Lipno Lake in south Bohemia was awarded the title of European Destination of Excellence by the European Commission, as one of 19 sites around Europe. The award, dedicated this year to the theme of accessible tourism destinations, went to Lipno due to its complex offers for target groups with special needs, their distribution throughout the season, and the cooperation of all relevant local bodies, the head of the resort said. Four other Czech destinations entered the competition this year, including the Bohemian Switzerland and the Orlické Mountains.
Czech retailers of computers, home appliances and other electronic goods have reported massive sales over the weekend in the wake of the Czech central bank’s intervention against the Czech crown. The news agency ČTK reported on Monday that sales in some chains as well as online shops increased by as much as 35 percent. The retailers believe that customers are buying Christmas presents before the central bank’s takes effect and increases the prices of imported goods.
The leader of the Social Democrats, Bohuslav Sobotka, is scheduled to meet with President Miloš Zeman on Wednesday to discuss the party’s plans to form the next Czech government. It will be the first post-election meeting between the president and the Social Democrat chair, who faced a revolt within his party following their disappointing results in the election; the Social Democrats came first but with far fewer votes than expected. Mr Sobotka said he did not yet expect an official appointment to start talks on forming the government.
Czech national team captain Tomáš Rosický will miss Friday’s friendly game against Canada due to illness, the manager of the Czech side, Josef Pešice said on Monday. The 33-year-old Arsenal midfielder also missed a Premier League match on Sunday. Freiburg midfielder Vladimír Darida, meanwhile, suffered a muscle injury in a Europa League match last week, and is also out of the game. Manager Pečice instead selected Tomáš Hořava of Viktoria Pilsen and Josef Šural of Liberec who might get his first international cap in Friday's match.
Thousands of people attended the launch of Saint Martin’s wine in Brno on Monday where the first wine of the season was blessed by a priest on the city’s central square. In a revived marketing campaign, Czech winemakers offer new wines on November 11, the day of Saint Martin. Events featuring Saint Martin’s wine take place across the Czech Republic on Monday; in Prague, festivities are held in Náměstí Jiřího z Poděbrad and other places. Last year, some 2.2 million bottles of the wine were sold.
A number of Czech humanitarian organizations have opened special charity accounts and are preparing to send some of their emergency funds to the Philippines, in order to help the victims of typhoon Haiyan. Adra Czech Republic and the local branch of Charitas are both asking the public to contribute to the special accounts and are ready to sent 100,000 crowns and 250,000 crowns, respectively, from their crisis funds. The death toll from one of the strongest typhoons to make landfall in recorded history is currently estimated to be at least 10,000 people.
Bohuslav Sobotka announced on Sunday afternoon that the team that will negotiate with possible future coalition partners will comprise of deputy chairpersons Alena Gajdůšková, Milan Chovanec and Lubomír Zaorálek as well as the Senate chairman Milan Štěch. Mr. Sobotka himself will be leading the team. The first meeting with the ANO party, which came in second in the elections and as seen as a likely partner for the Social Democrats, is planned for Sunday evening. Next up will be the Christian Democrats, with whom Mr. Sobotka is hoping to meet on Monday.
The tenth Days of Passive Housing took place over the weekend, offering 13 locations around the Czech Republic where people could visit energy efficient buildings. There are only a few hundred houses in the country that have received the passive building certificate, but interest in this type of housing has been growing in the recent years. The Czech government offers 400,000 crown subsidies for the construction of a passive house to individuals from Green Savings program.
Bohuslav Sobotka said on Sunday that he is planning to request a meeting with President Zeman. The Social Democratic party chairman added that he views the first post-election meeting as an informal one and does not expect that the president will name him prime minister designate right away. Mr. Sobotka is hoping to put together a new cabinet before the end of the year. The Social Democrats received the most votes in the October general elections, but negotiations about a future government have been delayed by in-party disputes.
The Prague metro’s special meeting train cars, meant for people looking for friends or partners, was not deemed a big success by most media outlets on the first weekend of the project. Most journalists who tried out the special cars on the A line said that the project was badly advertised and the cars were not marked, so most people did not know about their significance. Additionally, the a large percentage of people taking the A line, especially over the weekend, are tourists. Earlier, the transit authority, which refers to the cars as “communication carriages”, has backed down on its original plan to designate the carriages strictly for people looking for new partners.
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