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14-03-2017

Czech Radio: Discrepancy between Babiš property declaration and audit

The incomes detailed in an audit of the finances of Deputy Prime Minister Andrej Babiš are at odds with a property declaration he made to the Chamber of Deputies, Czech Radio said on Tuesday. Its reporters found that the ANO chief and minister of finance had earned CZK 175 million in 2014 according to the audit. However, his parliamentary property declaration states that his income reached CZK 201 million. Mr. Babiš says the discrepancy is because the audit was only concerned with selected items. He ordered the audit after questions were raised over how he had funded the purchase of bonds in his company Agrofert.

Zažímalová appointed head of Czech Academy of Sciences

Bio-chemist Eva Zažímalová has been made chairwoman of the Academy of Sciences, the biggest scientific institution in the Czech Republic. The 62-year-old, who becomes the second woman to occupy the position, was appointed by President Miloš Zeman at Prague Castle on Tuesday. Ms. Zažímalová has said her priorities will be to improve the financial position of the academy and to encourage top class research.

Survey: Czech employers to keep hiring

Czech employers will make more new hires than redundancies in the coming months, suggests a survey conducted among 750 private companies and public-sector organisations by the Manpower agency. Eight percent of respondents said they would take on new staff in the second quarter while only 2 percent said they would let people go. The director of ManpowerGroup said the labour market had changed to the benefit of jobseekers in the last two years.

Major renovation of Prague’s State Opera launched

The management of Prague’s National Theatre have symbolically launched renovation work on the city’s State Opera. The project is set to cost over CZK 850 million and take 27 months, during which time the State Opera will put on productions at other venues. It is the first major renovation job on a large state-owned theatre since 1989. The National Theatre and the State Opera were merged in 2012.

Electric plane to dominate Czech pavilion at Expo 2017

The Czech pavilion at this year’s World’s Fair at Astana in Kazakhstan will be dominated by the concept of an electric sports plane of the future, organisers said on Tuesday. At present only two prototypes of the plane exist. The main part of the Czech centre at the Expo will be given over to modern technology produced by Czech companies. The pavilion will also offer Czech lager and foods.

Petr Rada named Sparta Prague manager

Former national football team coach Petr Rada has been appointed manager of Sparta Prague. He replaces Tomáš Požár and David Holoubek, who were sacked on Monday after a run of poor results. Rada, who is 58, has helmed a number of Czech top flight clubs, including Slavia Prague, Slovan Liberec and Viktoria Plzeň. He was assistant to national team manager Karel Brueckner and succeeded in him in 2008 before being dismissed the following year.

Weather forecast

It should be cloudy with some bright spells in the Czech Republic on Wednesday. Temperatures are expected to reach up to 10 degrees Celsius. Daytime highs should then climb to 12 or 13 degrees Celsius by the end of the week.

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