Despite the efforts of the EU, including various border protection programmes, some illegal migrants still manage to get into European countries without the proper paperwork. They usually aim to end their journey in wealthy big countries, such as France, Italy or Germany.  Many pay to be smuggled on trucks, many of which pass through the Czech Republic, due to its geographic location in the heart of Europe. On Tuesday, one Algerian migrant fell out of one such Truck, that was driving along on the D1 highway. Luckily, he managed to bounce off to the side of the road before he got hit by other vehicles, so he only suffered minor injuries. The 22 year old was reportedly heading to Italy.Continue Reading

The acquisition of the entertainment company JRC, which focuses on the sale of video-games, electronics and related memorabilia, is over. The company now officially belongs under the Smarty group, which also owns the e-shop smarty.cz, which sells electronics, and the authorized Apple Reseller iWant. The company JRC struggled a lot during the pandemic, as it lost a lot of money despite the fact that the gaming industry grew three-fold. To the former owner, Michal Šnobr, this marked the end of selling physical copies of games in physical shops, and he decided to pass the brand onto someone else. The Smarty group, conscious of the fact that selling games on CD’s will not make a profit anymore, has new big plansContinue Reading

The police task force of Hradec Králové arrested three foreign men suspected of several thefts. They are accused of stealing from camping tents, vehicles and cabins at numerous camping sites, recreational places and festivals all over the Czech republic. Their main objective was usually jewelry, money and electronic devices. Although the investigation is currently still in full swing, it has been confirmed that these three men are guilty of at least 25 theft crimes. Some of the thefts are even reopened cases that happened last summer. The investigators inform that these men tend to operate at night. They sneak up on the tourists and quietly take away their belongings. One night, while a man was sleeping in his tent, theyContinue Reading

Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the German President, arrived for a state visit to Prague on Wednesday. Before his train left from Berlin, he acknowledged that Czechs and Germans were not always the nicest of neighbours to each other, but that he still looks forward to the visit. To accompany him during his train ride, he invited people who ‘pendle’ (travel back and forth) form one country to the other on a daily basis, and discussed the pandemic with them. In Prague, he was welcomed by employees of the Czech President’s office in the Prague Castle, and the Prague Castle Guard, which prepared a red carpet for the German politician. Before the welcoming party left the Main Train Station in Prague, they madeContinue Reading

If you prefer to pay in stores by swiping the magnetic strip of your bank card through the machine, you will probably have to find a new way to pay pretty soon. One of the main producers of credit and debit cards, Mastercard, is planning to completely stop adding magnetic strips to their cards in the next 10 years. According to the company, the main reason for this is the fact that magnetic strips were added to cards as the first prototype of a faster way to pay. Now, there are the much more secure contactless payments through a microchip, which are harder to abuse or tamper with. Thus, the company views the swiping of a card as an obsoleteContinue Reading

Before the new academic year managed to start, the Czech School Inspection released a report, focusing on the last year. That year of education was considerably affected by the pandemic, which forced students in and out of schools, while many of their families were also destabilized by the crisis. This shows in their results, as tens of thousands of students seem to have such problems with the material they were supposed to learn last year, that it will take more than a year for them to catch up, which could drastically hinder their academic abilities. According to the report, there are 14.5 thousand elementary school students, 22 thousand middle school students and 18 thousand high school students in this situation.Continue Reading

Unfortunately, there are more homeless people in Prague now. This information comes from anthropologists and psychologists of the Drop In foundation, a non-governmental non-profit organization focused on providing health and social services primarily to non-alcohol drug users, their families and loved ones. These people either decided or were forced to start living on the streets, which is a very unfortunate situation. Furthermore, regular citizens who live in the city centre, near the parks in which the homeless tend to reside, are understandably upset that their parks are littered with trash, empty bottles and syringes, and strange noises come out of there at night. Thus, politicians have to focus on both helping the homeless but also satisfying the requests of homeowners.Continue Reading

The UTMB, Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc, is an ultra marathon held in the mountain environment of the French Alps. The 171 km long trail takes the participants on an extraordinary journey across Europe’s highest mountain Mont Blanc, located on the French-Italian border. Every year, almost 10000 athletes from all over the world take part in one of the 7 races that this unique event offers. The UTMB race runners have to be prepared to extend the limits of not only their physical, but also mental strength in order to successfully cross the finish line. This year, a 35 years old Czech athlete experienced a major injury on the TSD track (Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie). He passedContinue Reading

The Charles Bridge, which construction lasted for 45 years and was completed in 1402, is arguably one of the most known and valued historic monuments in the Czech Republic. This medieval stone arch bridge crosses over the Moldava river right in the heart of Prague, where plenty of eager tourists from all over the world admire its beauty. Sadly, for many Czech citizens and foreign tourists it is also a place for vandalism. Sightseers often tend to leave small writings on the stonework of the Charles Bridge. It seems harmless to the visitors, yet for the restoration team that is in charge of keeping the bridge in a good condition, it is a job as complex as though it wasContinue Reading