Thursday, 15 November 2018

Radio Prague

Planner: Prague centre population fell way before Airbnb

Radio Prague |
12 November 2018

In recent years, Prague has seen a surge in the number of people offering their rooms and apartments for rent. In fact, every fifth apartment in the downtown area is now rented out via Airbnb or similar services, according to a new study. But experts say fears of city centre depopulation may be exaggerated.

AbeBooks reverse decision to withdraw from Czech market

Radio Prague |
9 November 2018

Amazon subsidiary AbeBooks, the largest online marketplace for rare and second-hand books, has cancelled its decision to withdraw from the Czech Republic and several other countries, following protests by booksellers from around the world.

New book of soldiers' letters and memoirs brings personal account of WWI

Radio Prague |
9 November 2018

One of the new books out marking the anniversary of the end of WWI is a collection of soldiers' letters, diaries and memoirs giving a personal account of life in the trenches and on the battlefield.

Czech Women's Lobby: societal view on rape underscores importance of "Istanbul Convention"

Radio Prague |
9 November 2018

The Czech Republic – along with most Council of Europe member states – has signed on to the "Istanbul Convention", which aims at preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, and adapted its legislation towards ratifying the treaty. The main challenge now, according to the Czech Women's Lobby, is to take concrete steps to better prevent such violence and help those who fall victim to it.

Ministry of Culture nominates candidates for UNESCO list

Radio Prague |
9 November 2018

Craftsmen producing glass Christmas ornaments and resist block printing are eagerly awaiting the decision of a UNESCO committee that is to decide whether they will have the honour of being listed on its Intangible Cultural Heritage list. Meanwhile the country's beer barrel coopers, bagpipers and chenille fabric producers are hoping to be nominated in the future.

Czech company to manufacture and test parts of the Ariane 6 space rocket

Radio Prague |
8 November 2018

The Klatovy-based company Aerotech Czech will be manufacturing and testing parts of the propulsion system of the European Space Agency's (ESA) upcoming Ariane 6. The carrier rocket is set to have its first launch in 2020 and will carry a Czech flag on its hull.

World booksellers withdraw from Abe platform in solidarity with Czech colleagues

Radio Prague |
8 November 2018

Second-hand booksellers in the Czech Republic and several other countries have lost a significant outlet to sell their books abroad after an Amazon subsidiary AbeBooks announced it would no longer support them. In reaction to the announcement, more than 450 antiquarian booksellers from all around the world pulled their books off the website in solidarity with those affected.

Czechs to roll out "world's first food rating app"

Radio Prague |
8 November 2018

The Czech food rating app Foodgroot aims to "disrupt" the industry by giving consumers the power to evaluate every product on the grocery store shelf with the touch of a button. At the most basic level, this means the quality to cost ratio – whether it's worth paying more for a certain brand. Down the road, Foodgroot founder and CEO Petr Václavek says, the app will rate products on over 70 parameters, from their organic make-up, eco footprint – even to what kind of grass milk cows are eating.

Czech foreign minister: US mid-term results may benefit transatlantic ties

Radio Prague |
8 November 2018

The Czech Republic's Social Democrat minister of foreign affairs says the Democrats' seizure of the US House of Representatives could lessen the impact of some of Donald Trump's policies. But the head of the right-wing Civic Democrats calls the results a clear success for the Republicans, who have tightened their grip on the Senate.

Camera traps shed new light on wildcat presence in Czech Republic

Radio Prague |
7 November 2018

The wildcat is a small carnivorous species that once inhabited the Czech Republic's forests, before it was hunted down at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries. However, images of the wildcat recently captured by camera traps in some parts of the Czech Republic suggest that the rare feline may once again be settling in the country.

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