Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Radio Prague Today 9.7.2011

Articles posted on www.radio.cz today

Hockey players Rachůnek, Vašíček, Marek reported dead in Russian plane crash

An aircraft carrying the Russian ice hockey team Lokomotiv Jaroslavl has crashed, killing at least 36 people, among them three star Czech hockey players: Karel Rachůnek, Josef Vašíček a Jan Marek.

Hockey players Rachůnek, Vašíček, Marek reported dead in Russian plane crash

The Yak-42 passenger plane went down near the city of Yaroslavl in north-eastern Russia on its way to a match in Belarus; one person on board is reported to have survived. The Russian news agency Interfax has cited officials as saying that the plane was having difficulty gaining altitude and hit a runway antenna, after which it crashed and caught fire. Other victims apparently include Slovak legend Pavol Demitra and Swedish goalkeeper Liv Stefan.

Towns get new powers in fighting air pollution

The lower house of parliament on Tuesday gave final approval to a bill which will provide local administrations with the means to fight air pollution more effectively. In the event of a smog alert mayors can order the biggest pollutants to scale down production, ban high-emissions cars from city centres and scrap toll on ring roads in order to reduce the amount of traffic. Town mayors and environment activists had long been pushing for the amendment and Radio Prague asked Vojtěch Kotecký from Friends of the Earth how effective he thinks it will be in practice.

Half of Czech Army overweight

A new study has raised serious questions about diet and fitness in the Czech military after revealing that half of the army's 22,000 soldiers are overweight. The alarming result means the military will introduce a low-fat diet, likely boost fitness testing and provide troops with fat-fighting pills. The last measure, though, has come under criticism – with many experts suggesting that medicine should only be used as a last resort.

Hockey players Rachůnek, Vašíček, Marek reported dead in Russian plane crash

An aircraft carrying the Russian ice hockey team Lokomotiv Jaroslavl has crashed, killing at least 36 people, among them three star Czech hockey players: Karel Rachůnek, Josef Vašíček a Jan Marek. The Yak-42 passenger plane went down near the city of Yaroslavl in north-eastern Russia on its way to a match in Belarus; one person on board is reported to have survived. The Russian news agency Interfax has cited officials as saying that the plane was having difficulty gaining altitude and hit a runway antenna, after which it crashed and caught fire. Other victims apparently include Slovak legend Pavol Demitra and Swedish goalkeeper Liv Stefan.

A slice of country life in the Czech capital– the National Museum of Agriculture

Located in the Letná neighborhood of Prague, the National Museum of Agriculture seeks to bring a slice of country life into the Czech capital. City children and adults alike can gain insight into how wood is farmed, see some of the tools and machinery used in agriculture and even see some real-life farm animals in the museum's peaceful courtyard.