The freezing weather the Czech Republic has experienced in recent days is
coming to an end and temperatures could reach up to 15 degrees Celsius at
the end of March, according to a regular monthly forecast issued on
Saturday by the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute.
In the coming fortnight daytime highs of around 6 degrees Celsius are expected, climbing to around 10 degrees Celsius in the second half of the month. It will still be rather cold at night, forecasters say.
Ester Ledecká has won a small Crystal Globe for best rider of the season
in the snowboard parallel giant slalom after coming second in a World Cup
event in Turkey’s Kayseri on Saturday. The Czech recently won Olympic
gold in the event, as well as picking up a shock gold in the super-G in
In La Molina, Spain, Ledecká’s compatriot Eva Samková, who took bronze in snowboard cross in Pyeongchang, won her first World Cup event since the Winter Olympics for her second victory in the series this year.
Prague’s Libeň Bridge reopened to cars and trams on Saturday morning. It
had been closed for around a month to all except pedestrians around a month
ago over safety concerns. However, a report by the Technical Administration
of Communications judged that the bridge, which dates from 1928, could be
While the experts said the structure was capable of carrying vehicles of up to 11 tonnes, a limit of 6 tonnes is being imposed.
A footbridge in Prague’s Troja district collapsed in December, injuring four people, two seriously.
Seventy people have died so far in a flu epidemic in the Czech Republic,
Novinky.cz reported on Saturday. Of that figure 54 were over the age of 60,
Dr. Martina Havlíčková of the National Reference Laboratory for
Influenza told the news site. Last year 114 lives were lost in a similar
A 1.5 percent rise in the incidence of flu has been recorded in the last week, Dr. Havlíčková said. She said the epidemic was likely to last for several more weeks.
People have been advised to avoid large crowds and devote greater attention to basic hygiene practices.
The General Inspectorate of the Security Services looks set to investigate
the arrest of Syrian Kurdish leader Saleh Muslim, Czech Radio reported. A
spokesperson for the agency, which oversees the Czech police, said its
director Michal Murín had received instructions to do so from Lubomír
Metnar, the minister of the interior in resignation.
Mr. Muslim was arrested in Prague last Saturday on an international arrest warrant issued by Turkey. Ankara considers him to be a terrorist and is demanding his extradition. Mr. Muslim was freed by a court in the city on Tuesday pending an extradition hearing.
The Turkish government was incensed by his release, which it described as support for terrorism.
People in Prague, Brno and Ostrava gathered on Friday evening to pay
tribute to the Slovak journalist Ján Kuciak and his girlfriend Martina
Kušnírová whose execution-style murders, evidently in connection with
his investigate reporting work, have rocked Slovakia.
In Prague a vigil was held at the city’s Slovak Embassy, while in Brno people came together in the centre of the city. Similar gatherings took place in several cities around Europe. Tens of thousands took part in a protest vigil in Bratislava that was described as the biggest such gathering since the 1989 Velvet Revolution.
Communist Party deputy Zdeněk Ondráček has been elected head of the
lower house’s committee overseeing the General Inspection of the Security
Ondráček was supported by 79 MPs from ANO and the Communist Party in a second round of voting, after failing to acquire enough votes in the first round.
His rivals for the post Zuzana Majerová Zahradníková from the Civic Democrats received 32 votes and Mikuláš Ferjenčík from the Pirates Party 29 votes.
Controversy has surrounded efforts to install Mr. Ondráček in the post, given the fact the inspection body oversees the police and that as a young man he was a member of a Communist-era riot squad.
In an address to the lower house Ondráček said he had joined the police because he “liked uniforms” and denied claims that he had taken part in the brutal crack-down on students on Národní třída in 1989.
Right-wing parties have denounced his election to the post as "scandalous" calling it "a sad day for the country". Justice Minister Robert Pelikán from ANO told the news site Novinky.cz he is considering resigning in protest.
Smog regulations have taken force in some parts of the Moravian-Silesian
region which is suffering from severe air pollution. This means that
producers in the region have had to scale down production until there is a
The situation is reported to be worst in Ostrava, Karvinná and parts of Frýdek-Místek where levels of dust particles are three times higher than the permitted limit.
Children, older people and people with chronic health problems have been advised to stay indoors. Air pollution has long been a serious problem in the region due to heavy industry, traffic and coal heating.