Czech Olympic hockey jerseys named the most beautiful of all time
16:05 Cybersecurity agency warns of wave of scam calls
The Czech National Agency for Cybersecurity and Information Security has warned of a wave of scam phone calls with perpetrators posing as Microsoft technical support staff. Callers attempt to persuade victims that their computer has been attacked in order to gain access to it. The agency urged people not to disclose any personal information to unverified people and not to allow them access to their computers. The current wave of attacks involves criminals demanding the installation of AnyDesk or TeamViewer programs to gain remote access to the computer. Suspicious phone calls should be reported to the police, the agency said.
14:03 The mayor of Prague will visit Ukraine next week
Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib will travel to Ukraine on Monday where he will meet his Kiev counterpart Vitali Klitschko and Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski. The visit is intended as a demonstration of solidarity with Ukraine in the context of Russian military reinforcement on the Russian-Ukrainian border. Prague is a member of the Pact of Free Cities, established by the four Visegrád capitals of Prague, Bratislava, Budapest and Warsaw. Hřib said Kyiv should remain a free capital and a bulwark of democracy in the region.
13:18 Czech TV’s Olympic coverage hit by technical issues
National broadcaster Czech Television has encountered technical problems during its live broadcasts of the Winter Olympics. This morning’s Czech-Swiss ice hockey match was interrupted by a break, quickly resolved by Czech television. A spokesperson said it was not a hacking attack, a likelihood the broadcaster warned of last week. At the start of the Games, Czech television reported a “truly massive cyberattack”, which required broadcasts to be switched to an emergency webpage.
11:11 Czech mortgage lending fell sharply in January
Banks and building societies granted mortgages worth CZK 32.6 billion in January, down more than a quarter from December. The low appetite for mortgages was highlighted in new statistics from the Czech Banking Association’s Hypomonitor, to which all banks and building societies providing mortgages in Czechia provide data. The monthly drop of almost CZK 12 billion in mortgage lending is much larger than the usual slowdown in January. The number of mortgages granted also fell significantly, down 28% to the lowest number seen since August 2020.
11:00 A temporary base for American troops will be set up in the Czech Republic
A temporary base for US troops was set up in Rančířov, near Jihlava, to be used during the transfer of US forces to the Saber Strike 2022 exercises in Slovakia at the end of February. The Czech army contributes to the exercises by facilitating the transfer of American troops. The base has a capacity of 350 people and will also serve as a stopover point when the American convoy returns through the country in the second half of March. A total of approximately 1,800 US troops and 700 equipment will move through the Czech Republic over the next few weeks.
10:00 Czechia is the ninth most advanced economy in the EU
The Czech Republic has been named one of the 10 most developed economies in the EU by the new Czech Prosperity Index, compiled by joint research from the Europe In Data portal and analysts from Česká spořitelna. The most developed economy in the bloc turned out to be Sweden, followed by Germany and Denmark. The Czech Republic scored higher than any other state in the former Eastern Bloc. The study’s creators encouraged investment in the economy, innovation and education as the best ways to further boost Czech prosperity.
sport Czech hockey jerseys named the most beautiful of all time
He said that from an aesthetic point of view, this year’s Czech jersey is the nation’s best kit, although another contributor noted the Czech jersey from 1998, when the team won gold, like another classic. They praised the jerseys that pay homage to the country’s history. The Czech team and their shirts can be seen again today, during a match at 09:40 against Switzerland.
prague Prague residents bothered by transport, car parks and the availability of accommodation
On the other hand, few people mentioned that caring for the elderly and disabled was an issue, while some of the topics that the town hall was focusing on, such as pollution and the digitization of the “smart city”, were listed in bottom of the public’s list of priorities. Respondents could choose three problems from a list of fifteen as being the ones they considered to be the biggest problems in the capital.
Media Launch of an anti-disinformation hub in Prague
An EU-funded platform to tackle disinformation across Central Europe was launched yesterday in Prague, led by a team of researchers and fact-checking journalists. The project was coordinated by Charles University and aims to strengthen public media literacy while developing artificial intelligence tools to detect misinformation.
The hub is called the Central European Digital Media Observatory and brings together people from the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia. The AFP news agency is another partner in the project, as a world leader in investigative journalism.
Religion Archbishop of Prague defends ex-pope in sex abuse scandal
The Archbishop of Prague, Cardinal Dominik Duka, has defended former Pope Benedict XVI against accusations that he covered up cases of sexual abuse while he was pontiff. Duka’s letter was published today by the German daily Die Tagespost.
The former pope, then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, is accused of failing to punish priests accused of sexual abuse when he was archbishop of Munich in the late 1970s and early 1980s. On Tuesday, the former pope published a letter asking for forgiveness. Duka accused the German bishopric of tarnishing the reputation of Benedict XVI, describing Ratzinger’s treatment as the “second betrayal of Munich”, because Ratzinger had no chance of solving the abuse case because the accused priest worked in the diocese of Essen.
Business Budvar records record production for the second consecutive year
Czech brewer Budvar announced record production for the second consecutive year in 2021. In results released on Thursday, the 126-year-old brewery said its production rose 4.6% to 1.8 million hectoliters l ‘last year. Exports rose 11.3% year-on-year.
Budvar director Petr Dvořák said the results “exceeded our expectations”. The company sells beer in 80 countries around the world and said nearly all of its major markets, including Germany, Britain and Slovakia, helped boost sales. Revenue reached a record high of CZK 3.171 billion, and full financial results will be released later this year.