Archive for: March, 2011

Bauer loses out on medals at World Championship


The Czech cross-country skiers chances of getting a medal were dashed at the finish at the World Championships in Oslo this afternoon, as both Lukas Bauer and Martin Jaks didn’t make it into the top three. The Holmenkollen 15-km track and some tough competition proved too demanding for 33-yr old Bauer, who eventually finished in […]

National Czech and Slovak Museum to be lifted and moved across the street!

NCSML almost submerged in 2008

In June 2008 the National Czech and Slovak Museum & Library (NCSML) in Iowa, USA, was nearly destroyed by a terrible flood. The NCSML managed to raise the necessary funds to move the museum and library to safer ground across the street in probably the biggest ever building relocation in the US to date. Now everyone […]

Slovakia afraid of medical brain drain to Czech Republic


The healthcare labour market has been causing turmoil recently with the threat of a brain drain from the Czech and Slovak republics over money. In Slovakia, an analysis of the situation has led the Ministry of Health to announce that the salaries of doctors in Slovakia should be hiked up. The Ministry plans to help […]

Czechs reiterate support for democracy in Burma

Vaclav Havel and foreign minister Karel Schwarzenberg at Burma conference in Prague on Feb. 12. (Photo: Mark Farmaner / Burma Campaign UK)

Foreign affairs minister Karel Schwarzenberg spoke with Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi by telephone yesterday, and assured her that the Czech Republic continues to support her battle for democracy in Burma. South-east Asian portal The Irrawaddy cites Schwarzenberg as saying “It was a great honor and privilege for me to have an opportunity to […]

MIPEX: Czech R. weak at integrating foreigners


A new study published today by the British Council and the Migration Policy Group shows that great disparities exist in how Europe is integrating its 20 million immigrants legally residing in the region. The Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX: contrasts and compares integration policies across 31 countries in Europe and North America. Results show […]

Prague region among the richest in Europe


The latest figures from the EU published yesterday put the Prague region and the Bratislava region among the richest areas in the EU, even though in general there are still large east-west differences. The GDP per capita in Prague is around EUR 43,200 in terms of purchasing power, while in Bratislava it works out as […]

Coping with data leaks using nature’s ideas

Robert Mistrik

In the aftermath of the massive leak of US Embassy cables, the media are perpetuating the fatalistic misconception that modern technology has irreversibly outgrown our ability to keep sensitive information safe. Yet the pessimistic arguments sound so reasonable. Local computer networks filled with valuable data are part of every modern-day institution, very large files are […]

Legal drugs shop to open in Prague, temporarily at least


Another so-called Crazy shop selling ‘souvenir’ drug packages, which are not for consumption but which give anyone consuming them a high, is set to open in Prague. The products on sale, mostly produced in Poland, utilise a loophole in the law by selling products containing legal synthetic substances that produce a high if consumed, as […]

Author Arnost Lustig dies aged 84

Arnost Lustig (1926-2011)

On Saturday, Czech writer Arnost Lustig lost his five-year battle with cancer, dying peacefully at the age of 84 (1926-2011). Lustig’s works centred mostly around his experiences from the holocaust, as he had survived a stay at the infamous Auschwitz camp, among others, before escaping from a train in 1945 that was transporting him to […]

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