The Czech ice hockey forward Roman Červenka is leaving Slavia Prague to join compatriot Jaromír Jágr at Omsk. The most productive player in the Czech elite league last season has signed a two-year deal with the Russian club, it said on its website on Tuesday. Červenka, who is 24, was a member of the Czech squad that won the World Championship at the weekend. He had said he planned to move to the NHL, but received a more lucrative offer from Omsk.
Tomáš Řepka has signed a one-year contract extension with the Czech soccer champions Sparta Prague. The defender, who is 36, recently scored the only goal of the game in which Sparta sealed their 11th league title since 1993. Known for his crunching tackles and hot temper, Řepka has also played for Baník Ostrava, the Italian side Fiorentina and England’s West Ham.
President Václav Klaus and the Archbishop of Prague Dominik Duka signed an agreement in Prague on Monday the joint administration of St Vitus Cathedral – ending an 18-year-long property dispute. The agreement outlines that the historic site, which Mr Klaus called an “exceptional national symbol” will be run jointly by the state and the Czech Catholic Church, meaning that the Church will withdraw a complaint filed at the Constitutional Court. Archbishop Dominik Duka’s approach to settling the dispute comes in marked contrast to that of his predecessor, Cardinal Miloslav Vlk, who opposed a similar deal and threatened to take the case to the European Court of Human Rights. Twice in the past, lower Czech courts ruled in favour of the Church, but in the last decision the Supreme Court ruled in favour of the state. The Church lost control of St Vitus Cathedral in 1954, several years after the Communists seized power in then-Czechoslovakia.
A new survey conducted by the Factum Invenio agency has suggested a
narrowing in voter preference between the country’s two largest parties,
the Social and Civic Democrats – four days before Czechs go to the
According to the pollster, the Social Democrats would receive 26.3 percent
of the vote, while the Civic Democrats would get 22.9. The survey
that four other parties could also make into the Chamber of Deputies: the
Communists (13.1), the centrist Public Affairs (12.6), the right-wing TOP
09 (10.9), and the Christian Democrats (5.5 percent). According to the
survey, the Leftist parties together would not earn a majority in the
Under Czech law, no new polls results will be released after this Monday to prevent the influencing of voters in the final run-up to the election.
Well-known Czech pop singer Petr Muk, a successful solo artist and the voice behind earlier projects such as Oceán and Shalom, has been found dead at 45. The singer was found in his home on Monday morning but the cause of his death remains unknown, friend and producer to the singer Oldřich Lichtenberg said. Just a few days ago the pop singer released a new album. It is public knowledge that he had been treated for - and struggled repeatedly with - bouts of depression. Muk was perhaps best-known for his work in the 1980s with the group Oceán which – with synthesiser and New Romantic sound – was reminiscent of British groups like The Cure and Depeche Mode.
Hundreds of soldiers are continuing clean-up operations in the town of Karviná, one of many municipalities in Moravia and Silesia hit by floods last week. Some 400 homes in Karviná were hit, and at least one faces demolition. Many homes suffered flooded cellars and other damage requiring stress assessment. Soldiers are clearing the banks of nearby rivers including the Olše, digging ditches to drain away remaining water. The Karviná area, along with Ostrava and Frýdek-Mýstek were the hardest-hit during last week’s floods, which claimed one life: a 69-year-old woman drowned after the Olše River burst its banks.
Two Hungarian nationals have been arrested for allegedly failing to pay at least 74 million crowns in VAT on scrap iron brought into the country. The two suspects, aged 34 and 21, are believed to have transported more than 450 million crowns worth of material that was sold at a scrap yard in the Kromeříž area. The announcement was made by police in Zlín on Monday. The two are currently in custody. The police said that they had three firms registered in Brno which served as fronts for the illegal activity; if found guilty, the two men could spend between five and ten years behind bars.
Czech charities have reportedly collected around 11 million crowns in public donations towards helping people in Moravia and Silesia whose property was damaged or destroyed by floods last week. In addition to donations by text message or direct contributions, organisations are hoping to raise still more funds. The Czech Red Cross in conjunction with Prague City Hall, for example, will hold a special benefit concert in the Czech capital on Wednesday.
A 16-year-old boy who was struck by lightning in the Trutnov area at the weekend has recovered consciousness and is no longer in intensive care, a hospital spokeswoman has said, saying he would be transferred to a standard bed. The boy’s condition stabilised on Sunday and continued to improve. He had suffered burns to 15 percent of his body when he and friend were both struck in the outdoors on Saturday. The other minor is also in stable condition. The accident happened in difficult terrain, with one of the injured boys regaining consciousness and calling for help on his cell phone. Both were transferred to separate hospitals helicopter. Last year the Czech Republic saw a number of similar such incidents.
The Czech Republic has won the World Championship in ice hockey, defeating Russia 2:1 on Sunday evening. It is the sixth time since the break-up of Czechoslovakia that the Czechs have won the title. The national team took the lead just 20 seconds into the game on a goal by Jakub Klepiš. Russia almost tied it in the first period, scoring a mere second after the buzzer had gone. In the second period, the Czechs’ Tomáš Rolinek made it 2:0, while in the third, Russia’s Pavel Datsyuk managed to score on the powerplay with 36 seconds remaining. But the Czechs were able to hold on for the win – their fifth straight in seven days. In the ceremony that followed, the gold medals were handed out by Czech President Václav Klaus.