Friday, 14 December 2018

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Czech property prices rises slow - but not in Prague

Radio Prague |
23 November 2018

The rise in apartment prices in the Czech Republic, which has been extremely rapid in recent years, has come to a halt or at least decelerated, due to Czechs reaching the limits of their purchasing power as well as new mortgage regulations, iDnes.cz reported. However, things are rather different in Prague, the news site said. The average cost of a new flat in Prague has now passed the CZK 100,000 a square metre mark and prices are expected to continue getting higher in the city.

Jágr chosen as the face of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games hockey tournament

Radio Prague |
22 November 2018

Jaromír Jágr is to be the public face of the ice hockey tournament at Beijing's Winter Olympic Games in 2022. Jágr thus joins Canadian legend Wayne Gretzky among the personalities that are helping prepare and develop Chinese ice hockey. But it is not only on the level of personalities that cooperation is growing.

Roma social worker from Ostrava listed on BBC 100 Women list

Radio Prague |
22 November 2018

Elena Gorolová, a Roma social worker from the north Moravian city of Ostrava, has been included on an annual BBC list of 100 inspirational and influential women for 2018. The BBC highlighted Ms Gorolová's campaign against forced sterilisation as well as her work to return institutionalised children to their birth families.

Czech liquor producer Becherovka announces record export numbers and plans to "Go West"

Radio Prague |
22 November 2018

The Carlsbad based Jan Becher company, which produces the iconic Czech liquor known as 'Becherovka', has announced record export numbers for the fiscal year between July 2017 – July 2018, with eight percent growth. In a press release on Wednesday, the company said it intends to focus more on exports to western countries in the future.

Ex-East StratCom Task Force stalwart Jakub Kalenský on EU efforts vs Russian disinformation

Radio Prague |
22 November 2018

Jakub Kalenský was among the first to join the skeleton staff of the East StratCom Task Force, the European Union's first direct initiative to identify, debunk and counter Russia's disinformation campaigns.

Concrete administration building wins Czech architecture prize

Radio Prague |
22 November 2018

David Kraus's administration building in Strančice won this year's annual Czech architecture award. The building was praised by an international jury for its regional uniqueness and received the prize on Monday at a ceremony, in Prague's Forum Karlín. The design, along with the winners of partner prizes, will be shown at special exhibitions in Prague and Brno.

Government report highlights alarming state of Czech forests

Radio Prague |
21 November 2018

The impact of global climate change in the Czech Republic can be felt more strongly than ever before, suggests a newly-released government report on the state of the Czech environment for the year 2017. One of the most pressing issues highlighted by the report is the alarming state of Czech forests.

Countries once divided by Iron Curtain join to protect environment

Radio Prague |
21 November 2018

The European Green Belt is a stretch of wilderness running along the former Iron Curtain, which once divided the continent. It has evolved along the border for more than four decades and today is the longest and largest ecological network of its kind not only in Europe, but in the whole world. The European Green Belt is also an ecological initiative that joins 24 states, which were once divided by the impenetrable borderline.

Government approves minimum wage hike for 2019

Radio Prague |
21 November 2018

The Czech government will increase the minimum wage by 1,150 crowns to 13,350 crowns a month from January 2019, Labour and Social Affairs Minister Jana Maláčová tweeted from an early morning cabinet meeting on Tuesday. The minister noted that it was the second highest increase of the minimum wage since 1991. Achieving this hike was one of the Social Democratic Party's policy program priorities.

Gail Papp on Václav Havel among New York's hippies - and under house arrest in communist Czechoslovakia

Radio Prague |
20 November 2018

Taking advantage of relative liberalisation at home, the young Václav Havel visited New York in the spring of 1968 for the US premiere of his second major play, The Memorandum. There he met Joseph Papp and his wife Gail.

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