Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Radio Prague Today 1.17.2012

Articles posted on www.radio.cz today

New website presents the life and sacrifice of Jan Palach

Czechoslovak Radio, January 16, 1969: The municipal office of public order in Prague reports that at around 3 p.m. today on Wenceslas Square a 21-year-old arts student, J.P., set himself o n fire. He doused himself with a flammable liquid, set fire to his clothing and suffered serious burns. The fire was extinguished with the speedy assistance of passerby and he was taken to hospital by rescue services for treatment. The motive for the act is under investigation…

Home births back in spotlight as group of pregnant women take their case to European Court of Human Rights

A woman's right to give birth at home is back in the spotlight in the Czech Republic, as a group of pregnant women intend to file a complaint at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. The Czech state makes planned home births virtually impossible; there are midwives qualified to deliver babies at home, but they lack official registration and insurance companies won't cover them.

Survey finds garbage, graffiti and poor system of cycling routes negatively impact Prague life quality

Air quality, the unemployment rate and the cost of public transportation – many factors influence the perceived quality of life in urban spaces. A fresh survey suggests that there is much left to improve when it comes to the quality of life in the Czech capital, with the most-cited nuisances of Prague residents being garbage and graffiti. By contrast, public transportation is viewed as adequate and fairly priced by most.