Weekend headline: Czech resorts prepare for early ski season

Culture Czech slopes are getting ready for the ski season

Snowfall and cool temperatures this weekend have helped Czech mountain resorts prepare for the ski season. While most resorts don’t open until the holidays, slopes across the Czech Republic started producing snow using snow cannons this weekend to kick off the season as early as possible.

“This year it started snowing a few days earlier than in previous years,” Martina Žáčková, spokeswoman for the Razula ski area in Velké Karlovice, told iDnes.cz. “As a rule, we don’t start [making snow] until the end of November. But this year we will take every opportunity to make snow, to take advantage of the old electricity prices and to start the season as soon as possible.”

Time Snow continues to fall, ice warning issued for Sunday evening

Snow continued to fall in most parts of the Czech Republic on Saturday evening and Sunday morning, with the heaviest snowfall seen in South Moravia. No major traffic disruptions were reported today, but drivers are advised to continue to exercise caution on minor roads.

The Czech Hydrometeorological Institute has issued an ice warning for most parts of the country tonight, valid from 10:00 p.m. Sunday evening to 10:00 a.m. Monday morning. Freezing rain is expected to cause light ice to form across most of the country, including Prague.

Economy Poll: most Czechs reduce their energy consumption

Due to soaring energy prices, three-quarters of Czechs are reducing their energy consumption, according to a new survey of 1,034 respondents by the Modern Energy Union (Svaz modern energetyky) in November . According to the Union, the current crisis is also an opportunity for the Czech Republic to move towards greater autonomy.

According to the survey, more than 90% of respondents are concerned about the current rise in energy prices, and 74% of them said they were trying to reduce their energy consumption. About a third of respondents said they plan to invest in long-term solutions to reduce energy consumption, such as installing solar panels.

Crime 5,300 illegal migrants have crossed the Czech-Slovakian border in the past two months

More than 5,300 migrants have illegally crossed the border with the Czech Republic from Slovakia into South Moravia since border controls were introduced in late September, South Moravia police chief Leoš Tržil told reporters this weekend. -end. Most of the detained migrants say they come from Syria, according to Defense Minister Jana Černochová, who visited the checkpoints on Saturday.

The Czech Republic has reintroduced controls at the Slovak border due to a large influx of migrants at the end of September. Most migrants pass through the Czech Republic on their way to Germany and other Western European countries. The checks have been extended several times and are currently in effect until December 12.

accidents Prague remembers victims of traffic accidents

Today is World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, celebrated on the third Sunday of every year. In Prague, a memorial service at the Traffic Victims Memorial in Chodov, located at the start of the D1 highway, began at 11:00 a.m. this morning. The event is organized annually by the Czech Association of Traffic Accident Victims.

According to statistics provided by the Czech police, 390 people were killed in traffic accidents in the Czech Republic from January to the end of October this year, while another 1,497 people were seriously injured. Although these figures are higher than last year, long-term trends have seen a gradual decline in deaths and injuries resulting from traffic accidents.

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Immovable Archdiocese of Prague puts historic Jindřišská tower up for sale

The Archdiocese of Prague has put the historic Jindřišská Tower up for sale for 75 million crowns, according to information published on the Archdiocese’s website. The Jindřišská tower, located in the city center of Prague, is listed among the city’s monuments protected by UNESCO. Dating from the 15th century, it is 66 meters high and previously served as the bell tower for the nearby church of Saint-Henri and Saint Cunigunde.

“We are gradually evaluating our properties and for unproductive properties we try to sell them at a profit and allocate the funds mainly to rental housing,” Archdiocesan spokesman Jan Balík told Deník N. “The Jindřišská tower has been a potato for many years.The tower can generate income, but it is not so simple.

Crime Belarusian activist organizes ax protest in Prague IKEA

According to the student himself, speaking to Radio Free Europe, he waited until there were no more children around to stage his protest, and calmly waited for the police to arrive after he finished. The bedside tables he targeted at the protest were specifically made in Belarus.

Purchases Poll: more than half of Czechs plan to spend less this Christmas

A majority of Czechs want to cut spending this Christmas season, according to a STEM/MARK survey conducted for Home Credit of more than 500 respondents in October. A total of 57% of respondents said they would spend less on Christmas gifts this year compared to 2021.

About ten percent of respondents said they would not buy Christmas gifts at all this year due to rising prices and economic instability. Another 15 percent said they would wait until after Christmas sales before buying gifts. In a previous survey conducted last year, 40% of Czechs said they would cut back on Christmas spending, while 4% said they would not buy presents.

Crime Prague police investigate racial slurs hurled at TV journalist

Prague police have opened an investigation into racial slurs made against Czech TV journalist Richard Samko during an anti-government protest on November 17, police tweeted this morning. On Friday, Romea.cz published an article about racial slurs directed at Samko and released a video of the incident.

“Detectives are investigating the case of a verbal attack on a Czech TV journalist,” Czech police tweeted today. Police are also investigating another incident in which Aktuálně.cz journalist Radek Bartoníček was physically attacked by another participant in the November 17 protest.

Accident Driver who died in June train crash was likely drunk

The driver of a Pendolino train that crashed in Bohumín in June was most likely under the influence of alcohol, reports Prima TV based on information provided by regional police spokeswoman Daniela Vlčková . The driver died in the accident, while five other people were injured.

“It has been established that the driver of the Pendolino train was under the influence of alcohol when the accident happened,” Vlčková said, adding that the matter is still under investigation. If the information is confirmed, the driver’s family may lose their right to compensation from Czech Railways.

Berta D. Wells