Sunday, 19 January 2020

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Czech and international experts looking to surrogacy to save virtually extinct northern white rhino

Radio Prague |
17 January 2020

Officials from Dvůr Králové zoo and other international organisations have announced fresh progress in efforts to save the northern white rhino, of which only two remain alive. They have now created a third embryo that would be carried by another subspecies and the next step will be to identify suitable surrogates.

Czechs pay homage to student martyr Jan Palach

Radio Prague |
17 January 2020

Czechs have been marking the 51st anniversary of the self-immolation of Prague university student Jan Palach, who set himself alight in protest at apathy in the face of the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia.

CzechTourism head hints attracting tourists no longer agency's main goal

Radio Prague |
17 January 2020

Some 22 million tourists visited the Czech Republic last year, a slight rise in a long-term growth trend, according to preliminary data compiled by the state agency CzechTourism. While foreign visitors are welcome, simply increasing their number each year is no longer the main goal.

Russian crypto-ransomware virus behind attack on Benešov hospital

Radio Prague |
17 January 2020

Almost every fifth Czech company faced a cyberattack last year, a rise of 20% year on year, according to data released by the Czech Statistics Office. The most common form of cyberattack was the so-called "distributed denial-of-service", triggering a collapse of normal traffic by overwhelming the server. However hackers also often deployed extortion programs known as "ransomware" that make data or even an entire system inaccessible until the attacker is paid off.

Election of new Czech ombudsman mired in controversy

Radio Prague |
17 January 2020

The search for the Czech Republic's next ombudsman continues to be marred by controversy. After withdrawing his first nomination, the president announced a new candidate for the post, former deputy ombudsman Stanislav Křeček. However, while in that position the octogenarian had serious disagreements with the current public defender of citizens' rights.

Screenshot: a hybrid English-friendly Prague art-house cinema

Radio Prague |
16 January 2020

Screenshot, a new Prague art-house cinema and exhibition gallery, is the beloved brainchild of Iranian-born filmmaker and FAMU International grad Payam Razi, who stepped down as Radio Free Europe music editor to devote his energy to the "hybrid space".

Czechs show solidarity as bushfires continue to ravage Australia

Radio Prague |
16 January 2020

As bushfires continue to ravage large swathes of Australia, people across the world are donating money to help in the relief efforts. This is also the case in the Czech Republic, where millions of crowns have been raised through various institutional and individual pledges. The Prague Zoo alone has raised more than CZK 4,7 million to help local fauna.

Online motorway vignette sales system to cost over CZK 400 million

Radio Prague |
16 January 2020

A planned online system to sell permits to use the Czech Republic's motorways will cost around CZK 401 million, not including value-added tax, over a four-year period, the Czech News Agency reported.

Academic Martin Hříbek: Czechia needs to build on traditional brands in India

Radio Prague |
16 January 2020

Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček completeed his three-day official visit to India on Wednesday, during which he and his delegation primarily sought to strengthen mutual ties. Martin Hříbek from Charles University's Institute of South and Central Asia points out that while bilateral ties go a long way back, in many areas relations had to be rebuilt from scratch after 1989.

Írán:ci Film Festival cofounder Kaveh Daneshmand on excape, boundaries and 'Z-movies'

Radio Prague |
15 January 2020

The ninth annual Írán:ci Film Festival, this year under the theme of 'Escape', gets underway on Wednesday. Ahead of the opening, festival cofounder and artistic director Kaveh Daneshmand talks about how the event has developed over the past decade, what to watch out for this year, and filmmaking in Iran before the revolution and in troubled times today.

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