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.
The former Czech football international Tomáš Řepka has been jailed for
six months. The Municipal Court in Brno on Thursday found Řepka guilty of
advertising sexual services on the internet in the name of his ex-wife
Vlaďka Erbová. The 44-year-old’s current partner Kateřina Kristelová
has been fined CZK 50,000 for her part in posting the first of three online
ads under the guise of being Ms. Erbová. The classifieds were accompanied
by the victim’s phone number.
Řepka earned 45 caps for the Czech Republic and played for a number of clubs, including Italy’s Fiorentina and the English Premier League side West Ham United.
The Czech women’s tennis number one, Petra Kvitová, has reached the
quarter-finals of the Connecticut Open in New Haven. Kvitová advanced
after overcoming qualifier Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan 6-1 5-7 6-2.
The world number five’s next opponent will be Spain’s Carla Suarez, who earlier overcame the Czech Republic’s Barbora Strýcová. Kvitová is seeded third in the Connecticut Open, a competition she has won three times.
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