An Emirates flight from Dubai to Amsterdam made an unscheduled landing at Prague’s Václav Havel Airport on Friday morning after a passenger collapsed on board, a spokeswoman for the airport said. Emergency teams tried to revive the passenger after landing, which occurred at 11.25, but she was pronounced dead soon afterwards. The plane left for its original destination at 13:15.
The High Court in Prague on Friday asked the lower house of Parliament to strip Civic Democrat MP Roman Pekárek of his immunity so that he can take part in a court appeals hearing. Mr Pekárek, who only became MP on Wednesday after he replaced a party colleague of his who stepped down, had previously been sentenced to six years in prison in connection with bribery during his time as deputy mayor of Kolín. The embattled MP on Friday requested that his party membership be suspended, the head of the Civic Democrat deputy group, Zbyněk Stanjura, said.
Viktoria Plzeň beat Hapoel Tel Aviv 4:0 in their fourth group stage game
in the Europa League on Thursday night. Plzeň went ahead in the 23rd
minute and scored again six minutes before half-time. In the second half,
Plzeň added two more strikes against the Israeli side which offered
resistance. Plzeň, ranked first in their group, need at least one point
from their remaining two games to progress.
Sparta Prague drew 1:1 against Israel’s Kyriat Shmona. The Czechs had a poor start and conceded a goal in the third minute. But Leonard Kweuke scored a superb goal just 20 minutes later from some 40 metres away to keep alive Sparta’s hopes of advancing to the Europa League’s knock-out stage.
The Czech Interior Ministry will revise a bill on free access to information, a spokesman for the ministry said on Friday. The bill has come under criticism from a number of experts and NGOs who say it would in fact restrict access to information that is now available to the public, such as the salaries of some public officials. The ministry spokesman said the decision to revise the bill was taken in order to accommodate the objections.
Counterfeit liquor has claimed its 32nd victim in the Czech Republic after an autopsy on Friday confirmed that a 53-year-old man from Olomouc died of methanol poisoning. The man collapsed while seeking medical attention on Monday, and died while being taken to hospital. Doctors said he also suffered from a cardio-vascular condition, which contributed to his death. Experts warn that methanol-related deaths will continue to appear for months after the authorities discovered the source of the poisonous bootleg liquor.
The Czech national hockey team beat Finland 1:0 in their second game of the Karjala Cup in Turku on Friday, earning their second win of the tournament. The Czechs scored a few minutes before the end of the first period when veteran Petr Nedvěd hit the net from up close after a pass from Petr Koukal. The visitors then managed to defend the narrow victory, mainly thanks to goalie Ondřej Pavelec.
A memorial plaque dedicated to Czech servicemen who fought in Britain’s RAF during the Second World War was unveiled in a Catholic church in Jihlava on Friday. The plaque bears the names of 22 men from Jihlava and the surrounding area who served as pilots, bomber crews or ground personnel. There are some 1,500 WWII veterans living in the Czech Republic today, according to a veteran association.
Surgeons at Prague’s Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine (IKEM) performed the first ever six-way paired kidney transplant in the Czech Republic on Tuesday and Wednesday. Six patients in need of a kidney received them from six donors. The so-called “six-way domino” surgery relies on the fact that someone who is close to a transplant patient but is not a match offers his or her kidney to another patient, and six such pairs form a donor chain. According to Doctor Jiří Froněk from IKEM, one of the donors was not related to any patient, but simply wanted to donate a healthy kidney. The first six-way kidney transplant in the world was performed in the US in 2008.
Also on Wednesday evening, the lower house approved the last of a triad of controversial bills that were on the table this week – the last part of the government’s pension reform. The law, which introduces the second pillar of the pension reform, was vetoed by President Václav Klaus in September. The semi-private pension fund scheme that the law establishes will be introduced at the start of next year. The opposition Social Democrats say the new scheme will increase the deficit and have said they will repeal it if they win power at the next elections.
Czech President Václav Klaus on Thursday gave a positive assessment of the fact that the current government survived Wednesday’s confidence vote, which was linked to the vote on the tax reform package. Although he has often criticized actions of the current cabinet, President Klaus said that if the government had fallen the situation would have been chaotic.
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