In an address to the United Nations General Assembly in New York on
Tuesday, the Czech president, Miloš Zeman, told the gathered world leaders
that the world community was still hesitant to fully engage in the war
Mr. Zeman said the United Nations required a strong agency that would be capable of also employing military force to combat what he called “terrorist anti-civilisation”.
The Czech head of state said some terrorists were active under cover of mass migration, a trend that he also said was causing a brain drain from undeveloped African states.
The president of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Eva Zažímalová,
presented a prestigious award to three top scientists at a ceremony in
Prague on Tuesday.
The Praemium Academiae prize was accepted by Petr Baldrian, an environmentalist and soil fungi expert; Michal Fárník, a physicist who specialises in the atmosphere; and Jan Flusser, an informatics expert who works on processing images.
All three of the scientists have also received some CZK 30 million toward their research activities in the next six years.
The internet company Seznam.cz has applied to the Council for Radio and
Television Broadcasting for a license to operate a TV station. The project
is envisaged as a classic television channel available via terrestrial
transmitters, satellite and cable.
Last year Seznam.cz launched the news website Seznam-zpravy.cz, which carries video content. The new TV station should be funded by advertising.
One soldier died and another was injured following an explosion at a Czech
Army building in Vyškov, around 30 kilometres from Brno, on Tuesday. The
military academy complex has been sealed off but a spokesperson said there
was no danger of further blasts.
The incident, which took place before 9 am, is believed to have been an accident. The explosion took place in a basement area of the building, which houses both living facilities and offices.
The Quartette, a new film by Czech director Miroslav Krobot, will receive
its world premiere at the Chicago International Film Festival in the US
this coming Saturday. Audiences in the Czech Republic will get their first
chance to see the movie on October 30.
The Quartette is a comedy drama revolving around a group of string players. It follows the director’s 2014 debut Nowhere in Moravia, which drew domestic audiences of 150,000.
A Somali girl who was barred from wearing a hijab at a Prague secondary
school has lost an appeal in which she was seeking an apology and CZK
60,000 in compensation from the institution. Prague’s Municipal Court on
Tuesday confirmed a previous ruling under which the girl’s allegation of
discrimination was dismissed.
The plaintiff had argued that wearing the veil was an expression of her religious conviction. However, a Municipal Court judge said that the school, which prepares students for a career in medicine, had to remain a “neutral environment”.
Football club Viktoria Plzeň won their seventh match in a row on Monday,
defeating Zlín by a score of 2:1. The win set a new club record and leaves
them undefeated so far this season in the Czech top flight, six points
ahead of defending champions Slavia.
With the win, Plzeň also rebounded from their 3:0 loss against Bucharest club FCSB in the Europa League.
The police on Monday monitored the latest protest by taxi drivers against
the rival transportation company Uber; no incidents were reported. The
police estimated some 70 taxi drivers took part in the protest which took
place at Prague’s Václav Havel International Airport.
Organizers put the number at 400 and warned that more demonstrations against Uber, which they see as unfair competition, may be held.
A Czech court has ordered the expulsion of a foreign national who wrote in
Arabic at the beginning of the month on a statue of St. Francis on Charles
Bridge, a national heritage site. There is a three-year-ban on the
foreigner’s return; doing so during that time period would constitute a
For the act, the foreigner, who also received a fine of 15,000 crowns, could have faced up to three years behind bars.
Because he was detained at the scene, the case was handled quickly by the state prosecutors’ office. The defendant did not appeal the ruling which is now binding. According to reports, the words in Arabic were a translation of words on the landmark.