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Czech divers first in Europe to make 3D model of flooded cave

Radio Prague |
22 May 2019

A team of Czech divers and land surveyors are the first in Europe to have succeeded in scanning a flooded cave system. Using film footage from the water-filled Chýnov cave in south Bohemia, they created a detailed and accurate three-dimensional map. The main advantage of the so-called videogrammetry is its simplicity and speed.

Open House Prague festival highlights city's architectural legacy

Radio Prague |
22 May 2019

Many of Prague's historic and architectural jewels opened to the public last weekend within the Open House Prague festival. Visitors could admire the interiors of more than 80 of the city's Gothic, Baroque and Modernist buildings as well as spaces usually inaccessible to the public such as gardens, sports stadiums and railway stations.

NATO's biggest long-term future threat is climate change, suggests expert

Radio Prague |
22 May 2019

Diplomats, military officers and experts gathered at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday to discuss energy security and future challenges facing the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance. While discussing what the alliance may be up against 70 years from now, some argued that the impacts of climate change are likely to be the main threat.

2017 law governing wine sales remains highly controversial

Radio Prague |
21 May 2019

Two years after a law aiming to clamp down on bootleg wine sales and low quality wines came into force it still sparks controversy among wine-growers and wine sellers. While the Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority claims the quality of wines sold on the market has significantly improved, small wine makers say it is putting them out of business.

Czechs set to go beyond EU proposals on 'dual quality' foods, products with outright ban

Radio Prague |
21 May 2019

The Czech government is poised to amend the Food and Consumer Protection acts so as to ban the practice of "dual quality" sales of food and other products. If signed into law, retailers would be banned from selling inferior quality products that appear to be the same as superior ones sold elsewhere in the EU.

Radek Špicar - business leader spurred by Brexit vote to combat Czech Euroscepticism at local level

Radio Prague |
21 May 2019

Radek Špicar is vice-president of the Czech Confederation of Industry. But since last year – spurred into action by the UK's Brexit vote – he has also been travelling the length and breadth of the country trying to convince ordinary Czechs of the merits of remaining in the European Union.

The hidden story of Doreen Warriner - academic turned humanitarian hero

Radio Prague |
20 May 2019

A plaque was recently unveiled in Prague honouring one of the modest heroes who were instrumental in organising the evacuations of hundreds of Jewish women and children out of Czechoslovakia before the onset of World War II. The name of the heroine is Doreen Warriner and her story is one of extraordinary resourcefulness and moral virtue.

Marquee performer Jiří Korn marks jubilee year

Radio Prague |
20 May 2019

Singer, actor and dancer Jiří Korn was born in Prague seventy years ago this May. The consummate marquee performer began his professional musical career back in the swinging sixties as a member of Rebels.

Gloria Musaealis awards usher in nationwide Festival of Museum Nights

Radio Prague |
20 May 2019

The annual nationwide Festival of Museum Nights is traditionally preceded by a gala ceremony at which the Czech Association of Museums and Galleries hands out Gloria Musaealis awards in different categories. The award ceremony took place in Prague's Municipal House on Thursday night and carried a special significance for the winners.

Survey: Czech company tax among the most complicated in Europe

Radio Prague |
20 May 2019

The Czech Republic's system of company tax is one of the most complicated in the EU, claims a study made in collaboration by the consultancy BDO and two German universities. The Czech Republic ranked 4th from bottom among EU states and its tax system was considered below average in the world-wide ranking. To compare international levels of tax complexity, data from 1,000 respondents was collected and analysed in a joint research project of the LMU Munich and the University of Paderborn.

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