In football, Czech league leaders Viktoria Plzeň secured a narrow 1:0 away
win against Zlín on Sunday night.
The win leaves Plzeň nine points clear of second placed Slavia Prague with a game in hand. It was the first league win for Plzeň since the start of the Spring half of the season.
Slavia failed to close the gap on Saturday in spite of overhauling a three goal deficit to draw 3:3 in the Prague derby against Sparta Prague.
Czech foreign minister Martin Stropnický is due Monday to take part in a
meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels. The United Kingdom is expected
to update its partners on the alleged use of Russian military nerve gas in
an attack on a former spy in Salisbury.
Ministers are also expected to discuss what stepped up support the could give to Ukraine during its ongoing conflict with separatists in the east of the country supported by Moscow.
The latest developments in Syria should also be discussed. Korea and Iran also feature on the agenda for discussions.
The governor of the Czech National Bank, Jiří Rusnok, has said wage rises
next year in the country can be expected to slow down.
Speaking on public broadcaster, Czech Television, Rusnok said on Sunday that real wage rises should be in line with real economic growth, that is somewhere around 4.0 percent.
In the last quarter of 2017 Czech gross average monthly wages exceeded 30,000 crowns for the first time after an 8.0 percent rise. Taking account for inflation the real wage rise was 5.3 percent with year on year growth in the quarter 5.2 percent.
Rusnok added that current Czech economic growth is around one percentage point lower than it could be if some problems, such as the shortage of labour, could be ironed out.
Large parts of Moravia and Northern and Eastern Bohemia have been dealing
with high winds and drifting snow in Arctic temperatures over the weekend.
High winds have felled trees, complicating transport, and blown roofs off houses in the east of the country. Damages to power lines have left an estimated 10,000 users without electricity on Sunday.
Temperatures in West Bohemia fell to more than minus 10 degrees Celsius during Saturday night with the cold snap expected to last for several days. The Czech weather office’s warning of high winds lasts until Sunday night in the east of the country.
Czech production company JBJ Productions has signed a deal with a Hollywood
film production company which aims to make what will reportedly be the most
expensive Czech film ever.
The deal has been signed with the company of producer Cassian Elwes to co-produce a bio pic of the 15th century Bohemian leader Jan Žižka. The budget of 275 million crowns would reportedly exceed that of the previous record holder Dark Blue World, about Czech airmen in the RAF during WWII.
Jan Žižka was an innovative military strategist who led the Czech Hussites in a series of confrontations in religious wars, often beating numerically superior opponents .
The Czech ministry of Justice has said it has concluded a first round of
successful talks aimed at sealing an agreement with Pakistan on the
exchange of convicted citizens.
Czech officials were in Islamabad to discuss details mid-March. The hoped for deal would allow Czechs to serve out their sentences in their homeland.
The move has been prompted by the case of a 21-year-old Czech woman allegedly found in Pakistan in January with 10 kilos of heroin in her suitcase. Attempts to get her released on bail pending trial have not succeeded so far.
The ministry says the agreement could take effect and apply with immediately to ongoing cases.
Czech tennis player Barbora Strýcová turned a last minute doubles pairing
into a winning combination when she won the Indian Wells title with
Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei.
They beat Russia’s Ekateria Makarova and Elena Vesnina, the top seeds, 6:4; 6:4 to win the doubles title.
The winners had originally expected to play with different partners and made a last minute decision to pair up for one of the biggest tennis events outside the Grand Slams.
In football, Sparta Prague allowed a 3:0 half time lead to evaporate in the
Prague derby against Slavia.
Slavia equalized in the fifth minute of extra time when Milan Škoda converted a penalty. The draw leaves Slavia in second place in the league, six points adrift of leaders Viktoria Plzeň. Plzeň play later on Sunday.
Sparta, playing at home, still have not got a win under their new manager, Pavel Hapal.
Czech foreign minister Martin Stropnický has refuted Russian claims that
the nerve agent believed to have been responsible for injuries to a former
double agent and his daughter in Britain could have come from the Czech
Russia’s foreign ministry named the Czech Republic along with Slovakia, Britain, Sweden, and the United States as possible sources of the nerve agent used in the attack.
Stropnický said the Russian accusation was an example of how information could be manipulated.
Czech defence minister Karla Šlechtová also hit back at the Russian claims pointing out that Prague was a long time signatory of international conventions banning the use of such nerves gases.
Britain has said Russia is probably responsible for the attack on a former Russian double agent and his daughter that took place in Salisbury around two weeks ago.
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