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Porters planned after failure to install escalators at new Metro station serving airport

01-04-2015 16:18 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: Filip Jandourek

Photo: Filip Jandourek

A shiny new Metro station will from Monday serve travellers using Prague’s Václav Havel Airport. However, the Nádraží Veleslavín station has not been fitted with escalators leading to street level. To get around the problem, porters will be employed to help people with heavy luggage in what is said to be a unique service in Europe. More

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Czech firm receives prestigious award for developing technology to turn used cooking oil into bioplastic

01-04-2015 16:18 | Jan Velinger

Illustrative photo: Barbora Kmentová The Czech company Nafigate Corporation has just been awarded a prestigious award for innovation in technology by Frost & Sullivan. Several years ago the firm licensed a patent developed by the Technological University in Brno for turning used cooking oil into bioplastic. The company is continuing to develop the system for large-scale commercial use, beneficial not only in cutting waste but also for providing biodegradable plastic in a number of fields. More

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Marketplace

American turns passion for children’s books into business

01-04-2015 16:19 | Ruth Fraňková

Jeffrey Zamoff, photo: BrownBoxBooks Facebook page American Jeffrey Zamoff has been living in Prague for six years, earning his living as an English teacher and collecting and selling old vinyl records for pleasure. Two years ago, he decided to enlarge his offer with used English books for kids and discovered a hole in the market. His hobby soon turned into a small business, and besides running an internet shop, he has just opened a brick and mortar shop in the city.  More

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Special

Czech women released after two years in captivity say it is hard to believe they are finally free

30-03-2015 12:00 | Daniela Lazarová

Antonie Chrástecká, Hana Humpálová, photo: CTK Two Czech women who were kidnapped in Pakistan in 2013 returned home on Friday after the Turkish Humanitarian Relief Foundation IHH secured their release. The good news reverberated around the country, but even 48 hours later, no details have emerged as to who held the young women captive or where they spent the past two years.  More

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Sports News

Sports News

30-03-2015 15:23 | Chris Johnstone

Czech Republic - Lithuania, photo: CTK In Sports News this week: Czech football team loses winning ways in European Championship qualifiers; Petr Čech’s long reign comes to an end; Litvínov and Třinec take early leads in the play-offs; and Africans again dominate Prague Half Marathon. More

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Czech Books

Lucie Lomová: no bounds to reality

28-03-2015 02:01 | David Vaughan

Lucie Lomová, photo: Robert Sedmík Comic books and graphic novels are rapidly becoming a popular and recognized form of Czech literature and they build on a tradition in this country that goes back well over a century. Lucie Lomová is one of the foremost representatives of the art form here and her books both for children and adults are hugely popular. A testimony to her talent is the fact that her books have made an impact even in France, the spiritual home of the comic strip. More

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An American foodie goes to Prague

The trials and tribulations of Czech "polední" menus

28-03-2015 02:01 | Halley Crane

Photo: Halley Crane My mother always told me that breakfast was the most important meal of the day, but in Prague, that statement has some real competition against the mid day meal that reigns supreme. In contrast to the customs back in America, lunch is a time to eat out, enjoy a beer, and take a break from the office for a hot meal. Lunchtime is the best time to experience traditional Czech fare.  More

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Business

Travel Service becomes second biggest shareholder in Czech Airlines

01-04-2015 14:54 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: Filip Jandourek The Czech Republic’s national carrier Czech Airlines is no longer a state-owned company. This week, its majority stake has moved into the hands of private companies. Travel Service company, a member of Unimex Group, announced on Tuesday that it has finalised...  More

Deadline for income tax returns arrives – but filing (slightly) late possible

31-03-2015 13:11 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: Tomáš Adamec Queues have been forming at tax offices around the Czech Republic ahead of Wednesday’s deadline for filing income tax returns. Those who submit their documentation after the last day of March may face fines.   More

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In Focus

Czech Academy of Sciences head discusses upcoming events to mark 125th anniversary

31-03-2015 16:05 | Miroslav Krupička, Ruth Fraňková

Jiří Drahoš, photo: Alžběta Švarcová The Czech Academy of Sciences this year marks 125 years since its establishment. The country’s largest research institution will celebrate the anniversary with a series of events that will take place throughout the whole year. One of the highlights of...  More

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Current Affairs

Czech police cleared of serious faults over Uherský Brod shooting

31-03-2015 15:10 | Chris Johnstone

Interior Minister Milan Chovanec, Police President Tomáš Tuhý, Michaela Hýbnerová, photo: CTK Police came in for a lot of criticism in the immediate aftermath of the Uherský Brod shooting in which a gunman shot dead eight before killing himself. The main answers were given on Tuesday when the results of the internal police investigation were...  More

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Visitors invited to Václav Havel office

31-03-2015 15:10 | Ruth Fraňková

Former First Lady Dagmar Havlová in Václav Havel’s office, photo: CTK People from all over the world will soon have a chance to visit the office of the late Czech president Václav Havel. Although the office won’t open its door to the public, it will be accessible on-line. Next Monday, the Dagmar and Václav Havel Foundation...  More

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Sunday Music Show

Czech music for children: from folk music to rock

29-03-2015 03:01 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: Štěpánka Budková Lots of Czech musicians of the younger generation have recently turned their attention to children.   More

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Czech Life

Pavlov animal rescue centre successfully breeds & raises European mink

28-03-2015 02:01 | Jan Velinger

European mink, photo: CTK Stanice Pavlov, a recognised animal rescue station in the Czech-Moravian highlands, succeeded after several years of set-backs in successfully breeding a litter of European mink. The European mink, an endangered animal, has disappeared from most of continental...  More

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Arts

Days of European Film will offer top titles, a look at European comedy

27-03-2015 16:38 | Jan Velinger

Photo: archive of Radio Prague The 22nd inception of the respected Days of European Film is still two weeks away but now is the time to start thinking about tickets. This year the festival promises a number of titles, not only in Prague but also Brno and other cities. Radio Prague...  More

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