A person picking fruit in a forested area near the village of Kosmonosy near Mladá Boleslav made the discovery of a human skeleton on Sunday, the spokesman for Central Bohemia’s police, David Schön, announced on the force’s webpages. The remains were uncovered only a few hundred metres from a nearby road; a doctor called to the scene was unable to determine the cause of death and ordered an autopsy. The police are cross-referencing what they know so far with missing persons reports. The results of the autopsy should be known in several days.
Former first-choice Chelsea goalie Petr Čech made his 480th appearance for the London club on Sunday after new team No. 1 Thibaut Courtois suffered a head injury in a chilling collision with Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez just ten minutes into the match. Courtois played for another 14 minutes before coming off to be taken to hospital. Coach Jose Mourinho said that he had been confident that replacement Čech would do a “fantastic job”; Chelsea ended up winning the match 2:0. The coach later made clear that Courtois had suffered from an apparent concussion but that the injury was not serious. Back-up Čech was Chelsea’s starting goalie for a decade; there is speculation that – if he fails to regain his place as the club’s top goalie – he will reconsider his options when the next transfer window opens.
The volume of the Czech Republic’s GDP has grown by over 500 percent in nominal terms since the fall of communism in 1989, according to figures released by the Czech Statistics Office. In real terms Czech GDP has increased by over a half, the office says. The average wage increased by 52 percent from just over 3,000 crowns a month in 1990 to 25,800 in 2014. The standard of living rose from some 60 percent of the EU average in 1993 to 80 percent in 2013.
The Trója Bridge, which is part of the recently completed Blanka tunnel complex, opened to traffic early on Monday. Plans for the bridge changed radically in the course of its construction and its initial cost estimate of 450 million crowns reached the billion crown mark. The entire Blanka tunnel complex, which cost 36.9 billion crowns and was delayed by three years ,will open to the public on December 2. The complex consists of three tunnels connecting the district of Střešovice, the area west of Prague Castle and Trója in the northeast.
Forty-one years after being expelled from Czechoslovakia by the communist government, Andrew Lass, professor of anthropology at Holyoke College, US, was awarded the Dagmar and Václav Havel Foundation VIZE 97 Prize. The award, presented annually on October 5th - Václav Havel’s birthday - is presented to distinguished scientists and thinkers whose work is concerned with unconventional ways of asking fundamental questions about cognition, being, and human existence. In addition to receiving the award, Professor Lass will attend related events in Prague, including discussions with students and professors.
The reigning Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitová lost to Russia’s Maria Sharapova 4-6,6-2,3-6 in the final of the China Open on Sunday. Kvitová who thus lost the chance to move to N 2 on the world ladder, said she regretted the lost game, but was happy with her overall performance over the past fortnight which had confirmed her good form and mental strength.
The head of the board of Czech Aeroholding Václav Řehoř said on Sunday there was no question of reducing the number of Czech Airlines staff who face lay-offs. He said the company was ready to negotiate the possibility of a short period of part-time employment for some of the staff to give them a chance to find jobs elsewhere, but the number of staff to be cut was not negotiable. Last month the company announced plans to lay-off a third of ČSA employees, including dozens of pilots, stewards and ground staff. The stewards’ trade unions have gone on strike alert and are trying to get the decision overturned.
Christian Democrat leader and deputy premier Pavel Bělobrádek told Czech Television on Sunday that the government should show goodwill and repatriate those ethnic Czechs in Ukraine who express the desire to relocate in view of the present situation in the country. Mr. Bělobrádek said that regardless of the situation in Ukraine, the community of Volynhia Czechs had Czech roots and deserved to receive assistance from their old country. The question of a mass repatriation has become a matter of contention between President Zeman and the Czech Foreign Ministry whom the head of state accuses of inaction. The prime minister, Bohuslav Sobotka, expressed concern on Saturday that a mass exodus of ethic Czechs from Ukraine could be abused by Russia for propaganda purposes.
Chemical experts are analyzing the contents of several containers which were dumped near a brook in the town of Chomutov. Passers-by alerted the police to the find on Saturday and the local fire brigade was called to deal with the emergency. The head of the operation said later that there had been no contamination of soil or water. One of the containers was allegedly labelled sodium cyanide. Police are working to trace the individual or company which dumped the chemicals.
In reaction to President Zeman’s criticism with regard to inaction on the part of the Czech embassy in Kiev to the demands of ethnic Czechs for repatriation, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka told Czech Television he feared that the mass repatriation of ethnic Czechs from Ukraine could be abused by Russia for propaganda purposes and could complicate Czech relations with Ukraine. According to the information that we have It seems that many ethnic Czech families want to repatriate in order to avoid their men getting drafted so it is a very sensitive matter, the prime minister noted.