Britain, during which he has also set to meet with UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. Mr Zeman would like to discuss with Mr Johnson the case of the Czech national who was killed in London last year and whose alleged attacker was allowed to walk free from court.
The Czech head of state on Friday also presented a diploma of promotion to the rank of general to Miroslav Antonín Liškutín, a Czechoslovak pilot who flew with the RAF during the war and was promoted in his absence in Prague on May 8, and awarded a number of Czech and Slovak war veterans who served in the RAF with a medal for bravery.
The number of animals in the Czech Republic slaughtered according to halal requirements increased in 2016 by nine percent on the previous year, according to the data of the State Veterinary Administration. Nearly 114,000 animals were slaughtered according to Halal, which is less than one percentage of all the animals slaughtered in the country per year. There are currently nine slaughterhouses in the country which can carry out ritual halal or kosher slaughters.
The overall percentage of Czech fathers taking paternity leave is less than two percent, according to the data released by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs on Friday. Over the past fifteen years, the number of fathers staying at home with their kids has increased by only about one percentage point. Last year, some 5,200 Czech fathers officially took paternity leave. According to the non-profit Liga otevřených mužů or League of Open Men, ten percent of Czech fathers would like to take paternity leave but most of them reject it, stating mainly financial reasons.
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