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24-09-2017

Actor Jan Tříska in serious condition after falling from Charles Bridge

The famous actor Jan Tříska is in serious condition after falling from Charles Bridge. The incident happened on Saturday; initial reports did not reveal his identity and stated the person in question was around 60 years old. Mr Tříska is 80.

The actor was pulled from the water by two passengers on a passing tour boat on the Vltava River. Reports stated he was not breathing when he was taken ashore where CPR was administered.

The actor was then taken to Prague's military hospital where he was said to be in serious but stable condition.

Prior to his identity being revealed, Prague firefighters tweeted that he had jumped from the bridge.

Mr Tříska, based in the U.S., was due to begin work on a new Czech film on Monday. That projet has now been postponed.

Ministry looking to invest 14 billion in water transport

The country's Transport Ministry is planning on investing roughly 14 billion crowns in water transport up to 2023, according to a proposal to be discussed by the government at its regular cabinet meeting on Monday.

The long-term strategic plan would extend waterways on the Vltava and Labe Rivers to 338 kilometres.

Under changes, large vessels would be able to pass through Prague all the way up to Radotín, while the Labe water route would end in Pardubice.

Team Europe wins first-ever Laver Cup

Team Europe has won the first-ever Laver Cup, held in the Czech capital, although Team World came close to forcing an extra deciding game. In a tense match Roger Federer defeated Nick Kyrgios in a super tiebreak 11-9. Team Europe won with an overall 15 points to 9. Thirteen points were needed under the tournament rules.

Earlier, Team World, trailing after the first two days of the Laver Cup in Prague, rebounded on Sunday with a win in the doubles over Tomáš Berdych and Marin Cilic and a win against World No. 1 Rafael Nadal. Zverev downed Team World's Querrey.

That put the score at 12:9 in favor of Team Europe, with the tournament founder Roger Federer facing Nick Kyrgios.

A win by Team World would have left the teams tied at 12 points apiece and would have forced a final fifth match to determine who would clinch overall victory.

The Laver Cup, in its first year, featured excellent tennis and very close matches, surpassing even the participants' expectations. Despite suffering three losses by razor-thin margins, Czech player Tomáš Berdych said he had been glad to be part of the team and happy that the competition had taken place in Prague in its inaugural year.

Lesy České republiky increases gross profit

The state-owned company Lesy České republiky, which owns and manages roughly half of the country's forests, revealed gross profits of 3.34 billion crowns between January and July, a 8.4 percent increase year-on-year. In 2016, the figure counted 3.08 billion, spokeswoman Eva Jouklová confirmed. The firm increased not only sales but also its felling volume.

Prices in the lumber market had dropped, however, with a surplus of material following damages to tree from strong winds or bark beetle infestation; the Agriculture Ministry has introduced a ban on felling spruce and pine in November and December.

Twenty-one-year old Zlín student wins Česká Miss 2017

A 21-year-old student from Zlín, Michaela Habáňová, was crowned the winner of the annual Czech competition Česká Miss (Czech Miss) at a gala evening in Brno on Saturday.

The brunette contestant also proved the most popular online.

The title Czech Miss Earth went to 19-year-old Iva Uchytilová, and Czech Miss Supranational to 24-year-old Tereza Vlčková. The winners will represent the Czech Republic in international competitions.

Weather

Monday should be mostly cloudy with a chance of rain. Daytime highs of around 15 degrees Celsius are expected.

24-09-2017