The Czech soccer goalkeeper Petr Čech says he intends to stay at his
English club Arsenal. There has been speculation that the 36-year-old could
leave the Emirates Stadium after Arsenal signed the young German goalkeeper
However, the Plzeň-born player says he plans to show new manager Unai Emery that he ought to be in the starting line-up when the season gets underway next month.
The Agrofert Group started by now Prime Minister Andrej Babiš received a
record CZK 2.1 billion in subsidies last year, Hospodářské noviny
reported on Thursday. In the same period the conglomerate paid CZK 739
million in income tax, the newspaper said.
Agrofert was still owned by Mr. Babiš at the start of 2017. In February last year he placed his shares in a trust fund to avoid a conflict of interest in view of his involvement in politics.
Agrofert obtained the highest single amount of investment subsidies in Germany, where last year it received around CZK 290 million for the construction of a large bakery.
A housing cooperative whose members have been ordered to vacate their homes
near Prague are planning to make a complaint to the Constitutional Court
next week. On Tuesday the Supreme Court ruled that the administrator had
the right to dispose of the properties of around 60 families who were
one-time clients of the collapsed building firm H-System.
On Monday cooperative representatives will take part in a meeting with the administrator where Prime Minister Andrej Babiš intends to act as a mediator.
The families say they will not leave their apartments, which they themselves completed after H-System went bust.
The clients of the bankrupt building company H-System who have been ordered
to vacate their homes within a month after losing a legal battle with the
administrator of their properties at Horoměřice near Prague are refusing
to comply with the order.
The court’s verdict has raised eyebrows with both Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and President Zeman calling it unjust.The Labour Ministry has said those affected may get state aid of up to 50,000 crowns per family.
Around 60 families who have been ordered to leave their homes say they have nowhere to go. The prime minister is to mediate talks between their housing association and the administrator.
The families claim the verdict is unfair since they each lost a million crown investment, completed the unfinished homes at their own expense and would now have to vacate the property.
The administrator wants their apartments to be sold off to the benefit of the altogether 1,000 duped clients of the bankrupt H-System.
The judge said in defence of the verdict that the law required him to protect the interests of all clients in the case.
The agency Post Bellum, formed by a group of historians and journalists
with the aim of increasing public knowledge of the 20th century Czech
history, has published the results of a survey indicating that 60 percent
of young Czechs have no idea what happened in 1938. Only four in 10
respondents aged between 18 and 24 were able to say what the terms of the
Munich Agreement were.
Knowledge of what happened in 1948 and 1968 – the communist take-over and the Soviet-led invasion -was more sound thanks to information gained largely from their parents and grandparents.
The price of flats in Prague continues to rise. According to data made
public by a group of real estate agencies the average price of flats in
Prague rose by 24 percent year-on-year, reaching 94,000 crowns per square
meter at the end of the second quarter. As compared to the first quarter in
2018 this is a rise of 6.2 percent.
The head of the Trigema agency Marcel Soural said that until supply and demand are more balanced the rise in prices will not abate.
Czech-born photographer Antonin Kratochvíl, who works and resides in the
US, has been accused of sexual harassment, according to Colombia Journalism
Kratochvíl, who worked for prestigious magazines such as Vogue, Rolling Stone and Newsweek, is reported to have harassed a number of women, including photo journalist Anastasia-Taylor Lindt.
Kratochvíl has rejected the accusations. The photo agency VII, which he co-established in 2001, has suspended his membership and is said to be conducting an internal investigation.
The Czech minister of defence, Lubomír Metnar, who is facing suspicions of
shortcomings in academic work he produced during his student career, has
said he would address the issue within a week. Metnar said he would have
his thesis examined in order to ascertain the extent of the problem.
Czech Television said that Mr. Metnar failed to include references to the sources he drew on in a thesis submitted in 2004. Two ministers have resigned from the recently installed coalition government over accusations of plagiarism.
The defence minister did not rule out resignation if wrongdoing was confirmed.
The Czech film director Julius Ševčík has completed shooting on an
adaptation of the novel The Glass Room by Simon Mawer, Czech Television
reported. The book was partly inspired by Brno’s Tugendhat Villa, one of
the most important Czech buildings of the 20th century. The movie features
among others the Czech actors Karel Roden and Karel Dobrý.
Director Ševčík’s previous work A Prominent Patient, which was about politician Jan Masaryk, picked up 12 prizes at the Czech Lion film awards.
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