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Published: Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:23:00 +0100

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Speed-skater Sábliková wins 3,000 m race in Astana

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:23:00 +0100

Three times Olympics winner Martina Sábliková won her third consecutive 3,000 m race at the Speed Skating World Cup in Astana, Kazakhstan. She was timed at 4. 02,90 coming in ahead of Anna Jurakova from Russia (4.03,84), and Miho Takagi from Japan (4.05,68). Sáblíková also won the 3,000m title in Nagano...

Czechoslovak secret police files reveal interest in Trump couple

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:22:40 +0100

The Czechoslovak communist-era secret police took an active interest in the Czech born first wife of US president-elect Donald Trump back in the late 1970s and 80s, according to newly examined archive materials. The StB kept an eye on Ivana Zelníčková after she immigrated to Canada in 1971, and later during her marriage to the American real estate mogul, who was apparently already revealing his presidential ambitions.

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Pilot project aims to make companies come clean over public contracts

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:22:40 +0100

The Czech Republic has been selected for a corruption fighting pilot project which could have a major impact if it eventually expands to cover the massive public sector tenders market.

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Head of Prague Castle guard dismissed

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:43:00 +0100

The head of the Prague Castle guard, Petr Prskavec, has been dismissed, the president’s spokesman, Jiří Ovčáček, announced on Friday. He did not specify the reasons for his dismissal. Prskavec spent less than a year in office, taking over from Radim Studený, who was sacked for failing to prevent the...

Will darkly funny Czech animated short get Happy End at the 2017 Oscars?

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:52:17 +0100

Just a few days ago, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced 10 films worldwide which had made the short list for Oscar nominations in the Animated Short Films Category. Among them, is a film entitled Happy End, the work of up and coming Czech animator Jan Saska. In his late 20s, Saska worked on Happy End throughout studies in Zlín and at Prague’s FAMU film school. The B&W short, about the misadventures of a bunch of Czech hunters, a tractor driver, a party-goer and a not so good-looking corpse, is darkly funny and told in an unconventional style.

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Daily news summary 2.12.2016

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:51:00 +0100

Czech mom loses in Norway, national parks bill, puppets make UNESCO list

Some like it hot: erotic internet sales boom

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:09:02 +0100

The sale of sex toys is one of the fastest growing internet businesses in the Czech Republic, the daily reported on Friday. Over the past year, sellers have posted an increase of business by over a fifth.

Norwegian court rejects Czech mother’s appeal

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:32:00 +0100

A Norwegian court has refused to reopen the case of Czech mother Eva Michaláková who is fighting for her two sons, after being stripped of her parental rights following suspicions of abuse. Although charges were never pressed the boys have been placed in foster care and a judge barred Ms Michaláková...

Weather forecast

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:52:00 +0100

Saturday should be clear to partly cloudy with snow in places and day temps between -1 and 3 degrees Celsius.

Lower house approves bill on national parks

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:36:00 +0100

The lower house has approved fundamental changes to the law governing the country’s four national parks. The proposed changes include relaxing the ban on tourist access to the most sensitive and valuable areas of the parks and at the same time significantly increasing the number of non-intervention areas...

Strong winds disrupt rail transport, damage power lines

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:02:00 +0100

Strong winds have disrupted rail transport between the Czech Republic and Slovakia and caused damage to power lines in many parts of the Czech Republic. The worst damage is reported from northern Bohemia where emergency crews were out all night clearing roads, rail tracks and fixing damages power lines....

Arson not ruled out in fire at Amazon

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:43:00 +0100

Thursday’s fire at the Amazon distribution centre in Dobroviz near Prague caused damage to the tune of three million crowns, the ctk news agency reported. The cause of the fire is being investigated and the police have reportedly not ruled out arson. 2,800 people were evacuated and three people received...

Czech pupetteering added to UNESCO intangible cultural heritage list

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 07:46:00 +0100

Czech and Slovak puppeteering have been added to the UNESCO world intangible cultural heritage list. The move was made at a UNESCO meeting currently taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Czech Republic was already represented on the list by the slovácký verbuňk dance, Hlinecko region masopust (carnival)...

UK’s Corbyn among socialist leaders meeting in Prague

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 07:39:00 +0100

Socialist leaders from around Europe are meeting in Prague on Friday. UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, PM Robert Fico of Slovakia’s Smer and German SDP vice-chancellor Sigmar Gabriel are among those due to speak at the Party of European Socialists gathering at the city’s Congress Centre. The three-day...

Czechs on terror charges in Turkey petition for release

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:55:00 +0100

A lawyer for two Czechs facing charges in Turkey of belonging to a terrorist organisation has petitioned for their release. The news was made public by Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka on Thursday. The Czech Republic sees no reason for Markéta Všelichová or Miroslav Farkas to be either detained...

Czech Airlines plots course for four new destinations in summer timetable

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 15:21:11 +0100

The national carrier Czech Airlines plans to launch flights to four new destinations in the upcoming summer season. The Czech carrier will launch services to Keflavik in Iceland, Lisbon, Verona and Aarhus. The company made the announcement at a press conference this week. According to Jan Tóth, Czech Airlines Director for Commerce and Marketing, the number of new destinations can still rise further before the start of the new season.

Daily news summary 1.12.2016

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:51:00 +0100

Cash register system running, Prague best spot to live, tennis coach "swop"

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Prague again ranked best place to live in national survey

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:48:00 +0100

Prague is the best place to live in the Czech Republic, according to the research project Místo pro život (Place for Life). While the capital retains top spot in the survey, the Pardubice Region has shot up from ninth last year to second place, followed by Plzeň, which also came in third in 2015. The...

Foreign Ministry building recounts Czech history in a new novel

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:41:13 +0100

The Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs is located in the majestic Baroque Černín Palace just above Prague Castle. The majestic building, as well as the nearby Loreta Church, plays a major part in a recently published novel titled “Chvála oportunismu” or “In praise of opportunism”. Its author, Czech diplomat Marek Toman, a guest in Radio Prague’s Czech Books programme earlier this year, works at the ministry and knows the building inside out. I began by asking him how he came up with the idea to make the actual palace the narrator of his latest book.

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Finance minister’s flagship measure against Czech tax dodgers takes effect

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:57:05 +0100

Some probably thought it would never happen but their doubts have been confounded in a textbook example proving that where there’s a political will there is a way. And on Thursday electronic cash registers, the flagship measure to combat tax dodging of ANO leader and finance minister Andrej Babiš, started to take effect on the ground in the Czech Republic.

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French president stresses unity during Czech visit

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:57:05 +0100

French President Francois Hollande met with Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka and President Miloš Zeman during a one-day visit to the Czech Republic on Wednesday. Twice before Hollande has had to cancel visits to the country after terrorist incidents back home, and not surprisingly security and European unity topped the agenda of the talks.

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Schwick scores for Sampdoria for three goals in two appearances

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:20:00 +0100

The young Czech soccer striker Patrik Schick scored twice for Sampdoria as they beat Cagliari 3:0 in the Italian Cup on Wednesday night. In his only previous outing for the Genovese team the 20-year-old – who joined Sampdoria from Sparta Prague in the summer – scored against Juventus in a league game....

Domestic ice hockey league to celebrate 80 years of existence

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 12:52:00 +0100

The Czech ice hockey Extraliga is to mark the 80th anniversary of its foundation in a series of events over the coming weeks. They will begin with a game between Sparta Prague and Vítkovice on Sunday and conclude with a clash between Zlín and Hradec Králové on January 13. During the celebrations large-scale...

Weather forecast

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 12:25:00 +0100

It should be mainly cloudy and wet in the Czech Republic on Friday, with temperatures of up to 4 degrees Celsius. The weekend is expected to be colder but with some sunny spells.

Sixty percent of drivers flouting rules at rail crossings

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:58:00 +0100

Sixty percent of drivers in the Czech Republic flout traffic regulations when using railway crossings, Roman Budský of the national Road Safety Team said at a news conference on Thursday. The most frequent violation is driving over the crossings after warning signals begin. Mr. Budský said the majority...

Prague opens winter night shelters for homeless

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 10:57:00 +0100

Winter night shelters for the homeless opened in Prague on Thursday. The number of beds available has more than doubled this year to over 430. The Czech capital has seen freezing night temperatures several times this week. Centres are in place in the Michle, Žižkov and Holešovice districts of the city,...

Tennis stars Plíšková and Kvitová “swop” trainers

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 10:49:00 +0100

The Czech tennis stars Karolína Plíšková and Petra Kvitová have “swopped” coaches. Plíšková, the world number six, has just announced that she is to begin working with David Kotyza, who until January trained Kvitová. The latter, meanwhile, has hired Jiří Vaněk, who Plíšková parted company with in mid-November....

Liberec region hit by heavy snow

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 08:30:00 +0100

Heavy snow in the northern region of Liberec caused chaos on Wednesday night. Up to 15 centimetres of snow fell in some places, causing a series of accidents and disrupting public transport. Two roads near the Czech-Polish border have been closed to heavy lorries with one, at Harrachov, likely to stay...

Finance minister’s flagship electronic cash registers up and running

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 08:29:00 +0100

The flagship measure to combat undeclared earnings, electronic cash registers, began to take effect across the Czech Republic on Thursday. The measure has been pushed by finance minister and ANO leader Andrej Babiš against opposition from the centre-right opposition. In the first wave, the measure applies...

French president meets Czech counterpart and prime minister on Prague visit

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:35:00 +0100

French president François Hollande met with Czech president Miloš Zeman and later met prime minister Bohuslav Sobotka on a visit to Prague on November 30. The talks with Zeman touched on the future of the EU, defense cooperation, terrorism, immigration, and high speed rail links. The two presidents agreed...