Wages on the World Cup football championship recorded by Czech betting
agencies reached a record-breaking CZK2.5bn (€97mn), surpassing the
amount bet on EURO 2016 matches by CZK600mn.
Czech bookmakers lost money on the final France-Croatia match but were otherwise well in the black. The agencies Tipsport and Fortuna accounted for a roughly equal share of 92% of all accepted bets.
OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría is in Prague on Monday for an official
visit, during which he presented the 2018 OECD Economic Survey and the
Environmental Performance Review of the Czech Republic.
According to the OECD, the Czech economy is thriving, marked by robust employment, expanding exports and falling government debt. Efforts should now focus on boosting workforce skills and innovation to improve labour supply and productivity, further reduce poverty and inequality, and to “green” the economy, it said.
Czech GDP should grow 3.8% this year, according to the OECD, mainly driven by strong demand stemming from rising salaries and export growth. Next year, GDP growth should slow to 3.2%. The OECD warned that Czech property prices – the highest in the EU last year compared to wages – represent a risk to the stability of the economy. It also recommended reducing the overall tax burden.
Prague Pride, a week-long festival in August celebrating sexual diversity
and equal rights for members of the LGBT community, has announced its theme
this year will be family relations and include a poster campaign against
The posters aim to show how hurtful it can be to label someone a “mama’s boy” or the “black sheep of the family”, for example. The campaign also aims to stress that everyone, not just people who identify as LGBT, are welcome at the festival, which this year runs from August 6th to 12th.
Two tigers and a lion escaped from their enclosure in a private zoo Biopark Štít in the eastern Bohemian municipality of Klamoš on Monday morning. A police spokesperson said a special task force, including a helicopter unit, was working to secure the area until the animals could be sedated. Biopark Štít is a private facility that breeds breeding animals threatened with extinction.
Freight carrier ČD Cargo, a subsidiary of state-owned Czech Railways, plans to issue 7-year bonds worth 1 billion crowns by the end of July with the coupon of 2.55 per cent to fund the purchase of new wagons and towards other investment, the daily E15 reported on Monday. Two years ago, ČD Cargo issued papers worth 500 million crowns.
The renowned Czech film and theatre director Petr Weigl, who achieved fame
with his opera adaptions, has died at the age of 79 years.
Mr. Weigl directed opera and ballet performances in Czech theatres as well as abroad and created a number of short and feature films for the Czech and Slovak Television, as well as for German public channel ARD and ZDF, British channels BBC and Channel 4.
Among his best-known works are the poetic film drama Radúz and Mahulena, starring Jan Tříska and Magda Vašáryová or a 1977 film version of Antonín Dvořák’s opera Rusalka.
An annual festival of street art called Za Dveřmi or Behind the Door gets under way at Prague's Výstaviště exhibition grounds on Monday. Over the next four days, visitors can see over 40 performances by world and Czech troups, including DJuggledy, a performer, juggler and showman from Berlin. The tenth edition of the festival will kick off with a performance by Spanish stret theatre company Kamchatka.
Temperatures over the next four weeks should not fall below average for the
time of year, with daytime highs hovering around 25 degrees Celsius,
according to a regular four-week forecast issued by the Czech
The coming week should see temperatures around 29 degrees Celsius. Rain and storms are also expected but precipitation for the whole four-week period should be below the long-term average.
Czech rower Ondřej Synek took the bronze medal at the World Rowing Cup in
Switzerland’s Lucerne on Sunday. The Czech World Champion came third in
the men’s single skull event, finishing behind Robert Manson of New
Zealand and Oliver Zeidler of Germany.
Jakub Podrazil and Lukáš Helešic finished third in the men’s pair event and currently occupy the first place in the World Cup rankings.