Monday, 18 November 2019

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Czech companies dominate Deloitte's Central European tech ranking

Radio Prague |
21 October 2019

Despite the country's recent fall in the World Economic Forum's global competitiveness report, Czech technology start-ups seem to dominate in the Central European region. At least according to the latest ranking published by the accountancy firm Deloitte on Thursday, which placed 19 Czech businesses among its list of the top 50 home-grown technology companies in Central Europe.

Positive court ruling for last person to die in jail in communist Czechoslovakia

Radio Prague |
18 October 2019

A court has ruled that the last person who died in a communist jail in Czechoslovakia, Pavel Wonka, was being held unlawfully at the time of his death. The verdict brings to an end a case that began when the dissident and his brother tried to run for parliament as independents in the mid-1980s.

Rare Terezín ghetto artefacts found in attic of private home

Radio Prague |
18 October 2019

The reconstruction of a private home in Terezín has brought to light old documents and precious artefacts from the former Jewish ghetto. The unique find, which includes transport tickets and private correspondence, will be digitized and shown to the public. Among the bizarre objects uncovered is a timetable relating to the shifts of guards in the Terezín toilets. The most valuable part of the ghetto-related documents is the private correspondence of Anna Honningsberg.

Kafka's sketchbook among documents reclaimed and digitalised by Israeli library

Radio Prague |
18 October 2019

The National Library of Israel has started digitising a long-lost batch of archival materials, belonging to Franz Kafka's friend Max Brod. They include, among other things, Kafka's personal diary and a notebook in which he practiced Hebrew. Israel received the missing documents from a Swiss bank in August after years of international searches and legal disputes over the author's legacy.

State subsidies drive up bus passenger numbers

Radio Prague |
18 October 2019

State-subsidised travel for senior citizens and students has led to full buses in the Czech Republic, iDnes.cz reported. Experts say the government scheme is encouraging existing passengers to travel more.

Czech tales from the crypt: mummification as a status symbol

Radio Prague |
17 October 2019

When most people think of mummies, images of Egyptian pharaohs (or perhaps Hollywood B movies) likely first spring to mind. But in the Czech lands, too, there are quite a few conserved mummies, coming principally from the Renaissance era. Probably the best-known Czech mummies are in the Klatovy catacombs of the former Jesuit church.

Century-old Prague meteorological column restored to former glory

Radio Prague |
17 October 2019

A meteorological column erected on the Prague square Vítězné náměstí in 1914 has just been restored. It is one of only two remaining such columns in the Czech capital, though in the past they were a common sight in the city and indeed throughout the country. I discussed the restoration job and more with Eva Heyd of the Czech National Trust, who initiated the project.

Czechia drops to 32nd place in WEF Global Competitiveness Report

Radio Prague |
17 October 2019

The Czech Republic has dropped by three positions to 32nd place in the World Economic Forum's 2019 Global Competitiveness Report. Despite that, Czechia remains the most competitive economy in Central Europe, suggests the rating. It finished behind Estonia, but ahead of the other Visegard Four countries, Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary.

New pipe organ for St Vitus Cathedral resounds for first time

Radio Prague |
16 October 2019

The new pipe organ for St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague resounded for the first time on Monday in a workshop near Barcelona, in Spain, where the instrument is being built. The pipe organ was commissioned by the Catholic Church and part of its cost, estimated at CZK 80 million, was raised in a public collection.

Prague's famous Lennon Wall undergoing transformation

Radio Prague |
16 October 2019

The Lennon Wall, located in a secluded square in Malá Strana, had long been a traditional place where anybody was free to do any type of graffiti they want, though the general subject was John Lennon and world peace. But the overwhelming interest in it proved too much. Now the famous wall is undergoing a major transformation.

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