Thursday, 24 October 2019

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New debate erupts over use of -ová suffix in Czech female surnames

Radio Prague |
13 September 2019

Should Czech women be able to choose whether or not to use the ending -ová in their surname? A debate over the question has flared up again after the cabinet approved a draft law on birth registers, which denies women the possibility to do so. The Pirate Party calls it discriminatory and wants to reverse the decision in the Lower House.

Czech Radio's Firefly charity project introduces theatre for the blind

Radio Prague |
13 September 2019

One of Czech Radio's leading charity projects is in aid of the blind and visually impaired. Established in 2003, Světluška, or Firefly, annually collects around 15 million crowns to be distributed among people with impaired eyesight, not just to help them cope, but to enjoy life to the full.

HN: Rise in flat prices leads to sharp fall in available rentals in major cities

Radio Prague |
13 September 2019

The sharp rise in apartment prices in major Czech cities in recent years combined with stricter mortgage conditions have led more people to rent, with a study by consultants KPMG quoted by Hospodářské noviny finding that the number of rental properties on the market has fallen by a third in only two years. In the last five years, prices of new apartments in Prague have gone up by 80% while rents have climbed by 42%, meaning there is room for the latter to rise still further.

"One of a kind" day of events to draw fresh attention to marriage equality bill

Radio Prague |
12 September 2019

An international conference on marriage equality will take place at the Czech Senate on Thursday, followed by a demonstration in support of the issue nearby. Organisers We Are Fair! are hoping those events will focus fresh attention on a bill, submitted well over a year ago, that would make the Czech Republic the first ex-Eastern Bloc state to permit same-sex marriage.

Leo Express to deploy new trains from China

Radio Prague |
12 September 2019

The private Czech train and bus operator Leo Express is set to deploy new trains, manufactured by the Chinese company CRRC, the Czech News Agency reported on Wednesday. The new Sirius train units should start operating next year. The total value of the investment, which includes the delivery of three units and an option for 30 more, exceeds five billion crowns.

EU nominee Věra Jourová: rule-of-law, values portfolios not 'weak', and neither am I

Radio Prague |
12 September 2019

The Czech Republic's Věra Jourová is likely to return to Brussels in a new role and with a higher status. If her candidacy is approved by MEPs in the coming weeks, Jourová will become this country's first Vice President as of November, and likely split the "rule-of-law" portfolio with the next EU Commissioner for Justice.

Czech ambassador to Ethiopia: "If you wait long enough, an egg will walk on two legs"

Radio Prague |
12 September 2019

Pavel Mikeš, the Czech Ambassador to Ethiopia, studied African History and Linguistics at Charles University in the 1980s. After a long career in academia, he joined the Czech Foreign Ministry in 1999, and has since served as head of mission or ambassador in several other African countries.

Prague City Hall Council approves Museum of 20th Century Memory

Radio Prague |
11 September 2019

Councillors at Prague City Hall unanimously voted in favour of creating a Museum of 20th Century Memory in the Czech capital on Monday. The plan is to provide the country with an equivalent to renowned twentieth century museums abroad such as the Topography of Terror in Berlin or the Museum of the Second World War in Gdansk.

Czech baby delivered months after mother's brain death

Radio Prague |
11 September 2019

In mid-August, doctors at the University Hospital in Brno delivered a healthy baby girl 117 days after her mother was declared brain dead after suffering a brain haemorrhage. Petr Janků, head of the department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, described the case in detail starting with the moment the woman was brought to the hospital.

Czech companies struggling with labour shortage

Radio Prague |
11 September 2019

Czech businesses are still struggling to find workers, the news site Ihned.cz reports. In August, labour offices in the Czech Republic posted more than 350,000 vacancies, which is the highest figure in the country's history, the website wrote. The biggest demand is for construction workers, warehousemen, or truck drivers.

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