Tomáš Berdych is missing for the initial Czech nominations for the Davis Cup quarterfinal match against France to be played between July 15 and 17. The squad named by captain Jaroslav Navrátil is composed of Jiří Veselý, Lukáš Rosol, Adam Pavlásek, and Radek Štěpánek. Berdych has said he will address whether he plays or not in the tie being hosted by the Czech Republic after the conclusion of his Wimbledon competition.
In tennis, Tomáš Berdych has reached the quarterfinals of Wimbledon after beating fellow Czech Jiří Veselý in an epic encounter. The 10th seed won the match 4:6, 6:3, 7:6, 6:7, 6:3. The match was interrupted on Monday evening for bad light after Veselý saved five match balls to win the set and draw level at two sets all. The match resumed on Tuesday.
Moravian flags were displayed on Tuesday from the town halls of 1230 local councils in the region to mark the arrival of saints Cyril and Methodius in Grand Moravia in 863. The total is around 100 more than took part in the initiative last year. The initiative was launched seven years ago. There are around 1900 councils in Moravia, meaning that most took part. Cyril and Methodius are credited with bringing Christianity to the region.
Czech Gripen fighter jets which will in the Autumn patrol the skies above Iceland could for the first time be armed with air to air missiles, according to Minister of Defense Martin Stropnický. The Czech planes will be on duty in Icelandic airspace for the third time. The area is often subject to Russian incursions to test NATO air security and preparedness.
The head of the Czech domestic spying and counter terrorism service, BIS, will only be replaced when a replacement has been selected by the government, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka has said. Minister of Interior Milan Chovanec told reporters on Monday that Jiří Lang had made a request to leave the service and post he has held for the last 13 years. The timing when he will quit the post was not specified. The daily Mladá Fronta Dnes suggested that Lang will in the near future head the National Security Authority which is responsible for making sure that measures are in place to guarantee the safe operating of government and other state agencies.
Ali Fayad, the Lebanese man who was released to his homeland after the Czech minister of justice refused an extradition request for him from the United States,has been released from prison in Beirut, according to Czech Radio. The broadcaster cited his lawyer Vladimír Řičíu, who was unable to give further details. Fayad’s release in February, along with another man, sparked protests from Washington. US authorities had wanted to question him in connection with an alleged drugs for arms deal involving FARC guerrillas in Colombia.
Lucie Šafářová, the last Czech in the Wimbledon ladies singles, lost in the fourth round against Jaroslava Shvedova. Šafářová, seeded 18th in the tournament, succumbed in straight sets 6:2, 6:4 and had little to reply to the aggressive hard hitting game of her Kazakh opponent. It is Šafářová’s fourth loss in a row to Shvedova.
An annual report to be discussed by the government on Thursday states says more than half of country’s Roma minority lives n social exclusion, the Czech News Agency reports. Experts estimate that as more than 113, 000 people. The Roma make up two percent of the country’s population. In some areas, such as the regions of Ústí or Moravia-Silesia, some two-thirds of Romanies are said to be socially excluded. Many who fall in this category have been pushed to the periphery of towns or cities, live in boarding houses with little opportunity to rent elsewhere, according to ČTK. Unemployment and personal debt also run high. Last year, some 67 million crowns were allotted from the state budget for integration projects, divided among the Education, Culture and Regional Development ministries. Funds were used, for example, to pay social workers and Roma coordinators.
President Miloš Zeman has made a tradition of hitting the pond in a yellow dinghy while enjoying the summer holidays near his cottage in Nové Veselí in the Ždár area, news site iDnes reported on Monday. The president’s security detail took to a second inflatable raft nearby. The daily reported that the president went out onto the water in fair but windy weather at around noon. The Vysočina region has long been a retreat for the head of state; Mr Zeman went into semi-retirement there for roughly a decade after serving as prime minister of the Czech Republic until 2002.
The U.S. is seeking permission from the Czech government to fly Global Hawk surveillance drones through Czech airspace, the daily Právo reports. The pilotless aircraft is the largest of its kind in the U.S. fleet and is reportedly to help monitor areas along the Russian border. The U.S. Embassy in Prague declined to comment but the news was confirmed by the spokesman for the Transport Ministry, says the daily. Právo adds that teams from the Interior, Defence, and Transport Ministries have met to discuss ways of accommodating the U.S. plans but suggests getting to yes won’t be easy, saying Czech and European legislation do not deal with long-distance operation of unmanned aircraft.