Zdeněk Štybar finished third at a cyclo-cross World Cup event in Plzeň, west Bohemia, on Sunday. Belgian Niels Albert clinched victory, followed by Sven Nijs, also from Belgium. Štybar currently ranks second after the season’s second World Cup event. Another Czech, Radomír Šimůnek, finished seventh.
The UNESCO agency is concerned that a tunnel complex which is being constructed in Prague might harm the city’s historic centre, the news website aktualne.cz reported on Sunday. The agency will therefore send a mission to the Czech capital to examine the situation on the spot. The Blanka tunnel, which is to form part of a planned ring road around the city, runs only a few hundred metres from the protected area of Prague Castle. City officials said the tunnel will not damage any of the capital’s historic monuments.
Czech Airlines could make profit in 2010 if the company is re-structured, CEO Radomír Lašák told Czech TV on Sunday. The state-owned firm should cut 1,000 of 4,600 jobs and keep 45 aircraft. In August, Czech Airlines posted a loss of 1.83 billion crowns, or more than 105 million US dollars. The Czech government is planning to privatize the national carrier; the sole bidder, UNIMEX, offered the state one billion crowns. The cabinet is scheduled to decide on the company’s privatization on October 26.
The Czech president, Václav Klaus, has said that the EU’s Lisbon treaty
has progressed too far to be stopped. Mr Klaus told the daily Lidové
Noviny on Saturday that although he did not consider the treaty to be a
good thing for the Czech Republic or Europe, "the train has travelled
far and too fast" and it would not be possible to stop it. The Czech
president also said he would not withhold the reform treaty’s
ratification in anticipation of the next British elections.
The Czech Republic is the last EU member state not to have ratified the Lisbon treaty. The country’s Constitutional Court is scheduled to rule on whether the document is in line with Czech law on October 27. However, earlier this moth Václav Klaus said he would not complete the ratification unless the Czech Republic is granted an exception form the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights concerning possible property claims from ethnic Germans expelled from Czechoslovakia after WWII.
The Czech-Irish duo, Markéta Irglová and Glenn Hansard, are going to release a new album, Strict Joy, on October 27, the New York Times reported. The album, described as “a more ambitious, eclectic effort” was recorded in the United States. Ms Irglová and Mr Hansard continue working together even after their two-year romance ended last year.
Some 15,000 Czech households still remain without electricity supplies due to extreme weather conditions. Heavy snowing and strong winds that hit the north and northeast of the Czech Republic over last several days caused power cuts, disrupted train lines and blocked roads. Repairs have often been hampered by further snowfall and damaged lines in hard-to-reach areas. Snowstorms, which began on Thursday, set new records for snowfall in the Czech Republic in the month of October. The conditions caught many local inhabitants as well as motorists off guard. Five people have died due to the severe weather conditions.
Unseeded Czech Petra Kvitová beat second seed Agniezska Radwanska, of Poland, 6:3, 6:2 at a WTA event in Linz, Austria, on Saturday, and advanced into the final. Kvitová, who beat world number one Dinara Safina at US Open last month, will face either Italian top seed Flavia Penneta or Yanina Wickmayer, of Belgium, seeded third.
Czech Railways is planning to let go 450 employees by mid December, a senior manager told the daily Mladá fronta Dnes on Saturday. The state-owned company is also considering selling some of its property, and scrapping obsolete railway cars. These cost-cutting measures are expected to generate some 700 million crowns, or more than 40 million US dollars which should help the firm to re-structuralize and invest into new rail vehicles.
The Czech EU commissioner, Vladimír Špidla, has warned that delaying the ratification of the Lisbon treaty is driving the Czech Republic into “significant isolation”. Mr Špidla told the ČTK news agency on Saturday that the current situation not only weakens the Czech position within the European Union, but also undermines the countries relations to other EU member states. These issues, according to Commissioner Špidla, are much more important than whether or not the Czech Republic will lose its seat on the European Commission. That might happen if the Lisbon treaty is not ratified and the EU will be governed under the Treaty of Nice.
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