The 84th annual Velká Kunratická cross country race was held in
Prague's Kunratický Forest on Sunday.
The 3.1 km race, which attracted hundreds of runners, was won for the second time by Jan Janů. Kamila Gregorová won the women's category for the fourth time in a row.
The oldest participant was 80-year-old Josef Vonášek, who completed his 58th Velká Kunratická race.
This year’s state budget, including EU subsidies, could end up with a
surplus of up to 10 billion crowns, Czech Finance Minister Ivan Pilný said
in a debate programme on Czech Television on Sunday. Excluding money from
European Union funds, the minister estimates the budget should in with a
mild deficit around 10 billion crowns.
The state budget surplus rose at the end of October to a yearly high of 26.5 billion crowns, but dropped from last year’s 98.3 billion-crown surplus because of reduced EU subsidies.The budget approved for this year envisages a deficit of 60 billion crowns.
The average age of Czech doctors has been increasing, the head of the Czech
Institute of Health Information and Statistics Ladislav Dušek said at a
meeting of the Czech Medical Chamber on Saturday. Concerns about the
growing age of Czech doctors were raised by a number of other speakers at
According to Mr Dušek, medical schools need to increase the number of graduates by 20 percent in order to replace the soon to be retired specialists. If nothing changes, around one fifth of Czech doctors will be older than 65 by the year 2025, he said.
Women’s javelin thrower Barbora Špotáková has been named Czech
“Athlete of the Year” for the ninth time in her career. Javelin thrower
Jakub Vadlejch came second in the survey, followed by his colleague Petr
Frydrych. The title coach of the year went to the javelin legend Jan
Špotáková won a gold medal at the World Athletics Championships in London this year, ten years after her first gold at the very same tournament. The prestigious survey pools votes from organisers, sport specialists and journalists.
US actor Harvey Keitel is currently in the Czech Republic, shooting a
supporting role for the film The Painted Bird by Czech director Václav
Marhoul. The Oscar-nominated actor, who will be staying in the country for
the next ten days, appears in the role of a Catholic priest.
The film, an adaptation of Polish writer Jerzy Kosiński’s 1965 novel, is slated for release in 2019. The cast includes other acclaimed international actors such Stellan Skarsgård and Udo Kier.
Temperatures in the Czech Republic should be average for the time of year in the next four weeks, according to a long-term forecast from the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute. Daytime highs are expected to hover around five degrees Celsius, dropping to zero at night. Rainfall levels should also be average for the time of year.
Sunday is expected to be partly cloudy with occasional rain showers and
snow showers in higher altitudes. Daytime temperatures are expected to
range between three to seven degrees Celsius.
Meteorologists have issued a warning of widespread icy roads across the Czech Republic which is effective from Saturday night until Sunday morning.
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