Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Radio Prague Today 3.30.2011

Articles posted on www.radio.cz today

Top court rejects complaint against gerrymandering in Prague's local elections

The Czech Constitutional Court dismissed on Tuesday a complaint by three political parties contesting last October's local elections in the capital. Public Affairs, the Green and the European Democrat parties argued the elections were unfair due to gerrymandering, dividing Prague into seven districts, which diminished their prospects at the polls. The court said however the parties failed to prove the division was intended to hurt their chances.

Czech football squad secures obligatory win over Liechtenstein

The Czech national football squad defeated Liechtenstein in their 2012 European Championship qualifier on Tuesday, a win that was seen as obligatory against the football minnows. Striker Milan Baroลก and Michal Kadlec both scored to secure the team's 2:0 win. Despite the success, the squad's play, especially in the second half, was less than scintillating and many are critical the Czechs will have to improve significantly in September if they want to get to the final competition. Earlier I spoke to sports journalist Karel Haring and asked him for his impressions from Tuesday's game.

Detective work and restoration work fills gaps in unique Czech historical archive

Langhans photographic gallery is currently celebrating the 130th anniversary since the original studio, which became the most famous in the country, was founded in the centre of Prague in 1880. A fraction of the million and a half negatives that were built up there over the following seven decades now forms a valuable pictorial archive which is still being worked on and conserved for the future by a specially created foundation. We look at the archive, ongoing restoration and future plans.