Tuesday, 21 August 2018

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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.

Grain harvest to drop by over seven percent this year

Radio Prague |
14 August 2018

The Czech grain harvest is expected to drop by 7.5 percent on the previous year, hitting an overall yield of 6.3 million tonnes, according to preliminary data released by the Czech Statistics Office on Monday. It is third lowest figure over the past ten years. The harvest of poppy seeds will also be affected by this year’s prolonged period of drought, dropping by one fourth on the previous year to 15,000 tonnes.

People In Need launch Instagram campaign to release Sentsov

Radio Prague |
14 August 2018

Czech humanitarian organisation People in Need has launched a campaign to release the Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov from Russian prison. Oleg Sentsov, who is 39, was arrested in 2014 during a protest against Russia's annexation of Crimea. He was sentenced to 20 years in jail by a Russian military court in 2015 on charges of terrorism, and is now on a hunger strike in the prison.

Fire on Jested Mountain contained

Radio Prague |
14 August 2018

The forest fire that broke out high up on Ještěd Mountain in the north of the country has been brought under control. Twelve firefighter units were called to the blaze, which threatened to spread due to strong wind. The emergency services have also employed a helicopter to contain the fire.

Grain yield fall could spark rise in bread price

Radio Prague |
14 August 2018

The Czech Republic’s long, hot summer looks set to impact this year’s grain harvest. According to data released by the Czech Statistics Office on Monday, this year’s yield is likely to be 7.5 percent lower than that recorded in 2017. Officials had earlier forecast even worse results, projecting a year-on-year fall of 8.2 percent.

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