07-02-2016 15:45

Sunday Music Show

Birthday tribute to singer songwriter Vladimír Merta

07-02-2016 02:01 | Ruth Fraňková

Vladimír Merta, photo: Prokop Havel Today’s edition of Sunday Music Show is dedicated to Vladimír Merta, one of the country’s best singer-songwriters and an excellent guitarist, who has just celebrated his 70th birthday. He marked the day earlier this week with a concert at Prague’s Akropolis, which was attended by a number of guest musicians, including Jaromír Nohavica, Vladimír Mišík and Michal Prokop.  More

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Czech Life

Czech scientists calculate whether 'Goldilocks' planet can exist near a cold black hole

06-02-2016 02:01 | Jan Velinger

Black hole, photo: NASA Anyone who saw the 2014 space opera Interstellar will remember that planets featured in the film, visited by a crew from Earth, orbited not a star but a massive black hole called Gargantua, its accretion disc the source of heat and light. Much of the science in the film was calculated by renowned physicist Kip Thorne and indeed the treatment of black holes in the film was a source of inspiration for scientists even here in the Czech Republic. More

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To be tongue-tied

06-02-2016 02:01 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: Kristýna Maková Hello and welcome to a fresh edition of SoundCzech, in which you can learn interesting Czech idioms with the help of song lyrics. Today’s song is by the singer and song writer Michal Prokop. It’s called Blues o spolykaných slovech or Blues about swallowed words and the phrase to listen out for is slova váznou na jazyku:  More

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New dean of NATO Defense College: Our perception of what presents a threat sometimes differs

04-02-2016 15:58 | Daniela Lazarová

František Mičánek, photo: archive of University of Defense in Brno Brigadier General František Mičánek, head of the Centre for Security and Military Strategic Studies at the University of Defense in Brno, was recently elected Dean of NATO Defense College in Rome. He is the second Czech to secure a high post in NATO defense structures, following General Petr Pavel’s appointment as chairman of NATO's Military Committee.  More

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Czech euro enthusiasts fear delay will make adoption a lot more difficult

03-02-2016 13:53 | Chris Johnstone

Bohuslav Sobotka, Valdis Dombrovskis, photo: CTK Czech Secretary of State for European Affairs Tomáš Prouza kicked off an all day conference last week about the benefits and risks of adopting the single currency euro. He wants the issue to return to the centre stage again although euro backers are now in a minority in the Czech Republic. More

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Travel Tip

Vlčnov celebrates the reign of new boy-king

03-02-2016 15:27 | Daniela Lazarová

Šimon Pešl, photo: CTK The wine flowed freely and the music played until the small hours at the annual costume ball in the town of Vlčnov last Saturday. The ball annually launches the reign of the new boy-king elected by the young men who’d come of age the previous year. The centuries old tradition, which culminates with the Ride of the Kings in May, is on UNESCO’s cultural heritage list.  More

One on One

Jana Kománková: DJ and critic now battling the grey with arts site

01-02-2016 15:24 | Ian Willoughby

Jana Kománková, photo: archive of Jana Kománková Jana Kománková runs Proti šedi (which translates as “against the grey”), a highly useful one-stop website for anybody interested in arts events in Prague. She has been a well-known name in local alternative music circles since the early 1990s, as a deejay with Radio 1 and a critic with numerous magazines and newspapers. Remarkably the Prague-born Kománková began reviewing concerts for Rock & Pop at only 17. More

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Business News

05-02-2016 16:45 | Jan Velinger

Illustrative photo: jannoon028 / Business round-up: Czech Republic reaches 21st spot on Economic Freedom Index; European Commission sees Czech growth at 2.3 percent; Municipal court rejects legal complaint against Prague 7 shopping centre and administrative building.   More

Prague transit company looking for feedback on new EVO1

05-02-2016 15:36 | Jan Velinger

EVO1, photo: CTK The Prague Public Transport Authority has begun ‘field testing’ a new tram, the low-floor EVO1. As of Monday this week, commuters on the No. 6 line were able to travel on the new transit vehicle and at the weekend the tram will be running again on the...  More


Current Affairs

US shocked by release of terrorist suspects, as Czech government brings home missing Czechs

05-02-2016 13:41 | Daniela Lazarová

Ali Fayad, photo: CTK Five Czechs who had been missing and presumed kidnapped in Lebanon for five months arrived home on Thursday after the Czech government freed two Lebanese nationals wanted by the United States. The swap, which Czech officials have not officially confirmed,...  More

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Czech steelmakers fear flood of Chinese imports

05-02-2016 13:41 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: Czech Television China’s relative economic downturn means that a lot of its low cost steel is being exported around the world with Europe one of the main target markets. And already worried Czech steel makers fear that even worse might be on the horizon if changes soon...  More

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In Focus

Czech town bikes gear up after first wave of success

02-02-2016 16:17 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: Citybikes Officials in Brussels will soon be riding the streets of the European capital on Czech bikes. The Prague-based company Citybikes has recently won a tender to provide their electric bikes to the European Parliament. The company, which was established...  More

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Sports News

Sports News

01-02-2016 15:54 | Ian Willoughby

Tomáš Rosický, photo: Miroslav Bureš In Sports News this Monday: Rosický reported to be side-lined again after first appearance of season; Kováč to hang up boots at end of season; Sáblíková wins 10th successive World Cup title early; and no joy for Czechs in Melbourne doubles.   More

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