Friday, 29 May 2020

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Czech cycling through the covid-19 crisis

Radio Prague |
1 May 2020

The COVID-19 crisis leads to some unexpected positive trends. Many Czechs have exchanged their cars for bicycles. In fact, so many people are getting on their bikes that it can lead to congestion on some of the most popular cycling paths and forest roads in the country.

Covid-19 under control, focus on targeted testing, smart quarantine

Radio Prague |
1 May 2020

The coronavirus epidemic in Czechia is abating, the nation's top health authorities said on Thursday. The number of new infections is projected to slow to 15 per day in May, and the overall number of cases to total 8,500 by month's end. The government has extended the ongoing state of emergency until May 17, following approval earlier this week by the lower house of Parliament. Most containment measures are likely to remain in place at least until June.

New biography traces journey of Czechoslovakia's last president

Radio Prague |
30 April 2020

Dr. David Gilbreath Barton, an award-winning American journalist and psychotherapist, moved to Prague in the heady early days of Václav Havel's presidency. His new biography, Havel: Unfinished Revolution, is an intimate, sweeping portrayal of Havel's underground years and inward journey.

In memoriam: Philosopher and underground lecturer Ladislav Hejdánek who helped shape Charter 77

Radio Prague |
30 April 2020

Czech philosopher Ladislav Hejdánek died on Monday at the age of 92. He is primarily remembered as one of the first spokespeople of the Charter 77 initiative – and for his role as a lecturer at underground seminars during the 1980s.

Czech territory facing worst drought in half millennium

Radio Prague |
30 April 2020

This part of the world is now facing its worst period of drought in 500 years, according to data from the scientific team InterSucho. Experts from the Czech Academy of Sciences and Mendel University in Brno say the current situation is caused not only by a lack of rainfall, but also by increasing evaporation rates, induced by higher temperatures.

Association: Coronavirus crisis unlikely to dent Czech property prices

Radio Prague |
30 April 2020

The coronavirus crisis is not likely to cause a fall in property prices in the Czech Republic, the Association for the Development of the Property Market said this week. However, a slowdown in sales can be expected, the group said.

"It's a tough decision": 2020 Karlovy Vary film festival cancelled

Radio Prague |
29 April 2020

This year's Karlovy Vary International Film Festival will not take place, the organisers announced. Some of programme planned for this year should still – on a far smaller scale – reach domestic audiences in the summer.

Cash withdrawals drop by nearly 50 percent amidst coronavirus restrictions

Radio Prague |
29 April 2020

The coronavirus outbreak is forcing Czech consumers to change their shopping habits, the daily e15 reported on Tuesday. The number of cash withdrawals from ATM machines dropped by nearly 50 percent since the government declared a state of emergency in mid-March. At the same time, Czech banks have reported a steep increase in electronic payments.

Czech politicians get protection after reports they may become target of Kremlin hit

Radio Prague |
29 April 2020

Three weeks ago, a member of the Russian intelligence community traveled to Prague with a suitcase containing the highly potent toxin called ricin, possibly to be used against Czech politicians who have angered the Kremlin, the weekly Respekt reported last week. Moscow has since denied the news, but the Czech Foreign Office has warned Russia that there would be consequences if anything were to happen to the concerned individuals.

Jan P. Muchow: In Ecstasy of St. Theresa we didn't appreciate the opportunity we had

Radio Prague |
29 April 2020

Born in the then East Germany, musician and producer Jan P. Muchow moved to Prague with his family as a small child and in his teens was a promising football player. But sport's loss was music's gain when he founded The Ecstasy of Saint Theresa.

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