Friday, March 4, 2011

Radio Prague Today 3.4.2011

Articles posted on www.radio.cz today

The government has rejected criticism of planned pension reform by President Václav Klaus, who says the government approved the reform hastily and without broad debate.

The government has rejected criticism of planned pension reform by President Václav Klaus, who says the government approved the reform hastily and without broad debate.

The Czech Retail Inspectorate has found rampant mispricing in Prague city-centre shops

The Czech Retail Inspectorate has found rampant mispricing in Prague city-centre shops

Immigrants to the UK from the Czech Republic and other new EU states will be able to claim hefty welfare benefits as of May 1.

Immigrants to the UK from the Czech Republic and other new EU states will be able to claim hefty welfare benefits as of May 1.

The mayor of Prague has addressed ideas for re-conceiving the city's busy cross-town motorway and Wenceslas Square area.

The mayor of Prague has addressed ideas for re-conceiving the city's busy cross-town motorway and Wenceslas Square area.

Actor and writer Zdeněk Svěrák is to receive the Czech Lion for Best Artistic Contribution to Czech Cinema.

Actor and writer Zdeněk Svěrák is to receive the Czech Lion for Best Artistic Contribution to Czech Cinema.

Think tank recommends English being made sole obligatory foreign language in schools

This week the government's economic think tank, NERV, issued a report recommending, among several changes, that English be made the only obligatory foreign language in Czech schools. The idea is that time allocated for additional languages could be better spent on areas where until now many schools have been weak: the teaching of information technology or economic or financial literacy. A little earlier to I spoke to Daniel Munich, associate professor at CERGE-EI in Prague and a member of NERV.

Business News 4.3.2011

In this week's Business News: AAA Auto seeks to roll out in Russia, president attacks pre-emptive pension reform, L-159 lined up for first foreign sale, picture still gloomy for DVD sales, and fewer forged notes and coins found in country.

Studio Bratři v triku - the cradle of Czech animation

The studio Bratři v triku, or "Brothers in T-Shirts", has been the major producer of Czech animated film since the 1940s. Virtually every talent in Czech cartooning has gone through the studio, and it has won essentially every national and international award available to animators. But most importantly perhaps, the work of the studio has influenced generation after generation of Eastern Europeans and audiences elsewhere in the world as well. In this week's Arts, Christian Falvey takes a peek into the cradle of Czech animation.