Wednesday, 21 October 2020

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Czechs plan holidays abroad despite surge in coronavirus cases

Radio Prague |
19 October 2020

Despite the record-high numbers of new coronavirus cases, Czechs are still interested in buying foreign holiday packages, the Czech News Agency reported on Friday, citing data from the country's top tourist agencies.

EP2: Michal Šimíček

Radio Prague |
16 October 2020

Despite being only 35, Michal Šimíček heads the Blood Cancer Research Group in Ostrava, a team doing very exciting work in the field of cell therapy. In this episode of Czech Next Wave, he discusses how seemingly revolutionary cell therapy works, how it compares to chemotherapy.

Jan Šibík on the death of his trade, mobile pics and the coronavirus crisis

Radio Prague |
16 October 2020

Jan Šibík is one of the Czech Republic's top photojournalists. In a recent interview for Czech Radio, the photographer spoke about the demise of photojournalism, what he thinks about mobile phone pics and his plans to produce a book of photographs about the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Forbes: Kellner remains richest Czech despite considerable drop in assets

Radio Prague |
16 October 2020

Despite the coronavirus crisis, the list of the richest Czechs remains more or less unchanged, according to an annual ranking published by Forbes on Wednesday. Petr Kellner, owner of investment group PPF, remains the richest Czech, despite a considerable drop in assets.

Czech officials, scientists make desperate appeal for discipline as Covid-19 numbers soar

Radio Prague |
16 October 2020

Wednesday's record daily increase in Covid-19 numbers has heightened the urgency of appeals for people to take the coronavirus threat seriously. A group of scientists have published an appeal for people to minimize their contacts with others, while gov't officials have stressed that the exponential growth in Covid infections could soon send the death toll soaring.

Comenius' signet ring still carried by descendants

Radio Prague |
16 October 2020

A signet ring which the famous Czech pedagogue and philosopher Jan Amos Komenský gave his daughter is reportedly still in possession of his descendants.

Too Loud a Solitude: Hrabal's masterpiece with autobiographical elements

Radio Prague |
15 October 2020

Translated into more than 30 languages, Too Loud a Solitude is perhaps the most famous of Bohumil Hrabal's novels. It revolves around a single character, Haňťa, who works in a trash compactor facility, but maintains a deep love for the books that he is destroying.

Polish curator Knast named new Czech National Gallery chief

Radio Prague |
15 October 2020

The Czech National Gallery is set to get a new director. For the first time in its history, the highly important institution will be led by a foreigner: Polish curator Alicja Knast. She has been appointed for a six-year-term and will officially take over in January.

Cabinet extends support for firms hit by crisis amid raft of measures

Radio Prague |
15 October 2020

The Czech government has extended one plank of its Antivirus progamme supporting businesses hit by the coronavirus crisis. Companies that have been forced to close will have salaries paid up to the amount of CZK 50,000 a month, including contributions, the minister of labour and social affairs said on Wednesday. The ministry estimates that the fresh round of compulsory closures will hit up to 200,000 people.

Health care system under pressure with numbers of infected personnel doubling every 10 days

Radio Prague |
15 October 2020

Nearly 5,000 health care staff in the Czech Republic are currently infected with Covid-19 and the number is doubling every ten days. According to the head of the Czech Medical Chamber Milan Kubek, this could break the state's health care system within a month if the trend is not reversed.

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