Strong winds and snow expected across Czech Republic tonight
15:00 Strong winds and snow expected tonight
Strong winds will batter the entire Czech Republic tonight with gusts of up to 70 kilometers per hour, according to the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute. A wind and snow warning is valid from 6 p.m. tonight for 24 hours. There is a risk of damage to trees and buildings, and traffic complications can also be expected due to falling trees and branches. People are advised to secure windows and doors, secure all movable objects outside, and exercise caution while driving. Mountain hikes would also be discouraged, according to the Hydrometeorological Institute.
13:04 Czech Republic supports NATO deployments, says Foreign Minister
NATO plans to deploy troops to Slovakia amid growing tensions over Ukraine. Slovak Foreign Minister Ivan Korčok told reporters that the alliance was considering strengthening its presence in the country. As Russia increases its military presence on Ukraine’s borders, NATO plans to create 1,000-member combat units in Slovakia, Romania and Bulgaria. Korčok stressed that the deployment to Slovakia has not yet been confirmed. Similar deployments are already in place in Poland and the Baltic States. Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský meanwhile said the Czech Republic should welcome NATO deployments in Eastern Europe as they are in the interest of Czech security. Lipavský made the comments after meeting NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels today.
12:33 The Czechs in the final of the Australian Open in doubles
Czech players Barbora Krejčíková and Kateřina Siniaková have qualified for the Australian Open women’s doubles final. They beat Russian-Belgian pair Veronika Kudermetova and Elise Mertens 6:2 6:3 in the semi-final. The Czech pair will now face Brazilian-Kazakh combo Beatriz Haddad Maia and Anna Danilina in the final. Krejčíková and Siniaková gave a perfect performance in Melbourne, sweeping their opponents to win their fifth straight doubles match without dropping a set. The pair were seeded for the doubles competition ahead of the tournament.
11:02 Pilsen Zoo welcomes baby armadillo
A baby armadillo was born at the Pilsen Zoo in December, he emerged. The zoo has been breeding armadillos since 2010, with 11 cubs born at that time. Breeders don’t yet know the sex of the newcomer because the little armadillos curl up into a fully armored ball upon any attempt at inspection. It is also not known when exactly the pup was born, as young armadillos are carefully guarded and hidden by their mother after birth. It is hoped that after a few weeks of careful contact, the pup will become accustomed to human contact and allow staff to determine its gender.
10:00 Chaos on Czech railways following two separate anonymous bomb threats
Prague’s main train station (Hlavní nádraží) has reopened after being closed due to a bomb threat. A message from the railway authorities on Twitter read: “At the request of the police of the Czech Republic, we closed the premises of the main station in Prague at 09:50 due to suspicion of an explosive device. All traffic through the station is now at a standstill, we will inform you of its resumption. Twenty minutes later, a follow-up message read “Operation at the station has resumed!” Shortly after, the police also signaled the evacuation of Česká Třebová station due to another anonymous bomb threat.
Russia-Ukraine Czech Republic sends 4,000 artillery shells to Ukraine
The Czech government will send 4,006 152mm caliber artillery shells to Ukraine, according to the Czech Defense Ministry. The decisions were made following government discussions on how to provide assistance to Ukraine in the face of possible Russian aggression. Various types of defense equipment have already been supplied to this country by the Czech Republic’s NATO allies, including the United States and Great Britain.
More than 100,000 Russian troops are stationed on the country’s border with Ukraine, and the Kremlin is demanding concessions from NATO, including the withdrawal of NATO forces from all countries that joined the alliance after 1997 (including the Czech Republic). Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský is meeting NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels today for consultations.
Human rights Czech government to boycott Beijing Winter Olympics
No Czech government politicians will attend the Winter Olympics in Beijing, according to the Czech Foreign Ministry. Diplomats, including the Czech ambassador to China, may attend events, but that has not yet been decided. The games will begin in nine days, and some Western countries, including the United States, have declared a full diplomatic boycott over Chinese human rights abuses.
A Foreign Ministry spokesman said that in China “draconian measures apply almost at every step”. The Czech Senate also criticizes the Beijing Games; he invited a Tibetan filmmaker to speak to senators, who called for a political boycott of the games.
covid Criminal proceedings opened against the disseminators of disinformation
Czech police have launched criminal charges against those accused of spreading disinformation related to Covid-19. Police say individuals often spread false information about the pandemic in order to conduct fraudulent activities for personal gain. People are also being prosecuted for harassment and harassment of Czech doctors.
Among the figures charged by the government are Patrik Tušl, accused of harassing the president of the Czech Medical Chamber, and Jana Peterková for allegedly spreading disinformation about elderly people who died after receiving a Covid vaccine.
Roma community Czech policeman calls Roma children ‘kids’ in TikTok video
A video recently surfaced on TikTok showing a Mladá Boleslav police officer arguing with a Roma family. The officer describes the children of the family as “brat” and threatens a woman with physical violence. Local police confirmed the video was filmed last summer, the incident ended with apologies from both parties and the officer had already been disciplined.
The video showed an argument in which the Roma group accused Czech police officers of discrimination. Although the video ended with a handshake and an apology from all parties, Roma authorities said the policeman’s behavior during the incident was “incompatible with the mission of a patrolman”. The incident is believed to have taken place after police found Roma children playing with a shopping cart found next to rubbish bins.
Traffic incident Pile-up near Brno causes highway closure
A collision involving a truck, a van and four passenger cars closed the D52 highway towards Brno this morning, with traffic diverted to nearby villages. Two people were injured in the pile-up, which was attended by medical rescue teams and traffic police. The highway is expected to reopen around 10:00 a.m. this morning.
The accident will cause further safety concerns on Czech roads following a huge pile-up of 39 cars near Prague last week. Adverse weather conditions are also a concern, with snow and ice on the roads recently triggering warnings from transport authorities.