Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Radio Prague Today 3.1.2011

Articles posted on www.radio.cz today

A leading business lobby has condemned the government's key plans for tax and pension reforms.

A leading business lobby has condemned the government's key plans for tax and pension reforms.

The Czech National Bank says domestic banks are secure in the event of an economic downturn.

The Czech National Bank says domestic banks are secure in the event of an economic downturn.

The government's economic think tank has recommended that English be the only compulsory foreign language in schools.

The government's economic think tank has recommended that English be the only compulsory foreign language in schools.

The condition of a Czech breeder - bitten by one of the world's deadliest snakes last week - has improved, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The condition of a Czech breeder - bitten by one of the world's deadliest snakes last week - has improved, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Sparta Prague has consolidated its second league place with a win away at Baník Ostrava.

Sparta Prague has consolidated its second league place with a win away at Baník Ostrava.

The man who was willing to pay the price: film director Otakar Vávra turns 100

Czech film director Otakar Vávra celebrated his 100th birthday on Monday. In his extraordinary career, Mr Vávra made over 50 movies, enjoyed by audiences in all of the regimes Czechs went through in the 20th century. But there was often a price for being able to make films even under the most difficult circumstances; a price Otakar Vávra was always willing to pay.

Czech Republic closes embassy in Tripoli in face of continuing unrest

On Monday the last Czechs remaining in Libya departed for home in light of the increased violence and unrest in the country. A day earlier the Czech Embassy in Tripoli shut down temporarily, with all diplomatic staff, including the Czech ambassador, flying back to Prague. Currently, no one knows which direction the situation in the country will take, as anti-government forces clash with those loyal to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

Czech Radio leads commemorations to mark 60th anniversary of Radio Free Europe broadcasts

The Czech Republic is preparing to mark the 60th birthday of the launch of Radio Free Europe broadcasts in Czech across the Iron Curtain to Czechoslovakia. The broadcasts were a key factor in telling people under communism not only what was really happening in their own country but also keeping them up to date about events in the West.