Wednesday, 21 October 2020

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Industry group: Covid crisis causing up to 40 percent fall in spirits sales

Radio Prague |
14 October 2020

Sales of spirits in the Czech Republic are set to fall by between 35 and 40 percent this year, the national Spirits Producers and Importers Union has said. Its members stand to lose around CZK 2 billion in revenues this year.

Umělecká zahrada in Nusle: one of Prague's hidden gems

Radio Prague |
14 October 2020

Umělecká Zahrada or the Arts Garden in Prague's district of Nusle is located at the site of a former sculpting studio established in the 1920s by Karel Novák. Over the thirty years of its existence, some of the country's most famous statues were created here, including the memorial to Jan Hus on the Old Town Square by Ladislav Šaloun.

Joan Baez among recipients of 2020 Gratias Agit awards

Radio Prague |
14 October 2020

The Czech Foreign Ministry has announced the recipients of its annual Gratias Agit awards, handed out to Czech expats and foreigners for promoting the good name of the Czech Republic internationally. This year's recipients include US folk singer Joan Baez, Jara Dušátko, a Czech lecturer at Stanford University, and the Polish publisher and the head of Czechoslovak-Polish Solidarity Julian Kazimierz Golak.

Neratov – a place where miracles happen

Radio Prague |
13 October 2020

In the valley of Divorká Orlice, which forms a natural border between the Czech Republic and Poland, you will find the village of Neratov. Its Baroque church is home to a statue of the Virgin Mary that is reputed to perform miracles.

Ministry slammed over failure to prepare for inclusion in schools

Radio Prague |
13 October 2020

The Supreme Audit Office has issued an indictment of the Czech Ministry of Education, saying it failed to prepare for inclusion in the country's schools. Despite total funding of no less than CZK 32 billion, neither schools nor teachers were ready for changes aimed at helping children with special educational needs, the watchdog said.

Czech production of iconic 'Lentilky' candy moving to Germany

Radio Prague |
13 October 2020

After more than 110 years, the rainbow-coloured, sugar-coated chocolate candies known as Lentilky will no longer be made in the Czech Republic. The Swiss food and drink processing giant Nestlé has decided to move production to Germany as of next spring. The reason is a change in the recipe and packaging.

'Mářa's Cookbook': Janáček's cook reveals the Czech composer's demanding tastes

Radio Prague |
13 October 2020

Rosehip jam biscuits, crêpe cakes, and "Jewish doughnuts" – these were among the favourite desserts of the world-famous Czech composer Leoš Janáček. Thanks to a cookbook – and detailed notes – kept by the family housekeeper, we can try these old-fashioned delicacies ourselves.

Vyšehrad – a symphonic poem from Bedřich Smetana's My Homeland

Radio Prague |
12 October 2020

The first poem from Bedřich Smetana's My Homeland, Vyšehrad, composed between 1874 and 1875, celebrates a symbol of the very beginning of the Czech state and its mythical past.

"Plan is to produce remdesivir for 2 million patients by end of year", says scientist behind Covid-19 fighting drug

Radio Prague |
12 October 2020

The European Commission has signed a contract with Gilead Sciences, the company behind remdesivir, that will make the drug available to around 500,000 patients. The drug will certainly be necessary if vaccination is not widespread, says Doctor Tomáš Cihlář, who is Gilead Sciences' vicepresident for virology and the leader of the research team that developed redemsivir.

Czechs readying second-generation nanosatellite for SpaceX launch

Radio Prague |
12 October 2020

Scientists at the Czech Aerospace Research Centre, or VZLÚ, hope to launch a second nanosatellite into orbit within weeks. The first, developed in tandem with several Czech engineering firms and universities, has been circling the Earth now for three years – an engineering triumph, as tiny satellites are especially vulnerable to cosmic radiation.

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