In football, Prague club Bohemians 1905 had their first victory of the season at home to Jihlava with a 2:1 win on Saturday night. The Kangaroos, as they are known, are still in the relegation zone just ahead of Synot League bottom club Ostrava. The most anticipated match of the round will be the clash between title holders Viktoria Plzeň and current league leaders Sparta Prague on Sunday afternoon. Sparta have a two point lead which they take to West Bohemia.
Most Czech castles and stately homes will close this weekend at the conclusion of the summer season and what appears to have been a record year. Most expect to announce record visitor numbers for the season. The top draw in the Czech Republic, the Lednice stately home had more than 352,000 visitors by the end of September and expects the full year total to advance to around 400,000. It is opened only at weekends from October. The second placed attraction in the country is Český Krumlov.
The jury at the International Documentary Film Festival Jihlava decided not to pick out a best Czech documentary this year in spite of the 16 entries for their consideration. The jury said on Saturday night that many of the entries did not go beyond works for television and the maker’s statement was not convincing. Two special mentions were made in the section. The best documentary award for Central and Eastern Europe was awarded to Vialy Mansky’s Under the Sun, which tracked the lives of a North Korean family for a year. The world documentary award went to Mauro Herce’s Dead Slow Ahead, which follows a freighter travelling through a barren landscape. The audience award went to Matrix AB, a documentary looking at Czech politician and ANO leader Andrej Babiš, by Vít Klusák.
Seventy prison office staff will from Sunday November 1 be drafted in to help police run the refugee camp at Drohonice na Lounsku. The move follows an agreement between the ministries of interior and justice. The camp for immigrants has space for around 240 inmates and has come under sharp criticism from NGOs for the poor conditions there and the fact that immigrants are being held against their will. It is currently around half full. The prison service help will be offered till the end of February.
The International Documentary Film Festival currently running at Jihlava has screened a film about the only Soviet bloc spy who apparently infiltrated the CIA. The documentary describes the achievements of Czechoslovak spy Karel Kocher. Kocher who worked at the CIA from 1972 after emigrating to the US. Kocher refused to take part in a debate which was organised in conjunction with the screening. A book about his life was published two weeks ago.
Former foreign minister and presidential candidate Karel Schwarzenberg has hit out against what he described as the Czech hysteria about the current wave of immigrants coming into Europe. Schwarzenberg said the reaction was probably explained by Czech pettiness and an inferiority complex. His comments were made during a Prague conference Saturday about the Czech Republic’s place in a globalising world. Schwarzenberg has previously suggested that the Czech Republic should be ready to take many more immigrants and match the generosity of neighbouring Germany on a per capita basis.
The Šumava National Park has opened a wolf observation site at its visitor centre in the town of Srní. Observation of the two adult wolves and four cubs is possible from 300 metre high observation posts. The wolves are enclosed on a 35 hectare site comprising mature forest and rocks. The park hopes that public exposure to the wolves will help erode some of the ingrained prejudices against them. The wolf enclosure opened to the public on Friday.
Czech number one womens singles player Petra Kvitová has won through to the finals of the WTA finals in Singapore. Kvitová qualified by beating Russian Maria Sharapova 6:3, 7:6. The Czech had to turn around the second set after Sharapova appeared in control. The Czech will face Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska in the final. It’s the second time that Kvitová has qualified for the season ending WTA showcase finals. The Czech’s form had been mixed in the qualifying group while Sharapova confidently qualified for the semi-finals.
The Czech pavilion at the world exhibition, Expo 2015, in Milan has been awarded the bronze medal for its architectural merit. The gold medal was awarded to Britain and the silver to Chile. The Czech pavilion was made up of used modular containers with the architects behind the idea Chybik&Krystof Associated Architects. The Czech pavilion has already won a series of awards from organisers, visitors, and the media. The pavilion was chosen as the most visitor friendly and the restaurant was placed among the best three at the exhibition.
The Czech Ministry of Finance has upped its economic growth predictions for this year to 4.5 percent and for 2016 to 2.7 percent. The ministry’s previous figures in July put growth this year at 3.9 percent and next year at 2.5 percent. One of the main factors in the upward revision is the much firmer growth at the start of the year and the fact that low oil prices have helped boost consumption. Higher EU funding, increased wages for public workers and pensioners, and selected tax cuts have also contributed, the ministry said
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