Wednesday, 17 October 2018

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Thomas Archer Bata: My childhood holidays were to shoe factories

Radio Prague |
11 September 2018

Thomas Archer Bata is in charge of global marketing for the Bata shoe company, which has more than 5,000 stores in over 70 countries all around the globe. He is the only member of the Bata family working at the famous firm, which his great-grandfather, Tomáš Baťa, founded in the Moravian town of Zlín at the end of the 19th century.

Sensors tested by the Czech Technical University in Prague could prevent bridge collapse

Radio Prague |
11 September 2018

Scientists from the Czech Technical University in Prague are testing sensors built into bridges that should be able to continually monitor the strain and tension within the construction. If successful, the system could help prevent bridge overloads and other technical problems.

Prague author gives 'Slavic Misery' a witty tribute in book, online

Radio Prague |
10 September 2018

Welsh writer John Bills currently resides in Prague, but his fondness for Central and Eastern Europe stretches beyond the borders of the Czech Republic. So far beyond, in fact, that he's written a 600-page book dedicated to history's greatest Slavs, wryly titled An Illustrated History of Slavic Misery.

Kupka exhibition opens at Prague's National Gallery

Radio Prague |
10 September 2018

An exhibition of work by the major Czech modernist painter František Kupka has got underway at the National Gallery in Prague. Entitled František Kupka 1871–1957, it is the first retrospective of the artist's work since the 1989 exhibition in Paris.

Futurologists flock to Prague as Future Port Prague opens up

Radio Prague |
7 September 2018

Dozens of experts from all over the world gathered at a conference today, which opened up this year's edition of Future Port Prague. The two day show, taking place in the Prague Market, will also feature a machine ethics symposium and a festival, showing many of the latest technological inventions to the public.

Masaryk returning to Kostelec, hat not in hand

Radio Prague |
7 September 2018

To mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia, the town of Kostelec nad Orlicí took up a public collection to erect a new statue of the country's founder and first president, Tomáš Garrique Masaryk. But it won't be a faithful replica of the original – removed by the Nazis and later melted down by the Communists.

Study: State pays for people with unfinished education

Radio Prague |
7 September 2018

Secondary-school graduates in the Czech Republic earn about one third more during their lifetimes than do graduates of vocational schools and about 60 percent more than people with basic education, suggests a new study carried out by the Czech Republic's Agency for Social Inclusion, quoted by the daily Mladá Fronta dnes.

Ambassador to NATO Jiří Šedivý: Czechs on target to combat new threats

Radio Prague |
7 September 2018

The Czech Republic is on target to meet its NATO commitments – in terms of spending on defence, taking part in foreign missions in deadly hotspots such as Afghanistan, and countering new types of threats, from cyberwarfare to disinformation campaigns. In a wide-ranging interview, Czech Ambassador to NATO Jiří Šedivý takes stock of the many challenges ahead.

New website documents communist-era anti-Semitism

Radio Prague |
6 September 2018

Whether it was in the show trials of the 1950s or reporting from the Middle East, an undercurrent of anti-Semitism was present in the communist propaganda apparatus in Czechoslovakia. At least that is what a new website aimed at teachers in secondary schools and just released by the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes reveals.

Overcrowded Czech prisons spur renewed calls for alternative sentencing

Radio Prague |
6 September 2018

There are more people behind bars in the Czech Republic per capita than anywhere else in central Europe, despite efforts over the past decade to promote alternative sentences, such as house arrest or work-release programmes. With the penal system at overcapacity, Prison Service officials have renewed calls for action.

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