The Czech state has taken over the new toll system for trucks covering some
2,300 kilometres from subcontractor CzechToll, the Ministry of Transport
confirmed on Monday.
The construction of the satellite-controlled toll system, due to go into operation on December 1, has thus far cost CZK 2.3 billion.
The government is concerned about possible chronic traffic bottlenecks, as not all freight forwarders have registered their vehicles.
Half of the famous play Henry VIII was not written by William Shakespeare
but by a contemporary English playwright, according to analysis by a
linguist from the Academy of Sciences.
A 19th-century British scholar named James Spedding was the first to formally posit that Shakespeare’s peer John Fletcher wrote several scenes, based on the rhythm of the verses.
Czech researcher Petr Plecháč used a machine learning system that he developed to analyse which portions of Henry VIII were likely written by Fletcher.
His approach trained an algorithm to recognise word choices and rhythms of both Shakespeare and Fletcher plays from the time, and used a “rolling window” technique to study those styles.
Czech scientists and companies will join a Chinese mission in space to
study the state of matter under extreme conditions of density, gravity and
Czech participation in the preparatory phase of the enhanced X-ray Timing and Polarimetry mission (eXTP) will be supported by the Ministry of Education via a CZK 12.65 million contribution to the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Prodex programme.
The team comprises scientists from the Astronomical Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences and Silesian University in Opava in cooperation with Czech industry.
They will help design and build precision Detector and Collimator Frames to measure x-rays from the closest black holes and neutron stars.
China’s eXTP mission is due to launch no later than 2027.
Confidence in the economy is at the lowest level since summer 2014,
according to Czech Statistics Office data released on Monday.
The composite confidence indicator stood at 93.3 points in November, down 0.3 percentage points from the previous month, while the business confidence index stood at 91.5 points, down 0.1 pp.
The business confidence index reached an all-time high of 106.60 points in February 2007 and a record low of 69.10 points in March 1999.
A dozen environmental activists stormed the corporate headquarters of
northern Bohemian coal producer Severní energetická on Monday.
Before being arrested, the activists hung a banner on the building’s facade calling for an end to all coal mining operations in the area.
Severní energetická has been the target of several protests in recent years. Environmentalists object to its open pit mining and operation of the Chvaletice coal-fired power plant.
A Norway spruce destined for the Christmas market in Prague’s Old Town
was felled on Sunday and is slowing making its way by special transport
from the Liberec region to the Czech capital.
The 55-year-old tree was chosen from dozens of contenders to be the centrepiece of the traditional yuletide market. When felled, the spruce stood 29 metres high and 5.5 metres wide, and weighed nearly nine tons.
People can follow the tree’s journey on the website sledujstromek.cz. The lighting ceremony takes place on Saturday, November 30, at 16:30.
The University of Pardubice on Tuesday opens an exhibition of photos taken
of Olga Havlová, the first post-communist first lady of Czechoslovakia.
The exhibition, which runs until January 6, is part of a series of events marking the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, is dedicated to her charitable work.
It includes works taken by well-known Czech photographers such as Ondřej Němec, Bohdan Holomíček, Přemysl Fialka, Gabriela Čapková and Zdeněk Chrapek.
Olga Havlová founded the Committee of Good Will, one of the first charities established in democratic Czechoslovakia, in 1990 along with fellow Charter 77 signatories. She died of cancer in January 1996.
A Czech soldier killed in Afghanistan last year will receive in memoriam
the Bronze Star Medal, a U.S. decoration for meritorious service in a
Corporal Tomáš Procházka, a specialist in training dogs, was shot dead in October 2018 while returning from a routine mission outside his base in Herat Province.
A U.S. Embassy official will present the posthumous award at a ceremony on Friday also attended by Czech Army chief of staff General Aleš Opata.
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