Tuesday, 11 August 2020

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Senate speaker announces trip to Taiwan, potentially angering China

Radio Prague |
10 June 2020

The Speaker of the Czech Senate Miloš Vystrčil will lead a trade mission to Taiwan in August, he announced at a press conference on Tuesday. The decision comes after many months of consideration from the speaker's side and strong Chinese diplomatic pressure to prevent the visit from happening. Former presidential candidate and current Senator Jiří Drahoš announced he will be taking part in the trip.

Civic Forum's Jan Urban on 30th anniversary of 1990 elections

Radio Prague |
9 June 2020

Exactly 30 years ago, on June 8 and 9, 1990, the first free elections to Czechoslovakia's Federal Assembly in over four decades were held. Following extremely high turnout, the Civic Forum, which had led the Velvet Revolution, received 53 percent of the vote. Jan Urban was the leader of the Civic Forum's candidate list at that time.

Doctors Without Borders to field test Czech researcher's snakebite app

Radio Prague |
9 June 2020

According to the World Health Organization, snakebites claim more lives each year than do all other "neglected tropical diseases" combined. This month, Doctors without Borders starts using a mobile application co-developed by a Czech researcher to identify deadly snake species on the spot.

Unemployment registration to be streamlined ahead of expected wave of layoffs

Radio Prague |
9 June 2020

The coronavirus crisis could lead to unemployment of up to 10 percent in the Czech Republic, the minister of labour and social affairs, Jana Maláčová, told Monday's edition of Hospodářské noviny. In anticipation of a wave of layoffs, her department is preparing changes to help fresh job seekers re-enter the labour market.

June 1990: When Billy Bragg and Michael Stipe played Olomouc's outdoor cinema

Radio Prague |
8 June 2020

Thirty years ago, in early June 1990, singer-songwriter Billy Bragg, R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe and Natalie Merchant of 10,000 Maniacs performed at the summer cinema in Olomouc.

Thom Artway - Czech folk-pop busker turned rising star

Radio Prague |
8 June 2020

Czech folk-pop singer-songwriter Tomáš Maček, frontman of the band Thom Artway – which is also his stage name – cut his teeth busking in the streets of Prague. His debut album "Hedgehog" won two of the Czech music industry's annual Anděl awards.

Invalidovna: Prague's sprawling Baroque architectural gem

Radio Prague |
8 June 2020

Decidedly off the well-trod Prague tourist path, the massive early 18th century Baroque complex Invalidovna is nonetheless one of the city's architectural gems. It has also served as a backdrop for many films.

Prague councillors unveil plans for Holesovice Marketplace transformation

Radio Prague |
8 June 2020

Prague City Hall has unveiled plans for the restoration of Prague's Holešovice Market, the daily e15 reported. The historical complex of 19th century buildings should be transformed into a creative cluster including a marketplace, eateries, and offices.

Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra unveils plans for upcoming season

Radio Prague |
5 June 2020

The opening premium concert will pay tribute to those affected by the coronavirus pandemic through symbolic compositions. Collaborations with a multitude of leading international musicians are planned throughout the season.

International work camps go national on jubilee year, but volunteer spirit strong

Radio Prague |
5 June 2020

The concept of international work camps is 100 years old. Every year several hundred foreign nationals come to the Czech Republic to participate in interesting projects in the field of renovation, environmental protection or community work, and hundreds of Czechs go abroad for the same purpose. But things will change a little bit this year.

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