The Pavel Koutecký Award for best Czech documentary went this year to the film Earthlings, Who Are You Voting For? The movie shows, among other things, what happens when a group of mentally handicapped people come up to politicians in the middle of an election campaign and ask them questions they might not be ready for. Directed by an experienced filmmaker Linda Jablonská, parts of the movie were in fact shot by her students at a workshop run by Inventura, a Prague based NGO that supports people with learning disabilities. RP spoke to the film’s
New or newly-reopened speciality shops are once again selling highly-dubious synthetic drugs in the Czech Republic. While legal for the time being, experts warn the substances, if used recreationally, can prove extremely hazardous to health. In April, Czech legislators passed a bill adding more than 30 similar drugs to a list of banned substances; but manufacturers and sellers have managed to work around the law by slightly changing the chemical formulas involved.
The Czech veterinary inspection launched on Monday checks of meat imports from Germany in an effort to curb the spread of the E.coli food bug. A spokesman for the State Veterinary Administration said the inspections, involving shipments of German pork and beef, are set to continue until the end of the week. The cause of the E.coli outbreak has not yet been determined; test have so far failed to confirm German-grown bean sprouts or Spanish vegetables as the source of the mutated E.coli outbreak were cleared. The infection has killed 22 people while hundreds of others contracted the disease.
Some Czech dentists have threatened to quit the country’s public insurance system if basic tooth fillings are not taken out from its insurance policies. The head of the Czech dentists’ association, Pavel Chrz said on Monday many of his colleagues already only work with a few selected insurance companies and demand out-of-pocket payments from patients covered by other policies. The Czech health minister, Leoš Heger, suggested basic tooth fillings be taken out of public health insurance but changed his mind after pressure from the coalition Public Affairs party. Mr Chrz however did not specify how many Czech dentists would consider getting out of the public insurance system.
Agriculture Minister Ivan Fuksa, in a Sunday appearance on Czech
Television, apologized for a statement he made earlier this week regarding
the cucumber scare. He had said on Tuesday that fresh produce could
theoretically be tampered with in any distributor’s storage facilities.
On Sunday, he apologized for this statement, adding that it could
negatively affect the business of distributors of fresh fruit and
vegetables. The head of the Czech Agrarian Chamber, Jan Veleba, said he
welcomed the minister’s apology.
Nearly twenty people have died from a mutated E.coli bacterium infection in neighboring Germany; cucumbers were shown not to be the source of the infection. Which foods exactly have caused the bacterial outbreaks across Europe is yet unclear.
Tests on seven suspected cases of the deadly bacterial infection E.coli have proved negative, the country’s chief hygiene office reported on Friday. The one confirmed case of the infection in the Czech Republic was that of an American tourist who had recently spent time in Germany. She had a moderate form of the infection and was released from hospital on Thursday.
The Czech Republic has registered 1 case of the deadly bacterial infection E.coli, with seven more cases being tested, the country’s chief hygiene officer reported on Thursday. The one confirmed case was that of an American tourist who had recently spent time in Germany. She is reported to be recovering well and is soon to be released from hospital. Two other suspected cases proved to be a false alarm and the national laboratory on Thursday received seven more samples. The suspected cases are from different parts of the country. Test results should be available later today or on Friday.
The sale of organic food products in the Czech Republic is reported to have dropped by 30 percent in the past week as a result of the cucumber scare. Supermarkets have also reported a sharp drop in the sale of fruits and vegetables and some have started ordering less of those commodities to minimize their losses.
Laboratory tests have shown that Spanish bio cucumbers imported to the Czech Republic via a German distributer were not contaminated with a deadly E.coli strain. The news comes days after German authorities backtracked on the initial claim that Spanish cucumbers were the source of the mutated E-coli bacteria that has killed 17 people in Germany and Sweden. The firm Country Life that imported the cucumbers said in a statement on Thursday they suspected from the beginning it was a “false alarm”.
Leaders of the Czech coalition government have approved the basic outlines of the planned health care reform. The first phase of the reform, which should be introduced in January 2012, should increase patients’ fees and curb the system administrative costs. At their meeting on Wednesday, the officials also agreed that the reform’s key principle – a new bill determining standard care covered by insurance and “above-standard” care patients will pay for themselves – would be sent to Parliament in mid-June. But a leading Czech expert in medicinal law,
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