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Barbara Winton: None of us understood the implications of what my father had done until we began to meet the children

Radio Prague |
4 September 2018

The late Sir Nicholas Winton saved the lives of 669 children, most of them Jewish, when he organised for them to leave Czechoslovakia for his native UK on the eve of WWII. His daughter Barbara Winton has told his remarkable story in the book If It's Not Impossible...: The Life of Sir Nicholas Winton.

Security expert: Paramilitary groups "reason for concern"

Radio Prague |
4 September 2018

Self-styled "home guard" paramilitary groups now have around 2,000 members in the Czech Republic and represent a significant security threat. That's according to the Interior Ministry's latest report on extremism. It warns that some of these groups are xenophobic and racist and are attempting to forge ties with members of the police. Former Czech Military Intelligence chief Andor Šándor says the paramilitaries' anti-migrant ideology reflects political rhetoric.

With poll placing them second on 15%, what are Pirates doing right?

Radio Prague |
4 September 2018

A freshly published opinion poll suggests the Czech Pirate Party are currently the second most popular political grouping in the country, with 15 % support. That's four percent more than the pro-transparency party received in October when they entered the lower house for the first time. So what are the Pirates doing right? That's a question for political scientist Jiří Pehe.

Unique sandstone formations vandalized

Radio Prague |
3 September 2018

Prachovské skaly, unique sandstone rock formations in the Český Ráj Protected Landscape Area, have been vandalized by spray paint, Czech Television reported.

Government and unions agree on wage rises in public sector

Radio Prague |
3 September 2018

Trade unions have reached agreement with the government on wage rises in the public sector as of January 2019. According to Finance Minister Alena Schillerová there will not be a blanket increase and employees with lower wages should get a bigger hike. The average raise for public sector employees will be at around eight percent.

Decision on financing of new nuclear reactors expected by end-year

Radio Prague |
3 September 2018

A decision on the means of financing new nuclear reactors in the Czech Republic should be made by the end of the year, Trade and Industry Minister Marta Nováková told journalists on Friday.

Renovation work begins on 1930s Slovak Arrow train

Radio Prague |
3 September 2018

Work is about to begin on the renovation of a famous interwar express train known as the Slovak Arrow. A dilapidated model that stood for years in front of the Tatra museum in Kopřivnice in the Moravian Silesian Region has been transported to Hranice in the Olomouc Region, where it will be completely renovated at a cost of CZK 35 million over two years.

Cheaper travel for students and seniors comes into effect

Radio Prague |
3 September 2018

Cheaper train and bus fares for people under 26 and over 65 were introduced in the Czech Republic on Saturday. They will now have to pay just a quarter the price of regular tickets.

Illnerová: Ending daylight saving time would have little impact on health

Radio Prague |
3 September 2018

A former head of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Helena Illnerová, says a European Commission proposal to end daylight saving time would not have a significant impact on people's health. The biochemist and physiologist said changing the clocks twice a year was not in itself problematic.

Czech intelligence service warns of growing threat of paramilitary groups

Radio Prague |
3 September 2018

The Czech BIS intelligence service has warned of the growing danger of paramilitary groups, which have around 2,000 members in total, iDnes.cz reported. BIS says that some such militia groups are attempting to forge ties with state organisations and members of the national and local police forces, the news site said.

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