Thursday, 31 March 2016

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Forestry company warns of the worst bark beetle infestation in 20 years

Radio Prague |
4 March 2016

The technical director of the state-owned forestry company Lesy ČR, Václav Lidický, has warned that the country faces the worst bark-beetle infestation in 20 years. He said fast action would need to be taken to prevent further spread of the bark beetle before its reproduction cycle in the spring.

Politicians clash over move to re-name November 17 holiday

Radio Prague |
4 March 2016

The sometimes incendiary nature of recent Czech history has once again been demonstrated. Lower house of parliament lawmakers have backed a proposal to rename the November 17 holiday which marks the start of the Velvet Revolution in a move which has been interpreted as a victory of sorts for the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia (KSČM).

Prague Startup Centre with focus on space technologies officially launched

Radio Prague |
4 March 2016

Thursday saw the official launch of the Prague Startup Centre, a new hub – backed by the City of Prague, the Czech ICT Alliance and government agency CzechInvest – aimed at helping innovative firms get off the ground.

Prague district explores concrete steps to independence

Radio Prague |
4 March 2016

Prague's district of Jižní Město is mostly known for its endless blocks of prefabricated flats. Recently, however, the district, nicknamed Jižák, has made national headlines after the local mayor suggested separating it from the rest of the capital.

Iggy Pop to headline new Prague music festival

Radio Prague |
3 March 2016

American performer Iggy Pop will headline a new music festival in Prague called Metronome to take place on June 25 and 26. Over two days, more than 30 musical acts will perform on four stages at part of the city's Stromovka Park and Výstaviště fairgrounds.

Czech cheese producer eats into Italian and world markets

Radio Prague |
3 March 2016

It's perhaps a surprise that one of the biggest exporters of cheese to Italy is based in the Czech Republic and that the same company is also one of the biggest sellers of cheese in China. The Gran Moravia factory in Litovel is also the single biggest cheese production plant in the world.

AD Hoc Group to try and save ailing coal mining company OKD

Radio Prague |
3 March 2016

The Ad Hoc Group, representing a group of foreign investors who have become the new owners of New World Resources and the Czech coal mining company OKD, have made clear their intention not only to save the ailing latter firm but to keep its mines running for years to come.

Renowned Czech opera singer backs 'professional' arts education for schoolchildren

Radio Prague |
3 March 2016

The internationally renowned Czech opera singer Magdalena Kožená has established an endowment fund to support the Czech Republic's unique system of art schools, focused on music, ballet, drama and visual arts.

Inspectors report increase in food safety violations

Radio Prague |
2 March 2016

Newly-released health ministry data shows a marked increase in mandated closures of Czech food establishments by health and safety inspectors. During 2015, 259 restaurants and other food establishments were ordered closed across the county for various hygiene-related violations.

Czechs drinking less beer but exports on the rise

Radio Prague |
2 March 2016

While Czechs' beer consumption dropped slightly in recent years producers are not worried. In the past two years exports have steadily increased, hitting record figures. In the past five years beer exports have risen by more than 40%.

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