Two dead in a road accident that closed the D1 highway outside Prague

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

12:24 Two dead in collision on D1 motorway near Prague

Update (15:16): Police report that the highway is open again in both directions.

Two people were killed and three others were injured in an accident on the D1 motorway between Prague and Brno. The road towards Brno is closed about 14 kilometers from Prague, and drivers should take the exit should use the exit at Modletice. Czech police tweeted that the accident involved a truck and three passenger cars. Rescuers arrived at the scene. The iDnes.cz news server reported that a fully loaded truck broke through the security barrier and started driving in the opposite lane in the wrong direction, hitting the passenger cars. One of the injured was transported to Prague by helicopter.

Culture Exhibition on Nazi plans for New World Order opens in Prague

The multimedia exhibition New World Order, which presents the Nazi idea of ​​​​southeastern Europe organized according to racial principles, as suggested by Reichsprotektor Reinhard Heydrich, will open today in the Karolinum building of the University Charles. The exhibition coincides with the 80th anniversary of the assassination of Heydrich, killed by Czechoslovak paratroopers in June 1942.

Prague had been designed by the Nazis to become a planning center for the new arrangement. The Nazis intend to exterminate 30-40 million people from Bohemia, Poland, Belarus, Ukraine and Russia up to the Urals, said curator Pavel Štingl of the Memorial of Silence. the exhibition runs until June 12.

Ukraine The body of a Czech volunteer found near kyiv

The corpse of a 49-year-old Czech truck driver who had traveled to Ukraine as a volunteer after the Russian invasion has been found near kyiv in a mass grave, kyiv regional police said on their Facebook page. . Police said he stopped contacting relatives and friends on March 3. They said the man had a wife and brother in the Czech Republic. The Czech Foreign Ministry said it was aware of the case of a Czech national who died in Ukraine and is in contact with his family. He is not releasing further details at this time.

Three bodies were found in the grave near Makariv in Bucha district. Czech identity papers were found on the spot. The other two bodies in civilian clothes have not yet been identified. According to earlier reports, the volunteer died while driving a car and Russian soldiers fired at the car.

Policy The Emir of Qatar Al Thani will visit Czechia at the end of September

Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani will visit the Czech Republic in late September and early October, Prime Minister Petr Fiala told reporters after a regular meeting with President Miloš Zeman. The Czech government wants to sign tax and investment agreements with Al Thani, Fiala said. In early May, the presidential office announced to the public that Al Thani had accepted the invitation. The visit could lead to agreements that help the Czech Republic reduce its dependence on Russian gas at a time of deteriorating situation in the energy sector, the presidential office said.

Business PPF and Home Credit sell Russian banking assets

Czech companies PPF and Home Credit have announced that they have signed an agreement with a group of individual investors led by Ivan Tyryshkin to sell their banking assets in Russia, including their subsidiaries. This means the departure of the Home Credit group from the Russian market. They did not disclose the price of the transaction. PPF Financial Group operates in 25 countries around the world. It invests in financial services, telecommunications, media, biotechnology, real estate and engineering. Among its assets are Air Bank, the telecommunications companies Cetin and O2, and the engineering company Škoda Transportation.

Sports Olympic runner Hejnová ends her sports career

Runner Zuzana Hejnová, who was twice world champion in the 400 meters hurdles but has not competed in world events for almost two years due to health problems, has ended her sports career due to ‘pregnancy. “I would like to share wonderful news with you. I am expecting a baby with my partner Marek Zuber. It would be hard to hide it now and so we are telling you,” she said. Hejnová, 35, will bid farewell to his fans at the Golden Spike event in Ostrava on May 31, but will not compete there. She won a bronze medal at the London Olympics in 2012. She was world champion in the 400 meter hurdles in 2013 and 2015.

Monday, May 16, 2022

Economy European Commission lowers growth forecast for Czech economy

The European Commission has drastically reduced its estimate of the Czech economy’s growth this year to 1.9%. In February, before the Russian invasion, the economy was estimated to grow by 4.4%. The commission cut is the result of disrupted supply chains caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine as well as increased inflation due to rising energy and commodity prices. Inflation is expected to peak in the second quarter of this year. For the whole year it will average 11.7% and in 2023, according to the commission, it will slow down to 4.5% due to the strengthening of the national currency and the stabilization of the prices of the energy.

Ukraine Refugee tent camp no solution at overcrowded main train station

The tent camp built in the Prague-Troja district for Ukrainian refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine and applying for temporary protection visas in Czechia has brought no relief to the overcrowded Prague train station with hundreds of refugees staying there , the Hlavak initiative said today. According to the Organization for Aid to Refugees (OPU) and the Hlavak initiative, 17 people from the station went to the camp. Currently, 142 refugees, including 101 children, are staying in the camp. NGOs say the situation at the station is “rather critical”, with some refugees forced to sleep on the floor. Learn more here.

prague Barrandov Bridge closures have not resulted in any disasters so far

The first stage of major repairs to the Barrandov Bridge began today in Prague, with traffic on the spot being monitored by several media since the morning. Despite several delays, no major complications occurred. Prague Integrated Transport (PID) increased train and bus traffic on Monday due to repairs to the Barrandov Bridge. Drivers and people using public transport faced delays in some places. Learn more here.

Diversity Czechia lands in yellow on the rainbow index

Rainbow Europe – ILGA-Europe’s annual benchmarking tool – examines laws and policies in 49 countries using a set of criteria divided into seven thematic categories: equality and non-discrimination; family; hate crime and hate speech; legal gender recognition; intersex bodily integrity; civil society space; and asylum. This year’s index, released today, places Czechia 32nd out of 49 countries, with a particularly low score in the area of ​​policies for LGBTQI families and protections against hate speech. See the full index here.

CULTURE Czech folk legend will receive honorary citizenship

Prague will expand its list of honorary citizens to include singer Marta Kubišová and violinist Václav Hudeček. Dr. Milena Černá will receive the silver medal of the capital Prague in memoriam. Marta Kubišová will receive honorary citizenship as a sign of respect for extraordinary acts associated with personal heroism during the invasion of Soviet troops in August 1968 and at the time of normalization and as a reward for artistic contribution and merit in the field music.

Her song “Prayer for Martha” became a symbol of national resistance against the occupiers in 1968 and also a symbol of the Velvet Revolution in 1989. From 1970 she was not allowed to appear and faced pressure from the normalization regime. In 1977, Marta Kubišová signed Charter 77 and became one of the spokespersons for the initiative.

Berta D. Wells