News Eastern regions may see flooding from Thursday evening

14-05-2014 16:40 | Ian Willoughby

Weather forecasters have warned that flooding may occur in the eastern Moravia-Silesia, Olomouc and Zlín regions from Thursday evening as heavy rainfall causes rivers to rise. Small streams in the regions in question could reach the highest level of flood alert, say meteorologists. Water management officials have begun monitoring the situation. Heavy rains are also expected in Bohemia, though flooding is unlikely to occur in the western half of the country.

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Czech president congratulates Polish president- elect Andrzej Duda

26-05-2015 13:30 | Daniela Lazarová

President Miloš Zeman has sent the winner of Poland’s presidential elections Andrzej Duda a congratulatory telegram. In it Mr. Zeman expresses the hope that he and the new Polish president will establish a good working relationship and contribute to further developing the strong ties between the two neighbour states. Conservative challenger Andrzej Duda won Poland's presidential election with 51.55 percent of the vote, against 48.45 percent for defeated incumbent Bronislaw Komorowski, according to final results published by the Polish state electoral committee on Monday. 

Marihuana and crystal methamphetamine top list of most commonly abused drugs

26-05-2015 12:12 | Daniela Lazarová

The police confiscated close to 600 kilograms of marihuana and over 50 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine in raids on illegal plantations and secret home labs in the course of last year, according to the annual report of the National Anti-Drug Office. The illegal drugs business is largely in the hands of foreign gangs, mainly Vietnamese, Albanian, Nigerian and Turkish nationals, the report says. Czechs are mostly involved in the home production of crystal methamphetamine. The number of secret marihuana plantations uncovered by the police rose to over 300 last year. Marihuana and crystal methamphetamine are the most commonly used illegal drugs in the Czech Republic. While marihuana grown in the Czech Republic is mainly for the home market, crystal methamphetamine is often smuggled to neighbouring Austria and Germany. 

Verdict expected in closely-watched case involving former prime minister

26-05-2015 10:50 | Daniela Lazarová

A verdict is expected on Friday in the closely watched case in which the former prime minister’s present wife Jana Nečasová is accused of abusing the country’s intelligence service. Jana Nečasová, formerly Nagyová, was romantically linked with the prime minister at the time of the scandal which brought down the centre-right government in 2013. She used the country’s intelligence service to spy on the prime minister’s then wife Radka for which she and several top-ranking intelligence officers face three to four years in jail. Tapes of wiretappings played played in court show the enormous influence Jana Nagyová, formerly chief-of-staff at the office of the government, had over the prime minister. 

Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka’s government to face a no-confidence vote in Parliament

26-05-2015 10:39 | Daniela Lazarová

Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka’s government will face a no-confidence vote in the lower house of Parliament on Tuesday. Opposition parties tabled the motion in protest against a bill approved last week which would extend state support for bio-fuel, in which Finance Minister Andrej Babiš has a financial interest. The centre-left administration has a majority in the lower house that should enable it to survive the no-confidence motion. It controls 111 seats in the 200-strong lower house. 

Football: Legendary players from Euro ’96 reunite in exhibition match

26-05-2015 09:50 | Jan Velinger

Veteran members of the Czech national football team, who finished second in the European Championships at Wembley at Euro ’96, reunited in Prague on Monday to face fellow veterans from the German squad, who won the championship. The Czech team, featuring legends like Pavel Nedvěd, Patrik Berger, Karel Poborský, Pavel Kuka and others faced a squad led by Lothar Matthaus at Prague’s Eden Stadium. In ‘96 the Czechs lost 2:1 on a golden goal in extra time; on Monday the Czechs, under former national team coach Dušan Uhřín, dominated 6:3. Euro ’96 featured many unforgettable moments including Karel Poborský’s famous lob against Portugal goalkeeper Vítor Baía in the quarterfinal. 

Czech fighter jets may patrol airspace over Iceland in August

26-05-2015 09:20 | Jan Velinger

The Czech Republic is planning to send Gripen fighter jets to patrol airspace over Iceland for a month in August, a mission currently being conducted by Canadian pilots, Defence Minister Martin Stropnický told journalists on Monday. The mission is yet to be approved by the government, the minister added. NATO has requested the Czech Republic to deploy its Jas-39 Gripens in Iceland; Czech fighter pilots have done so before. Last October, five Gripen fighters left for Iceland. However, only four protected the Icelandic airspace and one plane was a reserve. Along with the pilots, more than 70 Czech soldiers took part in the mission. The Gripens returned to the Czech base on December 4. The Czech fighter pilots patrolled the skies over Iceland and its territorial waters within the NATO Integrated Air and Missile Defence. Iceland does not have its own military and the activities of Russian air forces allegedly intensified close to the Icelandic airspace. 

Police catch man suspected of killing librarian

25-05-2015 19:01 | Jan Velinger

Police have caught a man suspected of killing a 28-year-old woman, a librarian in Horní Bříza near Plzeň, on Monday. The victim was reportedly stabbed in the back and died at the scene; TV Nova reported that the victim had called the station terrified, at the man’s insistence, saying she was being held against her will. He had wanted a camera crew to b dispatched to the scene immediately. The reporter she spoke with notified the police. According to tn.cz, the suspect was a regular visitor at the library who made use of the internet. 

Deputy PM reveals there should be more money for Czech science

25-05-2015 17:20 | Jan Velinger

Deputy Prime Minister Pavel Bělobrádek has said that the government should earmark 28.6 billion crowns for science in 2016 – almost two billion more than allotted this year. Bělobrádek, who is also the minister for science, research and innovation said the government had agreed on financial conditions for the field of science for the next three years. Minister Bělobrádek praised constructive – if tough – negotiations with the Finance Ministry which presents the annual state budget for approval each year. 

Poll: more than half of Czechs exercise at least once a week

25-05-2015 15:47 | Jan Velinger

A new poll suggests that 52 percent of Czechs exercise at least once a week; 30 percent exercise only occasionally or not at all, according to the survey released by Ipsos. Of the 52 percent, the smallest number, 3.9 percent of respondents, said they exercised five to seven times a week; in terms of sports, running matches cycling in popularity among people between the ages of 18 - 26. 

Government again rejects proposed quota on refugees

25-05-2015 13:59 | Jan Velinger

The government has again rejected proposed quotas on refugees saying that the decision should be solely up to individual EU member states. The European Commission recommended earlier that quotas be introduced to try and tackle the problem of migrants fleeing troubled or conflict-hit countries in northern Africa and elsewhere. The government’s position on illegal migration and the problem of related human trafficking has not changed since the EC presented its proposal some two weeks ago. The Czech Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek suggested recently the proposal was revolutionary but in a negative sense. He said the decision to accept refugees needed to be up to individual countries accepting “full responsibility”. 

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