Friday, 23 August 2019

Radio Prague

American Airlines to launch direct flights between Prague and Chicago

By Daniela Lazarova | Radio Prague |
9 August 2019

The world’s largest airline, American Airlines will launch direct flights between Prague and Chicago as of next year. The five-days-a week service will be operated by Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft and will be launched on May 8, 2020. Tickets will go on sale on August 12. Chicago is one of the top five destinations in North America.

Czech National Library scrambles to save thousands of books at risk of decay

By Ruth Frankova | Radio Prague |
9 August 2019

Over 90 percent of books in the Czech National Library printed after the year 1800 are threatened with destruction caused by acid, which has been forming in the paper over the years. The library has now taken a major step to prevent the valuable volumes from turning to dust, sending several thousand of them to Germany to undergo special chemical treatment, called de-acidification.

EDISON Filmhub offers viewers more than just top notch films

By Noemi Korn | Radio Prague |
9 August 2019

EDISON Filmhub is a new boutique cinema in the heart of Prague. It exhibits top festival films, premiers, hosts debates, discussions and talks along with a modern café. The former Edison electric company venue, a functionalist building protected by UNESCO, opened its doors to the public on June 1st.

Prague-based Nanovo company revives and replicates communist-era designs

Radio Prague |
8 August 2019

For nearly ten years, the company Nanovo has been buying, renovating and re-selling design items from Czechoslovakia’s Communist era, from home décor to furniture. I visited the company’s warehouse in Prague’s Vysočany district to meet its two owners, Jirka Mrázek and Adam Karásek and I first asked them if it was still easy these days to come across original pieces from communist Czechoslovakia:

Czech's blaze barrier free trails in the spectacular Krkonose mountains

By Brian Kenety | Radio Prague |
8 August 2019

The Krkonose Mountains stretch for some 35 kilometres and form a mighty, natural barrier on the perimeter of the large open plains in neighbouring Germany and Poland. These giants, which hold a special place in Czech hearts, are increasingly more ‘handicap friendly’, with nearly three dozen barrier-free trails now mapped out and maintained by the Krkonose Mountains National Park, or KRNAP, which covers an area of over 40,000 hectares.

President removed at last moment from bill on reporting lobbying

By Ian Willoughby | Radio Prague |
8 August 2019

The government removed the president from a list of politicians and senior officials who must make public meetings with lobbyists, Aktuálně.cz reported. The head of state was taken off the list at the last moment before the government approved the bill on reporting lobbying, the news site said.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice said that the move had been made after the president’s chancellor called for it at a meeting with cabinet members.

Further Czech investigated over participation in Ukraine conflict

By Ian Willoughby | Radio Prague |
8 August 2019

Czech police are investigating a 25-year-old man from the Karlovy Vary Region on suspicion of fighting with pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine, the news site Deník N. reported. The man could face up to 20 years in prison if found guilty of involvement in a terrorist attack. Deník N. said 15 cases of Czechs fighting in Ukraine’s Donbass region.

"Don't give up," says the head of Pittsburgh's Czech and Slovak school

By Brian Kenety | Radio Prague |
8 August 2019

Just over 100 years ago, the American steel town of Pittsburgh was host to a memorandum of understanding between the nation’s Czech and Slovak immigrant communities to create an independent republic following the demise of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Today, the city is home to one of America’s largest Slovak communities, a modest Czech one, and a school that unites expatriates of both.

Seven wolf cubs observed in Beskydy and Javorniky mountains

Radio Prague |
8 August 2019

Scientists have presented new evidence of a thriving wolf population in the Beskydy and Javorníky mountains in north-east of the country. A wolf with seven cubs, which were apparently born this year, was captured on a camera trap. It is the first time wolfs have started reproducing in the area since being re-introduced there in the 1990s.

Lenka Dusilova's project movement UM raises money for run down sites

By Ruth Frankova | Radio Prague |
7 August 2019

Czech award-winning singer and songwriter Lenka Dusilová has launched a new project aimed at raising funds to repair dilapidated historical landmarks in the former Sudetenland in north and west Bohemia. The four-part music and visual show, called MONUMENT / UM, features video-mapping by VJ Aeldryn. The second part of the series took place this Saturday in the medieval castle Haunstejn in Ostrov nad Ohrí.

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