President Miloš Zeman underwent a routine CT scan this week, the head of
state told commercial broadcaster TV Barrandov on Thursday, saying the scan
had unveiled nothing unusual.
In the interview with the station, with which he sits down regularly, he told the interviewer that he continued to have nerve problems with his legs, a long-term condition, but was otherwise healthy.
The president criticised some media as having allegedly run a “dirty campaign” suggesting that he might be seriously ill.
Czech hockey player David Pastrňák signed a new contract with the Boston
Bruins on Thursday following lengthy negotiations.
The 21-year-old signed a six-year deal worth 40 million dollars. The right winger scored a career-high 34 goals last season; he also had 36 assists and had a plus-11 rating in 75 games.
Star forward, Jaromír Jágr, meanwhile, is still without an offer.
A 10 percent pay rise for the police and firefighters agreed by the
government and to take effect as of November 1 of this year will cost the
state an additional 451 million crowns, the Czech News Agency reports,
citing material from the Interior Ministry.
In 2018, the bump will lead to an extra 2.9 billion crowns in total needed
from the state budget. The figures cited concern only the police and fire
fighters and not the prison services, BIS counter-intelligence service,
Customs and the General Inspection of the Security Forces.
The government backed pay rises for public sector employees at 10 percent and 15 percent for teachers.
A new poll by STEM/MARK suggests that a majority of Czech voters, six out
of 10, make their decision on who to vote for in the final week before the
election. According to the query, concrete proposals, political programs
and individual personalities are all factors which play a role.
The poll suggests that only four percent of voters are influenced by pre-election campaigns. One in nine of those asked admitted to, in the past, having only made up their minds in the voting booth.
Czechs will go to the polls to elect a new government, next month.
Union organisations have rejected claims that a recent visit at the Czech
National Theatre by Czech Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek was a
Mr Zaorálek, who is the campaign leader of the Social Democratic Party, also rejected the claim earlier, saying he had been invited at the behest of the unions and had hoped to use the opportunity to meet with theatre employees.
Some theatres, actors and academicians had claimed it was a campaign stunt.
The police have shelved their investigation into the disappearance of
12-year-old Michaela M., who went missing in Ústí nad Labem in January of
this year. The news was confirmed on Friday by regional police head Zbyněk
Dvořák. Investigators have reason to believe that the child is dead.
When the case broke at the beginning of the year, investigators introduced an embargo on related information after the partner of the girl’s mother committed suicide the same month; according to the Czech News Agency, police saw the deceased as the main suspect in the child’s disappearance. Searches near the child's home and other sites yielded no clues.
A plan to install a replica of the Marian column that stood on Prague’s
Old Town Square for over 250 years has hit the rocks after Prague City
councillor vetoed the idea, on the grounds of a petition signed by over
Prague City Hall earlier gave its consent to the idea and will now have to take legal action to withdraw from a contract with the Society for the Restoration of the Marian Column which wanted to give Prague a replica of the column as a gift.
The original Marian column was built in 1650 to commemorate the Habsburg victory over the Swedes.
It was torn down in 1918 by an angry mob which perceived it as a symbol of the Habsburg takeover of the Czech lands and the violent re-Catholicization that followed.
Deputy Trade Minister Karel Novotný from the Social Democratic Party has
apologized for an anti-Romany statement he posted on Facebook. The deputy
compared Romanies to jellyfish, saying they were troublesome and useless.
Trade Minister Jiří Havlíček promptly distanced himself from the statement, saying it was totally unacceptable. Havlíček is to lose his quarterly bonuses as a result of the incident.