Thursday, May 17, 2012

Radio Prague Today 5.17.2012

Articles posted today

American piano virtuoso Stephen Beus: I do not remember a time when I did not want to be a pianist.

American pianist Stephen Beus is one of the star performers at the American spring music festival currently underway in the Czech Republic. The internationally acclaimed musician, who performs with renowned orchestras and gives solo recitals the world over, has been described as a strikingly original, confident and gifted player with a rock-solid technique. On what is his second recital tour in the Czech Republic he visited Radio Prague's studio and talked about the joy he derives from music, the inspiration he draws from it and the secret behind his ability to captivate an audience.

Constitutional Court upholds solar tax

The Czech Constitutional Court has upheld the government's tax on solar power, introduced retroactively last year in an effort to cool the solar boom in the country. Photovoltaic firms complain the tax damages their business while foreign investors into the business are threatening to initiate international arbitrations against the country. But the court said their interests cannot be superimposed over those of Czech citizens.

Brno centre for childcare launches "rent-a-granny" scheme

This month saw the launching of a new EU-funded child-care project aimed at helping families with young children juggle work and family. In view of the lack of day nurseries and kindergartens around the country the Brno Centre for Family Planning and Child Care has launched a "rent-a-granny" scheme along the lines of the Oma Dienst project successfully implemented in neighbouring Austria.