Friday, March 23, 2012

Radio Prague Today 3.23.2012

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Business News 23.3.2012

In Business News: Industry and Trade Minister confirms that Czech Republic will try and further expand nuclear energy production; Rusatom Overseas signs memorandum with potential subcontractors on Temelín; Škoda Auto sees significant increase in sales in foreign markets; One-third of Czechs will be unable to save a single crown a month this year, poll suggests; and Czech nanotechnology firms make mark in Japan.

The story of a successful Fine Arts studio

It was almost two years ago that then-fresh graduate Nina Mainerová set out with a colleague to open a professional architectural studio. But soon after their launch, the bills piled up and they were forced to modify their plans. First, they began offering preparatory classes for students applying to university; then they extended their workshops to include drawing and painting.

Fresh wiretap scandal shows lobbyist's influence over Prague City Hall

A new scandal has thrown more light on how deals were made at Prague City Hall, which has frequently come under fire for corrupt practices and cronyism. Leaked phone wiretaps, recorded by the Czech secret service, show how former Prague mayor Pavel Bém's decisions were supervised by a powerful lobbyist. The police have now launched an investigation into both the contents of the recordings, and how they were leaked.