News Prague unwilling to invest in repeatedly flooded parts of zoo

02-04-2014 16:51 | Ian Willoughby

Prague is not willing to invest in parts of the city’s zoo which have been flooded repeatedly in recent years, the city’s mayor Tomáš Hudeček said on Wednesday. Mr. Hudeček is pushing for the zoo’s management to build planned new pavilions costing tens of millions of crowns in higher parts of the complex, which lies by the River Vltava in the Troja district. The mayor said even if the zoo was fitted with flood defences they could be breached in the event of an exceptional inundation.

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Severe storms to hit southern and central part of Czech Republic

30-06-2016 15:55 | Ruth Fraňková

Meteorologists have issued a storm warning for the southern and central part of the Czech Republic. The storms, which could be accompanied by torrential rain, hail and high winds, are expected to hit the region on Thursday afternoon. The warning includes a call for people to secure their windows and garden furniture. 

Foreign Minister Zaorálek meets with Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko

30-06-2016 15:06 | Ruth Fraňková

Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek, who is on a two-day official visit to Belarus, has met with the country’s president Alexander Lukashenko. Lukashenko called for improved relations between Belarus and the EU. Mr Zaorálek is also set to meet with his Belarusian counterpart Vladimir Makei to discuss the democratization process in Belarus and examine possible ways for cooperation between Belarus and the EU within the framework of the Eastern Partnership. The Czech Foreign Minister is also scheduled to officially open a new building of the Czech embassy in Minsk. A Czech business delegation also accompanied the minister. They are hoping to land key contracts including one to develop the Minsk underground. 

New science and technology park to be built in Buštěhrad

30-06-2016 13:18 | Ruth Fraňková

A new science and technology park is set to be built in Buštěhrad near the town Kladno. The project, financed by the Trigema developer, is expected to cost some 800 million crowns. The park, which will cover an area of nearly 18,000 square metres, is set to open in 2018. It will offer two buildings with offices, research workplaces and laboratories. A research centre of the Czech Technical University has been recently opened in Buštěhrad. 

Czech football coach Pavel Vrba makes transfer to Russian outfit

30-06-2016 12:06 | Ruth Fraňková

In football, the Czech national manager Pavel Vrba has stepped down from his post, after signing a deal with the Russian club Makhachkala. The 52-year-old former Plzeň coach took up the post of the Czech national trainer on January 1, 2014. His squad qualified for the finals of the Euro 2016 Championship, but finished early with just one point from a draw with Croatia in the group stage. Makhachkala was 12th in the Russia league last season. It is not yet clear who will replace Vrba in the post. Mladá Boleslav coach Karel Jarolím or the current head of the Bohemian and Moravian Football Federation and former player Ivan Hašek have been mentioned as possible successors. 

51th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival to get underway

30-06-2016 12:06 | Ruth Fraňková

Some 400 film fans have been queuing up for tickets to the 51th Karlovy Vary International Film festival, which is due to kick off on Friday. The festival will open with a screening of, the British-US-French coproduction film Anthropoid which tells the story of the 1942 assassination of acting Reich Protector Reinhard Heydrich in Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia. The screening will be attended by the director Sean Ellis and lead actors, including Jamie Dornan. Among other guests of the 50th Karlovy Vary International Film festival will be American actor Willem Dafoe, who will receive a lifetime achievement award for his contribution to world cinematography, and screen-writer Charlie Kaufman. The festival will run until July 9. 

Robert Šlachta ends police career in reaction to police shake-up

30-06-2016 08:43 | Chris Johnstone

The head of the special police unit for combatting organised crime, Robert Šlachta, will end his 26 year police career on Thursday. Šlachta tendered his resignation June 10 in protest at a proposed re-organisation of the police force. Those proposals sparked a rift within the government coalition between the biggest party, the Social Democrats led by prime minister Bohuslav Sobotka, and ANO party, headed by Andrej Babiš. Šlachta led the special police squad since 2008 and was widely viewed as being successful in the post. State prosecutors are investigating whether the police shake-up was basically a move to eject Šlachta from his post. 

Tomáš Hertl signs new contract with San Jose sharks

30-06-2016 06:27 | Chris Johnstone

In ice hockey, San Jose Sharks Czech attacker Tomáš Hertl has signed a new two-year contract to continue at the club. The contract is reported to be worth 6 million US dollars. The 22-year-old’s current three year deal is coming to an end. Last season Hertl scored 21 goals and provided 25 assists in a campaign which led the Sharks to the Stanley Cup finals. Hertl is currently recovering from injury which resulted in him missing out on the last Stanley Cup clashes with Pittsburgh. 

Chinese cook ordered to pay 15,000 crowns for Tibetan flag snatch

29-06-2016 18:04 | Chris Johnstone

A Prague court has ordered a Chinese cook living in the Czech capital to pay damages of 15,000 crwns or face two months in prison. The verdict was given after he was found guilty of removing a Tibetan flag from a demonstrator during the state visit of the Chinese president to the Czech Republic at the end of March. The court verdict is not binding and can be still appealed. Through a translator, the cook said that the Tibetan flag is banned in Chin and represents division of the country. He added that he acted to honour the visit by Chinese president Xi Jinping. The visit to Prague was marked by clashes between pro and anti-Chinese groups. 

Competition office clears Mall.cz deal

29-06-2016 17:29 | Chris Johnstone

The Czech completion office has cleared the sale of the second biggest Czech e-shop business, Mall.cz to the group Rockaway Capital. The purchase for more than 200 million euros has been made by billionaires Daniel Kretinský, Patrik Tkáč, and the PPF group of the richest Czech Petr Kellner. The grouping had already bought up the price comparison website, Heureka.cz, which has already led some rival e-shop operators to withdraw from it. 

Czech Republic wins clearance for key transport projects to go ahead

29-06-2016 15:38 updated | Chris Johnstone

The Czech Republic has won clearance from the European Commission to proceed with 10 large transport and infrastructure projects without the need to launch new Environment Impact Assessments (EIAs). Brussels has had problems with the fact that dozens of Czech projects were given approval under old assessments that in some cases pre-date the country’s accession to the European Union in 2004. The news was given by prime minister Bohuslav Sobotka, currently in Brussels for a European Summit. Some of the key projects have a European as well as Czech dimension. 

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