Tuesday, 21 August 2018

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The music of 1968

Radio Prague |
20 August 2018

The political liberalisation of the second half of the 1960s naturally also left its mark on the arts in Czechoslovakia. Among the biggest pop stars of that era was Marta Kubišová, who won three awards in the Golden Nightingale public poll.

Large supermarkets struggle with serious shortage of staff

Radio Prague |
20 August 2018

Large supermarkets in the Czech Republic are struggling with a serious shortage of employees, caused by record low unemployment. According to the website Novinky.cz, a lack of employees has forced the British supermarket chain Tesco to cut opening hours in its Czech stores.

Czech production of ice cream on the rise

Radio Prague |
17 August 2018

The Czech Republic produced over 44 million litres of ice cream last year, which is the highest figure since 2004. Czechs have surpassed other EU countries, such as Greece or Croatia, Czech Radio reported on Wednesday, citing data released by the European Union’s statistics office, Eurostat.

Billionaire Sehnal to run for mayor of Prague

Radio Prague |
17 August 2018

Billionaire Pavel Sehnal has announced that he will run for the post of mayor of Prague in municipal elections later this year, Novinky.cz reported on Thursday. Mr. Sehnal is chairman of the Civic Democratic Alliance, a grouping founded in 2016 that has the same name as a right-wing party that was active in the 1990s.

Czech hardy man conquers North Channel in 16 hours

Radio Prague |
17 August 2018

Czech hardy man Jaroslav Chytil, 42, has just made headlines by conquering the North Channel. The strait between Northern Ireland and south-western Scotland is considered to be the hardest channel swim in the world and few have managed to complete the crossing. Jaroslav is the 58th person in the world to do so.

Increasing number of municipalities limit tap water use

Radio Prague |
17 August 2018

According to the document, July was two degrees warmer than in the past 30 years, while rainfall levels dropped by over 50 percent below average. Hydrological drought, meaning abnormally low levels of water flow, has been declared on more than 50 percent of the country’s water streams.

Police request lifting immunity of communist MP Ondracek

Radio Prague |
17 August 2018

The police have asked the Chamber of Deputies to lift the parliamentary immunity of Communist Party MP Zdeněk Ondrácek so that he can face prosecution. No official reason has been given for the request but the news website Novinky.cz reported it concerned comments made by Mr. Ondrácek about Michal Horácek when the latter was a candidate for president.

Funeral of second of three soldiers killed in Afghanistan takes place

Radio Prague |
17 August 2018

The funeral of Kamil Benes, who was one of three Czech soldiers killed in a suicide attack in Afghanistan earlier this month, has been held. The minister of defence, Lubomír Metnar, and the chief of staff of the Czech army, Ales Opata, were among hundreds who attended the funeral mass in Hluboká nad Vltavou on Thursday morning. The service was preceded by a military flyby.

Politicians criticise Zeman over planned 1968 anniversary silence

Radio Prague |
17 August 2018

A number of Czech politicians have criticised President Milos Zeman’s decision not to speak in public in connection with Tuesday’s 50th anniversary of the invasion of Czechoslovakia by Warsaw Pact states. TOP 09 chairman Jiří Pospísil said Mr. Zeman was neglecting his constitutional duties in not taking part in events marking such a momentous anniversary for the country.

Artist teams up with Doctors Without Borders to take on demon diseases

Radio Prague |
16 August 2018

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Czech Republic has joined forces with artist Toy_Box to launch a new exhibition on Prague’s Artwall Gallery.

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