Sunday evening brings two events for skywatchers - the so-called supermoon and the Perseid meteor shower, two days before the meteor shower reaches its peak. The supermoon is a non-astronomical term for when the moon's orbit brings it closer to Earth, appearing 14 percent larger than usual and 30 percent brighter than other full moons, according to sources. In the Czech Republic, the dramatic full moon will be observable best from roughly 8 PM and later into the night.
Ticket inspectors on Prague busses and trams, as well as on metro lines, will begin using audio recording devices to capture on tape dealings with passengers, not least those caught without paying or failing to provide documentation. The head of the city's transit company has said he hoped it would lead to fewer complaints over inspectors' work, adding it would protect passengers as well. A similar system is already in place in České Budějovice and saw a drop of 90 percent in the number of complaints. Inspectors in Prague will begin using the devices over the course of August, Lidové noviny reported; 150 ticket inspectors are currently employed by Prague's transit company.
Meteorologists have warned that strong storms will hit parts of the Czech Republic on Sunday night. Winds in places could reach up to 70 km per hour. Some areas could see up to 40 mm of rainfall, which could affect local streams and lead, for example, to flooding of cellars and basements and low-lying sites. Parts of the country expected to be affected include the Czech-Moravian highlands, South Moravia and the Olomouc regions.
The Prison Service of the Czech Republic has put a stop to a massive order of new uniforms and complementary items worth 91.4 billion crowns, not including VAT, over a four-year period. The order was prepared during the tenure of former prison service head Petr Dohnal, who was recently recalled from his post. Items in the order included pants, shirts and, for example, bow ties new website Novinky.cz reported.
Doctors in the Czech Republic registered a record rise in the number of new HIV cases in the first half of 2014 - the highest since records of the virus were first established in former Czechoslovakia in 1985. According to information provided by the National Reference Laboratory for HIV/AIDS the first six months saw 129 new cases of HIV registered; since the beginning of the year, 10 people developed AIDS. Since records have been kept, the lab registered 2,251 HIV cases, overall, 410 AIDS cases, and 209 AIDS-related deaths. Doctors have long warned the situation in the Czech Republic regarding HIV was worse than first appeared.
A CCTV camera captured images of an aggressor at the corner of Prague's Veletržní and Dukelských hrdinu streets, brutally attacking another man on the sidewalk for no apparent reason and beating him almost to death. The incident took place at around 4:30 AM on Sunday. The 24-year-old attacker rained punches on the man after he went down and then, even when he was motionless, continued to hit and knee him in the head. The instigator at one point had made as if to leave, but returned for a second 'wave'. Police arrived at the scene within two minutes of being notified, catching the suspect and providing first aid to the injured party. The instigator could be charged with attempted murder which carries a sentence of up to 10 years in jail.
Meteorologists have said that the rest of August and first week of September will see lower daily temperatures than the long-term average, falling, in the week of August 18 – 24 to around 22 degrees Celsius and the first weekend of September to around 20 degrees. Rain fall is also expected in the coming days. If the forecast holds, this weekend will be the last during summer vacation when highs top 30 degrees.
The deputy head of Ústí nad Labem’s police force has confirmed that
dozens of residents at a slum block in the city’s Sklářská street are
living in veritable filth and appalling hygienic conditions. Photographs
reveal a huge courtyard between buildings which has turned into a de facto
dump by locals. Garbage piled high includes countless boards, plastic
items, mattresses and other items.
According to the deputy head of the police, items in the impromptu junk yard catch fire several times a week. The surrounding buildings have several owners, the Czech News Agency learned, who allegedly accepted rent but then failed to pay, for example, the utility for water. One resident said he and his family paid almost 9,000 per month in rent.
Prague’s High Court next week will weigh an appeal by convicted murderer Petr Mokriš, a thief and recidivist who killed a 21-year-old journalist in 1993. Invited back to her home, Mokriš stabbed and strangled the woman and stole electronic equipment worth 18,000 crowns. He was released from prison in 2008. This year, the man was found guilty and sentenced to 14 years in prison by Prague’s Municipal Court for his role in another tragedy: a fight in which he badly beat his opponent, who fell and suffered a brain injury – to which he succumbed almost a year later in hospital.