Friday, September 14, 2012

Radio Prague Today 9.14.2012

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Proudy 2012 – A promising new multimedia festival

A new festival called Proudy 2012 (or Currents 2012) organised by students for students (or generally anyone up to the age of 30 or so) kicks off later this month. The highly ambitious project, bringing together numerous schools from ČVUT to Charles University as well as the private sector, centres primarily on multimedia – an amalgam of live music, screen projections, live drawing, dance, and even silent disco, relying on a combination of technology from new apps to robotics. Entry is free and if you are interested in new media, Proudy 2012 is a festival you won't want to miss.

Norwegian doctor brings hope - and antidote - to methanol poison victims

The Czech health ministry says there have been no new deaths in the last 24 hours from the outbreak of methanol poisoning, and attention is now shifting to the 27 people still in hospital. Help has arrived in the form of an effective but expensive antidote called fomepizole, eighty boxes of which have donated by Norway. They were brought here by poisons expert Dr Knut Erik Hovda from the Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Centre in Oslo. Radio Prague spoke to Dr Hovda shortly before he went into a meeting at Ostrava Hospital, and we began by asking him how common methanol poisoning was.

Business News 14.9.2012

In this week's business news: The Czech national debt has risen by almost 10 percent in the first half of 2012; Real estate prices are dropping for the second quarter this year, while land prices are on the rise; Škoda Auto will introduce a new Fabia specifically for the Indian consumer; Fuel prices are breaking record highs again this week; a number of operational programmes in the Czech Republic will not get the EU funds they were counting on.