Friday, 4 December 2020

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Czech Radio's charity project helping cheer up lonely seniors

Radio Prague |
23 November 2020

Czech Radio has launched a fourth edition of its nationwide charity project called Ježíškova vnoučata or Santa's Grandchildren. It aims to encourage members of the public to grant the elderly living in social facilities a wish as a special Christmas gift. The project also aims to interconnect generations. Its organizers say helping seniors during the coronavirus crisis is more important than ever.

Old Jewish cemetery in Kolín

Radio Prague |
23 November 2020

More than 2,600 gravestones have been preserved at the Old Jewish cemetery in Kolín. This makes it the second most important Jewish cemetery in the Czech Republic, right after the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague.

The story of the Czech "Bethlehem"

Radio Prague |
23 November 2020

Czechia has a Bethlehem. No one knows when and why it got its biblical name, but it is a unique quarter of 200-years-old log cottages in the town of Hlinsko. Formerly a center of pottery making and later weaving, it is now an open-air museum.

Black death: Prague's Jewish Ghetto and the plague of 1713

Radio Prague |
20 November 2020

For the past few years, the American historian Joshua Teplitsky has been collecting materials to write a microhistory of an early 18th century outbreak of plague in Prague, focusing on the city's large Jewish population. Suddenly, he found himself writing in the midst of a coronavirus outbreak.

Report: Czechs breathe cleanest air in years

Radio Prague |
20 November 2020

According to an annual report issued by the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute, the Czech Republic had the cleanest air in the past eleven years in 2019. Data for this year have also been promising so far. Among the factors that contributed to the positive trend were warm temperatures in winter, rainy and windy weather, but also the coronavirus outbreak. Petra Kolínská from the environmental NGO Zelený kruh says that there are still striking differences between different regions.

Bust unveiled to pioneering Czech surgeon Eduard Albert

Radio Prague |
20 November 2020

This week, Charles University unveiled a bust to one of the most accomplished Czech surgeons - Eduard Albert. Little known today outside his discipline, Albert's name has nevertheless enshrined itself into Czech history through the various events that took place on Albertov, the street named after him.

Survey: Majority of Czechs planning an ordinary Christmas despite epidemic

Radio Prague |
19 November 2020

Despite the Czech Republic still being heavily affected by the second wave of the Covid-19 epidemic, a slight majority of Czechs does not plan to make any changes to their standard Christmas plans, according to a newly released survey conducted by the Median agency for Czech Radio.

The story of Moravian wine

Radio Prague |
19 November 2020

In the eastern part of the Czech Republic, Saint Martin's day is a celebration of wine. While the country is deservedly famous for its beer, there is a whole world of wine to be tasted and savored in the south-eastern region.

Hundreds of Czechs train as Red Cross healthcare volunteers

Radio Prague |
19 November 2020

Over 700 Czechs have already undergone training organised by the Czech Red Cross to become voluntary healthcare assistants. The course was launched in September amid a surge of new coronavirus cases, which left the country's hospitals and social care facilities facing a serious shortage of medical staff.

Humanoid robot helping out at Czech hospital

Radio Prague |
18 November 2020

Faced with a lack of staff during the coronavirus crisis hospitals are getting help from all sides – students of medicine, medics who had long left the profession and soldiers. However a hospital in the town of Hořovice, west of Prague, has gone a step further. The staff there is being ably assisted by a humanoid robot.

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