It seldom seems to happen – in this country, anyway – that a restaurant’s best asset is its kitchen. But good chefs are still few and far between. One of the exceptions is U Emy Destinnové, where owner and head chef Steven Trumpfheller outclasses both his restaurant’s location and its waitstaff.
The EU’s Lisbon Treaty has been approved by 27 national parliaments and, earlier this month, 1,214,268 voters in an Irish referendum. For it to come into effect, one more man needs to say yes: Czech President Václav Klaus, a committed eurosceptic who so far has refused to sign on.
This autumn, the Mezipatra Queer Film Festival will celebrate 10 years of showing gay- and lesbian-themed films. Radio Prague chats with festival director Aleš Rumpel.
Twenty-five kilometres north of the tall grey apartment complexes and graffiti-stained streets of Brno is the Moravian Karst, which offers 100 sq km of caves and underground trails. On a sunny Saturday in April, 20 of my classmates from New York University in Prague and I took a trip to the caves, attracted by the excitement of exploring the depths of the great unknown. This was not my first experience spelunking, as true cave explorers call it. About two hours from my native New Jersey, Howe Caverns, located in upstate New York, are the Empire State’s equivalent of the greater Brno caverns. When I was younger, I used to call it Howe Taverns, which might be a more acceptable term
Prague, July 7 (CTK) – Foreigners staying in the Czech Republic illegally will be able to join a project of voluntary returns home as from September, Hana Mala, from the Interior Ministry press department, told CTK Tuesday. The ministry will start an information campaign at the turn of July and August, Mala said. Until now only foreigners with a residence permit who have lost work in the country due to the economic crisis have been able to make use of the offer. Mala said the illegally staying foreigners will not be punished if they join the prepared one-off campaign. Unlike returning foreigners with a residence permit, the foreigners staying illegally in the country will not receive any financial bonus to
New Czech Football Federation head Ivan Hašek announced on Tuesday he was taking over the Czech national team as head coach until the end of the 2010 World Cup qualifiers.
The shrinking amount of undeveloped land was supposed to encourage builders to redevelop defunct industrial or warehousing sites. But, in practice, the high cost of cleaning up brownfields often means high expectations go unfulfiled. The mandatory costs get even higher if the land is contaminated or if there is another type of environmental damage. “This type of project is more demanding, which is an obstacle under the present market conditions, with developers facing a shortage of cash,” says Jiří Volf, an investment analyst with the King Sturge consultancy. Investors’ willingness to engage in brownfield regeneration is mainly declining in smaller towns. Defunct industrial sites also tend to be surrounded by poor infrastructure, making the desired property appreciation unfeasible. Speculators who
Central Group has backed away from its planned construction of 200 luxury flats in Nuselská mlékárna, a former dairy in Nusle. The developer was to pay CZK 177 million to acquire the more than 7,500 sq m lot in Prague 4. “Having weighed the project’s pros and cons, we’ve now decided to withdraw from the contract,” company chairman Dušan Kunovský has confirmed for daily E15. Nuselská mlékárna was to be Central Group’s first redevelopment of a former industrial complex. The company announced plans to buy the site last autumn and estimated the total investment at CZK 800 million. “Now we have decided to focus on the redevelopment of other sites, including brownfields that could yield more flats,” Kunovský says. “Nuselská