Saturday, 17 August 2019

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Zeman rejection of Šmarda puts coalition gov't under intense pressure

Radio Prague |
16 August 2019

President Miloš Zeman says he will definitely not appoint the Social Democrats' nominee for arts minister to the post, reigniting a political crisis that has been going on for months. With the party insisting they get their way, the governing coalition's days could be numbered.

Jan Špidlen: Violins are so cleverly made that they really improve in time

Radio Prague |
16 August 2019

Jan Špidlen is the fourth generation of his family to work as a master violin maker. What are some of the secrets to crafting top class violins? And how has the industry changed in the last few decades?

New foreigners' law to change conditions for non-EU nationals

Radio Prague |
16 August 2019

An amendment to the law on foreigners, in effect as of the beginning of August, has brought a series of changes concerning mainly foreigners from non-EU countries. Among other things, it introduces compulsory integration courses and quotas for economic migration. But, according to migration experts, the law is excessively restrictive.

Tycoon Komárek looking West with huge new IT firm

Radio Prague |
16 August 2019

Tycoon Karel Komárek is expanding into the IT business in a big way, iHned.cz reported. His group KKCG is setting up a new holding company that aims to be the biggest Czech-owned IT firm in the country – and also to expand to Western European markets, iHned.cz said. Komárek is the third richest Czech. His business interests include betting company Sazka, crude oil and gas delivery via the firm MND and the Fischer travel agency.

Czech foreign ministry reports record number of visa applications

Radio Prague |
15 August 2019

The Czech Foreign Ministry has reported record interest in obtaining Czech visas. Between the start of January and the end of June, Czech diplomatic missions received 408,000 visa applications, 13 percent more than in the same period last year. The increase in visa applications is connected mainly with more available travel all around the world and with short-term work migration, says David Nový, head of the Visa Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Shortage of IT specialists leads to Czech firms looking at fresh starters, foreigners to fill positions

Radio Prague |
15 August 2019

With the economy growing and unemployment at record lows, many companies have no choice but to become more flexible in hiring. That includes setting up training courses and looking for potential employees abroad to fill IT jobs. At the same time, many Czechs are taking re-qualification courses in order to enter a sector that offers a wide variety of well-paid jobs.

Agrarian Chamber critical of UN report calling for reduction of animal farming

Radio Prague |
15 August 2019

One of the regional heads of the Czech Agrarian Chamber, Jaroslav Šíma, told the Czech News Agency on Tuesday that Czech farmers are against what they see as a campaign of describing pig and cattle farms as a major producer of greenhouse gasses.

Filip Koubek: Today's Czechs in Australia fit in easily

Radio Prague |
14 August 2019

Many Czechs in Australia will be familiar with the voice of Filip Koubek. This is because for many years he presented special Czech broadcasting produced by the country's SBS radio aimed at Czech expats living in the country. Now, more than 40 years after its launch, the service has been discontinued.

First Czech open prison reports record-low reoffending rate

Radio Prague |
14 August 2019

The Czech Republic's first open prison, which went into operation nearly two years ago, is reporting a record-low reoffending rate. So far, some 92 prisoners have served their time in the minimum-security facility and only three of them have returned behind bars. The reoffending rate at the country's regular prisons reaches 70 percent.

New index shows locations with best quality of life in Czech Republic

Radio Prague |
14 August 2019

A new ranking of the best and worst places to live in the Czech Republic has just been published. The country's major cities and surrounding municipalities generally performed well, while towns in the poorer regions of the northwest and northeast tend to lie at the bottom of the table.

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