Today in Czechia: Rescue station nurses baby long-eared bat back to health

Plus: ForMin can't confirm Italian media reports of dead and missing Czechs and more Czechs face food poverty. Staff

Written by Staff Published on 04.07.2022 16:52:00 (updated on 04.07.2022) Reading time: 3 minutes

TRAGEDY Foreign Ministry can't confirm Czech dead or missing in Italy

Four Czechs are among the 20 missing after Sunday's glacier slide in the Italian Alps, the Italian news agency ANSA wrote today, which initially reported 19 missing. In addition to the four Czechs, the rescuers are also looking for 11 Italians, three Romanians, and one person each from Austria and France. 

There are six victims so far, and one of them is from the Czech Republic, according to Italian media. The glacier broke off on Sunday near the top of Mount Marmolada, which is the highest mountain in the Dolomites at 3,343 meters above sea level. The Czech Foreign Ministry said it cannot confirm the Italian media information about Czech victims or missing Czechs for the time being.

POLITICS Czechia is the only country against anti-Israeli agenda in UN

Czechia is the only European Union country that promotes a reduction of the anti-Israeli agenda at UN meetings and is calling for more balanced and fact-based resolutions, the Czech Foreign Ministry told ČTK. Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský has been criticized for not condemning the resolution of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) on Israel.

The Foreign Ministry said not even the given countries led by the United States dealt with the UNHCR report, but only with its mandate. Czech President Miloš Zeman said on CNN Prima News television on Sunday that Lipavský harmed the friendship with Israel and that he wants to apologize to his Israeli counterpart Isaac Herzog when he will come to Prague.

In its report, the UNHRC commission wrote that the main causes of tension between Israel and Palestine are the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian areas and the Jewish state's discriminatory approach to Palestinians. An end to the occupation is the key factor for the termination of the fighting and the tension between Israel and Palestine, states the report. The report has been condemned by 22 countries, including the U.S., but not by the Czech Republic.

Economy More Czechs are facing food poverty

Falling incomes and high inflation mean that more people than before do not have enough to eat and are experiencing an occasional lack of food or quality food, so-called nutritional poverty, Jan Vávra from the Institute of Sociology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic said in an interview with Deník N. Families with children and the elderly have the biggest problem securing basic food while Vávra's research revealed that a number of people in the Czech Republic grow vegetables and fruit in their gardens to supplement their diet.

sports Satoranský to leave NBA for Barcelona

After six years in the NBA Czech basketball player Tomáš Satoranský is returning to Europe to play for Barcelona. The Catalan club confirmed the arrival of the 30-year-old basketball player today. The former Washington player has signed a four-year contract valid until the end of June 2026. Satoransky's contract in Washington expired at the end of June and he became a free agent. He played for the Spanish club from 2014 to 2016, after which he went overseas, where he played for Chicago, New Orleans, and San Antonio in addition to the Wizards.

Nature Czech rescue station takes in unusual long-eared bat

Staffers at the rescue station at Huslík u Poděbrady, say a new resident could win the title of the strangest creature that the nature conservationists there have ever taken care of. “A contest for the most amazing animal we've ever adopted would probably be won by this baby long-eared bat," said station manager Luboš Vaněk who added that in the last two days of June, the rescue station took in 48 animals in need of care. Long-eared bats are common in Europe.

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