A huge demolition digger from the Czech Republic has arrived in the Slovak
city of Prešov to help tear down the upper floors of an apartment block
where a gas explosion occurred last week, leaving seven people dead. The
demolition job will begin at the start of next week and will take around
The enormous digger, which is based in the Central Bohemian town of Kladno, weighs 214 tonnes and motorists were advised to avoid its route, while some public transport services in Prešov were rerouted in view of its arrival.
Police in the Czech Republic have charged 58 people with involvement in the
trafficking of cocaine and heroin worth over CZK 2 billion to Australia.
Czech officers worked with colleagues in the US and Australia to uncover
the activities of the group, whose members could face up to 18 years in
jail if found guilty.
Three main organisers are accused of engaging couriers in the Czech Republic to transport drugs from what police described as countries close to production areas. The mules, mainly operating as couples, attempted to pass off their smuggling missions as regular holidays.
The loans company Home Credit said it hired the agency C&B Reputation
Management earlier this year in order to help improve Czech-Chinese
relations. However, the firm – which is owned by the richest Czech, Petr
Kellner – denied it had asked the agency to promote the interests of any
foreign state. The news site Aktuálně.cz reported earlier this week that
C&B Reputation Management had been hired to boost the image of the
Chinese Communist regime.
Home Credit said in a statement that its activities were focused on business not politics, adding that it hired the agency to protect itself from “media attacks” that damaged its business.
The second of two people injured in a fatal shooting incident at a hospital
in Ostrava on Tuesday was released on Friday. Six people were killed in an
attack at a hospital waiting room while one other victim succumbed to her
injuries on Thursday, taking the death toll to seven. The perpetrator shot
himself dead on the day of the incident before he could be apprehended by
the police. A first injured person was allowed to go home on Thursday.
The hospital shooting was the second worst incident of its kind in modern Czech history.
President Miloš Zeman has proposed former minister of justice and current
government commissioner for human rights Helena Válková for the post of
the Czech Republic’s ombudsman. The head of state made the recommendation
in a letter to MPs. Mr. Zeman wrote that he had wished to also propose a
second nominee but they rejected the idea.
The current holder of the ombudsman’s post, former dissident Anna Šabatová, steps down in February when her six year term ends.
Opposition politicians have rejected Ms. Válková as a potential ombudswoman. The leaders of TOP 09 and the Pirates pointed to her membership of the Communist Party prior to 1989 while the head of the Civic Democrats said it would be a “jobs for the boys” type appointment.
Prague’s Václav Havel Airport reached 17 million passengers for 2019 on
Friday, the highest number it has ever handled in one year. The figure is 6
percent up on the number of passengers using the airport in 2018. The
average number handled a day this year has been around 49,000.
The airport’s operators said it was close to its maximum capacity. Some CZK 16 billion is to be invested in expanding its second terminal between now and 2028 and capacity is expected to reach up to 23 million annually by 2035.
The police have detained a fifty-eight year old man who made a hoax call
threatening that a similar massacre to that in Ostrava’s Teaching
Hospital would take place in a hospital in the town of Uherské Hradiště.
Police immediately surrounded the hospital, closing off all entrances and effecting other emergency measures. The hoax caller was detained two hours later and has been charged with scaremongering. He is reported to have a long criminal record. If convicted he could face from 1 to 5 years in prison.
A gunman shot six people dead in Ostrava’s Teaching Hospital on Tuesday and later committed suicide. The death toll rose to seven last night as a woman in critical condition succumbed to her injuries.The two other injured men have been released from hospital.
Meteorologists have issued a high wind warning for the central and western
parts of the country on Saturday. The warning is from 10am to 6 pm when
some areas may experience gale force winds which could damage trees and
buildings and cause traffic disruptions.
The wind should blow at a speed of 70 to 90 km per hour. People in the mountain regions have been warned not to set off on hiking trips.