Activists from the Occupy Czech movement threw paper airplanes into the gardens behind Straková academy, the seat of the Czech government, on Tuesday. The airplanes were made from anti-government leaflets and contained messages to the members of the cabinet calling for some or all of them to resign.
A cloud of nitrogen gas escaped from the Synthesia chemical plant in the eastern Bohemian city of Pardubice on Tuesday. The leak resulted from an explosion of a nitrogen fuel tank that took place at night. Firefighters were at the scene immediately and are advising local residents to close their windows.
Three members of the supervisory board of Prague’s Public Transport Company have resigned following a week of controversy. Deputy Mayor of Prague 9 Tomáš Portlík confirmed this on the news site iDnes on Tuesday. All three men are members of the Civic Democratic party. It is rumored that some of the board members changed their minds about voting for the dismissal of the Transport Company’s director general Vladimír Lich last week. Civic Democrat David Vodrážka who pushed for Lich’s dismissal remains on the company’s supervisory board.
Czechs marked the 44th anniversary of the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia. A number of high-ranking politicians attended a remembrance ceremony on Tuesday at the main Czech Radio building in Prague, including speakers of both the upper and lower house and Prague mayor Bohuslav Svoboda. At least 15 people perished in front of the building as they tried to prevent Soviet troops from entering after the invasion on August 21, 1968. More than 100 people were killed across the country during the tragic days that followed the invasion.
A roughly two-week-old newborn was left in a babybox in Plzeň on Tuesday morning, the first child left at the Plzeň facility. The babybox system founder Ludvík Hess revealed the child was in good health and had been given the name Norbert by staff. Babyboxes were conceived as a safe any anonymous way for a parent to hand over a child they are unwilling or unable to care for; the system, launched in 2005, has since saved 76 infants. The Plzeň babybox was only installed in March of last year, after several years of negotiations. Some paediatricians as well as the former regional governor, Milada Emmerová, had opposed the idea.
Romani residents of the northern Bohemian town of Krupka have come to an agreement with the city council over the recent city ordinance and announced they will cancel the protest planned for 5 September. The ordinance that came into effect on 10 July, prohibits sitting atop of walls, and using chairs, grills and cookers on public property in some parts of the city – specifically in the Horní Maršov neighborhood that is inhabited by mostly socially excluded residents. The city council promised to place benches in the neighborhood, while residents agreed to respect the ordinance, town hall spokesman said on Tuesday.
The European Commission sent 9.3 billion crowns worth of subsidies to the Czech Republic in August. These are the first funds the commission disbursed to the Czech Republic after it suspended cash flow in March. The suspension of subsidies to Czech ministries came as a result of the European Commission’s concerns over lack of controls and problematic auditing. The funding had been partially renewed in July, after Czechs fulfilled all of the commission’s requirements and improved the auditing system, Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek said on Monday. The ministry expects that the European Commission will pay out a total of 29 billion crowns in subsidies for the whole of 2012. So far, the Czech Republic has received 13.6 billon.
On Tuesday, more record high temperature was recorded in the Czech Republic. In the north Bohemian town of Doksany, a 23-year-old record was broken with a measurement of 34 degrees Celsius during the day. The Czech Republic has experienced the second day of intense heat, after temperatures spiked to over 40 degrees Ceslsius in some parts of the country on Monday.
Justice Minister Pavel Blažek has named Adam Bašný deputy to Lenka Bradáčová – the head of the high state attorney’s office in Prague. In the past, Mr Bašný was the head of the Liberec branch of the regional state attorney’s office in Ústí nad Labem; in 2009 he was recalled from his post at least in part for commenting on a corruption case involving then-deputy prime minister Jiří Čunek. Since last July Adam Bašný served on the EU’s civilian mission in Kosovo. The spokeswoman for the Justice Ministry, Petra Hrubá, said on Monday that that the new deputy prosecutor was a specialist in corruption cases and economic crime; his naming has been backed by Supreme State Attorney Pavel Zeman.
Meteorologists correctly predicted that Monday would not only be the hottest day of the year but also would see a new record set for highest temperature on this date: Prague-Dobřichovice registered 40.4 degrees Celsius on Monday afternoon. Other areas, such as Kopisty, registered 39 degrees earlier in the day. Meteorologists will tabulate final data for the day at around nine pm this evening. The extreme temperatures led the head of the country’s armed forces to recommend a shorter work day, while special measures were implemented for soldiers on duty or in training: members of the Prague Castle guard, for example, donned summer uniforms from lighter materials and were allowed to stand guard and keep mobile outside of their booths. Earlier in the day, meteorologists issued specific warnings of extremely high temperatures for Prague and the Central Bohemian and Ústí regions, warnings individuals – especially seniors, children and the ill – to stay out of the sun if possible and to hydrate regularly. Previously, the highest temperature in the country on this date was recorded in Prague-Uhříněves in 1983.
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