Friday, 23 October 2020

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Coalition parties agree rules for short-time working scheme

Radio Prague |
25 September 2020

The parties in the coalition government have agreed on rules for introducing kurzarbeit, or short-time working. Under their proposals, the government would only pay part of workers' salaries in the event of a major threat to the Czech economy.

New gallery dedicated to documentary photography opens in Prague

Radio Prague |
25 September 2020

A new gallery dedicated to documentary photography has opened in Prague's Smíchov district. It was established by the 400 ASA association, which brings together seven distinguished Czech photographers, including Antonín Kratochvíl, Tomki Němec, Karel Cudlín and Alžběta Jungrová.

Czech researchers develop 3D-printed, tailor-made artificial joints to last a lifetime

Radio Prague |
25 September 2020

Researchers from the Brno University of Technology have developed tailor-made joint replacements designed to last a lifetime. What's more, unlike current essentially one-size-fits all implants, the new 3D-printed prosthetic ones do not require healthy bone – or much tissue – to be removed.

'The SS Officer's Armchair: Uncovering the hidden life of a Nazi' stationed in occupied Prague

Radio Prague |
24 September 2020

Dr Robert Griesinger, a low-ranking Nazi official and SS Officer stationed in Prague in the final years of the Second World War, entered the life of British historian Daniel Lee quite unexpectedly. It began with an antique armchair.

More than 60,000 people used RegioJet train connection to Croatia this summer

Radio Prague |
24 September 2020

More than 60,000 people from the Czech Republic and Slovakia travelled to Croatia with the private rail company RegioJet this summer, the company announced this week. The direct overnight train connection to Croatia was launched at the end of June and runs until September 25.

Czechs begin shooting 'Slovan' miniseries in Proto-Slavic dialogue

Radio Prague |
24 September 2020

Shooting has begun on a Czech miniseries called 'Slovan' set in the 7th century following the death of Samo, a Frankish merchant who founded the first recorded political entity of the Slavic people.

Czech researchers complete first stage of Covid-19 emergency vaccine

Radio Prague |
24 September 2020

On Tuesday, the daily Lidové noviny broke the story that after four months of development a joint research programme led by three Czech public health institutions has successfully completed the first stage of a domestic coronavirus vaccine. Whether to continue developing the drug or not is one of the questions faced by the newly incumbent health minister, Roman Prymula.

Computer translator CUBBITT "reaching quality of human professionals"

Radio Prague |
23 September 2020

A team of scientists from Charles University and the University of Oxford have developed a new computer translation programme called CUBBITT. After testing how the programme compared with its human counterparts, the team published a paper in the prestigious Nature Communications journal claiming that it challenges the long-held view that computers can't translate as well as humans.

New health minister calls on nation to "pull together" to overcome crisis

Radio Prague |
23 September 2020

The newly appointed health minister, Roman Prymula, gave his first press briefing in office on Tuesday, telling Czechs things were likely to get worse before they got better and urging them to pull together to help overcome the coronavirus crisis.

Over CZK 1 billion approved for Covid rent-funding programme

Radio Prague |
22 September 2020

More than CZK 1 billion worth of state rent subsidies have been approved since the government's Covid rent programme was launched three months ago. In total 17,290 applications for rent relief, worth a total of CZK 2.4 billion, have been sent to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Czech News Agency reported on Monday.

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