Friday, 29 May 2020

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EC warns Czech Republic about growing regional disparities post-coronavirus

Radio Prague |
22 May 2020

The EC has issued a set of country-specific recommendations for EU member states aimed at speeding up the recovery of the European economy and mitigating the impacts of the coronavirus crisis. The Czech government needs to support employment through active labour market policies, help small and medium-sized enterprises, and invest in digitization.

Prague City Tourism shifts the focus to domestic tourists

Radio Prague |
22 May 2020

At the start of the year Prague was gearing up for another record tourist season, but as the coronavirus pandemic hit, the city's tourist figures plummeted. Cancelled flights and closed borders saw the number of foreign visitors to the Czech Republic drop by nearly a third in the first quarter and the outlooks for the rest of the year are bleak. In fact, Barbora Hruba, from Prague City Tourism says there is scant hope of a revival anytime soon.

Prague's Loreto gets new bell chime for first time in more than century

Radio Prague |
21 May 2020

After more than a hundred years, the historical bell chime at Prague's Loreto Church is getting a new melody. The song, a Baroque Hymn called Maria Maria, was played on the 27-bell carillon for the first time on Wednesday evening, at six o'clock.

Czech musicians among cultural sector's most affected by coronavirus measures

Radio Prague |
21 May 2020

A research project mapping the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on the Czech cultural sector – from the fine arts, to music and theatre – has just published its initial findings. The aim is not just to tally the financial losses but also to help the sector navigate its gradual return to "normal".

State to help cover rents of companies hit by coronavirus crisis

Radio Prague |
21 May 2020

The Czech government has this week approved a new scheme under which the state will help companies struggling due to the coronavirus crisis to pay their rent. The programme will cover up to half of rental costs and will draw on CZK 5 billion from the state coffers.

First ever Indo-European settlement discovered on Czech territory

Radio Prague |
20 May 2020

For the first time ever archaeologists have uncovered a settlement belonging to the Corded Ware culture on Czech territory. This type of pottery is believed to have been typical for the Indo-European settlers whose language is the ancestor of modern Romance, Germanic and Slavic languages.

Holiday destinations slowly taking shape as coronavirus epidemic declines in Europe

Radio Prague |
20 May 2020

As life slowly returns to normal on the continent, people have started making holiday plans and bilateral talks are underway to ascertain under what conditions European states will be ready to open their doors to tourists. Many Czechs have become resigned to holidaying at home this year, but for those unwilling to forego foreign holidays several options are taking shape.

Czechia fighting obesity

Radio Prague |
20 May 2020

Like other industrial countries, Czechia is struggling to deal with the problem of overweight and obesity. A recent report by the World Health Organization showed that some 80% of Czech children are not getting enough exercise. The problem has become so serious that in some cases obesity treatment for children is covered by standard health insurance.

Czech car production plunges by nearly 90 percent in April

Radio Prague |
20 May 2020

Production of passenger cars in the Czech Republic dropped by a record 88.5 percent year-on-year in April to 14,589 units, the Czech Automobile Industry Association announced on Tuesday. In the period between January and April, production dropped by over 30 percent to 337,497 units. The Czech Republic's biggest exporter Škoda Auto produced 218,374 cars in April, which is 29.6 percent less than in the same period last year.

"A love letter to the city": Amos Chapple on his stunning rooftop photos of Prague

Radio Prague |
19 May 2020

High above street level, scores of magnificent statues gaze down over the historical centre of Prague. These rooftop figures – which normally go virtually unnoticed – are now the focus of a project by Amos Chapple, a New Zealand-born photographer resident in the Czech capital.

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