Saturday, April 13, 2013

News 4.13.2013

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News Saturday, April 13th, 2013

By: Masha Volynsky

* The Social Democrats are hoping to revoke in-patient hospital fees
for children under 18.

* According to financial analysts, Czechs spend almost 46 billion
crowns a year on shopping in neighbouring countries.

* The Council for Radio and Television Broadcasting is investigating
Czech TV and Prima over impartiality of some programs about
presidential elections.

* The Czech coronation jewels will again be on display at the Prague
Castle after five years.

* The American star Lana Del Rey will perform at the Archa theater in

Social Democrats want to waive hospital fees for children

Ahead of a debate in the lower house of parliament over healthcare
fees, the opposition Social Democrats said they want to revoke
hospital-stay fees for children up to the age of 18. Currently all
hospitalized patients, including children, pay 100 crowns per day. The
Social Democrats released an official statement reiterating their
earlier claims that if they win the 2014 elections they plan to revoke
all healthcare fees that were introduced by Mirek Topolanek's

Czechs spend more abroad than statistics claim

Financial analysts at the Ceska sporitelna bank have calculated that
Czechs spend approximately 5% of their total expenses abroad, based on
the fact that their spending outside of the Czech Republic by credit
and debit cards amounted to 45.9 billion crowns last year. Analysts
claim that the number of trans-border shopping trips is on the rise
due, to a large extent, to the rise in the Value Added Tax and the
weakening of the crown. What is interesting is that the Czech
Statistical Office estimated the amount spent abroad to 2.3%, Mlada
fronta Dnes reported on Saturday. This may mean that the Czech
households are not as badly off as it has seemed from official
statistics, the report claims.

Broadcasting council investigates TV stations over impariatility

The Council for Radio and Television Broadcasting has launched an
investigation over alleged violation of journalistic objectivity and
balanced reporting of the presidential campaigns on Czech Television
and the private TV Prima broadcaster. Two shows on Czech Television are
being put in question over their objectivity, while Prima is being
investigated over the choice of the candidate chosen for their
televised presidential duels before the first round of elections, where
nine candidates were in the running. The late night talk show of Jan
Kraus has also been questioned over impartiality.

Arnost Lustig prize for 2012 awarded to announcer Kamila Mouckova

The second annual Arnost Lustig Prize has been awarded to the radio and
television announcer Kamila Mouckova, who openly criticised the
Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968 and was a signatory of
Charter 77. In August 1968, Ms Mouckova said on live television that
Czechoslovakia was occupied and was subsequently led out of the studio
by Soviet soldiers. She was later fired and banned from working in her
profession. Until 1989 Ms Mouckova, who is now 85, worked as a cook, a
cleaning lady and a factory worker, and was constantly questioned by
the secreted police until the Velvet Revolution, when she was able to
return to her previous occupation. The Arnost Lustig Prize is awarded
to people who have exhibited courage, perseverance and humanity
throughout their life.

Coronation jewels to be presented at Prague Castle

The Czech coronation jewels will be on display at the Prague Castle
again after five years, for the occasion of the election of the new
president. The jewels will be displayed at the Vladislav hall at Prague
Castle between May 10 and 19. The entrance will be free of charge.
Among the jewels is the St. Wenceslas crown that was made and first
worn by Charles IV in 1347. The other objects, such as the royal
sceptre, the orb and the coronation vestment come in the 14th, 16th and
17th centuries.

Lana Del Rey to play Archa theatre in Prague

The highly acclaimed American music artist Lana Del Rey will appear on
Saturday evening at the Electronic Beat music festival at Prague's
Archa theatre. The concert, that also features the Swedish singer Karin
Park and the indie-rock band Roosevelt, will begin at 9 pm.

Fifth Holesovice Fashion Market held this weekend

Holesovice Fashion Market is taking place on Friday and Saturday of
this week for the fifth year in a row. The fashion market, held at
Prague's Holesovice market hall, offers clothes, accessories and other
creations by Czech and Slovak independent designers. The market will be
open on Saturday until 10 pm.


Cloudy conditions are expected into the weekend with a chance of rain
but also sunny periods. Daytime temperatures should reach as high as 17
degrees Celsius.

Articles posted on today

The Prague Literature House: "a developing story"

Until the middle of the 20th century, the territory of today's Czech
Republic had always been bilingual and the country has a huge German
literary legacy. Adalbert Stifter, Rainer Maria Rilke, Franz Werfel,
Max Brod and Franz Kafka are just a few of the best known writers, but
there are hundreds of others, many undeservedly neglected or even quite
forgotten. David Vaughan looks at an initiative to kindle interest in
this country's German literature and to revive Czech-German literary

A Tale of Two Towers

Prague's skyline gave the capital one of its nicknames: the city of a
hundred spires. But in actual fact around a thousand spires, belfries
and towers of various styles and ages now grace the city centre. Some
of them are popular tourist attractions offering great views of the
city, others only recently revealed their mysteries. One served as an
observation post for the secret police; another hosted a morbid display
of a dozen severed heads.

Czech food in the spotlight, again

A friend of my wife's once said the good thing about the Czech Republic
is that wherever you go from here, the food is always better. That's
probably no longer true, if it ever was, but Czechs have certainly had
a tough time adapting the often appalling communist-era fare into a
modern cuisine. But in some ways, such as in the quality of groceries,
Czechs are still stuck in the past.

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