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Czechs begin shooting 'Slovan' miniseries in Proto-Slavic dialogue

Radio Prague |
24 September 2020

Shooting has begun on a Czech miniseries called 'Slovan' set in the 7th century following the death of Samo, a Frankish merchant who founded the first recorded political entity of the Slavic people.

Czech researchers complete first stage of Covid-19 emergency vaccine

Radio Prague |
24 September 2020

On Tuesday, the daily Lidové noviny broke the story that after four months of development a joint research programme led by three Czech public health institutions has successfully completed the first stage of a domestic coronavirus vaccine. Whether to continue developing the drug or not is one of the questions faced by the newly incumbent health minister, Roman Prymula.

Computer translator CUBBITT "reaching quality of human professionals"

Radio Prague |
23 September 2020

A team of scientists from Charles University and the University of Oxford have developed a new computer translation programme called CUBBITT. After testing how the programme compared with its human counterparts, the team published a paper in the prestigious Nature Communications journal claiming that it challenges the long-held view that computers can't translate as well as humans.

New health minister calls on nation to "pull together" to overcome crisis

Radio Prague |
23 September 2020

The newly appointed health minister, Roman Prymula, gave his first press briefing in office on Tuesday, telling Czechs things were likely to get worse before they got better and urging them to pull together to help overcome the coronavirus crisis.

Over CZK 1 billion approved for Covid rent-funding programme

Radio Prague |
22 September 2020

More than CZK 1 billion worth of state rent subsidies have been approved since the government's Covid rent programme was launched three months ago. In total 17,290 applications for rent relief, worth a total of CZK 2.4 billion, have been sent to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Czech News Agency reported on Monday.

Hometown of Olympic gold medallist Emil Zátopek to immortalize him in bronze

Radio Prague |
22 September 2020

The northern Moravian town of Kopřivnice this weekend officially launched a public collection to fund a statue of favourite son Emil Zátopek – arguably the greatest distance runner in history – in time for the 100th anniversary of his birth next September.

Obligatory integration courses for foreigners to start next year

Radio Prague |
21 September 2020

Under a new government plan, some foreigners who wish to stay long-term in the Czech Republic will have to undergo a compulsory integration course from next year. It should introduce participants to various aspects of Czech culture and is partly intended to prevent social isolation and security risks, including terrorism.

New exhibition depicts life of pre-war Czech-Jewish family

Radio Prague |
21 September 2020

The Winternitz Villa in Prague is housing an exhibition titled "No night so dark". It documents the history of a successful Czech-Jewish family, the Wels', which was almost completely wiped out during World War Two.

Podyjí – the best preserved river valley in the Czech Republic

Radio Prague |
21 September 2020

The Podyjí National Park, the only such park in Moravia and the smallest in the country, is somewhat different than the country's mountainous areas. Apart from beautiful views of the meanders of the river Dyje, its main draws are unique animals and plants.

Klatovy: Walking among mummies

Radio Prague |
21 September 2020

Members of the Jesuit order came to Klatovy during the Thirty Years' War in the 17th Century. And they left more than just a few beautiful baroque buildings. One of their legacies is a crypt with dozens of mummified bodies of people who died in the 17th and 18th centuries.

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