The percentage of Czech women working in the scientific research sector, at
26 percent, is the among the lowest in the European Union, where the
average is 33 percent.
According to the Marcela Linková of the National Contact Centre for Gender and Science, several western European countries, including France, Germany and the Netherlands, fall below the EU average.
In the Baltic countries of Latvia and Lithuania, women represent more than 50% of all scientific workers.
Men predominantly work in technical sciences and engineering whereas women are more represented in the medical sciences and some areas of social sciences.
Ester Ledecká has won the snowboarding World Cup in parallel slalom in
Pyeongchang, where she won Olympic gold medal a year ago.
She beat Selina Jörg of Germany in the finals, crossing the line 0.73 seconds ahead of her rival.
Ledecká had not competed in a World Cup snowboard event since December after opting to compete in the International Ski Federation (FIS) Alpine Skiing World Cup at the start of 2019.
Charles University plans to invest up to 2.5 billion crowns this year in a
range of new buildings and upgrades to existing ones.
The largest expenditures in Prague include the construction of a new Faculty of Mathematics and Physics in Troja and the reconstruction of dormitory to which the Faculty of Humanities will be relocated from Jinonice.
In 2020, Charles University plans to begin its largest construction project in the past 100 years. It will be a new Natural Sciences campus at Albertov, which will include two buildings housing centres for the study of biomedicine and climate – the Biocentrum and Globcentrum.
Writer Franz Kafka’s former home in Prague 1 is due to open to the public
in May following a 165.5 million crown reconstruction project that began in
Prague City Hall spokesman Vít Hofman told the ČTK news agency the building will include a new museum and literary café.
Exhibition spaces would be housed in the cellar and ground floors while the upper floors will be residential units, he said.
Prague police officers reported 306 violations of the Street Art Decree,
which mainly concerns busking, last year. Most violations were in Prague 1,
the historic city centre, and resulted in the issuance of a fine.
City councilors are looking at amending the 2013 law, which was drafted mainly with acoustic street art in mind (busking). There were 91 more violations than in 2017, a police spokesman said.
The revised law would place address a steep rise in the number of people dressing in oversized costumes (such as polar bears) or blowing giant bubbles, etc., on pedestrian squares.
The decree does not concern Prague’s iconic Charles Bridge, which is subject to specific regulations.
The cross-country, cross-border cheap car race Expedition Scrab has thus
far drawn eight teams of cars purchased for under 3,000 crowns.
Inspired by the British television show Top Gear, it limits teams to a budget of 1,000 crowns for repairs.
The Czech race starts on February 24 and is set to finish on March 2. Drivers will dip into Poland, Slovakia and Austria along the route.
The Ministry of Defence has posthumously certified the mother of the
Mašín brothers, who famously shot their way out of Czechoslovakia in
1953, as having actively participated in the resistance against communism.
Zdena Mašínová died in 1956 after several years of incarceration during which she was tortured and denied medical treatment by the secret police. She was also posthumously awarded the Order of Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk a decade ago.
The Communist Party, whose support Prime Minister Andrej Babiš’s (ANO)
minority government relies upon, is pushing for the ouster of three
Party leader Vojtěch Filip told journalists after a meeting of the Communist executive committee on Friday that they want to see Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček (Social Democrats) replaced, along with Transport Minister Dan Ťok and Health Minister Adam Vojtěch (both on the ANO ticket).
Among other things, Mr Filip claimed that Minister Petříček has been acting contrary to the national interest and in violation of international law as regards his policy towards Venezuela, by pushing for recognising interim president Juan Guaidó as the country’s legitimate leader.
As for the transport minister, they object to his handling of the D1 motorway expansion, search for a toll supplier, and an attempt to sell ČD Cargo, part of Czech Railways.
The Communists have threated to withdraw their tolerance of the minority ANO-Social Democrat government on several occasions if their demands were not met. Mr Filip and PM Babiš are due to meet for talks next week.
Czech Media Invest (CMI), co-owned by billionaire Daniel Křetínský, has
finalised its purchase of Lagardère group’s magazine titles in France,
including the flagship title Elle, France Dimanche and Ici Paris.
In connection with the sale, CMI has been granted an exclusive licence for the Elle brand covering France although Lagardère group remains the owner of the Elle brand in France and abroad.
Czech Media Invest announced last year it had paid 52 million euros for a minority stake from Matthieu Pigasse, a French banker and co-owner of Le Monde. Mr Křetínský’s expanding group also bought major radio stations in the Czech Republic, Poland and Romania.