News Three Czech mountaineers saved on Seewand in Austria

17-05-2014 14:28 | Daniela Lazarová

Three Czech mountain climbers who ignored bad weather warnings and attempted the Seewand Climb in the Austrian Alps were rescued in an extensive emergency operation in the early hours of Saturday, the APA news agency reported. The trio set out despite high wind and heavy rain and got into trouble half-way up the rock. Two dozen mountain service rescuers were involved in the operation. One of the mountaineers was transported to hospital with hypothermia.

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State forestry company counts damage from high winds

01-04-2015 13:33 | Chris Johnstone

Trees amounting to around 150,000 cubic metres of timber have been felled in recent high winds across the country, the state forestry company announced on Wednesday. Around a fifth of that total occurred in the Šumava National Park, where winds reached up to 112 kilometres an hour on Tuesday. Park management are warning visitors not to walk in the forest due to the danger of falling trees. Rail connections and power lines across the country have been cut due to the high winds. Winds are expected to abate across most of the country on Wednesday and Thursday but heavy rain and snow is expected in the following days. Up to 20 centimetres of snow could fall on high ground in the south-west of the country, according to the national weather office. 

US convoy exits Czech Republic for home base

01-04-2015 13:32 | Chris Johnstone

The last vehicles from the US convoy quit the Czech Republic just after noon on Wednesday. Three groups left barracks just outside Prague early in the morning heading for the border crossing at Rozvadov in the far west of the country. The final destination is the Bavarian base at Vilseck. The convoy continued to be enthusiastically greeted by bystanders waving US flags on the final leg of the journey through the Czech Republic. The convoy spent four days in the Czech Republic on its way back from NATO exercises in the Baltic States. 

Proceedings dropped over Žd’ár nad Sázovou stabbing

01-04-2015 12:30 | Chris Johnstone

The state attorney for South Moravia has halted criminal proceedings against the woman who stabbed a 16-year-old student to death. The attorney said that she was not mentally stable when the attack took place and had been treated earlier. The decision to halt proceedings is not final with the move still needing to be approved by the Supreme State Attorney. The attack took place in October last year when the woman arrived at a middle school at Žd’ár nad Sázovou stabbing three students as well as a police officer called to the scene. The woman had been released from care a few months earlier following a similar attack at a school. 

Czech Television investigated over sponsorship deals: report

01-04-2015 11:30 | Chris Johnstone

Bosses of public broadcaster Czech Television and police are investigating how private companies allegedly used opportunities to sponsor programmes to dodge taxes. The daily Mladá Fronta Dnes reported Wednesday that a handful of companies repeatedly inflated the sponsorship totals so that they could be written off against their taxes. The difference between the real amounts paid and higher amounts billed were returned to them. Sums involved amounts to tens of millions of crowns, according to a source quoted by the paper. 

Czechs lose 0:1 in friendly against Slovakia

01-04-2015 10:26 | Chris Johnstone

In football, the Czech Republic lost 0:1 in the friendly against Slovakia on Tuesday night. The sole goal came in the 49th minute when Ondrej Duda shot low from distance with the bounce leaving Tomáš Vaclík embarrassed in goal. Czech manager Pavel Vrba fielded an experimental teams with established players, such as Petr Čech, Tomáš Rosický and David Lafata, absent. A series of substitutions and a heavy pitch and blustery conditions also had an impact. The loss follows on from the disappointing draw against Latvia on Saturday. 

Gale-force winds and icy roads creating problems around the country

01-04-2015 10:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Gale-force winds, with snow and sleet showers in the higher altitudes, have been creating problems around the country for the third day now. A train derailed in the Bruntal region early on Wednesday after hitting a fallen tree and rail traffic is also disrupted in the Plzen region where workers are clearing a number of fallen trees from the rail tracks. Power lines are down in many parts of the country and a number of smaller roads have been closed to traffic. The police report a heightened number of accidents and have warned drivers not to set out for the mountain areas without winter tires. 

US convoy leaves Czech territory

01-04-2015 09:49 | Daniela Lazarová

The US convoy which spent four days in the Czech Republic on its way back from a military exercise in the Baltic states left Prague’s Ruzyne barracks in the early hours of Wednesday and is returning to its home base in Bavaria. It is expected to reach the Czech-German border at around midday. Fears that it could meet with negative reactions in the Czech Republic proved unfounded. The convoy was greeted by thousands of people lining the country’s roads and highways and over 20,000 people came to the military’s Ruzyne barracks to meet with the soldiers and inspect their military technology. A thousand people attended a concert given in the troops honour on Tuesday night. 

Gale force winds causing million crown damages

31-03-2015 19:08 | Daniela Lazarová

Gale-force winds sweeping the country since Monday have caused considerable material damage, the ctk news agency reports citing the country’s leading insurance companies. The leading insurer, Česka Pojištovna says that in two days people have filed 160 claims for insurance mainly relating to damaged roofs and cars damaged by falling trees. The company says it expects to pay out around 25 million crowns in insurance in connection with the bad weather. 

President Zeman wants to discuss time-frame for euro adoption

31-03-2015 18:14 | Daniela Lazarová

President Zeman wants to open a debate on a time frame for Czech adoption of the euro, the ctk news agency reports. According to the president’s spokesman Mr. Zeman wants to meet with Prime Minister Sobotka next week to discuss a possible meeting on the euro at Lany Chateau in the coming months. The meeting should be attended by Finance Minister Andrej Babis, the governor of the central bank Miroslav Singer and bank board member Jiri Rusnok. The president has already stated his intention of making Mr. Rusnok central bank governor when Mr. Singer’s term in office expires. He has criticized Mr. Singer’s policy at the head of the central bank and even suggested that he is intentionally putting a brake on the process of preparing for euro adoption. The president and prime minister favour euro adoption and Mr. Zeman would like to see the country adopt the euro by 2017. 

US soldiers given enthusiastic welcome in Plzeň

31-03-2015 16:50 | Daniela Lazarová

Part of the US convoy travelled to the West Bohemian town of Plzeň to pay homage to the US soldiers who died liberating Czechoslovakia in WWII. Over a thousand people congregated in the streets of the city to greet them as the troops made their way to the Thank You America Memorial to lay wreaths and flowers. The US Ambassador to Prague Andrew Shapiro who was also present said the US soldiers were given a great reception, confirming the people’s strong support for NATO and the US. 

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