News Social Affairs ministry wants more support for parents of multiples

28-08-2014 12:39 | Daniela Lazarová

The Social Affairs and Labour Ministry is drafting a proposed amendment to the law which should help the parents of twins, triplets and other multiples who are financially disadvantaged under the present system of state aid. Under the proposal the state would cover the expenses for a nanny and increase the one-off state bonus for the birth of two or more children. According to Social Affairs Minister Michaela Marksová Tominová it is unfair and illogical that the parents of more children from one birth are financially worse off than parents who have the same number of children in succession. The problem was highlighted in particular with the birth of quintuplets to a Czech mother last year.

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Strahov tunnel to close to traffic on Saturday

03-07-2015 12:05 | Daniela Lazarová

Prague’s Strahov tunnel, which links the Prague 5 and 6 districts, is due to close to traffic at 8 am on Saturday for a ten day period. During that time road workers will link the tunnel to the newly built Blanka complex which is due to open to traffic in mid-September. Drivers have been warned to expect heavier traffic and complications with detours during the closure. The tunnel is due to reopen on July 14th at 5 am. 

Czech Republic and Germany to broaden cooperation in nine spheres

03-07-2015 11:41 | Daniela Lazarová

German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier and his Czech counterpart Lubomír Zaorálek on Friday signed a declaration on Czech-German strategic dialogue in Berlin. The agreement entails broadening cooperation in nine spheres, among them foreign policy, research, education, energy, culture and the fight against drug abuse. In the area of foreign policy the Czech Republic said it wanted to acquire know-how from German on how to combine economic diplomacy and defence of human rights. 

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival kicks off on Friday night

03-07-2015 11:07 | Daniela Lazarová

The 50th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival kicks off on Friday night in the west Bohemian spa town. The festival which is screening over 220 movies, will open with the 2014 American drama Time out of Mind, starring Richard Gere who will present the film alongside director Oren Moverman and co-star Jena Malone. Richard Gere is to receive the highest honour of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, the Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema. Among this year’s other VIP guests are the American actor Harvey Keitel and Irish actor Jamie Dornan. The festival will end on July 11th with a gala award ceremony. 

Second case of suspected MERS reported in Czech Republic

03-07-2015 10:37 | Ruth Fraňková

The second case of suspected MERS has been reported in the Czech Republic, the country’s health minister, Svatopluk Němeček, told Czech Television on Friday morning. The patient, a man from Ostrava who recently travelled to South Korea, is being examined for the potentially fatal respiratory infection at Prague’s Na Bulovce hospital. The results of the tests should be known in the afternoon. Some 30 people who have been in contact with the man have been placed in quarantine. Since an outbreak of MERS in South Korea last month at least 180 people have contracted the disease and 33 have died. 

Three Czechs advanced to third round at Wimbledon

03-07-2015 10:31 | Ruth Fraňková

Three Czech tennis players advanced to the third round at Wimbledon on Thursday. Defending champion Petra Kvitová eased past Japan’s Kurumi Nara with a straight-sets win of 6:2, 6:0. In the men’s singles, Tomáš Berdych overwhelmed French Nicolas Mahut 6:1, 6:4, 6:4 in just over an hour and a half. The third Czech who made it through to the third round was Kristýna Plíšková, who beat Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia 3:6, 6:3, 6:4. Three other Czechs, Lukáš Rosol, Jiří Veselý a Denisa Allertová, failed to get past the second round at Wimbledon. 

Court in London rules in favour of extraditing runaway

02-07-2015 18:19 | Ruth Fraňková

Czech businessman A court in London has ruled in favour of extraditing the runaway Czech businessman František Savov, who has sought refuge in the British capital. Savov, who has been sought since March in connection with suspected tax evasion totalling billions of crowns, is the owner of a series of the Mladá Fronta publishing house and a series of publications including the business paper E15 and magazine Euro. Savov has denied the accusations and said he would appeal against the court’s decision. He said he didn’t want to return to the Czech Republic because he wouldn’t receive a fair trial. 

Petr Čech’s annual football summer school for children in Prague gets underway

02-07-2015 18:05 | Ruth Fraňková

Czech international goalkeeper Petr Čech, who has just completed his transfer to London club Arsenal, officially opened his annual football summer school for children in Prague on Thursday. The training at Sparta Prague’s youth training centre at the Strahov stadium was also attended by Pavel Vrba, the coach of the Czech national football team. The two-day summer football school, which is now in its tenth year, is intended for young football players between seven and fifteen years of age. 

Interior minister criticizes police for not stopping anti-immigration rally

02-07-2015 17:32 | Ruth Fraňková

Interior Minister Milan Chovanec has criticised the police for not intervening in Wednesday’s anti-immigration rally on Prague’s Wenceslas Square. Around 500 people attended the demonstration, some of them erecting fake gallows for ‘traitors’ and calling for the Czech Republic to be reserved for Czechs, for the closure of borders, and departure from the EU. Mr Chovance wrote on his Twitter account on Friday that there is ‘no place for gallows in democracy’ and that the police should be aware of the fact, adding that he would demand an explanation. 

American actor Richard Gere has arrived in Karlovy Vary

02-07-2015 16:51 | Ruth Fraňková

American actor Richard Gere has arrived in Karlovy Vary. Mr Gere will attend the opening ceremony of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival on Friday at the Thermal hotel, where he will receive a lifetime achievement award for his contribution to world cinematography. The 65-year-old Hollywood actor will present the opening film, Time Out of Mind, along with actress Jena Malone and director Oren Moverman. Mr Gere will also attend Saturday’s screening of the legendary romantic comedy Pretty Woman and Sunday’s screening of the film Franny. 

US ambassador Shapiro pays tribute to Sir Nicholas Winton

02-07-2015 16:00 | Ruth Fraňková

US Ambassador to Prague Andrew Shapiro has paid tribute to Sir Nicholas Winton, the Briton who helped save the lives of 669 children by arranging their evacuation from Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia. Sir Nicolas passed away at the age of 106 on Wednesday. The US ambassador said the story of Mr Winton showed that that a man with courage and imagination is able to achieve extraordinary things. Mr Shapiro’s mother, who was born into a Jewish family in Prague, was also forced to flee Czechoslovakia in 1939 in order to save her life. Mr Shapiro said he was grateful that there were people like Nicholas Winton and added that the world would miss him greatly. 


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