The Czech airline Travel Service has said it has acquired a majority stake
in the Czech national carrier, Czech Airlines (ČSA).
The firm, the Czech News Agency reported, reached a deal to buy shares from Korean Air and state-owned company Prisko. The sale, however, will still need final approval from the country’s anti-monopoly office.
If the deal goes through it will give Travel Service an almost 98 percent stake and a fleet of more than 80 airplanes.
Czech hockey legend Jaromír Jágr has trained for the first time with his
new NHL team, the Calgary Flames, with whom he signed this week.
The 45-year-old player who picked up 46 points last season (16 goals, 30 assists) had warned beforehand that he hadn’t trained with a team in five months and joked after the practice that he was glad he had survived.
Calgary is Jágr’s ninth club – but first Canadian team – in 24 seasons in the NHL.
Interior Minister Milan Chovanec has criticised two plainclothes officers
in Plzeň for steps taken against a motorist in September.
One of the officers apparently drew a firearm after the driver flashed his headlights at them as criticism of their driving. Images of the incident, including the drawn gun, were published by the Czech tabloid Blesk.
The motorist’s lawyer alleged his client was also punched and that the officers only identified themselves after being asked to do so repeatedly. The lawyer posted video of part of the incident online.
The interior minister called the behaviour of the officers in the video “unacceptable”. The matter is under internal investigation.
A Prague district court has begun hearing a second lawsuit by Italian firm
Grandi Stazioni over the loss of its lease of Prague’s Main Railway
But the firm will have to better prepare its evidence as the basis for its lawsuit against SŽDC, the body overseeing the country’s railway infrastructure, from which it is seeking damages of around 210 million crowns. Grandi Stazioni is seeking compensation for investment in the renovation of the main station.
The Italian company has 40 days to better prepare its case, or the lawsuit could be dismissed, the judge Lenka Vávrová warned.
The Fourth Hackers Congress, a three-day event hosted by the Prague centre
Paralení Polis, begins in Prague on Friday.
Guest speakers this year include programmer and hacker Amir Taaki, described by Wired as "one of the most dangerous people on the internet", and controversial crypto-anarchist Jim Bell.
Financial freedom is the main topic this year, compared to decentralization in 2016.
The Czech Republic’s national football team eked out a 2-1 win over
Azerbaijan on Thursday in World Cup qualifying.
Neither squad had any hope left of qualifying for the tournament in
Russia, with the two top spots in the group already sewn up by Germany and
Northern Ireland; but a third-place finish in the group would leave the
squad better positioned in the draw for Euro 2020.
On Thursday, the Czech Republic got goals from Kopic and Barák.
Members of the public, friends, and family paid their last respects to the
film and theatre actor Jan Tříska at the National Theatre on Friday.
Around 200 – 300 people waited for the theatre doors to open at 10 am.
The Czech News Agency reported that many had flowers to place at the
Mr Tříska, who was 80, was one of the most respected actors of his generation; he performed in dozens of films including Miloš Forman's Ragtime and The People vs. Larry Flynt.
Jan Tříska died on September 25th, succumbing to injuries suffered after falling from Charles Bridge.
The interior ministers of the Visegrad group have warned that the
introduction of a permanent mechanism similar to the mandatory quotas for
redistribution of immigrants across Europe may deepen the migrant crisis.
In a joint declaration issued in Bratislava the interior ministers of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Poland rejected the pressure that the European Commission is exerting on countries that failed to accept the required numbers of asylum seekers.
They argue that the only way of resolving the migrant crisis is through the protection of the EU’s external border, coordinated aid to the countries from which migrants are coming and bilateral agreements with their governments which would help to curb the flow of migrants.
Gale-force winds have left hundreds of households without power and are
complicating rail and road traffic in the northern parts of the Czech
Republic, the ctk news agency reported.
Uprooted trees brought down power lines in the Ustí, Liberec and Benešov regions and emergency teams have been working round the clock to repair the damage.
Some rail connections have had to be cancelled while others report delays of up to five hours. Czech Railways is providing replacement busses for passengers. Clean-up and repair work is expected to last for most of the day.