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Brian Kenety|21.05.2012

‘Virgin’ gorilla voted Czech zoos’ biggest star

She may be a great ape, but the gorilla Bikira hasn’t proven to be the greatest mum in the animal kingdom

Bikira, a 17-year-old female Western lowland gorilla whose name means “virgin” in Swahili, has been voted the biggest personality of all the creatures now roaming about in zoos across the Czech Republic — despite a very public scandal last year, when she rejected her newborn son.

Politics & Policy|Society
Brian Kenety|21.05.2012

Czech state organs may begin publishing contracts online this fall

A number of Czech ministries and state entities such as the scandal-ridden Roads and Motorways Directorate (ŘSD) may begin publishing all contracts with third parties on the internet as of September as part of an anti-corruption drive, public broadcaster ČT reported Monday.

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Chris Johnstone|21.05.2012

Czech explosives collector dies in blast

A Czech collector of explosive memorabilia, mostly from WWII, died in an explosion after he apparently tried to dismantle once of his devices. Neighbors were evacuated and one house will be checked for structural soundness after what was at first thought to be a gas explosion.

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Guest Writer|21.05.2012

Suburbia in Central Europe

The suburbanization of Central Europe is running rampant. Former inhabitants of the region’s capital cities have been flocking in droves to its outskirts. But the reality of the region’s version of the “American Dream” is dead suburbia. A two-year project, which aims to bring these issues to light and the communities to life, will see 30 interventions–rooted in architecture and the arts–realized in six localities in Central Europe.

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Companies|Society|Foreign Affairs
Martin Rychlík|21.05.2012

Czech scientists, get to know this American!

Czech scientists are increasingly on the American radar: domestic research institutions now have a right to apply for grants awarded by US defense agencies, a Czech-American agreement on scientific cooperation has been signed, and an Office of Naval Research Global (ONRG) has been established at the US embassy here — and a represtentative of the grant-giving National Science Foundation (NSF) is on an extended visit.

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Chris Johnstone|21.05.2012

Drugs test robbed Petr Čech of some of Chelsea's Champions League joy

Czech footballer Petr Čech, for many the man of the match after Chelsea’s penalty shoot-out Champions League win against Bayern Munich, missed some of the early celebrations of what he describes as the greatest moment of his career as he was called for a drugs test with the more than two hours of tension taking their toll.

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Martin Rychlík|21.05.2012

Dubbing versus subtitles

The Czechs have a special fondness for dubbing films and TV series – for which up to five episodes are voiced in one go. This production line process sometimes results in translations that grate on the ears, but there is more at stake. The Ministry of Education wants it curbed: if school-age children were obliged to start reading the subtitles, they would begin to naturally to learn foreign languages and even apply them in practice. 

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Chris Johnstone|18.05.2012

Čech signals old friend Robben as dangerman for Champions League final

Arjen Robben showed his typical hard headed determination on the tennis court against Chelsea ‘keeper Petr Čech when they were both players and friends at the London club. On opposite sides now, Čech says Robben is one of Bayern Munich’s main threats for the Champions League final and is hoping for a different outcome from their tennis matches. 

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Michael Stein|18.05.2012

Book World Prague 2012: exploring Black Sea literature

The guest of honor at this year’s book fair is Romania, and according to Book World Prague (BWP) director Dana Kalinová, this gave them an opportunity to make a broader presentation of writing from other countries around the Black Sea. One of the most interesting writers who will be participating in the Black Sea panels is Ukrainian sailor turned writer Anton Sanchenko.

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Chris Johnstone|18.05.2012

Czechs favorites for Slovak ice hockey world’s semifinal

Unexpected triumphs for both the Czech Republic and Slovakia put them on collision course for the ice hockey world’s semifinal on Saturday with the Czech’s having the dubious advantage of being the pre-match favorites.

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