The Baťa shoe company is one of the most famous and successful Czech businesses in the world. In large part thanks to its rapid international expansion during the interwar era, which was based around copy-pasting the successful company model abroad through the sending out of special core teams made up of Czech Baťa employees. But how did this work in practice? Jan Beránek has written a book which traces the life of his ancestor Silvestr Němec, who was one of the so-called Baťamen sent to Singapore in the 1930s.
In collaboration with the publishing house Argo, the Czech Scouts have released a new comic book that depicts a plethora of stories from key periods in modern Czech history. Titled Odvaha je volba (Bravery is a Choice) the publication features drawings from several leading Czech illustrators.
Scientists in the Šumava national park have started monitoring a wild wolf using a special telemetric collar. The project, the first of its kind in the Czech Republic, is being conducted in cooperation with experts from the Czech University of Life Sciences in order to better understand the wolves’ movement patterns and behaviour.
Although the recent lockdown slowed the pace of the Covid-19 epidemic, the country now seems to have hit a plateau. According to the Center for Modelling of Biological Processes (BISOP), the stagnation in the development of the Covid-19 epidemic is partly due the fact that people do not want to be tested and do not report all their contacts to hygienists.
On the occasion of the festive season, the Czech Center in New York has prepared a series of events celebrating the tradition of Czech glass-making. One of the highlights is a new collection of unique Christmas ornaments manufactured in the renowned Glass School in Železný Brod, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.
In response to changing trends, the Ministry of Culture has announced plans to establish a new fund for the support of television and videogame production, Czech Television reported on Sunday. If the subsidy programme is approved by the government, it would bring CZK 750 million of funding for original television shows and videogames.
Solar power is starting to dominate the renewable energy market according to the International Energy Agency (IEA), but wind power is also experiencing a boom. Experts from the Czech Academy of Sciences believe that it could produce up to a quarter of the power consumption in the Czech Republic by 2040.
The Czech Republic’s Coal Commission, an advisory body to the government, recommended phasing-out coal in the country by 2038, the Czech News Agency reported on Friday. The decision still has to be approved by the government.
Advent in Prague is usually full of good-cheer, Christmas markets and crowds of people enjoying mulled wine or roasted chestnuts in the streets. This year the coronavirus restrictions have prevented much of this happening. However the street festival Behind the Door has modified its program to meet the requirements and lighten up Advent in Prague.