Czech morning newspapers: Police end search for missing chevron
The tragedy Police suspend search for missing chevron
Police have ended their search for a man who fell from a raft into the Vltava River in Český Krumlov. Five people were on the raft when it overturned at a weir, and four swam to safety. Divers and police searched for the remaining person, but could not locate them. They will continue to do random river checks. Police have warned that due to heavy rain the river is more dangerous than usual and rafters should not overestimate their abilities.
Economy Electricity prices continue to rise
The average end price of electricity rose almost 5% month-on-month to CZK 4,704 per megawatt-hour (MWh) excluding VAT in June, while the price of a megawatt-hour of gas fell 4.6% month-on-month. at CZK 2,815 excluding VAT. In the coming weeks and months, however, analysts at price-tracking site Ušetřeno.cz said they expect energy to become significantly more expensive. According to their analysis, the price of gas will increase further in the second half of the year, and significantly.
Culture Benicio del Toro and Geoffrey Rush arrive in Karlovy
Actors Benicio del Toro and Geoffrey Rush arrived at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Both will be receiving awards and showcasing some of their past movie hits. Rush today will be at a screening of “Shine” and a moderated talk about his career. He will be at a screening of ‘Quills on July 8. Rush told Czech television that when he was in Prague in 1998 to film “Les Miserables”, he bought puppets of the famous Spejbl and Hurvínek characters for his children. Del Toro will premiere “Traffic” on July 8 and “The Usual Suspects” on July 9.
Energy Fiala welcomes EP decision on nuclear and gas energy
Yesterday’s decision by the European Parliament, which supported the temporary inclusion of nuclear and gas among green investments, is great news not only for the Czech Republic but also for the whole of Europe, said the Prime Minister Petr Fiala. “It paves the way for energy self-sufficiency, which is absolutely crucial for our future,” he said. The purpose of the rules is to motivate investors to support energies that replace coal and oil. Opponents of nuclear and gas have argued that these sources are not environmentally friendly and cannot be used in the transition to a clean economy. Their supporters claim that without these two sources, the EU will not be able to get rid of coal, which produces significantly higher emissions.
Policy Von der Leyen supports the priorities of the Czech EU Presidency
The Czech EU Presidency comes at the right time amid continued Russian aggression in Ukraine, said EC President Ursula von der Leyen in reaction to Prime Minister Petr Fiala’s speech in the European Parliament yesterday. The same view was expressed by the leader of the European People’s Party Manfred Weber. Other MEPs agreed that the Czech Republic was ahead of the curve on a number of complex challenges, including securing unity for further support to Ukraine, removing energy dependence on Russia and mitigating the impact of inflation on EU citizens.
July 6, 2022
Europe Czech Prime Minister calls for European unity against Russia
Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala today addressed the European Parliament under the Presidency of the Czech Republic and said that EU unity in the face of crises caused by Russia is one of his main objectives. Fiala noted the inflation, energy and food crises that resulted from Russia’s war in Ukraine.
“Alongside conventional warfare, Russia is waging hybrid warfare. It deliberately causes a wave of refugees, uses energy raw materials as a weapon, and with targeted attacks on infrastructure it causes a food crisis,” Fiala said. “In the coming period, the main task will be to find a united and strong consensus on measures that will mitigate as much as possible the negative impacts of the current crises on our citizens.”
Culture Church services honor anniversary of Jan Hus’ death
July 6 is a national holiday in the Czech Republic in remembrance of the Catholic reformer Jan Hus, who was burned at the stake in 1415. Church services across the Czech Republic will honor his memory and include events at the Bethlehem Chapel in Prague as well than in Husinec, the place of his birth.
The service at the Bethlehem Chapel in Prague will begin at 3:00 p.m. and will be led by Tomáš Butta of the Czechoslovak Hussite Church. The organizers will also honor the 430th anniversary of the birth of professor, philosopher and writer Jan Amos Comenius. The service will be broadcast live on Czech television (ČT2) and radio (Český rozhlas Vltava).
Sports Tennis star Bouzková knocked out in Wimbledon quarter-finals
The last remaining Czech tennis player in this year’s Wimbledon tournament was eliminated as Marie Bouzková lost to Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur 6-3, 1-6, 1-6 in the quarter-finals on Tuesday. Jabeur will next face Germany’s Tatjana Maria on Thursday in the Wimbledon semi-finals.
“Even though I lost, I really enjoyed the match,” Bouzková told reporters after his loss. “It was my first quarter-final in a Grand Slam and on center court at Wimbledon. I gave it my all, but Ons just played really well. She improved a lot after the first set and deserved to win. “
The tragedy Second Czech confirmed dead in Italian glacier collapse
Two men from the Czech Republic have been confirmed dead after a glacier collapsed in the Italian Dolomites, Czech Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Lenka Do told reporters on Tuesday. The two men were friends who traveled together through the mountains.
No other Czechs went missing as a result of the tragedy, Do said, adding that the Foreign Ministry had contacted about 20 other Czechs in the region. Seven people have now been confirmed to have died in the glacier’s collapse, while the search for other missing people continues.
CRIMINALITY Albanian sentenced to life for murder of Czech tourists in 2015
Albania’s Supreme Court has upheld the life sentence of Sokol Mjacaj, who was found guilty of murdering two Czech tourists in the country in 2015, Albanian media report. Mjacaj was originally convicted that year of unlawful possession of weapons and “robbery causing death” before appealing the verdict.
Mjacaj, 20 at the time of the murders, posed as a hitchhiker and attempted to rob the victims at gunpoint. He fired shots into their car, causing an accident that resulted in their deaths. Mjacaj confessed to the crime, but claimed he only wanted to rob tourists, not kill them.