With temperatures around zero degrees Celsius most of us are covered up from head to toe, drinking hot chocolate or mulled wine to keep warm. However, some "hardy" individuals walk around in a T-shirt and shorts and can't wait for their annual winter swim in the Vltava river on January 1st. Training one's body to deal with the cold has become something of a cult in the Czech Republic and the Czech language even has a special name for these "hardy fellows" - they are called: otuzilci. One of them went for a swim this weekend - to set a new record for
During a month of anniversaries for post-communist Europe, Prague's Transitions Online has also been celebrating an anniversary - that of its own transition. The non-profit English-language web magazine covers news from the developing democracies in Europe and Asia that emerged from behind the Iron Curtain. Five years ago, it rose out of the ashes of Transitions magazine and established a network of correspondents stretching from Prague to the Ulan Bator. Eric Martin spoke to the magazine's director and editor-in-chief, Jeremy Druker, at a recent birthday
This week, we interview the president of the Czech branch of 'First Tuesday', a networking group for investors, entrepreneurs and high-tech companies. First Tuesday was named for its first such meeting, held in England in October 1998 at the dawn of the 'dot-com' boom. Radio Prague caught up with the president and co-founder of the Czech branch, Ivan Pilny, at the group's November meeting to take stock of the network's developments since its start here in 1999.
Czech supermodel Eva Herzigova unveils her first clothing collection in Paris. The thief whose passion for fresh rolls got him behind bars. And, sleep specialists from around the world meet in Prague to discuss sleep disorders - including those brought about by snoring husbands. Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.
Czech and Slovak police have charged 25 people with running an internet-based global prostitution ring using 230 women, many of whom were forced into selling their bodies for sex, officials said on Wednesday. The group posed as the Eli modelling agency, luring girls with promises of work as hostesses at events round the world, but then forcing them into prostitution, Slovak Police First Vice-President Jaroslav Spisiak told Reuters news agency. "They were invited to castings, where they had pictures taken, mostly in underwear or naked -- then they were gradually told that they will have to offer sex if the client wants," he said. The girls were offered over the internet and spent up to a week with clients wherever they requested them, including Japan, western Europe, the United States and the United Arab Emirates.
The Czech foreign trade balance last month reached its highest monthly surplus in a decade. The government has announced the privatisation of two coalmining companies. The telecommunications regulator has cut fixed-to-mobile interconnection rates. The number of tourists visiting the Czech Republic was up last year, while the number of bankruptcies was down. A poll suggests few Czechs will go choose to work in other EU countries after accession. And the governor of the Czech National Bank has called for changes in euro adoption criteria.
Rob Cameron's guest in this week's One on One is Ivo Lukacovic, founder and managing director of the Czech Republic's first ever Internet portal - seznam.cz. Eight years ago, aged just 22, Ivo dropped out of college to set up Seznam. Now it's one of the country's best known websites, and Ivo employs 150 people.