Saturday, 30 May 2020

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'Velvet Retro': Historian Veronika Pehe on Czech pop culture

Radio Prague |
29 May 2020

Popular films, TV series and novels can profoundly shape a nation's collective memory and cement the evolving historical master narrative. In her new book, historian Veronika Pehe examines the evolving ways the era has been portrayed since 1989 – from early comedies to tragic narratives that cast the past as trauma.

Czech gov't moves to granting medical marijuana production licences to multiple growers

Radio Prague |
29 May 2020

The Czech government has approved a draft amendment to the Act on Addictive Substances that will allow issuing licences to both grow and export medical marijuana. The bill would also newly allow more than a single central producer, with the State Institute for Drug Control granting licences to smaller ones.

More contactless, less cash on delivery: crisis impacting Czech payment methods

Radio Prague |
29 May 2020

Czechs' payments methods have been affected by the coronavirus crisis, with people increasingly preferring to use bank cards when making online purchases, rather than paying cash on delivery, according to a report released by the Czech Banking Association on Thursday.

Czech state to provide loan for nuclear unit due to launch in 2037

Radio Prague |
29 May 2020

The Czech state will provide a loan to CEZ to build a new unit at the Dukovany nuclear power station, government leaders have announced. The state should contribute around 70 percent of the expected cost of the major, long-discussed project.

Czech experts recognised for water project aimed at returning landscape to mid-19th century

Radio Prague |
28 May 2020

A water restoration project from the Czech Republic has been selected among the top 10 nominees for this year's Stockholm Water Prize, known informally as the Nobel Prize of water. Created by the association Živá voda, it shows how to retain water in the landscape by renewing the small water cycle.

Official: Covid-19 not primary cause of death in 60% of those who have died with disease

Radio Prague |
28 May 2020

According to the Czech Republic's health information agency, Covid-19 has not been the primary cause of death in about 60 percent of those who have died with the disease in this country. Two-thirds of the deceased have been aged 75 or over.

FinMin plans to hike cigarette taxes, revamp popular meal vouchers benefit scheme

Radio Prague |
28 May 2020

The excise tax on tobacco and cigarettes should grow by about 5 percent a year between 2021 and 2023. At the same time, a so-called meal voucher package will be introduced as an alternative to the current 'stravenky' system, according to new measures announced by the Ministry of Finance.

Exhibition of facemasks at National Museum

Radio Prague |
27 May 2020

The National Museum in Prague has launched an exhibition of home-made and designer facemasks, which have become a symbol of the nation's fight against the coronavirus.

Various initiatives seek to support Czech book market recovering from coronavirus lockdown

Radio Prague |
27 May 2020

A variety of public and private projects have sprung up in order to help the Czech book market, heavily impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, get back on its feet. Among them is an initiative to get the public to support their favourite small bookstores through purchases and monthly stipends for authors.

Czech gov't reopens borders sooner than planned, special regime with Slovakia

Radio Prague |
27 May 2020

The Czech government has moved to ease travel with three of the country’s neighbour states. All border crossings with Austria and Germany reopened on Tuesday, with only random checks. Cross-border travel between the Czech Republic and Slovakia will be eased as of Wednesday, ahead of a major loosening of travel restrictions in mid-June.

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