News Man gets five years after metal theft leads to death of woman

25-06-2014 13:45 | Ian Willoughby

A man who caused the death of a woman by stripping metal from the roof of a house has been sentenced to five years in jail. A court in Ústí nad Labem heard how Slovak Koloman Miker cut out a metal girder from the structure of the unoccupied building which collapsed on the woman. Miker’s own mother was also inside the house and was seriously injured in the 2012 incident.

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Police call on clients of HIV-infected prostitute to come forward

31-07-2016 08:33 | Ian Willoughby

Police in Hradec Králové are appealing for clients of a prostitute accused of offering unprotected sex despite knowing she had HIV to come forward, iDnes.cz reported. The woman, who is 27 and went under the name Niky69, has been charged with attempted grievous bodily harm and spreading an infectious disease and could face up to 12 years in jail if found guilty. A police spokesperson promised the clients discretion and warned that if they did not undergo medical tests they were threatening not only their health but that of their partners. 

Safe zones for swimmers being created on Vltava reservoirs

31-07-2016 08:22 | Ian Willoughby

The state agency that manages the Vltava river, Povodí Vltavy, has begun marking out areas on reservoirs as safe zones for swimmers, Czech Television reported. The move follows a relaxation in the regulations last year that allowed motor boats and water scooters in places where they were previously banned. This has led to increased clashes, while a woman was killed earlier this summer when she was hit by a water scooter at Orlík Dam, Czech Television said. However, critics say the number safe zones planned – 16 – is insufficient. 

Ministers clash over demand for funding for more police on streets

31-07-2016 08:07 | Ian Willoughby

Finance Minister Andrej Babiš has again criticised Interior Minister Milan Chovanec’s demand for an extra CZK 3 billion in next year’s budget to increase police numbers and fight terrorism, iDnes.cz reported. For his part, Mr. Chovanec says the money should mainly go toward technical equipment and has already been approved by the cabinet. Mr. Babiš on Saturday accused Mr. Chovancec of populism, saying that the battle against terrorism should be fought by means of the secret services, not by increasing the number of police officers on the streets. The latter tweeted “Are we really going to have a political fight within the government regarding terrorism?” The two ministers have had a number of public spats. 

August weather should be average for time of year

30-07-2016 17:47 | Ian Willoughby

Temperatures and rainfall in August should be average for the time of year, according to a regular monthly forecast issued on Saturday by the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute. Next week should be the warmest of August with daytime highs of around 25 degrees Celsius. The last week of the month should be the coolest, with temperatures of about 23 degrees Celsius expected. 

Reigning champions Plzeň win as 2016/2017 season gets underway

30-07-2016 17:41 | Ian Willoughby

The reigning Czech football league champions Viktoria Plzeň have got off to a wining start to the 2016/2017 season, beating Jilhava 2:1 away. The title-holders came from behind to draw level before Jan Kopic earned them all three points with a fine strike. Plzeň on Tuesday visit Quarabag of Azerbaijan for the second leg of their Champions League third qualifying round tie. The first leg ended 0:0. 

Heavy storms expected on Sunday

30-07-2016 16:09 | Ian Willoughby

Forecasters have warned of storms in the Czech Republic on Sunday. They are expected to bring heavy rainfall and hailstones of two centimetres in diameter and should be particularly heavy in Moravia and the eastern part of Bohemia, though warnings have been issued for all parts of the country. Regions including South Bohemia, Pardubice and Vysočina should be affected from around 8 am on Sunday, while Prague is expected to not be so badly affected. 

140 students attending 60th summer Czech course at Charles University

30-07-2016 11:35 | Ian Willoughby

Some 140 students have signed up to Charles University’s Czech language summer school, which is being held this year for the 60th time. The course, which is organised by the Institute of Czech Studies at the institution’s Faculty of Arts, runs from Saturday until 25 August. Students are divided into four levels at the summer school, which also focuses on Czech literature, history and culture and has a rich accompanying programme. 

Babiš rules out postponing start of electronic cash register system

30-07-2016 09:55 | Ian Willoughby

Finance Minister Andrej Babiš has ruled out delaying the introduction of new electronic cash registers connected to a tax authority database, iHned.cz reported. The ANO leader had been considering a call to postpone rolling out the system from the Chamber of Commerce. However, Mr. Babiš now says the project will go ahead as planned, with the first phase – involving hotels and restaurants – going live on December 1. Trial operation will start a month earlier. Opponents say the electronic cash register system, which makes it compulsory for businesses to supply information on sales online in real time, will overly complicate the lives of restauranteurs and retailers. 

Pedestrian dies after being hit by police vehicle in Ostrava

30-07-2016 09:51 | Ian Willoughby

A pedestrian has died after being hit by a police vehicle in the Ostrava, a spokesperson for GIBS, the agency that investigates possible wrong-doing by members of the police force, said on Saturday. The incident occurred after 10 pm on Friday in the Svinov district of the north Moravian city. The pedestrian, who was 60, suffered multiple serious injuries and died on the spot. 

Saturday marks 50 years since work began on Ještěd hotel and transmitter

30-07-2016 08:32 | Ian Willoughby

Saturday is the 50th anniversary of the commencement of construction work on one of the Czech Republic’s most distinctive modern buildings, the television transmitter and hotel on Mount Ještěd near Liberec in North Bohemia. The 94-metre structure was designed by architect Karel Hubáček from the renowned company SIAL Liberec and replaced a previous hotel that had burnt down. Completed in 1973, Ještěd was voted Building of the Century in a public poll in the year 2000. 

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