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Tvnet - Latvia | 15/10/2014

Talking bins help Latvians sort their waste

To motivate Latvians to separate their waste, the operators of the national waste sorting system have installed talking waste bins in the centre of Riga that thank people for separating their rubbish and putting it in the right bin. The Internet portal TVnet is thrilled: "Within two days 275 kilos of glass and plastic bottles were collected. That's three and a half times the average amount. For the Latvians, sorting glass and plastic on a day-to-day basis is like a small act of heroism. After all, it's a lot simpler to just toss everything into the same bin. Although we all know how important it is to separate waste, we often don't do it in practice because it's too time-consuming or inconvenient. That's why the talking waste bins thank people who have overcome these small obstacles and their own inner resistance and tossed their empty bottles into the right container." (15/10/2014)

Respekt - Czech Republic | 29/09/2014

White shirts a must in Czech election campaign

All over the Czech Republic election posters have been put up announcing the local elections that take place in mid-October. Although they don't provide a wealth of information the posters do herald a new trend, the liberal weekly paper Respekt writes: "In 2006 men in suits and ties gazed out at us from the posters. Four years later they had all shed their ties, demonstrating a certain relaxed savoir faire. Then in 2013 came the Ano movement of multi-billionaire Andrej Babiš, who posed not only without a tie but also without a jacket. Just a simple white shirt. The message to voters was clear: with their spotless white shirts the party's members are as pure as the driven snow. Now everyone else has jumped on the bandwagon according to the motto: use the word 'change' and wear a white shirt and victory is yours. But a joke tends to wear thin when it's repeated too often. And besides: if our country's in such a bad way, it's not the fault of the jackets." (29/09/2014)

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