Thursday, 21 November 2019

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Deloitte: Housing rents in Czech capital up nearly 50 pct since 2014

Radio Prague |
29 October 2019

Average housing rents in the Czech capital increased by nearly 50 percent over the past five years, according to an analysis by Deloitte, commissioned by Prague City Council. The average year-on-year rate of growth was 7.3 percent.

Velvet Revolution and East European docs focus of 23rd Jihlava festival

Radio Prague |
25 October 2019

The 23rd edition of the annual Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival kicked off yesterday. Over the course of the next five days, the festival will showcase a total of 277 films, including a section dedicated to the anniversary of the Velvet Revolution.

Czech firm helping to address drinking water problems in Peru

Radio Prague |
25 October 2019

In 2018 the company Photon Water Technology secured a grant from the Czech Development Agency for a project to install water-cleaning facilities in small and medium-sized towns and villages in Peru. I spoke to the company's managing director, Petr Kvapil, about what the project entails and why they chose to take their know-how to Peru.

Cool new spaces aim to keep Prague embankments lively all year round

Radio Prague |
25 October 2019

Prague has a new attraction in the form of 17 circular units – with enormous glass doors – in the walls of riverside embankments on both sides of the Palacký Bridge. The cool spaces will open fully next month and are set to house cafés, galleries and other facilities.

Babiš to Toyota: You will not find a better place in Europe for car production

Radio Prague |
25 October 2019

PM Andrej Babiš hopes that Toyota will expand its investment in the Czech Republic and start manufacturing hydrogen powered cars in its factory in Kolín, Hospodářské Noviny reported on Thursday. The car manufacturer is a world leader in alternative fuel automobile technology and is considering increasing its production in mainland Europe in case of Brexit complications.

Forty percent of Czechs own dogs - and many allow them in bed

Radio Prague |
24 October 2019

For many years now, Czechs have had a reputation of being a dog-loving nation, and a recent survey carried out the STEM / MARK agency confirms that. According to the results of the study, two out of five Czech households include dogs and what is more, forty percent of Czech dog owners allow their four-legged friends into their own bed.

Golf equipment sales down as interest in golf declines

Radio Prague |
24 October 2019

In the first decade of the new millennium, the Czech Republic experienced an unprecedented golf boom, with new golf courses cropping up all around the country. However, over the past five years, golf has experienced a steady decline.

Petříček: EU should step up pressure on Turks if operation in Syria continues

Radio Prague |
24 October 2019

The Czech minister of foreign affairs has come out in favour of firmer EU action against Turkey over its offensive into Northern Syria and attacks on Kurds. Tomáš Petříček says Russia and the Damascus government are benefiting most from the current situation – and says further talks on Turkey joining the EU are at present impossible.

Ondřej Sekora: Ferdy the Ant creator and rugby promoter

Radio Prague |
23 October 2019

Ondřej Sekora, author of the beloved cartoon character Ferda Mravenec, was also a journalist, an amateur entomologist, and one of the first propagators of rugby in Czechoslovakia. The Moravian Museum in Brno will mark 120 years since Ondřej Sekora's birth with an exhibition and a new monography.

Czech doctors perform first heart in a box transplant

Radio Prague |
23 October 2019

A 65-year-old man from Prague became the first patient in the Czech Republic to successfully undergo a so-called heart in a box transplant. The surgery was performed by experts from the Institute of Clinical and Experimental Medicine early this month, using a pioneering method of organ retrieval that keeps the heart pumping outside the patient's body for several hours. Experts hope that the new method could increase the number of heart transplants by around one fifth.

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