A Czech man has won a white Lamborghini given to Pope Francis by the
Italian carmaker last year to support a charity lottery.
Pope Francis signed hood of the Lamborghini Huracán model last year and blessed it before turning the car over for auction.
The lottery raised over 200,000 euros through the sale of the "popemobile" for a charity that helps the Christian community in Iraq, including to rebuild churches destroyed by the so-called Islamic State.
Czech tycoon Radovan Vítek has bought a portfolio of flats on London’s
“Billionaires’ Row” for £55 million through developer CPI Property
Group, British daily the Evening Standard reports.
CPI has teamed up with London-based private investor Dean Main to buy 11 apartments on The Bishops Avenue, the paper said, citing unnamed industry sources.
Mr Vitek is worth $3.5 billion according to business magazine Forbes.
The Czech National Bank (ČNB) has denied speculation it might have acted
through foreign counterparts to limit crown weakening at the end of 2018,
In response to a question on market rumours, board member Tomáš Holub told reporters on the margin of a conference in Prague he could unambiguously reject that happened.
Any swings in the ČNB’s balance sheet would have been caused by autonomous action by foreign clients of the central bank, he said.
Jiří Kajínek, convicted of series of contract murders but released on a
presidential pardon in 2017, gave witness testimony on Friday in a Brno
court about a planned murder.
Prosecutors say a woman promised her lover 50 million crowns if he killed her husband. Mr Kajínek, who acknowledged that he knew the woman’s lover, said he had no knowledge about a contract killing.
The woman’s lover, Jiří Kopriva, allegedly pusher her husband over the edge of a rock quarry outside of Brno, but he managed to grab on to something and so did not fall to his death.
Mr Kajinek became something of a celebrity after escaping from the country’s maximum security prison several years ago. He spent a total of 23 years in prison. He and Mr Kopriva became acquainted soon after his release.
Washington Wizards point guard Tomáš Satoranský says he “refused” to
meet Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) following the NBA team’s
victory at home on Wednesday over the Dallas Mavericks.
In a social media posting, he cited the politician’s alleged past as a collaborator with the communist-era secret police, the StB.
The Czech prime minister said he attended the NBA basketball game with his wife to take in the “atmosphere” and did not even try to meet Mr Satoranský, one of the few Czech playing in the American league.
Mr Babiš, who is on an official visit to Washington, D.C., met U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House Thursday.
He told reporters he was not surprised internet “trolls” had spread talk about him ahead of the basketball game and been in touch with Mr Satoranský.
The Czech state will remain owner of a Baroque flower garden in
Kroměříž, according to a ruling by the Moravia town’s district court,
which rejected a claim by the Archdiocese of Olomouc.
The Flower Garden of Kroměříž is exceptional in a broader European context as it represents a transition between late renaissance Italian gardens and classical Baroque gardens of the French style.
The Archdiocese argued that the garden, a UNESCO World Heritage site, forms a coherent whole with the adjacent chateau, both of which the Catholic Church recovered in 2015 in restitution. The properties had been confiscated by the communist regime.
The humanitarian group People in Need has launched an internet application
called Doložkomat (“clauseomat”) which allows borrowers to assess
seizure orders against them.
The application determines whether a clause is valid or illegal due to a non-transparent arbitration clause. If a seizure order is deemed illegal, it generates a petition for halting it.
Daniel Hůle of People in Need said the app could help stop as many as 100,000 illegal seizures. He said about 90 percent of the market for loans with illegal arbitration clauses is represented by four companies: Essox, Home Credit, Cetelem and Komerční banka.
The unemployment rate fell to 3.2 percent in February, after two straight
months of incremental growth, according to Czech Labour Office. A year ago,
the unemployment rate stood at 3.7 percent.
Some 241,417 people were out of work in February, the lowest number for the month since 1997. The number of advertised vacancies increased to 333,111.
Citing seasonal factors, the head of the Labour Office said unemployment should continue to drop slightly in the coming months, with positions opening especially in the construction, gastronomy, agriculture, forestry and tourism sectors.
The lowest unemployment rate remains in Prague, where 1.9 percent of people were out of work. The highest is in the Moravian-Silesian region, at 4.8 percent.
The average gross monthly salary in Prague stood at 41,851 crowns in the
fourth quarter of 2018, up 6.5 percent year on year, data from the Czech
Statistical Office (ČSU) published on Friday show.
Prague salaries are the highest in the country on average. The lowest are in the Karlovy Vary region, at 29,703 crowns.
Nationwide, the average gross monthly salary stood at 33,840 crowns in the fourth quarter, up 6.9 percent in annual terms.
According to the ČSU, 846,700 people were employed in the Czech capital in the fourth quarter, up 3.2 percent year on year.
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