News Greenpeace activists’ attempt to stop Russian tanker foiled

01-05-2014 14:02 | Daniela Lazarová

Some 80 Greenpeace activists, among them two Czechs, on Thursday tried to prevent the delivery of the first oil from Russia's new Arctic drilling platform reaching port in Rotterdam. Their attempt to stop the oil-tanker Mikhail Ulyanov failed after Dutch police intervened giving the tanker clear passage to port. The activists were briefly detained aboard their own ship to allow the tanker to enter the port unhindered. Police said the activists had reneged on an agreement they had made with the harbour authorities not to interfere physically with the ship during their protest. Greenpeace is opposed to drilling in the Arctic Sea which it says risks causing a catastrophe in a fragile ecosystem.

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Train collision injures seven

30-08-2016 10:57 | Daniela Lazarová

Two passenger trains collided near the town of Chvalkov in southern Bohemia on Tuesday morning injuring seven people, including three children. According to a police spokeswoman none of the injuries were serious and all patients were treated in Pelhřimov Hospital. The cause of the accident, involving local trains on short routes, is being investigated. Neither of the trains was derailed during the accident. The preliminary damage estimate is around 800,000 crowns. 

Czech Airlines flight makes emergency landing in Frankfurt

30-08-2016 10:46 | Daniela Lazarová

A Czech Airlines flight from Prague to Dusseldorf was forced to make an emergency landing in Frankfurt on Tuesday morning after the pilot reported a technical problem. According to a ČSA spokesman the plane landed safely and the company arranged for an alternative flight to Dusseldorf for the 55 passengers on board. The plane is now being inspected by technicians in Frankfurt. 

Large fire breaks out at Chvaletice coal-fired power station

30-08-2016 10:06 | Ian Willoughby

A large fire broke out at one of the Czech Republic’s biggest coal-fired power stations in Chvaletice, East Bohemia in the early hours of Tuesday morning. The blaze occurred in part of the power station that feeds coal into its boilers. Officers from 13 fire stations, two professional and 11 voluntary, attended the fire, according to an official statement, a spokesperson for the Pardubice rescue services said. Chvaletice was disconnected from the network following the blaze. 

Eight refugees arrive in CR under EU quota system

30-08-2016 07:02 | Ian Willoughby

Eight refugees who had been in Greece arrived in the Czech Republic last week under a European Union quota system for redistributing refugees. The group were subjected to security checks before being accepted. A total of 12 refugees have now been accepted in the Czech Republic under the EU scheme, which Prague had opposed. The Czech Republic is due to take in just under 2,700 people by the end of next year. 

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29-08-2016 19:23 | Ian Willoughby

Czech woman who survived month in New Zealand mountains to return home

29-08-2016 19:00 | Ian Willoughby

Pavlíná Pížová, a Czech woman who survived a month in an isolated spot in New Zealand following the death of her partner, is set to return to the Czech Republic on Tuesday, Czech news sites reported. The body of her partner Ondřej Petr has been identified and an autopsy is taking place at the start of this week, bringing the case to a close, the sites said. Their ordeal made headlines around the world after Ms. Pížová was discovered in a mountain cabin; she had survived three nights in the snow prior to finding the shelter and was unable to return to civilisation due to adverse weather conditions. 

Temperatures set to reach up to 30 degrees again at weekend

29-08-2016 16:34 | Ian Willoughby

Temperatures in the Czech Republic are set to reach up to 30 degrees Celsius again next weekend. A cold front has brought an end to the heatwave of recent days, with storms crossing the country from west to east on Monday. Tuesday should be the coolest day of the week with daytime highs of up to 24 degrees Celsius. Temperatures will gradually climb through the week and could hit up to 30 degrees Celsius on Saturday and 31 degrees Celsius on Sunday. 

Man arrested for shooting at people with air pistol from flat window

29-08-2016 14:23 | Ian Willoughby

Police in Prague have arrested a 47-year-old man for shooting at people from his apartment window with an air pistol, the news website iDnes.cz reported. A 55-year-old man was injured and ended up in hospital as a result of Sunday’s incident, which took place in the Palmovka district of the city. The shooter could face three to 10 years in prison if found guilty of attempted grievous bodily harm. Witnesses said the shots were targeted at homeless people drinking on a bench. 

Prisoners to keep working at call centre for mobile operator

29-08-2016 14:14 | Ian Willoughby

Inmates at a prison in Vinařice, central Bohemia are to be allowed to continue working in a call centre, Czech Television reported. They will again offer the services of mobile operator T-Mobile, a project that was previously halted over fears that the prisoners could get access to customers’ private information. However, the Office for the Protection of Personal Data dismissed those concerns as unfounded. The Ministry of Justice says working can encourage prison inmates to learn work habits and reduces the likelihood of their reoffending. 

Czechs preparing for first games under Jarolím

29-08-2016 14:06 | Ian Willoughby

The Czech national soccer team have gathered in Prague ahead of their first games under new coach Karel Jarolím. The Czechs are set to face Armenia in a friendly in Mladá Boleslav on Wednesday before taking on Northern Ireland in Prague in a World Cup qualifier on Sunday. Five players, including Petr Čech, retired from international football after the recent Euro 2016, at which the Czech Republic picked up just one point in three games. 

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