A drunk flight attendant delayed a scheduled Travel Service flight from Corfu island to Brno by five hours on Monday night, Czech Television reported. According to passengers the flight attendant had problems announcing where the flight was bound and them locked himself into the flight cabin with the crew for twenty minutes. We were just sitting there, not knowing what was going on, one of the passengers told Czech TV. A spokesperson for Travel Service later apologized for the incident, saying the flight attendant had been sacked and the company was pressing charges.
WWII veteran and war hero Brigadier General Jaroslav Klemeš, the last
surviving paratrooper to parachute into occupied territory that was the
Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia (in Operation Platinum-Pewter in 1945)
died on Monday at the age of 95. The news was confirmed on twitter by
Defence Minister Martin Stropnický. During the war, Klemeš fought in
France and for Great Britain; later, he was parachuted in near Chrudim in
February of 1945. He was a radio operator tasked with reporting conditions
on the ground back to Great Britain. He took part in the Prague Uprising in
May 1945 - the final days of the war. For his service and sacrifice,
Klemeš was persecuted by the communist regime after 1948 and was only
fully rehabilitated in 1990. He received the country's highest honour,
The Order of the White Lion, last year.
Brigadier General Jaroslav Klemeš will be buried with military honours at Štrasnice crematorium in Prague on Monday.The funeral ceremony will be open to the public.
Zlín governor Jiří Čunek has issued further measures in connection with the incidence of African swine fever in the region. The measures include a ban prohibiting people from entering fields and wooded areas where infected wild boar may be present. These areas will only be accessible to hunters and veterinary officials who are working to contain the spread of the disease by gradually eliminating all the wild boar in the region. There are believed to be some 400 animals in the given area. A 45km long electric fence has been put up to prevent them migrating.
A plaque will be unveiled in Prague to the Czech composer Jaromir Weinberger on the fiftieth anniversary of his death on August 8, 1967. Jaromir Weinberger is best known for his opera Švanda Dudák (Shvanda the Bagpiper). It premiered in Prague in 1929 and made him famous overnight. Švanda Dudák was the first Czech opera since Bedřich Smetana’s The Bartered Bride to be widely performed internationally. It was performed at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 1931 and the Polka and Fugue from the opera soon became a popular concert piece. Besides operas his works include orchestral and chamber music. Weinberger fled to the US in 1939 where he spent the rest of his life.
The construction of a new wooden church in Třinec- Guty, to replace the historic 16th century church that was ravaged by fire last week, is to begin next year, officials of the Czech Catholic Church confirmed on Tuesday. The bishopric has already commissioned a construction project for the church which, like the one from 1563, will be made of oak and pine-wood. The new house of prayer is estimated to cost around 20 million crowns. The money for it will come from insurance, donations from the Culture Ministry and the Catholic Church and a public collection. Work on the new church should be concluded by the spring of 2019.
Interior Minister Milan Chovanec, who was questioned by a parliamentary committee on Tuesday in connection with leaks from ongoing police investigations, said he was deeply concerned by this phenomenon, calling it a “cancer” in the system. He said it was evident that some media had insight into such cases which was totally unacceptable and could hurt innocent people. He said that while he respected the right of journalists to protect their sources the matter should be investigated by the secret services and measures taken to prevent such leaks. A parliamentary committee was set up to investigate the matter after leaked telephone recordings revealed that a journalist had consulted ANO leader Andrej Babiš about the possibility of using information from an ongoing investigation so as to damage his political rivals.
The energy group ČEZ expects to decide on its future in Bulgaria by September of this year, the company’s CEO Daniel Beneš told the ctk news agency. ČEZ has been mapping investor interest in its Bulgarian assets since January, but has not as yet made a final decision as to whether to remain in the country. Last year the company decided to launch an international arbitration against Bulgaria after a number of interventions by the Bulgarian authorities that ČEZ claims harmed its business activities in the country. In May 2015, for example, ČEZ was fined 17.1 million crowns for abuse of dominant market position. Among those who have submitted an offer for ČEZ‘s Bulgarian assets is the Czech power group Energo-Pro.
On Monday evening, observers in the Czech Republic were able to view a partial eclipse of the moon between 8:20 pm and 9:18 pm. Images of the eclipse were published online. Best-positioned to view the celestial event were inhabitants of southeast Moravia, news site iDnes reported. A total lunar eclipse is to take place next July 27 - the first to be visible in the Czech Republic since 2015. It will also be the longest this century, lasting one hour and 44 minutes.
Prague’s Mrázovka tunnel was briefly closed in the direction of Smíchov tunnel on Monday morning, after a car crash against the side. No one was injured in the accident but the traffic jam which ensued only began to clear up at around 8 am, with the police directing traffic. The accident took place some two hours earlier and a tow vehicle was on site within half-an-hour.