A Czech tourist was killed after falling off a cliff on the Thai island of Samui, local news sources reported. The man reportedly went into an off-limits area at the Bang Khun Sri waterfall posing on the cliff’s edge for a holiday photo. According to eyewitnesses he lost his footing and fell. The Bang Khun Sri waterfall cliff has been declared off-limits to visitors because the area is accident-prone.
Attending an informal EU summit on financing post-Brexit on Friday, Czech
Prime Andrej Babiš said his country wanted to be able to decide where to
channel the money it was granted from EU cohesion funds.
Mr. Babiš said that while it was understandable that certain conditions would have to be met, individual states themselves should be allowed to decide on their given priorities, particularly since the money available would be significantly reduced in the coming years and the difference between contributions and subsidies would diminish.
As regards the method of selecting a new Commission president, Mr. Babiš said a new head of the European Commission should be chosen by national presidents and prime ministers and not be dictated by who wins European Parliament elections. The current system in place means that the lead party candidate from European Parliament elections are effectively shoehorned into the job. That was the case with current incumbent Jean-Claude Juncker with national governments largely left to rubber stamp a fait accompli.
The European Commission has added Prague ham to the EU list of
“traditional specialities guaranteed”. This was confirmed by the Czech
Agriculture Ministry on Friday.
The request for Prague ham to be given this status was lodged six years ago. Four other Czech meat products – traditional salamis and sausages (Lovecký salám, Liptovský salám, Špekáčky and Spišské párky) are already on the list.
More than twenty fire brigades are battling a fire at a cooling plant in
Mochov, east of Prague,which broke out early on Friday.
Fire crews are reportedly having problems getting water to the site and a top level fire alert is in place which is only called in critical situations.
Chemical experts have been called in to ascertain the degree of pollution in the vicinity. No one has been reported hurt in the operation which is expected to last all day.
EU representatives, members of the African Union and UN officials are
meeting in Brussels to discuss the possibility of increasing aid to the
Sahel countries (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger ) in order
to help stem the migrant crisis, fight terrorism and people smuggling.
The EU wants to raise 500 million euros for this purpose of which 414 million has already been pledged.
The Czech prime minister, Andrej Babiš said that the Czech Republic would contribute 4 million euros into the Fund for Africa this year.
The EU has two security missions in the region – one in Niger and two in Mali, in which Czech troops are involved.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has backed the interior minister ‘s decision
to sack the head of the Czech Postal Service, Martin Elkan. The prime
minister said that Mr. Elkan lacked vision and under his management Czech
Post lacked transparency and was in a state of disarray. He said there
would be an open competition for the post.
Interior Minister Lubomír Metnar announced his decision to sack the head of the Czech Postal Service on Thursday, citing poor management.
The Czech Republic’s hopes of playing for the gold in the 2018 Winter
Olympics were dashed by the team’s 0:3 loss to Russia in the first of the
men’s semi-final games on Friday.
Nikita Gusev and Vladislav Gavrikov netted goals in quick succession in the second period, while Ilya Kovalchuk slotted into an empty net late in the game.
The Czechs will now face either Canada or Germany for the bronze.
In football, Viktoria Plzeň have booked their place in the last 16 of the
Plzeň beat Partisan Belgrade 2:0 at home on Thursday night in the second leg of the tie. That meant a 3:1 win on aggregate.
The opening goal was scored by Michael Krmenčik in the 67th minute. A second goal was added by Čermák in stoppage time. The draw for the next round takes place on Friday afternoon.
A series of former Czechoslovak dissidents have criticized the use of
former communist era secret police files and comments from former agents to
discredit current politicians.
In recent days, British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has been the target of press attacks for reported meetings with a former Czechoslovak secret policeman using diplomatic cover.
The petition by a group of former Charter 77 activists, including former Czech prime minister Petr Pithart, František Bublan and Petr Uhl, said the former secret service files and comments from former agents should not be used to affect political events in other countries.
The Czech and Slovak StB archives show Corbyn met with a Czechoslavak agent three times but did not give any specific information and was not recruited as an agent.
But the British media attacks on the Labour leader have continued fuelled by comments from the former communist police agent.