Friday, June 24, 2011

Radio Prague Today 6.24.2011

Articles posted on www.radio.cz today

Prague grammar schools top national school-leaving exam rankings

The new nationwide school-leaving exams concluded this week at around 1,300 secondary schools around the Czech Republic. According to overall results issued by the Czech Education Ministry on Thursday, Prague's private PORG grammar school came in at the top of the national top ten charts, followed by other schools in the capital. Nearly 20 percent of students failed the exams, and will have to retake them in September.

A tour through a world of performance design at the Prague Quadrennial

Last week we told you about the opening of the Prague Quadrennial, an unparalleled showcase of world scenography – design for artistic performance – that began in 1967 and only comes around every four years. The exhibits cover everything from costumes, sound design, and theatre architecture to multi-media theatrical and performance art… in short, if you imagine a wildish menagerie of all things theatre, then you're half way there. For today's Arts I spent an afternoon walking around one of the most special attractions at the Quadrennial, which is the pavilion of installations from 60 different countries and regions, all entirely unique and hosting some of the best and most imaginative of scenographic work the world over.

Business News 24.6.2011

In today's business news: The Czech prime minister speaks out against using EFSM funds to bail out Greece; the agrochemical giant Agrofert holding is to acquire eight new companies; the Czech power giant ČEZ will be collaborating with consultancy firm McKinsey & Co; the country's fruit farmers and wine growers estimate damages caused by unexpected frosts in spring to reach half a billion crowns; and the biggest Czech insurer brings forward an interesting analysis of the country's pension savings habits.