The new Prague City Council leadership has decided to restore rather than
tear down Libeňský most, a dilapidated bridge built in 1928, Prague Lord
Mayor Zdeněk Hřib (Pirates) has announced.
The previous Prague City Council leadership had backed demolishing Libeň Bridge but suspended a final decision following protests from conservationists, architects and engineers, among others.
Libeňský most was blocked to traffic for nearly two months to carry out emergency repairs early this year.
The concrete bridge is the longest one in Prague. It was designed by architects Pavel Janák and František Mencl in the Cubist style and opened to the public on April 29, 1928 for the tenth anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia.
Viktoria Plzeň have boosted their chances of coming third in their group
in football’s Champions League after a 2:1 away win over CSKA Moscow on
Tuesday evening. The Czech side went behind in Moscow before overturning
the deficit with goals from Roman Procházka, who had earlier missed a
penalty, and Lukáš Hejda.
With the two qualifying positions in the group won by Real Madrid and Roma, Plzeň are vying with CSKA for third spot and a place in the Europa League after Christmas. With both on equal points, Plzeň welcome Roma on the final match day in a fortnight while CSKA visit Real.
Marian Jurečka has announced his intention to run for the post of chairman
of the Christian Democrats at a congress in March. The former minister of
agriculture informed his party’s members that he would stand in an email,
Mr. Jurečka, who is the Christian Democrats’ first deputy leader, hopes to replace current chairman Pavel Bělobrádek, who had previously said he would not seek re-election. Jan Bartošek and Marek Výborný are also challenging for the leadership of the opposition grouping.
Czech President Miloš Zeman and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
have officially opened a new Czech House in Jerusalem. The facility will be
home to a Czech Centre and CzechTrade, CzechInvest and CzechTourism
Mr. Netanyahu said at Tuesday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony that Israel had no better friend in the Eastern Hemisphere than the Czech Republic. For his part, Mr. Zeman said he firmly believed that on his next visit to the country he would open a Czech Embassy in Jerusalem.
The Czech head of state advocates moving the Czech Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. The switch is not currently planned by the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The number of newly registered HIV cases in the Czech Republic has
evidently fallen slightly, Czech Television reported on Tuesday. While last
year 254 new cases of HIV were recorded, the number for the first 10 months
of this year was 178.
Experts say the decline can most likely be attributed to the introduction of new medicines to treat HIV some years ago.
Gay men account for two-thirds of newly discovered cases of HIV in the Czech Republic and their number has fallen year-on-year. By contrast, the number of heterosexuals found to have the disease has increased by a quarter.
The Prague authorities have taken the first step to reintroducing tram
lines running down Wenceslas Square. At a meeting on Tuesday, the recently
elected council instructed the transport authority to begin preparations
for a connection between existing tracks on Vinohradská St. and those
crossing the lower half of the city’s main thoroughfare.
Deputy mayor for transport Adam Scheinherr says the lines could be in place within four years. Trams went from the National Museum down Wenceslas Square until the 1980s.
Another line running from Vinohradská St. past Prague’s Main Train Station is also planned for a later date, officials say.
The Czech Ministry of Defence is waiting impatiently for the government to
sign off on the biggest purchase in the modern history of the Czech Army,
Právo reported on Tuesday. The military aims to purchase 210 infantry
fighting vehicles at a cost of CZK 53 billion, the newspaper said, adding
that there is cross-party backing for the move.
Four European manufacturers are expected to take part in the tender process. One condition will be that a significant part of the production and servicing take place in conjunction with VOP CZ, a Czech state enterprise run by the Ministry of Defence.
Customs officers at Prague airport have caught a man carrying around six
kilogrammes of cocaine, a spokesperson said on Tuesday. The non-Czech
national, who is 25, had travelled from Rio de Janeiro via Lisbon. Officers
discovered the drug in a piece of false-bottomed leather luggage.
It is the second case in a short period in which Prague customs officials have uncovered cocaine being smuggled from Brazil.
Coalition parties ANO and the Social Democrats have agreed to set up a new
commission on pensions. It will explore changes to the pension system and
should contain party representatives, experts, academics and people from
seniors’ organisations and NGOs.
ANO and the Social Democrats have also agreed to increase the state children’s allowance. From 2020 families will get a total of CZK 300,000, up from the present amount of CZK 220,000.