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Small general goods & grocery stores hard hit by hyper- and supermarket chains

23-04-2014 15:41 | Jan Velinger

Photo: Pavel Pavlas

Photo: Pavel Pavlas

The results of a study released by Nielsen this week suggest the last 15 years have been less than kind to small grocery and variety stores in the Czech Republic. While in 2000 there were more than 10,600, the number has since dropped by roughly a third. The reason? Hyper- and supermarket chains which have largely changed how Czechs do their shopping.  More

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Authorities pledge clampdown on car clocking

23-04-2014 15:41 | Jan Richter

Photo: Ondřej Jánoška Czech officials have pledged to crack down on the widespread practice of altering used cars’ mileage. It is estimated that half of all second-hand vehicles sold are “clocked”, costing customers dozens of billions each year. The Ministry of Industry and Trade now wants to make mileage manipulation a criminal offense.  More

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In Focus

Bubny train station saw darkest moments of Prague's history

22-04-2014 15:09 | Masha Volynsky

The Kaddish exhibit, photo: Archive of the Shoa Memorial The run-down Praha-Bubny train station is now a fairly insignificant stop on commuter train routes going to and from destinations west of Prague. But in the early 1940’s, this was the setting for one of the darkest and cruelest chapters in Czech history. Now there are plans to create a memorial to victims of the Holocaust right in this station.  More

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Special

Czech Easter music – from carols to cantatas

21-04-2014 02:01 | Pavla Horáková

Photo: CzechTourism In the Czech Republic, celebrations of the moveable holiday of Easter combine Christian traditions and age-old pagan customs. Music plays an important part in the celebrations, spanning from folk chants to religious oratorios. In this year’s Easter Monday special we will give you a taste of Czech Easter music, from carols to cantatas.  More

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Sunday Music Show

Tomáš Kočko and Orchestra playing music from the Beskydy Mountains

20-04-2014 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Tomáš Kočko, photo: Official website of Tomáš Kočko On our Easter Sunday Music show we profile Tomáš Kočko a truly versatile musician who combines folk, rock, ethno and jazz. Tomáš Kočko and Orchestra have 9 CDs to their name, including Hodovnice which draws on the way of life, traditions and legends of the inhabitants of the Beskydy Mountains.  More

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Mailbox

19-04-2014 02:01 | Pavla Horáková

Henri de Blowitz In today's Mailbox: new listeners, listening to Radio Prague online and on mobile phones, comments on Radio Prague's stories on Facebook. Listeners quoted: Adita Prithika, Yukiko Tsuji, Nigel Lee, Bob McKendrick, Mohammed Nazih, Jayanta Chakrabarty, Li Ming, Atish Bhattacharya, Mary Lou Krenek, Colin Law.  More

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Arts

Kůra festival of experimental art takes place in Kutná Hora

18-04-2014 15:52 | Jan Velinger

This Friday sees the start of Kůra - a two-day festival of experimental art and music held in a 19th century brewery in Kutná Hora, east of Prague. The fest is in just its second year but will see work by some 60 artists and musicians, from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and further abroad.  More

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Business

Hungary’s MOL to buy AGIP petrol stations in Czech Republic

23-04-2014 16:40 | Jan Richter

Photo: CTK Hungarian refinery giant MOL is about to seal a deal with AGIP to buy the Italian’s firm 124 petrol stations in the Czech Republic, the Czech daily Hospodářské Noviny reported. If the deal goes through, MOL will become the second biggest player on the...  More

Data indicate country’s EU accession had positive impact on Czech exports

22-04-2014 16:46 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: athewma, stock.XCHNG Comparative data released by the Czech Statistics Office on the 10th anniversary of the Czech Republic’s accession to the European Union indicate that the country’s export-oriented economy greatly benefited from the move. In the past ten years the country...  More

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Current Affairs

Czech scientists denounce Environment Ministry’s plans for Šumava

22-04-2014 15:01 | Jan Richter

Photo: Filip Jandourek A group of Czech scientists is threatening to launch legal action against the Czech Republic over what they see as its failure to provide appropriate protection to the Šumava National Park. The Czech Environment Ministry plans to designate 23 percent...  More

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Nymburk pair to pedal 850km down Elbe to North Sea in plastic bottle boat

22-04-2014 13:27 | Rob Cameron

Photo: Rob Cameron Two local boys from Nymburk – about 50km east of Prague – will set out on an unusual journey at the end of June; peddling almost a thousand kilometres down the River Elbe to Hamburg in a boat made out of plastic water bottles. Honza Kára, a 22-year-old...  More

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Czech Life

Igor Lobovský – founder of Vodáci sobě

19-04-2014 02:01 | Jan Velinger

Igor Lobovský, photo: archive of Igor Lobovský Canoeing or rafting in the Czech Republic for many is more than a sport or pastime it is a way of life, a tradition going back decades that is capped on summer evenings with summer bonfires, pork sausages (špekáčky), music and beer. Web developer Igor...  More

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SoundCzech

I am full of steam and going strong

19-04-2014 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: archive of Radio Prague Hello and welcome to SoundCzech, Radio Prague’s Czech language course in which you can learn new phrases with the help of song lyrics. Today’s song by Michal Tučný and is called Mam Páru – and that is the phrase to listen out for.   More

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Panorama

Prague Zoo taking responsibility for the survival of endangered breeds

17-04-2014 16:18 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: Kristýna Maková Three years ago Prague Zoo launched its biggest conservation project to date – helping to save the Przewalski horse from extinction. The zoo successfully breeds these Mongolian wild horses here in the Czech Republic and then transports them to the Mongolian...  More

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