American actor Ben Foster will portray 15th-century Bohemian leader Jan
Žižka in an English-language film to be directed by Petr Jákl, who also
wrote the screenplay.
General 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 biopic film will also focus on his relationship with a local heiress and his face-off against a rival king.
Foster is perhaps best known from the X-men franchise and the indie film Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.
With a reported budget of 275 million crowns, Jákl’s biopic is set to be the most expensive domestic film since Dark Blue World, about Czechoslovak airmen who served with the RAF during WWII.
The number of first-year students in Czech primary schools is expected to dip this year. In September, about 108,200 children are due to enter the first grade, a drop of about 3,600 students from the previous year, Ministry of Education data show. However, in general, the number of primary school students continues to grow, as the overall population increases.
Former Czechoslovak Prime Minister Antonín Švehla will be posthumously
awarded the Order of the White Lion, the highest distinction given by the
Czech state, on October 28, the 100th anniversary of the independence of
President Miloš Zeman announced the award would be given to Švehla during his visit to an international agricultural fair in České Budějovice. He said on he wanted to pay tribute to a politician who, in his day, supported farmers. Švehla had been head of the Agrarian Party and led three governments between 1922 and 1926.
At the centennial celebrations, Zeman is also expected to award two-time Olympic champion Ester Ledecká, former Energy Regulatory Authority director Alena Vitásková, and, also posthumously, three Czech soldiers killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan earlier this month: Sergeant Martin Marcin, and Corporals Kamil Beneš and Patrik Štěpánek.
Overall confidence in the economy rose by 0.4 points to 99.1 in August,
following a decline in trust the previous month, the Czech Statistical
Office said on Friday.
Year-on-year, the composite confidence indicator, or Economic Sentiment Indicator, was also higher.
In month-on-month terms, however, while the confidence indicator of entrepreneurs increased by 0.8 points to 96.9 the consumer confidence indicator decreased by 1.5 points to 110.3.
About three-quarters of insurance companies in the Czech Republic plan to
begin using artificial intelligence (AI) in some form to partly automate
tasks in coming years, according to a study by Accenture.
AI can help insurers determine the appropriate level for premiums and speed up the processing of claims and other standardised procedures, a Czech Insurance Association spokesperson said.
As of Sunday, the Uherské Hradiště stadium will bear the name of javelin
thrower Dana Zátopková, who won a gold and silver in the summer Olympics
of 1952 and 1960, respectively.
She was European champion in 1954 and 1958, the year she set a world record in the event. Zátopková, now 95, was married to long-distance runner Emil Zátopek, who won three gold medals at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki.
The ex-wife of former Czech prime minister, Jiří Paroubek, has accused
him of illegally acquiring millions of crowns when he was head of the
Social Democrats. Petra Paroubková made the allegations in an interview
for Televize Seznam.
For his part, Mr. Paroubek says his former partner is attempting to undermine his chances in Senate elections in October, when he will be standing in the Ostrava constituency as an independent.
Petra Paroubková also said she knew other politicians who had made far higher illegal earnings than her ex-husband.
Olomouc suffer home defeat to Sevilla in Europa League qualifier
Sigma Olomouc lost 1:0 at home to Sevilla in the opening leg of a Europa League fourth qualification tie on Thursday evening. The Czech side had managed to hold out until the 84th minute before conceding a goal from Sevilla’s Pablo Sarabia.
The second leg takes place in Spain next Thursday. Sevilla have won the Europa League, the continent’s second-tier international club competition, a record five times.
Renovation work on Prague’s Negrelli viaduct will take longer than
planned. Some of the arches in the historical structure, which serves as a
rail bridge across the Vltava, are in a worse state than originally
believed, representatives of the Railway Infrastructure Administration told
Czech Television on Thursday.
Trains ceased using the structure, which dates back to 1850, in July last year. They were due to return in September 2019 but it now appears that April 2020 is a more likely date.