Wednesday, 18 September 2019

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Czech Foreign Ministry alarmed by mass arrests at Moscow protest

By Ruth Frankova | Radio Prague |
5 August 2019

The Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs is alarmed by the repeated mass arrests of demonstrators in Moscow. Riot police in the Russian capital arrested some 600 people on Saturday in an attempt to suppress a protest rally that had been banned by authorities. The ministry has called on Russian authorities to respect basic rights and freedoms and fulfil their obligations ensuing from Russia’s membership in OSCE.

Alum Lake - "One of a kind" located in Northern Czechia

By Klara Stejskalova | Radio Prague |
5 August 2019

A miniature Dead Sea – that’s what they call Kamencové jezero or Alum Lake in Chomutov. It is said to have healing powers. The alum prevents the growth of algae and the clean water contains sulphate, chloride and iron which are said to have a beneficial effect on respiratory diseases, infections, and even acne.

Town Hall flying LGBT flag to be "very symbolic moment" for Prague Pride

Radio Prague |
2 August 2019

Final preparations are being made for the ninth edition of the Prague Pride festival. For the first time this year the LGBT rainbow flag will be flown at the city's Town Hall during the week-long event, which culminates with a massive city centre parade on Saturday August 10. The theme of this year's event is "Together Within Reach".

2019 World Scout Jamboree in US sees record Czech participation

Radio Prague |
2 August 2019

Hundreds of Czech scouts have come to the US to take part in the movement's 24th World Jamboree.

Czech solar power firms expand in Hungary while gov't plans decarbonisation

Radio Prague |
2 August 2019

The combination of a slow-down in state subsidies at home and an increased demand for solar power in Hungary is leading many Czech companies to set up to invest in the country. However, the Czech government's plans to reduce and eventually completely remove carbon dependency has led some to promote the benefits of increasing support for photovoltaics in the country.

Restorers use sugar to preserve 7000-year-old prehistoric well

Radio Prague |
1 August 2019

Czech archaeologists are using plain white sugar to preserve what may be the oldest wooden structure ever discovered in Europe – a water well made of oak trees felled some 7,000 years ago. The well was unearthed earlier this year during the construction of the D35 highway as an isolated find, bearing marks of construction techniques used in the Bronze and Iron ages.

Ruling parties at odds over draft budget for 2020

Radio Prague |
1 August 2019

The parties of the coalition government are at odds over the draft budget for 2020. The Social Democrats, the junior partner in the ruling coalition, have demanded an additional 20 billion crowns for their ministries. Prime Minister Andrej Babiš on Wednesday ridiculed the demand, saying the Social Democrats have spending in their genes. Negotiations are expected to continue throughout the summer. The draft budget proposal needs to be approved by the government and sent to Parliament by the end of September.

Deputy to take interim charge of arts portfolio as Staněk finally goes

Radio Prague |
1 August 2019

Months after tendering his resignation, Antonín Staněk finally stepped down as arts minister on Wednesday. He will be replaced in a temporary capacity by a deputy minister, though what will happen next at the Ministry of Culture remains most unclear.

The First Defenestration of Prague - what was it and why did it happen?

Radio Prague |
31 July 2019

600 years ago, an angry crowd stormed Prague's New Town Hall and threw its councillors out of the window. The event, which has since become known as the First Defenestration of Prague, is often seen as the starting point of the Hussite Wars. Dr. Pavel Soukup, an expert on medieval history from the Czech Academy of Sciences, talks about the role of the defenestration and how it came to be.

Study suggests animals don't respond fast enough to changing climate

Radio Prague |
31 July 2019

A new study carried out by an international team of scientists, including experts from Palacký University in Olomouc, has ascertained that animals are not responding fast enough to the changing environmental conditions. The alarming findings have been published in the prestigious scientific journal Nature Communications.

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