The Czech Republic won its Davis Cup quarter final tie against Chile by 4:1. The Chileans got their sole point in the first of the return singles on Sunday when Jorge Aguilar beat Lukáš Dlouhý 6:1, 7:6. In the final match, Ivo Minář beat Christobal Saavedra-Corvalan 7:6, 6:2. The Czechs had secured their place in the semifinals after taking a 3:0 lead following the doubles tie on Saturday. They will now face Serbia in September.
Consumer price inflation in June was 1.2 percent compared with the same month a year earlier, according to the Czech Statistical Office. That level is unchanged from the rate in May but around twice the inflation rate of the first few months of the year. The main factors pushing prices up were the higher cost of food, drink and recreation. But clothes and shoe prices fell. Experts expect the trend of rising prices to continue but not exceed the central bank’s guidelines.
The West Bohemian spa town of Mariánské Lázně has been pledged 17 million crowns from European Unions funds to counter the spread of Giant Hogweed. The massive and fast spreading plant is a major problem round the town. The funds will be used to help pay for chemical and physical removal as part of a pilot project over the next four years. The project will focus on a stretch of countryside along the Kosí and Hutský streams. The area occupied by the invasive plant has increased fivefold along the Kosí river over the last 15 years according to regional experts.
A coalition agreement paving the way for a centre-right government was signed by the leaders of the Civic Democrat, TOP 09 and Public Affairs parties on Monday evening. Prime minister designate, Petr Nečas of the Civic Democrats, later presented the programme to President Václav Klaus at Prague Castle. Mr. Klaus should appoint a 15-member cabinet on Tuesday morning. The clock will then start ticking for the new government to win a vote of confidence in the lower house of parliament within 30 days. The three parties have 118 seats in the 200 seat lower house.
Police on Monday highlighted the high accident figures since the start of the summer holidays on Czech roads. They said that 75 people had been killed since June 25 with the last two weeks being the worst period over the last two years. Most of the fatalities have been car drivers. Police say they have stepped up road checks with an extra 1,000 police put on duty over the recent weekend. But they say they are powerless to improve sometimes rash and reckless behaviour. Accident figures had been falling since the start of the year.
Two people drowned on Saturday as many people sought relief in pools, lakes and rivers from record temperatures. A 22-year-old man drowned in a lake near the central Bohemian town of Brandýs nad Labem. He is thought to have to have got into difficulties when trying to rescue a child who fell from their inflatable. His body has still not been recovered. A woman was found drowned at the family pool at the town of Zadní Třeban in central Bohemia.
Spanish director Agusti Vila's film "The Mosquito Net" won the
main prize at the 45th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival on
A jury led by US producer Ron Yerxa picked Vila's film featuring Geraldine
Chaplin in a silent role as the Grand Prix-Crystal Globe winner out of the
12 movies in the competition. The film recounts the story of members of a
rich family, plagued by guilt, who have problems communicating with each
“Kooky” by Oscar-winning Czech director Jan Svěrák earned the Special Jury Prize. A German, French, Swiss and Romanian co-production 'Aurora' by Romanian director Cristi Puiu won the East of the West section, Russian director Nikita Mikhalkov and Slovak director Juraj Herz were presented with Crystal Globes for their outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema.
The leader of the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia Vojtěch Filip described Public Affairs’ referendum as a marketing trick and not an example of direct democracy. Speaking on the same Czech Television programme as Radek John, Mr. Filip said the coalition programme appeared like a manifesto of business interests, adding it was 99 percent certain that his party would vote against the coalition government when it seeks a vote of confidence in the lower house. President Václav Klaus is due to appoint the government on July 13, setting a 30-day deadline for it to win a vote of confidence.
The Czech Republic has secured a place in the Davis cup semifinals after taking a 3: 0 lead against Chile on Saturday. Jan Hájek and Lukáš Dlouhý got the all important third point in the doubles against Nicolas Massu and Jorge Aguilar. The score was 7:6, 6:3, 3:6, 6:3. Ivo Minář and Hájek earlier won their opening singles. The Czech squad was dubbed a ‘B’ team given the absence of top singles players Tomáš Berdych and Radek Štěpánek. The Czechs are now set up in September to play Serbia which won its tie against Croatia.
The head of the Czech branch of the corruption fighting organisation Transparency International said he remained to be convinced about many aspects of the incoming government’s anti-corruption programme. Director David Ondráčka said on Sunday during a tv debate that he was surprised some of the 17-points to deal with corruption were there at all and were priorities. He added that all governments came in with big proclamations and intentions about corruption but these later evaporated. The coalition government programme calls for a new law on lobbying, more vigorous checks on the assets of public officials, stricter penalties for proven cases of corruption, and for major tenders to be entirely public and on-line.
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