The police have charged three people in connection with the drowning of two
seven-year-old Vietnamese boys in Lhota Lake, north of Prague.The charges
are negligence resulting in death. If convicted they could face between one
and six years in prison.
The accident happened in August of this year. The mothers of the two boys later complained that when they reported the children missing the employees of the bathing resort did not take them seriously and a search for the children was only launched several hours later. The lifeguard was reportedly not at his post because of the heat.
Efforts continue to try to capture a brown bear that has been killing sheep
and destroying beehives in the Zlin region in Moravia.
The animal which is reported to have killed more than two dozen sheep in the past few weeks makes regular forages into mountain farms and villages in search of food.
Rangers have set a trap for the animal but experts say it may take days or weeks to capture it. It should then be placed in one of the country’s zoos.
The office supervising the finances of political parties and movements has
fined 13 political parties and movements, 14 coalitions and 8 independent
candidates for lack of transparency in reporting on money spent on
campaigning in the recent Senate elections.
The irregularities concern the information made available to the public regarding the amount of money and the manner in which it had been spent.
Altogether the fines amount to 280,000 crowns. The office has not revealed the names of the parties or candidates who were found lacking.
The Czech Foreign Ministry has welcomed the joint EU statement on the
killing of Saudi opposition journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Czech Foreign
Minister Tomáš Petříček said on Twitter that the killing of the Saudi
opposition journalist called for an emphatic and univocal response from the
28-member bloc. The Czech foreign minister is to meet with the Saudi
ambassador to Prague on Wednesday to debate the issue with him.
The European Union has called for a thorough, credible and transparent investigation into the death of Jamal Khashoggi and ensuring full accountability of all those responsible for it.
Khashoggi's killing has drawn international criticism, prompting the kingdom to describe it as a "huge and grave mistake", while adding that crown prince Mohammed bin Salman had not been aware of the case.
Prague’s na Bulovce hospital gave out contracts worth over CZK 800
million without a proper tender process in 2016 and 2017, according to a
Ministry of Health audit published on Monday. Controllers say the terms of
the contracts for orthopedic implants and medicines were especially
designed to ensure only one company, run by a man named Tomáš Horáček,
could win them.
The Ministry of Health has filed criminal charges in connection with the matter.
Mr. Horáček was indicted on suspicion of manipulating hospital contracts earlier this year. A former director of the Na Bulovce hospital, Andrea Vrbovská, is also facing charges.
A Roma Pride parade planned for Prague on next Sunday’s state holiday
will take the form of a protest against statements made by President Miloš
Zeman, organisers have announced. The head of state said recently that only
10 percent of Romanies worked. The claim was condemned by politicians and
civic groups, while its falsehood was also highlighted.
Roma Pride organiser Jozef Miker said the parade would be used to stand up against Mr. Zeman’s “outrageous anti-gypsy lies” and against the spreading of hatred against Romanies. The parade will run from the square in front of Prague Castle to Old Town Square.
Czech Pirate Party leader Ivan Bartoš and Prime Minister Andrej Babiš of
ANO have clashed over a recent trip to Russia by ANO’s lower house
speaker, Radek Vondráček. Speaking on a Czech Television discussion show
on Sunday, Mr. Bartoš said information was lacking about the trip as no
Czech journalists had been invited to take part.
For his part, Mr. Babiš said his party colleague had gained respect on the trip to Russia, where he had brought up the poisoning of the Skripals. Mr. Bartoš said speaking about Novichok was insufficient; only a Russian apology for its use would amount to genuine partnership, he said.
While in Moscow Mr. Vondráček met two local politicians who are on EU and US sanctions lists. The lower house speaker headed the first official visit to Russia by Czech MPs in a decade.
Services were temporarily interrupted on the A (green) line of the Prague
Metro system on Sunday morning after water seeped into the Bořislavka
station. The section of the line between the stations Náměstí Míru and
Petřiny was closed in both directions.
A spokesperson for the city’s transport authority said heavy equipment beneath the tunnel at Bořislavka had damaged it and caused the seepage.
The number of teaching assistants working with special needs pupils in the
Czech schools system has doubled in the last three years, Czech Television
reported on Sunday. However, principals say there are still not enough
assistants to meet requirements.
The Ministry of Education intends to refine the conditions for appointing assistants. An amendment to a government edict on inclusion in education is now undergoing a comments procedure. Inclusive education was introduced in 2016.
Most teaching assistants receive only around CZK 14,000 a month, which makes it hard for schools to make hires, Czech Television reported.
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