Friday, 22 March 2019

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European turtle dove named Bird of the Year

Radio Prague |
4 March 2019

The Czech Society for Ornithology has announced that 2019's Bird of the Year is the European turtle dove. The bird, which has a strong footprint in Czech culture, is currently on hard times with population numbers reduced by more than two thirds since the early 1980s.

From pen and paper games to multi-million selling titles - the story of the Czech video game industry

Radio Prague |
4 March 2019

Just this month, Warhorse Studios, one of the country's most successful videogame studios, was bought by a foreign investor in a CZK 850 million deal. It is the successful conclusion to a project that just five years ago had to resort to Kickstarter to fund its first game.

Bílá Hora - a last resort for die-hard ski enthusiasts

Radio Prague |
4 March 2019

Despite the spell of unseasonably warm weather, most of the country's skiing resorts are still in operation, thanks to heavy snowfall earlier this year. And even in Prague, where the first signs of spring can already be spotted, the skiing season is not quite over.

Revised GDP data show Czech economy doing well despite Eurozone downturn

Radio Prague |
4 March 2019

The Czech economy grew 2.8 percent year on year in the final quarter of 2018, above market expectations, revised data released on Friday by the Czech Statistical Office show. Analysts said it sent a positive signal that domestic growth remains sold despite a downturn in the Eurozone, and in particular Germany, the Czech Republic's main export market.

Inside the atelier of twin sister 'Dames of Czech Culture' Jitka and Květa Válová

Radio Prague |
1 March 2019

Twin sisters Jitka and Květa Válová, named "Dames of Czech Culture" in memorandum this week, were once described by a Communist zealot as an "ulcer on the red face of Kladno", the industrial Bohemian city of their birth.

Measles outbreak in Czech Republic as vaccination rate drops below protective threshold

Radio Prague |
1 March 2019

The World Health Organization is ringing alarm bells as an increasing number of European countries, including the Czech Republic are fighting an outbreak of measles. Measles cases in Europe tripled in 2018.

Taximeters, roof lights and knowledge tests no longer required - major overhaul of taxi donditions planned

Radio Prague |
1 March 2019

The Czech government has just approved a bill under which the providers of taxi services would no longer be required to use taximeters. Ministers say they want to create a level playing field for operators of app-based services. For their part, traditional taxi firms say the move could lead to major problems.

A look back at six decades of VOA broadcasting in Czech

Radio Prague |
1 March 2019

Voice of America (VOA), today the largest U.S. government-funded international broadcaster, ceased its Czech language broadcasts exactly 15 years ago today, on 27 February 2004, shortly ahead of the country's accession to the European Union.

Czechia returns to Milan Triennial after fifty-year break

Radio Prague |
28 February 2019

The Czech Republic will be represented by two works of art, Out of Power Tower by Krištof Kintera and Lithopy by Denisa Kera, which explore the theme of energy wastage and mocks the current craze for cryptocurrencies.

Masopust - a carnivalesque, movable feast before the fast

Radio Prague |
28 February 2019

"Masopust", the time of carnivals which historically ended on Ash Wednesday, is the oldest continuous holiday feast in the Czech lands. In terms of cultural memory, it is also the longest still transmitted – its significance and meaning passed down from generation to generation.

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