Thursday, 24 October 2019

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Forty percent of Czechs own dogs - and many allow them in bed

Radio Prague |
24 October 2019

For many years now, Czechs have had a reputation of being a dog-loving nation, and a recent survey carried out the STEM / MARK agency confirms that. According to the results of the study, two out of five Czech households include dogs and what is more, forty percent of Czech dog owners allow their four-legged friends into their own bed.

Golf equipment sales down as interest in golf declines

Radio Prague |
24 October 2019

In the first decade of the new millennium, the Czech Republic experienced an unprecedented golf boom, with new golf courses cropping up all around the country. However, over the past five years, golf has experienced a steady decline.

Petříček: EU should step up pressure on Turks if operation in Syria continues

Radio Prague |
24 October 2019

The Czech minister of foreign affairs has come out in favour of firmer EU action against Turkey over its offensive into Northern Syria and attacks on Kurds. Tomáš Petříček says Russia and the Damascus government are benefiting most from the current situation – and says further talks on Turkey joining the EU are at present impossible.

Ondřej Sekora: Ferdy the Ant creator and rugby promoter

Radio Prague |
23 October 2019

Ondřej Sekora, author of the beloved cartoon character Ferda Mravenec, was also a journalist, an amateur entomologist, and one of the first propagators of rugby in Czechoslovakia. The Moravian Museum in Brno will mark 120 years since Ondřej Sekora's birth with an exhibition and a new monography.

Czech doctors perform first heart in a box transplant

Radio Prague |
23 October 2019

A 65-year-old man from Prague became the first patient in the Czech Republic to successfully undergo a so-called heart in a box transplant. The surgery was performed by experts from the Institute of Clinical and Experimental Medicine early this month, using a pioneering method of organ retrieval that keeps the heart pumping outside the patient's body for several hours. Experts hope that the new method could increase the number of heart transplants by around one fifth.

More than a third of over 40s believes their lives were better under communism, study shows

Radio Prague |
23 October 2019

This November Czechs will be marking 30 years since the Velvet Revolution ended totalitarian rule and re-established democracy. However, according to a newly published survey, attitudes towards the change in the system vary significantly among the public, with many of the lesser educated harbouring nostalgia for the old regime.

Many Czech households bracing for higher heating costs

Radio Prague |
23 October 2019

Although Czechs are still enjoying above-average temperatures for October, the first spell of cold weather is just around the corner and many Czech households are bracing for higher heating costs this season.

Jan Rubeš: On the revolution, the Stones, Zappa - and Dallas

Radio Prague |
23 October 2019

Czechoslovakia's new-found freedom was underlined in August 1990 by a concert at Prague's Strahov Stadium by the Rolling Stones, who became the first major Western band to perform in the country. In a now famous video message broadcast before the gig, Mick Jagger told fans – in Czech – "the Stones are rolling to Prague". The man who taught the rock star the phrase was Jan Rubeš.

Growing demand for Czech brew masters as the fame of Czech beer reaches Antarctica

Radio Prague |
22 October 2019

The popularity of Czech beer is growing both in traditional export markets such as the US and Canada, and in unlikely destinations such as Antarctica. Not only are exports of the golden brew rising, but breweries abroad are increasingly seeking the services of Czech brew masters.

Prague City Hall terminates memorandum with e-scooter operator Lime

Radio Prague |
22 October 2019

Prague City Hall councillors have voted to terminate a memorandum of cooperation with shared e-scooter operator Lime on the grounds that the company is not adhering to the agreed-on conditions. While the termination of the memorandum will not affect the rent of scooters in Prague's streets, it is a warning to the company that City Hall is unhappy with the present state of affairs.

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