Thursday, 24 October 2019

Radio Prague

Jiřičná creating special installation for Signal light festival held amid Gott mourning

Radio Prague |
10 October 2019

The seventh Signal festival will again bring video mapping and light installations to the streets of Prague, every night from Thursday to Sunday. This year's edition promises something special in the form of a piece by famous architect Eva Jiřičná, though it will also be overlapping with events linked to the funeral of singer Karel Gott.

Czech university graduates demand higher starting salaries

Radio Prague |
10 October 2019

Czech university graduates are getting more demanding in terms of their starting salaries, suggests a survey carried out by Swedish consultancy Universum, published by the daily Hospodářské noviny on Wednesday.

New cookbook aims to prevent food waste in Czech households

Radio Prague |
9 October 2019

Creamy soup from leftover mashed potatoes or vinegar made from fruit and vegetable scraps - these are just some of the many recipes included in a new cook book by the Initiative Zachraň Jídlo or Save Food. Its aim is to teach Czech consumers to reduce household waste by providing tips and recipes using food scraps, leftovers and surplus seasonal ingredients.

Commission to take criminal case against ex-ministers over OKD selloff

Radio Prague |
9 October 2019

The lower house's Investigatory Commission on OKD announced on Tuesday that it has decided to file a criminal complaint against four former government ministers for their role in the privatisation of the Silesian coal mining joint-stock company Ostravsko-karvinské doly (OKD). Among them is the former PM Bohuslav Sobotka. According to the commission, the privatisation and subsequent events were in contradiction to the interests of the state.

Czech nominee for EC post Věra Jourová wins approval in EP hearing

Radio Prague |
9 October 2019

The designated Czech vice-president of the European Commission, Věra Jourová, has been approved for the European values and transparency portfolio in the new European Commission. In a three-hour hearing on Monday, Ms. Jourová was grilled by members of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs committees on how she would secure rule of law and media freedom across the EU.

In memoriam: Actress, Charter 77 signatory Vlasta Chramostová

Radio Prague |
8 October 2019

Vlasta Chramostová, a theatre and film actress banned under communism from performing in public, died on Sunday at the age of 92. She was among the first Charter 77 signatories and a prominent figure during the Velvet Revolution.

Machonins' granddaughter Marie Kordovská: I grew up in a "mini Kotva"

Radio Prague |
8 October 2019

Architects Věra Machoninová and Vladimír Machonin designed some of the Czech Republic's most distinctive modern buildings, including Prague's Kotva department store and Hotel Thermal in Karlovy Vary. The couple's legacy is being kept alive today by their granddaughter Marie Kordovská.

Moody's raises Czech credit rating for first time in 17 years

Radio Prague |
8 October 2019

Moody's has raised the Czech Republic's credit rating by one level. It cited the country's strong budget performance and low debt as the main reasons for its first upgrade since 2002. The agency raised the Czech long-term foreign debt rating from A1 to Aa3, which is the fourth highest investment grade under its system. Earlier this year Moody's Investors Service amended the outlook for the Czech Republic from stable to positive.

Analyst: Klaus Jr. may be "most trusted" politician but he is highly polarising figure

Radio Prague |
8 October 2019

Václav Klaus Jr. is the country's "most trusted" politician, suggests a new poll conducted by the CVVM agency. The leader of the newly-formed, right-wing oriented Tricolour achieved a 42% positive rating among respondents, putting him ahead of PM Andrej Babiš. Political scientist Jiří Pehe explains why it is Klaus Jr. is so popular.

In memoriam: Karel Gott, the 'Bohemian nightingale'

Radio Prague |
7 October 2019

Karel Gott, the undisputed king of Czech pop music, passed away last week at the age of 80. Over the course of a career spanning nearly six decades, the celebrated showman sold tens of million of albums. Radio Prague takes a look back at his extraordinary musical legacy.

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