News Prague metro’s A-line to close down over Easter
The Prague metro management has announced that it plans to close the A line of the Prague metro for extensive maintenance work over the Easter holidays. The entire stretch of the A-line will be closed from Friday afternoon till Tuesday morning of April 22nd. Replacement trams and busses will be in operation over the long weekend.
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The Czech Republic is currently hosting the Ample Strike 2016 military exercise involving 1,500 soldiers from 17 NATO member and partner countries. The three week air-land integration exercise will take place in six operating areas across the Czech Republic as well as involving air bases in the Germany, Hungary and Britain. Its aim is to harmonize forward air controllers with the aircraft crews and ground forces commanders. For the first time this year the exercise will involve active reserve troops.
Two passenger trains collided near the town of Chvalkov in southern Bohemia on Tuesday morning injuring seven people, including three children. According to a police spokeswoman none of the injuries were serious and all patients were treated in Pelhřimov Hospital. The cause of the accident, involving local trains on short routes, is being investigated. Neither of the trains was derailed during the accident. The preliminary damage estimate is around 800,000 crowns.
A Czech Airlines flight from Prague to Dusseldorf was forced to make an emergency landing in Frankfurt on Tuesday morning after the pilot reported a technical problem. According to a ČSA spokesman the plane landed safely and the company arranged for an alternative flight to Dusseldorf for the 55 passengers on board. The plane is now being inspected by technicians in Frankfurt.
A large fire broke out at one of the Czech Republic’s biggest coal-fired power stations in Chvaletice, East Bohemia in the early hours of Tuesday morning. The blaze occurred in part of the power station that feeds coal into its boilers. Officers from 13 fire stations, two professional and 11 voluntary, attended the fire, according to an official statement, a spokesperson for the Pardubice rescue services said. Chvaletice was disconnected from the network following the blaze.
Eight refugees who had been in Greece arrived in the Czech Republic last week under a European Union quota system for redistributing refugees. The group were subjected to security checks before being accepted. A total of 12 refugees have now been accepted in the Czech Republic under the EU scheme, which Prague had opposed. The Czech Republic is due to take in just under 2,700 people by the end of next year.
Pavlíná Pížová, a Czech woman who survived a month in an isolated spot in New Zealand following the death of her partner, is set to return to the Czech Republic on Tuesday, Czech news sites reported. The body of her partner Ondřej Petr has been identified and an autopsy is taking place at the start of this week, bringing the case to a close, the sites said. Their ordeal made headlines around the world after Ms. Pížová was discovered in a mountain cabin; she had survived three nights in the snow prior to finding the shelter and was unable to return to civilisation due to adverse weather conditions.
Temperatures in the Czech Republic are set to reach up to 30 degrees Celsius again next weekend. A cold front has brought an end to the heatwave of recent days, with storms crossing the country from west to east on Monday. Tuesday should be the coolest day of the week with daytime highs of up to 24 degrees Celsius. Temperatures will gradually climb through the week and could hit up to 30 degrees Celsius on Saturday and 31 degrees Celsius on Sunday.
Police in Prague have arrested a 47-year-old man for shooting at people from his apartment window with an air pistol, the news website iDnes.cz reported. A 55-year-old man was injured and ended up in hospital as a result of Sunday’s incident, which took place in the Palmovka district of the city. The shooter could face three to 10 years in prison if found guilty of attempted grievous bodily harm. Witnesses said the shots were targeted at homeless people drinking on a bench.
Inmates at a prison in Vinařice, central Bohemia are to be allowed to continue working in a call centre, Czech Television reported. They will again offer the services of mobile operator T-Mobile, a project that was previously halted over fears that the prisoners could get access to customers’ private information. However, the Office for the Protection of Personal Data dismissed those concerns as unfounded. The Ministry of Justice says working can encourage prison inmates to learn work habits and reduces the likelihood of their reoffending.