Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Radio Prague Today 3.9.2011

Articles posted on www.radio.cz today

The Czech government has laid down its stand ahead of an extraordinary EU summit over Libya.

The Czech government has laid down its stand ahead of an extraordinary EU summit over Libya.

Czech inflation speeded up to 1.8 percent in February but still came in under analysts' forecasts.

Czech inflation speeded up to 1.8 percent in February but still came in under analysts' forecasts.

Former president Václav Havel's condition has been described as stable after being taken to hospital with breathing difficulties.

Former president Václav Havel's condition has been described as stable after being taken to hospital with breathing difficulties.

A Czech tourist was killed after an avalanche buried a group of skiers in the mountains of Georgia.

A Czech tourist was killed after an avalanche buried a group of skiers in the mountains of Georgia.

World record sprinter Usain Bolt has confirmed he will run in Ostrava.

World record sprinter Usain Bolt has confirmed he will run in Ostrava.

The Republic of Žižkov

Each of Prague's quarters contributes to its famous diversity in its own way and offers a completely different experience. In today's Spotlight we want to introduce you to a part of Prague that is a keystone for modern Czech cultural life, aptly dubbed by its inhabitants the "Independent Republic of Žižkov".

Disabled people set to protest social welfare reform proposal

Czechs with medical disabilities are upset by plans for social welfare reform that they believe could lower their standard of living, and that some have even called humiliating. The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs has proposed four amendments it believes will make the system simpler and more effective; however some of the measures cut to the heart of benefits that disabled people have long been accustomed to. On March 22 they are planning to take to the street to protest.

Supreme Court: killing a thief when protecting property is murder

The Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that anyone who kills a thief (or thieves) while protecting their property in the Czech Republic will in the future not be tried for manslaughter but murder. Understandably the latter charge carries a higher sentence. Now all courts in the country will have to respect the decision from the country's highest court.