News Methanol poisoning suspected in death of Kroměříž man

06-06-2014 14:19 | Jan Velinger

Police are investigating whether a 64-year-old man should be added to the death toll from the so-called methanol scandal. A preliminary analysis suggests that the man from the Kroměříž area could be the 49th victim of toxic spirits but a final autopsy will determine whether that is the case. In spite of dismantling the gang believed to be behind the methanol affair, police say that around 2,000 litres of contaminated spirits are still unaccounted for. Many methanol producers bosses and victims came from the south-eastern Zlín region.

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Prague planning provisional budget for 2016

01-12-2015 12:39 | Ian Willoughby

Prague has begun plans for a provisional budget for 2016. Councillors rejected a planned budget due to instability caused by the recent collapse of the city government. The provisional budget will be agreed monthly and correspond to a 12th of the budget for this year. The city also began 2015 with a provisional budget. Talks are continuing between parties with seats on the council after a coalition of ANO, the Social Democrats and the Three Coalition split last month. 

Plzeň enter soccer season winter break in pole position

01-12-2015 11:50 | Ian Willoughby

Viktoria Plzeň have entered the winter break in Czech soccer’s top flight as league leaders after beating beat Jablonec 1:0 on Monday night. That result meant they could not be overtaken by reigning champions Sparta Prague, who came from behind to overcome Brno 2:1. The top two still have one Europa League game each before Christmas; Sparta have already reached the next stage but Plzeň cannot advance in the competition. 

South Korean president begins four-day visit to Czech Republic

01-12-2015 11:28 | Ian Willoughby

The president of South Korea, Park Geun-Hye, is beginning a four-day visit to the Czech Republic on Tuesday. During her stay she will attend a joint summit with the Visegrad Four states as well as meeting the Czech prime minister, Bohuslav Sobotka, and president, Miloš Zeman. South Korean companies are expected to announce fresh investments in the Czech Republic totalling around CZK 1 billion in the course of Park Geun-Hye’s visit. 

Karel Gott returns to hospital to continue cancer treatment

01-12-2015 11:27 | Ian Willoughby

The singer Karel Gott returned to hospital on Sunday to continue treatment for cancer, a spokesperson said. On Saturday the 76-year-old appeared at the Czech Nightingale music awards, where he took the top prize for the 40th time. The tabloid Blesk reported that the veteran star was set to undergo a second course of chemotherapy for Hodgkin lymphoma. Mr. Gott has sold more than 50 million records, with his biggest success coming in the German-speaking countries. 

Fifty-one died in traffic accidents in November

01-12-2015 09:36 | Jan Velinger

Police revealed on Monday that 51 people died in traffic accidents in the Czech Republic in the month of November, bringing the total number of road deaths over 11 months to 604. The number of people who lost their lives on Czech roads this year is higher by 28 compared to the first 11 months of 2014. 

Flood warnings in effect in parts of Šumava

01-12-2015 09:31 | Jan Velinger

Heavy rainfall throughout Monday night led to a rise in water levels on parts of the Otava and Labe rivers. Flood warnings are in effect in Šumava. Levels are still rising in areas, nevertheless the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute expects the situation to improve over the course of Tuesday and for the risk of flooding to diminish. 

Many institutions to mark 700 years since birth of Charles IV

30-11-2015 17:36 | Jan Velinger

Many Czech cultural, academic and professional institutions will mark the 700th anniversary of the birth of the famous Czech monarch and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV next year. Details of the programme were unveiled on Monday. The National Gallery will present a unique series of exhibits in the sphere of culture and arts focussing on Charles IV's day, the gallery’s director Jiří Fajt said. The government is likely to sponsor projects by providing funding of around 90 million crowns. A final sum has not yet been approved, but will in any case be lower than the originally proposed limit of 250 million. On Monday, organisers also revealed the official logo. 

Landa cancels 2016 tour

30-11-2015 16:41 | Jan Velinger

Czech singer Daniel Landa has cancelled a tour which had been scheduled in major cities across the Czech Republic next year, citing security reasons. He made the announcement at a press conference on Monday, suggesting he could not justify bringing together large groups of people at concerts as details about his involvement in a secret project emerged. The singer claimed he had worked for the last seven years with members of the international Afghan community which is fighting Islamic State. He said he was due to consult details with Czech politicians and the intelligence services. As a performer Daniel Landa has sold 1.2 million records in the Czech Republic; in the late 1980s he co-founded a now long-defunkt skinhead band which was accused of racial overtones. The band denied the accusations and claimed that their music was misunderstood. 

Police checked 1,500 establishments in November in continuing effort to curb underage drinking

30-11-2015 16:12 | Jan Velinger

Police checked 1,500 establishments with liquor licenses in the second wave of an operation to curb underage drinking across the country. This time officers detained 287 minors – 51 more than in October. The news was released by the spokeswoman for the police presidium on Monday. Extra checks of venues are to continue until the end of the year. 

More than 90 percent of Czechs fear European security will be threatened in coming years

30-11-2015 14:51 | Jan Velinger

More than 90 percent of Czechs fear that European security will be threatened over the next 20 years, a new poll by the STEM agency suggests. A similar number said that the threat was likely to come from the east, while three-quarters of Czechs said the EU needed to do more in defence. The poll was conducted before terrorist attacks in Paris killed 129 people. The results of the poll contrast sharply from 2007, when 62 percent feared a threat to Europe, compared to the 93 percent now. 


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