Monday, February 21, 2011

Radio Prague Today 2.21.2011

Articles posted on www.radio.cz today

Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg has denied reports that he supported Muammar al-Gaddafi's regime in Libya.

Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg has denied reports that he supported Muammar al-Gaddafi's regime in Libya.

The Czech and Polish presidents have agreed that their countries enjoy excellent relations.

The Czech and Polish presidents have agreed that their countries enjoy excellent relations.

The head of Czech doctors' trades unions has asked hospital physicians to withdraw their resignations.

The head of Czech doctors' trades unions has asked hospital physicians to withdraw their resignations.

Czech GDP growth will slow down to 1.75 percent this year, according to an estimate by the International Monetary Fund.

Czech GDP growth will slow down to 1.75 percent this year, according to an estimate by the International Monetary Fund.

Four Czech and Slovak foodstuffs have been granted EU protection as regional specialities.

Four Czech and Slovak foodstuffs have been granted EU protection as regional specialities.

Proposed Czech pension reforms divide pundits

The Czech government has agreed the main lines of one of its most ambitious reforms, that of the creaking pension system. But the formula advanced seems to have won few friends. Trade union leaders say it goes too far and some leading economists say it does not go far enough.

Sports News 21.2.2011

In Sports News: speed skater Martina Sáblíková breaks her own world record in the women's 5,000 metres; for first time in four efforts Záhrobská fails to win medal in Alpine World Cup Skiing Championships; Czech hockey clubs gear up for the playoffs; in the NHL, hockey forward Patrik Eliáš racks up milestone 800 pts; football's Skácel scores 9th goal of season for Edinburgh; Petr Čech's Chelsea are knocked out of FA Cup.

Modern echoes from the Egyptian sands

Professor Miroslav Bárta is the head of a Czech team of archaeologists working at a long established site in Egypt. He recently got back from Egypt and is seeking clearance to resume work there again in the face of the uncertainty about the situation in country. In this week's One on One Professor Bárta describes the new theories about the collapse of the Old Kingdom he has contributed to and his thoughts about the more recent demise of the reign of president Hosni Mubarak. I asked him first of all when he had begun to be interested in Egyptology.