A section of the main Czech D1 motorway between Prague and Brno will be closed several times on Saturday as a new bridge will be constructed at the site, the Transport Ministry said. A 10-kilometre long stretch between Loket and Hořice in central Bohemia will be closed for four 1.5-hour periods starting at 8 PM on Saturday. Cars and vans will be diverted to an alternate route while trucks will have to wait for the road to reopen.
Top Czech tennis player Petra Kvitová beat Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 6-1 in the quarterfinal of an WTA tournament in Tokyo on Thursday and advanced to the event’s semifinals. The seventh-seeded Czech first defeated Madison Keys in the delayed third-round game on Thursday before taking on the Russian player later in the day. Another Czech, Lucie Šafářová lost to fourth seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 6-2, 3-6, 2-6 and has been knocked out of the tournament.
The board of directors of Prague’s transit authority on Thursday accepted the resignation of the firm’s CEO, Milan Křístek, a day he offered to step down. Mr Křístek was planning to leave his post by the end of November but the head of the board said that due to ongoing problems of the company, his resignation was accepted without further delay. Commentators say Mr Křístek’s decision to offer his resignation was motivated by waning support he felt from Prague City Hall, the company’s owner over his plans for the company, including increasing the prices of tickets for Prague’s metro, trams and buses.
The lagers Starobrno and Litovel Premium won the Lager of the Year category of the 13th annual Czech Beer contest. Starobrno also won the category of the light draft beers, along with Staropramen while Zubr free was chosen as the best non-alcoholic brew. Over 60 brews participated in this year’s beer tasting contest, organized by the Czech Beer and Malt Association.
The European Court of Justice has rejected a lawsuit filed by the European Commission against the Czech Republic and six other EU countries over their VAT rules for travel agents, the court said in a statement on Thursday. The European Commission sued the EU member states over the fact that travel agents were placed in a separate Vat category which applied not just to travellers but also to other clients. The commission believed this represented a breach of an EU directive. However, the court said the directive’s wording in various languages was too vague, and can be therefore applied to all clients.
Two JAS-39 Gripen fighter jets of the Czech Air Force were called out on Wednesday to help a sport plane en route from Germany suffering technical difficulties in Czech air space. The fighter jets helped guide the SR22 Cirrus, with three passengers and one pilot on board, safely to an airfield in Kladno outside of Prague. The plane’s automated communication system had suffered a glitch.
Two-thirds of respondents in a poll conducted by the STEM agency said they trusted Olomouc state attorney Ivo Ištvan, overseeing a highly-publicised case which led to the resignation of the former prime minister and the fall of the centre-right government in June. Only 38 percent, however, expressed confidence that any of those charged in the spying and corruption scandal would be found guilty. The wife of former prime minister Petr Nečas, Jana Nečasová (formerly Nagyová, who was the then prime minister's chief-of-staff), is one of those charged, along with Roman Boček, an ex-deputy to a former MP; charges against three former MPs suspected of corruption were halted earlier by the Supreme Court.
Czech President Miloš Zeman will not take part in the 61st session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the president’s spokeswoman Hana Burianová confirmed. The spokeswoman told the Czech News Agency the president believed it was up to the prime minister to attend events such as the U.N. summit and not the task of the head-of-state. The stance is in sharp contrast to that of Mr Zeman’s predecessor Václav Klaus, who regularly attended U.N. General Assembly meetings. Prime Minister Jiří Rusnok, the head of the country’s interim government, will attend after flying to the United States on Wednesday.
Philadelphia Flyers hockey forward Jakub Voráček left his club’s pre-season game against the New Jersey Devils after suffering injury on a play in the second period. Voráček was hooked on a breakaway and hit the net. He was awarded a penalty shot but couldn’t stuff the puck past Corey Schneider. He left for the showers soon after. The club’s manager confirmed later that the upper-body injury was not serious.
The country’s Defence Ministry is selling off computers, receivers, as well as spare parts for tanks and armoured vehicles, according to the Czech News Agency. The head of the section overseeing sales, Josef Lachman, confirmed that items were being sold “as is” – some used, broken or damaged. Potential buyers can view items before putting money down. Some 130 tank motors are also on offer, along with monitors and other electronic items. Also being sold is property worth an estimated 162 million crowns.
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