Friday, September 23, 2011

Radio Prague Today 9.23.2011

Articles posted on www.radio.cz today

Home births under fire as court case highlights family tragedy

The issue of giving birth at home once again came to the fore this week after the country's most senior midwife was found guilty of criminal negligence after overseeing a botched home birth in Prague. A baby boy was left severely brain damaged after being deprived of oxygen, and later died. The midwife denies any wrongdoing, and says the complications were unforeseen and unavoidable.

Ethnic tensions rack north Bohemian town of Varnsdorf

The Czech Republic is experiencing something unseen in its modern history. After two decades of neglecting the problems of the country's Romany minority, ethnic and social tensions erupted last month in a remote northern Bohemian district of Šluknov where thousands of people take to the streets every weekend to protest against the Romanies and their lifestyle.

Business News 23.9.2011

In business news this week: the government approves the 2012 draft budget amidst concerns over revised economic growth predictions, wages rose by an average 2.5 percent in the second quarter while the jobless rate remains essentially unchanged at 8.2 percent.