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Czech jobseekers often fall victim to bogus job agents in UK

05-10-2005 13:57 | Pavla Horáková

Photo: European Commission The United Kingdom is one of only three old EU countries that opened their labour markets to the citizens of new member states after last year's enlargement. According to UK statistics, some 15,000 Czechs have registered for work in the United Kingdom since accession in May 2004. Many have found a job to their satisfaction but there are also plenty of those who have fallen prey to bogus job agents.   More

Renowned US psychologist Philip Zimbardo honoured by Havel foundation

05-10-2005 13:57 | Ian Willoughby

Philip Zimbardo and Vaclav Havel, photo: CTK Every year the Vize (Vision) 97 Foundation of former Czech president Vaclav Havel and his wife Dagmar presents an award for outstanding work in the world of science. This year's winner is one of the world's best known psychologists, Philip Zimbardo. He is famous for his work on behaviour in prisons, and last year sat on the commission investigating the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by American soldiers. I spoke to Professor Zimbardo at Tuesday's ceremony, and asked him what it meant to receive this award from Mr Havel.   More

Private doctors' strike over late reimbursements set to go ahead

04-10-2005 14:09 | Brian Kenety

President of the Czech Medical Chamber David Rath and Prime Minister Jiri Paroubek, photo: CTK Eleventh-hour negotiations by Prime Minister Jiri Paroubek have failed to avert private doctors' plans to strike over chronically late payments from the state-run insurance company. A working group of officials from the Health Ministry and the insurer were to meet on Wednesday to hammer out a solution, but associations of private practitioners expect little to come of it, and their members intend to shut down their surgeries on Thursday.  More

Euthanasia. Do Czechs care?

03-10-2005 13:26 | Jarka Hálková

Euthanasia - in the original Greek the word means help in suffering, both medical and in the mind. The word now applies to the highly controversial issue of enhancing death on the request of a patient. Illegal in the Czech Republic, euthanasia became a topic of discussion and a political issue some ten years ago. Ever since then it has faded into the background, overshadowed by other events seen as more urgent. Talking to a few citizens of Prague about their opinion on euthanasia, I had the impression that many Czechs remain undecided.   More


02-10-2005 | Pavla Horáková

Paulina Porizkova In Mailbox today: the adventures of Lukas; listeners in Australia and New Zealand; the winner of Radio Prague's September competition. Listeners quoted: Marie Thereza Kosar, US; Mark Guy, US; Bob Boundy, New Zealand; Charles Konecny, US; John Sheppard, UK; Henrik Klementz, Sweden; Gina Cenkl, US.   More


01-10-2005 | Daniela Lazarová

Make those rotten products look good! The hypermarket chain store that risked consumers health by selling old meat and salamis. A Czech town builds a 10,000 euro bridge for squirrels. And, who has got the fastest steam engine? The Czech Republic has won the Steam Engine Grand Prix. Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.   More

Prague 6 appeals to dog-owners to clean-up after their pooch

29-09-2005 14:45 | Jan Velinger

Photo: Who let the dogs out?! And who, after letting them out, forgot to scoop up afterwards? That's a question addressed by a new campaign launched by the Prague 6 town hall. It features the slogan "Please clean up, so everybody likes us" - the dogs that is - and the idea is to shame dog-owners into doing their bit, and cleaning up after their pet. But, not all owners are getting the message.   More

Back to the 'homeland' and straight to the Archives

29-09-2005 14:16 | Brian Kenety

Founded nearly twenty years ago in a Sokol community hall in America's heartland, the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International now boasts close to four thousand members, from all fifty states in the Union and around the globe. For the first time in its history, this society of amateur and professional genealogists held its biannual congress in "the homeland."  More

Nandanie and Asoke Weerasinghe - From Sri Lanka to Prague in the 1960s

27-09-2005 14:18 | Kay Grigar

In today's One on One I speak to Nandanie and Asoke Weerasinghe. Both are successful professionals in Alberta, Canada, thanks to their determination and a good education which started with a scholarship to study in Prague. Nandanie studied medicine at Charles University and Asoke engineering at Prague's Technical University. Prague is where they met; they eventually went on to complete their studies in Western Europe, emigrated to Canada and finally got married in their home country of Sri Lanka. They came to Czechoslovakia during the big changes of the mid 1960s. Many doors that closed for Czech students with the Soviet invasion of 1968, remained open for foreign students, granted they were successful in their exams. They had only had one year of intensive study to grasp the complexities of the Czech language. Now they are visiting the Czech Republic again, for the second time since their days as students here. Though eager to eat Czech food and drink Czech beer, the idea was not always so appealing for them. Asoke begins with his first impressions of Prague.  More

Has the media been painting a dark picture of life after sixty?

26-09-2005 16:31 | Dita Asiedu

Is there a qualitative difference between the various stages of the life cycle? Why do most Czechs believe that the elderly have no life? A study conducted throughout 2004 suggests the Czech media has been painting a grim picture of life after sixty.   More



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