Monday, April 4, 2011

Radio Prague Today 4.4.2011

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Pavel Přikryl – Following up on People in Need's Afghan mission one year on

One year ago this month we brought you a special series on the work of Czechs in Afghanistan, primarily the efforts of the charity organisation People in Need, which works in some of the most remote corners of the country. Our guide in many of those places was Pavel Přikryl, a business consultant and specialist in international relations, who left for Afghanistan 13 months ago to run PIN's food facility projects. The base for those activities is the northern centre of Mazar-i-Sharif, the scene of a brutal mob attack last week that left seven UN workers dead, and that was all the more shocking because of the decade of relative peace that the city has enjoyed. I met with Pavel Přikryl upon his return to the Czech Republic to follow up on the last year, and began by asking him if there had been signs of growing tensions in Mazar-i-Sharif before the attacks.

Sports News 4.4.2011

In Sports News: Hockey club Třinec complete an electrifying comeback against Slavia to book a spot in the Extraliga finals; Czech goalie Vokoun confirms he will play for the national squad in the upcoming Ice Hockey World Championship in Slovakia; football league leaders Plzeň widen their lead over second-place Sparta; and racer Abraham suffers spill in second MotoGP race but still manages to come in seventh.

Nearly three-quarters of Czech population oppose introduction of Euro, poll suggests

According to a recent poll conducted by the SANEP agency, nearly three in four Czechs are against the introduction of the euro. Roughly half of the respondents even say they would vote against joining the EU today – a big shift from the result of the 2003 referendum, when 77 percent of the country's population voted in favor. David Král, director of the Czech think tank Europeum, speaks about the connection between the financial crisis and growing reservations towards the EU, and whether or not he found the result of the poll surprising.