A new-born boy was placed into a babybox in Blansko, South Moravia on
Saturday evening. The baby is the 200th infant in the Czech Republic to be
abandoned in this manner.
The babybox system was introduced in 2005 by founder Ludvík Hess. There are now 76 such facilities monitored by doctors across the country.
A record number of people took part in the 73rd Alfréd Nikodém Memorial
event, an annual swim in the Vltava River on December 26th. The Polar bear
dip, which takes place near the National Theatre building in the centre of
Prague, has a long tradition: it was established in 1923 by Prague
hardy-man Alfréd Nikodém who propagated winter swimming as part of a
This year the 430 participants could take their pick from the main 750 metre race and the less strenuous 300 and 100 metre races. The winner of the main race was Czech long-distance swimmer Lenka Štěrbová. She covered the distance in 9 minutes 12 seconds.
The oldest participant in the event, who did not race, was 89-year-old Božena Černá. The temperature of the water was 5.6. degrees Celsius, the temperature of the air was 4.7.
The Czech Elves are secretive volunteers who have taken it upon themselves to monitor disinformation that they say emanates from Russia. Their name is borrowed from similar groups in the Baltic states who also combat trolls, while their chief activity is publishing regular reports about disinformation and fake news in the Czech online sphere. I discussed their work with Bob Kartous, a Czech Elves’ spokesperson and one of the few members who is not anonymous.
The Czech government has followed the example of other European countries in approving a digital tax on Internet giants such as Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple. The proposed 7 percent tax on services provided in the Czech Republic should bring in approximately 5 billion crowns of additional revenue a year.