Saturday, 24 August 2019

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Czechs borrowing more, missing payments less

Radio Prague |
23 August 2019

The total debt of Czech sat the end of June reached CZK 2.38 trillion, an increase of 6.7 percent in annual terms, according to the Banking and Non-Banking Client Information Register. The number of people who had difficulty repaying consumer loans fell by 61,000 to 215,000 year-on-year.

Czech University of Life Sciences warns of dire economic costs of prolonged drought

Radio Prague |
23 August 2019

Another long-term drought could cost the Czech economy up to CZK 80 billion, equivalent to a drop of 1.6 percentage points in GDP, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Life Sciences warn that in order to conserve water for essential use, key industries would be forced to cut production, adding an exponential ripple effect to the surface-level economic impact.

Flašinet žije! Or why barrel organs are a grind (in a good way)

Radio Prague |
22 August 2019

Barrel organ players and street artists from the Czech Republic and beyond gathered in Prague earlier this month for the annual festival Flašinet žije! (The barrel organ is alive!), organised by the National Museum.

"I was here the whole time in '68": Radio's role during invasion recalled at ceremony

Radio Prague |
22 August 2019

The Czech Radio building in Prague saw the most intense violence during the Soviet-led invasion of August 21, 1968 and, as every year, hundreds of people marked the anniversary at the station on Wednesday. Among them were leading politicians – and one old lady who broadcast news of the occupation to the outside world.

New urban crossover Kamiq to go on sale at the beginning of September

Radio Prague |
22 August 2019

Car maker Škoda Auto has received over 1,600 orders for its new crossover named Kamiq even before the start of sales at the beginning of September, according to company head Luboš Vlček. With its third SUV and first urban crossover, Škoda will be in competition with Dacia Duster, Peugeot 2008 or Renault Captur.

In memoriam: Vojmír Srdečný, last survivor of Czech students sent by Nazis to Sachsenhausen

Radio Prague |
21 August 2019

On the 17th of November 1939, Nazi soldiers executed eight Czech university students and a professor seen as ringleaders of protests against the occupation and deported more than 1,200 of their peers to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp. The last survivor of that internment, Vojmír Srdečný, died this week, aged 99.

August 1969: When a brutal crackdown on protests resulted in killings and a "baton law"

Radio Prague |
21 August 2019

Exactly a year after the Prague Spring was crushed by a Warsaw Pact invasion, many thousands of Czechoslovaks went into the streets once more to protest their country's occupation. The subsequent brutal crackdown on demonstrators, this time by their own countrymen, resulted in hundreds of arrests and even five deaths. It crushed the last vestiges of hope and persuaded the public that "normalisation" was here to stay.

Cash or QR? Czech restaurants increasingly accept both

Radio Prague |
21 August 2019

A new method using so-called QR codes is being adopted by some Czech restaurants, with cash increasingly regarded as a slow and outdated payment method. Especially popular in parts of Asia, QR enables guests to scan a code on the table, then order and pay for their food via smartphone.

Prague night mayor Jan Štern: Tourists often don't realise "party zones" are residential areas

Radio Prague |
20 August 2019

Prague's first "night mayor" Jan Štern is tasked with finding ways to alleviate problems caused by noise and rowdy behaviour. But what are the most effective means of keeping the city centre liveable for residents?

Senate approves extending relief regime for 'childhood debts'

Radio Prague |
20 August 2019

The Czech Senate has approved an amendment to the Insolvency Act expending to a preferential debt relief regime that now only applies to the elderly and disabled to people paying off debts incurred when they were minors. The amendment has yet to be signed into law by the president. Over 6,000 children in the Czech Republic are currently threatened with distraint orders while tens of thousands of young adults have debts carried over from childhood.

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