Daily news summary News of Radio Prague

02-08-2003

Police arrest suspect after poison water scare

Police have arrested a 55-year-old man accused of threatening to poison drinking water in Prague. The arrest comes after heightened security measures were put in place at reservoirs and water treatment plants after the mayor of Prague received the anonymous threat on Tuesday. The blackmailer threatened to poison the capital's water with cyanide and mercury. The letter contained a demand for an unspecified amount of money.

Health Ministry: sick Iraqi children to be treated in Prague

The Health Ministry has said around a dozen seriously ill Iraqi children will receive medical treatment in the Czech Republic. The first three patients will arrive on August 7th and will be admitted to Prague's Motol Hospital. A spokeswoman said the hospital was ready to admit as many children as necessary. The treatment will be paid for by the Czech government. The children are suffering from a number of illnesses including heart conditions.

Czech doctors in Basra looking for donors to buy essential medicine

Meanwhile doctors serving at the Czech Army field hospital in the Iraqi city of Basra say they are seeking donors to pay for medicines for sick children there. One doctor serving with the unit said a lack of medicines at Basra Children's Hospital meant only a limited number of operations - including blood transfusions - could be performed.

Bailiffs seize Fischer office, private villa as company goes into administration

Bailiffs have seized assets belonging to the Fischer travel agency, which went into forced administration last week. Bailiffs seized the company's Prague headquarters, a branch office in Ostrava and also Vaclav Fischer's private villa. Mr Fischer, until recently a senator, built up the company into the country's most successful travel agencies, with its own charter airline. However the company has been in difficulty for some time, and according to media reports owes Czech Airlines, the Czech Airport Authority and Komercni Banka more than 15 million dollars.

Open-air techno party winds down

An open-air techno party in East Bohemia is slowly winding down, one week after local officials tried to ban it on grounds of noise pollution. A police spokeswoman said around 250 young people were left at the CzechTek festival, near the village of Kopidlna. Organisers are now cleaning up the rubbish left in the field. Residents complained about noise levels last weekend, and local officials tried to ban the event. However they were unable to find the organisers to deliver notification of the ban, and CzechTek continued throughout the week.

Weather

Sunday will see the thermometer rise once again, with a mixture of sunshine and clouds and some stormy weather. Temperatures in the daytime will soar to highs of 29 degrees Celsius, falling at night to lows of 12 degrees. Meteorologists have warned of temperatures reaching 33 degrees in the days to come, with the possibility of violent thunderstorms.

02-08-2003