Tuesday, 21 August 2018

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Czech Air Force and British RAF celebrate centenary together

Radio Prague |
16 August 2018

Members of the Czech Air Force, the British Royal Air Force, Second World War veterans, church and cultural dignitaries attended celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Czechoslovak Air Force at the Winged Lion Memorial in Prague’s Klárov park on Tuesday.

Kvitova Pliskova through in Cincinnati

Radio Prague |
16 August 2018

In tennis, Petra Kvitová has advanced to the third round of Cincinnati Open after beating Serena Williams 6:3, 2:6 a 6:3. Another Czech, Karolína Plíšková has scored her first win over Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland, knocking her out 6:3, 6:3 to advance to the second round.

Czech exports to EU keep increasing

Radio Prague |
16 August 2018

Czech dependence on exports to EU keeps increasing despite the government’s efforts to diversify. According to the latest figures released by the Czech Statistics Office on Wednesday, some 84.2 percent of Czech exports go to other EU countries, a year-on-year increase by nearly one percentage point. Exports to North America and Asia, on the other hand, have dropped.

State launches new loan scheme for young homeowners

Radio Prague |
16 August 2018

A new government scheme providing relatively cheap loans to young people to buy or renovate homes has just been launched. However, with prices continuing to soar many may still find it difficult to find suitable properties. From Wednesday Czech couples aged 35 or younger can apply for state loans of up to CZK 2 million to either purchase or renovate new housing.

Czech driver who survived Genoa Bridge collapse in good condition

Radio Prague |
16 August 2018

A Czech truck driver who survived the disastrous collapse of a bridge in Italy’s Genoa will remain in hospital for five to seven days. The 46-year-old man, who works for the Prague-based haulage company SPED-IT, has a broken nose, several broken ribs and bruised lungs, but is otherwise in a good condition.

Czech Senators support EU ban on single use plastic products

Radio Prague |
16 August 2018

Czech senators have supported EU proposal to ban single-use plastic products, such as straws and cotton swabs, which can be replaced by financially affordable products made from other materials. After a long debate, senators have also approved lowering consumption of single use plastic cups and food containers.

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.

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