Monday, 18 November 2019

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Czech experts join world scientists' warning about climate change becoming an emergency

Radio Prague |
7 November 2019

More than 11,000 scientists from all over the world, including dozens of experts from the Czech Republic, have signed a report which for the first time labels climate change as an 'emergency.' The declaration warns that the climate crisis is accelerating faster than expected and urges world leaders to take immediate steps to mitigate the crisis.

Polná na Šumavě: independent life in a former Czech military zone

Radio Prague |
7 November 2019

Before the Velvet Revolution, the picturesque southern Bohemian village of Polná na Šumavě, like others within the 22,000 hectares comprising the Boletice military training zone, was strictly off limits to most civilians. But a decade ago, the military began excluding populated areas from the vast no-go zone. Czech Radio recently visited Polná na Šumavě to get a sense of what life is like in such reborn villages.

Adapterra Awards acknowledge projects helping fight climate change

Radio Prague |
6 November 2019

The first Adapterra Awards, presented by the Czech environmental foundation Partnership on Monday, awarded altogether five projects for their contribution to fighting climate change, including a house with a marsh plant roof, a bird reserve in east Bohemia and an environmentally friendly canoe and kayak factory.

Forgotten Czech net bag makes a comeback

Radio Prague |
6 November 2019

Czechs are known around the world for a number of inventions, such as soft contact lenses or the Semtex plastic explosive. But not many know that they also invented the so-called síťovka or net bag, which was a predecessor of the widely used plastic bags.

Czech women lose a month's earnings due to gender pay gap

Radio Prague |
6 November 2019

The Czech Republic is one of the countries with the largest gender pay gap in the EU. On average, women earn a fifth less than men, and the annual difference exceeds one month's earnings. In an effort to combat this discrimination, the Ministry of Labour has launched a project called "22% to equality", in reference to the difference in female and male incomes. The project involves comprehensive research, but also a web payroll calculator or an "equal pay program" for employers.

Headmasters at Czech schols most overburdened by administration in EU, study shows

Radio Prague |
5 November 2019

According to a new study published by CERGE-EI, the Economics Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences, directors of Czech schools have the highest administrative burden compared to their counterparts in other EU countries. Partly a result of excessive decentralisation, the study claims.

Iconic Czech brands that survived completition from the West after the fall of communism

Radio Prague |
5 November 2019

The fall of communism 30 years ago and the transition to a market economy had a major impact on many Czech producers and even the country's iconic brands. Some of them failed to survive the tough competition they suddenly faced, others adopted a fresh strategy and stayed at the top.

Unions: Strike Wednesday will hit most Czech schools

Radio Prague |
5 November 2019

Due to a strike many Czech schools are set to close on Wednesday, while others will have limited service. Teachers unions have called the one-day walkout after a breakdown in pay talks, though government officials argue that salaries are increasing significantly. Czech teachers' unions are demanding a 10-percent rise in the basic pay of educators and other school staff from the start of 2020.

Jan Masaryk's great niece welcomes fresh investigation into foreign minister's mysterious death

Radio Prague |
4 November 2019

Thanks to a unique sound recording acquired by Czech Radio, the state attorney's office has ordered a new investigation into the death of foreign minister Jan Masaryk, son of the country's first president T.G. Masaryk, in February 1948. His great niece Charlotta Kotik has welcomed the news and is hoping to help the investigation.

Czech music scene mourns loss of violinist and folk musician Jitka Šuranská

Radio Prague |
4 November 2019

Czech violinist and folk music singer Jitka Šuranská passed away last week at the age of 41. The three-time Anděl Award winner became a star on the folk and world music scene, recording a series of albums with traditional folk music.

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