Sunday, 19 January 2020
National | Radio Prague

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.

National | Radio Prague

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.

National | Prague Daily Monitor

Austria's participation in yesterday's Visegrad 4 meeting allowed the four nations to align with a fifth country in many aspects. The meeting took place in Prague Castle and results were highlighted by those involved after the conference.

National | Radio Prague

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.

National | Prague Daily Monitor

The Czech Republic stands as one of the world's capitals of adult entertainment and pornography thanks to a perfect storm of economics, history, and its unique culture. Despite having a small population of only 10.5 million, the Czech Republic produces more than 10% of all pornographic performers in the world.

Prague | Prague Daily Monitor

The Lamborghini Aventador started burning around 16:00 yesterday afternoon, closing the Blanka tunnel in both directions for about one and a half hours. Nobody was hurt in the incident.

National | Radio Prague

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.

Prague | Business | Expats.cz

The renovation of the InterContinental Hotel and a radical change to its surroundings will be one of the most visible projects in Prague in the coming years. Architect Marek Tichý from TaK Architects presented how the hotel and its surroundings could look.

National | Business | Brno Daily

To the Bohunice campus from Pisárky by cable car? This is not a wild dream. Brno Transport Company (DPMB) has already ordered the start of zoning procedures.

National | Business | Romea

According to Cyril Koky, the expert official on national minoriites at the Central Bohemian Regional Authority who is running for the Czech Senate as a candidate of the Pirate Party in Kolín, Czech President Zeman's nomination of Stanislav Křeček as a candidate for the next Public Defender of Rights (ombudsman) is absurd and ridiculous. Koky posted his opinion to his Facebook profile.

National | Business | Romea

Graffiti with Nazi and radical motifs was spray-painted yesterday on buildings in Ústí nad Orlicí, Czech Republic, and the Roškot Theater, which is protected as a national cultural heritage building, now has a Nazi swastika on it. Mayor Petr Hájek (Oušťáci) told the Czech News Agency (ČTK) that police are investigating the case.

Prague | Prague Daily Monitor

It is the sixth auction in as many years but Radovan Krejčíř's luxurious villa in Černošice, just outside of the Prague city limits, remains without a new owner. The electronic auction minimum bid of CZK 28.1 million remained void of any interest. The information was released by the spokeswomen for the Executor's Association Lenka Desatová.

National | Radio Prague

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.

Prague | Prague Daily Monitor

As fast as next year all slot machines could be banned in the City of Prague. The law which went into force in 2015 has already eradicated "hernas" from the city. Prague 7 went further adding that only casinos with table games available are allowed to operate, no slot machines are allowed anywhere.

Prague | Expats.cz

The Prague 11 administration presented a study for the renovation of the surroundings of the Opatov metro station, which has been largely unchanged since the station opened in November 1980. The renovations will include a park and a square with multipurpose buildings for shops, eateries, offices and flats.