A Prague court has upheld a six months suspended sentence for the members
of the art group Stohoven.
Three members of the art group were earlier found guilty of disorderly conduct, criminal damage and theft for illicitly removing the presidential flag above Prague Castle and replacing it with a giant pair of red shorts in protest at the policies of President Miloš Zeman.
The state attorney in the case appealed the lower instance court verdict on the grounds that it was too mild. Two of the group members were in court to hear the verdict, the third died in a car accident earlier this year.
An annual event aimed at promoting the country’s brewing traditions has
begun in pubs and restaurants around the Czech Republic. The Days of Czech
Beer campaign, which runs until Sunday, offers drinkers the opportunity to
sample beers from dozens of breweries, including one-off ones created for
It also aims to support drinking draft beers in pubs and so prevent the demise of traditional Czech hostelries, an organiser said.
The minister of the interior, Milan Chovanec, told President Miloš Zeman
that he had no information regarding the Stork’s Nest affair in a meeting
at Prague Castle on Tuesday evening. Mr. Chovanec said he told the
president he had no way of knowing more about the case than Mr. Zeman
himself already knew from the media.
The lower house voted to lift the immunity of ANO chief Andrej Babiš so he can face criminal charges of subsidy abuse in connection with Stork’s Nest, a farm and hotel complex. Mr. Babiš says the allegations are part of a campaign to harm him ahead of next month’s elections.
Czech-made military hardware has appeared in a promotional video for the
Azerbaijani army, despite the fact that the Czech Republic has an official
embargo against supplying such products to the country, Hospodářské
noviny reported on Tuesday. The items in question are the DANA artillery
piece and the RM-70 rocket launcher.
A spokesperson for the Azerbaijani army said it had acquired the equipment from the Czech Republic. Its producer, Czechoslovak Group, says it adhered to all laws and regulations regarding sales. The Czech authorities and secret services are looking into the matter, Hospodářské noviny said.
Around 90.9 million rail journeys were made in the Czech Republic in the
first half of 2017, according to figures released on Tuesday by the
Ministry of Transport. The number was 1.7 million higher than for the same
period the previous year. The total distance covered by passengers rose
more sharply, by 6.5 percent.
The figure for bus journeys in the Czech Republic in the January to July period remained at 173 million, according to the transport ministry.
The Czech national soccer team manager, Karel Jarolím, has called up only
one uncapped player, Olomouc’s Šimon Falta, for two World Cup qualifiers
against Azerbaijan and San Marino. The midfielder, who is 24, has scored
three goals and made one assist for his club this season.
The Czechs final World Cup qualifiers games, in Baku on October 5 and in San Marino three days later, will be of little consequence as Jarolím’s men are already out of the running for Russia 2018.
The winner of the main category in the European Union Contest for Young
Scientists this year was Karina Movsesjan, an 18-year-old from the Czech
town of Karlovy Vary. Her research was in the field of cancer inception and
explored how a particular protein mutates.
Movsesjan is a student of biotechnology at Masaryk University in Brno. She was one of around 120 teenagers from around the continent who attended this year’s edition of the European Union Contest for Young Scientists in the Estonian capital Tallinn.
The Czech Republic has been judged the world’s unhealthiest country by
Clinic Compare, a UK clinic comparison website. It collated information
from the World Health Organization, the CIA World Factbook and the World
Lung Association and ranked each state according to three factors: alcohol
consumption, tobacco consumption and obesity levels.
The study’s authors said residents of the Czech Republic consumed an average of 13.7 litres of pure alcohol annually and ranked 11th highest in per capita cigarettes smoked a year. Russia came second in the survey, followed by Slovenia, Belarus and Slovakia.
Actress Květa Fialová died on Tuesday at the age of 88 after a career of
almost seven decades. Born in what is today Slovakia, she was known for her
stage, film and television work.
Fialová was hired by Jan Werich for his Divadlo ABC theatre in the late 1950s and appeared in a host of popular movies, including Lemonade Joe, Dinner for Adela and Closely Observed Trains.
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