The Boston Bruins’ forward David Pastrňák has been included in the 2019 NHL All-Star team. It is the first All-Star Game selection for the 22-year-old Czech, who currently leads the Bruins in scoring with 24 goals and 26 assists. The last Czech to receive this honour was Jaromír Jágr in 2016. The game is set to take place on January 26 in San Jose.
According to newspaper Lidové noviny, the Czech police have suspended
their investigation of a 2013 computer system tender at the Ministry of
Regional Development, which Ministry of Finance auditors had judged to be
in violation of government guidelines.
The investigation was launched three-and-a-half-years ago after a Ministry of Finance audit pointed out a lack of transparency in the evaluation of proposals. A spokesperson for the ministry told Lidové noviny that the three-and-a-half-year investigation had cost the state CZK 820 million in potential funding, because the European Union had refused to cover the costs until case was finished.
The nominations have been announced for the ninth annual Czech Film
Critics’ Awards to be presented on February 2 at Prague’s Archa
Theatre. Director Robert Sedláček’s film Jan Palach about the student
who took his own life in protest of the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of
Czechoslovakia received six nominations.
Adam Sedlák’s directorial debut Domestique, a claustrophobic drama about a couple’s breakdown, is nominated for four awards.
An avalanche alert has been issued by authorities in the Krkonoše
Mountains in the north of the country on Thursday. The grade three warning
on a five-point scale has been issued following recent snowfall and windy
Between 25 and 30 centimetres of fresh snow have fallen in the area over the past two days and forecasters expect more snowfall in the days to come.
The mayor of Prague, Zdeněk Hřib, says the cost of a traditional
municipal fireworks display on New Year’s Day – CZK 1.7 million not
including VAT – was too high. In an interview with Czech Radio’s
Radiožurnál station, the Pirate Party politician said next year fireworks
could be replaced by something else, such as a light show.
Mr. Hřib said many European cities were moving away from classic fireworks displays. This year’s New Year’s fireworks in Prague referenced the fact that this year the Czech Republic will be marking the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution.
2018 was the hottest year on the territory of today’s Czech Republic
since 1961. According to freshly released data from the Czech
Hydro-Meteorological Institute, the average daily temperature last year was
9.6 degrees Celsius. That was 1.7 degrees Celsius higher than the long-term
With the exception of February and March, above-average temperatures were recorded on Czech territory every month last year. April and May saw particularly high temperatures, with both the warmest since 1961.
The Czech Ministry of Agriculture has sent documents to the European
Commission pertaining to subsidies received by the Agrofert conglomerate. A
ministry spokesperson told the Czech News Agency that European Commission
auditors would visit Prague to investigate suspected conflict of interest
involving Prime Minister Andrej Babiš later this month. The former owner
placed Agrofert in trust funds; however, critics say they are under Mr.
The European Parliament voted last month to suspend subsidies to Agrofert until the matter is cleared up.
Mr. Babiš is facing criminal charges in the Czech Republic of EU subsidy fraud over CZK 50 million received by a hotel and conference centre near Prague that previously belonged to Agrofert. He denies any wrongdoing.
Supermarket chains in the Czech Republic have to keep providing certain
unsold goods to food banks free of charge. The Constitutional Court on
Wednesday rejected a motion from a group of senators to have the obligation
Twenty-five senators took the matter to the court in 2016, saying that the provision represented an infringement of ownership rights. They also argued against fines of up to CZK 10 million for failing to hand over such goods to food banks.
The items in question may have damaged packaging or incorrect markings but are safe to consume. They are distributed by NGOs.
A municipal fireworks show in Prague on New Year’s Day referenced the
fact that this year the Czech Republic will be marking the 30th anniversary
of the Velvet Revolution. The 11-minute display, which began at 6 pm on
Tuesday on the city’s Letná Plain, included five images meant to
represent phases on the path to freedom in 1989, the Czech News Agency
The individual parts were named Prayer, Bare Hands, Unity, Forbidden Fruit and Freedom. The show was conceived of as the story of 1989 being explained to a child by a father.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš does not rule out a cabinet reshuffle this
year, Czech Television reported. The ANO leader said he would definitely be
speaking to some ministers in the party’s minority coalition with the
The Communist Party, who support the government on key votes, are dissatisfied with the work of ANO nominee Dan Ťok as minister of transport and the Social Democrats' Tomáš Petříček as minister of foreign affairs.
Mr. Babiš told Czech Television that Mr. Ťok needed to get tougher and deliver results, adding that he would also get tougher.
Social Democrats leader Jan Hamáček says he is opposed to any of the junior coalition partner’s ministers being replaced.