• 08/20/2022

    It should be mainly overcast in Czechia on Sunday, with an average high temperature of 20 degrees Celsius. More cloudy weather is expected until Wednesday.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 08/20/2022

    Petra Kvitová has reached the semi-finals of the Cincinnati Open. The 32-year-old two-time Wimbledon champion overcame Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic 6-2 6-3 in the quarter-finals on Friday.

    Kvitová, who is currently ranked 28th in the world, will now face the United States player Madison Keys for a place in the final of the WTA tournament.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 08/20/2022

    Czechia were beaten 5:2 by Canada in the semi-finals of the Ice Hockey Junior World Championships in Edmonton on Friday. The Czechs had caused an upset by overcoming the US in the previous round but were unable to find a way past the competition hosts, who were 4:0 in front in the third period.

    Czechia will face Sweden in a game to decide bronze on Saturday. If they win, it will be the country’s first medal from the under 20s tournament since 2005.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 08/20/2022

    Around 3,500 delegates are attending an International Council of Museums (ICOM) conference that runs in Prague from Saturday until the end of next week. The first such event since a conference in Kyoto in 2019 will look at the relationship between museums and new technologies, sustainability and civil society, as well as the future outlook for the field.

    The Czech News Agency reported that the Czech state was contributing around CZK 25 million to the gathering, which organisers compare to a cultural Olympics. The main venue for the hybrid live and online event is Prague’s Congress Centre.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 08/19/2022

    The Czech Ministry of Finance has revised its estimate for economic growth this year and in 2023. It had previously expected GDP expansion of 1.2 percent this year, but now says 2.2 percent should be achieved.

    However it has lowered its outlook for next year, from 3.6 percent to 1.1 percent.

    Ministry officials also said they expected 16.2 percent inflation this year, falling to 8.8 percent next year.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 08/19/2022

    Czech school canteens are set to increase prices by up to 10 percent from September, the Czech News Agency reported on Friday. Some already raised prices some months back, due to growing food and energy costs.

    A representative of a website devoted to Czech school canteens said that it was hard to make savings due to rules that require meals to be nutritional; some would therefore cut back on organic foods and more expensive types of meat.

    Czechia saw year-on-year inflation of 17.5 percent last month.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 08/19/2022

    Czech President Miloš Zeman was released from the Central Military Hospital in Prague on Friday, a day after going in for what his staff said was a planned visit. His head of office said doctors were carrying out tests of his digestive system.

    The head of state was then brought by his team to the Lány presidential retreat near Prague, where he lives.

    Late last year Mr. Zeman spent 48 days at the hospital after being admitted with complications to a chronic illness which doctors said was a liver condition.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 08/19/2022

    Slavia Prague were beaten 2:1 away by Rakow Czestochowa in the first leg of the fourth qualifying round of football’s European Conference League on Thursday night. The Czech side came from behind to draw 1:1 with the hosts after 60 minutes, before conceding for a second time soon after.

    Slavia will have a chance to overturn this scoreline and reach the group stage of European soccer’s third-tier competition at their Eden ground in Prague next Thursday.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 08/19/2022

    The Covid-19 epidemic accelerated in Czechia in the last week, for the first time since the end of July. Just over 13,000 new cases were recorded over the seven-day period, 300 more than in the previous week. The number rose slightly despite fewer tests being conducted.

    The seven-day case incidence rate stands at 122 per 100,000 inhabitants, which was just slightly higher than the figure for the week before. Prague has the highest recorded incidence.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 08/19/2022

    Ondřej Palát has won the Golden Hockey Stick for best Czech ice hockey player of the previous season. It was the first time the forward, who reached the finals of the NHL’s Stanley Cup with Tampa Bay, received the award, which is voted on by people in the sport in Czechia.

    David Pastrňák, who had previously taken the prize for five years in succession, came second this time, ahead of Roman Červenka in third.

    Author: Ian Willoughby

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