A helicopter crash near the town of Slavoňov in the north east of the
country claimed two lives on Friday morning. According to the regional
police spokesman Ondřej Moravčík, the police are now investigating the
helicopter’s flying route and other details. The village mayor, Michal
Suchánek, says that the helicopter circled high above before plunging down
from the sky straight into the field.
The company which owns the helicopter, told the news server Novinky.cz that the machine was on a training flight.
Four seasonal ferries across the Vltava River, operated by the Prague
public transport system, are set to resume their operation on Saturday. The
ferry between the districts of Holešovice and Karlín has extended its
service and will now ferry passengers until 10 p.m.
There are currently eight ferry lines available in the capital, with three of them running throughout the year. The ferry services on the Berounka River between Černošice and Kazín will resume operation on June 1.
The Czech Foreign Ministry has summoned Russia’s ambassador for talks
over the news that apartments for Russian diplomats are reportedly being
rented to third parties in Prague.
The ambassador was summoned following reports in the Czech media that thousands of apartments intended for diplomatic personnel were being leased to third party tenants, which is in violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova previously said that the reports were based on local sources that “distort the truth.”
Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has strongly denounced Czech
President Miloš Zeman’s claims that Turkey was a de facto ally of the
Islamic State. The ministry’s spokesman said the statements are false and
insulting, both to the country and its president.
The Czech head of state said on Tuesday that despite seeking EU membership and being a NATO member, Turkey had served as a mediator in logistics operations for the Islamic State when it occupied parts of Syria and Iraq.
President Zeman also accused his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan of pursuing a policy of Islamizing his country.
Nine out of ten samples of water from the Vltava and Elbe rivers contain
micro-plastics, the environmental organisation Greenpeace said on Thursday.
The samples were taken last September in Prague, Ústí nad Labem and
Hřensko and sent for analysis in a Greenpeace lab in Britain’s Exeter.
The highest concentration of micro-plastics was recorded in the water released by the water treatment plant in Neštěmice on the Elbe River. The average concentration of micro-plastics, 3.7 particles per litre, corresponds with the results from similar studies abroad.
The Czech Republic has officially launched its programme at the Leipzig
Book Fair, one of the most important literary events in the world, which
got underway on Thursday. The Czech stands have already attracted several
thousand visitors, the Czech News Agency reported.
The Czech Republic is the festival’s main guest of honour this year, with some 130 events featuring 60 Czech authors. Around 70 books, translated into German for this occasion, will be presented at the festival over the course of the next four days.
Around 9.6 percent of Czechs were threatened by poverty last year,
according to data released by the Czech Statistics Office on Thursday. The
number has grown by 0.6 percent on the previous year.
The poverty line is set at 11,963 crowns per individual and 25,122 per family with two children. The Czech Republic continues to rank among the EU countries with the lowest share of people under the poverty level.
The average monthly wage in the Czech Republic currently stands at 33,840 crowns.
Fashion designer Rosalie Kladošová took the top award in the annual Czech
Grand Design competition on Wednesday evening, for her collection called
Merino Recycle, using textiles made of recycled wool. She also clinched the
top prize in the fashion category.
This year’s nine winners also include Lucie Koldová, who won the prize for Designer of the Year for her Chips Chair, a lounge chair resembling a potato chip made for the furniture brand Ton. Artist Janja Prokic took the award for her collection of jewellery inspired by Papua New Guinea.
The Czech version of Wikipedia shut down for 24 hours on Thursday in
protest against the EU copyright law.
Editors of the free encyclopaedia claim the proposed new reform will restrict their right to cite sources and as a result affect the quality of their work.
The strike, which was also joined by editors of the Slovak and German Wikipedia, comes a few days before the vote on the new EU Copyright Directive.
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