On September 3rd, the Pandora Papers agency informed about some shady activities of the Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš. The leaked document reports that the leading politician was involved in unlawful money distribution, also labeled as money laundering by a number of specialists. To be exact, the Prime Minister used his own offshore companies to invest in multiple private properties in France worth nearly 400 million Czech crowns. Two mentioned corporations were founded by Andrej Babiš in 2009. Later that year, he transferred the sum from one company to the other and provided himself with a great loan. According to the information revealed by the International consortium of investigative journalists, who created the Pandora Papers, Babiš bought sixteen luxurious buildings,Continue Reading

A British citizen, Marvin Bartley, has expressively commented on the nature of the Czech society on his social media. The Czech government was very disappointed to read a twitter post that stated that Czech children have no chance to behave correctly when they are placed in a bowl with rotten fruit, meaning that Czechs are not giving a proper behaviour example to their offsprings. Bartley, the Equality and Diversity Adviser, was reacting to certain circumstances surrounding a soccer match between Great Britain and Czechia last Thursday. During the event, plenty of Czech children accompanied the game with unpleasant sounds presumably targeted at a specific player, Glen Kamar. According to the British team, Czech children were pointing out Kamar’s darker skinContinue Reading

According to the Pandora Papers, a recent project of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, the Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) used almost 400 million crowns of questionable origin through his offshore companies to buy real estate on the French Riviera, including the Chateau Bigaud. The ICIJ is an independent international network of more than 200 investigative journalists and 100 media organizations in over 70 countries, and their work is highly respected across the world. Their newest project, alliterating to the Panama Papers, also revealed hidden riches of world leaders and billionaires, including that of the Czech PM. The PM is defending himself, partly rejecting all the claims presented in the leak, but also partly pointing out that hisContinue Reading

Czechs and Slovaks, who call the Samsung customers care line, will now meet a new intelligent voicebot with several unique features. The innovative virtual assistant was developed by Conectart, the largest domestic call center operator. The technological author of the solution is the Czech startup Born Digital. The new digital assistant had replaced the Interactive voice response system (IVR). Customers no longer have to listen to the list of options and dial the number corresponding to their request. The innovative voicebot fluently converses with them in a human voice indistinguishable from a living operator. “Customer expectations are increasing rapidly every year, and we need to keep up with new trends. That is why we decided to implement this project, whichContinue Reading

There are always at least some children in the school canteens that hesitate to finish their meal. The big pile of leftovers then just goes to waste. The schools themselves are in charge of collecting the gastro waste, usually as an additional expense in their budget. Recently, a number of Czech high schools joined a new project intended to increase the amount of sorted waste in Prague. Exactly twenty-eight schools across the city decided to be a part of the innovative idea. The project will be funded by the capital city. Therefore, it is very convenient for the schools to participate as they previously had to deal with the payment on their own. Prague decided to create the mentioned planContinue Reading

One of the bigger Czech e-shops dedicated to sports equipment, Bikero, has recently announced that it will end its retail ventures in winter sport equipment, namely skis. Skiing is very popular in Czechia, as ski slopes are within the range of a 2 hour drive for a vast majority of the inhabitants of this country, and thus it did not seem as such a bad idea for Bikero to expand its product range in this direction. Nevertheless, it seems that selling skis has not worked out for the company, as it announced the end of its winter sport department in the past days. “We’re done with skiing, they just take up space in our warehouse and we don’t want toContinue Reading

Several animal rescue stations across the Czech Republic have reported that they are currently in financially difficult situations. Over time, less individual investors and companies tend to take part in the animal rescue mission. Thus, the facilities are not receiving enough donations to maintain the upkeep. Since certain regional budgets have also been renewed, various facilities obtained considerably less funding than in the previous years. Moreover, the needed care services provided to their furry inhabitants are rising every day. As a result, thirty-five animal rescue institutions have to act under problematic conditions, most of them trying to cope with a critically low budget. According to a member of the board of the National Network of Rescue Stations, Zbyšek Karafiát, theContinue Reading

By Pepper de Callier “You’ve achieved success in your field when you don’t know whether what you’re doing is work or play.” Warren Beatty This is indeed the life experience that most of us would love to have. But, how do you know if you are on the right track to get there? First of all, one must accept that there will be setbacks, or bumps in the road on this journey to this definition of success. But, over the years, I have found a very simple way to tell if the track you’re on is a good one. A psychologist by the name of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (yes, it is difficult to pronounce) came up with the theory of “flow”.Continue Reading

Earlier this month, PYMNTS.com, a US-based analytics company with a focus on payment platforms, published data from their recent study on Apple Pay usage for in-store payments in the United States. The insights say it is not a habit yet. Why? Since 2014, Apple has done a lot of work in convincing the entire nation that Apple Pay is the modern way to pay. But Americans have been using plastic cards with magnetic strips to pay for goods and services for generations. Businesses have needed to start accepting contactless payments. People have needed to own the right device. Banks have needed to have an agreement in place with Apple Pay. And the same banks have been modernizing and issuing newContinue Reading

On Tuesday, September 28th, the Czech Republic celebrated the St. Wenceslas Day, a national holiday also known as Czech Statehood day. The holiday is officially named after the patron saint of Bohemia to honor the day of his death in the year 935, when the prince was drastically murdered by his own brother. Above all, St. Wenceslas is amongst the most important and respected symbols of Czechia. The Czech president Miloš Zeman formerly said that the holiday is a representation of servility and collaboration. For this special day, several institutions in the capital city Prague were opened to the public. Interested visitors were welcome to enter the Liechtenstein Palace, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Culture and also theContinue Reading