Hradec Králové hockey club beat Swedish team Djurgården 3-0 at home on
Tuesday night in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final.
Following on a 3-1 victory in Stockholm the first leg, the Czech team have qualified for the finals.
Their first final match is on February 4, at home, against Frölunda, another Swedish club, which has won several titles in recent years.
The historic Prague 1 district has a new mayor following the ouster of
Pavel Čižinský (Praha 1 Sobě) by a city council vote.
Taking over the role is Petr Hejma (Mayors and Independents), who was previously first deputy mayor.
Following the shake-up, Praha 1 Sobě and two other parties, the Pirates and Greens, are now in the opposition.
Czech opposition MP Tomáš Vymazal (Pirates) plans to propose legislation
to legalise the recreational use of marijuana as well as prescribing as
psychedelic mushrooms, ecstasy and LSD.
The opposition MP argues that such drugs can be used in therapy to help people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorders.
Ester Ledecká has taken second place in her first Snowboard World Cup race
of the season, at the Austrian resort Bad Gastein.
Ledecká, a double Olympic gold medallist who began her career as a skier, lost to Germany’s Ramona Theresia Hofmeister in the women’s parallel slalom event, by a mere 0.63 seconds.
On Saturday, she finished eighth in the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup speed event on another Austrian slope, in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee.
The internationally renowned Czech soprano Naděžda Kniplová has died at
the age of 87, a Prague National Theatre spokesperson said.
She joined the theatre’s opera company in 1964, and after appearing at the Salzburg Festival in 1967 was offered roles abroad.
Later in life, Kniplová was a professor at the Prague Music Academy. In 2011, she refused to accept a life-time achievement award, saying she should have been given it earlier.
The Czech Republic could launch its own satellite to serve the new NATO
satellite centre SATCEN ČR, a spokesperson for the country’s military
counterintelligence – which runs it – said. The hardware, which could
be launched within a few years, would be part of a national satellite
The Ministry of Defence invested hundreds of millions of crowns into SATCEN ČR, which went into full operation at the start of this year. It evaluates images and data for both NATO and the Czech Army and other Czech institutions, though little information on its activities has been made public.
The governing ANO party would have taken 33.6 percent of the vote if
elections had been held last month, suggests a poll conducted by the STEM
agency. The December survey indicates that the Pirate Party and the Civic
Democrats would have tied for second on 12.3 percent each.
All nine of the parties in the current Chamber of Deputies would get back in, according to the poll. Though previous polls put them approaching the 5 percent threshold, the Tricolour party of Vaclav Klaus Jr. would only have received 0.5 percent of the vote in December, the new survey suggests.
President Miloš Zeman has withdrawn his nomination of Helena Válková for
the post of ombudsman. Ms. Válková, who is government commissioner for
human rights and a former justice minister, became embroiled in controversy
over a link to a notorious Communist-era prosecutor.
Mr. Zeman’s new candidate for the post is Stanislav Křeček, a former deputy ombudsman. Mr. Křeček, who is 81, had serious disagreements with current ombudswoman Anna Šabatová while in that position.
Social Democrat MP Kateřina Valachová says she should not at present be
included in the conversation over who should become the Czech Republic’s
next ombudsman. President Zeman suggested she could be a suitable candidate
after his previous choice, Helena Válková, became embroiled in
controversy. Mr. Zeman said he would put her name forward if Social
Democrats leader Jan Hamáček nominated her. Prime Minister Andrej Babiš
of ANO says, however, that the next holder of the post should not be a
Ms. Valachová said one reason she should not be in the running was that her good friend Vít Alexandr Schorm had been nominated for ombudsman by the Senate.
The mayor of Prague, Zdeněk Hřib, says cooperation with the Chinese city
of Shanghai brought the Czech capital little benefit. He told the Czech
News Agency it was at present more advantageous for Prague to work closely
with the Taiwanese capital, Taipei, with which it signed a sister city
agreement on Monday.
Shanghai, which previously had a similar partnership with Prague, responded to the new pact by saying it had cut all official ties to the Czech capital.
Prague originally came into conflict with Shanghai when the former’s leadership rejected a clause in the pair's sister city deal recognising Beijing’s One China policy.