After Allegro, in Prague’s Four Seasons Hotel last year, a second Prague-based restaurant is reportedly in the running for a prestigious Michelin star. According to reports, La Degustation Boheme Bourgeoise, headed by chef Oldřich Sahajdák, is expected to receive the star in the new edition of Michelin’s Main Cities in Europe. However, industry watchers have suggested others could still surprise. The guide will be published this Wednesday.
A US anti-missile radar base in the Czech Republic may be delayed, Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek has said but stressed, in his view, it will eventually be built. Speaking on TV Prima on Sunday, he said the base – part of a broader defence shield proposed by the former US administration – was important for both Europe as well as NATO. Mr Topolánek was asked about the project in connection with the upcoming visit of US President Barack Obama. He said that he did not think Mr Obama would come out against the plan, put forward and strongly supported by his predecessor George W. Bush.
The country’s Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek has said that the finance ministry is currently working within an estimate of between 0 to 2 percent negative growth of the GDP in 2009, as a result of the continuing global economic crisis. He made the comment on a Sunday TV debate programme, adding that a minus two-percent drop would see a state budget deficit of between 110 and 120 billion crowns. This year’s state budget, passed in December, originally estimated on GDP growth of 4.8 percent, with a deficit if 38.1 billion crowns. In January, after the country was hit by the crisis, the ministry first revised its numbers downward to 1.4 percent.
New Jersey Devils’ forward Patrik Eliáš scored a goal and earned one
assist against Montreal on Saturday to help his team clinch a 3-1 win. The
lone Canadiens’ goal came from Tomáš Plekanec – his 20th of the
season. The game was a special one for New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur:
was his 551st win in the National Hockey League, tying the record of
retired goaltending legend Patrick Roy.
In other action, Czech forward Micahel Frolík scored the opening goal for Florida against Tampa Bay, later adding an assist. Despite being down 3-1 at one point Tampa Bay managed to turn the game around, coming back to win 4-3 on penalties.
The Czech news agency, ČTK, has reported that the state could still have to provide more than 400 billion crowns (roughly 19.3 billion US dollars) in funding for the renovation of the country’s pre-fab apartment buildings – part of its so-called Panel programme. It based the number on an estimate by the head of Association of Czech and Moravian Housing Co-operatives; the number is higher than the 200 – 300 billion projected by the head of the State Fund for Housing Development. There are some 1.2 million pre-fab apartments in the Czech Republic: around 900,000 are in need of renovation, ČTK said.
Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek has said that the country’s Supreme Administrative Court sent a negative signal when it ruled not to ban the ultra right-wing Workers’ Party. The party is said to have ties to extremists, including neo-Nazi organisations. Speaking on TV Prima, the prime minister suggested the decision would have a negative impact on similar cases, mentioning a proposed ban on the Communist Party sought by a Senate commission. Over a period of two years the commission - headed by Green Party Senator Jaromír Štetina - gathered circumstantial evidence as proof the country’s Communist Party violated the constitution and failed to honour some laws. The government is now to assess whether to send the matter to court.
Speed skater Martina Sáblíková has won the 5,000 metres in the World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships in Vancouver, posting the only time of under seven minutes. Her closest rival, Clara Hughes finished more than two seconds behind, while fellow Canadian Kristina Groves was third. Sáblíková has now taken the world championship title in the 5,000 metres three times in a row.
The Christian Democrats are running the risk of splintering into different political parties, Czech daily Lidové noviny has written, saying its future success will depend on how it resolves its current leadership crisis. A number of key party figures, including the minister for regional affairs, Cyril Svoboda, have already announced they will challenge Jiří Čunek for their party's chairmanship at the Christian Democrats’ congress in June. There has also been speculation that some within the party close to finance minister Miroslav Kalousek are considering founding a new conservative party focussed on Christian values.
A spokesman for Czech President Václav Klaus has said that the Czech head-of-state will speak at the upcoming congress held by the Social Democratic Party. The event is to take place next weekend. It is the first time Mr Klaus will speak at a congress held by the leftist party – the largest opposition grouping in the Chamber of Deputies. Social Democrat leader Jiří Paroubek commented the news by saying that he was looking forward to Mr Klaus’s speech. Previously, the Czech president regularly attended congresses by the right-of-centre Civic Democrats, who he led until 2002. But last December he stepped down as their honorary chairman, unhappy over the party’s current direction.
The head of the Czech medical chamber Milan Kubek was elected vice-president of the Standing Committee of European Doctors on Saturday, a body which represents two million physicians in 27 EU countries. Mr Kubek will take up the post in 2010 and represent the Czech Republic for two years. The Medical Chamber president recently made headlines in the Czech Republic over comments on “feminisation” in health care, suggesting that female physicians contributed less in their jobs than their male counterparts. He later apologised for the remarks. The Czech Medical Chamber, meanwhile, stated that Mr Kubek’s comments had been distorted by the media.
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