Taxi drivers assembled in Prague on Monday for further protests against
services such as Uber. Scores of taxis converged at Strahov Stadium in the
afternoon before driving into the city centre, where they caused
cojsiderable traffic holdups.
On Thursday and Friday last week hundreds of taxi drivers drove through central Prague in demonstrations that they said were aimed at making clear to the government their grievances about Uber and similar services, which they regard as unfair competition.
The Czech Republic’s two medal winners so far at the Winter Olympics in
Pyeongchang have missed out on chances to reach the podium again. Veronika
Vítková came third in the biathlon sprint for the Czechs’ first medal
on Saturday but could only come seventh in the pursuit event on Monday.
It was a similar story for Michal Krčmář. He took silver in the men’s biathlon sprint but finished way down the field in the pursuit after making numerous errors in shooting.
The weekly Respekt says that President Miloš Zeman has pushed for Russian
alleged hacker Yevgeny Nikulin to be extradited to his native country.
Monday’s edition of Respekt said it had information that Mr. Zeman had twice met with the Czech minister of justice, Robert Pelikán, to lobby for Mr. Nikulin to be handed over to the authorities in Russia rather than to the US, where he is facing charges of hacking the computers of major internet companies including LinkedIn.
The Russian, who is 30, is wanted in Moscow on charges of stealing less than CZK 50,000 from a bank account.
He was arrested in Prague in 2016 on the basis of an Interpol arrest warrant requested by the American government.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš told Respekt his preference is for Mr. Nikulin to be handed over to the Americans but said he had no influence on Mr. Pelikán’s decision on the matter.
Reports prepared for the Central Bohemian subsidies authority a decade ago
highlighted risks connected with supporting the Stork’s Nest project,
iRozhlas.cz reported on Monday. The prime minister in resignation, ANO
leader Andrej Babiš, is facing charges of abusing subsidies in connection
with Stork’s Nest.
The 2008 studies said that some items in the construction project’s budget were overpriced and that the applicant was unclear, concluding that providing support for it would not be appropriate.
Mr. Babiš and ANO party colleague Jaroslav Faltýnek are accused of wrongly acquiring CZK 50 million in European Union subsidies in connection with Stork’s Nest. They say the charges are politically motivated.
The Ministry of Education had no clear goals or methods for evaluation cash
given to charities working with children and young people between 2014 and
That’s one of the conclusions of the state spending watchdog, the Supreme Audit Office, in a report published on Monday.The watchdog investigated 67 projects supported over the period to the tune of 509 million crowns.
It found the ministry had no overall target for what it was doing. In addition, it also acted in a non-transparent way and broke its own support guidelines when allocating money.
The ministry said it had acted transparently and added that new general criteria had been put in place in 2015.
The Czech Republic is facing another arbitration action brought by the
company Diag Human of around one billion US dollars, the newspaper Lidové
Noviny reported on Monday.
The complaint was lodged in November and is based on the bilateral protection of investment agreement between the Czech Republic and Switzerland according to information given to the paper by the Ministry of Finance.
Diag Human has been conducting a drawn out series of legal actions against the Cech Republic over a blood plasma deal it sealed with the state in the early 1990s. It was already awarded 327 million crowns in 1997.
The offer of industrial real estate is expected to increase by around 10
percent compared to 2017 while demand is expected to rise by 8.3 percent.
The figures stem from a study by CEEC Research which sounded out around 40 companies. Most of the interest in new industrial property comes from foreign based firms.
The study highlights the fact that changes in Czech investment incentives are likely to profoundly shape the industrial real estate market with an emphasis on higher value added production and research and development rather than assembly. Demand for real estate around Brno and in the direction of Vienna is expected to be especially strong.
Czech Michal Krčmář won the country’s second medal in the Winter
Olympics with a second place in the biathlon sprint event on Sunday.
Krčmář was just 4.4 seconds behind the winner, Germany’s Arnd Peiffer.
Twenty-seven year old Krčmář’s best place in the previous world cup season was third and a bronze. The Olympic silver is the first major medal of his career.
The Czech Republic took an unbeatable 3:0 lead in the Fed Cup rubber
Petra Kvitová notched up her second singles win of the tie with a 6:2, 6:4 victory against Swiss player Belinda Bencic.
The win means the Czech Republic has qualified for the semifinals of the Fed Cup for the 10th time in a row.
The team will face in the next round the winner of the tie between Belarus and Germany.
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