“The students contacted us themselves, sometimes social workers or teachers reached out and gave us tips about families who actually need aid,” Štefan Balog, the coordinator of the ROMEA organization’s Romani Scholarship Program, recalled for Romani vod’i magazine when discussing the first wave of the pandemic in the Czech Republic. When, at the beginning of March, reports started appearing in the media of possible school closures, it was clear to him and his colleagues that a lack of computer technology would be problem number one in many Romani families. Continue Reading

After nearly five years of negotiations, Britain and the European Union have reached an agreement on trade relations after Brexit. The announcement came on Christmas Eve, the traditional day when Czechs give each other presents. But was it a welcome gift for Czech businesses? I asked Lukáš Kovanda, the chief analyst at Trinity Bank, what he thinks of the Brexit deal.Continue Reading

The Czech Development Agency was set up in 2008, under the Czech Foreign Affairs Ministry, with the aim to help eradicate poverty in the world and contribute to sustainable development. Where is it helping today, how are the countries for development cooperation selected and how has the coronavirus crisis impacted its work? Those are just some of the questions I discussed with the head of the agency Jan Slíva.Continue Reading

As of Monday, the reproduction number dropped from 1,25 (pre-Christmas value) to 0,89. Despite the uplifting results, Ladislav Dušek, director of the Institute of Health Information and Statistics (ÚZIS), thinks that they should be first and foremost attributed to the decrease in testing. “It’s not representative, I dare say at the moment, it’s a bit of a calculation artifact. As the load of the tests decreased significantly during Christmas, which was of course expected, the number of daily positive tests decreased to such an extent that it reduced the reproductive number. Christmas just had to be like that, “Dušek explained for Novinky.cz The reproduction number indicates how fast the virus can spread by showing the average number of the peopleContinue Reading

When prime minister Andrej Babiš got the vaccine on camera to kick off the Czech Republic’s vaccine program, he mentioned there would be a “campaign” to encourage citizens into getting the vaccine. The next day, a number of Czech associations released a promotional commercial for getting the vaccine in order to help the Czech government prepare for the release of a nationwide campaign. The commercial features a montage of Czech people doing regular things that are now banned while a male narrator recites a classic Czech poem called Jitřní píseň (Host do domu) or in English “Morning Song (Guest to the House),” written in 1921 by Jiří Wolker, one of the founding members of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia (KSČ).Continue Reading

Google published its annual “Year in Search”, revealing the top global Google searches by country. To highlight the most significant events and say goodbye to 2020, we collected the top searches in some of the neighboring Central European countries: in the Czech Republic, Slovenia, and Slovakia. Czech Republic Coronavirus – the most obvious search trend this year among Czechs was the virus that sparked the COVID-19 pandemic. The interest in novel coronavirus peaked between 8th-21st March in the Czech Republic when the search interest was valued at 100. US election – Czechs were surprisingly interested in the US election, which took place on November 3rd and ended with the victory of the Democratic candidate, Joe Biden. Similarly, the most searchedContinue Reading

Autokino Strahov at Strahov stadium is a perfect opportunity for cinema fans who are looking for a safe and unusual option to watch movies even during the lockdown. Get in the car, grab some snacks, and enjoy the movie! Celebrate New Year with the modern classic by Quentin Tarantino Pulp Fiction is definitely a must-watch if you haven’t seen it yet. The film features non-linear storytelling with black humor and long dialogues, starring John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, and others. Pulp Fiction is already included in almost every top of the best films as the pop culture treasure. Also, the film was awarded in Cannes as the best movie of 1994. A Western with strong characters and dangerousContinue Reading

Mobile marketing is one of the most powerful marketing techniques. It allows businesses to connect with people through their personal devices. And hence, it has a larger outreach than many other forms of media. These are a few basic tips that will help you to produce the desired results and even beginners can employ them. Be There Having a mobile marketing strategy is about people – your customers. It is about staying current with peoples’ habits. It is about how we now live our lives and have all the information at our fingertips through our mobile phones. It is about how our lives have become centered around mobile phones that are playing the role of cameras, phones, web browsers andContinue Reading

The coronavirus pandemic has had a worldiwe economic impact, often most damaging to small businesses and the self-employed. Many of them are reliant on the Christmas season for most of their income, but with epidemic measures in force, Christmas markets have been forced to limit their operations significantly. To help struggling businesses and craftsmen, two women have set up Darujeme české Vánoce, an online project that seeks to get Czechs to buy locally. Continue Reading