Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Radio Prague

Suzanna Halsey: I organised New York celebration of Velvet Revolution from offices of Penthouse

Radio Prague |
25 September 2018

Suzanna Halsey is one of the most active members of the Czech community in New York and describes herself as an inveterate organiser.

Illegal employment brokered via 'underground agencies' rising

Radio Prague |
25 September 2018

The Czech economy is booming – and so is the informal, grey economy, with an estimated quarter of a million people working illegally, as employers turn to so-called "underground agencies" to procure employees. Average monthly salaries have been on an uninterrupted upswing in the Czech Republic since the start of 2014.

Brundibár - the child opera that premiered in the Terezín ghetto 75 years ago

Radio Prague |
24 September 2018

The Prague composer of Jewish descent, Hans Krása, wrote Brundibár using Adolf Hoffmeister's libreto as early as 1938. Sadly however, the opera only became famous once it premiered in Terezín on September 23rd 1943.

Justice ministry announces release of long awaited ankle bracelets for prisoners

Radio Prague |
24 September 2018

The Ministry of Justice announced on Friday that it has started using the long awaited ankle bracelet system which will provide better monitoring of prisoners under house arrest. This should result in more frequent use of the house arrest concept and even free up more spaces in overcrowded prisons.

Moravian Baroque gem on Holy Hill

Radio Prague |
24 September 2018

There is a small hill near Olomouc in the center of Moravia. On top of the hill, there is a magnificent complex of Baroque buildings around the Pilgrimage Basilica Of Our Lady. Most people know the place simply as "Holy Hill".

Emperor Franz Josef still calling the shots at the Czech workplace

Radio Prague |
24 September 2018

Czechs start work bright and early, more so than most other nations in Europe. According to a Microsoft survey just out, the majority of Czechs are at their workplace by 8 am, and most manual workers start by 6 am at the latest.

Peak season ahead of mushroom-hunters reeling from dry spell

Radio Prague |
21 September 2018

Conditions in the last two weeks of September are often among the best for engaging in a favourite Czech pastime – mushroom picking. In early autumn, temperatures cool so the morning dew doesn't evaporate quickly, giving forest fungi just the right amount of dampness to thrive.

Government agrees next year's budget

Radio Prague |
21 September 2018

The 2019 draft budget is to focus on investment, increase of public sector salaries and the raising of pensioners' living standards, Finance Minister Alena Schillerová said after it won government approval on Wednesday. The budget proposal counts on a CZK 40 billion deficit; ten billion less than originally planned by the Ministry of Finance.

Putting a face to Queen Judita, Saint Zdislava, and the 'Vampire of Čelákovice'

Radio Prague |
20 September 2018

Her beauty and mind were said to have been beyond compare. But when the remains of Judita of Thuringia were first unearthed sixty years ago in the Benedictine monastery of Teplice, there was no way to tell whether the royal chronicler hadn't rather exaggerated the feminine charms of the Queen consort of Bohemia. After all, she'd been dead for more than eight centuries. But now, thanks to a team of Czech scientists, archaeologists, artists – and a Brazilian expert in digital facial reconstruction – you can judge for yourself.

Sculptor discovers monument by National Museum was actually dedicated to Jan Palach

Radio Prague |
19 September 2018

A sculptor tasked with reconstructing the communist era pylon in front of the National Museum's New Building has discovered old documents which show the monument's author, Czech architect Karel Prager, dedicated it to Jan Palach.

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