The Czech Republic is the best placed country in Central Europe to reacted to unexpected global, political, or economic developments according to a ranking drawn up by the consultancy company KPMG. The ranking place the Czech Republic 25th in the world in terms of preparedness. The best placed countries were Switzerland, Sweden, and the United Arab Emirates. The Czech Republic improved three places compared with its standing when the survey was last carried out.
The Czech start- up Heaven Labs says it is going to expand in the US with planned production and storage for its energy drink Mana. The company this year expects turnover of 200 million crowns, twice the level of 2016. It already exports to 26 countries with exports accounting for 27 percent of sales. the biggest export demand currently comes from Germany. Transport is offered free to foreign buyers. The expansion in the US is taking time due to administrative procedures.
More evidence has emerged of a thriving wolf population to the north of Prague in the Kokořín natural reserve. Recent photo traps show images of four healthy young wolves which were apparently born this year to a pack that has established itself in the area. It is not entirely clear where young cubs have migrated in previous years and whether they have stayed in the Czech Republic or moved across the border into Germany or Poland.
Organisers of hop pickers for the upcoming season due to start in the second half of August say there are still short of workers. Chmelda, one of the organisations specialising in recruitment reported the shortage to the Czech News Agency. In spite of technological advances, hundreds of extra pickers were essential to the annual harvest recruiters said. One recruiter said the situation surrounding the summer season was the worst she could remember.
In football, the two top clubs from the past season began the new one with wins. Title holders Slavia Prague won 1:0 against Teplice thanks to a controversial penalty. Viktoria Plzeň won 4: against Dukla Prague. Sparta Prague, the who lost their Europa League qualifying first leg game against Crvene Zvezda Belgrade 2:0, have a derby against Bohemians 1904 on Sunday night.
Dozens of Vespa scooters threaded their way through the streets of Prague on Saturday afternoon with around 200 owners of the iconic machines taking part in the seventh international meet up in the Czech capital. The tour included Wenceslas Square, the Vitkov hill, and Žižkov area. The event was due to continue Sunday.
Czech foreign minister Lubomír Zaorálek wants to put himself forward as president of the Social Democrat party, the daily Právo reported on Saturday. Zaorálek is already the election leader for the left of centre party for upcoming elections for the lower house of parliament in October so becoming official head of the party would be a logical step. Current Social Democrat prime minister Bohuslav Sobotka already announced he does not want to lead the party in the elections. The current stand-in party president is interior minister Milan Chovanec.