Police are investigating the cause of Tuesday’s collapse of a building in
the centre of Prague, which left a number of workers trapped inside. The
building on Mikulandská street, just off Národní, has been undergoing
Three people were freed from under the rubble after the building collapsed on Tuesday afternoon. One of them suffered serious injuries and was put in a medically-induced coma.
The house was found structurally unstable and the street remains closed to the public following the incident.
Four new ambassadors to the Czech Republic are set to present their
credentials to President Miloš Zeman on Wednesday.
The new diplomats include Argentinian ambassador Roberto Alejandro Salafia, Morocco’s Hanane Saadí and Patricio Alberto Pradel Elqueta of Chile and New Zealand’s ambassador Rupert Thomas Holborow, who will be stationed in Berlin.
After the ceremony at Prague Castle, the ambassadors can officially assume their office.
President Miloš Zeman on Wednesday accepted the resignation tendered by
labour and social affairs minister Petr Krčál.
The newly appointed minister announced his resignation on Tuesday, only weeks after being appointed. The news came a day after reports that the Social Democrat politician had plagiarised a major part of his university thesis.
Mr. Krčál will be replaced by Jana Maláčová, a senior official at the Ministry of Labourand Social Affairs, who will be appointed to the post.
Czech customs officials discovered the body of a freshly killed tiger and
pelts of large felines during a raid at sites in Prague, central and north
Bohemia, which took place on Monday. Mutilated bodies of other animal
species were also found.
The news was announced on Wednesday in a joint press release by Czech
Police and the Customs Office. In connection with the raid, three men were
charged with unlawful treatment of protected wildlife.
According to Lidovky.cz, the police raided several sites including Sapa, the Vietnamese market place on the southern outskirts of Prague. The police suspect members of the Vietnamese community of having assisted in the illegal practice of selling special meals made of tiger bones, Lidovky.cz wrote.
The newly-appointed justice minister Jan Kněžínek has been appointed the
head of the government’s Legislative Council, the government’s press
department said on Wednesday.
Charles University professor Kněžínek, who served as a deputy head of the Legislative Council, replaced Taťána Malá in the post of justice minister last week, following allegations that she plagiarised parts of her university thesis.
The Legislative Council serves as an advisory body for the government’s legislative work.
Czech hockey player Tomáš Nosek has agreed to a new one-year deal with
NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights worth 962,500 US dollars.
In signing the deal, the 25-year-old forward avoids an arbitration hearing that was set for July 30. Last season, Nosek scored seven goals and eight assist in 67 games with the Golden Knights.
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has sent an open letter to his Czech
counterpart Andrej Babiš, who refused to take any of the 450 migrants
rescued by Italy at the weekend, calling the Italian approach to
immigration a “road to hell”.
According to Reuters, Conte said Rome had the “high road of legality and shared responsibility”, adding “those who set foot in a European country, set foot in Europe”. The Italian Prime Minister has also invited his Czech counterpart to Rome to discuss the migration crisis.
The Czech aircraft manufacturer Aero Vodochody signed deals to sell 22 of
its new L-39NG and L-39CW planes at an air industry trade fair in the UK on
Tuesday, a spokesperson said.
The company is set to sell 10 planes to Portugal’s SkyTech and 12 to RSW Aviation, which is one of the biggest suppliers of military training services in the US and around the world.
One of the Czech Republic’s biggest music festivals, Colours of Ostrava,
gets underway on Wednesday. The event will run until Saturday. Artists
appearing at the festival, which takes place at a former steel works in the
eastern city, include NERD, Grace Jones, George Ezra and Jessie J.
Organisers said earlier this week that it was almost sold out.
Running alongside Colours of Ostrava is Melting Pot, a discussion forum that will feature over 100 speakers, including well-known writers, scientists and economists.
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