News Website: Visegrad Four could launch Russian-language TV broadcast

30-05-2014 18:29 | Jan Velinger

The Czech Republic and fellow Visegrad Four countries Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary, are considering launching a ‘Voice of Europe’ style television broadcast aimed at Russian speakers in Ukraine, website Lidové noviny writes. According to the daily, the broadcast would address those whose primary source of news in the Russian language was controlled by the Kremlin. In the ongoing crisis, Russia has been fighting a sophisticated information war, according to sources. Officials at the Czech Foreign Ministry have stressed the need for stable and independent media in Ukraine as well as other ex-Soviet states.

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Fifty Czechs still unaccounted for in Nepal

26-04-2015 14:50 updated | Ruth Fraňková

The number of Czech citizens still unaccounted for in earthquake stricken Nepal has is fifty, according to the information from the Czech embassy in India. There were around 166 Czechs travelling in the area at the time of the disaster, the ambassador to India, Miloslav Stašek, said on Sunday. No Czech national has been reported dead. Foreign ministry officials believe that those unaccounted for are unable to reach due to damaged telephone lines and infrastructure. The ministry has set up a special hotline for tourists who are in the affected areas and has advised Czechs not to travel to Nepal. The Czech ambassador also said the authorities were ready to assist the Czech tourists in their evacuation. 

Government to discuss help for Nepal on Monday

26-04-2015 13:42 | Ruth Fraňková

The Czech government will hold an extraordinary meeting on Monday to discuss the forms of relief the Czech Republic could provide to earthaquake stricken Nepal, as well as the situation of Czech tourists in the area, prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka annonced on Sunday. Meanwhile, Czech aid organisations, including Czech Red Cross, Caritas Czech Republic, Adra and People in Need have started public collections. Adra and Caritas have also released altogther 600,000 crowsn from their emergency accounts. The organisation People in Need is also sending three humanitarian workers to the affected area who will assist in coordinating the removal of the rubble. 

Over 60 percent of police applicants fail to pass psychological tests

26-04-2015 09:56 | Ruth Fraňková

More than 60 percent of people applying for a job with the Czech police force fail to pass psychological tests, the Czech Radio reported on Saturday, citing the annual report released by the Police Presidium. Nearly five thousand people applied for the job in 2014, but only 39 percent of them were admitted. The test is examining the applicants' intelligence, as well as their mental stability and resistance to stress. According to the experts, most of them are turned away because they are immature and too dependant on their parents. 

Thousands of fans welcome home Litvínov after Extraliga title win

26-04-2015 09:55 | Ruth Fraňková

Thousand of fans welcomed Litvínov's ice hockey team to the North Bohemian town on Saturday evening to celebrate their first-ever victory in the domestic Extraliga title. In the seventh, deciding match of the playoff final series on Thursday, Litvínov beat Třinec 2:0. The tight match was goalless throughout the first two periods thanks to outstanding performances by the two goaltenders. Litvínov secured the title only in the final 20 minutes of the game. 

Czech car racer dies in Austria

25-04-2015 17:16 | Ruth Fraňková

Czech car racer Otakar Krámský died in Austria's Rechberg on Saturday during a training ride for the European Hill Climb Championship, after his car skidded off the track and hit a tree. According to his coleague, the accident was caused by a technical defect. Krámský, who was 55 years old, was a multiple Czech champion in hill climb races and a three-time European title winner. 

Tennis: Jiří Veselý reaches final in Bucharest

25-04-2015 16:14 | Ruth Fraňková

The Czech tennis player Jiří Veselý has reached his second ATP World Tour final, after beating Spain's Daniel Gimen 2:6, 6:1, 6:4 in the semi-finals in Bucharest on Saturday. The 21-year old player won the first ATP title of his carrer in January this year at the Heineken Open in Auckland, New Zealand. The seventh-seeded Czech will face the winner of the second semi-final between Gael Monfils and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez on Sunday. 

No Czechs reported dead in Nepal earthquake

25-04-2015 14:19 | Ruth Fraňková

The Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs is trying to contact all Czech citizens in Nepal, which was hit by a powerful earthquake on Saturday. Several hundred people are reported to have died during the earthquake, which measured 7.9 on the Richter scale, but the death toll is likely to be much higher, with many people still trapped under the rubble. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Michaela Lagronová said no Czech citiznes are reported to have died in the disaster. She also said the ministry is trying to locate all Czech citizens in the affected area, although it is very difficult under the present circumstances. 

Czech Foreign Ministry refuses to assist Night Wolves' ride

25-04-2015 12:49 | Ruth Fraňková

The Czech Foreign Ministry has dismissed Russia's request for assistance in the Night Wolves' ride across the Czech territory, adding that riders must apply for a permit themselves. The ministry said on Friday that it would be difficult to settle the application in time. Meanwhile, President Miloš Zeman said that he could see nothing bad about the planned ride, describing the reactions to it as "hysterical".

The Night Wolves, a motorcycle gang with close ties to the Kremlin, want to commemorate the victory of the Soviet troops over the Nazi Germany 70 years ago by a ride across Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Austria, ending in Berlin on May 9. They set off from Moscow on Saturday despite Poland's announcemnt that it would refuse to let them in the country. 

Former Czech ice hockey international to pay damages to family of car accident victim

25-04-2015 11:47 | Ruth Fraňková

Former Czech ice hockey international and coach Ladislav Lubina has been ordered to pay half a million crowns in damages to the family of a man he killed in a car accident, Mladá Fronta daily reported on Saturday. Lubina caused a four-vehicle crash near Hradec Králové in 2007, fleeing the scene. The man who was killed in the crash was the father of former football international Vratislav Lokvenc. However, Mr Lubina cannot pay the imposed fine since he has declared insolvency and faces seizure of property. 

Police conclude investigation into murder of Czech tourists in Egypt

25-04-2015 09:59 | Ruth Fraňková

Police have concluded an investigation into the murder of two Czechs, a mother and daughter, who died in the Hurgada resort in summer 2013, Mladá Fronta daily wrote on Saturday. The father of the family, Petr Kramný, was charged with murdering his 36-year old wife and eight-year-old daughter by electrocution. Mr Kramný, who has been in custody since February 2014, denies any wrongdoing and insists that his wife and daughter were poisoned. If convicted of the murders Kramný faces from 15 to 20 years in jail. 

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