Thursday, May 3, 2012

Radio Prague Today 5.3.2012

Articles posted today

Farmers announce protests over plans to slash diesel tax rebates and new wine tax

The Czech Republic will see another round of protests against the government's austerity measures. Agriculture industry leaders on Wednesday announced they would block roads and slow traffic in protest of plans to cancel tax rebates on diesel for agricultural firms, and a planned introduction of a tax on wine.

Czechs top global addictions index, says Bloomberg - nonsense, say health workers

The news agency Bloomberg has given the Czech Republic the inglorious distinction of first place on its Global Vice Index – a combined list of alcohol, drug, cigarette and gambling prevalence in 57 countries. While Czech primacy in beer consumption may be incontestable, the index also cited the country as 12th in the world in gambling, 5th in cigarette smoking and 2nd on the planet in drug use. What's more, the amalgamated information from the World Health Organisation, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime and others, gave the Czech Republic a damning six point lead on the second most depraved country, Slovenia. Humbug, say public health workers, among them Dr. Tomáš Zábranský from the Centre of Addictology.

Should the famous baroque plague column be returned to Prague's Old Town Square?

Prague's Old Town Square may be famous for its grandeur and architectural beauty, but it is, in fact, a shadow of its former self. A great chunk of the Old Town Hall building was decimated by the Nazis at the end of the war, and has never been rebuilt. To this day, a rather bare park stands where most of the building once did. And across from the famous Jan Hus sculpture used to be a towering Marian column, built in 1650 and felled in 1918, by Czechs who felt it symbolized the country's Habsburg past.