News Petr Čech gets ‘Simpsons’ treatment

27-02-2014 12:19 | Chris Johnstone

Czech and Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Čech has been ‘Simpsonized’ as part of a marketing deal between the company behind the hit animated series, The Simpsons, and the London football club. Merchandize showing Čech as a Simpsons-style character will be sold as part of a tie-up with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products. Four other Chelsea players have so far been given the same treatment. The iconic animated tv series is entering its 26th season.

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Czech economy grew by 2.4 pct in Q3, revised figures show

28-11-2014 13:47 | Jan Richter

The Czech economy grew by 2.4 percent in the third quarter of the year, according to revised figures released by the Czech Statistics Office on Friday. Compared to the previous quarter, the country’s gross domestic product grew by 0.4 percent. Both figures are 0.1 percentage points higher than previous estimates. The Czech economic growth is stable, bigger than the EU average, and has a relatively sound base, the Statistics Office said. 

Czech TV accused of editing President Zeman’s address

28-11-2014 13:11 | Jan Richter

The public broadcaster Czech TV has been accused of editing an address by President Miloš Zeman. In reporting about Mr Zeman’s speech at a conference marking 25 years of capitalism in the country earlier this month, Czech TV edited out a line in which the president criticized the businessman Zdeněk Bakala, the owner of a major mining firm and a large media company. Czech TV CEO Petr Dvořák rejected speculation that the president was censored, instead blaming an “editorial error”. 

PM Sobotka rejects planned 14-percent increase in lawmakers’ salaries

28-11-2014 12:54 | Jan Richter

Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka has criticized plans to increase the salaries of lawmakers and other public officials by 14 percent. Mr Sobotka told the news website on Friday the wage hike should correspond to the growth of salaries in the public sector which is some 3.5 percent. Coalition leaders said on Thursday they would reconsider the proposed 14-percent surge in public officials’ salaries after the plans came under criticism from the public as well as some opposition MPs. 

Security at state institutions increased after another suspicious letter arrives at Interior Ministry

28-11-2014 12:39 | Jan Richter

Security at Czech ministries, government offices and other state institutions has been tightened after Interior Ministry received another letter containing suspicious substance on Friday. This has been the third such letter to have arrived at the ministry in last two weeks; one of them was found to contain poison. A poison letter also arrived at the Finance Ministry last week while envelopes containing harmless substances have been delivered to the office of the president and the commercial TV channel Prima. Interior Minister Milan Chovanec told a news conference on Friday the police would closely monitor mailed addressed to state institutions which would receive manuals on how potentially dangerous shipments can be recognized. Mr Chovanec also said he believed that the perpetrators would soon be traced. 

Foreign Minister Zaorálek: injured Kurds could be treated in Czech spas

28-11-2014 10:17 | Ruth Fraňková

Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek has said that Kurds injured in the fighting against Islamic State radicals could be treated in Czech spas. The Foreign Minister made the proposal during his one-day visit to Baghdad on Thursday. Mr Zaorálek held talks with President of Iraqi Kurdistan Masoud Barzani and Prime Minister of the Kurdish regional government Nechirvan Barzani in Erbil. Czech military aid to the Iraqi armed forces was also on the agenda of the talks. 

Europa League: Sparta draws with Napoli

28-11-2014 10:16 | Ruth Fraňková

Czech football club Sparta drew 0:0 against Italy’s Napoli in the Europa League on Thursday evening in Prague, with the Czech club dominating the whole game. Sparta was beaten in their first match against the Italians 3:1, but have since recorded three successive victories; both clubs are now tied on nine points at the top of the standings. The Czech team is next scheduled to play against the Swiss Young Boys Bern in spring. 

Czech brewer wins dispute over Budwesier Budvar trademark in Norway

27-11-2014 17:37 | Ruth Fraňková

Czech brewery Budějovický Budvar has won a 21-year long dispute with Anheuser-Bush InBev over the registration of the Budweiser trademark in Norway, the brewery’s spokesman Petr Samec told the Czech News Agency on Thursday. Budvar applied for the trademark in December 1993, but the world biggest brewer filed an objection. The final ruling allows Budvar to continue selling its beer in Norway under the Budweiser trademark. Legal disputes over the famous trademark have been going on since 1907. 

Prague Mayor Krnáčová: Opencard to be dealt with by Christmas

27-11-2014 17:36 | Ruth Fraňková

The newly appointed Prague Mayor Adriana Krnáčová has said that the city council will be dealing with hot issues such as Opencard or waste collection at its meeting next week. In an interview for the business daily Hospodářské noviny, Mrs Krnáčová said the city council would present a solution for Pragues’s transport pass known as Opencard by Christmas. Prague City Hall has been locked in a drawn-out dispute with eMoney Services and took over the running of the card after the contract for its operation expired. However it lacks the right to change or re-programme the existing software. 

Moravia-Silesia affected by air pollution

27-11-2014 17:25 | Ruth Fraňková

Air pollution exceeded the permitted levels on Thursday in parts of Moravia, particularly the Ostrava and Karviná regions, according to the data released by the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute. Moravia and Silesia is one of Europe’s most polluted regions due to heavy industry located on both sides of the Czech-Polish border. Air pollution is a problem especially in the winter months, when the situation is aggravated by coal heating. 

Newborn girl found in Brno babybox

27-11-2014 17:24 | Ruth Fraňková

A newborn girl was placed in a baby box in Brno on Thursday afternoon, making her to be the 110th child to be left there since the network was established in the country in 2005. Doctors said the baby, who was given the name Jana, was in a good condition. There are a total of 63 babyboxes in different locations around the Czech Republic, and in the past nine years, 63 girls and 43 boys were left in them. 



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