Czechs are increasingly investing in modern technology, according to the results of a survey conducted by the agency Nielsen Admosphere. The survey of technology in Czech households suggests that the number of smartphones has doubled in the past year to 39 percent. 48 percent of households have a laptop which is gradually replacing PCs now present in 39 percent of households. Ipads can be found in 17 percent of Czech households, up from 14 last year, and 11 percent of households now have a smart TV, up from 8 percent last year.
Prime minister Bohuslav Sobotka will meet together with Minister of Industry and Trade Jan Mládek and Minister of Interior Milan Chovanec to try and settle disagreements over the implementation of the country’s national dev elopement of a high speed data networks. The two ministries are seeking to share out around 14 billion crowns, with a large part coming from European funds. The plan has been reworked several times because of differences. One controversial part of the plant is for 4 billion crowns to be set aside for the Ministry of Industry with one idea that it would create its own state company for developing networks.
The Czech Republic has been chosen as the first location outside Israel for anti-hacker company CyberGym to set up its operations. The firm was founded on the experience of Israel’s biggest power company to fend off thousands of hacking attacks a day aimed at shutting down its power plants and the know-how army and intelligence experts. CyberGym’s vice-president Gilad Yoshi and the chief executive of its Czech operation, Tomáš Přibyl, came into the studio to talk about the expansion. I asked Mr. Yoshi first of all about how CyberGym was
Prague taxi drivers have announced a planned blockade of streets in the city centre on Tuesday. The precise route of the protest has not been disclosed. They are protesting against Prague City Hall’s plans to tighten regulations governing the service in the wake of numerous complaints from the public and tourists. According to City Halls plans all taxi drivers in Prague should gradually undergo tough new street knowledge and language tests. Prague City Hall has announced that it will boost public transport on the day of the protest.
The city of Ustí nad Labem has put a 300 crown price tag on the heads of wild pigs which are increasingly invading the streets in search of easily available food. The city has also widened the areas where the pigs can be shot to include areas which were hitherto not included in the shooting zones. Wild pigs have increasingly invaded the outskirts of the city from the surrounding countryside in recent years. But they are now becoming a problem in the city centre centre. In April this year, of example, one group of pigs made its way into a polyclinic in the city centre.
Falling world prices for hard coal have again put the future of the Paskov mine in danger and negotiation over state help are likely to be needed again, the Ministry of Industry and Trade has warned. The mine in the far east of the country is one of the last deep coal mines in the country. The government agreed last year on a package of steps that would temporarily save the around 1,800 jobs at the mine and the thousands of others depending on it. Mine owner OKD was, however, given the option of restarting the closure process before the end of 2017 if coke price continued below a certain level.
The Agriculture Ministry has proposed extending the hunting season for wild boar and deer as a means of regulating their population levels. In the past few years the wild boar has overbred and is said to be causing extensive agricultural damage. Under the ministry’s proposal wild boar could be hunted all year round, deer from mid-August until the end of March. Around 180,000 wild boars are hunted down annually, but the population of around 60 thousand specimen remains stable.The proposed bill is being assesed by experts.
In Business News This Week: Czech economy grew by 4.4 percent in the second quarter of 2015; number of payment cards issued in country reaches 11.135 million; grain harvest down by 4.3 percent year-on-year; Czechs prefer Google Chrome over Internet Explorer; sale of illegal cigarettes in Czech Republic among lowest in EU.
Around 100 miners from north Bohemia, mainly from the CSA mine run by the company Severni Energeticka, staged a protest outside the Czech government building on Monday calling for the lifting of coal mining limits in the region. Mining limits in north Bohemia were introduced in 1991 as a guarantee for municipalities situated on coal deposits that they would not be pulled down to enable further mining. The question is now being revised by the government in view of its long-term energy strategy. There are four alternatives on the table including a partial lifting of the limits. Industry Minister Jan Mladek said earlier he would be in favour of lifting the limits at the north Bohemian mine Bilan and postponing a decision on the CSA mine until 2020. Miners unions oppose this, saying people in the municipalities have a right to know what their future holds and that hundreds of miners would lose their jobs before a decision was made.