News Eva Samková badly injured after fall in training

11-03-2014 17:06 | Chris Johnstone

Czech Winter Olympics snowboardcross gold medallist Eva Samková has been seriously injured during training for a world cup event in Switzerland. Samková badly damaged her ankle, one arm, and was severely concussed after falling badly at the end of a jump. She was taken to hospital by helicopter. Samková was training in her first event since the Sochi games. Her coach said that organizers had been warned about the danger of the jump where Samková and other competitors were injured.

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Freedom celebrations get underway in Pilsen

06-05-2016 09:51 | Ruth Fraňková

The four-day Freedom Celebrations got underway on Thursday in Pilsen to mark the liberation of the city by the US army in 1945. The event was launched by reading the names of the Holocaust victims’ names in the centre of the town on the occasion of the Yom Ha Shoah, the day of remembrance of Holocaust victims. This year’s celebrations will offer commemorative meetings, military presentations, concerts, exhibitions, as well as meetings with veterans. A Ride of Freedom, including historical Jeeps with war veterans, will cross the town centre on May 7. 

Hockey: Jágr signs new one-year deal with Panthers

06-05-2016 09:48 | Jan Velinger

Legendary Czech forward Jaromír Jágr, 44, has signed a new one-year contract with the Florida Panthers. ESPN quoted general manager Dale Tallon as saying Jágr had been a “great fit with the organisation”; the veteran player had 27 goals last season and is 19 points shy of tying Mark Messier’s all-time points record, behind only Wayne Gretzky. Jágr was recently profiled in an article by the New York Times focussing on his extraordinary training regimen; he is the oldest active player in the NHL. 

Russian journalist denied accreditation in Czech Republic asks PM Sobotka for help

05-05-2016 18:28 updated | Ruth Fraňková

Russian journalist Alexander Kuranov, a Czech correspondent of the Russian news agency RIA Novosti, who has been denied accreditation in the Czech Republic, has written a letter to Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, asking him to review his case. Mr Kuranov, who has lived in the Czech Republic for nearly 30 years, says he regards the country as his home and claims he has never written anything that would harm its interests. The Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs has refused to extend accreditation to Mr Kuranova and another Russian journalist, allegedly because they are considered a security risk to the country by the Czech counter-intelligence, BIS. 

Tabloid Blesk remains most-read Czech daily

05-05-2016 17:41 | Ruth Fraňková

The tabloid Blesk remains the most-read Czech daily newspaper, with over one million readers in the last quarter of 2015 and the first quarter of 2016, according to fresh data released by the publishers’ union on Thursday. The daily Mladá fronta Dnes came in second with 631,000 readers, followed by the daily Sport with 286,000 readers, which has overtaken the left-leaning daily Právo. The survey also found that 64 percent of people aged between 12 and 79 read at least one daily newspaper over a two-week period. 

This year’s Tax Freedom Day to come on June 2

05-05-2016 16:44 | Ruth Fraňková

This year’s Tax Freedom Day in the Czech Republic falls on June 2nd, according to the Prague-based Liberal Institute, referring to estimates by the OECD. Tax Freedom Day is the day in the year when the average Czech has earned enough to pay his annual tax bill. This means that people’s entire earnings in the first 153 days of the year will be paid to the authorities, which is the lowest figure since 2000, while anything earned after that is theirs alone. This year, the Tax Freedom Day comes three days earlier than last year, and four days later than the OECD average. 

Interior Minister to cancel joint patrols of police and soldiers by end of month

05-05-2016 14:55 | Ruth Fraňková

The Minister of Interior Milan Chovanec wants to cancel joint patrols by soldiers and police by the end of the month. He made the announcement on Thursday during the ministry’s conference on terrorism. Following the terrorist attacks in Brussels at the end of March, the government deployed some 550 soldiers to join police patrols at airports, railway stations, selected embassies and other high-risk sites. The minister wants to keep joint patrols in the capital during the European conference on Interpol, which is taking place from May 18 to 20. 

Czech children spend on average two hours a day outdoors

05-05-2016 14:54 | Ruth Fraňková

Czech children spend on average two hours a day in the outdoors, according to a survey carried out by the Median agency for the foundation Proměny. On weekdays, schoolchildren spend on average an hour and 41 minutes outside, while at the weekends, time spent outdoors increases to two hours and 49 minutes. According to the head of the Proměny foundation, Jitka Přerovská, there are big differences between children as regards their age and their parents’ educational background. Younger children between the age of seven and nine with university-educated parents tend to spend more time outdoors than others. 

Penta presents development project by Zaha Hadid

05-05-2016 14:07 | Ruth Fraňková

The Czech-Slovak investment group Penta on Thursday unveiled a massive development project in the centre of Prague, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, a British architectural design firm launched by the recently deceased world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid. The Central Business District should be built in the vicinity of Masaryk Station, where Penta acquired around 15000 square metres of land in January. The project includes eight administrative buildings with an area of over 90,000 square metres. The first building could be completed by the end of 2019, the spokesman for Penta, Ivo Mravinac has said. 

Controversial Night Wolves to ride through Prague on Saturday

05-05-2016 13:22 | Ruth Fraňková

The controversial Russian motorcycle gang the Night Wolves will take part in a two-hour ride through Prague on Saturday, according to the association Red Eyed Ceue, which organizes the event. The bikers are also planning to attend a ceremony at Prague’s Olšany cemetery honouring the victims of WWII. Some 80 members of the controversial gang are travelling through the Czech Republic on their annual ride from Moscow to Berlin to mark the end of WWII. The ride has been approved by Czech authorities. 

Greek authorities detain two Syrians with Czech passports

05-05-2016 12:21 | Ruth Fraňková

Greek authorities have detained two Syrian nationals with Czech passports, which they wanted to use on their way to Switzerland, the Greek radio station Athina984informed on Thursday. Two men aged 22 and 29 were apprehended by the police at Iraklia airport on the island of Crete. They have been accused of forging official documents. 


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