News Bottom of table Ostrava sack Komňacký after defeat to Slovácko

13-04-2014 10:51 | Ian Willoughby

Baník Ostrava, who are bottom of the table in Czech soccer’s top flight, have sacked manager František Komňacký. The move comes a day after the club were beaten 1:0 at home by Slovácko. Ostrava have 19 points, behind Bohemians 1905 on 22 and Slavia Prague on 23, with the bottom two set for relegation at the end of the season. Ostrava’s sporting director Radek Slončík will take over for the remaining six games. Komňacký led Ostrava to the league title in 2004.

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Sobotka writes to Juncker with view to CR drawing on EU funds

03-03-2015 14:21 | Ian Willoughby

The Czech prime minister, Bohsulav Sobotka, has written to the president of the European Commission informing him that the Czech Republic has fulfilled a commission demand regarding the introduction of civil service legislation, the Czech News Agency reported. Prague is now waiting for confirmation from Jean-Claude Juncker that the Czech Republic has fulfilled a condition for drawing on European Union funds. Mr. Sobotka wrote that he expected the Czech Republic to be able to apply for funding from the EU’s operational programmes in the coming weeks and other programmes soon afterwards. 

Regular siren tests cancelled due to tribute to shooting victims planned for Thursday

03-03-2015 13:05 | Ian Willoughby

A regular test of the siren systems in Czech cities and towns will not take place on Wednesday due to plans to use the sirens the following day to signal a moment’s silence for the victims of a shooting in Uherský Brod last week. The sirens usually go off at noon on the first Wednesday of every month. A spokesperson for the fire service directorate said it had decided to cancel the March test at the proposal of the minister of the interior, Milan Chovanec. Eight people were shot dead in an apparent random shooting in a pub in Uherský Brod before the gunman turned his weapon on himself. 

Mayor says designer of much-delayed Blanka tunnel must be “moron”

03-03-2015 12:34 | Ian Willoughby

The mayor of Prague says the designer of the city’s Blanka tunnel must be “a moron” (debil). Adriana Krnáčová made the comment after news emerged that the tunnel would not be open until next year at the soonest as hundreds of kilometres of water-damaged cables have to be replaced. The mayor told TV Nova that moisture could be expected in a tunnel and the designers must be stupid. However, a representative of the company that planned the project, Satra, told Tuesday’s Mladá fronta Dnes that the design had fulfilled all technical and safety requirements. Originally meant to open in 2011 Blanka, which has cost Prague CZK 37 billion, was most recently scheduled to go into operation in April. 

December-March period one of warmest on record but not as mild as last winter

03-03-2015 11:32 | Ian Willoughby

This winter has been one of the warmest recorded in the Czech Republic, according to the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute. The average temperature from the start of December to the end of February was 0.7 degrees Celsius, which is 1.9 degrees higher than the average for the period 1971 to 2000. However, last climatological winter was even milder with an average of 1.2 degrees Celsius. 

One World fest of human rights documentaries kicks off in Prague

03-03-2015 11:27 | Ian Willoughby

The One World international festival of human rights documentaries got underway in Prague on Monday evening. The annual event opened with Warriors from the North, which explores how a radical Islamic group recruits volunteers in Denmark. The 17th One World will bring over 110 films from five dozen countries to audiences in Prague before moving on in reduced form to 33 other Czech cities and towns. 

UK director to portray operation to assassinate Heydrich in Anthropoid

03-03-2015 11:20 | Ian Willoughby

British director Sean Ellis is set to portray the 1942 assassination of the Nazi governor of Bohemia and Moravia, Reinhard Heydrich, in Anthropoid, a movie named after the daring operation carried out by Czech and Slovak paratroopers dropped near Prague. The lead roles will be taken by actors Jamie Dornan and Cillian Murphy. Heydrich died days after the attack, sparking Nazi reprisals that included the destruction of two villages and the killing of thousands of civilians. 

Five Czechs on Forbes list of US dollar billionaires

03-03-2015 09:48 | Ruth Fraňková

Five Czechs have made this year’s list of US dollar billionaires, compiled by the US business magazine Forbes. The richest Czech Petr Kellner, owner of investment group PPF, is reported to be the 160th wealthiest person in the world, with assets valued at 8.4 billion US dollars. It is the tenth time Kellner has been ranked in the Forbes’s rich list. Agrofert owner and finance minister Andrej Babiš is 732nd, followed by Radovan Vítek, Karel Komárek and Pavel Tykač. 

Newborn boy left in baby box in Vyškov

03-03-2015 09:40 | Ruth Fraňková

A newborn boy was placed in a babybox in Vyškov in Moravia on Monday evening at around six p.m. The founder of the Czech baby box network, Ludvík Hess, said the child’s condition was stable. The baby, who was given the name Dominik, was the fourth child this year to be abandoned in this manner. There are currently a total of 63 baby boxes in the Czech Republic, and in the past nine years, 70 girls and 46 boys were left in them. 

Madonna set to perform in Prague in November

02-03-2015 18:22 | Ruth Fraňková

American pop singer Madonna is set to perform in the Czech capital in early November. Her appearance in Prague’s O2 Arena is part of her tour promoting her last CD Rebel Heart. Tickets for the concert will be released in mid-March. The popular singer will launch her tour in August in Miami, before moving to Europe, Australia and Asia. Madonna last played in the Czech Republic in 2009. 

First victim of shooting incident in Uherský Brod laid to rest

02-03-2015 17:21 | Ruth Fraňková

The first victim of last week’s shooting incident in Eastern Moravia was put to rest on Monday after a funeral attended by family, friends and local inhabitants. The 43-year-old waitress was one of the eight people killed last Tuesday in a random attack in a pub in the town of Uherský Brod. The 64-year-old shooter, who was apparently mentally instable, subsequently turned the gun on himself. The other seven victims, all of them men, will be laid to rest in the coming days. 



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