Miloš Říha is likely to be named as the new head coach of the Czech
national ice hockey team, the daily Sport reported on Wednesday. The Czech
Ice Hockey Association will appoint him at a meeting in June, but according
to the daily, they have already agreed on future cooperation.
Mr Říha will replace former coach Josef Jandač, who stepped down after the world championships and he is heading to KHL’s Magnitogorsk.
Four people, including one Czech national, were arrested by Spanish police
in the town of Benidorm near Valencia over illegal drug distribution, a
Spanish website diarioinformacion.com reported on Wednesday.
The police seized 64 packages of cocaine and 400 pills of Viagra, which the group was planning to sell.
A major Czech drinks maker is considering introducing deposits for plastic
bottles, Czech Television reported. Karlovarské minerální vody, which
sells the mineral water Mattoni, produced a study with the Institute of
Circular Economics suggesting that a full third of plastic bottles in the
Czech Republic are not recycled.
The drinks manufacturer said in January that it was considering bringing in deposits for PET bottles. It has commissioned an economic analysis of such a move that should be published in the autumn.
However, the Ministry of the Environment is on the fence about the idea. A spokesperson said it welcomed moves to limit the dumping of wasted but was also concerned that bottle deposits could impact the current system.
The company R2G has made what appears to be a record acquisition for a
Czech investor in the United States, iHned.cz reported. R2G has bought
First Quality Nonwovens from the group First Quality Enterprises, which has
factories in the US and China and supplies fabrics for hygiene products, at
a cost of an estimated USD 500,000, the equivalent of almost CZK 11
R2G plans to merge First Quality Nonwovens with the Czech-based Pegas Nonwovens, which it acquired recently, to create PFNonwovens, iHned.cz reported.
Steve Bannon, a former chief strategist to President Donald Trump, says
Europe should not be a protectorate of the United States but should
contribute more financially to its own defence. He made the comment in
Prague, where he was taking part in a public debate with Lanny Davis, a
Democrat and ex-White House special counsel.
Mr. Bannon said the US had fought on Europe’s behalf in the two world wars and the Cold War. He said Europeans should be ashamed with regard to the present situation and ought to become a partner to the US in military matters.
A move to hold a lower house discussion on President Miloš Zeman’s
comments about the nerve agent Novichok was rejected on Tuesday by MPs from
ANO, Tomio Okamura’s Freedom and Direct Democracy and the Communists.
Members of the opposition say they will now attempt to push through a
special session on the matter.
The Christian Democrats’ Jan Bartošek said President Zeman had harmed the Czech Republic internationally and served Russian propaganda by suggesting that a small amount of Novichok had been produced and tested in this country.
Communist leader Vojtěch Filip said the debate call was a move by those who were offended because their presidential candidate had been defeated.
Police are investigating a deal under which the Ministry of Defence plans
to buy mobile radars for billions of crowns, the minister of defence, Karla
Šlechtová, said on Tuesday. She said she had contacted the military
police in connection with “very serious findings” relating to the
Ms. Šlechtová indicated that issues surrounding major defence deals could be linked to what she called media attacks on her in recent weeks, the Czech News Agency said.
Prague plans to buy new radars from Israel at a cost of CZK 3.5 billion under an agreement reached but not signed by Martin Stropnický, Ms. Šlechtová’s predecessor. She had a number of major contracts examined after taking over and says she there are question marks surrounding the radars deal.
Government ministers have stopped taking part in international trips with
Czech entrepreneurs and this could cost the latter in terms of deals, a
number of business chambers said in a statement to the Czech News Agency on
A spokesperson for the Chamber of Commerce, Miroslav Diro, said Czech firms could lose out to rivals from other states when it comes to import and export opportunities. Mr. Diro said the minister of finance and minister of industry and trade often helped open doors for his group’s members internationally.
The acting prime minister, Andrej Babiš, has in the past said that the state is not a travel agency. He said the country should be represented by diplomats, who are paid for that service, abroad.
Goalkeeper Petr Čech has won the Golden Ball for Czech footballer of the
year for the 12th time. The prize is decided by a poll of journalists.
Čech, who turned 36 on Sunday, finished ahead of midfielder Antonín
Barák of Italian club Udinese and Pavel Kadeřábek, a defender with
Last season the Arsenal man became the first goalkeeper in the English Premier League to achieve 200 clean sheets. Though now retired from the international game, he is the most capped Czech ever with 124 appearances.
Prague council has instructed the Prague Institute of Planning and
Development to change the city’s territorial plan to allow for the
building of a further section of a planned new “D” Metro line. The
addition to the underground rail network should run northeast from
Náměstí Míru to Žižkov and then on to Vysočany. However, it is not
yet clear what precise route it will follow or where it will have stations.
The first part of the D line should run from Písnice in the south of the city to Pankrác, which should later be connected to Náměstí Míru. Discussions about constructing a fourth Metro line began in the 1980s.