Friday, 14 August 2020

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Czechs launch suicide prevention plan after spike during coronavirus pandemic

Radio Prague |
3 August 2020

On average more than 1,300 Czechs take their own lives each year. While the suicide rate has been dropping steadily since the 1970s, there are signs that the coronavirus crisis has led to a spike. Against that backdrop, the Government Council for Mental Health has approved a comprehensive suicide prevention plan.

Soos Nature Reserve – a journey into the Quaternary

Radio Prague |
3 August 2020

A vast peat bog with numerous mineral springs, dubbed the Czech Yellowstone, is located north of the spa town Františkovy Lázně. It is home to a vast number of protected animal species as well as wetland and halophytes.

Retracing the steps of Clementinum's Jesuit astronomers

Radio Prague |
4 August 2020

Directly across from Charles Bridge in Prague's Old Town stands the Clementinum. The sprawling complex of baroque buildings has been a centre of learning, science, and a rich spiritual life since the Middle Ages.

Big Apple recording with Pivec and Co. bears fruit for Vojtěch Dyk

Radio Prague |
3 August 2020

For his latest LP, Vojtěch Dyk hooked up with Big Apple-based organist Ondřej Pivec and members of his group the Kennedy Administration. The resultant record D.Y.K., which at times brings to mind the great Stevie Wonder, brings the funk in a big way.

UN warns decline in insect species could spell disaster

Radio Prague |
31 July 2020

The UN has warned that bees, butterflies and various insects that act as pollinators are disappearing from the globe at an alarming speed. Experts say over 40 percent of insect species around the world are threatened with extinction and warn that this could have a devastating impact on humankind.

Skoda Auto sees slump in sales due to coronavirus

Radio Prague |
31 July 2020

The car industry has been hit hard by the coronavirus crisis as lockdowns halted production lines and closed showrooms. Skoda Auto, one of the driving forces of the Czech economy, saw a 33 percent drop in sales in the first half of this year.

'Blood libel': Czech lawyer specialising in judicial rehabilitation takes on Hilsner Affair of 1899

Radio Prague |
31 July 2020

In the early summer of 1899, just as the infamous Dreyfus Affair was reaching its climax in France, another case now emblematic of anti-Semitism and injustice enveloped the Czech lands and wider Austrian Empire. Now, more than 120 years later, a Czech lawyer specialising in defending and "rehabilitating" unjustly persecuted people is pushing to reopen the case.

Minister outlines plan for up to 25,000 Covid-19 tests a day

Radio Prague |
31 July 2020

The number of people tested for Covid-19 in the Czech Republic looks set to increase. The minister of health says that up to 25,000 tests could be carried out daily, adding that this will prove useful when the country is also hit by regular winter illnesses.

'A soul full of clockworks'

Radio Prague |
30 July 2020

Patrik Pařízek is a specialist in the artistic craftsmanship of historical clocks. So specialised, in fact, he had to search for a Czech university that would let him pursue a doctorate on the subject.

EC approves Czech aid to companies affected by coronavirus crisis

Radio Prague |
30 July 2020

The European Commission has approved the Czech government's scheme to help companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The Commission on Monday validated a loan guarantee scheme of around CZK 500 billion to support lending activities for businesses. In addition, the European Commission has approved a Czech wage subsidy scheme amounting to CZK 22.9 billion.

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