The Czech Football Association is under investigation for fraud
August 17, 2022
Sports Fraud scandal plagues Czech football association
Police have charged six people and four companies with fraud and money laundering in the case of a suspicious order from the Czech Football Federation (FACR) to disinfect stadiums, police said on their website. If found guilty, individuals can be sentenced to between two and eight years in prison. It is not yet clear whether the FACR themselves are among the accused. In February, detectives raided FACR headquarters as part of an order obtained by former Premier League footballer Jiří Tymich.
Six months earlier, the match-fixing and corruption scandal involving former FACR vice-president Roman Berbr had begun. In December, the FACR review commission warned of the inconsistencies in the disinfection order. The FACR recovered most of the money by reaching a settlement agreement with the supplier. Nevertheless, there were almost 700,000 CZK left. According to Radiozurnal, most of the money from the disinfection contract was to return, it again appeared in the company account of Tymich, from which it was returned to the FACR.
criminality The man who killed his ex-girlfriend in Zlín has died
The 29-year-old man, who shot and killed his former girlfriend in the Zlín regional office building on July 28 and attempted suicide, has died, police wrote on social media today.
Police previously said the shooter used a gun registered by another person to fire into the building known as the Bata Skyscraper. “Detectives are still investigating the case, but are now working on the fact that the injured man died late last week,” police said.
Fire Historic restaurant burnt down in Jablonec
In Jablonec nad Nisou, the restaurant Sluneční lázně burned down on Wednesday morning right on the edge of the Mšeno dam. The historic building, consisting of several wooden stalls, caught fire shortly before 5 a.m. and was completely destroyed by fire. The firefighters do not yet know the causes and the damage.
The 1927 buildings were in poor condition and for several years there had been discussions in the city about whether to rebuild them or demolish them and build a modern building in their place.
prague Opening of a new leisure area under the Nusle bridge
The Prague 2 district has just completed the restoration of the last part of Folimanka Park under the Nusle Bridge. The new recreation area called Jammertal presents a multifunctional area equipped with facilities for a number of activities suitable for year-round use. In winter, it will turn into an ice rink.
the tragedy Debris from a fallen veteran plane will be used to build a new one
The Hawker Hurricane Mk.IV aircraft was the world’s last such engine capable of flight. The veteran was used by the British Royal Air Force (RAF) during World War II when Czechoslovak soldiers were also among the pilots. Experts said that so far the accident does not appear to have been caused by a technical malfunction.
The plane crashed on Sunday during an air show. The pilot died, rescuers treated a woman for minor injuries. The accident took place outside the airport area and the organizers ended the show shortly after the accident.
August 16, 2022
CULTURE More Rushdie Books Coming in Czech Translation
Paseka publishing house will publish a Czech version of “Quixote”, the latest novel by Salman Rushdie, the famous British author who recently survived a knife attack while reading in New York. The publisher will publish its essay volume “Languages of Truth” next year, Paseka’s spokesperson told ČTK today.
Rushdie survived last Friday’s brutal attack but is in critical condition. In 1989, Iran’s supreme religious leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, declared a fatwa, or death edict, against Rushdie over his novel “The Satanic Verses.”
The novel was published in 1988 and the first version in the Czech language in 1994. In 2015 Paseka published the new Czech translation of the novel under the pseudonym Jan O. Tichy for fear of attacks. The Czech version of “Satanic Verses” is nearly sold out in Czech online stores, although a Paseka representative said the 2015 reissue has been sold out for some time.
TECHNOLOGY Czech Republic drops in the ranking of the numerical index
According to the DESI (Digital Economy and Society Index), the Czech Republic ranks 19th out of 27 EU member states in the area of digitalization of society and economy. This is a slight drop from the twentieth place occupied by the Czech Republic the previous year. The nation ranked slightly above average in terms of human capital, but there is still a shortage of IT employees. With the exception of the Baltic states, it still remains the best ranking of post-communist states in Eastern Europe.
ENVIRONMENT Zemans signs ban on single-use plastics
Within two months, Czechia will ban the production and sale of disposable plastic cutlery, plates and straws in accordance with European Union regulations. The law on limiting the impact of certain plastic products on the environment, which was signed by President Miloš Zeman, takes account of the ban, the castle said today.
The prohibition will come into force on the first day of the second calendar month after its publication in the Compendium of Laws. The law also introduces requirements for certain plastic products. In the case of certain products, such as sanitary napkins, tampons, wet wipes and tobacco products with filters, manufacturers must inform the user how to properly dispose of them after use.
LODGING Students in Czechia will pay more for their accommodation
In the new academic year, university students will pay more for accommodation in dormitories in Prague, by around 15% per year. The reason is inflation and rising energy prices, reports ČTK. As rental prices rise due to the energy crisis, the cost of student accommodation is also rising. This year, there is also a significant shortage of apartments reported on the real estate market. In Prague, where demand is high every year, there are currently 1,960 vacant apartments available, down 54% from the same period last year.
Electromobility Brno launches electric garbage truck
Municipal waste management company SAKO Brno sent an electric-powered garbage collection truck to the streets for the first time on Tuesday. According to Deputy Mayor Petr Hladík, this is the first garbage truck in the Czech Republic that will run on electricity. Even though its purchase price of 12 million CZK crowns is significantly higher than the price of a conventional diesel car, thanks to lower operating costs, a return on investment is expected in a few years.