Six people are reported dead and two injured in an explosion at a chemical
plant in Kralupy nad Vltavou, north of Prague. The two injured are reported
to be in stable condition and were transported to Prague‘s Vinohrady
hospital, which specializes in burns.
The head of the local fire brigade said a storage tank had exploded on the premises, but there was no danger of other explosions. People in the vicinity have been assured they are not in danger and that no toxic substances were released into the environment. The cause of the accident is being investigated.
One of President Zeman’s election slogans, suggesting that the victory of
his main rival Jiří Drahoš could lead to an influx of migrants into the
country, was an oversimplification, but was not in violation of the law,
the Czech Constitutional Court ruled on Thursday. It dealt with the issue
on the grounds of a complaint from a voter.
The message which appeared on numerous billboards around the country read “Stop migrants and Drahoš! This country is ours! Vote for Zeman”.
Constitutional Court Judge Pavel Rychetsky said the panel had reached a unanimous decision that the statement could not be viewed as a lie, merely a judgment based on Drahoš’ publicly expressed views.
Czech president Miloš Zeman has said he still does not know what the
former head of the massive Chinese company CEFC, Ye Jianming, has been
accused of after the return of a fact finding mission to Shanghai.
Zeman said in an interview with the daily paper Dnes that the main mission of the delegation was to find out if CEFC would continue to be the ‘flagship’ for Chinese investment in the Czech Republic and they had been assured it would. The CEFC boss was also an economic advisor to Zeman.
A delegation made up of the president’s chancellor, economic advisor, and the head of CEFC’s Czech activities, returned from China at the weekend. CEFC has spearheaded Chinese investment in the Czech Republic but some projects have recently appeared to be in trouble.
The head coach of the Czech biathlon team, Ondřej Rybář, has announced
he will step down from the post.
Rybář is credited with the success of Czech biathletes in recent years, including the five Olympic medals picked up in the Sochi Olympics in 2014.
The 39-year-old says he wants to devote more time to his family and this is not possible with the international travel required as head coach. Rybář said he would resign after the Sochi games but was persuaded to stay on.
The Russian ambassador to the Czech Republic came to the foreign ministry
on Wednesday to explain allegations that Czechs could have been the source
of the nerve agent believed to have poisoned a former double agent in
Britain and his daughter.
The suggestion on Saturday from the Russian foreign ministry that the Czech Republic along with Slovakia, Sweden, and Britain could have been the source of the so-called Novichok agent sparked an immediate denial from Czech foreign minister, Martin Stropnický. After the meeting, Stropnický said no proof for the comments had been offered and against branded the accusations as absurd.
Britain has suggested Russia was the source of the agent used in the southern English city of Salisbury where Sergei Skripal was poisoned along with daughter Yulia.
Zbyšek Nečas, who flew with the No. 68 Night Fighter Squadron in the RAF
during WWII, has died at the age of 97.
The airman, who served as a radar operator on Bristol Beaufighters and Mosquitos, passed away at his home last week, his family revealed.
Zbyšek Nečas was just 18 and still a high school student, escaped from the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia a month before WWII broke out and made his way to England, where he settled.
Czech archaeologists believe they have uncovered a unique regional
discovery in the form of a late bronze age woman buried hugging a small
There were hardly any other artefacts found with the bodies. While children buried with adults are not rare, this form of burial is described as exceptional and never seen before in the Moravia region.
The burial site was discovered in excavations ahead of the construction of an industrial zone near Vyškov. Further research is now being carried out.
The Czech-based investment group PPF has announced a deal with the
Norwegian telecoms group Telenor to buy up their activities in four Central
PPF, owned by the Czech Republic’s richest man, Petr Kellner, will pay around 2.8 billion euros, around 71 billion crowns, for the mobile phone assets in Hungary, Bulgaria, Montenegro, and Serbia.
The deals still need regulatory clearance and are expected to be finalised by June 2018. PPF’s main telecoms assets is the 02 operator in the Czech Republic.
The Czech Republic’s biggest car maker Škoda Auto boosted its net profit
in 2017 by 34 percent to 1.274 billion euros, around 32.4 billion crowns.
Sales rose by 21 percent to 16.6 billion crowns, around 421 billion crowns. Škoda delivered 1.2 million cars to customers, 6.6 percent more than in 2016.
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