Wednesday, 15 August 2018

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Three quarters of toys examined fail to meet rules

Radio Prague |
15 August 2018

Three-quarters of toys examined by the Czech Trade Inspection Authority in the first quarter of this year did not meet all the set regulations, the government agency said on Tuesday. The most common shortcomings were failure to identify the manufacturer or importer, while some packaging only contained information in English. Inspectors imposed fines totalling CZK 1.8 million crowns on almost 300 toy sellers and distributors in the first three months of 2018.

Czech NGO comes out in support of Sentsov

Radio Prague |
15 August 2018

“We decided to support Oleg because he has been on a hunger strike for more than three months and we have messages from his cousin that his state of health is really getting worse, he can barely stand and his pulse is very low – like 40 beats per minute – but he is determined to continue in this protest until his demand is met – which is the release of all 64 Ukrainian political prisoners being held on Russian territory –or until the very end.

Fire warnings called off after rains

Radio Prague |
15 August 2018

Meteorologists have called off fire warnings imposed on most of the Czech Republic for a period of several weeks, Czech Television reported. The move followed heavy rainfall in recent days.

Rare stamps to go on display in Prague

Radio Prague |
15 August 2018

The tradition of Praga international stamps exhibitions dates all the way back to the year 1938. The exhibition was last held in the Czech capital in 2008 and attracted over 40,000 people. Organizers are expecting around the same number of visitors to come this year.

Funeral held for Czech soldier Martin Marcin

Radio Prague |
15 August 2018

Sergeant Martin Marcin, one of the three soldiers killed in a suicide attack in Afghanistan on August 5, was buried on Tuesday. A flyover of Czech Army planes took place ahead of the funeral service, which was held in Sergeant Marcin’s hometown of Chomutov.

Babis to offer Italy unmanned aircraft to help fight illegal migration

Radio Prague |
15 August 2018

The Czech prime minister, Andrej Babis, says he will offer Italy and Malta unmanned aircraft to help guard their borders and combat illegal migration when he visits the two states in a fortnight’s time. Mr. Babis made the comment on Tuesday after visiting a Czech company that develops such aircraft.

Czech truck driver survives Genoa bridge collapse

Radio Prague |
15 August 2018

A Czech truck driver survived a disaster in Italy’s Genoa on Tuesday when a long section of the city’s Morandi motorway bridge collapsed, Czech Television reported. At least 30 people were killed when the bridge collapsed, with some vehicles falling up to 90 metres to the ground below. More details regarding how the driver survived or his state of health have not been released.

This is the Golden Age of Geekdom

Radio Prague |
14 August 2018

James Kakalios, author of The Physics of Superheroes was in the Czech Republic to give a talk at Colours of Ostrava’s Melting Pot forum. "I'm a physics professor at the University of Minnesota and I'm also a long-time comic book fan. That means that I'm technically a geek and a nerd. Sorry to your listeners, but I'm already married."

Ostrava steelmaker posts profit of 32 billion crowns in 2017

Radio Prague |
14 August 2018

The Czech Republic’s biggest steelmaker, ArcelorMittal Ostrava, has posted a profit of 3.2 billion crowns in 2017. It is an increase by 1.9 billion crowns on the previous year. The results were mostly affected by higher financial yields due to the sale of share in daughter companies, the company’s spokeswoman Barbora Černá Dvořáková told the Czech News Agency on Monday.

Young Russians in Prague remember 1968

Radio Prague |
14 August 2018

The number of Russians residing and working in the Czech Republic has been steadily growing in recent years. Many come here in search of a better life, to escape the authoritarian regime of Vladimir Putin or homophobia in their homeland. And many find that the Russian led-invasion of Czechoslovakia casts a long shadow.

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