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Published: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:36:00 +0100

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Industry Minister Jan Mladek sacked

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:36:00 +0100

Industry and Trade Minister Jan Mladek has been dismissed from office. Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka announced the news after Monday’s session of the government saying he would inform President Zeman about his decision on Thursday and say who he wanted as a replacement. Mladek has been under fire in…

Daily news summary 20.2.2017

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:43:00 +0100

OKD sale rejected, Lucerna on list of protected sites, Federer in Prague

Tennis star Roger Federer in Prague to promote Laver Cup

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:38:00 +0100

18 time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer who is in Prague after a ten year break on Monday greeted fans on Old Town Square, accompanied by Czech tennis player Tomáš Berdych. The tennis star is here to promote the Laver Cup which is to take place in Prague in September. Federer will return to Prague…

Sports News 20.2.2017

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:22:18 +0100

In Sports News this Monday: Federer promotes Laver Cup in Prague; local Smutná wins women’s race in fiftieth edition of Jizerská padesátka cross country skiing race; no win for Koukalová on final day of successful Biathlon World Championships; and abuse of African Sparta player dominates headlines as league returns.

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Czech research station in Antarctica celebrates ten years

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:58:20 +0100

This week marks the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Czech Republic’s Antarctic J.G. Mendel station located on James Ross Island, operated by Masaryk University in Brno. Annually, groups of scientists conduct research there from January – March. Over the decade there were significant successes and breakthrough results.

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Courts to reopen Mašín case

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:41:00 +0100

Czech courts will once again rule on the restitution claim of Zdena Mašínová, sister of the Mašín brothers, who dramatically escaped from Czechoslovakia in the early 1950s. Mašínová has filed for restitution of her father’s farm in Central Bohemia which was confiscated by the Communists. Her claim was…

Speculation over crown mounts but switch to euro still distant according to bank governor

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:34:33 +0100

Speculation is rising about the when and wherefore of the Czech crown’s exit from the low crown regime. But even amidst this uncertainty, according to central bank governor there is still no likelihood in the short term that the crown will be ditched for the single currency euro.

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Amazon to create new jobs in Czech Republic

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:13:00 +0100

The e-commerce giant Amazon has announced further investments in the Czech Republic saying it will be hiring another 1,000 people in addition to the 3,000 it currently employs in order to meet growing customer demand. The job offers will be for qualified and unqualified workers, spanning engineering…

Weather forecast

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:59:00 +0100

Tuesday should be partly cloudy to overcast with rain in places, a strong wind and day temperatures between 6 and 10 degrees Celsius.

Mining company OKD’s future uncertain after government fails to approve sale

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:54:00 +0100

The future of the OKD mining company, which was forced to declare bankruptcy last year, remains uncertain after the government rejected its proposed sale to the state owned company Diamo for a symbolic one crown. The move was supported only by the Social Democrats; ANO voted against since it is in favour…

Lucerna and Invalidovna on list of Czech Cultural Monuments

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:43:00 +0100

Another 15 sites have been added to the list of Czech Cultural Monuments, including Prague’s famous Lucerna Palace and the massive baroque Invalidovna complex in the city’s Karlín district. The sites on the list are approved by the government as “monuments constituting the most important part of the…

400,000 sign petition for Czech imprisoned in Sudan

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:14:00 +0100

Some 400,000 people from all over the world have signed a petition for the release of Czech Petr Jasek, whom a Sudanese court sent to prison for more than 20 years for espionage and subversion in January. The petition was reportedly launched by the international organization CitizenGO and is addressed…

More Czech fathers awarded custody rights

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:52:00 +0100

The number of Czech fathers who are winning custody of their children and receiving alimony payments from their ex-wives is increasing, Czech Television reported on Monday. According to 2016 statistics over 7,000 fathers were awarded custody rights last year. Experts see this as a positive trend in Czech…

Daily news summary 19.2.2017

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 16:18:00 +0100

Cardinal stable, coalition with Communists divisive, Jizerska 50

Koukalová fourth at Biathlon World Championships

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 16:12:00 +0100

Gabriela Koukalová failed to secure a fourth medal at the Biathlon World Championships in Hochfilzen, Austria at the weekend. The Czech biathlete dropped to fourth place behind Finland’s Kaisa-Leena Mäkäräinen in the final fifth round of the race on Sunday. Germany’s Laura Dahlmeier won her fifth gold…

Weather forecast

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 14:48:00 +0100

Monday should be partly cloudy to overcast with scattered showers, a strong wind in places, and day temperatures between 5 and 9 degrees Celsius.

Electronic prescriptions will come into force next year despite protests

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 14:44:00 +0100

Health Minister Miloslav Ludvik has said the introduction of electronic prescriptions will go into effect next year despite protests from the Czech Medical Chamber. The introduction of electronic prescriptions in part of a broader shift to services online and more data-sharing between doctors regarding…

Kateřina Smutná and Norten Eide Pedersen winners of annual Jizerská 50

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:08:00 +0100

The Czech Republic’s Kateřina Smutná has won the women’s annual Jizerská 50, a gruelling 50 kilometre cross-country skiing race held in the Jizerská mountains near Liberec, north of Prague. She came in 10.5 seconds ahead of Sweden’s Britta Johansson Norgren. The men’s race was won by Norway’s Norten…

Social Democrats divided over possible coalition with Communist Party

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 10:46:00 +0100

Social Democratic Party members have reservations to party leader Bohuslav Sobotka’s statement regarding the possibility of entering into a coalition with the Communist Party following the autumn general election. According to a flash poll conducted by Czech Radio some party members feel that the party…

Cardinal Vlk stabilized, but in serious condition

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 10:16:00 +0100

Cardinal Miloslav Vlk who was taken to hospital on Friday in grave condition, is reported to have been stabilized. In a message he dictated from his hospital bed the cardinal said he was not in pain and thanked people for their prayers and messages of support. The cardinal remains in serious condition.…

Slovak-Czech film Little Harbour wins Crystal Globe at Berlinale

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 09:44:00 +0100

The Slovak-Czech film Little Harbour directed by Iveta Grófová has won a Crystal Globe in the Generation Kplus category of the Berlinale Film Festival. The movie tells the story tells the story of two children whose innocent play will change their lives forever. Ten years-old and living with a mother…

Czech folk legend Jarmila Šuláková

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 02:01:00 +0100

Czech folk legend Jarmila Šuláková, who died this week at the age of 87, brought Moravian folk music to audiences around the world. The „queen of folk“ sang from the heart as she liked to say and she had the same esprit at 30 as she did at 80, singing both with traditional folk ensembles as well as the folk-rock group Fleret which opened the world of folk music to younger audiences. In the course of a career spanning more than six decades she recorded over a dozen albums and performed thousands of concerts at home and abroad.

Plíškova beats Wozniacki in Doha WTA final

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 21:08:00 +0100

Karolína Plíškova beat Caroline Wozniacki in the Qatar Open final on Saturday to win her second title of 2017. Plíškova won 6-3 6-4 in one hour and 20 minutes to claim her eighth WTA title and follow up her most recent victory in Brisbane in January. She will remain No. 3 in the world rankings.

Daily news summary 18.2.2017

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:50:00 +0100

Russia fake news,Forman 85,cardinal hospitalized

Czech Days in Beijing underway

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 14:41:00 +0100

A series of PR events titled Czech Days in Beijing have just been launched in the Chinese capital. A trade fair in the city will present the country’s leading export articles, Czech culture and tourist destinations. The events will culminate with a visit to Beijing by Czech President Milos Zeman in March.…

Czech head of NATO’s military committee says expect more fake news from Russia

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 13:58:00 +0100

Russia was behind a false report of a rape by German soldiers in Lithuania that was intended to undermine support for NATO's new eastern force, the head of NATO’s military committee, Czech General Petr Pavel told the Reuters news agency. General Pavel warned Europe to expect more such "fake…

Czech-born US film director Miloš Forman turns 85

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 10:57:00 +0100

The renowned Czech-born US film director Milos Forman turns 85 on Saturday. Although he will not be visiting his homeland for health reasons, his 85th birthday is being marked around the country by a series of cultural events. Czech public Czech Television and cinemas are featuring his films as well as…

Weather forecast

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 10:18:00 +0100

Sunday should be partly cloudy to overcast with rain in places and day temperatures reaching 8 degrees Celsius. Night time lows can drop to -2 degrees Celsius.

Polish miner found dead at Karvina mine

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 10:04:00 +0100

A Polish miner was found dead at a mine in Karvina in the early hours of Saturday, the ctk news agency reported. The cause of death is being investigated by a special commission. The fifty-two-year-old Polish employee was found by co-workers. No security incident was reported at the mine.

Cardinal Vlk hospitalized

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 09:05:00 +0100

Cardinal Miloslav Vlk, 84, has been hospitalized after his health condition deteriorated sharply, the news site reported citing a Karlin priest in whose parish the cardinal was getting home care. The cardinal was diagnosed with lung cancer late last year and had been undergoing chemotherapy.…