Current Affairs

Czech and German authorities announce joint investigation into mysterious noxious fumes

27-02-2015 14:38 | Dominik Jůn

Photo: Juan de Vojníkov, CC BY-SA 3.0

Photo: Juan de Vojníkov, CC BY-SA 3.0

The Czech Ministry of the environment is launching a joint investigation with German authorities following countless complaints of noxious smells alleged to be seeping across the border into Germany. Inhabitants in the state of Saxony are pointing the finger squarely at the numerous factories which dot the landscape of the north-west Czech Republic.  More


Chair designed by Czech architect offers parents of premature children greater in-hospital privacy

27-02-2015 16:07 | Jan Velinger

Photo: archive of Black Back studio In this week’s Arts, meet the Prague-based architect and designer Petr Schwarzbeck. He made headlines recently for the design of a special egg-shaped chair which in the future could allow parents of premature babies a better opportunity to bond with their newborn while still in the hospital.  More


Jihlava primary school teachers bring creative approach to the classroom

26-02-2015 16:31 | Daniela Lazarová

Lukáš Heřman, photo: archive of Lukáš Heřman Getting young children interested in learning a foreign language is not always easy, but two teachers at a primary school in the town of Jihlava appear to have done the trick. Lukáš Heřman, an English and gym teacher, and Lukáš Javorek, a math and geography teacher, are producing fun video clips in which they themselves are the main actors.  More

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Czech firm aims to go global with water saving device

25-02-2015 16:18 | Jan Richter

Photo: archive of Watersavers A Brno-based firm believes that a simple device they have designed could conserve major amounts of drinking water. The company, aptly named Watersavers, produces a faucet aerator which reduces water consumption by up to 80 percent while creating the illusion of a full water flow.  More

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One on One

Sushi boom most welcome but good cheap sushi still lacking in Prague, says caterer Bára Rektorová

23-02-2015 17:00 | Ian Willoughby

Bára Rektorová, photo: Ian Willoughby Sushi has become increasingly common and affordable in Prague in recent years. Contributing to that boom has been Sushi Queen, a catering company founded by Bára Rektorová that takes the “sushi experience” to corporate events and people’s homes.  More

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Sports News

Sports News

23-02-2015 16:40 | Ian Willoughby

Viktoria Plzeň - České Budějovice, photo: CTK In Sports News this Monday: Soccer season resumes with huge win for leaders Plzeň; goalie Blažek becomes oldest player ever in top flight; Maslák sets world’s fastest time in 400m this year, while Hejnová is undecided on distance for European Indoors after good showing in 400m; and Plíšková climbs to career-best 13th in world rankings.  More

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21-02-2015 02:01 | Pavla Horáková

Josef Sousedík, photo: Public Domain Today in Mailbox: Efforts by Czech conservationists in Kenya, response to Czech Books featuring Tereza Boučková's 2008 novel "Rok kohouta", listening to Radio Prague in North America and Asia, answers to our January mystery person quiz question. Listeners quoted: Gregory Lagat, Todd S Schneider, Michael Smith, Soutik Hati, Abhirikshma Nandi, Hans Verner Lollike, Deblina Biswas, Mary Lou Krenek, Jayanta Chakrabarty, Jahangir Alam Manto.  More

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Business News

27-02-2015 15:04 | Jan Velinger

Photo: suphakit73 / In this week's Business News: Fewer companies announce mass layoffs in January than the previous year; in a working paper, the EC says the state of public finances has improved; the minimum monthly wage in the Czech Republic is one of the lowest in...  More

New small power plant up & running on Labe River

27-02-2015 14:50 | Jan Velinger

Illustrative photo: Miloš Turek A new small automated hydroelectric facility starts up on the Labe River.   More


Current Affairs

Hundred European rabbis attend Prague self-defence course

26-02-2015 13:35 | Dominik Jůn

Photo: CTK Around a hundred rabbis from across Europe have come to Prague to attend a self-defence course designed to provide Jews with a means of fighting back in the event of anti-Semitic attacks. The move comes amidst increasing security fears within the European...  More

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National Museum launches volunteer program

26-02-2015 13:35 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: Kristýna Maková The National Museum in Prague has just launched its very first volunteer program, giving members of the public the opportunity to serve in a variety of positions, depending on their personal interests and qualifications.   More

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In Focus

Czech chimney climbers’ association thrives, but new challenges present problem

24-02-2015 15:36 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: Jiří Němec The Czech Republic boasts perhaps one of the strangest associations around, a group dedicated to climbing industrial chimneys in their spare time. And the more than 30 year old organisation, which started with a small group of teenagers in the Communist...  More

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Sunday Music Show

The Hop Pickers: 60 years later still considered the greatest Czech musical

22-02-2015 02:01 | Ruth Fraňková

Starci na chmelu, photo: Czech Television Today’s Sunday Music Show is dedicated to the very first and undoubtedly the most popular Czech musical Starci na chmelu or The Hop Pickers. The film, also known in English as The Hop Side Story, was directed by Ladislav Rychman in 1964 and has become...  More

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Czech Life

Lucie Ferstová – Czech Mars One candidate wants to be among first astronauts to set foot on Red Planet

21-02-2015 02:01 | Jan Velinger

Lucie Ferstová, photo: Marián Vojtek In Czech Life, we talk to 25-year-old Lucie Ferstová, the only Czech applicant remaining in a field of one hundred (the list was originally 200,000 names) hoping to be picked for the Mars One project – a private effort to land humans on the Red Planet...  More

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