Thursday, February 9, 2012

Radio Prague Today 2.9.2012

Articles posted on today

Czechs and the Internet

Computers and the internet have become an integral part of our lives to such an extent that it is hard to imagine how we ever managed without them. However a recent survey conducted by the Czech Statistical Office shows that Czechs are still lagging behind many EU states when it comes to computer literacy and internet access.

Czech Parliament passes direct presidential elections

Czech citizens themselves will choose their next president in 2013 for the first time in history. After years of public and partisan discussion, and five final hours of heated debate on Wednesday, the Czech Senate passed a Constitutional amendment allowing direct election of the head of state by the people. As the current president, Václav Klaus, who called direct elections a "fatal mistake", is unable to veto a constitutional amendment, I asked political scientist Jan Outlý of the University of Hradec Králové if anything at all can stop direct presidential elections now.

Czech lighting producer Preciosa aims to expand on US, Russian markets

A leading Czech producer of lighting products, Preciosa Lighting, aims to expand its position in the United States. The firm with a centuries-old glass making tradition has now opened a permanent showroom in Dallas, Texas, a must for everyone who's anyone in the industry, says Preciosa Lighting's sales director Petra Macháčková. Radio Prague talked to Ms Macháčková about her company's plans.