Monday, 16 September 2019

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Prague plans ban on coal heating using outmoded stoves and boilers

Radio Prague |
10 September 2019

From November 2020 the Prague authorities are planning to ban the burning of coal, briquettes and coke in old stoves and boilers with a view to improving the capital's poor air quality, the Czech News Agency reported on Monday.

Poll suggests Communists would not get into lower house for first time

Radio Prague |
10 September 2019

For the first time in its history the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia has polled below the minimum 5 percent threshold necessary to get into the Chamber of Deputies. While some commentators have called this a sign that they are headed for the dustbin of history, party chairman Vojtěch Filip says that the survey, conducted by the Kantar agency in August, is unreliable. Radio Prague asked political commentator Jiří Pehe what he makes of the poll.

The Czechoslovak occultist plot to kill Hitler by magic

Radio Prague |
9 September 2019

It seems that it was not only border fortifications and an alliance with France that were facing Adolf Hitler's plan to crush Czechoslovakia during the 1938 Sudetenland Crisis. Czechoslovak President Edvard Beneš was also approached by a group of occultists, who offered to kill the Fuhrer by magic.

New album pays tribute to Czech country music legend Michal Tučný

Radio Prague |
9 September 2019

The Czech rock-pop band Jelen has released a new album paying tribute to the Czech country music legend Michal Tučný. The LP, called Půlnoční vlak Michala Tučného, contains eleven cover versions of the singer’s biggest hits. Tučný's daughter Michaela appears as a guest singer on several of the songs.

Mendel's garden: Czech scientists play key role in global project mapping pea genome

Radio Prague |
9 September 2019

A global team including Czech scientists has assembled the first full genome of the common pea, shedding light on how the legume has evolved over tens of millions of years. Their work – which builds on that of the Moravian monk Gregor Mendel – is a vital part of an effort to grow high-yield, sustainable crops to feed Earth's growing population as the climate changes.

Government's commissioner for expats on the need to connect with our expat communities abroad

Radio Prague |
9 September 2019

According to the Czech Foreign Ministry there are now more than two million Czechs living abroad. The government's special commissioner for expats Jiří Krátký speaks about the process of renewing broken ties after 1989, the concerns of Czech expats today and how the profile of Czech expats has changed in the past 30 years.

Czech trolls tend to be individuals who act on a voluntary basis, says journalist who analysed scene

Radio Prague |
9 September 2019

Just as in many other countries in the world the Czech online scene is filled with hateful comments and disinformation posing as news. The authors of this material are commonly referred to as "trolls" and their influence is increasingly seen as dangerous and divisive, potentially working on behalf of foreign actors. While this may be true in some cases it seems that the majority of the Czech troll scene is actually made up of individuals who do so voluntarily.

Škoda Auto launches an e-scooter service in Prague

Radio Prague |
9 September 2019

Following in the footsteps of Limebike electric scooters, Homeport Freebikes, and shared Rekola bikes, the Škoda Auto car manufacturer is launching its own service of shared electric scooters in Prague. The company is placing 50 electric scooters imported from Spain in the broad city centre and would like to see their number triple in the near future. In addition to electric scooters, the Škoda car maker also supports car sharing services, operating the student service Uniqway and HoppyGo.

Pianist Pogorelich among stars of this year's Dvořák Prague

Radio Prague |
6 September 2019

The annual Dvořák Prague festival, dedicated to one of the country's greatest composers of all time, gets underway at the Rudofinum concert hall on Sunday. The event will showcase renowned soloists, such as violinist Gil Shaham and pianist Ivo Pogorelich, and some of the world' leading orchestras.

Czechs increasingly fond of energy drinks

Radio Prague |
6 September 2019

The sales of energy drinks in the Czech Republic have been booming in recent years. In 2018, the market with energy drinks increased by 2.4 billion crowns, the website Aktualnce.cz reported on Thursday. The results were published by the company Al-Namura, producer of the Big Shock! energy drink.

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