Compact archive August 14, 2006

Czech scientists are developing new cure against Bird flu

Czech Republic as well as another countries is trying to create new cure against deadly bird flu, because it is not certain if Swiss medicament Tamiflu works. Now Czech scientists brings a great new: One of Czech chemical substances is very effective against bird flu!

The scientists send a number of samples to United states for detail analyze and after many tests American scientists found “better and more efficient Tamiflu”. US society pharmaceutical Gilead Sciences send this message to creators of the substance CSAS Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry. Still there is a long road ahead, but everything seems good. For example the substance has a lesser number of side effects.

Bird flu virus H5N1 killed 136 people in the world mostly in area of south-east Asia. The flu was detected in 14 countries of European Union, Czech Republic has 14 bids killed by the flu. The bird flu is one of expected flu what can cause a world epidemic. Now people can be infected only by a bird, but mutation could cause transmitting between humans.


Prague Dragon ship championship

Dragon ships, that have over two thousand years long history and this sport is made by over fifty millions people over the world. Czech Republic won European and World championship so it was decided to prepare a championship in Czech Republic.

The championship is planned at the beginning of September. It is expected over 2000 sportsmen at 200, 500 and 2000 metres long sail. This will be of course at Vltava river in Prague-Podoli.

Czech association prepares everything for the championship as well as for the national team. The national team had problems with their ships this June. Someone set on fire all ships and everything was destroyed. The offender was caught and caused damage is 1,300,000 Czech crowns.


Raising number of Prague tourist guides

The number of tourists is still raising and therefore guide number follows. In fact, Prague has more guides than foreigner tourists wants. Large competition has advantages for tourists of course.

Foreign guide has to have a licence, Czech guide needs also a professional qualifications certificate. Czech guide must pass the test in history of art, psychology or economy of tourist trade. This and large number of guides in the total number strongly eliminated unlicensed guides.

Guides are most popular during Spring and Autumn, the most popular is English, German or Spanish. Groups of tourists now has about 25-30 people instead of fifty. Unfortunately, Prague has the low number of Chinese speaking guides. Another absence languages is for example Turkish and the other Asian languages.