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EC adopts partnership agreement with Czech Republic

27-08-2014 15:13 | Jan Velinger

Photo: European Commission

Photo: European Commission

The European Commission has adopted a partnership agreement for EU structural and investment funds submitted by the Czech Republic. The document, which took three years to negotiate, outlines Czech investment strategy until 2020, and paves the way for the drawing of some 22 billion euros in funds.  More

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Alternative way of teaching maths increasingly popular in Czech schools

27-08-2014 15:13 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: archive of Fraus publishing If you ask Czech kids what is their most hated subject at school, the answer is nearly always the same: mathematics. This may soon change, however, with more and more schools pushing an alternative way of teaching mathematics, the so-called Hejný method. It has now been adopted by more than 350 schools around the country and for the first time this year, it will also be tested in grades five to nine.  More

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In Focus

Raketon - a myriad of sounds on two strings

26-08-2014 15:36 | Masha Volynsky

Raketon, photo: Tomáš Rasl A one-of-a-kind instrument called raketon made its first public appearance three years ago in a museum exhibit, but this week it had its debut in a contemporary classical music concert, together with Prague’s Berg Orchestra. I had a chance to speak to Raketon’s inventor Michal Cimala and to composer Jakub Rataj who mastered this simple and elegant instrument and wrote the first orchestral piece that includes it.  More

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One on One

Darek Jakubowicz: One of group of Bohemians’ fans about to retrace famous 1927 tour of Australia

25-08-2014 15:51 | Ian Willoughby

Darek Jakubowicz, photo: Ian Willoughby Next Monday a group of fans of Bohemians 1905 are setting off on a huge adventure. The supporters are heading to Australia to retrace a famous 1920s tour that gave the Prague soccer club both their name and their “kangaroo” logo. Among the party visiting 10 cities Down Under will be Darek Jakubowicz, whose family company are majority shareholders and main sponsors of Bohemians. More

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My Prague

My Prague – Adam Štěch

23-08-2014 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Adam Štěch, photo: Ian Willoughby Adam Štěch writes for the leading Czech design magazine Dolce Vita, as well as high-end international outlets like the website Coolhunting and Mark magazine. He also takes part in projects around Europe as part of the Okolo design collective, which produces an impressive magazine of its own. Our tour of “Adam Štěch’s Prague” begins downtown on the plaza beside the National Theatre and behind the institution’s futuristic New Stage building.  More

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SoundCzech

Words, words, words

23-08-2014 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: Kristýna Maková Hello and welcome to another edition of SoundCzech in which you can learn Czech phrases with the help of song lyrics. Today’s song is by the group Spiritual Kvintet and the phrase to listen out for is “správné slovo”.  More

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Arts

Nika Kupyrova: Creating myths of home and demons that hide within

22-08-2014 15:50 | Masha Volynsky

'Head Hunter', photo: Nika Kupyrova Nika Kupyrova has traversed Europe from East to West and back. Born in Ukraine and having grown up in Prague, she went on to study art in Edinburgh and Iceland. Now Nika lives and works in Vienna, and partly in Prague, creating installations and photographs of dream-like creatures and spaces. Currently, the young artist has an installation at the Windows Gallery in Vienna - the new art space of the Czech Center in Austria.  More

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Business

Czech Aeroholding will use incentives in bid to establish direct flight from Prague to Shanghai

27-08-2014 16:26 | Tom McEnchroe

Photo: Filip Jandourek Up to 38 million crowns in incentives will be used in order to promote a direct air connection between Prague and China, Tomáš Neřold, spokesman for the Ministry of Transport told the Czech News Agency (Č TK) on Wednesday. The announcement came after...  More

Fairtrade mark popularity rises at a rapid pace in the Czech Republic

26-08-2014 16:07 | Tom McEnchroe

It has been ten years since products bearing the Fairtrade Certificate started being sold on the Czech market. The anniversary comes side by side news that 2013 was the best year for Fairtrade sales in the country so far. With Czechs having bought products...  More

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Sports News

Sports News

25-08-2014 15:53 | Ian Willoughby

Sparta Prague - Dukla Prague, photo: CTK In Sports News this Monday: Two league defeats in two weekends for Sparta – weakened side no excuse, says Lavička; Špotáková beaten for first time this season in Birmingham; Kvitová lifts New Haven title on eve of US Open; and no medals for Czechs at...  More

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Current Affairs

Wage increase at National Theatre a compromise, director says

26-08-2014 14:35 | Jan Velinger

National Theatre in Prague, photo: Khalil Baalbaki Employees at the country’s highly-respected National Theatre can expect a little extra next year when it comes to their monthly paychecks. Funds, allowing for a salary rise for the institution’s employees, were agreed recently by the country’s finance...  More

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Czech firm develops technique to turn water hyacinths into paper in Kenya

26-08-2014 14:35 | Ian Willoughby

Michal Gorec, photo: CTK After being contacted by a Czech aid worker with links to Kenya, a craft paper producer in North Bohemia has come up with a method under which locals on Lake Victoria will be able to turn water hyacinths – an aquatic plant causing great environmental...  More

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Sunday Music Show

Brno’s alternative “supergroup” Dunaj

24-08-2014 02:01 | Jan Richter

Dunaj, photo: Czech Television In the late 1980s, the city of Brno boasted a vibrant rock scene with one of its major fixtures being the band Dunaj. The group formed in 1987 by the singer Iva Bittová, drummer Pavel Fajt and other renowned musicians, and went on to release four studio...  More

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Czech Life

The “Old Bohemian” Trdelník

23-08-2014 02:01 | Dominik Jůn

Trdelník, photo: Kristýna Maková Old Town Square in the middle of a typically busy tourist-filled summer’s day. Along one side are several food stalls, which are a relatively new feature for the Old Town. They are selling crepes and hams and sausages and one unmistakable stall is selling...  More

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Panorama

Summer school in Dobruška brings together Czech expats from around the world

21-08-2014 16:48 | Tom McEnchroe

Photo: archive of Radio Prague Each summer the small eastern Bohemian town of Dobruška becomes a home to dozens of people from around the world who come to reconnect with the language and customs of their Czech ancestors. The summer programme, organized by Prague’s Charles University...  More

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