The Czech Institute of Sociology has recently published results of a survey, which look at how Czechs spend their daily lives. It focuses on such topics as housing choices, inequalities, education, and the labour market. One of the authors of this long-term household survey is an Irish sociologist Pat Lyons, who has been based in the Czech Republic for more than a decade. I met him to discuss the first outcomes of the project, but I first asked him about a book he published along with his colleagues at the end of last year, called Forty-Seven Shades
Police conducting checks at the Vranov reservoir at the weekend found that in more than 20 cases children aboard boats did not have lifejackets even though the law requires all children up to the age of 10 to wear them. The police did not hand out fines to those captaining the vessels but let them go with a warning. The police found no discrepancies in paperwork and none of the boat captains was found to have been drinking.
The 51st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival began on Friday with one
of this year's top stars, American actor Willem Dafoe, being awarded
the festival's Crystal Globe - recognizing outstanding artistic
contribution to world cinematography. Mr Dafoe is known for a wide body of
work including roles in the films Platoon, Wild at Heart, Spider-Man, and
The Last Temptation of Christ.
On Friday, the festival opened with the world premiere of the Czech-British production Anthropoid.
It has been estimated that an enormous amount of food - 88 million tonnes is wasted in the European Union annually. A new campaign by the Zachraň Jidlo initiative wants to make a small dent in food waste the Czech Republic, reporting that up to one-fifth of fruit and vegetables is thrown away without ever making it to the store, for strictly cosmetic reasons.
Two Czechs drowned and a third person is still missing following a rafting accident on Friday on the Swiss river Landquart near Küblis, the Neue Zürcher Zeitung reports. The three were part of a group of 10 Czech tourists on two rafts; when one overturned, two people were able to save themselves but two others were later found drowned. The fate of a 66-year-old man remains unknown but officials are not hopeful. The search has since been called off until further notice.
Czechs are spending more each year on sports equipment and sport events, Czech Radio reports citing numbers by Eurostat. According to the broadcaster, they spend around 2,500 crowns per year on sport items, events or fitness club memberships. That is roughly twice the amount spent in 2012. Some spend considerably more, not least in areas of organized team sports such as ice hockey or football, where the numbers can go as high as 30,000 crowns. One interviewee told the broadcaster that ice hockey equipment for each of his sons cost 2,500 crowns alone - not including skates or helmets.
More Czechs are facing chronic illnesses and conditions because of poor lifestyles and diets, an international health conference in Prague has been told. Diabetes is the fastest rising condition, now estimated to affect around 900,000 Czechs, but heart disease is also spreading fast. It’s estimated that around 80 percent of illnesses and conditions are due to lifestyle decisions and could be avoided. The government is considering extra payments for health insurers which have a higher proportion of patients with chronic illnesses.
A growing number of Czechs prefer to travel on holidays by car, rather than by plane, according to a survey by ERV, a network of travel insurance experts. This year, more than 50 percent of Czechs will use their car to reach their holiday destination. The survey also suggests that a growing number of Czechs prefer to travel on their own, without the help of a travel agency. Last year that figure amounted to 58 percent. Most Czechs want to spend their holidays at home or in Europe and they prefer bed and breakfast facilities and camping places over hotels.
Could you be happy without alcohol? Have you ever had sex with a stranger? Would you participate in an uprising against those in power? These are just some of the nearly 150 questions covering a large range of subjects given to people aged 18 to 34 across Europe within a project called Generation What. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union along with national broadcasters, the aim of project is to offer a unique look into the mind-set and realities of life of young Europeans today. For the first time this year, the Czech Republic joined as
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