The vast majority of replica open-top old cars offering rides to tourists
in Prague failed checks carried out by City Hall, iDnes.cz reported on
Tuesday. Only three of 58 such vehicles tested were deemed to reach correct
The others were found to lack vehicle identification numbers, spare tyres, compulsory equipment and seat belts. The deputy mayor for transport, Adam Scheinhher, said that some of the would-be vintage cars had been found to have broken lights, amateur welding and motorcycle rear-view mirrors.
There are around 120 such vehicles in the Czech capital.
Doctors at University Hospital Brno have delivered the baby of a woman who
was in a state of brain death for several months, after maintaining her
vital functions. The birth took place by caesarean section in the middle of
August and the baby girl, who weighed 2.1 kilogrammes, has been in her
father’s care since Monday.
The mother suffered the complete loss of cerebral function due to a vascular malfunction that caused bleeding on the brain.
A hospital spokesperson said that the record length of time that the mother was kept alive artificially made the case unique.
Lubomír Zaorálek has been named Czech minister of culture. His
appointment brings to an end a political crisis surrounding the post that
arose when President Miloš Zeman rejected the Social Democrats’ previous
nominee for the post.
Mr. Zeman had also initially refused to accept the resignation of the previous arts minister, Antonín Staněk.
Mr. Zaorálek has said that his priorities will include dealing with leadership positions at key public institutions where his predecessor made changes.
The new minister is a veteran figure in the Social Democratic Party and headed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2014 to 2017.
The ANO party of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš would have won elections
earlier this month with 29.5 percent, suggests a freshly released poll by
the Median agency. That is an increase in the party’s backing compared to
a survey by the same organisation in July. The Pirate Party on 14.5 percent
and the Civic Democrats on 13.5 percent also did better than in the
previous Median monthly poll.
Some 8.5 percent of respondents said they would cast their ballots for Freedom and Direct Democracy, 8 percent would back the Communists and 6.5 percent would support the Social Democrats, the survey indicates.
Third seed Karolína Plíšková has reached the second round of the US
Open in New York. The Czech overcame her compatriot Tereza Martincová, a
qualifier, 7-6 7-6 on Monday. Karolína Muchová also progressed at
Flushing Meadows, beating Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan 6-4 6-4.
In the men’s draw Tomáš Berdych exited the last Grand Slam of the season in round one. The one-time world number four, who has been beset by injury problems, lost to US player Jenson Brooksby 1-6 6-2 4-6 4-6.
The government is planning to ban trucks from Czech roads on Sundays from
midnight until 10 pm. Such restrictions are in place in other European
countries. Trucks that are already on the road at midnight will be
permitted to complete journeys within the Czech Republic.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš announced the change on Tuesday after talks with the minister of interior, Jan Hamáček, the minister of transport, Vladimír Kremlík, and the head of the police, Jan Švejdar.
At present trucks are allowed to use the road system until 1 pm on Sundays. Road transport has been the focus of attention due to major problems with the main D1 motorway.
The government has named Milan Hnilička (ANO), a former star ice hockey
goalie elected to parliament in 2017, head of the newly created National
Hnilička, who proposed creating the agency, has been serving as the government’s commissioner for sport. The body will gradually take over responsibility for distributing state subsidies now handled by the Ministry of Education.
The Czech Union of Sports, which backed the idea, argued a more transparent and less complex system for allocating subsidies was needed.
Most opposition parties voted against it, with the TOP 09 deputies’ club leader calling it an attempt to legalise corruption in sport. Hnilička argued the change was necessary due to what he called the critical state of sports infrastructure in the country.
Mistakes related to drawing EU funds since Czech accession in May 2004
total 38.4 billion crowns and almost 300 legal complaints have been filed
over the errors, Finance Minister Alena Schillerová (for ANO) told
reporters on Monday.
Financial corrections worth 36.4 billion crowns were made in cohesion policy, which aims to reduce differences in the development of various regions, and worth 2 billion crowns in the common agriculture policy, she said.
The government has entrusted Justice Minister Marie Benešová (for ANO) with checking how the legal complaints were handled.
Opposition MPs have demanded to see the Finance Ministry data with regard to the European Commission draft audit report on the Prime Minister Andrej Babiš’s (ANO) suspected conflict of interest regarding the drawing of EU subsidies.
The Czech government on Monday approved the nomination of Věra Jourová to
serve a second term as a European Commissioner.
Jourová has served as European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality as a part of the Juncker Commission since October 2014.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš is hoping that she can secure an economic portfolio. Jourová said she is interested in digitization, the internal market, trade and transport.
She is due to meet the incoming EU Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, on Wednesday.