Three foreigners have been charged after a knife attack on two men in Brno
in the early hours of Saturday, police in the city said on Wednesday. One
of the three foreigners could face up to 10 years in prison if found guilty
of charges including grievous bodily harm. The other two have been charged
with disorderly conduct, for which the maximum sentence is two years.
The three men are reported to be from North Africa and long-term residents of the Czech Republic. The victims, aged 31 and 32, were taken to hospital after the attack, which left them with bad cuts.
Sparta Prague’s Italian coach Andrea Stramaccioni says he made a number
of mistakes in the early part of his first season in Czech football.
Speaking to journalists on Wednesday, the former boss of Inter Milan said
it had been a challenge coming to the Czech league as the only foreign
Stramaccioni said, however, that he was glad to have received a recent vote of confidence from Sparta’s owner Daniel Křetínský. He said he had acquired valuable experience and could still turn the club’s season around.
Sparta have the most league titles in Czech soccer history but currently lie in fifth in the table.
Forecasters have issued a warning that the western half of Bohemia will be
hit by black ice on Wednesday night. The ice is expected to form in areas
including Prague and the Karlovy Vary, Plzeň and Ústí nad Labem regions
before midnight and persist until Thursday morning.
Strong winds are forecast for several parts of Moravia, in particular the Jeseníky and Beskydy mountain ranges.
Around half of the 40-plus foreign film productions in the Czech Republic
this year have come from neighbouring Germany, Czech Television reported on
Wednesday. German filmmakers have spent around CZK 850 million in this
country in 2017.
German companies are chiefly attracted by buildings and locations that can be used as settings for projects relating to various historical periods, while tax incentives for film and TV productions are also a strong draw.
A ferry that went into operation last weekend at the place where a
footbridge collapsed in Prague in early December has broken down, the Czech
News Agency reported on Wednesday. The boat, which is free of charge, goes
from Císařský ostrov to Troja, the location of Prague’s zoo.
Operators said the ferry had been put out of action by a technical fault but could not say when it would be running again.
Four people were injured, two seriously, when the footbridge collapsed in early December. The causes of the collapse are still being investigated.
Around 300 specialists at 29 institutes that come under the Czech Academy
of Sciences have written a letter to the organisation’s management
drawing attention to what they say is the disadvantageous position of young
women in research.
The authors say that scientists are expected to go abroad to gain experience after completing a doctorate at around 30, the same age when many women are starting families.
If women fail undergo an internship abroad their chances of obtaining grants or getting full-time positions in scientific institutions fall considerably, the writers of the letter say.
In his traditional Christmas message to the nation President Miloš Zeman
praised the country’s economic successes, highlighting its steady
economic growth and low unemployment, the lowest in the European Union. He
reminded Czechs that they lived in the sixth safest country in the world,
and had every reason to be a proud and self-confident nation.
The president defended his decision to appoint to office a minority government led by Andrej Babis despite the fact that the prime minister had failed to secure support for it in the lower house and confirmed his intention to give Andrej Babiš a second chance to form a government. He criticized the other parliamentary parties for alleged lack of initiative in negotiations which would open the way to a compromise solution. Zeman said that under no circumstances would he call early elections.
Miloš Zeman criticized the EU for its policy with respect to migrants and its inability to protect its outer borders and NATO for not being more active in the fight against international terrorism. He said the Czech Republic should be more active in both organizations.
Not for the first time, the president took a swipe at the Czech media, telling Czechs he was confident they would use their common sense and not allow themselves to be manipulated, either by alleged foreign agents or by the Czech press, Czech television and other media.
The Czech Christmas Mass was performed for the 17th year in succession at
Prague’s busy Main Train Station on Saturday afternoon. Musicians and
choir members were joined by scores of members of the public in a rendition
of the pastoral mass by composer Jan Jakub Ryba.
Dozens of choristers were conducted by the organiser of the pre-Christmas event, Lukáš Prchal. The composition, known colloquially as “Rybovka”, was also performed with public participation on Kampa, beneath Prague’s Charles Bridge.
The number of Ukrainian citizens applying for permits to work in the Czech
Republic is continuing to rise, novinky.cz reported on Saturday. While two
years ago the figure was around 170 a month, it has now reached 1,000 a
month, the news site said.
With a very high number of jobs unfilled in the Czech Republic, employers have expressed great interest in hiring Ukrainians through a government scheme named Ukraine Regime. The initial intention was to bring in 3,800 a year. However, the total number of applicants over this year and 2016 has been more than 10,000.
The increased interest has put a strain on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of the Interior, which oversee the scheme, novinky.cz said. Whereas applications were dealt with within a week in August 2016 that process now takes 114 days.