The Czech Republic beat Germany 8:1 at the Ice Hockey World Championship 2012 in Stockholm on Tuesday. A loss would have pitted the Czech Republic against group leader Russia in the quarterfinals. The victory places the Czech team third in their group. In Thursday’s quarterfinals, the Czech Republic will face Sweden, which ranks second in the group.
The Czech economy’s growth rate in the first quarter of 2012 ranks among the worst within the EU, according to fresh data from Eurostat. The Czech Republic came in second-to-last, with only Hungary having a worse rate of growth. In the first three months of 2012, the Czech economy shrank by one percent GDP. However, Eurostat’s new data did not include eight of the union’s 27 member states. Among those not included in the newest figures was debt-ridden Greece. Overall, the economy in the EU in the first quarter of 2012 grew by 0.1 percent year-on-year, while it stagnated in the Eurozone.
The Czech army needs to prepare for the time after the end of operations in Afghanistan, Defence Minister Alexandr Vondra said on Monday at a seminar in the Senate dedicated to the Czech army’s foreign missions. Mr Vondra said that in the coming years, NATO will have to re-focus to its own defence as the United States becomes more involved in Asia.
Billions of crowns were wasted during the construction of the Prague ring road, according to an audit by the Czech Supreme Audit Office released on Monday. The ring road was originally expected to be finished by 2008 at a cost of over 48 billion crowns; however, the total costs are now estimated at 106 billion due to changes to the plans, additional construction work, and the cost of land needed for the construction which could be finished by 2020. The office filed a criminal complaint in connection with the case.
The Prague Spring international music festival on Monday features a concert by the Agon Orchestra dedicated to the composer and music theorist John Cage. The concert, conducted by Petr Kofroň, will be held at the National Technical Museum among historic airplanes, cars, steam engines and other vehicles. Besides several compositions which will have their Czech premiere at the concert, the ensemble will also play John Cage’s composition Imaginary Landscape n. 4 dedicated to 12 radio sets tuned to different stations.
Czechs no longer pay the highest prices for mobile calls of all OECD countries, according to a study by the Telingen consultancy firm, quoted by the Czech Telecommunications Office on Monday. In February, the Czech Republic now ranked 25th in the list of 50 countries according to the costs of mobile calling while last year, it had the most expensive calls. The change took place after Czech mobile operators began offering cheaper tariffs.
The manager of the Czech national football team, Michal Bílek, on Monday announced his picks for the upcoming EURO 2012. The 23 nominees include Arsenal midfielder Tomáš Rosický, goalkeeper Petr Čech from Chelsea and strikers Milan Baroš from Galatasaray and Tomáš Necid from CSKA Moscow. Coach Bílek also picked eight players from the Czech top division including midfielders Daniel Kolář, Milan Petržela and Václav Pilař from Viktoria Plzeň and the best Gambrinus Liga striker David Lafata from Jablonec. The Czechs will
In related news, some 74 percent of Czechs do not agree with the reforms carried out by the country’s centre-right government, according to a poll by the STEM agency released on Monday. However, approximately the same number of people recognizes the necessity to reform the social, health care and tax systems. 24 percent of respondents said they agreed with the cabinet’s reform efforts, which is two percent more than last year.
A 3.7 kilometre-long stretch of the D8 motorway between Lovosice and Bílinka in north Bohemia opened for traffic on Monday. The new road is expected to alleviate heavy traffic within the town Lovosice. The newly-opened part of the motorway cost around three billion crowns; the complete D8 motorway between Prague and the German border should open in 2016.
The Czech Education Ministry on Monday revised the results of this year’s school-leaving exams in maths which were considered too difficult and students were given too little time to sit them. Under the revised results, some 2.8 percent of students failed the tests while originally more than 16 percent of them failed the math exam. Education Minister Petr Fiala had earlier apologized to students for the problems.
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