Clean-up operations are continuing near the town of Knyk in the Vysočina region, where an oil pipe leading to the storage facilities of the company Čepro was tampered with over the weekend. It is still unknown how much of the crude oil leaked out, but emergency workers said that some had definitely seeped into the ground in an area of the local forest. The company carrying out the clean-up efforts said that most likely the damage will be contained by Monday afternoon, but riding the soil in the area may take months.
France’s mixed duo Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Alize Cornet beat the Czech teammates and couple Petra Kvitová and Radek Štěpánek at the Hopman Cup in Australia on Monday. Tsonga won the first singles match, beating Štěpánek 6-1 6-4, but Kvitová’s singles victory over Cornet left it up to the final mixed doubles match on Monday. The French team seemed to have little trouble beating the Czechs in two sets with the final score 6-1 6-3. The Czech duo won against Spain over the weekend, and will be playing against the Americans John Isner and Sloane Stephens on Friday evening in the final match in their group.
A group of scientists, from 13 Czech institutions, have created a potentially revolutionary drug, which could provide targeted treatment for cancerous tumors, which could replace chemotherapy. Microbiologists have successfully tested the drugs on four types of tumors in mice, and said that they help the organism fight malignant cells instead of suppressing it. The group now lacks funding to test the drugs further on human subjects.
The Czech Republic’s external debt in Q3 decreased by 78.8 billion crowns to 1,946 billion, the Czech National Bank reports. This amounts to 50.6 percent of the GDP. The decrease in debt was aided chiefly by a decline in the corporate sector’s external liabilities. External liabilities with an original maturity of more than one year accounted for 76.6% of overall debt liabilities. External financial assets increased by 17.6 billion in Q3, reaching 2,775.2 billion. The year-on-year increase in assets was due to growth in the external assets of the banking sector and Czech direct investment abroad.
A motorist who crashed on Saturday pursued by the police, is in serious condition in hospital and has not yet been charged. In the incident, the 32-year-old sped away from a gas station in Plzeň without paying but hit another vehicle at high speed with the police in close pursuit. The fellow passenger in his car, a 24-year-old female, was killed in the crash.
A veterinarian and zookeepers were unable to save a rare Sumatran orangutan named Padang at Prague Zoo in the early hours of Sunday. The great ape had undergone surgery to try and correct serious gastrointestinal problems. After the operation, Pandang collapsed at around 12 AM. Those involved tried to revive the ape for some four hours. The Sumatran orangutan is one of the most threatened species in the wild; there are only some 7,300 in the wilderness. In captivity, the orangutan can reach up to 60 years of age, compared to between 30 and 45 in nature.
In 7,460 cases of domestic violence since 2007, police in the Czech Republic banned aggressors from returning home for ten days, with or without agreement from the spouse. The legislation was introduced to protect victims of domestic violence and limit abuse behind closed doors. According to Bílý kruh bezpečí, helping victims of domestic violence, 2013 saw 1,128 bans over the first ten months, compared to a total of 679 in 2008 and a total of 1,405 last year. According to the organisation, police better assess cases than back in 2007, reaching for bans more often to try and aid victims, helping them gain some distance in volatile situations. The legislation was inspired by a similar law in neighbouring Austria.
Real-life off-court partners Radek Štepánek and Petra Kvitová posted singles wins and combined to win in mixed doubles over Spain in the Hopman Cup on Sunday. Kvitová, the former Wimbledon champion, was the first to win, beating Spain's Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-1 6-0. Štepánek followed up with a win over Daniel Munoz-De La Nava 6-2 6-2, a late replacement for Tommy Robredo.
One person was killed and two were seriously injured in a car crash in the area of Tachov on Sunday. The fatal accident unravelled shortly after 10 am. The 63-year-old driver who lost his life had been trying to pass when he collided head-on with another vehicle. A man and woman in the other car were transported to a hospital in Plzeň.
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