News Iraq pushing to speed up purchase of L-159 fighter jets
The Iraqi government has intensified talks on the purchase of Czech-made Aero Vodochody L-159 trainer fighter jets, the ctk news agency reports. The head of the Aero company Ladislav Šimek told the ctk that after years of negotiations Iraq was pushing to acquire an unspecified number of trainer jets as soon as possible. The Iraqi military is reportedly to acquire the first batch of F-16 fighter jets from the US military in September and lacks trainer jets for its pilots. The Czech army, which acquired 72 of these planes 15 years ago, has 36 surplus aircraft which it has been trying to sell for some time. The Czech military is also close to signing a contract with the US firm Draken International.
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The Foreign Ministry estimates there are some 45 Czechs in Nepal, which was hit by a powerful earthquake on Saturday. No Czech national has been reported dead. Around 2,000 people are believed to have died during the earthquake, but many are still trapped under the rubble. The Foreign Ministry is collecting information through the Czech consulate in Kathmandu and it is also flying in a special consular officer from Delhi. The ministry's spokeswoman, Michaela Lagronová, said they have so far failed to establish connection with ten tourists. The ministry has set also up a special hotline for the people who are in the areas and has advised tourists not to travel there. Meanwhile, several Czech aid organisations have opened accounts for the disaster, such as Adra and the People in Need.
More than 60 percent of people applying for a job with the Czech police force fail to pass psychological tests, the Czech Radio reported on Saturday, citing the annual report released by the Police Presidium. Nearly five thousand people applied for the job in 2014, but only 39 percent of them were admitted. The test is examining the applicants' intelligence, as well as their mental stability and resistance to stress. According to the experts, most of them are turned away because they are immature and too dependant on their parents.
Thousand of fans welcomed Litvínov's ice hockey team to the North Bohemian town on Saturday evening to celebrate their first-ever victory in the domestic Extraliga title. In the seventh, deciding match of the playoff final series on Thursday, Litvínov beat Třinec 2:0. The tight match was goalless throughout the first two periods thanks to outstanding performances by the two goaltenders. Litvínov secured the title only in the final 20 minutes of the game.
Czech car racer Otakar Krámský died in Austria's Rechberg on Saturday during a training ride for the European Hill Climb Championship, after his car skidded off the track and hit a tree. According to his coleague, the accident was caused by a technical defect. Krámský, who was 55 years old, was a multiple Czech champion in hill climb races and a three-time European title winner.
The Czech tennis player Jiří Veselý has reached his second ATP World Tour final, after beating Spain's Daniel Gimen 2:6, 6:1, 6:4 in the semi-finals in Bucharest on Saturday. 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. The seventh-seeded Czech will face the winner of the second semi-final between Gael Monfils and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez on Sunday.
The Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs is trying to contact all Czech citizens in Nepal, which was hit by a powerful earthquake on Saturday. Several hundred people are reported to have died during the earthquake, which measured 7.9 on the Richter scale, but the death toll is likely to be much higher, with many people still trapped under the rubble. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Michaela Lagronová said no Czech citiznes are reported to have died in the disaster. She also said the ministry is trying to locate all Czech citizens in the affected area, although it is very difficult under the present circumstances.
The Czech Foreign Ministry has dismissed Russia's request for
assistance in the Night Wolves' ride across the Czech territory,
adding that riders must apply for a permit themselves. The ministry said on
Friday that it would be difficult to settle the application in time.
Meanwhile, President Miloš Zeman said that he could see nothing bad about
the planned ride, describing the reactions to it as "hysterical".
The Night Wolves, a motorcycle gang with close ties to the Kremlin, want to commemorate the victory of the Soviet troops over the Nazi Germany 70 years ago by a ride across Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Austria, ending in Berlin on May 9. They set off from Moscow on Saturday despite Poland's announcemnt that it would refuse to let them in the country.
Former Czech ice hockey international and coach Ladislav Lubina has been ordered to pay half a million crowns in damages to the family of a man he killed in a car accident, Mladá Fronta daily reported on Saturday. Lubina caused a four-vehicle crash near Hradec Králové in 2007, fleeing the scene. The man who was killed in the crash was the father of former football international Vratislav Lokvenc. However, Mr Lubina cannot pay the imposed fine since he has declared insolvency and faces seizure of property.
Police have concluded an investigation into the murder of two Czechs, a mother and daughter, who died in the Hurgada resort in summer 2013, Mladá Fronta daily wrote on Saturday. The father of the family, Petr Kramný, was charged with murdering his 36-year old wife and eight-year-old daughter by electrocution. Mr Kramný, who has been in custody since February 2014, denies any wrongdoing and insists that his wife and daughter were poisoned. If convicted of the murders Kramný faces from 15 to 20 years in jail.
In ice hockey, the Czech national team beat Finland for the second time in three days with a 3:2 victory in Brno on Friday. The decisive goal came from Jakub Voráček in a shootout. Two of the other Czech goals were scored by Michal Jordán and Vladimír Sobotka. Jaromír Jágr also featured in the Czech line-up. The duel, which was part of the Euro Hockey Tour, was the last warm up match for the world championships, which start in Prague and Ostrava at the beginning of May.