News Tomáš Berdych reaches final of Portuguese Open

03-05-2014 18:03 | Chris Johnstone

In tennis, Czech number one Tomáš Berdych has won through to the final of the Portuguese Open. He beat Romanian Victor Hanescu 6:2, 6:2 on Saturday and will face the winner of the other semi-final between Spaniard Daniel Gimeno and Argentinian Carlos Belocq in the final on Sunday. It is the third ATP final that Berdych has played this year.

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Czech and German interior ministers sign deal boosting police cooperation

28-04-2015 16:22 | Ian Willoughby

Czech Interior Minister Milan Chovanec and his German counterpart Thomas de Maiziere have signed a treaty in Prague allowing for both countries’ police forces to work more closely together. Mr. Chovanec said the deal was one of the most modern in Europe. It allows for rapid cross-border operations in the other state without prior permission if life or health is threatened, while police on both sides will be able to continue car chases across the border. 

Explosives uncovered as police launch operation against extremism

28-04-2015 16:17 updated | Ian Willoughby

The Czech police’s organised crime unit carried out a series of raids around the country targeting suspected extremists on Tuesday. Explosives were uncovered in an operation in the Brno district of Královo Pole, where police sealed off the area, evacuated people and sent in pyrotechnics specialists. Novinky.cz reported that around 10 people had been detained. Police were refusing to release further information on Tuesday as the operation was ongoing. 

Catholic Church should increase its services after restitution, says Zeman

28-04-2015 14:15 | Ian Willoughby

President Miloš Zeman says the Czech Roman Catholic Church should broaden its range of social, health and other services. Speaking on a visit to the Central Bohemian Region on Tuesday, he said the church cannot claim a lack of funds after the restitution of property seized by the communists. Mr. Zeman said an amendment to that affect was being prepared for a planned treaty between the Czech Republic and the Vatican. Under divisive legislation, assets valued at CZK 75 billion are being handed back to church groups, along with CZK 60 billion in financial compensation in lieu of properties not being returned. 

Zeman: Prague district that didn’t prosecute over egg throwing militantly right-wing

28-04-2015 13:22 | Ian Willoughby

President Miloš Zeman says a Prague district that refused to take any legal action after eggs and other objects were thrown at him is militantly right-wing. Speaking on Tuesday, Mr. Zeman said if eggs had been thrown at a right-wing head of state, Prague 2 would have acted differently. The president came under a hail of missiles while speaking at an event in the district marking the 25th anniversary of the start of the Velvet Revolution in November, hours after another protest against him in the centre of the city. 

Renovation work begins on Prague’s Art Nouveau Hotel Evropa

28-04-2015 12:03 | Ian Willoughby

Renovation work has begun on the dilapidated Art Nouveau Hotel Evropa on Prague’s Wenceslas Square. The overhaul of the once famous hotel should be completed in a year and a half. Alongside the renovation of the listed building an entirely new construction is set to go up in the courtyard it shares with a number of other buildings. Opened in 1872, the hotel was renamed Grand Hotel Evropa after being nationalised soon after the communist takeover. 

Karlovy Vary festival to honour Czech actress Iva Janžurová

28-04-2015 11:49 | Ian Willoughby

The respected film and stage actress Iva Janžurová is set to receive an award for contribution to Czech cinema at the 50th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, the organisers said on Tuesday. Other guests at the jubilee edition of the festival have not yet been announced, but Mel Gibson, who last year received Karlovy Vary’s Crystal Globe for outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema, will appear in this year’s trailer, following in the footsteps of Jude Law and other recipients of the award. 

Ten Czechs still unaccounted for in Nepal, officials say

28-04-2015 11:42 | Ian Willoughby

The Czech authorities have as yet been unable to reach 10 Czechs who were in Nepal at the time of Saturday’s devastating earthquake in the country, the Czech News Agency reported on Tuesday. A total of 255 Czechs were in the area of Nepal most affected by the disaster and dozens have so far managed to leave the South Asian state. The Czech ambassador to India, Miloslav Stašek, said the unaccounted for Czechs had been in mountainous areas where there was never a mobile telephone signal. A plane from the Czech Republic carrying a 36-member rescue team and aid to Nepal is due to take off later on Tuesday. 

Number of work-related deaths drops

28-04-2015 10:46 | Jan Velinger

The number of fatal work-related accidents in the Czech Republic has dropped by half over the last 13 years, the Czech-Moravian Confederation of Trade Unions announced Monday, citing statistics by the Czech Office of Labour Inspection. While in 2002 there were 206 fatal accidents in the workplace, the number last year was 105. Over the entire period, there were 1,952 work-related deaths in the country. The highest number of deaths occur in construction, forestry, in factory jobs, transportation and storage and warehouse work. April 28th is International Workers’ Memorial Day remembering those who lost their lives in work-related accidents. 

Hockey: Tampa Bay force Game 7 against Detroit

28-04-2015 10:24 | Jan Velinger

Czech rookie Petr Mrázek has been a major asset in goal for the Detroit Red Wings in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs but wasn’t able to stop the Tampa Bay Lightning from notching up a 5:2 win against his club on Monday to force a deciding Game 7. Mrázek stopped 23 shots on the night and robbed Brian Boyle with a phenomenal stick save that made all the highlight reels, keeping the Red Wings in the game temporarily but Detroit were unable to capitalise. Mrázek, 23, hails from Ostrava and has gotten the nod ahead of veteran goalie Jimmy Howard, earning two shutouts in the series. The winner of Game 7 will face the Montreal Canadiens in the next round. 

Poll: Babiš, Sobotka, most trusted of party leaders

27-04-2015 18:55 | Jan Velinger

The results of a new poll released by the CVVM agency suggest that ANO’s Andrej Babiš remains the most-trusted of leaders of political parties in the lower house, followed by Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, who heads the Social Democrats. Both results, however, were worse than in January. According to CVVM, 54 percent of respondents said they trusted Mr Babiš – down from an earlier 59 percent, while in Mr Sobotka’s case the number was 46, down from the earlier 53. By-and-large the public is currently most critical of the right-of-centre opposition party leaders, the poll suggests. Embattled Dawn Party leader Tomio Okamura saw his numbers fall from an earlier 34 percent to 24. 

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