News Galvanic plant fire causes 200 million in damages

20-04-2014 18:05 | Jan Richter

Fire at a galvanic plant in Lanškroun, eastern Bohemia, has caused damages of around 200 million crowns, the news agency ČTK reported. The fire broke out shortly before Sunday noon; fire fighters could not immediately access the scene as carbon dioxide bombs were exploding inside; they only got the fire under control by Sunday evening. The authorities closed off several streets in the town, and warned people not to approach the scene of the fire. Causes of the fire are under investigation.

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Interior minister says country has not registered alleged wave of migrants travelling from Southeastern Europe

28-08-2015 16:32 | Jan Velinger

Interior Minister Milan Chovanec said on Friday that the country has no information about a wave of illegal migrants bound for the Czech Republic from Macedonia or Serbia. He made a statement after a meeting of the security forces; he added that if such a situation did materialize, additional centres with a capacity for 300 people would be set up in the region of South Moravia. The minister added that the level of security currently in place, regarding migrants, was sufficient. 

Czech manager announces call ups to Kazakhstan, Latvia squads

28-08-2015 15:06 | Jan Velinger

In football, Czech national coach Pavel Vrba said Friday that he will boost his squad for the upcoming European Championship qualifiers by calling up Jablonec’s left back Filip Novák and Sparta Prague’s midfielder Martin Frýdek. The Czech Republic face Kazakhstan on September 3 and Latvia three days later. Novák announced Friday he is to move to Danish club Midtylland. Frýdek recently made an impression during the Under 21 European Championships which were hosted by the Czech Republic. The Czech Republic is trailing Iceland in the qualifying group. 

Transport Minister: D8 highway will open by end of 2016

28-08-2015 13:31 | Jan Velinger

The country’s transport minister, Daniel Ťok, has said the D8 motorway to Germany will be completed by Christmas of 2016. He made the statement after meeting with his German counterpart Alexander Dobrindt on Friday. The Dresden (or Teplice) motorway was originally to have been completed by 2010 under the original plans, but the project met with delays, protests by environmentalists and even a landslide. Before the summer holidays, the government took steps to remove all administrative obstacles, Minister Ťok said. Companies taking part in the construction work have also pledged to stick to the deadline, he said. 

Czechs to take part in NATO rapid reaction force exercise

28-08-2015 12:53 | Jan Velinger

Some 200 Czech personnel will take part in a NATO rapid reaction force exercise in neighboring Germany in September, the Czech Army has confirmed on its website. The operation, entitled ‘Strong Sword’ will take place from September 14 to October 2. In all, some 2,000 soldiers from several NATO countries are taking part. In a mock scenario, Strong Sword will require rapid response units to come to the “defense” of a NATO ally under Article 5. 

Petr Čech and Arsenal face tough Champions League group

28-08-2015 08:44 | Chris Johnstone

Czech and Arsenal stars Petr Čech and Tomáš Rosický will face Bayern Munich, Greek club Olympiakos Pireus, and Dinamo Zagreb in the group phase of football’s Champions League. The draw was made Thursday. Arsenal were knocked out of the Champions League by the German champions in both 2013 and 2014. Petr Čech has mixed memories of Bayern. He was the hero of a penalty shootout which helped former club Chelsea lift the Champions League trophy in 2012. But Chelsea lost in the Super Cup staged in Prague against Bayern a year later. 

Three out of four Czech teams progress in Europa league

28-08-2015 08:43 | Chris Johnstone

In football, Sparta Prague, Viktoria Plzeň, and Liberec met with success in the second legs of the Europa League games on Thursday night to proceed to the main competition. Sparta drew 3:3 against Swiss club Thun, Plzeň beat Novi Sad 2:0, and Liberec won 1:0 against Hajduk Split. All had notched up victories in the first leg. The only Czech casualty on the night was Jablonec which was unlucky to end with a goalless draw against Ajax Amsterdam at home with a penalty missed and the Dutch team down to 10 men. Jablonec lost the away leg by a sole goal. 

Ustí nad Labem widens war on wild pigs

27-08-2015 18:49 | Chris Johnstone

The city of Ustí nad Labem has put a 300 crown price tag on the heads of wild pigs which are increasingly invading the streets in search of easily available food. The city has also widened the areas where the pigs can be shot to include areas which were hitherto not included in the shooting zones. Wild pigs have increasingly invaded the outskirts of the city from the surrounding countryside in recent years. But they are now becoming a problem in the city centre centre. In April this year, of example, one group of pigs made its way into a polyclinic in the city centre. 

Mariánské Lázně former deputy mayor given two year sentence

27-08-2015 16:36 | Chris Johnstone

The former deputy mayor of the west Bohemia spa town of Mariánské Lázně was handed down a two year prison sentence on Thursday for tunneling a company. Former Social Democrat deputy mayor Petr Horký was sentenced at the Karlovy Vary regional court. He had pleaded not guilty. The charges are connected with Horký’s appointment as a liquidator for a company which owned a portfolio of flats and other property. Horký, who said he was not an expert in such affairs, then paid out more than 1.34 million crowns to a consultancy company to help him in the task. In a separate case, he faces charges that he helped pay bribes to local media. Horký can still appeal the latest court verdict. 

Agrofert company says immigrant death truck was not one of theirs

27-08-2015 15:37 updated | Chris Johnstone

An abandoned truck in which Austrian police believe up to 50 immigrants might have suffocated to death bore the name of a Slovak company which belongs to Agrofert, the Czech flagship company of ANO leader and minister of finance Andrej Babiš. But Agrofert bosses in the Czech Republic have said that the Hyza chicken lorry was not theirs but was sold in 2013 or 2014. All their six lorries were accounted for and they do not deliver in Austria, they said. The lorry was found on a layby not far from the Slovak and Hungarian borders after being spotted by the Austrian highway authorities. Police originally said on Thursday that between 20 and 50 immigrants could have died. The Hyza company dropped an ill timed advertising spot bear a stop migrants image from its web page Thursday. The migrants in this case apparently referring to cut price chicken imports. 

Prague’s IKEM undertakes unique liver operation

27-08-2015 14:39 updated | Chris Johnstone

Doctors from the Prague Institute of Clinical and Experimental Medicine (IKEM) say they have performed a unique liver transplant operation to save the life of a man who overdosed on paracetomol after suffering from a fever. The say a combination of complex operations in a short space of time managed to save the life of the 34-year-old man who faced almost certain death from the overdose. Such a complex transplant had never been attempted before in the world and although the costs were around twice those of a normal liver operation, they have now proved that it can be done. 


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