Problems plagued the country’s vehicle registration system on Monday which has been transferred from the Interior to the Transport Ministry. On Monday morning it proved impossible in areas to electronically register or deregister vehicles, the ministry confirmed, saying the problem was related to a technical glitch. The system reportedly collapsed after just one hour, leading to long lines at some registration offices. For example, a queue of some forty clients was reported in Ostrava, in the east of the country. It is unclear when the system will be fully up and running again.
Police in Ostrava have charged a 28-year-old man suspected of repeated attacks against canines in the city’s south district with disorderly conduct. According to police, the man was involved in at least five incidents in which the animals were kicked. In one case, he even attacked the dog’s owner, a 57-year-old woman who was struck in the head but suffered no injuries. The incidents took place between March and July of this year.
The Czech and Slovak National Museum and Library in Cedar Rapids, Iowa will reopen on July 14, four years after it was damaged by floods. The museum was relocated to a different site and expanded to include new galleries and a theatre. The Czech ambassador to the United States, Petr Gandalovič, plans to attend the opening, the local news website The Gazette reported. Around 25 million dollars were raised for the renovation of the museum, which opened in 1974 to showcase the traditions of Czech and Slovak immigrants to the region. The Czech Republic contributed more than 400,000 dollars to the project.
Czech industrial production has declined for the first time since the autumn of 2009: in May it suffered a drop of 2.4 percent compared to the previous year. According to available statistics, construction is among the sectors most heavily hit: the field suffered a 3.5 percent decrease in May. New apartments being constructed are one-fifth fewer, Czech Radio’s Regina said.
Jiří Havel, a Member of European Parliament for the Czech Social Democrats, died in Vienna on Sunday after a long illness, the news agency ČTK reported. He was 55. Jiří Havel was elected MEP in 2009, three years after the served as deputy prime minister for economy in a Social Democratic government. An economist by profession, he was a former member of the totalitarian communist party before he joined the Social Democrats in 1997.
The new Czech justice minister, Pavel Blažek said he was planning to streamline the country’s justice system. Speaking on Czech TV on Sunday, Mr Blažek said the existing four types of prison, depending on the level of security, should be reduced to two. That would save dozens of millions of crowns, Mr Blažek said. He also announced the ministry was going to hold a public tender for the supplier of bracelets for home arrests, an alternative type of sentences seldom used in the Czech Republic.
The Crystal Globe for the best feature movie at the 47th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival was awarded to the film The Almost Man by Norwegian director Martin Lund. The Italian movie Piazza Fontana: The Italian Conspiracy by Marco Tullio Giordana received the Special Jury Prize while prize for best director went to the Canadian filmmaker Rafaël Quellet. The Ukrainian movie House with a Turret by Eva Neymann won the winner of the festival’s East of the West section while actresses Helen Mirren and Susan Sarandon received awards for contribution to world cinema.
Prague's Evropská street connecting the centre of the city with Ruzyně international airport has been closed for traffic on Sunday after a large sinkhole appeared there on Sunday. The crater of around four metres across and five metres deep, and the police closed the street in both directions, warning that traffic jams could form in neighbouring streets. It's not clear what caused the road's surface to collapse.
The police on Sunday discovered the body of a 54-year-old man in a pond in Prague, only hours after the body of his 4-year-old girl was found in the same reservoir. The police said they would not comment on the case but announced the man was the girl’s father. The circumstances of the case are under investigation.
The Czech tennis pair Andrea Hlaváčková and Lucie Hradecká lost to Venus and Serena Williams 5:7, 4:6 in the doubles final in Wimbledon on Saturday. In the first set, the Czechs were able to keep up with the favourites and tied the set 5:5 but the Williams sisters eventually prevailed. Wimbledon was the second Grand Slam final for the Czechs who won last year’s doubles at the French Open.