News Central Bohemian authorities pave way for planned Amazon facility
The authorities in Central Bohemia on Wednesday rejected two appeals against a building permit issued to a contractor working for the US-based online retailer Amazon, paving the way for the construction of Amazon’s distribution centre in Dobrovíz, outside Prague. However, construction will only begin after a contract is signed between the municipality and the developer, a representative of the firm said, adding it was impossible to predict whether the deal would be concluded until the end of the month. Amazon is planning to build another distribution centre outside Brno, a project which also provoked opposition from local inhabitants.
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It should be partly fair on Wednesday with temperatures of up to 1 degree Celsius. The outlook is similar for the rest of the week, though daytime highs will reach up to 6 degrees Celsius.
President Miloš Zeman will deliver an address to the Chamber of Deputies on Wednesday, his spokesman, Jiří Ovčáček, has announced. Mr. Ovčáček refused to say whether the head of state would comment on next year’s budget, which is due to be debated by deputies on Wednesday. While the deficit has already been set at CZK 60 billion, MPs are set to vote on various modifications within the 2017 budget. Mr. Zeman has addressed the lower house a number of times since taking office almost four years ago.
A company owned by Czech businessman Václav Fischer has launched international arbitration proceedings against the Czech Republic. The Germany-based firm, Aircraftleasing Meier und Fischer (AMF), is demanding CZK 3.1 billion crowns as compensation for two Boeing 737 planes that were seized in 2005 when Mr. Fischer was declared bankrupt. AMF filed notice regarding the dispute with the Ministry of Finance in February, citing an international investment protection treaty. Mr. Fischer was at one time one of the best-known names in the international tourism business in the Czech Republic.
The head of protocol at Prague Castle, Jindřich Forejt, is to step down by the end of the year, citing personal and health reasons. The announcement was made by President Miloš Zeman’s spokesman, Jiří Ovčáček, on Tuesday morning. The news site Hlidacipes.org on Monday published stills from a video recording appearing to show Mr. Forejt sniffing a white substance. The video is reportedly one of several filmed at the protocol chief’s Prague home. Mr. Forejt, who is 39 and also served under Václav Klaus at Prague Castle, had been tipped as an ambassador to the Vatican.
The Boston Bruins’ David Pastrňák scored twice and David Krejčí earned two assists in the team’s 4:3 win in extra time on Monday over the Florida Panthers. Jaromír Jágr scored once for the losing side. The Bruins are currently third in the Atlantic Division and seventh in the Eastern Conference.
Jakub Voráček got an assist in the Philadelphia Flyers win over Nashville – the team’s fifth straight victory. In other NHL hockey, Petr Mrázek continued to do well between the posts for the Detroit Red Wings, helping the club win 4:3 in overtime. Detroit are currently in the bottom half of the Eastern Conference and 20th in the league overall.
American news broadcaster CNN has included Prague’s Christmas markets on a list of the 10 best in the world, citing traditional markets on the city’s Old Town and Wenceslas Squares. The article rated favourably Czech beer and sausage as well as the opening times at both markets, saying they remained open throughout the Christmas period. Other markets included in the piece included ones in Vienna, Venice or Copenhagen. The only North American Christmas market to make the list was Montreal’s.
Tuesday should be sunny with daytime highs reaching only 0 degrees Celsius.
Personnel of a 17-member-strong field surgical team departed for Iraq shortly after midnight on Monday where they will join coalition, Iraqi, and US soldiers providing support at a US base several dozen kilometres away from Mosul. The news was confirmed by the spokesman for the General Staff of the Czech Armed Forces Jan Šulc. Two surgeons and an anaesthesiologist form the core of the group.
Trust in the country’s president, Miloš Zeman, is the lowest all year according to a poll conducted by the CVVM agency. According to the survey, trust in the head of state fell by eight percent in November, to an overall 48 percent. The drop coincided with a scandal in late October in which Czech-born Auschwitz survivor Jiří Brady was allegedly passed over for a state honour as the result of a meeting between his uncle, Culture Minister Daniel Herman and Tibet’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. Distrust in the president, according to the same poll, is 49 percent. Trust in Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka's government, meanwhile, is at 35 percent – down by three from the previous poll.