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Published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:09:00 +0100

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Police launch investigation into collapse of sports hall roof

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:09:00 +0100

The police are investigating the collapse of the roof of a sports hall in Česká Třebová in East Bohemia as a case of suspected reckless endangerment through neglect, the Czech News Agency reported. The roof caved in during a floorball game on Saturday. The 80 or so people present managed to escape from...

Smooth start for Karolína Plíšková at Australian Open

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:24:00 +0100

The Czech women’s tennis number one Karolína Plíšková has progressed smoothly to the second round of the Australian Open in Melbourne. The 24-year-old, who is ranked fifth in the world, overcame Sara Sorribes of Spain 6-2 6-0 at the centre court of the Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday. After reaching the final...

Weather forecast

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:15:00 +0100

It should be mainly cloudy with some sunny spells on Wednesday. Temperatures are expected to reach a maximum of -4 degrees Celsius. Similar weather is due until at least the end of the week.

Tomáš Rosický targets return for Europa League match against Rostov

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:48:00 +0100

Footballer Tomáš Rosický has set a target of being able to play for Sparta Prague in the Europa League first round match against Rostov in mid-February. Rosický joined Sparta in the summer but has only played around 20 minutes following an Achilles heel injury. He says he should be able to rejoin team...

Last man on the moon, US astronaut with Czech roots, dies aged 82

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:47:00 +0100

The last man on the moon, US astronaut Eugene Cernan – who never forgot his Czech and Slovak roots – has died at the age of 82. Cernan led the last manned mission to the moon, Apollo 17, in December 1972 and was the last man to stand on the moon. He took a Czechoslovak flag with him and brought back...

Cabinet agrees to wider consultations over nuclear waste site

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:44:00 +0100

The Czech government agreed in principle Monday that wider consultations with local councils take place before choosing a site to store high level nuclear waste. But the government rejected a specific proposal put forward by the Ministry of Industry and Trade, which also suggested that the upper house,...

Bílina Mine prepares for expansion of coalmining area in northern Bohemia

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:58:27 +0100

Following the unique lifting of limits on brown coal mining by the government in Bílina, North Bohemia, the Bílina Mine has formally set the ball rolling to be allowed to mine more than 150 million tons of coal still in the ground. Once approved, heavy machinery will move within half a kilometre of nearby villages. Before miners can remove a single lump of coal, however, further steps will have to be taken.

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Former central bank governor Miroslav Singer lands new job

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:58:00 +0100

The former governor of the Czech National Bank Miroslav Singer has landed a new jobs as the chief economist of Generali CEE Holding. He also stands in line to be chairman of the supervisory board of the Czech Republic’s biggest general insurer, Česká Pojišt’ovna. Singer ended his term as governor of...

Bernard breaks brewing record in 2016

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:58:00 +0100

Mid-sized Czech brewer, Bernard, has reported record production figures for 2016. The brewer produced just over 315,000 hectolitres of beer last year with around a fifth of it destined for export. The biggest export destinations are Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden and Russia. Exports were renewed to the United...

Sports News 16.1.2017

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:37:55 +0100

In Sports News: Two more podium finishes tighten Koukalová’s grip on Biathlon World Cup leadership while Krčmář takes first medal in competition; and Karolína Plíšková in new position among favourites as Australian Open starts.

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Commentator Daniel Anýž: Zeman set to dominate Czech-US relations during Trump presidency

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:25:58 +0100

What will Donald Trump’s presidency mean for Czech-US relations? And is his ex-wife Ivana really in line to become American ambassador to Prague? Ahead of Mr. Trump’s inauguration on Friday I discussed those questions and much more with Daniel Anýž, a well-known commentator on Czech-US affairs who was based in Washington for several years.

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Daily news summary 16.1.2017

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:39:00 +0100

Palach anniversary marked Justice ministry under fire Rath ruling challenged

Czechs marking Palach anniversary with chain hunger strike, debates and remembrance acts

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:00:45 +0100

Czechs are marking the 48th anniversary of the self-immolation of student Jan Palach, a brave protest against the loss of freedom and gradual apathy following the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia. One of the most painful moments of the country’s modern history, Palach’s suicide remains a powerful memento that democracy must be nurtured and defended.

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Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0100

Tuesday will be cloudy with some sunny intervals, especially in the north and east of the country. Top daytime temperatures will range between minus 1 and minus 4 degrees Celsius.

Foreign minister upbeat over two Czechs detained in Turkey

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:59:00 +0100

Czech Minister for Foreign Affairs, Lubomír Zaorálek, has said he expects a satisfactory outcome in the case of two Czechs detained in Turkey on suspicion of aiding terrorists. On Monday the foreign ministry sent a formal letter to Ankara demanding details of Markéta Všelichová and Miroslav Farkas. The...

Czech scientists track tapeworm in Alaska salmon

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:05:00 +0100

Czech scientists have discovered that a tapeworm found in Alaskan salmon can infect humans. The tapeworm had previously only been found in fish on the Asian Pacific coast. The discovery was made by a team from the Biological Centre of the Academy of Sciences based in České Budějovice led by Roman Kuchta....

Nigerian arms dealer bought luxury Prague flat: report

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:04:00 +0100

A Nigerian arms dealer being investigated for suspected corruption over arms deliveries for the fight against the terrorist group Boko Haram has bought a 50 million crown luxury penthouse apartment in Prague, according to the news server Seznam. It said that 43-year old Hima Aboubakar bought the flat...

Justice ministry under fire for poor accounting

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:03:00 +0100

The Ministry of Justice has come under fire from the country’s main financial watchdog, the Supreme Audit Office. Looking over the accounts of the ministry for 2015, the office said they did not represent a clear or reliable picture of its housekeeping with around 2.5 billion crowns worth of faults....

Czechs marking Palach anniversary

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:55:00 +0100

Czechs are marking the 48th anniversary of the self-immolation of student Jan Palach in protest against the nation’s growing apathy to the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia. Palach set himself ablaze at the top end of Wenceslas Square, suffering burns to 95 percent of his body, on January 16, 1969....

Justice minister to challenge cancelling verdict in Rath case

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:38:00 +0100

Czech Justice Minister Robert Pelikan has said he will file a complaint with the Supreme Court against the cancellation of a verdict in the corruption case of former Social Democrat governor of Central Bohemia David Rath. The Prague High Court cancelled the verdict on the grounds that it was based on...

Daily news summary 15.1.2017

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 17:47:00 +0100

Firearms proposal under fire, March for Alleppo in Prague, traffic problems

Military terminates contract on bulletproof vests for army

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 17:42:00 +0100

Defense Minister Martin Stropnický has confirmed that the military terminated a contract with the Czech firm Česka zbrojovka on the delivery of 2,300 bulletproof vests for the army on the grounds that the vests do not afford the required standard of protection. The company making the vests reportedly...

Justice minister slams idea civilians should shoot terrorists

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 17:41:00 +0100

Justice Minister Robert Pelikan has slammed a proposal for Czechs with legally held firearms to be able to use their weapons against terrorists. In a debate on Czech public television Minister Pelikan said he hoped the government would not support the idea which was like something from the Wild West....

March for Aleppo reaches Prague

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 15:30:00 +0100

The civil march for Aleppo which is to draw attention to the plight of the war-ravaged Syrian city reached Prague on Sunday. The several dozen activists who set out from Berlin after Christmas expanded to around 200 people in the Czech capital. The march passed by the Syrian and Russian embassies in...

Snow continues to complicate traffic around the country

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 13:34:00 +0100

Heavy snow continued to complicate traffic around the country on Sunday. Several roads in the Krusné Hory Mountains in the north-west of the country are impassable and the highly-frequented crossing to Poland via Harrachov remains closed to trucks. A snow drift warning is in place for higher altitudes...

Employers confident about economic growth in 2017

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 11:29:00 +0100

Representatives of leading Czech firms have put economic growth in 2017 at between 2.5 and 3.1 percent, according to the ctk news agency which conducted a poll among employers. According to employers, growth should be fueled by the drawing of EU structural funds, but could be undermined by a lack of...

Weather forecast

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 11:29:00 +0100

Monday should bring partly cloudy to overcast skies with more snow, particularly in the mountain regions and day temperatures between -1 and – 5 degrees Celsius. Night time lows between -6 and – 10.

New law brings tightened security at nuclear stations

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 09:44:00 +0100

A new nuclear power law which took effect in 2017 has tightened security at the country’s two nuclear power stations, Czech Television reported on Sunday. The legislation has significantly increased the number of employees who need to have security clearance to work at a nuclear power facility. While...

Roof of sports hall collapses during game

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 09:43:00 +0100

The roof of a newly constructed sports hall in Česká Třebová, in the northeast of the country, collapsed during an evening game of floorball on Saturday night. Some eighty people were in the facility at the time of the accident but everyone managed to get out in time. No injuries were reported. The players...

Zuzana Růžičková: overcoming the odds to world acclaim

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 02:01:00 +0100

In today’s edition of Sunday Music Show we mark the 90th birthday of Zuzana Růžičková, one of the world’s leading harpsichordists. Despite enduring three concentration camps as well as Communist persecution, Zuzana Růžičková pursued her dream of becoming a professional musician. During her long career, she released around one hundred albums and became the first person to record Bach's complete works for keyboard, which have just recently been re-issued.