News Hockey: Canadiens defeated

30-05-2014 16:07 | Jan Velinger

Hopes of reaching this year’s Stanley Cup final were dashed for forward Tomáš Plekanec and his fellow Montreal Canadiens on Thursday as the Habs faced the New York Rangers in Game 6 of their series. Chasing Rangers’ goalie Lundquist in their prior match, the Canadiens were unable to score this time around. The Rangers won 1:0 at home and will face either Chicago or L.A. in the final. Should defending champions Chicago defeat the Los Angeles Kings, one Czech will remain in contention for a Stanley Cup ring: defenseman Michal Rozsíval, who won with the Blackhawks last year.

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Klinika social centre receives František Kriegel Award for civic courage

27-05-2016 09:49 | Ruth Fraňková

The 2015 František Kriegel Award for civic courage, handed out annually by the Charter 77 Foundation, was given to the representatives of the Klinika social centre, which became a target of an arson attack by ultra-right radicals this year. An independent jury praised the centre's voluntary activities for its humanity and for not falling under the influence of ideology or market forces. František Kriegel, the Charter 77 signatory, was the only Czechoslovak political leader who refused to sign Moscow's humiliating dictate after the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia in August of 1968. 

Rudolf Jelínek spirits producer posts record turnover

27-05-2016 08:48 | Ruth Fraňková

Czech spirits producer Rudolf Jelínek posted a record turnover last year amounting to nearly 470 million crowns. The company’s profit was 70 percent higher than in the previous year, the general director Pavel Dvořáček told the Czech News Agency on Thursday. The traditional plum liquor producer has finally recovered from the methanol scandal of 2012, during which 47 Czechs died of alcohol poisoning and which resulted in a decrease in demand for hard alcohol. In 2012, the company suffered losses to the tune of 19 million crowns. 

Restored copy of The Fabulous Baron Munchhausen to launch Zlín film festival

26-05-2016 17:32 | Ruth Fraňková

The world premiere of the digitally restored copy of Baron Prášil or The Fabulous Baron Munchhausen, a legendary film by Karel Zeman, will launch this year’s edition of the Zlín International Film Festival, which gets underway on Friday. The 1961 film, combining live action with various forms of animation, was restored within a project called We are cleaning up the world of fantasy, which aims to digitally restore three films by the visionary filmmaker. The new version of The Fabulous Baron Munchhausen will be screened for the first time on Thursday in Prague’s Lucerna cinema. 

Tennis: Tomáš Berdych reaches third round at French Open

26-05-2016 15:19 | Ruth Fraňková

The Czech Republic’s Tomáš Berdych has reached the third round at the French Open in Paris. The seventh seed advanced after beating Malek Jaziri of Tunisia 6:1, 2:6, 6:2 a 6:4 on Thursday. Berdych will face Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay in the next round. 

Senate rejects bill giving more powers to Supreme Audit Office

26-05-2016 14:53 | Ruth Fraňková

The Senate has rejected a lower house bill which would give the Supreme Audit Office, the country’s spending watchdog, greater powers. Following a four-hour long debate, 42 out of 60 senators present voted against the proposed amendment, under which the office would in future be able to look into the financing of local and regional administrations, state funds, health insurance companies, public schools and companies in which the state is a majority shareholder. Up till now the Supreme Audit Office could only check on state property management and state budget expenditures. 

Anthropoid to open Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

26-05-2016 14:12 | Ruth Fraňková

The British-US-French coproduction film Anthropoid which tells the story of the 1942 assassination of acting Reich Protector Reinhard Heydrich in Czechoslovakia, will open this year’s edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, which gets under way on July 1, the festival’s spokeswoman Uljana Donátová announced on Thursday. The screening of Anthropoid will be attended by the director Sean Ellis and by the leading actors Jamie Dornan, Charlotte Le Bon, Aňa Geislerová and Toby Jones. The historical drama was shot in the Czech Republic over the last summer. 

Finance Ministry envisages next year’s budget deficit at 48.5 billion

26-05-2016 13:05 | Ruth Fraňková

A Finance Ministry proposal for next year’s budget, which is to be debated by the government on Monday, sets next year’s deficit at 48.5 billion crowns, the Czech News Agency reported on Thursday. For 2018 the ministry envisages a deficit of 38.5 billion and for 2019 18.5 billion. The Finance Ministry is willing to increase the deficit in case of higher spending by ministries and other state authorities. Under the agreement between coalition parties, the deficit could reach up to 60 billion crowns next year and 50 billion crowns in 2018. 

Summer temperatures expected over weekend

26-05-2016 12:09 | Ruth Fraňková

Temperatures will again reach summer levels this weekend, with daytime highs expected to climb up to 29 degrees Celsius, but the warm weather will also bring rain. Meteorologists have issued storm warnings for most parts of the country for the weekend, predicting torrential rain in places. The weather is going to get cooler at the start of next week. 

Finance minister continues to top popularity ladder

26-05-2016 12:09 | Ruth Fraňková

Finance minister and leader of the ANO party Andrej Babiš remains the most popular politician in the Czech Republic, according to the results of a poll conducted by the STEM agency in May. Mr. Babiš currently enjoys the trust of 60 percent. Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka came second with a rating of 53 percent, closely followed by Defence Minister Martin Stropnický and Interior Minister Milan Chovanec. The Czech finance minister and businessman has topped the popularity ladder since January 2014. 

Court hands out three year sentence in football match fixing case

26-05-2016 08:34 | Chris Johnstone

News server Aktualne.cz has reported on the first prison sentence in the world of Czech football, describing it as a landmark decision. The sentence was handed out by a Strakonice court to former Dukla Prague player Michal Kánik on Wednesday for bribing players and referees to fix results in top Czech and even junior matches so that sure bets could be placed on them. Kánik said after the sentence that he would appeal to the regional court. Kánik was last year also given a conditional sentence for his part in a 1.0 million crown tax fraud when he held a post at the local Strakonice football club. 

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