Wednesday, 23 January 2019

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Researchers study impact of air quality on human health

Radio Prague |
23 January 2019

A unique, five-year project is currently underway in the Czech Republic, focusing on the long-term impact of air pollution on people living in the heavily-industrial region of north-east Moravia. Over the course of five years, scientists will be comparing the health data of thousands of people from different regions of the country, focusing on those who are most vulnerable to air pollution.

"Republic" bonds get off to good start

Radio Prague |
23 January 2019

The Finance Ministry has announced that orders for the special "Republic" bonds, issued to mark the centenary of Czechoslovakia late last year have exceeded 3 billion Czech crowns. A second issue of the bonds has already come on the market.

Bill legalising gay marriage to be debated this week

Radio Prague |
22 January 2019

The Czech Republic could become the first post-communist country to legalise same sex marriage. An amendment to the country's Civil Code is set to have its first reading in Parliament this week. While polls show that the majority of the country supports the move, there is also an opposing bill on the table.

Marketer: Low on vacation time, Americans want the highlights when they visit Czechia

Radio Prague |
22 January 2019

Visit Czech Republic posts wonderful photos on social media aimed at lovers of the country and potential first-time travellers to this part of the world. In North America, Visit@CZ – which is run by state agency CzechTourism – is represented by digital and social marketer Jiří Dužár.

Innovation seen as key to restoring Czech competitiveness

Radio Prague |
22 January 2019

The Czech economy is by some measures the most competitive in Central and Eastern Europe. But productivity has not kept pace with the rapid wage growth of recent years. And without greater state support for applied research and to encourage innovation, the Ministry of Industry warns, long-term competitiveness – already now "frozen" – could plummet. "Although we have an excellent position in terms of macroeconomic stability, we need to improve our innovative capabilities," says minister Marta Nováková.

Famous rock group Dunaj is back

Radio Prague |
21 January 2019

Brno band Dunaj has recently got back together and features all three of its best musicians. Bass guitarist Vladimír Václavek, guitarist Josef Ostřanský and drummer Pavel Koudelka are all singers.

Cross-country skiing in Czechia

Radio Prague |
21 January 2019

Cross-country skiing is becoming the thing "to do" in the Czech Republic. In the past two or three decades, more Czechs preferred downhill skiing either at home or in one of Europe's Alpine countries, such as neighbouring Austria. Nowadays, the number of cross-country skiing enthusiasts matches those who prefer to head for the slopes and lifts.

Prime Minister Babiš wants strategic partnership with India

Radio Prague |
21 January 2019

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš wants to promote his country's relations with India to a strategic partnership. He said so in an opening speech at the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit in Gandhinagar, where he also met with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.

Populist media boss forms new political movement

Radio Prague |
21 January 2019

The owner and chief presenter of the country's most controversial television channel, Jaromír Soukup, has announced the creation of his own political movement. While it is not yet clear in which elections he intends to run, the move is expected to shake up the Czech anti-establishment political scene quite a bit. While the news soon echoed through the Czech media, not all were surprised. Political scientist Petr Just says that such an announcement was expected to come eventually.

Czech president slams spy chief, education minister for discussing "Soviet" bias in school curriculum

Radio Prague |
21 January 2019

President Miloš Zeman has lashed out at the education minister for having met the director of the counter-intelligence service BIS to discuss the agency's warning that a "Soviet narrative" still dominates the teaching of modern history in Czech schools.

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