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Filmmaker Ševčík completes shooting of adaptation of The Glass Room

Radio Prague |
26 July 2018

The Czech film director Julius Ševčík has completed shooting on an adaptation of the novel The Glass Room by Simon Mawer, Czech Television reported. The book was partly inspired by Brno’s Tugendhat Villa, one of the most important Czech buildings of the 20th century. The movie features among others the Czech actors Karel Roden and Karel Dobrý.

Shortcomings uncovered in thesis of minister Metnar

Radio Prague |
26 July 2018

The Czech minister of defence, Lubomír Metnar, who is facing suspicions of shortcomings in academic work he produced during his student career, has said he would address the issue within a week. Metnar said he would have his thesis examined in order to ascertain the extent of the problem.

"Hex" author Thomas Olde Heuvelt wraps up world horror book tour in Prague

Radio Prague |
26 July 2018

Dutch author Thomas Olde Heuvelt, a speaker at the Melting Pot forum at this year's eclectic Colours of Ostrava festival, wrote his first horror novel when still in his teens.

Petra Tonder: A childhood escape, pulled across a river on a plank on an inner tube

Radio Prague |
26 July 2018

Petra Tonder's father Ivo Tonder took part in the Great Escape in 1944 and later also succeeded in breaking out of prison in his native Czechoslovakia. In the second half of a two-part interview, his daughter Petra Tonder shares details about her own incredible journey to freedom as a very small child.

Pond filled with water to save carp suffering due to drought

Radio Prague |
25 July 2018

Firefighters have ferried water to a fish pond in the East Bohemian town of Přelouč to save carp and zander suffering due to a fall in the water level, iDnes.cz reported on Tuesday. Recent dry weather has had a dramatic impact on local ponds and administrators say they find dozens of dead fish every day, the news site said.

Policemen punished over photos with killer Kajínek

Radio Prague |
25 July 2018

Three police officers in Ostrava who had their photos taken with the convicted murderer Jiří Kajínek have been punished. However, the police do not reveal the specific sanctions involved in such disciplinary cases. In spring the policemen's superiors condemned the three, saying their action had threatened the honour of the profession.

Czech National Bank likely to debate first successive rate hike in over a decade

Radio Prague |
25 July 2018

The weakening crown coupled with robust wage growth could lead Czech central bankers to consider the first back-to-back increase in interest rates in over a decade at their next policy-setting meeting, the Bloomberg news agency reported on Tuesday, citing interviews with two board members keen to cool the overheating economy.

Ex-foreign minister: Drastic measures were needed to block inflow of Vietnamese gangs

Radio Prague |
25 July 2018

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced last week that the Czech consulate in Hanoi has stopped accepting applications from Vietnamese nationals for both long-term resident permits and visas, citing incapacity to handle the backlog of requests – but most of all, security risks, in the form of "exported" organised crime.

Early-medieval Slavs in Mikulčice cultivated cannabis and poppies

Radio Prague |
24 July 2018

Inhabitants of the Great Moravian fortified settlement in Mikulčice, which dates back to the 8th century, cultivated cannabis and poppies, as well as peaches, pears and nuts, new research has found.

Czechs have drawn paltry 3% of available EU energy-savings subsidies

Radio Prague |
24 July 2018

The Czech Republic through the end of 2017 had drawn down only 3 per cent of the nearly 850 million euros worth of subsidies allocated to the country from 2014 to 2020 towards implementing energy-savings schemes.

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