How has the US entertainment industry shaped how politicians are presented to American voters? How liberal is Hollywood in reality? And is Donald Trump the ultimate showbiz president? Those are just a few of the issues I discussed with historian Kathryn Cramer Brownell, author of Showbiz Politics: Hollywood in American Political Life. The Purdee University academic was in Prague recently to deliver a talk on just that subject at the city’s branch of New York University.
The population of the Czech Republic climbed slightly in the first quarter
of this year to reach just over 10,613,000, according to official figures
released on Tuesday. The population at the end of March was around 3,300
higher than at the end of 2017.
The growth has been attributed to immigration, in particular from Ukraine and Slovakia.
Deaths outnumbered births in the first three months of 2018, though both were down by several hundred on the previous quarter.
Why do ethnic conflicts in some parts of the world flare up so easily and spread so fast? Is ethnic hate and intolerance contagious? Researchers from the Czech Republic and Slovakia joined forces to try to find the answers to some of those questions and arrived at some surprising conclusions. I spoke to Associate Professor Michal Bauer, an expert on experimental and behavioral economics at CERGE-EI, who is one of the authors of the study, and began by asking him what motivated the research in this field.
For about one third of the world’s population, bugs are a common part of their diet, but most Europeans still find the thought of eating insects revolting. A couple of Czech businessmen, Radek Hušek and Daniel Vach, of SENS Foods, are trying to change that by producing protein and energy bars containing crickets from their farm in Thailand.
The number of Czech scouts has increased by about one third since 2006 to
over 60,500, according to the data released by the Czech Scouting Movement
Junák on Saturday. The most significant increase, by about 2,700, was
recorded last year.
There are currently 2,148 scouting clubs all over the Czech Republic. The highest number of scouts is in the South Moravian region, followed by Central Bohemia, and Prague.
The Czech scouting movement was established in 1912 and was banned three times during their history, first by the Nazis and then twice by the Communist regime.
The year 2017 turned out to be a positive year with no drownings registered
at river sluices in the country. Years prior, accidents led to an average
of nine deaths a year. In 2010, the number was 16.
According to statistics compiled by Vodácké školy záchrany there are around 150 sluices in the country which are dangerous.
Canoeing, kayaking and rafting have a strong tradition in the Czech Republic but flipping in a canoe going down a sluice can easily end in tragedy, organizers warned. Some sluices can be very difficult to escape from, once in the water.
Croatia last year reinforced its position as the most popular foreign
destination for Czechs. According to figures issued by the Czech Statistics
Office on Tuesday, 850,000 Czechs visited Croatia in 2017, a rise of 3
percent on the previous year.
The country has been the top destination for Czechs for 20 years, with the exception of 2015, when it was beaten in that regard by Slovakia.
Italy was the second most popular destination for Czechs in 2017. Some 636,000 visited the country, a rise of 15 percent on the year before.
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