Staying with tennis, Czech-born legend Martina Navratilová says she wants to work as a trainer but has not received the right offer. The 57-year old winner of 18 Grand Slam events admitted in a newspaper interview on Wednesday that her other engagement might mean that she might only be available as an advisor for some of the big events. Navratilová, who took US citizenship after leaving communist era Czechoslovakia, said she was open to training men or women players.
In tennis, the Czech Republic has been drawn against Canada in the first round of the women’s team competition, the Fed CUP. The Czech team will have to fly to Canada next year for the matches taking place on February 7 and 8. The Czech team are already in the finals of this year’s competition which takes place against Germany on November 8 and 9. The Czech Republic won the competition in 2011 and 2012.
Around 150 Czech film stars and dubbing professions are engaged in a battle over pay and conditions with studios which use them. The dubbers created an agency to represent them and battle against pressure from studios for faster work for the same pay, according to a report in Wednesday’s Mladá fronta Dnes. Some say they are asked to do four or five times as much work in the same time as before. The agency’s terms have been cold shouldered by some major employers which have reportedly said they can find replacements for the well known voices.
The Czech economy has grown by 2.5 percent in the first quarter of the year compared with the same period a year earlier according to the Czech Statistics Office. That’s a lot higher than was previously expected and the strongest quarterly figure for the last three years. The office has previously estimated that the economy grew by 2.0 percent between January and March. Even so, the advance puts the Czech economy just slightly below the level it was at in the third quarter of 2011, when the country started to slip into recession.
The head of the smallest party in the governing coalition, the Christian Democrats, has hit out at Social Democrat Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka’s statement that the Czech Republic would not be calling for more NATO troops in Europe. The Christian Democrat’s Pavel Bělobrádek said Mr. Sobotka’s comments were completely unacceptable and irresponsible. In response to President Barack Obama’s pledge to put an extra USD 1 billion into defence in Eastern Europe, the Czech prime minister said on Tuesday that there was at present no need to increase the number of NATO soldiers on the ground in Europe.
The Czech Republic were beaten 2:1 by Austria in a football friendly in Olomouc on Tuesday night. It was their first defeat under new coach Pavel Vrba, a result that followed two draws. The hosts’ only goal was a stunning long-range effort from Tomáš Hořava of Viktoria Plzeň. The squad for Tuesday’s game was almost entirely composed of players from the Czech league, with the only exception striker Matěj Vydra of West Bromwich Albion. The Czech Republic did not qualify for the World Cup in Brazil and are preparing for qualification games for the 2016 European Championships.
The Czech tennis player Tomáš Berdych has been knocked out in the quarter-finals at the French Open in Paris. The 28-year-old, who had been seeded sixth, lost 3-6 2-6 4-6 on Tuesday to Ernest Gulbis of Latvia, who beat Roger Federer in a previous round. Though Berdych lost in less than two hours, reaching the quarter-finals still represents his second best placing at Roland Garros.
Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka says the Czech Republic will be calling for an increase in the presence of NATO troops in Europe. Mr. Sobotka made the comments in reaction to American President Barack Obama’s announcement on a visit to Poland that the US was planning to invest USD 1 billion in increasing its military presence in Eastern Europe in view of the situation in Ukraine and instability in the region. Speaking on a visit to Vienna, the Czech leader said he understood why Poland or the Baltic States were in favour of a greater US military presence. But he said he believed there would be no need to increase the number of NATO soldiers on the ground in Europe for some years if things remained as they were now.
Forecasters say the Czech Republic can expect a marked increase in temperatures at the end of the week. While on Friday temperatures should reach around 25 degrees Celsius, thermometers could hit the 32 degrees Celsius mark on Sunday, a representative of the Czech Meteorological Institute said on Tuesday. If the mercury climbs as high as expected temperature records may be broken, the official said.
Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka says Czech and Austrian ministers should hold regular meetings, following the model of joint sessions that the Czech cabinet hold with their Slovak counterparts. Mr. Sobotka made the comment in Vienna on Tuesday after talks with the Austrian president Heinz Fischer. The two men discussed deepening cooperation between the Visegrad Four and Austria and the crisis in Ukraine. The Czech leader said his country could take inspiration from Austria’s public transport and active approach to combating unemployment.
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