Daily news summary News of Radio Prague

03-08-2003

Fischer finds investor to help save failing travel empire

Vaclav Fischer, owner of one of the country's most successful travel agencies, says he has found an investor to help save his failing travel empire from collapse. Mr Fischer said on Sunday he had signed a contract with the firm Atlantik Financial Markets to keep the company from bankruptcy, on condition that bailiffs halt the seizure of company assets. Mr Fischer, until recently a senator, founded the Fischer travel agency in the early 1990s. It's now one of the biggest in the country, with its own charter airline. However the company recently encountered financial difficulties, and last week went into administration with debts of more than 15 million dollars. So far neither the company's flights nor package holidays have been affected by the financial problems.

75-year-old man, rescued from well, dies in hospital

A 75-year-old man who was rescued from a collapsed well on Tuesday has died in hospital of internal injuries. The man, who was repairing the well when it caved in, was freed by firemen after being trapped for 15 hours. He was taken to hospital with what appeared to be minor injuries. However on Saturday morning he lost consciousness and died, apparently from lung and kidney failure.

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.

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 only a few dozen 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

Monday will be another hot and sultry day, with almost uninterrupted sunshine across the country. Temperatures in the daytime will soar to highs of 33 degrees Celsius, falling at night to lows of 13 degrees. The hot weather will continue for several days, before the arrival of thunderstorms later in the week.

03-08-2003