Part of Prague’s famous astronomical clock was mistakenly painted over
during renovation work last year, Czech Television reported. The error
concerned part of the clock face showing astronomical events. The Prague
authorities discovered the blunder and had that section correctly repainted
some weeks ago.
Czech Television said experts from the Czech Academy of Sciences and the Ministry of Culture had been critical of the renovation project, which was the most extensive in several decades. The medieval clock is located in the tower of Prague’s Old Town Hall and is visited by millions of tourists every year.
Czech political parties’ campaigns for this week’s European Parliament
elections are in the main non-transparent, says the local branch of
Transparency International. The majority are negligent when it comes to
publishing data on financial and personnel issues and only fulfill legal
obligations in a formal manner, the anti-corruption group said after
monitoring 11 of the groups standing.
Transparency International said only the Pirates, Christian Democrats and Allies for Europe (a joint ticket of TOP 09 and the Mayors and Independents) were fully transparent. The opposite was the case with Tomio Okamura’s Freedom and Direct Democracy, which even refused to divulge its total campaign budget, TI said.
An increasing number of school children complain of cyber-bullying,
according to data released by the help-line Linka bezpečí, which is
available for children under 18.
The helpline addresses around 1,800 to 2,300 calls each year concerning incidents of school bullying. Over the past nine years, an increasing number of such cases involve cyber-bullying, for instance attacks via e-mail or posting offensive material on the internet.
According to the Ministry of Education, most cases of bullying, around two thirds, are registered in primary schools. Children who call the Linka bezpečí helpline are usually in the 10-to-16 age group.
People in Prague, Brno and other Czech cities are set to protests for the
fourth time against the appointment of Marie Benešová as justice minister
on Monday evening.
The organizers, the NGO A Million Moments for Democracy, call for the removal of Mrs Benešová, who they fear was installed to meddle in a criminal case against the prime minister.
Last week, an estimated 20,000 people filled Prague’s Old Town Square. The fourth rally, which is to be the culmination of a series of protests, is set to take place on Wenceslas Square.
Culture Minister Antonín Staněk of the Social Democrats handed in his
official resignation to Prime Minister Andrej Babiš on Monday. Mr Staněk
had announced last week that he intended to step down at the end of May,
following his decision to dismiss the directors of the Prague National
Gallery and Olomouc Art Museum. More than 7,000 people signed a petition
calling for his ouster.
Social Democratic party chairman Jan Hamáček is due to discuss the situation in the culture sector with President Miloš Zeman at a meeting on Thursday. Without giving further details, Mr Hamáček said that the new Minister of Culture should be a ‘political figure’.
The Prague City Council decided on Monday to launch a geological survey for
Metro line D, which should connect the city centre with the southern
outskirts of the city. It is the first step in the construction of the
city’s long-planned fourth metro line.
The first phase of the project will involve the construction of a section between the current Pankrác station on line C and a new station in the Písnice district. Subsequently, the fourth line of the Prague Metro should extend from Pankrác to the Náměstí Míru station in the city centre.
Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib said that starting the geological survey for the metro line is one of the coalitions goals for the first half of this year.
Around 30 scientists and business people from all over the world are taking
part in a conference in Prague on Monday launching the annual Innovation
Week. Among the main guests at the conference are the young American
astrophysicist Sabrina Gonzales Pasterski or Anna Du, a 13-year-old
American who invented a microplastic-detecting robot to help fight ocean
The event, organized for the fourth consecutive year by Prague’s European Leadership and Academic Institute, will offer more than 100 accompanying events across the Czech Republic, including seminars and workshops.
A Finance Ministry proposal for next year’s budget, which is to be
debated by the government next week, sets next year’s deficit at 40
billion crowns, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš announced at a press
conference on Monday.
The draft budget forecasts state expenditures of 1.59 trillion crowns and revenues at 1.55 trillion crowns. According to Mr Babiš, the budget plan also envisages a hike in public sector wages and higher pensions. The first draft budget proposal is to be presented to the lower house on May 31.