Czech star Barbora Krejčíková advances to Australian Open quarter-finals

Tennis Barbora Krejčíková advances to Australian Open quarter-finals

Czech tennis star Barbora Krejčíková advanced to the quarter-finals of this year’s Australian Open with a dominating 6-2, 6-2 win over Victoria Azarenka of Belarus on Sunday. The winner of last year’s French Open will face American Madison Keys on Tuesday in Melbourne.

“It’s special and magical,” Krejčíková told reporters after the game. “I wasn’t in the top hundred last year and now I’m playing here on the big courts and winning. I’m enjoying it, that’s what I wanted.” Krejčíková also advanced to the third round of women’s doubles at the Australian Open with her top-ranked partner Kateřina Siniaková; the pair had already won gold at last year’s Olympics in Tokyo.

mma Light heavyweight Jiří Procházka to fight for UFC title in May

MMA star Jiří Procházka will continue his impressive UFC run with a crack at the light heavyweight title as ESPN has announced he will face current champion Glover Teixeira at an as yet undecided venue at UFC 274 on May 7. Both parties have reportedly verbally agreed to the match, although their contracts have not been finalized.

Dubbed the “Czech Samurai” by the media for his calm demeanor and his years fighting in Japan’s RIZIN league, Procházka won his first two UFC matches in convincing fashion with knockout victories over Dominick Reyes and Volkan Oezdemir and has won twelve straight fights since 2015. Teixeira, his next opponent, is the oldest first-time UFC champion at 42 and is 16-5 in the UFC, including six straight wins .

Agriculture Bird flu outbreak reported at Pardubice hatchery

An outbreak of bird flu has been reported among a population of ducks in Lipoltice, in the Pardubice region of the Czech Republic. Following the death of 380 ducks out of a population of approximately 3,500 ducks at the Perena hatchery, avian influenza was confirmed in samples taken from the deceased ducks. The remaining ducks at the hatchery will be killed to prevent the spread of bird flu.

“The remaining poultry at the hatchery will be slaughtered in accordance with the legislation. Areas will be marked around the outbreak area and emergency veterinary measures will be taken there,” State Veterinary Administration Petr Vorlíček said in a statement. hurry. Perena is one of the largest duck hatcheries in Central Europe and breeds ducks in several regions of the Czech Republic. An outbreak of bird flu was also reported at a hatchery in Perena last year.

POLAND Czech Republic seeks 50 million euros in Turow mining dispute

The Czech Republic is insisting on receiving 50 million euros for damage caused by Poland’s Turow coal mine near the Czech border, Environment Minister Anna Hubáčková told reporters on Saturday. Poland responded with an offer of 40 million euros. Disputes also continue over the issue of EU court scrutiny, with the Czech Republic asking for ten years of EU involvement and Poland willing to accept two years of scrutiny by the European Court of Justice on the issue. .

The Turow mine, a major employer on the Polish side of the border, supplies coal to the nearby Turow plant. The PGE Group, which owns both the mine and the power plant, plans to gradually expand its mining operations until 2044. Poland has given the green light to the expansion despite objections from the Czech Republic and the ‘Germany.

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UKRAINE Czech Republic ready to support sanctions against Russia

The Czech Republic is prepared for the worst-case scenario in Ukraine and is ready to support possible sanctions against Russia, Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský told reporters on Friday evening. A Russian invasion of Ukraine is the ultimate threat, Lipavský said, adding that it was a scenario no one wanted and diplomats were actively trying to prevent.

Defense Minister Jana Černochová added that if the Czech Republic believed in a peaceful way out of the crisis, the Czech Republic would donate 152mm artillery ammunition to Ukraine. Černochová said Ukraine had sent a list of requests for help and the Czech Republic had chosen to donate artillery ammunition, although she did not specify how much ammunition would be donated.

Sports Czech hockey player suspended for 30 games for racist act

The American Hockey League has suspended Czech forward Kryštof Hrabík from the San Jose Barracuda for 30 games following a racist gesture towards black player Boko Imama of the Tucson Roadrunners. According to an ESPN source, Hrabík made monkey-like moves to taunt Imama during a match on January 12. The AHL opened an investigation on Jan. 13 and announced the suspension yesterday.

“I am extremely sorry for what happened. I am ashamed of it, I bear full responsibility for it,” Hrabík, 22, said in a statement to the press, adding that he would accept the suspension without appeal. “I made this gesture in the heat of the moment and I didn’t mean anything racist. But it’s only now that I see within my limits how it can be interpreted,” he added.

TOURISM The narrowest hotel in Central Europe will reopen in Brno

The functionalist Hotel Avion in Brno, said to be central Europe’s tightest hotel, is set to reopen in March after more than half a decade of repairs. The location will serve as both an accommodation site, with 37 rooms, as well as a museum and café. A rooftop terrace offers views of central Brno and Špilberk Castle. The hotel is only eight meters wide.

“Only a few details remain to be worked out and we are ready. We would like to open in early March, when the epidemic situation improves and the omicron is exceeded,” Hotel Avion owner Stanislav Berousek told reporters. local media.

Tennis Czech star advances to Australian Open fourth round

Czech tennis star Barbora Krejčíková has advanced to the fourth round of the Australian Open after beating Latvian Jeļena Ostapenko on Friday. Krejčíková, who won the French Open singles and doubles titles last year, will face Belarusian Victoria Azarenka in the round of 16 on Sunday. Azarenka, the former WTA world number 1, beat Krejčíková in their last match in Ostrava of 2020.

“I am delighted to play with her here. It will be a challenge, a battle, and I will find out how I am,” Krejčíková said. She is the only remaining Czech competitor at the Australian Open after Marie Bouzková, Markéta Vondroušová, Veronika Kudermetova, Tereza Martincová and Kateřina Siniaková were eliminated earlier in the tournament.

MONEY The Czechs have twice as much gold as the National Bank

According to a report published by Zlato.cz, the Czech population as a whole owns about twice as much gold as the Czech National Bank has in stock. According to data provided by the portal, Czech national banks store 10.6 tons of gold, while Czech households have about 19.35 tons of gold investments in total.

“In richer countries, such a disparity is quite common,” says David Marášek of Zlato as, one of the leading Czech gold sellers. “For example, according to 2021 data, German households own more than 9,000 tons of gold (the Bundesbank owns 3,362 tons), in Italy it owns 6,418 tons of gold (its central bank owns 2,452 tons) and in France is 4714 tons of gold”. gold, while its central bank has 2436 tons.

Berta D. Wells