Morning headline: Temperatures will reach 30°C in Czechia this weekend

June 10, 2022

CRIMINALITY Hackers demand millions from road directorate to access data

Hackers are asking for tens of millions of crowns to unlock access to the systems and storage of the Roads and Highways Directorate, RSD chief Radek Mátl told the Hospodářské noviny news server on Thursday. The RSD was hit by a cyberattack on May 17, but has yet to restore its data. Matl said the restoration would take at least five months.

The declaration of tenders for road construction has been suspended and Matl said he plans to pay the pirates, although no negotiations have taken place so far. RSD and IT experts described the attack as sophisticated and deep. The ransomware attacked RSD’s computer systems, encrypted the data and demanded a ransom to unlock it. The attackers want payment in bitcoins.

energy crisis Govt. hold future discussions on the energy saving tariff

The Czech government will discuss the energy saving tariff for households later this month. The state should offer people a 15-20% reduction in energy consumption. The tariff should apply for the entire coming heating season or possibly longer, Industry and Trade Minister Jozef Síkela tweeted on Thursday. The minister has previously said the reduction will apply to both electricity and gas. He estimated that the cost to the state budget for this aid would be between CZK 16 and 24 billion.

Ukraine New daily train connection between Prague and Kyiv

RegioJet and Ukrainian Railways will introduce a new train connection between Prague-Przemysl-Lviv-Kyiv. The train will run every day from this weekend according to Zdopravy.cz. The RegioJet line follows the Prague-Przemyśl humanitarian route, established in early March. RegioJet has since transported more than 30,000 Ukrainian citizens west, mostly mothers with children, and says there is now a high demand for families wishing to return to Ukraine. However, the company says it plans to operate the connection indefinitely.

Time Weekend temperatures in Czechia could reach 30°C

Weekend temperatures are expected to be warm with clear skies, although showers may appear on Friday. Despite partial clouds, temperatures are expected to climb to around 20°C to 25°C, with Sunday likely to reach a high of 30°C. With weekend weather forecasts, people should head to natural swimming areas to cool off. Public health officials say reservoirs and natural bathing areas in Prague and central Bohemia show that water from all places where water quality is measured is suitable for swimming. Areas outside this region could harbor cyanobacteria and chlorophyll experts say it’s best to take precautions.

June 9, 2022

Policy Prime Minister Fiala calls meeting with Pope Francis a “beautiful experience”

Prime Minister Petr Fiala met Pope Francis for an hour at the Vatican. The pope expressed his strong support for the Ukrainian people and their current struggle, Fiala said. On Twitter, Fiala described the meeting as a great experience. “I very much appreciate the Pope’s moral attitude and his support for human rights, freedom of religion and support for the oppressed. I told him about the Czech Republic’s position on Ukraine and the fact that we must not give in to evil. Fiala tweeted. Fiala later said that there were no differences between them regarding the situation in Ukraine. Fiala invited Pope Francis to the Czech Republic. Fiala also met with the head of Vatican diplomacy, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, to discuss bilateral relations.

Crime Czechia sees drop in hate crimes

Czech police prosecuted 99 people for alleged hate crimes in 2021 and handled a total of 108 such crimes, 26 fewer than the previous year, according to the annual report on extremism of the Ministry of the Interior. Of all recorded hate crimes, 37 had an anti-Semitic subtext in 2021, up 10 from the previous year. The number of hate crimes targeting Roma has risen from 19 to 33 in one year. Hate towards the LGBT+ community accounted for 11 crimes. In total, hate crimes accounted for 0.07% of all reported crimes. Sixty-seven people were convicted of a racially motivated crime last year, seven fewer than in 2020.

Election Senate leader to set date for presidential election this summer

Czech Senate President Miloš Vystrčil will set the date for presidential elections this summer, probably in August, he said. news server Seznam Zprávy. Incumbent President Miloš Zeman’s second and final possible five-year term ends in early March 2023. A direct presidential election to choose his successor is expected to take place early next year. Once the election date is set, the official campaign begins. The expenses of each presidential candidate must not exceed CZK 40 million before the first round of elections. More than 20 candidates intend to run for president.

Economy Prime Minister and Education Minister slam strike alert

The declaration of a strike warning by the school workers’ union is an unnecessary political gesture, Czech Education Minister Petr Gazdík told the Czech Republic today. Ministry of Education website. The firm is approaching unions as a talking partner and the threats are inappropriate, he added. The strike alert was issued today in education and other branches of the public sector. Prime Minister Petr Fiala said yesterday that the trade union strike warning made no sense. He said the cabinet was prepared to debate a salary increase, which, however, would not fully offset inflation. The cabinet should behave responsibly so as not to harm everyone by triggering an inflationary spiral, he stressed.

Culture Book World begins in Prague with the opening of a Ukrainian stand

The annual Book World Festival kicked off today at Výstaviště in Prague with the opening of the Ukraine stand, which sells books from 19 Ukrainian publishers. Refugees who fled to Czechia after the Russian invasion of Ukraine have free entry to the festival. Organizers said one of the festival’s goals was to emphasize that Ukrainian culture is not a branch of Russian culture. Ukrainian Ambassador Yevhen Perebyinis said that Ukraine mainly has to fight against Russian aggression, but he would be happy if his homeland was widely talked about and people knew about its history, history and culture, including literature. The world of books runs until Sundaywith Italy as guest of honor this year.

Invest An entrepreneur sentenced for deceiving thousands of customers

A court sentenced entrepreneur Jiří Kubíček to eight years in prison, a fine of 9 million CZK and a ban on working in business management for 10 years. He was convicted of deceiving nearly 8,000 investors. According to the verdict, which can be appealed, he caused 2.25 billion CZK in damages. From 2012 to 2017, Kubíček ran companies offering licenses for a robot program that was supposed to assess business opportunities for customers. The court argues that the robots did not exist and that Kubíček also did not have permission from the Czech National Bank to operate an investment company. Kubíček denies the allegations.

Berta D. Wells