Compact archive February 26, 2007

The difference between Czech salaries rises

According to the statistics made by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the difference between the highest and lowest salaries in the Czech Republic has risen, but still the Czech Republic belongs to OECD countries with the smallest wage inequality.

The Gini coefficient, that measures the rate of wage inequality, is for the Czech Republic 26, while the average rate for all OECD countries is 31. The higher the number is, the larger is the difference between the salaries. Lower coefficient is only in Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands and Austria.

The low coefficient for the Czech Republic is caused by a generous social system and social equality supported by eight years of the governance of Social Democrats. Economists predict that the number will grow due to expected tax reforms.


Prague's festival full of magic

Magic will occur in Prague thanks to the XVII Interfestival Magie 2007 & XI Magic Cup Prague 2007, held in Salesian Theatre in Prague-Kobylisy from 9th to 11th March.

The festival will offer illusions of talented magicians who will compete and show their art in two competitive days. The festival will culminate at the Gala-show presenting Czech and foreign magicians. The best magician will be awarded. Visitors can inspire themselves at a magic market and on Sunday at a magic bazaar.

The Salesian Theatre is situated only fifty meters from metro station Kobylisy. Information about the entrance fees as well as contact information can be found here.


Sulphuric acid on Prague streets

For the second time in several days a street in Prague was contaminated by sulphuric acid. More than a thousand liters of this dangerous chemical spilled from transport barrels loaded on a truck.

The accident happened in Kutnohorska street in the east of Prague on Saturday night. The fire fighters had to neutralize the chemical with lime. Similar accident happened in Prague-Hostivar last Thursday. The two accidents were caused by the same company that transports the chemical.

Prague’s fire fighters had to intervene once more yesterday. An unknown substance made a large mark on the Vltava river near Charles Bridge. It was probably oil. The source of the leakage is not known yet.


Czech Miss 2007 will travel all over the world

Czech Miss Lucie Hadasova with Ivana Trump Prague Top Hotel was crowded on Saturday on the occasion of voting the most beautiful Czech lady of the year 2007. The crown of the Czech Miss 2007 was given to Lucie Hadasova (20) from Straznice who studies applied law at university. Together with the crown, she won a car, a contract for one million Czech crown, and a world tour. Click here to see some pictures.

The crown was handed over by the Miss Universe Zuleyka Rivera-Mendoza from Puerto Rico. The members of the jury were, among others, topmodel Tereza Maxova, American entrepreneur of Czech origin Ivana Trump, and athlete Roman Sebrle.

Czech Miss 2007 is one out of two beauty contests in the Czech Republic that choses the most beautiful girl. The winner of Czech Miss 2007, that is known since yesterday, will compete in Miss Universe. The competitive event Miss Czech Republic 2007, which will be held in April, sends the winner to Miss World. Last year Miss of the Czech Republic Tatana Kucharova won the prestigious title.

Fata Morgana is closed this week

The greenhouse Fata Morgana in Botanical Garden in Prague-Troja hosted a very popular exhibition of orchids that finished yesterday. The exhibition was visited by more than 17.000 people. Mata Morgana is now closed to the public.

The greenhouse will be closed till this Friday, 2nd March, due to regular maintenance. The workers of Botanical Garden prepare the greenhouse for the summer season that starts on 1st April.

Nevertheless, visitors of Botanical Garden in Prague can see all outdoor displays for free until 1st April. Soon they can visit exhibitions The Wood of the Deserts, that will be held from 10th to 25th March in Fata Morgana, and an exhibition of exotic butterflies from 7th to 29th April.