The Czech Republic's Minister of Foreign Affairs Tomáš Petříček
visited Afghanistan this week, two months before the country's
presidential elections. The Social Democrat minister highlighted the need
for further peace talks in the country after a meeting with the Asian
state's government representatives. He also met with the Chief
Executive of the Islamic Republic Abdullah Abdullah, who is one of the men
currently running in the country's presidential elections.
The trip included a visit to Bagram Air Field, where Mr. Petříček met with Czech soldiers and praised their work.
Czech athlete Petra Kuříková won the silver medal at the ETU Sprint
Triathlon European Championships in Kazan on Saturday. Ms. Kuříková was
only beaten by Julie Derron from Switzerland who came in first with 21
seconds to spare. Spain's Tamara Gómez Garrido came in third, 13
seconds behind the Czech.
Ms. Kuříková's second place finish is the best so far for the Czech Republic at the European sprint triathlon competition.
Prague is planning to ban the mooring of boats which do not fulfill the
required emissions criteria, Prague City Hall spokesman Vít Hofman told
the Czech News Agency on Saturday. Unlike cars, the engines on boats and
ships are currently not subject to inspection. This despite the fact that
many are powered by old engines which release large amounts of fumes.
According to Mr. Hoffman, it is not within the city's competency to regulate traffic on the Vltava, but it can choose which vessels are allowed to anchor on the river. Those boats and ships which do not fulfill the EU's Euro 5 emission rules, will therefore not be able to anchor on Prague's shores from January 1, 2021.
The Chinese Embassy's press spokesman says that information about its
cooperation with companies is "completely unfounded and fictional,
spreading false alarm and slander that damages Chinese reputation".
The statement was sent to media outlets in the country.
The statement was most likely made in response to a recent report by Czech Radio's Radiožurnál investigative team earlier this week, which quoted former Huawei employees. According to these anonymous sources the company collected sensitive data on its customers, which was then in some casses discussed at the Chinese Embassy.
Meteorologists have extended their warning of heavy storms on the whole
territory of the Czech Republic until Monday, the Czech News Agency
reports. These may be accompanied by torrential rain, hail and gusts of
wind of up to 90 km / h. The approaching storms are likely to be at their
most powerful during the afternoon and evening hours.
Meteorologists expect the south of the country to be hit the hardest on Saturday. In the north storms are expected on Sunday afternoon.
The legendary Czech ice hockey goaltender Dominik Hašek, dubbed The
Dominator, has not ruled out running for president, when Miloš Zeman’s
second term in office expires in 2023.
Hašek said in an interview for Radio Impuls that he could well imagine himself in the top post, although he was not actively preparing for such a move now. “Who knows what may happen in three years’ time - anything is possible,” he told the radio host.
In his 16-season National Hockey League career, Hašek played for the Chicago Blackhawks, Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings and the Ottawa Senators.
During the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, he led the Czech national ice hockey team to its first and only Olympic gold medal. The crowds at home welcomed him with the chant “Hašek na Hrad” or “Hašek at Prague Castle”. He retired in 2012.
International terrorism, growing cyber threats and right-wing extremism are
the main challenges the Czech counterintelligence service BIS will have to
face in the immediate future, its head Michal Koudelka said in an interview
for the CTK news agency, on the occasion of the service’s 25th
He said the service was also having to counter the growing activities of foreign agents in the country. In recent years the service has reported on a growing number of Russian and Chinese agents in the country.
The head of the Czech counterintelligence service received a top award from America’s CIA earlier this year. He said the George Tenet Award, which recognises international cooperation, was a tribute to the work of the whole counterintelligence service.
A ban on beer bikes in the centre of Prague which was so have come into
force in August will have to be postponed due to a complaint filed by firm
supplying the Beer bike Prague company with beer.
The postponement was confirmed on Friday by Prague Deputy Mayor Adam Scheinherr, who said it would take a matter of weeks to respond to the complaint.
Prague City Hall has been fighting to restrict various commercial activities in the city centre which are kitschy or tarnish the image of Prague.
These include various Disneyland characters on Old Town Square, Segways which were banned at the end of 2016 and most recently beer bikes which city hall has described as “alco-tourism”.
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