Czech tennis player Karolína Plíšková has advanced to the third round
of the Beijing Open for the third consecutive year with a 6-3, 6-4 win over
Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus.
The seventh-seeded Plíšková, who trailed 2-0 in the second set before winning four games in a row, will next play local wild-card entry Wang Qiang of China.
The Czech Republic is sending 10 million crowns worth of aid to help
victims of the earthquake and tsunami that recently hit Indonesia, Deputy
Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček said. Dispatching monetary aid above
that amount must be approved by the Czech government.
The funds will be sent to Indonesia via local branches of humanitarian organizations such as the Red Cross. According to Mr Petříček, the Czech Republic also wants to help rebuild the hardest-hit areas.
Police have called in snake capture specialists from the Prague Zoo to help
track down a pet green mamba that went missing on Tuesday in the district
Due to the cool weather, the deadly reptile is likely to be seeking shelter in a heated building, experts said. Police were alerted to the situation after a woman, allegedly the green mamba’s owner, sought medical treatment for a snake bite.
This year's National Prize for Architecture has been awarded to the
Sporadical studio for the new sports hall at Dolní Břežany primary
school. Judges said the rounded, ellipsoidal building, which mirrors its
surroundings, cleverly masks its true dimensions.
More than 160 ateliers with over 200 projects implemented in the Czech Republic between January 2017 and March 2018 had been entered in the 25th year of the competition. The five-member international jury had initially selected 42 finalists.
Stricter mortgage rules, in force since October, apply not only to new
contracts but also to refinancing existing housing loans, the business
daily Hospodářské noviny writes, citing a central bank spokesperson.
According to the report, this is in direct contradiction with what the Czech National Bank governor Jiří Rusnok said in June, taking some commercial lenders by surprise.
Czech Egyptologists have discovered the limestone grave of a high-ranking
official from the middle of the fifth dynasty, “a custodian of royal
affairs” identified as Kaire, whose name had been carved into the wall at
the Abusir necropolis.
The Czech research team under the direction of archaeologist Miroslav Bárta has also discovered a halved granite sculpture. In Egypt, it is hoped that the new finds will help boost tourism, which has slumped since the so-called Arab Spring.
Viktoria Plzeň were beaten 5:0 away by Roma in the Champions League group
stage on Tuesday evening. The hosts’ striker Edin Dzeko, who played for
Teplice earlier in his career, scored a hat trick in the one-sided
That result leaves Plzeň with one point after two games. On the previous match day the West Bohemians drew at home with CSKA Moscow, who now top the group after a surprise win over Real Madrid.
The Social Democrats’ nominee for minister of foreign affairs, Tomáš
Petříček, should be installed in the post at the end of next week, Prime
Minister Andrej Babiš of ANO said after a meeting with President Zeman on
Mr. Zeman’s spokesperson said that the head of state would meet Mr. Petříček on Thursday. The president refused to appoint the Social Democrats’ previous candidate for diplomatic chief and the party’s Jan Hamáček has been filling the role in a caretaker capacity.
The state enterprise Diamo should become actively involved in a project to
mine lithium at Cínovec in Northern Bohemia, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš
said on Tuesday. He made the statement in response to reports on Monday
that the Australian firm European Metals Holdings had acquired permission
from the Czech authorities to begin 13 test drills, an important step in
ascertaining the viability of the project.
Mr. Babiš said he would meet the ministers of the environment and industry and trade to discuss the matter. He said Diamo would have to be forced to be more active as it had done nothing to date.
The Czech state had signed a memorandum with European Metals Holdings on exploiting the mine but that was abrogated by Mr. Babiš’s government.