SPORT Lucie Havlíčková winner of the French Open for girls singles and doubles
17-year-old Czech tennis player Lucie Havlíčková won the French Open in singles competition in Paris on Saturday, beating Argentina’s Solana Sierra 6-3, 6-3. Havličkova becomes the second consecutive Czech to win the junior tournament after Linda Nosková last year. With Sara Bejlek, she also won the doubles tournament for girls, beating their compatriot Nikola Bartunkova and Switzerland’s Celine Naef 6-3, 6-3.
Music Eric Clapton will play in Prague tonight for the first time in nine years
British musician Eric Clapton will start his 2022 European tour tonight at Prague’s O2 Arena, starting a series of 15 concerts that will culminate with a performance in Moscow in late June. Clapton last performed in Prague in 2013; He was previously supposed to return to the Czech capital in 2020, but the planned concert was postponed several times due to the pandemic.
Tonight, Clapton will perform solo songs as well as older hits from his time with the bands Cream and Derek and the Dominos. He will be accompanied by longtime collaborators Nathan East (bass), Doyle Bramhall II (guitar), and Paul Carrack and Chris Stainton (keyboards).
Money Average Czech wages fell 3.7 percent after inflation
After taking into account inflation, average wages in the Czech Republic fell by about 3.7 percent compared to the first quarter of 2022. according to estimates by analysts contacted by CTK. High inflation is expected to continue to undermine wage growth throughout this year, with an even bigger decline projected in the second quarter.
Excluding inflation, the average Czech wage is estimated to have risen by about 7.2 percent in the first quarter, according to analysts. The Czech Statistical Office will publish official data on Czech salaries on Tuesday, June 7. By the end of last year, the average Czech salary had risen to 40,135 kroner a month; due to the unequal distribution of wages, however, about two-thirds of Czech employees earn less than average.
Energy Survey: half of Czech households do not monitor energy consumption
Approximately half of households in the Czech Republic do not monitor their energy consumption and are just waiting for the annual number, according to a survey conducted by PAQ Research. Approximately one-fifth of Czech households monitor monthly energy consumption, while one in eight households monitors quarterly consumption.
According to the survey, three-fifths of households said they would monitor energy consumption if they knew the price in crowns, not just the quantity in kilowatt-hours. Half of the households said they were in financial difficulties due to rising energy prices.
June 4, 2022
Time Strong storm warning issued for southern and western Bohemia
The Czech Hydrometeorological Institute today issued a warning of strong storms that could be followed by strong winds and hail for areas in the southwestern parts of the Czech Republic. The storm warning is in force from 13:00 to 20:00 in most areas of the Plzeň region and South Bohemia.
“Hail and thunder will be the main danger,” the Institute writes on social media. “Isolated cases of heavy rain, with the potential for flooding in underground areas or basements, cannot be ruled out. The wind may be strong enough to break tree branches.” A strong storm hit most parts of the country during the night, although no major incidents were reported.
Prague Controversy over the astronomical clock has led to international headlines
“I want to talk to him seriously and ask him about the quality of the painting, what was his inspiration, whether he studied Josef Mánes,” said Prague Mayor Adam Scheinherr about Jirčik, who has yet to comment on the controversy. “We have a lot of sketches of the original work, so it is certainly possible to make a copy. I want to know if he tried. The value of an astronomical watch is invaluable to us, so it’s not about price. “
Music The Vienna Philharmonic closes the Prague Spring music festival
The 77th International Music Festival Prague Spring closed at the Municipal House of the Czech Capital on Friday night with a concert by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under Latvian conductor Andris Nelsons. The Vienna Philharmonic has been performing regularly at the festival for more than 50 years, starting with concerts conducted by Herbert von Karajan and Karl Bochm in the 1960s.
One of the largest festivals of classical music in the Czech Republic, the Prague Spring was held this year entirely after two years of restrictions caused by the pandemic and related restrictions. In 2020, the festival took place entirely online, while last year only opening and closing concerts were held in front of a live audience.
Politics Babis, Pavel are still leading in the early presidential elections
Former Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and former Czech Chief of Staff and head of NATO’s military committee Petr Pavel are the leading candidates for the next Czech president, according to a Median poll conducted in May and published this weekend. Neither Babis nor Pavel have officially announced their candidacy for president, although it is assumed that both are running.
Support for Babis to become the next president rose to 28.5 per cent in May, while Pavel stood at 19.5 per cent. Union leader Josef Středula, who announced his candidacy, came in third with 7.5 percent. The next Czech president will be elected early next year; Incumbent President Milos Zeman’s two-year term, the maximum under Czech law, expires in March 2023.
Shopping Poll: Czechs save on clothes in times of financial difficulties
The Czechs are more likely to save money on clothes, vacations and entertainment opportunities when faced with financial difficulties, according to a recent study debt write-off company KRUK. According to the company, the growing costs related to the consequences of the pandemic and the war in Ukraine have led Czech buyers to look for ways to save money.
More than half of Czechs surveyed (56 percent) said they would reduce spending on clothing in the event of job loss or other financial problems. Only eight percent of those surveyed said they would save on children’s education or hobbies. Fifteen percent said they would save on transportation costs, for example by using public transportation instead of driving.