The health of a Czech national injured in a knife attack in Hurghada, Egypt, two weeks ago, rapidly worsened on Monday, the Czech Foreign Ministry confirmed, adding no additional details would be released at her family’s request. In the attack, the 36-year-old suffered a leg injury that left two German women dead. The Czech had been recovering at a hospital in Cairo. Before her condition worsened, plans were underway for her to be flown home. The Foreign Ministry confirmed that a specialist would depart from the Czech Republic on Monday to be able to examine the patient.
Prague has finished in the middle of the Ipsos Top Cities Index for 2017, ranked 30th along with Rio de Janeiro among 60 global cities. In the survey, people in 26 countries ranked the world’s “best cities” for “work, rest, and play”. New York finished first with 50 points, followed by Abu Dhabi, London and Paris; Prague, with 11 points, finished just ahead of Boston and Chicago in the US. Nairobi and Tehran finished 59th and 60th on the list.
Seven hundred-and-thirteen foreigners applied for asylum in the Czech Republic in the first in the first six months of 2017, the Department of Asylum and Migration Policy at the Czech Interior Ministry has revealed. The number is 52 fewer than over the same period last year. The largest number of applicants the bureau said were from Ukraine (254) followed by Azerbaijan (56) and Georgia (52).
Dušan Navrátil, the former head of the country’s National Security Authority (NBÚ), will head the new national bureau for cyber security, after receiving approval by the Czech government on Monday. The decision was tweeted by Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka. The new bureau will eventually be housed in a new centre to be built between 2018 and 2023 - partly at a former army barracks site - outside Brno, with a capacity for some 400 employees.
The Czech Republic will invest billions of crowns to fight drought, as outlined in the government's long-term programme. Under the plan, the government will be able to increase water and sewage prices in times of crisis. Along with establishing new rules for water and sewage, the government is also laying the ground for new reservoirs and improved monitoring. The main aim is to prevent the permanent loss of groundwater. The prime minister said that while analysis revealed the Czech Republic had enough drinking water, one-fifth of the country was at risk when it came to drought.
Twenty-four million crowns were earmarked by the Czech government on Monday to help finance patrols by the Libyan coastguard and Navy on Libya’s coastline. Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka made clear that the funds were to help Italy by trying to lower the number of refugees trying to cross the Mediterranean. The funds will largely come from the Interior ministry budget. Last week, the prime minister discussed the plan at a meeting of the Visegrad 4 countries.
The Czech Constitutional Court has recognised the parental rights of a gay couple and the rights of their child under California law, where the family is based, although they periodically reside in the Czech Republic. In the US,the couple orginally entered into contract with a woman who bore their child and both men were designated as the parents. Issuing the ruling, Judge Kateřina Šimáčková made clear that an earlier Czech Supreme Court decision, recognizing only one of the parents, had infringed on the rights of the other parent and the child under California law. The judge stressed that the Czech Constitutional Court ruling was specific to a particular case under international law and had no bearing on adoption or joint-parenthood by same-sex couples in the Czech Republic. The case will now return to the Supreme Court.
ÚAMK, an independent association providing services in motoring, reports the past weekend was a difficult one for Czechs (and others) travelling by car to Croatia and warned that next weekend, when the summer holidays begin in neighbouring Germany, will be worse, with heavy traffic and long delays especially at border crossings or at toll entries or exits. This past Saturday morning, traffic at the crossings at Koper, Slovenia, and Dragonja, Croatia, was delayed by around two-and-a-half hours. Croatia is a top summer destination for Czechs vacationing in Istria or further south. Other routes into the country, ÚAMK reported, saw traffic jams up to 30 kilometres long.
The final of the Czech Bowl in American football is set to take place in Prague on Monday evening. The Prague Black Panthers, who have dominated the competition for the last five years, are due to face the Ostrava Steelers, who were the worst team in the league last season but are now in contention for the title, 20 years after their only Czech Bowl triumph. The game is being held at the ground of soccer club Viktoria Žižkov and will be broadcast live on Czech Television.