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18-05-2005

Government aims to improve conditions for adoption and foster care

The government has approved a bill which is to improve conditions for adoption and foster care. The bill supports all forms of alternative child care and should speed up the process of placing children into adoptive or foster care rather than having them spend years in orphanages due to legal hurdles. NGOs involved in child protection have welcomed the move.

Benefits for companies willing to employ graduates and people over 50

Companies employing school graduates or people aged over fifty will receive financial subsidies from the state, under an amendment to the employment law passed by the lower house on Wednesday. This is part of a broader effort to help groups of the population who are hardest hit by unemployment. The bill has yet to be approved by the Senate and signed into law by the president.

Resistance fighters to get bonuses

Czechs who were active in the country's resistance movement will receive a monthly bonus of 2,500 crowns, according to a bill passed by the lower house. Most of the resistance movement veterans are now elderly people dependent on relatively low pensions and many do not enjoy the benefit of free public transport and other services. The bill, which must still be approved by the Senate, will concern both people who fought against Nazism and those who fought against Communism.

Zazvorkova dies at 83

One of the most popular Czech actresses Stella Zazvorkova has died at age 83. She died of a heart attack in her Prague flat. Mrs. Zazvorkova has over 180 films and countless theatre performances to her name. She was both a great character actress and comedian. Just a few months ago she received the Czech Lion award for her outstanding contribution to Czech cinematography.

In support of Panchen Lama

About thirty people lit candles at Prague's Monument to the Victims of Communism on Wednesday, thus joining the campaign in support of the release of the 16 year old Tibetan political prisoner, who disappeared shortly after he was officially recognized the 11th Panchen Lama ten years ago. Similar gatherings took place at more than sixty sites around the world. The only information that Beijing has provided in past years is that Panchen Lama is safe and does not want to be in touch with the world.

Weather:

Thursday is expected bring an improvement; it should be only partly cloudy with day temperatures between 13 and 17 degrees Celsius. Temperatures are expected to rise gradually in the next few days with weekend highs forecast at 25 to 27 degrees Celsius.

18-05-2005