News Directorial debut of actor Krobot tops Czech box office

29-07-2014 11:46 | Ian Willoughby

The directorial debut of actor Miroslav Krobot, Díra u Hanušovic (Nowhere in Moravia), was the biggest film at the box office in the Czech Republic in the last week. The movie, an amusing drama set in a small town, took over CZK 3.5 million in its opening weekend on sales of almost 28,000 tickets. Mr. Krobot heads the popular Dejvické divadlo theatre and several of its actors appear in the film.

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Czechs make record number of calls on Christmas Eve

25-12-2014 13:48 | Ian Willoughby

Czech mobile phone users made 44 million calls on Christmas Eve, according to data released by operators and quoted by the Czech News Agency. The number is a record for one day in the Czech Republic, which has a population of around 10.5 million, and was two million more than the figure registered on December 24 last year. The number of SMSes sent was, at 75.2 million, fewer than in 2013. 

Army chief Pavel pays unannounced visit to soldiers guarding munitions store

25-12-2014 13:32 | Ian Willoughby

The chief of staff of the Czech army Petr Pavel paid an unannounced visit on Thursday to soldiers guarding a munitions depot in Eastern Moravia that has seen explosions over a two-month period. The military chief toured the site at the village of Vrbětice and spoke to some of the 200 soldiers patrolling it. General Pavel, who is set to take a senior NATO post next summer, reiterated his opposition to the government's deployment of the troops to guard the munitions store. 

Hurdler Hejnová ready for comeback after injury-hit 2014

25-12-2014 13:20 | Ian Willoughby

The women’s world 400 metres hurdles champion, Zuzana Hejnová, says she is now fully fit and looking forward to the new season. After returning from a training camp in South Africa, the Czech athlete said she was aiming to take part in the European Indoor Championships in Prague in March. Named Czech sportsperson of the year for 2013, Hejnová missed much of this year through injury. 

Mayor Krnáčová doles out free soup on Prague’s Old Town Square on Christmas Eve

25-12-2014 13:10 | Ian Willoughby

The recently installed mayor of Prague, Adriana Krnáčová doled out free fish soup on the city’s Old Town Square on Christmas Eve, upholding a tradition of the office. Praguers and tourists formed a long queue to receive the soup, which for many Czechs is the first course of Christmas dinner from Mayor Krnáčová, who was dressed in a chef's outfit. She was helped by other city councilors and the head of her ANO party, Finance Minister Andrej Babiš. 

Record temperatures for Christmas Eve seen in several parts of country

25-12-2014 13:03 | Ian Willoughby

Record temperatures for Christmas Eve were registered at several spots in the Czech Republic, particularly in North Bohemia and South Moravia. New highs for December 24 were felt at around a tenth of the weather stations keeping records for 30 or more years. The warmest place in the country was Ústí nad Labem, where it was 11.9 degrees Celsius. The relatively mild weather is set to end on Friday with temperatures below freezing point expected in the coming week. 

Popular presenter of TV DIY shows Přemysl Podlaha dies at 76

25-12-2014 12:54 | Ian Willoughby

The popular televison presenter Přemysl Podlaha, who was for many the face of do-it-yourself in the Czech Republic, has died at the age of 76. Mr. Podlaha’s career began in the 1960s when he worked for the agricultural section of Czechoslovak Television. However, he found fame in recent decades fronting programmes focused on DIY, cottage life and gardening. Serious health problems had forced him to stop down from the show Receptář, which he created in 1987, last summer. 

Police officer in off-duty disco shooting remanded in custody

23-12-2014 17:08 | Ian Willoughby

A police officer who is accused of killing one man and injuring another in an off-duty shooting incident in the East Bohemian town of Vysoké Mýto at the weekend has been remanded in custody. The two victims were doormen at a disco in the town. A witness said the officer and two other men had attempted to enter the disco for free, insisting they were taking part in a police operation. A police spokesperson said the officer, who is 42, had been held on remand for fear he could either flee or attempt to influence witnesses. 

Temperature records set at number of spots in Czech Republic

23-12-2014 16:24 | Ian Willoughby

New temperature records were set for December 23 at a number of places in the Czech Republic on Tuesday. In České Budějovice in South Bohemia a high of 11.9 degrees Celsius was registered, breaking a record in place for almost five decades, while the warmest spot in the country was Pohořelice near Brno, where 13.1 degrees Celsius was also a new record. 

Snow expected over festive period – but not on Christmas Eve

23-12-2014 14:08 | Ian Willoughby

Some parts of the Czech Republic are likely to see snow over the Christmas period. While it is expected to rain on Christmas Eve, when Czechs celebrate Christmas, temperatures are expected to fall for a two-day period, bringing small amounts of snow on St. Stephen’s Day. Daytime temperatures should hover around 0 degrees Celsius in the latter part of the week. 

Czechs preparing for unusually long Christmas break from work

23-12-2014 14:00 | Ian Willoughby

Many Czechs are preparing for an unusually long Christmas break from work. The combination of state holidays on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and a regular weekend means that a lot of people around the country will enjoy a five-day break, a situation that will not arise again until 2018. After that it will not recur until 2025. Czechs celebrate Christmas on the evening of December 24. 

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