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10-12-2016 23:14

My Prague

My Prague – Richard Drury

10-12-2016 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Richard Drury in front of Letohrádek Hvězda, photo: Ian Willoughby After over a quarter of a century in the city, curator Richard Drury is a well-known face in Prague’s art world. The Englishman – who studied Czech at Cambridge – works at the Gallery of Central Bohemia and is also the head of the Fine Arts Section of Umělecká beseda, a cultural association with a history stretching back to the days of the Czech National Revival. Our tour of “Richard Drury’s Prague” begins by Bílá Hora in Prague 6 at the Hvězda game reserve, which gets its name from the star-shaped summer palace at its heart. More

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Czech Life

GoodAI’s Marek Rosa Part 2: An emerging artificial intelligence would have to understand our world without being motivated by human emotions

10-12-2016 02:01 | Jan Velinger

Photo: archive of GoodAI In the last edition of Czech Life, Marek Rosa - the founder and CEO of the Prague-based company GoodAI – discussed the means by which he and colleagues are working to develop something the world has not yet seen: Strong Artificial Intelligence.  More

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Arts

The ‘language’ of things: new publication highlights century of Czech design

09-12-2016 15:14 | Jan Velinger

Photo: Academia In the first half of the 20th century Czechoslovakia was at the forefront of design, from architecture to furniture production. But a new publication by Prague’s Museum of Decorative Arts (UPM) together with Academia, makes the case that good design survived in pockets even under socialism. The book, entitled Design in the Czech Lands 1900 – 2000, featuring hundreds of reproductions was co-edited by UPM’s Iva Knoblochová.  More

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Panorama

Project aimed at fighting hate crime acquires fresh urgency in light of migrant crisis

08-12-2016 14:42 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: Gabriela Hauptvogelová In 2015 the government launched a two year project to help fight hate crime directed against Romanies and other minorities in the Czech Republic. With the migrant crisis, the project acquired a broader scope and greater urgency. In Iustitia, an NGO that helps victims of hate crime was involved in the undertaking. I spoke to its founder, lawyer Klára Kalibová, to find out more.  More

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Marketplace

Small Czech border town set for Lithium mining boom

07-12-2016 12:48 | Chris Johnstone

Lithium, photo: Tomihahndorf, Public Domain Lithium is very much the metal of the moment as one of the raw materials used for making batteries for electric cars and many other applications for renewable energy. And its high demand and soaring prices look like they could help make the Czech Republic one of the main producers of the metal worldwide.  More

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One on One

Teenage blindness helped inspire me to become ophthalmologist, says Dr. Jarka Heissigerová

05-12-2016 14:12 | Ian Willoughby

Jarka Heissigerová, photo: archive of Jarka Heissigerová Jarka Heissigerová is an internationally recognised expert on uveitis, a rare, hard to diagnose and potentially blinding eye condition. The doctor, who spent a number of years studying and working in Scotland, switched her focus to the disease after previously specialising in the incredibly complex procedure of corneal transplantation.  More

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Business

Owner of retail outlets buys into toy race car production facility

09-12-2016 14:51 | Jan Velinger

Photo: archive of Faro Petr Homolka, the owner of the dozens of toy chain store outlets such as Sparkys and Bambule, has bought a Plzeň production facility which produced toy racing car circuits under the brand name Faro in socialist Czechoslovakia, iDnes.cz reports. The toy...  More

Government budget for 2017 draws fire from both sides of opposition

08-12-2016 13:56 | Chris Johnstone

Andrej Babiš, photo: ČTK After a seven hour debate and many motions for changes, the government coalition rallied its troops and won sufficient support to push through its planned 2017 budget which foresees a slight reduction in the planned state deficit.   More

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Current Affairs

Czech Republic seeks to pave way for ten-fold trade increase with Iran

09-12-2016 14:18 | Chris Johnstone

Jan Mládek, Ali Tayebnia, photo: CTK Following the end of most sanctions earlier this year, Iran is one of the most courted countries in the world due to its booming economic prospects. The Czech Republic is seeking a piece of the prospective action with a top level Iranian delegation in...  More

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Study finds poor air quality in Moravian-Silesion region harming young children

09-12-2016 14:18 | Dominik Jůn

Illustrative photo: Zdeňka Kuchyňová A new scientific study has found that new-born babies in Moravia’s industrial north-east are significantly more prone to illness than in the rest of the country. The joint study by the Czech Institute of Experimental Medicine and the University of Chemistry...  More

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In Focus

Czech Brisbane community tunes in to local roots

06-12-2016 12:44 | Ruth Fraňková

Lenka TeWhiu, photo: archive of Lenka TeWhiu The Czech expatriate community in the Australian city of Brisbane only counts several hundred people, but they have always been very active in maintaining the Czech language and culture for future generations. One of the members of the local expat community...  More

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Sunday Music Show

Terne Chave – a Romany band with a difference

04-12-2016 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Terne Chave, photo: Zewlakk Dlouhý Krok Terne Chave is currently one of the most successful Romany bands in the Czech Republic. Its seven members started out performing Romany songs at special events in their home town of Hradec Kralové and ended up touring European countries. Today they still...  More

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