Friday, 19 October 2018

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No public tender for huge Czech Army contract

Radio Prague |
5 September 2018

The biggest contract in the modern history of the Czech Army will not be awarded on the basis of a public tender process, Czech Television reported. The Ministry of Defence intends to directly address potential suppliers of over 200 mechanised infantry combat vehicles, the station said. The contract should come in at a cost of CZK 53 billion. An army spokesperson said there were few suppliers of such hardware and that it would consider offers from four producers that met its requirements. Military chiefs want the vehicles to be supplied by 2020.

IKEA to open shop on Prague's Wenceslas Sq.

Radio Prague |
5 September 2018

Home goods store IKEA is planning to open an outlet on Prague's Wenceslas Square in just over two weeks' time. The 800 square metre shop will focus on living rooms.

Major exhibition on totalitarianism to open under Prague metronome in October

Radio Prague |
5 September 2018

Starting in October, the area around Prague's metronome will house a large exhibition detailing the key moments in Czech totalitarian history. The project seeks to finally unlock the previously closed network of spaces underneath what used to be Stalin's giant statue.

Children return to school after summer holidays

Radio Prague |
4 September 2018

Children returned to school in the Czech Republic on Monday morning after two-month summer holidays. While the number of first class pupils is expected to be down on previous years the overall number of elementary school children is growing, the Czech News Agency reported. Secondary schools should have a similar number of students to last year, when a two-year decline came to a halt.

Plíšková, Siniaková and Krejčíková reach fourth round at US Open

Radio Prague |
4 September 2018

Karolína Plíšková has reached the fourth round at tennis's US Open for the third time in succession. The Czech player overcame Ashleigh Barty of Australia 6-4 6-4 to set up a clash with local favourite Serena Williams, who has 23 Grand Slams titles to her name.

Study: Differences in young teachers' literacy, maths skills widening

Radio Prague |
4 September 2018

Among the new generation of teachers, there is a significant range in their own literacy, mathematical and other skills, pointing to regional and institutional inequalities in pedagogical education, a new study by the IDEA Institute says.

Prague hotel occupancy rate down 4.4 % in July, Airbnb blamed

Radio Prague |
4 September 2018

The occupancy rate of Prague hotels in July fell by 4.4 per cent in annual terms. Members of the Association of Hotels and Restaurants say the boom in shared accommodation services, in particular via Airbnb, is behind the drop, according to a survey by the ČTK news agency.

Three Czech hospitals bought supplies, drugs without holding tenders

Radio Prague |
4 September 2018

According to the Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ), three major Czech hospitals bought medical supplies and medicines without seeking competitive offers between 2014 and 2016, in violation of the public procurement law.

Czech manufacturing PMI fell to one-year low of 54.9 in August

Radio Prague |
4 September 2018

The Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) in the Czech Republic dropped to 54.9 points in August from 55.2 in July, according to financial services company Markit. Although the August figure is the lowest in a year, it still indicates improving conditions in the manufacturing industry, albeit at a slower pace.

Computer sales up 17.5 % in first half of 2018

Radio Prague |
4 September 2018

Sales of computers on the Czech market rose by 17.5 per cent to 517,076 units in the first half of this year, according to Gartner Data & Analytics.

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