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Early Bird: Tennis player Wozniacki is pregnant. Big changes await Prague. Babiš discussed vaccination in Serbia

Kateřina Ostrejšová
11.Feb 2021
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Praguers will he a reason to rejoice! Major changes are in store for the capital - a modern city district will grow in Žižkov and a new railway connection to the airport will be established. Prime Minister Andrej Babiš travelled to Belgrade to discuss the coronavirus vaccination process. Former tennis player Caroline Wozniacki is expecting her first baby. More in today's Early Bird!

A modern city district will be built in Žižkov

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Partička společně nakupuje.
Partička společně nakupuje. Source:

What used to be a Žižkov freight station is now one of the most important brownfields (unused site) in the wider centre of Prague. The city's goal is to create here a modern city district with apartments, shops, a school and parks. That requires a change in the zoning plan, which currently doesn't allow construction in the area. The Institute of Planning and Development of the Capital The City of Prague (IPR) had therefore prepared a study that was presented yesterday at the Center for Architecture and Urban Planning (CAMP), along with a change in the zoning plan. The IPR process counts with the involvement of local residents, who can comment on the study until the end of March.

The Žižkov freight station, which is currently unused, will be transformed into a residential area with parks. The area of ​​the former railway station alone will offer housing for up to 15,000 inhabitants. In order for the construction to begin, it is necessary to make a change in the zoning plan, which has been acquired since 2009. It is currently in the phase of public discussion and until February 23, everyone can submit their comments on it. The planned development of the area also includes the repair and reconstruction of the listed functionalist building of the Žižkov railway station.

Tennis beauty Wozniacki is pregnant

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Caroline Wozniacki
Caroline WozniackiSource:

Former professional tennis player Caroline Wozniacki and her husband, NBA star David Lee, are expanding their family. After retiring from tennis a year ago, Caroline revealed that they were expecting a baby girl in June 2021. At the age of thirty, Wozniacki will become a mother for the first time. She made her pregnancy public on her Instagram account.

"We can't wait to welcome our baby girl in June,"

she shared along with a photo of her ultrasound and shoes. Caroline and David have been together for almost two years; he'd popped the question with an 8.8-carat diamond ring because eight is supposedly her lucky number.

Prime Minister Babiš discussed the experience with vaccination in Belgrade

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Andrej Babiš
Andrej BabišSource:

The Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Andrej Babiš visited Serbia on Wednesday, February 10. He discussed the progress of vaccination against Covid-19 with Prime Minister Anna Brnabić and President Aleksandar Vučić in Belgrade. The Czech Prime Minister was accompanied by an expert team of doctors, epidemiologists and virologists on his business trip. The main topics discussed during the visit were the current epidemiological situation and the exchange of experiences with the vaccination process, the approach to combating the spread of covid-19 and the individual vaccines used by Serbia.

"We have visited Serbia for one reason, namely the fact that where vaccination is concerned, it is the second-best country in Europe, right after the UK, and the seventh-best in the world. That's why we were interested in how the vaccination is organized over there, how registration works. One interesting discovery we have made is that the citizens can choose their vaccine,"

said Prime Minister Babiš. Serbia has already vaccinated over half a million people, with 30,000 to 53,000 people being vaccinated daily in the country. In addition to Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines, Serbia has ordered 4 million Sinopharm vaccines from China, which come with a syringe and needle, and 2 million Sputnik V vaccines from Russia.

Prodej rodinného domu, Praha 10 Záběhlice
Prodej rodinného domu, Praha 10 Záběhlice, Praha 10

Prague to build a railway connection to the airport

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Zdeněk Hřib a Jiří Svoboda
Zdeněk Hřib a Jiří SvobodaSource: magistrát hlavního města Prahy

Yesterday, the Mayor of the Capital City of Prague Zdeněk Hřib together with the General Director of the Railway Administration Jiří Svoboda signed a memorandum on cooperation in the preparation of the public benefit construction Modernization and new construction of the Prague - Veleslavín - Prague - Václav Havel Airport line. As part of the agreement, the capital city will buy the land needed for the construction of the terminal and Prague will then use part of the land for the construction of a new tram line.

"Our goal is to speed up the preparation of the years-planned construction of a capacity railway line to Václav Havel Airport and Kladno as much as possible. That is why I welcome this agreement on cooperation with the Railway Administration. Through it, we are taking another step towards a modern, fast and ecological connection, which will also help significantly reduce traffic jams in the city,"

says the mayor of the Capital City of Prague. By signing the memorandum yesterday, the capital city of Prague undertook to start negotiations with the aim of acquiring ownership of land in the area of ​​the future transport terminal and parking lot at Dlouhá Míla in Prague 6, which will be part of the railway line project. Several important transport structures are planned in the locality, including a terminal and a large car park for approximately 1,050 cars. In addition, the capital plans to add a tram line Dědinská - Terminal 3. The common goal of Prague and the Railway Administration is to build a modern terminal, where people will be able to use the railway connection between the airport and the centre, park a car or change to an extended tram line from Evropská Street and Dědina.

Mastercard to open a cryptocurrency selection network

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Platební karta Mastercard.
Platební karta Mastercard. Source:

Mastercard plans to offer support for some cryptocurrencies in its network this year, joining a number of large companies that have committed to similar support. The credit card giants have made this announcement days after Tesla revealed that it had purchased $ 1.5 billion worth of bitcoins and will soon adopt them as a payment method.

Other companies also see cryptocurrency as the future, and asset managers BlackRock and payment companies Square and PayPal have recently begun to support cryptocurrencies as well. Mastercard already offers customers cards that allow people to make transactions using their cryptocurrencies.

"Doing this work will create a lot more possibilities for shoppers and merchants, allowing them to transact in an entirely new form of payment. This change may open merchants up to new customers who are already flocking to digital assets,"

said Mastercard.

That's all from us at this point, have a beautiful Thursday morning. According to comedian Milton Berle:

"If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door."

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