News President discusses economic diplomacy with ministers and advisors

13-04-2014 10:18 | Ian Willoughby

The Czech president, Milos Zeman, has held discussions on foreign policy and economic diplomacy with advisors and cabinet members at his Lány retreat near Prague. Among those who attended Saturday’s meetings were the minister of foreign affairs, Lubomír Zaorálek, his predecessor, diplomat Jan Kohout, and industry and trade minister Jan Mládek. Mr. Zaorálek and Mr. Mládek informed the president about planned changes aimed at boosting Czech exports and attracting foreign investors. On Wednesday Mr. Zeman said he was dissatisfied with Czech economic diplomacy, saying the country should do business with states accused of having poor human rights records. Mr. Zaorálek said the president’s criticism was justified as the previous government’s economic diplomacy had been “unreadable”.

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Football: Čech, Gunners, clinch first win in new season

28-08-2016 09:30 | Jan Velinger

Czech goalkeeper Petr Čech and London club Arsenal clinched their first win of the season on Saturday after suffering a loss and a draw in their first two matches. Arsenal downed Watford by a score of 3:1 to put Arsenal seventh in the Premier League standings. Čech's former club, Chelsea, are first. This summer Čech announced his retirement from the Czech national squad after almost 15 years, intending to focus solely on his commitment to his professional team. 

Tram route changes take effect

28-08-2016 09:29 | Jan Velinger

Changes on the city's tram routes announced in advance by Prague's Public Transport Company have come into effect. In all, nine routes were modified while 12 were unchanged. Three new trams routes were also added. As of Sunday, Prague's 18 tram, for example, will no longer travel to Petřiny but to Podbaba instead. The changes are expected to bump operational costs by some 130 million crowns annually. Yearly, the operation of Prague's trams comes to around 3.4 billion crowns. 

Thousands attend Tank Day

27-08-2016 18:11 | Jan Velinger

Twenty-five thousand people attended an event called Tank Day in Lešany in the area of Benešov near Prague on Saturday. The day was organized by Prague's Military History Institute. Featured were tanks built in Czechoslovakia in the 1930s, including the LTH which the country exported to Switzerland, Peru and Iran. 

Meteorologists modify heatwave warning

27-08-2016 13:54 | Jan Velinger

Meteorologists have modified an earlier heatwave warning for this weekend when temperatures are expected to reach 34 degrees Celsius in places. Earlier, they warned that all of the country would be affected. They have now made clear the most extreme temperatures will be limited to Bohemia, while temperatures in Moravia and Silesia should be roughly three to six degrees lower. The coming days were expected to be the longest hot stretch in the course of the entire summer with temperatures between 33 and 35 degrees. 

Tennis: Radwanska knocks defending champion Kvitová out of Connecticut Open

27-08-2016 13:45 | Jan Velinger

Petra Kvitová's run to clinch her third-straight title at the Connecticut Open was cut short in the semifinal by Polish tennis player Agnieszska Radwanska. The Czech, a bronze medal winner at this year's Olympic Games in Rio, lost easily in straight sets. The final score was a lopsided 1:6; 1:6. 

Broadcaster Czech TV marks third anniversary of children's channel 'D'

27-08-2016 13:07 | Jan Velinger

The management of public broadcaster Czech TV this week marked the third anniversary of its 'D' channel, which offers extensive programming for toddlers, older children and teens. On the occasion, the broadcaster confirmed that it had premiered more than 3,500 hours of original programmes for children since the end of August 2013. The head of the station, Petr Dvořák, said that the channel offered an environment where children felt safe. Czech TV is currently preparing new shows, including 39 episodes of the much-loved bumbling D-I-Y duo Pat and Mat. 

Prime Minister attends Bread Basket harvest festival in České Budějovice

27-08-2016 12:49 | Jan Velinger

Members of the government including Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka kicked off festivities at the national harvest festival Bread Basket in České Budějovice on Saturday. On the occasion, the prime minister said the government would continue to push for a 'green fuel' excise tax rebate, which has already been approved in a first reading in the lower house. Mr Sobotka estimated the amendment could save farmers 900 million crowns. This week, the country's agriculture minister said he would push for meat by Czech producers to take up a larger percentage of supermarket shelves. 

Football: Key Plzeň players bound for Turkish league

27-08-2016 11:58 | Jan Velinger

Key players for football club Viktoria Plzeň Daniel Kolář and František Rajtoral, with the club since 2008 and 2009, respectively, have signed with Turkish side Gaziantepspor. Kolář and Rajtoral, both 30, were part of a team which won four league titles and twice played in the first round of the Champions League. 

Firefighters get blaze at Barrandov under control

27-08-2016 11:40 | Jan Velinger

Firefighters got a fire which destroyed film sets at at Prague's Barrandov film studio under control at last at around 7 am on Saturday. The blaze, which broke out on Friday afternoon on a back lot of the studio, is estimated as having caused damage of around 100 million crowns. Investigators have yet to determine the cause of the fire. 

Sushi restaurant may be slapped huge fine for using fish caught in the Vltava River

26-08-2016 19:17 | Daniela Lazarová

A sushi restaurant in Prague may get a fine of up to 50 million crowns after it emerged that its employees were catching fish on the banks of the Vltava River to be used in the restaurant’s kitchen, the internet site novinky.cz reported on Friday. Sanitary norms do not allow this practice. The Veterinary Authority was alerted to the practice by locals and its inspectors found evidence to confirm the suspicion. The matter is being investigated. 

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