Some 30,000 people in Prague have been left without running water after a water pipe burst on Sunday afternoon. The affected area includes the districts of Hostivař and Zahradní město. The authorities have provided the inhabitants cisterns with drinking water which is however running out. The repairs are expected to last until Monday night.
Many Czechs, especially in Moravia, practice traditional customs on Easter Monday, a public holiday in the Czech Republic. One of the most popular customs includes the whipping of girls and women with special whips made of willow branches; this, some believe, bestows beauty and health on them for the next year. In return, the men receive coloured eggs.
Czech Christian Democrat Senator Petr Šilar is going to launch a European
Citizen’s Initiative to scrap daylight saving time, the news website
idnes.cz reported. Mr Šilar says the shift to summer time no longer
the benefits it was once introduced for, such as energy savings, and
be abandoned. Along with Czech Christian Democrat MEP Zuzana Roithová, Mr
Šilar is planning to start petitions in seven EU countries including the
Czech Republic to gather a million signatures in support of the motion.
That would ensure the European Commission would have to deal with the
proposal, as stipulated by the Lisbon treaty. The gathering of signatures
in the Czech Republic is to start later this month; people in other EU
countries will get a chance to sign the petition in August.
The Czech Republic, along with the rest of Europe, switched to summer time, or daylight saving time, at 2 AM on Sunday when clocks moved forward by one hour.
Some 10 centimetres of fresh snow has fallen in southern Bohemia and Moravia since Saturday night. The snow disrupts travel in parts of the region; one local road near Přerov, in northern Moravia, was closed on Sunday morning. Car accidents have occurred in several places; a section of the D1 motorway between Brno and Ostrava was closed for some time due to a pile-up involving a truck and several cars. Some 20 cm of new snow has fallen in the Beskydy mountains where the authorities warned against hikes. Meteorologists expect more snow will fall during the day.
Air pollution exceeded the permitted levels on Sunday in the east-Bohemian regions of Pardubice and Hradec Králové as well as in the northeastern Moravian-Silesian region, according to data released by the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute on Sunday. The northeastern Czech Republic is one of Europe’s most polluted regions due to heavy industry located on both sides of the Czech-Polish border.
The Czech Interior Ministry is planning to bring the diverse agenda of offences under a single legal code, the news agency ČTK reported on Sunday. The ministry has come up with a new bill which would also unify penalties for the individual offences. Under current legislation, offences are dealt with in around 200 different regulations and acts. The bill is to be preliminarily discussed by the government next week.
One of four nuclear reactors at the Dukovany power plant, in southern Moravia, was shut down on Sunday. The reactor will be re-fuelled and revised for safety during the temporary shutdown which will last until May 3, a spokesman for the Dukovany plant said. The plant covers around 20 percent of electricity consumption in the Czech Republic. Last year, it produced around 15 terawatt hours of electricity.
In a highlight of the Czech Gambrinus liga’s spring season, Sparta Prague beat Plzeň 1:0 on Saturday night to tie them at the top of the table. Sparta was more active but missed many opportunities to score; for their part, reigning champions Plzeň spent much of the game on the defensive. Sparta’s sold-out stadium only saw one goal which came in the 67th minute; Krejčí sent the ball in from the left and found the league’s top scorer Lafata who put Sparta ahead with a nice header. Plzeň then pushed to equalize but their efforts came in vain. With nine rounds to go before the end of the season, Sparta and Plzeň are tied at the top with 44 points. Jablonec, in this place, have 39 points
Up to 20 centimetres of heavy wet snow is expected to fall in the south, east and north-east of the Czech Republic, meteorologists warned. Around 50 cm of snow could fall in the north-eastern Jeseníky and Beskydy mountains. Roads in parts of the country could also be covered with snow and ice. Meteorologists also said this March was set to be the coldest on record since 1987.
The Czech police on Saturday launched a nationwide crackdown against drunk driving. Around 1,500 police officers will take part in the campaign organized along with the Czech Malt and Brewing Association which gives drivers who pass alcohol test a free tester and a sample of alcohol-free beer. The campaign will last until Monday.