Dogs penetrated the fence of Brno Zoo on Saturday morning and killed two lama cubs, a zoo spokesperson said. Two adult lamas were injured by the dogs. Staff said they had seen two medium-sized dogs running out of the zoo in a repeat of an incident that occurred a month ago when three kangaroos and a lama were killed. The zoo said it was planning to repair the fence in the coming weeks. The police are investigating both attacks. In March last year a stray dog tore apart three greater rheas and an emu.
Thirteen people, seven of them children, suffered gas poisoning in Hlučín in the Moravian Silesian Region on Saturday morning. The incident occurred at the home of a family that looks after foster children. All of those affected were taken to hospital in Ostrava but none were described as being in a serious condition. A faulty gas heater was blamed for the leak.
The Czech Foreign Ministry confirmed on Saturday that nothing had happened to Czech citizens holidaying in Hurghada in Egypt. Following an attack on tourists in the Red Sea resort on Friday, the Ministry said Czechs should employ heightened caution in Egypt. Foreign Ministry officials also recommended that Czech tourists register with a database of travelers before visiting the North African state. Two assailants injured two Austrians and a Swede in Friday’s incident.
Coffins containing the remains of around 3,500 people who died during WWI are to be returned to an ossuary at Prague’s Olšany Cemetery in the spring after an absence of almost two years, the director of Prague’s cemetery service, Martin Červený, told the Czech News Agency. The ossuary, which suffered from damp, has been closed for renovation work for several months. The remains are being kept at a former Czech Army munitions store.
Ice severely disrupted public transport in the Brno area on Saturday morning, with the website of the South Moravian Region’s transport system describing the situation as close to catastrophic. Buses and trolleybuses were running up to 45 minutes late and connections on city and regional transport were disrupted. In some places buses had to sit and wait for grit to arrive.
Refugees who commit crimes should be automatically expelled from the European Union, says the Czech prime minister, Bohuslav Sobotka. Mr. Sobotka made the comment in a press release issued following reports that witnesses saw refugees take part in mass sexual harassment and groping of women in Cologne and other cities in Germany on New Year’s Eve. The Czech PM said such events highlighted the security and integration aspects of dealing with the migration crisis. He said Prague was ready to support steps to speed up the creation of an EU border force, including a possible special European Council summit. Slovak PM Robert Fico called for such a meeting following the events in Germany.
Some 21,500 fans watched an outdoor ice hockey game between Kometa Brno and Sparta Prague on Friday evening, setting a new attendance record for the domestic Extraliga. A previous record had been set at the temporary arena just a week previously. The two Extraliga matches were part of the Brno Hockey Games, an event that is also set to include a women’s international against Slovakia. Kometa manager Alois Hadamczik thanked supporters for creating a great atmosphere at Friday’s match.
The Chamber of Deputies Electoral Committee has called a special session next week to examine alleged correspondence between the chairman of the Czech Radio Council, Petr Šafařík, and Prime Minister Bohulsav Sobotka. In the leaked emails, Mr. Šafařík – who was then a regular member – appears to inform the PM about goings on at the Council. The deputy chair of the Electoral Committee, Vítězslav Jandák, says if the correspondence is authentic Mr. Šafařík should quit. Dozens of hacked emails from Mr. Sobotka’s account were posted on a neo-Nazi website earlier this week.
The Education Ministry has completed a list of foods that will be banned in vending machines in schools. The list includes the typical junk-food items, foods high in sugar, energy drinks, caffeine but also dressings, mayo, mustard and ketchup which are traditionally used in sandwiches. The civic initiative For a Healthy School Environment has high praise for the proposal. A law banning unhealthy foods in schools went into effect late last year but has not been implemented in practice since there was no list specifying which foods were considered unhealthy. Schools will be given a period of grace in which to make the transition.
Czech Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek has expressed concern regarding the possible break-up of Schengen and the renewal of internal borders within the EU. Speaking at a meeting of former Czech EU commissioners in Prague, Minister Zaorálek said internal border renewal would not only break up the European Union but seriously undermine NATO since EU member states would have difficulties fulfilling their commitments within the military alliance. The minister pointed out that if member states had to protect their internal borders they would not be able to deploy their troops in allied units. Minister Zaorálek said the crises through which the EU had passed in recent years revealed that one of its biggest problems was a lack of action-capability, which could only be overcome by greater involvement on the part of all member states.