Czech speed skater Karolína Erbanová took first place in the 500 metres
world cup finals event in Minsk, Belarus, on Saturday.
She came in a tenth of a second ahead of second placed Vanessa Herzog from
Erbanová with that win now occupies second place in the overall rankings, four points behind Japan’s Nao Kodaira, with more events to take place over the weekend. Kodaira is not competing in Minsk.
Erbanová won a bronze medal in the South Kprea Olympics in the same event.
Women’s only compartments in some trains operated by Czech state rail
company, Czech Railways, does not amount to discrimination according to
Czech ombudswoman Anna Šabatová.
The compartments amount to a legitimate move to try and increase the safety on women when travelling, she explained. Several complaints against the compartments, sometimes almost empty when the rest of the train is full, have been lodged with Šabatová’s office.
Czech Railways introduced the compartments in 2012 following the example of some foreign rail companies. Czech Railways said only a very few seats on trains were reserved exclusively in this way for women.
One of the Czech Republic’s flagship engineering companies, Vítkovice
Engineering, has said it has itself proposed insolvency proceedings. The
move was indicated Friday by details on the insolvency register.
Vítkovice Engineering early this week appeared to be lined up for a lifeline from the arms company of Czech businessman Jaroslav Strnad. He however announced midweek that he intended to invest in another part of the Vítkovice Group, Vítkovice Heavy Engineering. That move has been approved by a court.
Vítkovice Engineering employs around 650 in and around Ostrava. Many of them have been sent home since January and are waiting for unpaid wages. Operations at the firm have been interrupted because there is not enough cash to pay for raw materials or key components.
The leader of the Social Democrats (ČSSD) Jan Hamáček has said the party
would be looking to have at least five ministries under its control if it
formed a minority with the ANO party of acting prime minister Andrej
Hamáček has refused to say which ministries would be targeted but suggested that they would correspond with the party’s priorities or where ANO was perceived to have a conflict of interest. The latter could include the Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Interior given the fact Babiš faces charges for subsidy fraud in connection with the so-called Stork’s Nest affair.
Babiš has said his priority is now a minority government with the Social Democrats supported by the communists.
The ČEZ Group is no longer the general partner of the Karlovy Vary
International Film Festival, organisers revealed on Friday.
According to reports, the energy giant backed out of further cooperation before the start of this year. ČEZ was the key partner for the last 16 years – since 2002.
The company cited economic results as the reason it could no longer serve in its previous capacity.
The annual KVIFF takes place between June 29 and July 7.
Alleged Russian hacker Yevgeny Nikulin, whose extradition is being sought
by both the United States and Russia, does not have the right to asylum in
the Czech Republic on humanitarian grounds, Prague’s Municipal Court
ruled on Friday.
The decision is binding and Mr Nikulin could challenge it only by filing a cassation complaint with the Supreme Administrative Court.
Judge Dana Černá said the court had deemed the “only reason” Mr Nikulin had filed for asylum was to avoid extradition. In the US he is suspected of hacking computers at Silicon Valley firms including LinkedIn and Dropbox, while the Russian authorities have charged him with Internet theft. He was arrested in Prague in 2016.
The leadership of the Communist Party has said it considers resolving
negotiations on the forming of a new government a top priority. According
to the Communists, the current government in resignation, which failed its
confidence vote in January, would be a “source of instability”.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said that ANO was now putting all its focus into negotiations with the Social Democrats with whom the party hopes to enter into an apparent minority which could benefit from tacit support from the Communists.
Concrete barriers have gone up in parts of the Czech capital to boost
security at sites holding Easter markets. Barriers preventing entry by
trucks or vans, which could potentially be used in terrorist attacks, went
up at the start of Opletalova Street.
Barriers have already been up long-term on Prague’s Old Town Square.
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