News Czech-Vietnamese cooperation in cracking down on drug related crime

07-07-2014 16:18 | Daniela Lazarová

A group of Vietnamese police officers and lawyers are due to arrive in the Czech Republic later this month to help the Czech authorities deal with the Vietnamese community’s growing involvement in drug-related crime. The officers will serve as undercover agents and try to infiltrate Vietnamese drug gangs which are involved in growing marihuana and trafficking the home-made drug crystal methamphetamine not only in the Czech Republic but to neighbouring Germany. Following Czech-German talks on cracking down on cross border crime last month, Czech Interior Minister Milan Chovanec on Monday met with his Vietnamese counterpart in Prague to consider effective means of addressing the problem.

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Former Czech hostage says Lebanon kidnapping not arranged by Ali Fayad family

07-02-2016 08:54 | Chris Johnstone

One of the freed Czech hostages in Lebanon has rejected the idea that their kidnapping was organised by members of Ali Fayad’s family. Fayad, detained in Prague, was released soon after the Czechs were put on a plane home. Jan Švarc told Czech Television that it would have been stupid for the family to kidnap the lawyer and a member of the family, who later suffered a heart attack during his imprisonment. He described the kidnappers as professionals and that they did not appear to belong to any religious group. But Švarc said his personal opinion was that they were not members of the Lebanese intelligence service. The identity of the kidnappers is still not clear. 

Gabriela Soukalová takes third place at Canmore

07-02-2016 08:34 | Chris Johnstone

Czech biathlete Gabriela Soukalová achieved third place in the mass start event at Canada’s Canmore. She trailed winner, Italian Dorothea Wierer ,by around 50 seconds. The Czech still tops the World Cup ranking with 763 points although second placed Wierer has closed the gap and is now on 672 points. 

Five Czechs killed in avalanche in Austria

06-02-2016 19:26 | Daniela Lazarová

Five Czech skiers have been killed in an avalanche in the Austrian Alps, the AFP news agency reported. A total of 17 Czech skiers were caught in a massive avalanche that struck the Wattener Lizum region, south-east of Innsbruck shortly before midday. Three others were reportedly airlifted to hospital. According to Czech Television the two groups of Czech skiers caught in the avalanche ignored repeated warnings not to set out. High degree avalanche alerts have been in place in the region for several days now. 

Romania ties Fed Cup draw against Czech Republic 1:1

06-02-2016 17:07 | Chris Johnstone

In tennis, the Czech Republic began the defence of their Fed Cup title with a 1:1 draw against Romania at the end of the first day’s play. Karolína Plíšková got the visitors off to a winning start after turning around the game against world number three Simona Halep. After losing the first set 6:7, Plíšková took the following sets 6:2, 6:4. Petra Kvitová though lost to Monica Niculescu 3:6, 4:6. 

Anti Islam, immigration protests take place in Prague, Brno

06-02-2016 16:30 | Chris Johnstone

Demonstrations against immigration, the EU, and Islam took place in Prague and the second city, Brno, on Saturday. The main demonstration in Prague against Islam and the EU attracted around 500 supporters. In the early afternoon in Prague there was a clash between supporters and opponents of immigration around Malá Strana when stones and bottles were thrown. Police intervened after a short delay. Police also said they detained one man who fired blanks with a gun. In Brno around 500 people demonstrated against immigration. The anti-Islam demonstration in Prague and Brno were part of a series of organised in Europe and even Australia. Prague police had called in reinforcements from the Ústí region ahead of the events. Some embassies have warned their citizens to stay away from the centre of Prague. 

Slav Epic to go on show in Japan and China

06-02-2016 16:19 | Chris Johnstone

The series of paintings by Alphonse Mucha the Slav Epic will during the first quarter of next year be exposed in Japan and from mid-2017 in China, where it will stay on show until May 2018. The agreements for both exhibitions have been sealed Prague City Council’s chairwoman of the culture committee, Eliška Kaplický Fuchsová told the ČTK news agency. Whether the series of 20 massive paintings continue onto South Korea and the US before returning to the Czech Republic is not yet clear. 

Statistical office begins large scale survey of Czech living standards

06-02-2016 13:51 | Chris Johnstone

The Czech Statistical Office on Saturday began a four month long survey which should shed a lot of light on Czech living standards and quality of life. Questionnaires will start to be delivered to around 11,000 families on February 6. They will ask about housing conditions, education, childcare, and work. The survey will last until June 5. Replies will be anonymous. 

Gale warning issued for eastern Moravia on Sunday

06-02-2016 13:30 | Chris Johnstone

The Czech weather office has issued a warning of high winds for the east of the country on Sunday. Winds of up to 90 km/hour on lower ground and up to 130 km/hour on mountain peaks are expected with the danger of falling trees and branches. The warning covers the Zlín, Olomouc, and Moravia-Silesia regions and lasts until 2300 hours on Sunday. 

Kometa Brno coach resigns after heavy defeat

06-02-2016 08:31 | Chris Johnstone

In ice hockey, the trainer of club Kometa Brno Alois Hadamczik resigned Friday evening after a 1:6 defeat against struggling Litvinov. It was the seventh defeat in the last eight matches. Brno had been tipped at the start of the season as one of the club’s with the biggest chances of winning the league. Hadamczik is a former coach of the Czech national team. 

Chinese New Year celebrated in Prague

06-02-2016 08:31 | Chris Johnstone

A two-day celebration of the Chinese year will take place at Prague’s exhibition grounds, Holešovice, starting Saturday. The event is being staged for the second year by the Czech-Chinese chamber. It will feature Chinese cinema, calligraphy, crafts, and sampling of Chinese cuisine. 

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