Current Affairs

Pyrotechnics team reaches epicentre of munitions site blast

22-10-2014 15:51 | Jan Velinger

Photo: CTK

Photo: CTK

Members of a police pyrotechnical team this week reached the epicentre of a blast which destroyed a munitions depot in Vrbětice, near Zlín, last Thursday. Two people remain missing but it will be some time before a proper search can be conducted in the devastated area.  More

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Defence minister slammed over remarks made by his TV show character

22-10-2014 15:51 | Jan Richter

Martin Stropnický in Afghanistan, photo: archive of Czech Army Czech Defence Minister Martin Stropnický has come under fire over his role as a detective in a popular TV crime show. An actor by profession, Mr Stropnický has remained on the cast of the series even after he was appointed minister. But his character’s investigation of drug smuggling by Czech troops from Afghanistan in the show’s latest episode has sparked a lively debate in the lower house on whether this is an appropriate part to play for the defence minister.  More

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Wild boars cause millions of crowns in damage in agriculture sector

22-10-2014 15:53 | Jan Velinger

Wild boar, photo: archive of Radio Prague Uprooted earth, ruined fields, leftover bits of corn, beetroot and wheat gobbled up: each year, wild boars in the Czech Republic cause extensive damage. Legally, game keeping associations are responsible for the regulation of population levels; in the case of wild boar, many argue, new steps need to be taken. Last year, 185,000 specimens were hunted, yet damage remains in the millions of crowns.  More

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One on One

Thomas Szende: co-founder of the Prague Thrift Store

20-10-2014 15:46 | Dominik Jůn

Photo: archive of Prague Thrift Store Thomas Szende, a Budapest-born management consultant moved to the Czech Republic in 2005 where, along with his wife, he founded the Prague Thrift Store. When we met up to talk about his successful endeavour, I noted that the stores are charity-oriented, which is quite a rare thing to see in the Czech Republic. More

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Sports News

Sports News

20-10-2014 13:59 | Ian Willoughby

Milan Baroš, photo: CTK In Sports News this Monday: Baroš fails to make dream return to Baník Ostrava after missing chance in dying minutes; Plzeň remain top of league; Berdych wins in Stockholm for 10th title of career; Kvitová prepares for first match at WTA Finals; and Třinec are way out in front in Extraliga.  More

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Czech Life

Artist Jen Lewin and organiser Pavel Sedlák on the Prague Light Festival

18-10-2014 02:01 | Dominik Jůn

'The Pool', photo: archive of Signal festival Hello and welcome to a special programme looking at the upcoming Signal Prague Light Festival, which is taking place from 16-19th October. It is the second year that the festival is reaching Prague, bringing light art works to various locations across the city.  More

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Letter from Prague

A New Yorker’s experience with the Czech language

18-10-2014 02:01 | Jelani Spencer-Joe

Photo: Vendula Kosíková It’s officially been one month since I landed in Prague and began my study abroad program. Whenever someone from home asks me about the most surprising things about Prague, after mentioning the well-behaved dogs that are too independent for leashes, I usually say the Czech language and that there’s a large Asian population living here. I find it funny that these are the two things giving me, a native hailing from New York City, the most culture shock.  More

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Czech MPs pave way for FATCA deal with US

22-10-2014 16:37 | Jan Richter

Photo: Dani Simmonds / freeimages The lower house of Parliament has approved legislation that allows the exchange of information about banking accounts with other countries. The bill is a prerequisite for the implementation of the FATCA agreement with the United States which will require...  More

Belarus increasingly attractive for Czech exporters

21-10-2014 16:34 | Jan Richter

Photo: Tomáš Adamec Trade between the Czech Republic and Belarus has been steadily growing over the past decade, with Czech exports to that country having risen by more 250 percent over the last five years. Belarus has also become an important destination for Czech investors,...  More


In Focus

Czech Philharmonic to broadcast live for the first time in Czech and Slovak cinemas

21-10-2014 16:27 | Ruth Fraňková

Jiří Bělohlávek, photo: Zdeněk Chrapek For the first time in history, a concert by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra will reach an audience of thousands in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. This weekend the philharmonic’s concert at Prague’s Rudolfinum will be broadcast live in around thirty...  More

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Current Affairs

Screening to counter Ebola threat now in force at all international airports in the Czech Republic

21-10-2014 15:35 | Daniela Lazarová

Medical check-up at the airport, photo: CTK Screening was introduced at the Czech Republic’s five international airports on Tuesday morning to counter the growing threat from Ebola. The checks, ordered by the country’s chief hygiene officer, range from filling in a form to undergoing a medical...  More

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Childhood one of main themes at this year’s Bollywood film festival

21-10-2014 15:35 | Ruth Fraňková

This Wednesday, the annual Bollywood festival of Indian film gets underway in Prague. Now in its 12th year, the festival offers a selection of classical as well as contemporary movies from India and Pakistan, along with a rich accompanying programme....  More

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Sunday Music Show

Monikino Kino: CzechoSlovak duo explore arc of relationship on debut

19-10-2014 02:01 | Ruth Fraňková

Monikino Kino - 'Prázdniny', photo: Slnko Records The first album by the Czecho-Slovak duo Monikino Kino (Petr Marek of MIDI LIDI and Monika Midriaková) reflects the story of a relationship from start to finish in a series of songs combining intimate electronic pop with reflective, playful lyric.   More

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My Prague

My Prague – Nancy Bishop

18-10-2014 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Nancy Bishop, photo: archive of Nancy Bishop Countless Hollywood movies and TV series have been shot in the Czech Republic in the last two decades. Casting director Nancy Bishop, who moved to Prague in 1994, has worked on many of those projects, from The Bourne Identity to Mission Impossible IV...  More

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