The Ministry of Culture has added Vamberk bobbin lace and Uherské
Hradiště region feasts on its intangible cultural heritage list – a
step towards possible inclusion on UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage
Vamberk has been known for its exquisite lace production since the 17th century. The first school of bobbin lace opened there in 1899.
The Uherské Hradiště region and Slovácko Museum have been looking to have village feasts tied to Christian holidays and seasonal events included on the Czech list for years.
People in Prague on Tuesday paid their last respects to Miloslava
Kalibová, among the last survivors of the Lidice massacre, who died in
late December at the age of 96. Her funeral took place at Prague’s Motol
As a 19-year-old, she witnessed her father and other innocent male villagers be executed by the Nazis in retaliation for the assassination of Nazi governor Reinhard Heydrich.
She later spent almost three years with her mother and sister in the Ravensbrück concentration camp.
Throughout her life, Kalibová had worked tirelessly to bear witness of the atrocities of the Holocaust, sharing her experience in lectures and debates.
Former Czech football international Tomáš Řepka has been released from
prison seven months into a 2.5 year sentence for fraud.
Řepka had sold a Mercedes which he no longer owned but was leasing. Earlier, he was sentenced for advertising sexual services online in the name of his ex-wife.
During his football career, he earned 45 caps for the Czech Republic and played for a number of clubs, including Italy’s Fiorentina and the English Premier League side West Ham United.
The number of bankruptcies of companies and entrepreneurs increased in 2019
after a six-year decline, according to the Czech Credit Bureau (CRIF).
The number of businesses declaring bankruptcy rose by 22 over the previous year to 680. The respective rise for entrepreneurs was starker, increasing by 2,440 to 7,940, the data show.
CRIF analyst Věra Kameníčková said that the number of bankruptcies of companies in 2019 was still quite low compared to the period of 2008 through 2017.
Financial inspectors are looking into the details of how the head of
President Miloš Zeman’s office Chancellor Vratyslav Mynář received
subsidy funding for his guesthouse located in the Moravian town of
Osvětimany, Czech Radio reports. Mr Mynář has already had to pay back
CZK 975,000 from the CZK 13 million in total that he received in subsidies
for the project, but inspectors are looking into other parts of the project
as well. According to the Ministry of Education, Mr Mynář broke subsidy
funding conditions and the news site Seznam Zprávy reports that the police
are also looking into the case.
Mr Mynář, who has been in charge of the Office of the President since March 2013, has refused to comment on the case.
Former Prague imam Samer Shehadeh admitted on Tuesday that he had helped
his brother and sister-in-law travel to Syria to join a the organisation
Jabhat Fatah as-Sham (Conquest of Syria).
However, Shehadeh said he does not consider it a criminal act because he does not recognise the Syrian government or perceive Jabhat Fatah as-Sham as terrorists. He also said any Czech courts' decision is irrelevant to him as they do not follow Islamic sharia law.
The former imam’s brother and sister-in-law are also defendants in the case. Czech intelligence services began investigating the trio in 2016. Shehadeh is also accused of using charity money to support terrorism financially.
Slavia Prague striker Milan Škoda has agreed to sign a 1.5 year contract
with the Turkish side Gençlerbirligi if he passes a medical check, the
Czech News Agency reported citing his agent Jiří Stejskal.
The 33-year-old Škoda, who moved to Slavia from fellow Prague rivals Bohemians 1905, is the most prolific scorer in the team’s new era history. However, he has been scarcely used in the squad this season and Slavia allowed him to negotiate with other teams regarding a new contract.
Municipalities across the Czech Republic could raise more money if local
councillors are given the ability to specifically tax properties located on
industrial zones, according to the Ministry of Finance, which is working on
the legislation. Currently, Czech municipalities are able to raise only a
fraction of what their counterparts in Germany raise through this specific
tax, according to a developer commissioned analysis. Finance Minister Alena
Schillerová (ANO) believes that if local councils are given the chance to
tax these specific properties, without targeting residents. She told Czech
Television that the specific amount of the increase is still negotiable.
The Association of Towns and Municipalities has been arguing that more money from the state budget should be allocated to these areas of administration, because, in the words of the director of the association, they are shown to be very good managers. However, the finance minister says she is not willing to make changes in budget allocations.
Mineral water producer Mattoni and the online store Košík.cz are
beginning to test the concept of reusable plastic bottles on the Czech
market, news site Aktuálně.cz reported on Monday. Any purchase of such a
bottle would see the owner receive a refund of CZK 3 once they return the
item, which would then be reused by Mattoni. For now, only a limited
edition of 80 percent recyclable PET bottles has been issued for this
The General Director of Košík.cz, Tomáš Jeřábek, told the news site that the idea came from the customers themselves, who have urged the establishment of ecologically sound covers for products. He says the success rate of the project will show whether implementing such a measure is realistic.
Reusable plastic bottles have long been in existence in Germany and are set to be implemented on a large scale in Slovakia from 2022. Despite calls from some pressure groups, the Czech government currently has no plans to introduce the practice in Czechia.