Thursday, 21 November 2019

Radio Prague

In memoriam: Actress, Charter 77 signatory Vlasta Chramostová

Radio Prague |
8 October 2019

Vlasta Chramostová, a theatre and film actress banned under communism from performing in public, died on Sunday at the age of 92. She was among the first Charter 77 signatories and a prominent figure during the Velvet Revolution.

Machonins' granddaughter Marie Kordovská: I grew up in a "mini Kotva"

Radio Prague |
8 October 2019

Architects Věra Machoninová and Vladimír Machonin designed some of the Czech Republic's most distinctive modern buildings, including Prague's Kotva department store and Hotel Thermal in Karlovy Vary. The couple's legacy is being kept alive today by their granddaughter Marie Kordovská.

Moody's raises Czech credit rating for first time in 17 years

Radio Prague |
8 October 2019

Moody's has raised the Czech Republic's credit rating by one level. It cited the country's strong budget performance and low debt as the main reasons for its first upgrade since 2002. The agency raised the Czech long-term foreign debt rating from A1 to Aa3, which is the fourth highest investment grade under its system. Earlier this year Moody's Investors Service amended the outlook for the Czech Republic from stable to positive.

Analyst: Klaus Jr. may be "most trusted" politician but he is highly polarising figure

Radio Prague |
8 October 2019

Václav Klaus Jr. is the country's "most trusted" politician, suggests a new poll conducted by the CVVM agency. The leader of the newly-formed, right-wing oriented Tricolour achieved a 42% positive rating among respondents, putting him ahead of PM Andrej Babiš. Political scientist Jiří Pehe explains why it is Klaus Jr. is so popular.

In memoriam: Karel Gott, the 'Bohemian nightingale'

Radio Prague |
7 October 2019

Karel Gott, the undisputed king of Czech pop music, passed away last week at the age of 80. Over the course of a career spanning nearly six decades, the celebrated showman sold tens of million of albums. Radio Prague takes a look back at his extraordinary musical legacy.

With reoffending rates among EU's highest, Czech NGOs seek new solutions

Radio Prague |
7 October 2019

Statistics show that incarceration and reoffending rates in the Czech Republic are among the highest in Europe. To combat this phenomenon 10 organisations that focus on helping prisoners reintegrate into society have decided to form an association. They hope the new alliance will bring about more flexibility, as well as greater influence when lobbying for change with the government.

New index puts Prague among the world's top 20 smart cities

Radio Prague |
7 October 2019

Prague finished 19th among 102 cities around the world in the first edition of a Smart City Index, put together by Switzerland's IMD Competitiveness Centre and the Singapore University of Technology and Design. The index assesses the cities' efforts in embracing smart technologies to improve their citizens' lives. Prague finished ahead of London in the survey, in which Singapore ranked first.

Museum offers multimedia experience of fires that devastated Prague over centuries

Radio Prague |
7 October 2019

The popularity of disaster movies shows how people are fascinated by catastrophes, natural and otherwise. Now there's a permanent exhibition by the City of Prague Museum called "Prague on Fire" which gives visitors a multimedia experience of the history of the city's devastating fires.

Tesla opens first official showroom in Czech Republic

Radio Prague |
7 October 2019

US electric car maker Tesla has opened its first showroom in the Czech Republic. Its official dealership is in Prague's Vysočany district, where Tesla already operates a service centre. Visitors to the showroom can try all Tesla models, including Model S and X, as well as the most affordable Model 3, which sells for 1.2 million crowns.

Karel Gott to get funeral with state honours as singer's death is mourned at home and abroad

Radio Prague |
4 October 2019

The legendary Czech singer and pop icon Karel Gott passed away on Tuesday at his home in Prague surrounded by his family. As tributes to the singer pour in from at home and abroad, Czech leaders are planning a funeral with state honours.

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