Friday, 23 August 2019

Radio Prague

New exhibition puts 1980s Clandestine Prague gay scene in spotlight

By Ruth Frankova | Radio Prague |
7 August 2019

T-Club is the name of one of the two gay clubs that operated in the Czech capital under Communism. The place, frequented by the LGBT community, was immortalized in a series of pictures taken by photographer Libuse Jarcovjáková. They are now on display within the Prague Pride festival, which got underway on Monday.

Russian Embassy in Prague calls Czech reaction to events in Moscow biased

Radio Prague |
7 August 2019

The Russian embassy in Prague has criticized the reaction of the Czech Foreign Ministry to the weekend police crack-down against demonstrators in Moscow.

On its Facebook page, the embassy called on Czech officials to refrain from adopting a "selective and biased" stand to human rights issues, noting that Prague showed no such concern with regard to crack-downs on demonstrations in the US, Great Britain or France.

First ten Czech flexers head off for a year in the United States

By Daniela Lazarova | Radio Prague |
7 August 2019

For the first time ever, ten Czech students were admitted to the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program this year, giving them the chance to spend an academic year in the United States living with a volunteer host family and attending a U.S. high school. As they embarked on their adventure on Monday, the US ambassador to Prague, Stephen King, came to Prague airport to wish them a great year.

Restaurant tells visitors to "clear their plates" or pay 50 crown fine

By Daniela Lazarova | Radio Prague |
7 August 2019

Czech restaurants throw out tons of food every day. Many would like to give it away to the needy but strict health norms prevent that. Now a restaurant in Louny, north-west of Prague, has launched its own –somewhat drastic –battle against leftovers, telling guests to “eat up –or pay up.” People can pile as much as they want onto their plate but they have to eat up – or else get a 50 crown fine added to their bill.

Protesters block entrance to environment ministry

By Ian Willoughby | Radio Prague |
7 August 2019

Around 20 activists held a protest at the Ministry of the Environment in Prague on Tuesday morning. They blocked the entrance to the building and unfurled a banner suggesting department chief Richard Brabec was the “minister of environmental failure”. Demonstrators from the groups Extinction Rebellion CR and Limity jsme my said they wished to highlight what they called the Czech government’s irresponsible approach to climate issues.

Barbora Strycova named WTA breakthrough of month at 33

By Ian Willoughby | Radio Prague |
7 August 2019

Czech tennis player Barbora Strýcová has been voted WTA Breakthrough of the Month for July after enjoying the best Grand Slam of her career at the age of 33. She beat four seeds on route to the semi-finals at Wimbledon, the first time she had reached the last four at a major tournament.

Czech president offers condolences over mass shootings in the US

Radio Prague |
6 August 2019

Czech President Milos Zeman offered his condolences to his US counterpart Donald Trump on Monday, following two mass shootings in Texas and Ohio this weekend which left 29 people dead and at least 50 injured.

The Czech head of state called the attacks “brutal killings, which are nothing less than mass murder.”

Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček has also expressed his heartfelt condolences to the families of those killed and injured. According to the Czech Foreign Ministry, there are no Czechs among the victims of the shootings.

Highest monthly number of Czech rail deaths in years recorded in July

Radio Prague |
6 August 2019

One-hundred and 30 people died on Czech railways in the first seven months of this year, when 740 accidents were recorded. July alone saw 10 rail deaths, the highest number recorded in a single month in over a decade.
Between the start of January and the end of July this year no fewer than 740 collisions and other extraordinary events were recorded on the rail network of the Czech Republic, a daily average of around 3.5.

My Prague - Gerald Turner

By Ian Willoughby | Radio Prague |
6 August 2019

Gerald Turner is a leading translator of Czech literature into English and is currently preparing to take on no less a work than Jaroslav Hasek’s The Good Soldier Svejk. Our tour of “his Prague” begins at the pub U Parlamentu in the Old Town.

Are Czech butterflies disappearing due to farming and forestry mismanagement or climate change?

By Brian Kenety | Radio Prague |
6 August 2019

Scientists warn that some butterfly species are disappearing from the Czech countryside at an alarming rate. But opinion is divided as to the root cause. Some see it as a stemming from intensive farming and forest mismanagement on the local level. Others believe global climate change is to blame. Researchers at the Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences blame the disappearance of protected butterfly species on the state company charged with managing the nation’s 1.2 million hectares of forests.

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