IT specialists from around the country will be taking part in a hackathon
to produce an online sales system for electronic vignettes over the
weekend, following the scrapping of an overpriced deal negotiated by the
former transport minister.
Hundreds of IT specialists are said to have volunteered to take part in the endeavour to produce a functional online sales system which they will offer the government free of charge.
The hackathon is due to start at 6pm on Friday and according to its organizer ,IT specialist and entrepreneur Tomáš Vondráček, they should produce and online system by Monday morning.
The government's IT commissioner Vladimír Dzurilla has said the government appreciates the assistance and will put it to the best possible use.
Three Czechs are trapped in the Chinese city of Wuhan which is on lockdown
due to the spread of the new coronavirus. Two are students and one is a
permanent resident in the city of 11 million inhabitants. All are reported
to be safe.
The Czech Foreign Ministry has said it is in contact with all three of them and has entered into negotiations with the local authorities to try and get them moved to another location.
Meanwhile, the Czech Foreign Ministry has warned Czechs travelling to China to exercise increased caution; avoid crowded places, food markets and take the recommended health precautions seriously.
The Czech authorities have said they are ready to effect screening measures at Prague’s international airport should the need arise.
The car maker Skoda produced 910,000 vehicles in its three Czech plants in
2019, which represents a year-on-year increase of 2.25 percent, according
to an annual report sent to the ctk news agency.
Overall production was down by 0.9 percent due to a drop in demand on Chinese and Indian markets.
The company’s three Czech plants are in Mladá Boleslav, which manufactured 590,000 cars last year, half of which were the popular Octavias, as well as the Fabia, Scala, Kamiq a Karoq; in Kvasinky which specializes in SUVs and in Vrchlabí which produces car components.
No.7 seed Petra Kvitova beat No.25 seed Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-1, 6-2 in a
third-round match of the first Grand Slam tournament of the season - the
It was a clean match from Kvitova, who struck 18 winners to just 10 unforced errors; Alexandrova's 24 unforced errors outweighed her 12 winners, and the Russian couldn't engineer another break point after earning one in Kvitova's first service game.
In the fourth round Kvitova will play against No. 22 seed Maria Sakkari from Greece who beat Madison Keys 6 :4, 6:4.
The Czech National Bank may get extended powers in being able to dictate
conditions for mortgage loans to banks, according to an amendment to the
law approved in its first reading by the lower house on Friday.
At present the central bank only has the right to issue recommendations which are not binding, although they are generally adhered to. According to the bill’s proponents it is to lower the risk of potential losses and protect the resilience of the financial sector.
The proposed amendment was vehemently opposed by the Civic Democrats, the Pirate Party a TOP 09, who argued that it could make housing less accessible to young people.
It is now being reviewed by the Budget Committee in the Chamber of Deputies.
Trade and Industry Minister Karel Havlíček took over the transport
ministry portfolio on Friday morning, following the dismissal of Vladimir
Kremlík from the post earlier this week.
Minister Havlíček will remain in charge of the Transport Ministry for the remainder of the government’s term in office at the prime minister’s request.
He said on Friday he would be making personnel changes at the ministry and open competitions would be held for all managerial posts. Previous considerations regarding a possible merger of the ministries will not be brought about.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš dismissed Transport Minister Vladimír Kremlík over an overpriced tender to operate a new online system of motorway vignette sales. The 400-million crown deal has been scrapped.
A majority of Prague City Hall councillors have backed an initiative to
install a replica of the Marian Column on Old Town Square.
The Marian Column was torn down in 1918 shortly after Czechoslovakia became independent by people who saw it as a symbol of Habsburg rule.
Previous municipal governments have twice voted not to erect a replica. But on Thursday, most representatives of the United Forces for Prague coalition (Spojené síly pro Prahu), Civic Democrats and ANO parties, backed the idea.
The proposal was submitted by Jan Wolf (Christian Democrats) together with Jiří Pospíšil and Jan Chabr (both of TOP 09).
Sculptor Petr Váňa, who has been working on a copy of the Prague Marian Column for over 20 years, last summer attempted to place part of a balustrade on the site of the original.
About 67 percent of adults in the Czech Republic believe same-sex couples
should be able to marry, according to a poll conducted by the Median agency
in November and December.
That represents a slight increase in public support for letting gays and lesbians marry, rather than just have registered partnerships.
Nearly 78 percent of respondents agreed homosexuals should be able to adopt a child of their partners, and 62 percent that they should be able to adopt children from institutional care.
Last year, 15 percent of respondents polled by Media were firmly against legislation allowing same-sex marriages, up from 10 percent in 2018.
Forty-six MPs from six different political groups last year submitted an amendment to the Civil Code that would permit same-sex marriages.
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