Lobbyist Roman Janoušek’s health has failed to improve and, according to the Regional Court in Brno, there is a chance the remainder of his sentence could be waived, public broadcaster Czech TV reports. Mr Janoušek was sentenced to 4.5 years in prison for a hit-and-run while driving under the influence. He was behind bars from November 2014 to March 2016. His sentence was put on hold first by the prison and then by the court due to his poor health. Janoušek has long complained of health complications following surgery.
Liechtenstein Palace at Prague's Kampa, used by the government on the
occasion of special conferences and for international delegations, will be
open to the public over the course of Friday, a national holiday marking
the events of November 17,1989 and November 17,1939, the former the start
of the Velvet Revolution which brought down communism in Czechoslovakia.
Tours of the palace interiors will be possible from 10 am to 4 pm, government spokesman Martin Ayrer confirmed.
Liechtenstein Palace, dating back to the 17th century, has stately apartments which were used by world leaders on official visits, including Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the king of Spain Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Operators at ski hill Černá hora at Jánské Lázně in the Krkonoše
Mountains have officially launched the new ski season on a 300 meter trail
named "Anděl", on the upper part of the hill. There are around
30 centimeters of natural as well as man-made snow on the run. Cross
country skiers, as well, can hit a groomed two to three kilometre trail.
The runs will remain open over the three-day weekend.
Černá hora traditionally opens the ski season. Last year, the hill opened on November 12 but uninterrupted service began on November 26.
Czech President Miloš Zeman has criticized the European Union, saying it
lacked strong leaders and that it used a double-standard when it came to
Crimea. He made the statement in an interview with the Russian news agency
TASS - days before he is to begin an official visit to Russia with a major
Czech business delegation.
During the visit, Mr Zeman will meet with President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, and also former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
In the interview, President Zeman compared Crimea to Kosovo, whose autonomy, he said, was guaranteed by the United Nations. Crimea's referendum on independence is not internationally recognized and move is seen as an illegal annexation for which Russia still suffers sanctions. Mr Zeman told TASS he was the only European politician who spoke about the issue in such a manner; the president has opposed the sanctions in the past, maintaining they did not work and should be lifted.
The legendary Czech folk singer Wabi Danek has died at the age of 70. In the course of a career spanning close to half a century he recorded 11 CDs and performed at thousands of concerts and festivals. His biggest hit Rosa na kolejích (Dew on the Tracks) recorded in 1970 became a staple around Czech campfires and a radio evergreen.
Police will be out in force on November 17 to maintain law and order in
view of the record number of street gatherings and demonstrations being
held on the anniversary of the Velvet Revolution. According to Prague City
Hall, 24 events are officially registered, of that nine marches through the
Commemorative events will traditionally take place at Národní třída, where communist police cracked down on a peaceful student march 28 years ago, Wenceslas Square and Albertov, which witnessed a brutal crack-down on Czech university students on November 17, 1989. Police reinforcements are being sent to Prague from the regions and drivers have been warned to expect traffic restrictions in the city centre.
The fiscal policy of the Czech National Bank should stabilize in the coming
year or two, bringing interest rates to around 3 percent, the bank’s
governor Jiří Rusnok said on Thursday. Rusnok said that inflation growth
estimated at around 2 percent would spur the return to normal. A two
percent inflation would mean interest rates of around 3 percent, Rusnok
Interest rates in the country have been at a record low for years. The central bank last raised the basic rate at the beginning of November raising it by 0.25 to 0.5 percent.
The health authorities are struggling to contain a hepatitis epidemic in
Ustí nad Labem, north of Prague.
Doctors report 30 new cases in the last 6 days alone. Altogether 276 people have contracted the infectious disease in different parts of the city. Of the 30 new cases seventeen are children.
Vaccinations are underway in schools and the locals have been asked to take precautions when visiting crowded places, such as supermarkets and public transport. Doctors say it may take up to two months to contain the epidemic.
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