Czech skier Kateřina Smutná defended the bronze medal at the traditional
90km Vasaloppet race in Sweden on Sunday. The women’s race was won by
Sweden’s Britta Johansson-Norgren.
In the men’s race, Stanislav Řezáč of the Czech Republic finished in the sixth place. It was the 21st start at the Vasaloppet for the 45-year-old marathon skier, who won a total of four medals over the years. Norway's Tore Berdal took the win, finishing ahead of his compatriot Stian Holegaard.
Doctoral students in the Czech Republic are complaining that they don’t
receive sufficient financial support from the state, Czech Radio reported
on Sunday. Although the government recently raised the monthly payment to
PhD students by almost 50 percent, up to 11,000 crowns (around 428 euros)
per month, many of them still have to seek extra income.
According to the data released by the Ministry of Education, the drop-out rate among PhD students is around fifty percent. Nearly 10,000 students started their doctoral studies in the Czech Republic in the academic year 2014-2015, but only 4,749 of them graduated in 2017-2018.
Czech Zdeněk Štybar, riding for Deceuninck-Quick Step, has won the Omloop
Het Nieuwsblad, the traditional 200 km opening race of the classic season.
The former cyclo-cross specialist attacked from a select lead group of five with three kilometers to go, leaving behind Belgium's Greg van Avermaet and Tim Wellens, who also reached the podium.
Saturday's victory is one of the greatest triumphs in Štybar's career.
Exports from the Czech Republic are likely to slow down in the next
quarter, the Czech News Agency reported on Sunday, citing the Export Index
put together by Raiffeisenbank and the Association of Exporters.
Among the main factors behind the negative development is the slowdown of German economy, uncertainty regarding Brexit and the threat of US President Donald Trump to impose a 25 percent tax on European cars.
Exports from the Czech Republic increased by 2 percent year-on-year in December to 316.1 billion crowns.
Above-average temperatures are expected in the Czech Republic in the next
week. According to a long-term forecast by the Czech Hydro-Meteorological
Institute, we can expect day-time highs of up to 18 degrees Celsius.
In the following three-week period, average daytime temperatures will drop to around 10 degrees Celsius. Rainfall over the next month should be average for the time of year.
The Czech speed skater Martina Sáblíková won the 3,000 meters race at
the World Allround Championships in Calgary on Saturday, improving the
almost 13-year-old world record held by Canadian Cindy Klassen.
The 31-year-old Czech covered the distance in a time of 3.53.31, three hundredths of a second below the time Klassen put down in March 2006.
The three-time Olympic champion also holds the world record on the 5 kilometers, which she set in February 2011 in Salt Lake City with a time of 6.42,66. Sáblíková is currently second in the overall competition, 2.8 seconds behind Miho Tagaki of Japan.
World champion Eva Samková of the Czech Republic has won the women's
World Cup snowboard cross race in Baqueira Beret in Spain.
Samková, who clinched the snowboard cross title at last month's World Championships in Utah, is now leading the overall International Ski Federation Snowboard Cross World Cup standings along with American Lindsey Jacobellis. The season's last snowboard cross competition is due to be held in Veysonnaz in Switzerland on March 16.
Police in Prague apprehended a Serbian national on Friday wanted on an
international warrant, the Czech News Agency reported on Saturday. The
38-year old man, who is believed to be a contract killer, was arrested as
part of cooperation between several countries.
The police says the suspect was arrested with false documents, two guns and ammunition, and tools for changing his appearance.
According to the AP agency, Serbian media in January published footage allegedly showing the suspect coming out of a car and shooting down his victim in a Belgrade suburb in broad daylight.
The Social Democrats have wrapped up a two-day election conference in
Hradec Králové on Saturday by electing deputy chairpersons.
Delegates cast their ballots for Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček, Labour and Social Affairs Minister Jana Maláčová, deputy Ondřej Veselý and mayor of Nové Město na Moravě Michal Šmarda. One of the deputy posts will remain unfilled.
On Friday, Jan Hamáček was re-elected leader of the party and Roman Onderka its statutory deputy chairman.
In a document approved on Saturday, the Social Democrats define themselves against "disposable political movements", saying that one of their goals is to prevent democracy from being turned into oligarchy. Among the priorities mentioned in the document is cutting the present working hours without lowering salaries and increase citizen participation in political decisions.
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