The Czech men’s tennis team have lost to Spain in the final of the Davis Cup in Barcelona. On Friday the Czechs fell 2:0 behind on matches when Tomáš Berdych was beaten by Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer overcame Radek Štěpánek. That meant that Berdych and Štěpánek needed to win the doubles rubber on Saturday in order to keep Czech hopes of winning the tournament alive. However, Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco took the match in three sets, giving Spain an unassailable lead in the best-of-five final. The Czechs last won the Davis Cup in 1980, when their country was part of Czechoslovakia.
If the presidents of the United States and Russia meet in Prague next week, they could announce a joint bid to provide nuclear technology to the Czech Republic, the newspaper Mladá fronta Dnes reported. There has been speculation that Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev will sign a new treaty on nuclear disarmament in the Czech capital on Friday. However, the Czech foreign minister, Jan Kohout, has said Prague is an unlikely choice of venue for such a meeting. Saturday’s edition of Mladá fronta Dnes quoted a source as saying that if the two leaders do come to the city, they may announce a joint bid in a tender for the completion of the Temelín nuclear power plant in south Bohemia and the building of other nuclear stations in the future. Both the American firm Westinghouse and Russia’s Atomstroy are reportedly interested in what would be one of the biggest such contracts in Europe.
In a speech at Prague Castle in April, President Obama outlined his policy on nuclear weapons and signalled his intention of securing a new agreement with Moscow by the end of the year. The Start II treaty between the two countries, which was signed in 1993, officially expires on Saturday.
Ondřej Liška has been elected chairman of the Green Party. Mr Liška, who had been acting chair since the resignation earlier this year of Martin Bursík, received the votes of around two thirds of delegates at a party congress in the Moravian city of Brno. The Greens’ new leader said he had been given a strong mandate. Mr Liška said the party, which has been riven by internal divisions, now had to work together. He said he would offer both his left and right hands to the supporters of the two candidates he defeated in Saturday’s vote. Ondřej Liška, who is 32, was education minister from December 2007 to May of this year.
Police in České Budějovice have filed charges against a man responsible for a publication entitled The Final Solution of the Gypsy Question, the website tyden.cz reported. The “solution” posited by Jiří Gaudin and its other anonymous authors is sending Romanies “back” to India. Around 20 members of the far-right National Party held a launch for the publication in April this year at the site of a World War II concentration camp for Romanies in Lety, south Bohemia.
A girl of six has died in hospital in Brno, after sustaining serious injuries when the metal construction of a soccer goal fell on her at her school in Dolní Cerekev. The girl died in the early hours of Saturday morning, two days after the incident occurred. Police have begun a criminal investigation into the matter.
World Cup ski jumping and Nordic combined events scheduled to take place in the Czech Republic next weekend have been cancelled due to a lack of snow. Organisers in the north Bohemian resort of Harrachov said relatively high temperatures made it impossible to prepare the HS 142 hill and cross-country track with artificial snow. A decision on whether to go ahead with the events was delayed for as long as possible, but in the end unfavourable forecasts led organisers to cancel them.
Hundreds of people attended a Mikuláš (St Nicholas) bazaar held by the Vision 97 foundation of former president Václav Havel and his wife Dagmar in Prague at their deconsecrated St Anne’s Church on Saturday. The couple held the charity bazaar for the sixth time this year. Czechs mark Mikuláš on the evening of December 5, though the actual saint’s day falls one day later.
Temperatures last month were considerably warmer than the average for November, the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute said on its website. This November saw average nationwide daily temperatures of 5.7 degrees Celsius, 2.8 degrees higher than the monthly average. A spokesperson for the institute said temperatures last month were strongly above average. Meanwhile, precipitation in the Czech Republic last month was slightly below average.
Six in every thousand websites with the Czech domain .cz are infected with malware and spam, according to a survey by the antivirus firm McAfee released on Friday. It is estimated that there are around 500,000 websites with the .cz domain.
The next few days should be mostly cloudy, with temperatures of up to 7 degrees Celsius.