Monday, 16 September 2019

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Czech expert helps Georgia balance landscape protection and tourism

Radio Prague |
12 August 2019

As an expert on protected landscape management, Michal Hošek is used to working in breathtakingly beautiful environments. However when he was sent to northern Georgia in 2012 he had no idea of the ties that would bind him to its pristine nature and warmhearted people.

EU antitrust regulators accuse Czech mobile operators of blocking rivals

Radio Prague |
9 August 2019

The European Commission has informed Czech operators of mobile telephony O2 CZ and T-Mobile CZ, as well as domestic telecom infrastructure provider CETIN, of its preliminary view that their network sharing agreement restricts competition in breach of EU antitrust rules.

European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager said in a statement on Tuesday that operators sharing networks generally benefits consumers, both in terms of cost savings and coverage in rural areas.

Czech hotels record increase of tourists for sixth consecutive year

Radio Prague |
9 August 2019

Czech hotels and other accommodation facilities saw a record number of tourists in the second quarter of 2019. According to data released by the Czech Statistics Office on Thursday, the overall number of tourists accommodated in Czech hotels, bed and breakfasts and campsites reached 5.8 million, which in an increase by 4.9 percent on the previous year.

The number of overnight stays increased by 3.8 percent to 14 million, with the highest number of overnight stays traditionally recorded in Prague.

Former dissidents protest against alleged attempts to re-write history

Radio Prague |
9 August 2019

Around forty leading personalities linked to the 1989 freedom demonstrations have signed an open letter protesting against what they see as a manipulative campaign in the press aiming to rewrite 1989 events in a way that will suit some present-day politicians.

Windstorms and hail caused record damages in first half of 2019

By Ruth Frankova | Radio Prague |
9 August 2019

Windstorms and hailstorms in the first six months of the year caused damages amounting to 1.2 billion crowns, the Czechs Association of Insurance Companies reported on Wednesday. It is the highest figure since 2011, when detailed monitoring began. The Czech Republic’s biggest insurance company, Ceská pojistovna, investigated over 30,000 incidents caused by natural events, with damages amounting to 1.5 million crowns.

Increase in foreign visitors in Prague

By Daniela Lazarova | Radio Prague |
9 August 2019

The second quarter has seen an increase in the number of foreign visitors to the Czech capital, according to data released by the Czech Statistics Office on Thursday. The number of tourists in Prague in the second quarter reached 5.8 million, which in an increase by 4.9 percent on the previous year.

American Airlines to launch direct flights between Prague and Chicago

By Daniela Lazarova | Radio Prague |
9 August 2019

The world’s largest airline, American Airlines will launch direct flights between Prague and Chicago as of next year. The five-days-a week service will be operated by Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft and will be launched on May 8, 2020. Tickets will go on sale on August 12. Chicago is one of the top five destinations in North America.

Czech National Library scrambles to save thousands of books at risk of decay

By Ruth Frankova | Radio Prague |
9 August 2019

Over 90 percent of books in the Czech National Library printed after the year 1800 are threatened with destruction caused by acid, which has been forming in the paper over the years. The library has now taken a major step to prevent the valuable volumes from turning to dust, sending several thousand of them to Germany to undergo special chemical treatment, called de-acidification.

EDISON Filmhub offers viewers more than just top notch films

By Noemi Korn | Radio Prague |
9 August 2019

EDISON Filmhub is a new boutique cinema in the heart of Prague. It exhibits top festival films, premiers, hosts debates, discussions and talks along with a modern café. The former Edison electric company venue, a functionalist building protected by UNESCO, opened its doors to the public on June 1st.

Prague-based Nanovo company revives and replicates communist-era designs

Radio Prague |
8 August 2019

For nearly ten years, the company Nanovo has been buying, renovating and re-selling design items from Czechoslovakia’s Communist era, from home décor to furniture. I visited the company’s warehouse in Prague’s Vysočany district to meet its two owners, Jirka Mrázek and Adam Karásek and I first asked them if it was still easy these days to come across original pieces from communist Czechoslovakia:

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