Wednesday, 23 April 2014

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Carlsberg buys majority stake in Žatec brewery

Radio Prague |
4 April 2014

The Danish brewer Carlsberg has bought a majority stake in the Žatec brewery in the Czech Republic as it taps into a growing market for Czech premium beer.

File-hosting site Ulož.to plans Netflix-style on-demand service

Radio Prague |
4 April 2014

The on-demand streaming technology that has caused a revolution in the American film and television industries has yet to catch on in a big way in the Czech Republic, with many viewers either sticking to traditional formats or downloading illegally from the internet. That situation could change with the news that the Czech file-hosting service Ulož.to (Store It) is planning to launch a new product along the same lines as the hugely successful American subscription service Netflix.

Czech Davis Cup squad given boost before Tokyo tie

Radio Prague |
3 April 2014

In tennis, the Czech Republic's weakened Davis Cup team has been given a boost with news that Japan's number one player, Kei Nishikori, has been forced to withdraw from the upcoming quarterfinal tie due to a groin injury.

Association launches drive for VAT-free books

Radio Prague |
3 April 2014

The Association of Czech booksellers and publishers has launched a new campaign called 'Books without VAT' in order to drum up support for the existing 15% rate to be slashed.

Real estate firms cast doubt on property market recovery

Radio Prague |
3 April 2014

After four years of decline, prices of Czech apartments rose slightly last year. The statisticians believe this is a sign that the whole market is recovering – but the real estate sector remains highly sceptical, expecting prices to stagnate at best for years to come.

Czech fiscal performance starts to win credit

Radio Prague |
3 April 2014

A wave of good news about the Czech economy has resurrected the possibility that the country's rating might be edged upwards and, as a result, the costs of servicing the country’s public debt could come down by several billion crowns.

Amazon rejection could cost future investments, says industry leader

Radio Prague |
3 April 2014

The US online retailer Amazon has dropped plans to build a large distribution centre outside Brno. The firm's head of European operations, Tim Collins, told Czech TV on Wednesday the firm did not feel welcome in Brno whose councillors repeatedly voted against the project due to issues with the city's zoning plan. Radek Špicar, vice president of the Czech Confederation of Industry, says Amazon's decision could hurt the country' reputation with foreign investors.

Acclaimed author and essayist Milan Kundera turns 85

Radio Prague |
2 April 2014

This week sees Czech-born author Milan Kundera, who has lived and worked in France since the mid-1970s, turn 85.

Muses at the Mozarteum

Radio Prague |
2 April 2014

An extraordinary concert at the Mozarteum brings together architecture, art, literature, and of course, beautiful music — by a composer with a "difficult" reputation.

Minister pushes plan to delay Paskov mine closure till 2017

Radio Prague |
2 April 2014

Last September coal producer New World Resources announced it was closing the Paskov coal mine in Frýdek-Místek. On Tuesday the minister of industry and trade, Jan Mládek, visited the mine to hold talks with representatives of the mine company and the Moravia-Silesia regional authority.

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