The Czech Republic will face the United States in the quarter-finals of the
Ice Hockey World Championships in Denmark. The Czechs learned the identity
of their opponents in the first knock-out round on Tuesday after Finland
beat the US and secured first place in the tournament’s Group B.
Coach Josef Jandač’s team will take on the Americans in Copenhagen on Thursday for a place in the last four.
The Czech president, Miloš Zeman, is expected to make another visit to
China next autumn, the Czech News Agency reported on Tuesday. Mr. Zeman
should attend an international trade fair focused on imports into the
world’s most populous state. The Czech head of state has visited Beijing
in the past and also hosted the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, in Prague.
President Zeman advocates closer economic ties with China and said in 2014 that he wished to learn how the country had “stabilised” its society. Critics accuse him of ignoring the Communist state’s human rights violations.
Prague councillors have voted to name a plaza in the city after the late
film director Miloš Forman, the Czech News Agency reported on Tuesday.
Miloš Forman Square will be located by the Hotel International at the end
of the upmarket Pařížská St. in the downtown area.
Forman made some of the most highly rated films of the Czechoslovak New Wave and later won two Oscars after moving to the United States. He died in mid-April at the age of 86.
The Czech economy continued to grow strongly in the first quarter of this
year, albeit at a slower rate than previously. Gross domestic product
expanded by 4.5 percent year-on-year between the start of January and the
end of April, down from 5.5 percent in the final quarter of 2017, according
to preliminary official data released on Tuesday.
Analysts attributed the GDP growth to increasing domestic demand, with household expenditure and investments by companies continuing to rise substantially.
Two pedestrians were killed after being struck by a tram in central Prague
on Tuesday morning. The incident occurred at around 10 am by I.P. Pavlova,
a busy transport hub. The dead were both men believed to have been aged
around 60. Emergency services spent around 45 minutes attempting to
resuscitate the pair but to no avail. Witnesses said they had tried to
cross the street despite a red signal for pedestrians.
Buses were deployed to ferry passengers after tram services were interrupted between I.P. Pavlova and the nearby Karlovo náměstí.
The annual Navalis water celebrations held in commemoration of St Jan of
Nepomuk will take place on the Vltava in the vicinity of Charles Bridge on
The Baroque-era celebrations, which were renewed in 2009, includes a boat regatta with richly decorated gondolas from Venice, parachutists who land on the Vltava River and a concert on a barge.
The celebrations start with a mass at St. Vitus Cathedral and end with a fireworks display. The popular event annually attracts thousands of visitors from at home and abroad.
Defence Minister Karla Šlechtová has dismissed the director of the
Military Research Institute Bohuslav Šafář.
The minister gave no reason for the dismissal, but she announced the decision shortly after Prime Minister Babiš publicly criticized him in connection with a statement that may have led to the confusion as to whether the Czech Republic had ever produced a nerve agent of the Novichok family.
Shortly after the Novichok scandal broke Mr. Šafář told the ctk news agency that poisonous substances were produced by his institute in a minute amount for laboratory purposes.
President Zeman cited his words when claiming that the nerve agent Novichok had been produced and tested in the Czech Republic.
The country’s intelligence services later issued a statement saying that the Czech Republic had never developed, produced or stored the said nerve gas.
Šafář has refused to comment on his dismissal.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has thanked the Czech Republic for its firm
stand regarding the status of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The Czech
Republic was one of three countries which last week blocked a joint
declaration by the European Union criticising the US for transferring its
embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
President Rivlin also expressed appreciation of President Zeman’s view that the Czech Republic should follow the US example. The Czech President received an invitation to visit Israel, which the Israeli head of state said would further strengthen the strong ties between the two countries.
In a recent telegram of congratulations on Israel’s Independence Day Prime Minister Andrej Babiš reaffirmed the Czech Republic’s intention to open an honorary consulate in Jerusalem by the end of May.