News Prague’s biggest funfair Matějská pouť draws bigger crowds

21-04-2014 14:45 | Jan Richter

Some 157,000 people have visited Matějská pouť, the biggest funfair in the capital, since it opened on March 1, organizers told the news agency ČTK. Another 3,000 people are expected before the funfair closes on Monday night. Last year, a total of 117,000 visitors arrived at the fair, mainly due to poor weather. Matějská pout was originally a pilgrimage to St Mathew’s church in Dejvice, first recorded in late 16th century. It is now however a secular event held each years at Prague’s exhibition grounds in Holešovice.

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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. 

Outstanding Czech scientists receive Česká Hlava awards

27-11-2014 14:09 | Ruth Fraňková

The Česká Hlava awards will be handed out to six outstanding Czech scientists in Prague on Thursday. The main prize for lifelong work goes to biochemist Emil Paleček, who discovered electro-technical properties of nucleic acids. Chemical engineer Karel Kolomazník will receive the award for innovation in finding new ways to recycle toxic waste from the leather industry. The awarding ceremony will take place on Thursday night and the winners will receive 1.7 million crowns. The Česká Hlava awards project was launched in 2002 by private companies and has become one of the most prestigious events in the world of science. 

President says recommendation of Czech Radio Council does not concern him

27-11-2014 14:08 | Ruth Fraňková

President says recommendation of Czech Radio Council does not concern him

President Miloš Zeman said the recommendation of the Council for Czech Radio not to broadcast further live interviews with him after he used vulgar language on air did not concern him. Speaking to journalists during his visit to Tajikistan on Thursday, Mr Zeman said it was up to Czech Radio’s management to deal with the situation. The recommendation came in reaction to a recent scandalous broadcast in which President Miloš Zeman used a number of vulgar expressions. According to the Council, both the law and the broadcaster's ethical codex were breached; at the same time, the council conceded that surprise had played a strong role in the interviewer’s mild reaction to the language used. 

Foreign Minister Zaorálek visits Baghdad

27-11-2014 12:24 | Ruth Fraňková

Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek, along with the deputy Defense Minister Tomáš Kuchta and a delegation of businessmen, arrived in Baghdad on Thursday morning for a one-day visit. The Czech foreign minister is set to hold talks with the new Iraqi President Fuad Masum, Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi and his counterpart Ibrahim Al-Jaafari. Mr Zaorálek will also meet with Kurdish representatives in Irbil. Among the topics on the agenda will be the Czech Republic’s military aid to Iraqi armed forces fighting Islamist radicals. 

Nurse charged with murdering six patients sent into custody

27-11-2014 12:23 | Ruth Fraňková

A court in Ústí nad Labem on Thursday sent a former nurse, who was charged with murdering six patients at a hospital in Rumburk, north Bohemia, into custody. The state prosecutor had asked for the suspect to be taken into custody for fear she might try to flee the country. According to investigators, the nurse had been killing patients who were in her care, since 2010, overdosing them with potassium. The nurse herself denied that she was committing euthanasia. 



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