News Eastern Partnership conference convenes in Prague

24-04-2014 18:54 updated | Chris Johnstone

Czech president Miloš Zeman is hosting a two day conference in Prague starting Thursday on the European Union’s relations with states from the former Soviet Union, the so-called Eastern Partnership. At least nine presidents are scheduled to take part, including those of Moldova, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia. Ukraine’s acting foreign minister Andrii Deshchytsia is also expected to attend. The Eastern Partnership was created five years ago with the then Czech presidency of the European Council a major impulse behind the move.

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Hockey: Canadiens’ Plekanec gets assist on "series winning" goal against Ottawa

27-04-2015 14:12 | Jan Velinger

Montreal Canadiens’ Tomáš Plekanec got an assist on the game-winning goal against Ottawa on Sunday - a puck which Brendan Gallagher batted out of mid-air and slotted past Ottawa’s Craig Anderson in the first period. The Ottawa Senators were trying to force a Game 7 in the first round of the playoffs after winning two games in a row. But Montreal’s Carey Price stopped 43 shots and the team held on for the 2:0 win to advance to the next round. The Habs will face the winner of Detroit-Tampa Bay, next. Detroit, with Czech goalie Petr Mrázek, have the upper-hand in that contest, leading their respective series 3:2. 

Former MP - on trial for corruption - being treated in hospital, according to reports

27-04-2015 13:56 | Jan Velinger

Former Social Democrat lawmaker and governor David Rath, on trial for corruption, is being treated in hospital, according to reports. The Czech News Agency reported it had received a text message from Mr Rath saying he was in hospital after a bike accident at the weekend. Mr Rath’s lawyer, Adam Černý, explained he was trying to gather details after his client failed to appear in court. He said getting a clearer overview was difficult at this time as his client was on the painkiller morphine. The judge has adjourned the trial until Wednesday. 

Czech medical team to help earthquake victims

27-04-2015 13:31 | Jan Velinger

The Czech government has approved the sending of a special medical team to Nepal, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka posted on Twitter on Monday, without additional details. The government also approved an aid package of 20 million crowns, according to available information. Public broadcaster Czech TV reported that 36 physicians and firefighters would fly to the disaster-stricken country. Already, Czechs have sent one million crowns to special accounts set up by Czech charity organisations, while the first Czech help coordinators have arrived in the country. 

Czech charities send financial aid, people on the ground to help survivors

27-04-2015 13:27 | Jan Velinger

Czech charities responded at the weekend to the tragedy in Nepal, donating or launching accounts to gather public funds for survivors and families in need. Some coordinators from the Czech Republic are already on the ground; the charity People in Need is sending several personnel, estimating that up to 90 percent of buildings in rural areas in Nepal were likely destroyed. The Czech Red Cross donated 13 million crowns to help, while ADRA is sending a team of five to the region. The charity is cooperating with other aid organisations to get food, water, clothes, and temporary shelter to those who need it most. 

Twenty-six Czechs remain unaccounted for in Nepal

27-04-2015 12:05 | Jan Velinger

Twenty-six Czech citizens remain unaccounted for in earthquake-stricken Nepal, according to the Czech News Agency. There were more than 150 Czech nationals in the country at the time of the natural disaster at the weekend. No Czechs have been reported dead or registered as injured. The Czech consul general from New Delhi in neighbouring India and the honorary consul general in Nepal have been helping nationals to be able to leave for home, the Czech ambassador to India, Miloslav Stašek, confirmed. Saturday’s devastating earthquake in Nepal measured 7.8 on the Richter scale and claimed more than 3,300 lives. The European Commission has ordered the release of three million euros to help. 

Lucie Šafářová wins women’s doubles final at Stuttgart

27-04-2015 09:42 | Ruth Fraňková

Czech tennis player Lucie Šafářová has clinched a sixth doubles title in her carrier. With US partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands, she beat the French-Slovenian pair of Caroline Garcia and Katarina Srebotnik in straight sets 6:4 and 6:3 in the women’s doubles final in Stuttgart on Sunday. In the singles, the 29-year old Czech was knocked out in the second round by Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki. 

Some 70 percent of Czechs back national hockey team coach Růžička ahead of Worlds

27-04-2015 09:41 | Ruth Fraňková

Some 70 percent of Czechs want Vladimír Růžička to remain in the post of national squad coach ahead of the Ice Hockey World Championships despite allegations that he accepted a bribe, according to a survey carried out by the Median agency for Czech Radio. According to the allegation, the coach accepted a sum of 500,000 crowns from a businessman to allow his son to play for Slavia Prague which he coached. Most of the respondents said Růžička shouldn’t be dismissed unless the allegation was proven. Participants in the survey also said his dismissal could threaten the team’s performance. The World Championships this year take place in Prague and Ostrava. 

Drtikol photo auctioned off for 1.85 million crowns

26-04-2015 17:47 | Ruth Fraňková

A picture by famous Czech 20th century photographer František Drtikol was sold at an auction at Prague's Mánes on Sunday for 1.85 million crowns (approximately 74,000 US dollars). The sale makes Drtikol's "The Bow" the most expensive photography ever to be sold at a Czech auction. The starting price of the picture was 500,000 crowns. A Portrait of Marguerite Neveux by Josef Šíma also went under the hammer on Sunday. The Ministry of Culture bought it for the National Gallery for 4.45 million crowns. 

Tennis: Veselý loses to Garcia-Lopez in Bucharest final

26-04-2015 16:13 | Ruth Fraňková

The Czech tennis player Jiří Veselý has failed to claim the second ATP title of his career. The seventh-seeded Czech lost the men's singles final in Bucharest on Sunday to Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6:7, 6:7. The 21-year old player won the first ATP title of his carrer in January this year at the Heineken Open in Auckland, New Zealand. 

Remains of WWII soldier laid to rest in Hlučín

26-04-2015 15:15 | Ruth Fraňková

The remains of a Second World War Ukrainian soldier serving in the Red Army were laid to rest on Sunday in the Russian military cemetery in the town of Hlučín, North Moravia. The 22-year old Vasily Alexeyevich Stasko was killed on April 23, 1945 during the liberation fights, when his plane was shot down at Klimkovice, near Ostrava. His remains were only found last year. The ceremony was attended by the soldier's 72-year-old niece and her family. 



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