Saturday, 25 May 2019

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Czech billionaire's CPI sold CZK 14 bn in perpetual bonds a day before CZK 70 bn lawsuit filed in NY

Radio Prague |
15 April 2019

Czech billionaire developer Radovan Vítek's CPI Property Group completed the sale last week of 550 million euros (CZK 14 billion) in 4.9% bonds, a day before a CZK 70 billion lawsuit was filed against the him, the company and others in a US District court in New York over alleged fraud.

Pianist Thomas Zaruba on his best-selling album Slow Down and the need to reach out to his audience

Radio Prague |
12 April 2019

Thomas Zaruba, author of the best-selling jazz album Slow Down, is a pianist of Australian-Canadian-Czech origin living in France. It was a tragic incident that made him turn his life around and devote himself exclusively to music.

Czechs win regional round of Startup World Cup, 'green' Swede takes top European prize

Radio Prague |
12 April 2019

Prague this week for the first time hosted the European leg of the Startup World Cup & Summit, an annual event drawing hundreds of hopefuls and thousands of prospective investors. A Czech startup took the regional prize but lost out to a Swedish one for the continental prize – and USD 500,000 in seed money.

Political analyst: Ministers who do not score points for ANO have to go

Radio Prague |
12 April 2019

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš on Wednesday announced the details of a planned cabinet reshuffle. Radio Prague asked political analyst Jiří Pehe about the timing of the reshuffle and the reasons behind it.

The Czech "koruna" celebrates 100th birthday

Radio Prague |
11 April 2019

100 years ago the Czechoslovak Assembly decided on the name of the new republic's currency - the koruna. To commemorate the date, the Czech National Bank has issued a rare collection of gold-silver coins.

Czech boxing champ Stanislav Tišer on fighting the good fight

Radio Prague |
11 April 2019

Stanislav Tišer, a former Czechoslovak bantamweight champion boxer now in his early sixties, has been running a Prague boxing club for over 25 years. Thousands of young people – many with troubled backgrounds – have found much need support, discipline and direction under his wings.

Klauses plot return with new party - but what will its prospects be?

Radio Prague |
11 April 2019

Weeks after his expulsion from the Civic Democrats, anti-EU MP Václav Klaus Jr. has revealed plans to launch a new party following May's Euro elections. His father, the well-known former prime minister and president Václav Klaus, is set to occupy an honorary role in the new grouping.

Czech students design hemp-fibre housing construction for Mars

Radio Prague |
10 April 2019

Czech students of architecture have joined forces with their colleagues from the Dutch city of Delft to design their vision of a housing construction for Mars. The structure, which resembles an igloo, is woven from hemp fibres reinforced by a special starch-based solution, and was built with the help of a so-called collaborative robot.

Czech Radio: State could have missed out on hundreds of millions by not taxing heated cigarettes earlier

Radio Prague |
10 April 2019

The Czech state could have lost out on hundreds of millions of crowns worth of tax money by not taxing heated tobacco, a report by Czech Radio has found out. Between 2017 to March 2019, products such as Philip Morris' HEETS were excluded from the consumer tax.

Radio Prague alumna Pavla Horáková wins Magnesia Litera award

Radio Prague |
9 April 2019

The Book of the Year award went to veteran author Radka Denemarková for her novel 'Hours of Lead' while the award for best work of prose went to rising literary star Pavla Horáková for her novel 'A Theory of Strangeness'.

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