Friday, 17 August 2018
News | Radio Prague

James Kakalios, author of The Physics of Superheroes was in the Czech Republic to give a talk at Colours of Ostrava’s Melting Pot forum. "I'm a physics professor at the University of Minnesota and I'm also a long-time comic book fan. That means that I'm technically a geek and a nerd. Sorry to your listeners, but I'm already married."

News | Radio Prague

More than 50 Jewish monuments around the country were open to the public free of charge on Sunday as part of this year’s Day of Jewish Monuments. Visitors were able to see synagogues, Jewish cemeteries and other buildings, some of which are normally not accessible. The event, organized by the Jewish community in Prague in cooperation with the Federation of Jewish Communities in the Czech Republic, was held for the third time.

National | Prague TV

Prague's Metro A line is turning 40 years old. Operations began Aug. 12, 1978, from Lenin station (Leninova is now called Dejvicka.) to Náměstí Míru. The Metro C line began in May 9, 1974. Metro B opened last, on Nov. 2, 1985. On Sunday, the Prague Public Transit Company (DPP) ran the original model 81-71 trains in four-car configurations, with drivers in period uniforms on August 12th.

Prague | Prague Morning

The 8th annual Prague Pride took place from August 6 to August 12. The week-long festival celebrating the LGBT community had a record attendance of 90,000 people. Five thousand more people took part in the celebrations compared to last year. Around 40,000 people watched Saturday’s parade which set off from Wenceslas Square and ended at Prague’s Letná plain, where a concert was held.

News | Radio Prague

A Czech tourist has died after jumping off seaside cliffs on the Spanish island of Mallorca, Czech Foreign Ministry Michaela Lagronová confirmed on Saturday. The incident happened on Friday evening. The body of the 24-year-old was retrieved from the rocky coastal cliffs by rescuers

National | Radio Prague

August 11 proved to be the most tragic day on Czech roads so far this year. A total of six people, four of them motorcyclists, lost their lives in traffic accidents, on Saturday, the Czech News Agency has reported. The number of motorcycle fatalities in the Czech Republic ranks among the worst in Europe and the number of accidents traditionally increases during the summer months.

News | Radio Prague

A pilot died after his ultralight plane crashed during an airshow near Prachatice in South Bohemia on Saturday. The pilot was the only person inside the aircraft when it came down. The airshow was cancelled following the crash. It is not yet clear what caused the accident.

News | Prague TV

People in Prague will have the chance to a meteor shower on the night of Aug. 12–13, and forecasts so far call for clear skies. The best viewing of the Perseid meteor shower should be from midnight to 4 am, and the moon will be almost in its new phase, so it will not be adding too much light to the sky. The meteor shower can be seen with the naked eye or binoculars. Meteors are colloquially called shooting stars.

Politics | The Guardian

The ghosts of the past are returning to haunt the Czech Republic’s communists just as they become closer to gaining power than at any time in the past 30 years. A month after agreeing to prop up a minority coalition government led by the country’s second-richest person, Andrej Babis, the once all-powerful Communist party of Bohemia and Moravia (KSČM) is being confronted with one of its most baleful legacies: the brutal crushing in 1968 known as the Prague Spring.

News | Radio Prague

Several firefighter units were trying to extinguish a blaze that broke out at a waste sorting facility in Kutná Hora, just 50 kilometers out of Prague. The fire has already spread to a nearby field. A third degree fire-alert is in place, a spokesman for the fire service Jaroslav Gabriel told the Czech News Agency. Several firefighters, who are trying to prevent the blaze from spreading to a nearby hall, have collapsed as a result of the intense heat.

News | Radio Prague

Ninety years ago to this day, on the 12th of August, 1928, Leoš Janáček, one of the most significant Czech composers, died in a hospital in Ostrava. He was brought there from his native Hukvaldy in North Moravia, where he was spending his holidays. The native region was a major inspiration for Janáček. He was interested not only in folk songs, but he also heard musical motives in the melody of the local dialect.

National | Euronews/Reuters

The Czech Republic has negotiated the release of two workers for a German humanitarian group in Syria, the Czech foreign ministry said on Thursday. The Czech Republic is the only country in Europe that maintains diplomatic relations in Syria, torn by seven years of civil war. The Czechs provide consular services for European Union citizens and act as intermediaries for other countries.

National | Radio Prague

A storm is brewing in the Czech government over financial support to NGOs. The prime minister's ANO party wants to cut state support for NGOs by CZK 3 billion, while its coalition partner, the Social Democrats, are vehemently against the plan. The debate is now focused on which NGOs should have their state support slashed.

National | Prague TV

About 9 percent of vehicles in Prague with the highest emissions produce 60 percent of the air pollution particles, according to results of a Czech Technical University (ČVUT) study.

Prague | Prague TV

Tram traffic should get back to normal between Palmovka and Kobylisy at the start of September, but not before more temporary changes. Zenklova Street will reopen to tram traffic Sept. 1 and be completely reopened Nov. 1.