Thursday, 24 October 2019

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Cardinal Duka accused of covering up case of sexual abuse

Radio Prague |
3 October 2019

Cardinal Dominik Duka is facing a criminal investigation, after being accused of covering up a case of sexual abuse in the Dominican Order. The victim, who remains anonymous, told the news site seznam.cz earlier this week that he reported the abuse to Mr.Duka but the cardinal had failed to take action against it. The victim claims the abuse went on for three years in the early 1990s, while he was training to become a priest.

Forbes: Petr Kellner remains the richest Czech

Radio Prague |
3 October 2019

Petr Kellner, owner of investment group PPF, remains the richest Czech, according to an annual rich list published by Forbes on Wednesday. The market value of his assets is estimated at 350 million US dollars.

Pension tension: Czechs living longer, but not in good health

Radio Prague |
2 October 2019

Czechs are living longer, but many do not live well in retirement – in terms of both their physical and financial well-being. With the population rapidly aging, the nation's already low level of "life expectancy in health" is set to further decline. The Czech government has asked the OECD to help determine how best to make the pension system sustainable. Experts say changing seniors' dietary and lifestyle habits is a key part of the solution.

Minister proposes end to tax break enjoyed by non-working married people

Radio Prague |
2 October 2019

Tax breaks for married people who don't have jobs but aren't looking after anybody at home should be discontinued, says the minister of labour and social affairs, Jana Maláčová of the Social Democrats. The change would affect 76,000 people, the news site novinky.cz reported.

NYT chief Mark Thompson: Political pressure is causing some reversion to type in CEE public media

Radio Prague |
2 October 2019

Public service media in Central Europe reflect growing populism in the region but are not the cause of it. That's the view of New York Times CEO Mark Thompson, who was recently in Prague. Thompson shared his views on the media landscape in this region with Czech Radio's Lenka Kabrhelová – and also explained a move to end Czech language broadcasting while he was director-general of the BBC.

Ian Willoughby: How I became a Czech citizen

Radio Prague |
1 October 2019

Last October, having lived in the country for just over 25 years, I became a citizen of the Czech Republic.

Plzeň (Bohemia) students celebrate Pilsen's (Chicago) Czech - and Mexican - heritage

Radio Prague |
1 October 2019

Chicago has been a major centre of Czech immigration to the United States since the 1850s. Today, the district of Pilsen which those settlers founded in the 19th century is decidedly Bohemian – in the sense of being offbeat and arty – but predominately Mexican. In celebration of the two cultures, students from the original Plzeň have installed street murals in its namesake sister city, depicting Czech history and culture – with a Latino flair.

Czech firms increasingly keen to employ prisoners

Radio Prague |
1 October 2019

Companies in the Czech Republic are increasingly interested in employing prisoners, Hospodářské noviny reported on Monday. According to data from the country's prisons authority, around 8,800 of a total prison population of 20,000 have jobs. This is a considerable increase on the situation 20 years ago, when just over a third of the incarcerated were employed, the business daily said. The majority of prisoners work in manual jobs such as in assembly, warehouses, recycling, construction and clean-up work.

Central Bohemian regional council concludes PM does not have conflict of interest

Radio Prague |
1 October 2019

The Regional Council of Central Bohemia has halted an infringement procedure against PM Andrej Babiš on the grounds of a complaint regarding a possible conflict of interest. The regional council has thus invalidated a decision by the Černošice Council which arrived at the opposite conclusion and fined the prime minister for the offense.

The feminist legacy of Charlotte and Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk

Radio Prague |
30 September 2019

Thanks to his wife Charlotte, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk became a champion of feminism. Charlotte went on to inspire many women both within Czechoslovakia and beyond.

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