The government agreed on Monday it will seek an expert valuation of the land housing a controversial pig farm in Lety, south Bohemia, which was the site of a labour camp and later concentration camp during WWII where Roma were interned; around 300 people died there due to disease and poor treatment and some 500 people were sent on to Auschwitz. Past governments considered buying the property for the farm to be relocated but failed; the current cabinet has agreed to try deal with the issue. Finding a solution is one of the priorities of the human rights minister Jiří Dienstbier; but there has been speculation that Mr Dienstbier could be one of the ministers dropped in a pending cabinet reshuffle.
Legendary British singer Rod Stewart, who was recently knighted, will perform for the first time in Prague on Monday. His current tour is called From Gasoline Alley to Another Country: Hits 2016, comprising some his biggest hits from 1970 to the present. According to organisers, tickets are still available.
The country’s elite tax evasion unit, Cobra, has uncovered large-scale fraud in taxes conducted by some eight suspects and three companies between the years 2011 and 2014. Losses in tax revenue were estimated at around 620 million crowns. The group operated so-called carousel fraud, the theft of Value-Added Tax, mainly in the region of Zlín. The defendants, if found guilty, face up to 10 years behind bars.
Finance Minister Andrej Babiš remains the country’s most popular politician, a new poll by the STEM agency suggests. Fifty-eight percent backed the minister; Defence Minister Martin Stropnický finished second in the survey, at 43 percent, one percent more than Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka. The head of the mayors' party, STAN, Petr Gazdík, notched up 31 percent. Recent polls have suggested Babiš ANO party would win if parliamentary elections were held today.
Former lawyer Zdeněk Altner, who won a long-running court case against the Social Democratic Party in March to pay him almost 338 million crowns in unpaid fees and accumulated interest according to a contractual penalty clause, has died at the age of 69; he passed away on Monday morning - his family has declined to comment. The court decision in question was appealed by the Social Democratic Party.
Tomáš Plekanec scored his first goal of the season for the Montreal
Canadiens at the weekend to help the Habs edge the Philadelphia Flyers by a
score of 5-4. Michal Neuvirth was in goal for the losing side.
Florida Panthers winger Jaromír Jágr is considered day-to-day after exiting a 4-2 loss to the Washington Capitals with a groin injury at the weekend. Panthers coach Gerard Gallant confirmed that the Czech player felt a cramp in his groin during the first period and had not felt well enough to return.
Teachers’ careers in the future could come under a three-stage assessment plan determining remuneration based on performance, the government agreed on Monday, backing a new proposal put forward by the Education Ministry. Under the plan, the first two years in the job would be an ‘adaptation period’ for teachers, after which they could further specialize in respective fields, thereby affecting wage levels. The third level would require attestation which could come into effect in 2021 while the earlier parts of the bill, if approved, would take effect in 2017. One of the main aims of the plan is to motivate teachers by rewarding strong commitment the prime minister has made clear.
An exhibition of works by late architect Jan Kaplický will be launched at Prague’s Dancing House Gallery on Tuesday. The exhibition, called JKOK, will present Kaplický’s iconic works and designs, such as the 2007 model for the National Library, also known as the Blob, as well as some previously unseen works. The exhibits come from his personal archive. The exhibition will run until March 12, 2017. The Czech –born London-based architect Kaplický died in 2009 at the age of 71. His most significant projects include the Selfridges Building in Birmingham and the media centre of Lord's Cricket Ground in London.
Police have received results of psychiatric tests undertaken on the first ever Czech citizen to be charged with attempting to join so-called Islamic State. According to experts, the man doesn’t suffer from any psychiatric problems and can be prosecuted. The man, referred to as “Jan S.”, was arrested at Istanbul Airport on February 5 trying to board a flight to Gaziantep, a town near the Syrian border frequently used by new ISIS recruits. He was subsequently sent back to the Czech Republic, where he has been detained in custody since July. If found guilty, he faces up to 12 years in prison for preparing a terrorist attack.