The Prague Municipal Court has ruled that the act of a Chinese national who
tore the Tibetan flag from the hands of demonstrators and threw it into the
Vltava River during a visit to Prague by the Chinese president two years
ago, did not commit a crime.
The offense was classified as a misdemeanour, also in light of the material damage caused. The other person charged in the case, a Chinese woman, was cleared. The hearing was not public and the verdict is legally binding.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has expressed disappointment that the EU did
not launch accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia at its summit
Speaking to journalists early on Friday, the prime minister said he particularly regretted the fact that the EU had not opened talks with North Macedonia, since no other country had done so much to be considered eligible, including changing its name.
The Czech Republic, and indeed the whole Visegrad Four group, has advocated the EU’s expansion to the Western Balkans as a means of increasing security on the continent. The EU is to return to the debate on enlargement at one of its future summits.
WWII veteran and the last surviving Czech pilot who flew with the RAF Emil
Boček has been hospitalized with heart problems.
The 96-year-old Boček, who is due to receive the country’s highest state distinction, the Order of the White Lion, from President Zeman on the occasion of Czechoslovak Independence Day, October 28th, was admitted to the cardio ward of the Brno faculty hospital on Friday.
He has previously received a lower order of the country’s highest state distinction and was promoted to the highest rank in the Czech Army during the end-of-war celebrations in May of this year.
On his 93rd birthday General Boček, took to the skies in a Spitfire more than seven decades after his last flight in the iconic plane.
The 93-year-old veteran took off from the Biggin Hill airport in Kent, and spent twenty-five minutes up in the air, piloting the aircraft himself for a short while once it was airborne.
The Prague City Council has raised the cost of communal waste collection in
the Czech capital by 30 percent. The city should gain an additional 220
million crowns annually, which will be used to subsidize the waste
Councillors have also introduced the collection of bio-waste, which should be considerably cheaper. The move is part of a long-term effort to lower the amount of waste produced by Prague citizens.
Last year, Prague inhabitants produced over 320,000 tonnes of waste, compared to 304, 000 in 2017.
Daria Kascheeva from Prague FAMU's film school has received the U.S.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ student Oscar for best
animated film from international schools.
The 33-year-old Russian student received the award at a ceremony in Los Angeles on Thursday night. She is only the third FAMU student to win the award after Marie Dvořáková and Jan Svěrák. Her winning film is a 15-minute long animated puppet movie called Daughter.
President Miloš Zeman has called on his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping,
to continue cooperation between the Czech Republic and China.
In a letter to the Chinese head of state, published on Prague Castle’s
website on Thursday, he mentioned for instance the development of direct
air connections between the countries or the renewal of cultural
Mr Zeman said he had no sympathy for the actions of Prague communal politicians and said that the Czech government fully respected the “One China” policy.
Earlier this month, China terminated its sister city agreement with Prague and suspended all official contacts with the Czech capital, following the Prague municipal government’s decision to terminate the deal.
President Miloš Zeman checked into hospital on Thursday afternoon for what
his spokesman called a "reconditioning stay" that will last
Zeman, 75, has low blood pressure, diabetes and polyfunctional neuropathy that affects his legs, and for these reasons may appear tired in public, Prague Castle has said.
His spokesman said on Wednesday that the president is checking into the Central Military Hospital in Střešovice for routine preventive treatment because he wants to be "fit" for national holiday celebrations on October 28.
The production of passenger cars in the Czech Republic rose by 0.7 percent
year-on-year in the third quarter of 2019 to over one million units, the
Automotive Industry Association announced on Thursday.
Production in September reached 125,351 cars, which is a six percent increase on the same period last year.
The growth was pulled mainly by Škoda Auto and TPCA. Škoda Auto raised output by 2.5 percent to over 670,000 vehicles while TPCA made nearly 162,000 cars, which represents a growth of 2.7 percent.
There are around 230,830 homeless people living in the Czech Republic,
according to a census carried out in the spring by the research Institute
for Labour and Social Affairs and published on Thursday.
The majority of the homeless are men and about 2,600 people of the total number are people under the age of 18, the report says.
Most of the homeless concentrate in large cities and towns. About 3,250 of them live in the Czech capital.
More than a third of Prague car owners prefer to use public transport in
the city and only use their car for travelling outside the capital,
according to a survey carried out by the STEM / MARK agency for the
car-sharing company Anytime. They are mostly put off by parking problems
and the high costs of owning a car.
Around six percent of Prague drivers have already tried a car-sharing service, the survey suggests, and another 24 percent are considering it. There are currently several car-sharing companies operating in Prague, including Car4Way, Autonapůl and Anytime, which is one of the world’s largest providers of car-sharing.
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