The Ministry of Finance is ready to allow Czech betting companies to operate on the internet for the first time, the newspaper Mladá fronta Dnes reported. The five biggest betting firms in the country had petitioned the ministry to allow the change, saying they were losing huge amounts of money to internet gambling sites based in other states. A spokesman for the Finance Ministry said, however, that no final decision had been made on the subject.
Tomáš Verner has finished fourth in the final of the figure skating Grand Prix in Gojang, South Korea. The reigning European champion had come fifth in the short programme on Friday, improving his overall position with a result in Saturday’s freestyle which fell 18 points short of his personal record of 137.31. It was Verner’s first appearance in the figure skating Grand Prix final.
Local representatives in Prague 3 are calling for a new line of the city’s underground rail network to reach their district, as originally planned, the newspaper Lidové noviny reported. A project to build a “D” line envisages five stations in Prague 3’s Žižkov district. However, there have been suggestions it could instead end at Náměstí republiky in the centre of the city. A Prague metro representative said no decision on the matter had yet been made.
The leader of the opposition Social Democrats says a planned agreement with the government on the running of the Czech Republic’s European Union presidency represented neither a truce nor a tolerance pact. Jiří Paroubek said the agreement only covered some aspects of European policy, not Czech foreign policy as a whole, and not domestic politics at all. He said the Social Democrats would not support any government bills which contravened their own policies. Mr Paroubek also said he could not guarantee his party would not table a vote of no-confidence during the six-month EU presidency. The Czech Republic takes the helm of the 27-member bloc on January 1.
The Czech Republic have been knocked out in the semi-finals of the Floorball World Championships, after losing 4:2 to Finland in front of over 10,000 fans at Prague’s O2 Arena on Saturday. The Czechs twice cancelled out a two-goal deficit only to see their opponents score again. On Sunday they will take part in a game to decide third place against the losers of a match between Sweden and Switzerland.
Around 150 extremists and other people opposed to conditions in a district of Litvínov largely populated by Romanies held an unauthorised march on Saturday. The north Bohemian town saw running battles between hundreds of neo-Nazis and the police last month. Meanwhile, a group of anarchists held a demonstration in Prague against racism.
The Railways Inspectorate has filed a complaint against the Ministry of Transport for allegedly manipulating the selection process to find a new boss for the state body, Prima TV reported. The position’s current holder, Roman Šigut, said the Transport Ministry was trying to install somebody who would cover up for things in a way he was not willing to do. The Railways Inspectorate had previously accused Transport Minister Aleš Řebíček of trying to influence the investigation of a train crash, a charge denied by the minister.
Pittsburgh forward Petr Sýkora notched up his first NHL career hat-trick
on Thursday in the Penguins’ 9:2 romp over the New York Islanders.
Dupuis also had a hat-trick on the night. Sýkora has come close to
hat-tricks before, scoring twice on 38 different occasions - but the key
third goal had eluded him until now.
In other action, Columbus forward Jakub Voráček scored the decider in penalties against Nashville, the final score 2:1. And, Zbyněk Michálek scored the opening goal of the night for Phoenix against Minnesota. Phoenix went on to win 3:1.
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