Prague’s Mrázovka tunnel was briefly closed in the direction of Smíchov tunnel on Monday morning, after a car crash against the side. No one was injured in the accident but the traffic jam which ensued only began to clear up at around 8 am, with the police directing traffic. The accident took place some two hours earlier and a tow vehicle was on site within half-an-hour.
French midfielder Jonathan Biabiany has joined football club Sparta Prague on season-long loan for one year from Italian club Inter Milan with Czech club holding an option to make the move permanent. The winger, who re-joined Inter for a third spell at San Siro as a free agent two years ago, completed his move to the Czech Republic on Monday. Biabiany made 20 Serie A appearances in his first season back at Inter, but only got one top-flight outing last season. The 29-year-old has also had three spells at Parma, as well as representing Modena and Sampdoria.
Two youths, accused of having intentionally set an historic wooden church in Třinec-Guty ablaze, have a filed a complaint over their being remanded in custody. The state prosecutor had sought the court order over fears one of them could try and avoid justice (up to 15 years in jail) or repeat the crime at another site. A third person has also been charged in the case but did not have to remain behind bars.
The firm AGPI has accepted the government’s price for the buyout of a controversial pig farm in South Bohemia, which stands partly on the site of a former concentration camp where Roma citizens suffered and died during WWII. The agreed price has not been revealed and will reportedly only be made public after the deal is ratified. The deputy chairman of AGPI’s board of directors Jan Čech said that the expectations of the company over the price had been considerably higher. The process to buy the farm to allow for a proper memorial to honour those held at the former camp lasted some 20 years; several previous governments had pledged to remove the farm and failed.
Brutal Assault, a four-day heavy metal festival held annually at an hisotric fortress complex known as Josefov in the area of Náchod, has sold out. Organisers made the announcement on Monday warning that no additional tickets would be available on-site. Last year, some 18,000 people, many of them from neighbouring Poland, attended the hard rock music festival. This year, Polish and Czech police will be cooperating to keep the peace; many roads of Josefov will be closed off to make room for parking. Brutal Assault will see some 110 acts including Czech black metal band Master’s Hammer.
Four Czech tourists who have been in hospital since last Friday when a bus they were travelling on crashed near Bolzano, Italy, are due to be released, the Czech News Agency confirmed. On Monday, they are being transferred home to the Czech Republic. An additional eight people remain in hospital and 22 who were aboard the bus who were not injured, returned on Sunday. In the accident, the bus unexpectedly swerved off the road and crashed in a field. The driver was killed on impact. Preliminary reports suggest the vehicle’s brakes may have failed.
Over 2,600 same-sex couples have entered into registered partnerships in the Czech Republic since the law was enacted eleven years ago, Jan Fiala, from the Equality, Recognition and Diversity Platform told journalists on Monday. The law on registered partnerships came into effect on July 1, 2006. Registered partnerships have a much lower divorce rate than regular marriages. Since the law came into effect only 14.5 percent of registered partnerships have been divorced, while in the case of regular marriages, the rate is about 50 percent. The law on registered partnerships provides for the right to information on the health condition of the registered partners and the right to inherit property just as in regular marriage.
The seventh annual Prague Pride Festival of LGBT culture kicked off in the Czech capital on Monday. The week-long series of events includes debates, film screenings and concerts. It will culminate with the traditional march through the city centre on Saturday. This year the organisers of Prague Pride say they will place a special emphasis on the human rights of LGBT people in repressive provinces or states such as Chechnya and Armenia.
The Czech Health Ministry aims to set down stricter norms for vaccination of children. According to Czech Radio it is proposing an amendment to the law on vaccinations which would set an age limit for the MMR vaccine which parents often postpone for fear of side effects. A child would have to undergo their first vaccination within the first 18 months of their life and the second between their fifth and sixth year at the latest. The ministry argues that postponing vaccines upsets the whole vaccine calendar and puts other children at risk. NGOs are protesting against the proposed change on the grounds that it interferes with parent’s rights.