The police is investigating the circumstances of the drowning of two
Vietnamese seven-year-old boys at Lake Lhota near Prague on Friday.
The mothers of the two boys have complained that when they reported the children missing the employees of the bathing resort had not taken them seriously and a search had only been launched several hours later.
The lifeguard was reportedly not at his post because of the heat.
The Czech-Vietnamese Society has called for the incident to be thoroughly investigated.
Eyewitness reports appear to confirm the parent’s claims.
As the drawn-out period of drought in the Czech Republic continues many
mayors have issued a ban on using tap water to fill swimming pools and
water gardens. Regional governors are counting the costs of the drought and
preparing to ask for state compensation.
Meanwhile, the Environment Ministry is preparing a long-term strategy to fight drought. These include more water basins, landscape changes and support for water saving projects, such as contributing to the cost of reservoirs for rain water. The cost of the anti-drought measures should reach 42 billion crowns.
A Czech tourist in Egypt was attacked and killed by a shark on Friday, the
news site Echo 24 reported. The news was confirmed by Czech Foreign
Ministry spokeswoman Michaela Lagronova.
According to Echo 24 the victim was a 41 year-old-man holidaying in Marsa Alam with his wife and children. Egypt is a popular holiday destination with Czechs.
Transparency International Czech Republic has filed a complaint against
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš on the grounds of information which
suggests that although he put his billion-crown conglomerate Agrofert into
a trust fund to comply with the conflict of interests law, he is still the
person controlling the company.
Transparency says that in the Slovak Register of Public Sector Partners the company Agrofert has five controlling persons on record. Four of them can be removed by the fifth person who is at the same time irrevocable. This controlling person and one of the end users of benefits is reportedly Andrej Babiš.
Transparency says the findings may have serious implications both as regards the conflict of interest law and EU funding policies.
Prime Minister Babiš has dismissed the accusations as nonsensical.
A footbridge on the Labe River, near Nymburk has been pulled down for
safety reasons. The footbridge was deemed dangerous both to pedestrians and
boats passing under it and has been closed to traffic since June. The
footbridge had the same construction as that which collapsed in Prague’s
Troja district late last year.
The Labe is a busy waterway which connects the cities of Melnik, Nymburk and Kolin with Berlin and the Baltic Sea. There is no alternative waterway. Work on clearing up the debris of the demolished bridge is expected to last until August 12.
The Czech Credit Bureau reports that the number of bankruptcies among small
Czech entrepreneurs is the lowest in five years.
According to statistics there were 60 company bankruptcies in the month of July and 377 bankruptcies of small entrepreneurs which is 108 less than in the preceding month.
The drop in bankruptcies among small entrepreneurs is ascribed to the healthy economy, higher wages and growing demand for their products and services both from companies and individuals.
A fire alert is in place in ten regions of the Czech Republic, including
Prague, because of the hot dry weather. Many regions have issued a ban on
lighting fires out in the open.
The incidence of fires rose sharply in the month of July. Fire crews were called to 2,700 fires that month which is the highest number in twelve years.
Deputy Prime Minister Jan Hamáček of the Social Democrats has asked the
speaker of the lower house, Radek Vondráček, to call a special session of
the Chamber of Deputies to debate the pensions bill that was recently
returned by the Senate in view of proposed changes.
The bill envisages a pensions hike for all pensioners with a special focus on those older than 85. It needs to win approval by the end of August so that it may come into force on January 1 of next year.
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