Wednesday, 16 October 2019

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Martin Kříž – an expert on China who's also helping black Czech children with a new NGO

Radio Prague |
22 December 2009

Martin Kříž had the "painful experience" of growing up as a mixed-race child in more or less mono-cultural pre-1989 Prague. Now in his 40s, he is helping today's black Czech children through a new organisation called Čokoládové děti, Chocolate Children.

"The Art of the Bohemian Reformation" turns spotlight on lesser-known period of art

Radio Prague |
21 December 2009

Often thought of as a historical period in which art was destroyed rather than created, the Reformation is rarely examined in terms of the artwork it produced. An exhibition opened at the Prague Castle on Friday takes a look at Bohemian art from that very period.

Gateway to the world of Czech literature

Radio Prague |
21 December 2009

On 1 December a great new source of information about Czech literature was launched – an English language version of the Czech Literature Portal. I went to visit Viktor Debnár of the Arts Institute in Prague, which is responsible for the project, and Jaroslav Balvín, the portal's editor, to find out more.

Hopes of new climate pact dashed in Copenhagen

Radio Prague |
21 December 2009

As the Copenhagen climate talks draw to a close, hopes have dimmed of reaching any significant agreement that could form the basis of an eventually legally binding climate deal to replace the existing Kyoto Protocol that expires in 2012. Although many are disappointed, Czech climate expert Jan Pretel says such an outcome was only to be expected.

Restaurant owner proposes aid scheme to get food to the homeless

Radio Prague |
18 December 2009

Richard Hošek who owns a restaurant in Brno has come up with a proposal that might ease the plight of the city's homeless. Inspired by a scheme in Germany, he is offering to donate whatever is left of the day's ready-made meals.

Czech-Polish salami war on horizon over EU 'speciality' label

Radio Prague |
17 December 2009

It was the German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck who once said "laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made". That phrase springs to mind when reading about the latest salami-fuelled struggle between Czechs and Poles.

Loan sharks increase activity as Christmas approaches

Radio Prague |
17 December 2009

With Christmas fast approaching, many Czech consumers are tempted to take out loans. Legislation on loan conditions in the Czech Republic is still vague and unlicensed lending companies take advantage of these holes in the constitution, preying on ill-informed consumers. Often, penalties for not paying installments on time are 700% of the original installment.

Voluntary returns programme ends amidst new flood of immigrants

Radio Prague |
16 December 2009

Tuesday was the last day on which jobless foreign workers could apply for assistance under the Interior Ministry's voluntary returns programme launched in February. Meanwhile, despite the economic crisis, the country has become one of the most attractive target destinations for immigrants.

Nový Prostor street magazine marks 10th anniversary

Radio Prague |
16 December 2009

First published in 1999, the bi-monthly Nový Prostor sells around 15,000 copies each and has around 160 homeless sellers all over the country.

H1N1 vaccine may be made available to anyone, as target groups show lack of interest

Radio Prague |
15 December 2009

Earlier this year the Czech government ordered a large amount of swine flu vaccine fearing a large-scale epidemic in the fall. Now the vaccine doses are here, the epidemic is here, but there is not much interest in the vaccine

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