News Powerful businessman Janoušek gets three years for hit-and-run

30-04-2014 11:12 | Ian Willoughby

A Prague court has sentenced the influential businessman Roman Janoušek to three years in prison for grievous bodily harm in connection with a hit-and-run incident in 2012. He fled the scene after knocking down a female driver with whom he had become involved in an altercation and later failed a breathalyser test. Mr. Janoušek can appeal Wednesday’s verdict. The hit-and-run incident came just days after a newspaper published transcriptions of wiretaps giving the impression that he had held such influence over politicians and officials in Prague that he was a kind of “shadow mayor”.

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Survey: three quarters of Czech drivers admit to deliberately speeding

25-09-2016 11:24 | Ruth Fraňková

Three quarters of Czech drivers admitted to deliberately exceeding the speed limit, according to MobilityMonitor survey, carried out by LeasePlan among 4000 drivers from 17 countries. That puts the Czech Republic one percentage point above the worldwide average. According to the survey, the highest number of drivers not respecting speed limits are in Scandinavia, while the most disciplined drivers come from the US and Greece. One third of Czechs said they only speed when there is no traffic on the roads and around one tenth of respondents says they never risk when taking children. 

Thousands of people marked 1938 Czechoslovak mobilization by illuminating bunkers

25-09-2016 11:00 | Ruth Fraňková

Several thousand people marked the anniversary of the 1938 Czechoslovak mobilisation on Saturday night by illuminating hundreds of concrete bunkers in the border regions of the Czech Republic. The system of the concrete World War II-era bunkers have been unused by the military and many of them are being maintained by various institutions or fan groups and are accessible to tourists. For the first time, a similar event took place this May on the anniversary of the liberation of Czechoslovakia in 1945. This year, around 300 bunkers and fortresses participated in the event, including those in neighboring Slovakia. 

Several dozen people attend meeting to support Donald Trump

24-09-2016 18:58 | Ruth Fraňková

Several dozen people attended a meeting organized by anti-Islam activist Martin Konvička on Malostranské náměstí on Saturday. The participants of the meeting marched to the US Embassy shouting slogans in support of the Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Several police officers oversaw the gathering but no incidents were reported. A previous meeting organised by Konvička in Prague’s Old Town Square at the end of August caused controversy when he and a group of followers decided to stage their interpretation of an Islamic State “invasion” of the Czech Republic. 

Dry and warm weather expected for rest of September

24-09-2016 16:57 | Ruth Fraňková

Temperatures are likely to stay above average for the rest of September, according to a regular monthly weather forecast issued by the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute on Saturday. On some days the temperature will reach up 24 degrees Celsius. During the first three weeks of October, daily temperatures are expected to drop to around 16 degrees Celsius. Rainfall levels over the next four weeks should be below the average for the time of year. 

Massive anti-flood training took place in Prague

24-09-2016 15:49 | Ruth Fraňková

A massive anti-flood exercise took place in Prague on Saturday. Some 350 fire-fighters, rescue workers and other city employees have raised over one kilometer of barriers by the Vltava River at the Holešovice district. The overall anti-flood measures are nearly 20 kilometers long and have cost the city around three billion crowns. The massive exercise, the biggest since 2011, cost over one million crowns. 

Czech-born Jewish writer and painter Max Mannheim dies at 96

24-09-2016 15:13 | Ruth Fraňková

The Czech-born Jewish writer and painter Max Mannheimer has died in Germany at the age of 96. Mr Mannheimer, who was born in Nový Jičín, survived the Holocaust and dedicated his life in post-war Germany to fighting anti-Semitism. German Chancellor Angela Merkel praised Mr Mannheimer on Saturday for his efforts to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive, calling him "a great reconciler." 

Tennis: Strýcová and Mirza win women’s doubles final in Tokyo, Berdych fails to reach final in St. Petersburg

24-09-2016 14:54 | Ruth Fraňková

Czech tennis player Barbora Strýcová teamed with India’s Sania Mirza have won the women’s doubles final at Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. Playing their third tournament together, the Czech-Indian duo secured their second title with a straight sets win over China’s Chen Liang and Zhaoxuan Yang 6:1, 6:1. Meanwhile, Czech tennis player Tomáš Berdych has failed to reach the final of the St. Petersburg Open. The third-seeded Czech was beaten in the men’s singles on Saturday by Alexander Zverev 

New book by Post Bellum brings testimonies of victims of totalitarian regime

24-09-2016 11:10 | Ruth Fraňková

Stories of the victims of the totalitarian regime in Czechoslovakia are set to be released on Monday by the NGO Post Bellum, which has been publishing the testimonies of witnesses to modern Czech history for nearly 15 years. Entitled Stories of Heroes of the 20th century, the book brings more then 30 testimonies which have not been yet available in the audio archive on the NGO`s website. Some of them have already been released as part of the regular Czech Radio show Stories of the 20th Century. The book will be suitable for children from the age of 13. 

Three people arrested over death of Czech businessman in London

24-09-2016 10:40 | Ruth Fraňková

Three people have been arrested over the killing of a Czech businessman working in London, the British newspaper the Guardian reported on Saturday. The 31-year old Zdeněk Makar was attacked by a gang of BMX teenagers on Friday following a row inside a fast food outlet. The gang chased and beat the 31-year-old to death with a metal chain. According to the Guardian, two men, aged 19 and 29, and a 16-year-old boy have been arrested on suspicion of murder and taken for questioning. 

Czech businessman brutally killed by BMX gang in London

23-09-2016 21:50 | Daniela Lazarová

A Czech businessman working in London is reported to have been beaten to death by a gang of BMX teenagers. According to the Daily Mail Zdenek Makar was attacked after a 'trivial' row inside a fast food outlet. The gang chased and beat the 31-year-old to death with a metal chain, leaving him in a pool of blood. A cyclist attempted CPR but Makar was later pronounced dead by paramedics. Police have launched a murder inquiry and are currently searching for at least four youths thought to be involved. The Czech Foreign Ministry has confirmed that the victim was a Czech national. 

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