Tuesday, 18 December 2018
National | Radio Prague

A team of students from the Czech Technical University in Prague have placed second in the prestigious Alexa Prize contest, organised by the US giant Amazon. The aim of the competition is to develop artificial intelligence for Amazon Alexa, capable of chatting with people on popular topics such as movies, sports or music. Along with the prize, the Czech team also picked up a financial award of 100,000 US dollars.

National | Prague TV

The population of the Czech Republic increased by 27,739 to 10,637,794 persons in the first three quarters of 2018. The largest part of the increase, 26,060, was due to migration, according to preliminary figures from Czech Statistical Office.

National | Prague Daily Monitor

René Zavoral, the Director of Czech Radio, chose not to extend the contract of Petr Fischer, the popular Head of the Vltava section, on Wednesday. Zavoral cited Fischer's failure to raise the listenership, amongst other reasons.

Prague | Prague TV

Prague City Hall is selecting a company to operate up to 600 shared electric vehicles in the city in the coming years. The total value of the contract is CZK 1.01 billion. Some 15 percent will be paid by the city and the rest by the contractor, and it will be spread out over several years.

National | Prague Daily Monitor

Members of European Parliament debated PM Andrej Babiš' conflict of interest on Wednesday, as his firm Agrofert, continues to receive state and EU subsidies. Babiš has officially placed his ownership of the firm in a trust, while he is PM, but many MEPs and Czech MPs argue that this is not enough.

National | Brno Daily

The Railway Infrastructure Administration has launched a full renovation of security equipment and technology at Brno Central Railway Station and is continuing with repairs on the bridges over Hybešova and Křídlovická. These works are scheduled to limit services to the central station for one year.

National | Business | Radio Prague

The short-lived secret organisation Světlana formed in 1948 grew to become the largest anti-Communist group in Czechoslovakia, boasting several hundred members at its peak, operating in more than a dozen cells, mainly in Moravia.

National | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

Czech Television reports that the D1 highway between Prague and Brno saw traffic jams that extended longer than 30 K.M. in the Vysocina region, on Wednesday afternoon and evening. Jams were reported in both directions, with stranded motorists waiting as long as 3 to 4 hours, before traffic started moving again.

National | Radio Prague

Shorebirds are birds commonly found along sandy or rocky shorelines, mudflats, and shallow waters all around the globe. But a study co-authored by Czech scientist Vojtěch Kubelka shows that these birds are increasingly threatened with extinction.

National | Prague Daily Monitor

Respekt magazine reports that the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), rejected an appeal filed by Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, against a verdict of the Slovak Constitutional Court, which acknowledged his role as an informant of the former Czechoslovak Secret Police (STB).

National | Prague Daily Monitor

Czech Television reports that 20% of Czech employees suffer from Burnout Syndrome and are unable to cope with the emotional, mental and physical stress of modern working styles. Based on research by the Psychiatric Clinic of Charles University, the report states that people across age groups, occupations, hierarchies and genders are affected.

Prague | Prague TV

A provisional footbridge will be built next year linking Císařský ostrov and Troja, to replace the one that collapsed at the end of 2017. A ferry is now serving the route used by people going from Stromovka park to Prague Zoo.

National | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

iDNES.cz reports that Vratislav Mlynar, the former Chief of Staff of President Milos Zeman, will appear in court on December 19th, where he will challenge the National Security Authority's (NBU) decision not to grant him a security clearance.

National | Business | Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

Czech students have developed a game to teach teenagers how to distinguish between reliable sources and disinformation. It's being played at schools across the country, as part of wider efforts to combat "fake news."

National | Prague Daily Monitor

Czech Television reports that the number of British citizens applying for Czech citizenship has increased dramatically, after the country voted to leave the European Union in a 2016 referendum. Only 5 applications for citizenship were received in 2015, from British citizens, but 42 were received in the year after. Another 220 people have applied for citizenship at the Czech Embassy in London, as of November 2018.