The brutal attack on Czech tennis star Petra Kvitová shocked not just the Czech Republic but the world. But in spite of an encouraging response from the public to police appeals for help and high priority for the case, the attacker has still not been found. The tennis star’s home tennis club has now stepped in with a bid to help the investigation.
The Czech Army is planning to expand its special forces and will invest tens of millions of crowns into a new logistics unit and air squadron, the chief of staff of the armed forces, General Petr Pavel, told Czech Television. The new logistics unit counting 200 men will serve the special forces in Prostejov which are deployed in foreign missions. Czech troops are currently serving in Afghanistan, Mali and the Balkans.
A fire completely destroyed a plastics factory in Alojzov, in the Prostejov region, in the early hours of Friday. There were no reports of casualties but people were advised to stay indoors as a dense curtain of black smoke spread across the area. Due to a brisk wind citizens have not had to be evacuated. The cause of the fire is being investigated. Preliminary estimates put the damage at 80 million crowns.
A hospital in Prostějov registered a new case of methanol poisoning on Monday, admitting a 48-year-old man in serious condition. In the Olomouc region, it is the sixth case of methyl poisoning since an outbreak related to bootleg liquor began in the Czech Republic in mid-September. Thirty people in the country have died as a result of drinking laced alcohol: two men succumbed to poisoning last Friday.
Concentrations around 500-times the legal limit for the cancer causing substance vinyl chloride have been found in groundwater at a site between the central Czech towns of Prostějov and Olomouc, according to a local paper. The high levels were found in a bore hole at one site with around 200 times the legal limit at another site nearby. According to the paper, the chemical has leaked from containers at a bankrupt chemical plant and contaminated the groundwater. Many local people have stopped using pumped water but hundreds still have to rely on it. A company has been contracted to survey the contamination and suggest ways of cleaning it up.
Clothing manufacturer Prostějov, which is on the verge of bankruptcy, has laid off 600 workers. The firm, which is 1,6 billion crowns in debt, will now run on 900 employees. The one-time clothing giant, which produced the best quality wear during the communist years, has been hit by a sudden fall in demand which has seen it operate at 30 percent of its capacity. In the first three months of this year it posted a loss of 104 million crowns.
The house of culture in the Moravian town of Prostejov is one of the country's best examples of the art nouveau style. Built by the famous architect Jan Kotera, it celebrates its 99th birthday this Friday. Dita Asiedu takes a tour around the newly renovated structure with the house of culture director Alena Spurna:
The "National Theatre House" in the Moravian town of Prostejov - a centre of the Czech clothes industry - has just put some unusual items on display. The Art Nouveau house of culture, which was built in 1907, is exhibiting negligees from the early 20th century. The owners of the elegant dressing gowns are the town's residents themselves. Dita Asiedu reports:
A petition signed by 400 people has forced officials in the North Moravian town of Prostejov to examine more closely the problem of coexistence with a community of Romanies living in the vicinity of the town's biggest housing estate. Local people complain of untidiness, noise and frequent thefts, but deny accusations of racism. has this report: