Thursday, 21 November 2019
National | Radio Prague

Prague police have asked the municipality for a green light to activate automatic facial recognition cameras at six locations. That's a red flag for some personal privacy advocates, who fear a Big Brother scenario. But law enforcement officials say an upgrade of the Czech capital's closed-circuit television system is overdue, and controls will be put in place to prevent any abuse.

National | Radio Prague

Czech prisons are crowded with people serving multiple sentences. According to a new survey carried out by Charles University's Faculty of Law, nearly fifty percent of prisoners in the Czech Republic are currently serving at least two sentences. The study also points out that many Czechs spend years behind bars for repeated petty criminal offences.

National | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

Czech Premier Andrej Babiš and the Minister of Defence Lubomír Metnar announced that the Czech Republic will take command of the EU training mission in Mali for six months during 2020. The commander of the operation is set to be the Director of the Agency for Communication and Information Systems Brigadier General František Ridzák.

Prague | Prague Daily Monitor

The very unique, very large and perpetually for sale monastery has finally been sold in Smíchov. The Czech postal service, Česká pošta, has been trying to sell the property for years through an auction process. Finally, it was sold for CZK 353 million, which is indicative of the value assigned by an appraisal.

National | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

Two men in the Czech town of Most, aged 33 and 28, tried to ease the burden of moving a corner sofa down two stories of stairs, so they threw it in pieces out the window. Unfortunately, one piece landed on the back of a passing elderly lady, who was hospitalized and is in recovery for at least six weeks.

Prague | Prague Daily Monitor

Incorporating all the elements of a modern public transit junction, Prague presented its vision of the massive project on Tuesday. Less noise, more parking for cars and bicycles, barrier-free access to the metro and shorter transfers – all in the works.

Prague | Expats.cz

Hard Rock Hotel Prague will open in 2023 with 523 rooms and suites near Prague's Letná park on land formerly used for training by football club Sparta Praha. The five-star hotel will focus on congress tourism.

Prague | UNYP

The University of New York in Prague is taking its partnership with AC Sparta Praha to the next level by applying the UNYP name and brand to one of Prague's largest and most modern multisport facilities. The rebranded UNYP Arena will become the official home of the UNYP Blazers floorball, football and basketball teams.

National | Radio Prague

The young Czech scientist Marie Šabacká has spent a considerable part of her working life in the Arctic, Antarctic and other remote areas, studying ecology of polar microorganisms and the impact of climate change on local ecosystems. This year, she received a prestigious grant from the Neuron foundation to explore tropical glaciers in Africa.

Prague | Expats.cz

The revitalization of the lower part of Prague's Wenceslas Square will begin next spring, and Prague City Hall has selected winner of the public contract for the work.

National | Radio Prague

The Czech Republic's minister of foreign affairs, Tomáš Petříček, bestowed Medals of Merit for Diplomacy on 12 individuals on Monday. Nine of them, including the late Jiří Dientsbier, the country's first post-communist foreign minister, received the honour for helping advance diplomacy and foreign policy in the period since the Velvet Revolution.

National | Prague Daily Monitor

Andrej Babis said that he planned on inviting Ukrainian President Volodynyr Zelinsky and Oleksiy Honcharuk to Prague for an upcoming Visegrad 4 summit. Babis mentioned the planned invitations Monday night at Vaclav Havel Airport while preparing to fly to Kyiv.

Prague | Expats.cz

A new water station at Prague's Václav Havel airport aims to cut down on single-using plastics by encouraging passengers to refill before flying.

National | Radio Prague

Organisers Million Moments for Democracy said around 300,000 people attended their latest demonstration against Czech PM Andrej Babiš on Saturday. But having evidently achieved the biggest protests they can, and with winter approaching, what is next for the group?

Prague | Expats.cz

An impressive videomapping show at Prague's National Museum on Sunday night charted 50 years of Czech history over 10 minutes.