Ukrainian activist, who disrupted Czech president Miloš Zeman as he voted
on Friday afternoon on the outskirts of Prague, was taken into custody, the
Czech News Agency reported on Friday.
The woman, who belongs to the activist group Femen, stripped off her shirt and ran towards the head of state, shouting ‘Zeman - Putin’s slut,' before she was tackled by the president’s bodyguards.
Zeman, aged 73 and seeking another five years in office, was visibly shaken by the event returned to cast his vote shortly afterwards. The activist could face up to three years in prison, if charged with disorderly conduct.
Two-time biathlon world champion Gabriela Koukalová will not take part in
the Olympic Games in South Korea next month.
According to the Czech Biathlon Union, the 28-year old athlete won’t recover in time from a calf problem that has kept her out of World Cup events so far this season.
Koukalová, a double Olympic silver medallist from Sochi, said she had tried her best to return but unfortunately couldn’t train as she hoped.
Police are looking for witnesses of a bus crash on the outskirt of Prague
on Friday, in which three people died and 45 others were injured. The
incident happened at around 4 p.m. on Friday in a small town of
Horoměřice northwest of Prague. The bus collided with a car and skidded
off the road, smashing into a tree.
Several people were rushed into hospital in a serious condition, including two children who sustained major head injuries and had to be placed into artificial comas. The driver of the car and two bus passengers were killed in the incident. Rescue workers had to free passengers who were trapped inside the bus.
The Czech Republic is looking to open fresh talks with Australian-based
metals company, European Metals Holdings (EMH) over its plans to extract
lithium in the country. Minister of Industry and Trade Tomáš Hüner has
said that a meeting with company bosses should take place within two weeks
at the latest.
A memorandum over lithium mining and processing signed by the previous government will not be cancelled for the moment, the minister added.
The question of lithium mining and the memorandum became one of the main points of conflict in October’s elections to the lower house of parliament with the ANO party of current prime minister, Andrej Babiš, accusing the Social Democrats of selling out the country’s interests.
The Czech Republic is estimated to have some of the biggest lithium reserves in Europe.
A topless woman disrupted Czech president Miloš Zeman as he voted on
Friday afternoon on the outskirts of Prague.
The woman was tackled by a security guard after she took off clothing and ran towards the head of state. She was reported to belong to the activist group, Femen, and was shouting ‘Zeman Putin’s slut.' Zeman has been known for his support of the Russian president.
Zeman, aged 73 and seeking another five years in office, was visibly shaken by the event. and returned later to vote.
The Czech Trade Inspectorate say it has found continued malpractice in the
field of funeral services offered in the country. It said that around half
of the 115 checks on services offered by companies between the start of
September and end of November last year found faults.
Often these concerned the charges described and made on customers and the failure to confirm and outline the orders received.
The office said the sector had been a problem over the previous four years as well. Because of the failure to improve, the office said it will step up checks on funeral services through 2018.
Some Czechs abroad have already been voting in the presidential polls.
In the United States, Czechs could vote from Thursday 8 pm Central European time. Voting is possible in person in New York, Chicago, Washington, and Los Angeles. Interest in the vote is said to be higher than in October’s elections to the lower house of parliament.
The Czech consul in Washington said around 1,000 Czechs were registered to vote with participation at around 70 percent. Many can also cast correspondence votes.
Czechs go to the polls on Friday afternoon in the first round voting for a
new president. Nine candidates are in the running, including current
president Miloš Zeman, who is seeking another five year term.
If no single candidate wins a majority of votes in polling Friday and Saturday, a second round will be held between the two top scoring candidates in two weeks’ time.
Eight candidates, minus Zeman, took part in a final debate at Czech Radio’s Prague centre on Friday before polls opened. Zeman has refused to take part in any debates with other candidates.
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