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Published: Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:04:00 +0100

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Czech tourist killed in Samui

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:04:00 +0100

A Czech tourist was killed after falling off a cliff on the Thai island of Samui, local news sources reported. The man reportedly went into an off-limits area at the Bang Khun Sri waterfall posing on the cliff’s edge for a holiday photo. According to eyewitnesses he lost his footing and fell. The Bang…

1952 – 27th Segment: “He’s Good at One Thing, and He Another”

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:40:11 +0100

In this series we present 100 songs which have gone down in the history of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic. On Czech Radio’s web pages you can find a poll, in which you can vote for the best hit from the past century. We look forward to your vote! We continue with the year 1952.

The Dysdera cechica spider: a discovery 15 years in the making

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:12:42 +0100

Earlier this month, the highly-respected Czech biologist Milan Řezáč reported the discovery of a new species of spider in the Dysdera family which is the first arachnid, and perhaps creature, to get the Latin name of cechica, signifying it comes from Czechia or the Czech lands.

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Daily news summary 23.2.2018

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:19:00 +0100

PM on EU spending priorities, Prague ham traditional specialty, hockey loss

Acclaimed Czech film director Jiří Menzel turns 80

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:15:58 +0100

Fans of Czechoslovak cinema, in particular the Czech New Wave, will most likely be familiar with many of the films of director Jiří Menzel. From the Oscar-winning Closely Watched Trains to Larks on a String and Capricious Summer, Menzel changed Czech film forever. This Friday, he celebrates his 80th birthday.

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PM: EU states should set their own spending priorities

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:10:00 +0100

Attending an informal EU summit on financing post-Brexit on Friday, Czech Prime Andrej Babiš said his country wanted to be able to decide where to channel the money it was granted from EU cohesion funds. Mr. Babiš said that while it was understandable that certain conditions would have to be met, individual…

Weather forecast

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:34:00 +0100

The weekend should bring clear to partly cloudy skies and very cold weather with daytime temperatures between 1 and -3 degrees and night time lows between minus 9 and – 14 degrees Celsius. The cold spell is expected to last until the end of February.

Prague ham on EU traditional specialties list

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:29:00 +0100

The European Commission has added Prague ham to the EU list of “traditional specialities guaranteed”. This was confirmed by the Czech Agriculture Ministry on Friday. The request for Prague ham to be given this status was lodged six years ago. Four other Czech meat products – traditional salamis and…

Czech start up Kiwi bears fruit with doubled turnover

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:01:56 +0100

The Czech flight search company last year doubled its turnover to 17.7 billion crowns (some 700 million euros), the Czech News Agency reported on Friday. Company founder Oliver Dlouhý expects to double turnover again this year.

Czech nuclear regulator warns of European pressure to close reactors early

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 12:53:10 +0100

The head of the Czech nuclear watchdog has warned of pressure to close the country’s oldest nuclear reactors early. That would effectively blow a massive hole in the country’s energy strategy and timeframe for getting new replacement reactors built in time.

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Fire rages at cooling plant in Mochov

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 12:29:00 +0100

More than twenty fire brigades are battling a fire at a cooling plant in Mochov, east of Prague,which broke out early on Friday. Fire crews are reportedly having problems getting water to the site and a top level fire alert is in place which is only called in critical situations. Chemical experts…

Czech Republic to contribute four million euros to Fund For Africa

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 12:00:00 +0100

EU representatives, members of the African Union and UN officials are meeting in Brussels to discuss the possibility of increasing aid to the Sahel countries (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger ) in order to help stem the migrant crisis, fight terrorism and people smuggling. The EU wants…

PM backs decision to dismiss head of Czech Postal Service

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:37:00 +0100

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has backed the interior minister ‘s decision to sack the head of the Czech Postal Service, Martin Elkan. The prime minister said that Mr. Elkan lacked vision and under his management Czech Post lacked transparency and was in a state of disarray. He said there would be an open…

Czech hockey team defeated by Russia in semi-final game

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:19:00 +0100

The Czech Republic’s hopes of playing for the gold in the 2018 Winter Olympics were dashed by the team’s 0:3 loss to Russia in the first of the men’s semi-final games on Friday. Nikita Gusev and Vladislav Gavrikov netted goals in quick succession in the second period, while Ilya Kovalchuk slotted into…

Viktoria Plzeň in last 16 of Europa league after Partisan Belgrade win

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:56:00 +0100

In football, Viktoria Plzeň have booked their place in the last 16 of the Europa League. Plzeň beat Partisan Belgrade 2:0 at home on Thursday night in the second leg of the tie. That meant a 3:1 win on aggregate. The opening goal was scored by Michael Krmenčik in the 67th minute. A second goal was…

Czechoslovak dissidents protest misuse of former StB files, comments

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:51:00 +0100

A series of former Czechoslovak dissidents have criticized the use of former communist era secret police files and comments from former agents to discredit current politicians. In recent days, British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has been the target of press attacks for reported meetings with…

1951 – 34th Segment: “If I Knew How to Write Poems”

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:06:35 +0100

In this series we present 100 songs which have gone down in the history of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic. They became widely popular, were played during important time periods, and some even won the hit parade of the year. We continue with the year 1951.

ČEZ board agrees sale of Bulgarian assets

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 15:53:00 +0100

The supervisory board of Czech electricity company ČEZ’s said it had agreed the sale of its remaining Bulgarian assets to local company Inercom. The final sale agreement is expected within days. The deal still has to be cleared by Bulgaria’s anti-monopoly authority. The sale of the seven companies…

Daily news summary 22.2.2018

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:21:00 +0100

AI criticism Export shake up Corruption improvement

Amnesty criticises Czech politicians, Roma education

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:19:00 +0100

International human rights agency Amnesty International has criticized the position taken by Czech politicians on refugees and immigrants. In its latest report on human rights, Amnesty said politicians, including the president and minister of interior, made xenophobic remarks last year. The report…

KMV sees record turnover for third year in row

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:16:45 +0100

Karlovy Vary based Czech mineral and bottled waters giant Karlovarské Minerální Vody(KMV) recorded a turnover of 8.3 billion crowns (3.3 billion euros) in 2017, which is an increase by 12 percent on the previous year, the Czech News Agency reported on Thursday. The company achieved reached record results for the third consecutive year.

Czechs improve perceived corruption performance but ambitions should be higher

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:10:44 +0100

The Czech Republic’s position on the Corruption Perception Index published by Transparency International slightly improved in 2017. The country moved two rungs up the ladder to 42nd place, acquiring 57 points out of a maximum possible 100. David Ondráčka of Transparency’s Czech branch told Radio Prague that the improvement was only slight and the country should aim to do better.

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Petr Kubát: a journalist by profession, a photographer at heart

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:42:53 +0100

Czech journalist and amateur photographer Petr Kubát bought his first professional camera in 2013 to take pictures of his new-born son. Within weeks he was hooked, moving from family pics to landscape and architecture photos. In 2016 The Guardian picked one his photos for its Best Photographs of the Day collection. Now Kubát has a photo exhibition in his home town České Budějovice.

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Eight Chinese Christians granted asylum in Czech Republic, dozens more turned away

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:13:34 +0100

The Czech Interior Ministry has granted asylum to eight Chinese Christians seeking protection in the country on the grounds of religious persecution. The requests of seventy other applicants were rejected. A lawyer representing the group of Chinese Christians has said she will advise them to appeal the decision.

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Václav Pilař to play at Liberec till end of season

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:07:00 +0100

In football, Viktoria Plzeň have agreed to lend midfielder Václav Pilař to Slovan Liberec until the end of the season. Pilař has been injured for most of the season but is expected to be recovered by the Spring with the possibility in a few matches before the end of the season. Pilař has been part…

Czech back Michal Jordán says ready to face Russia

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:06:00 +0100

In ice hockey, the prospects of Czech back Michal Jordán playing in the Olympic semi-finals against Russia on Friday have improved. Jordán, 27, was left out of the team that narrowly beat the US on Wednesday because of muscle pains. On Thursday he underwent a full training session and said he was…


Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:56:00 +0100

Friday is expected to be sunny. Top daytime temperatures will range between minus one and three degrees Celsius.

Radical shake-up of Czech Export Bank planned

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:55:00 +0100

A fundamental shake-up of two pillars of Czech state export support is supported by the Ministry of Industry and Trade, according to the news agency ČTK. Under the plans the Czech Export Bank, which gives soft loans to help exports in risky countries, would become a daughter company of the state export…

Presidential candidate Fischer to run for Senate seat

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:53:00 +0100

Unsuccessful Czech presidential candidate Pavel Fischer has announced he will stand for Senate elections in the Prague 12 district as an independent. Fischer, who scored a surprise third place in the first round of elections with 10.23 percent of support, announced his decision on Thursday. The former…

Czech Republic moves up in corruption perception rankings

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 10:18:00 +0100

The Czech Republic has slightly improved its standing in watchdog Transparency Internationals’ annual Corruption Perception Index for 2017. Under TI’s criteria, the country picked up 57 points compared to 55 in 2016. The country has moved to 42nd spot in the worldwide rankings, but it still lags behind…