Compact archive August 29, 2006

International Folklore Fair 2006

Today begins International Folklore Fair, where are presented twenty-one folklore groups from the whole world. The performance of groups is not an only thing. People can see creating of huge wooden sculpture of a clown or traditional old-Bohemian crafts. Products ban be bought by special medieval coins – gros (a penny), which can be changed in special exchange offices at the place.

Folklore groups are for example from Bulgaria, Romania, Columbia, Mexico or Cook Islands. The exhibition are twice a day, from 12 a.m. to 2 p.m. for kids, main programme starts at 4 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m.

People can also see dance groups from Prague House of Children and Youth who will present historical, country, sport, cheerleader and classical dances every day from Thursday to Saturday.

The Fair opening ceremony is today at 8 p.m. and the event ends on this Sunday.


Cigarettes will be more expensive

Czech Government will raise costs of cigarettes. Next raising starts with a new year. Cigarette distributors are slowing down the cost by a forward buying of duty stamps. This step will bring economic shock for smokers, because the new raising will meet the old one from the beginning of this year almost in same time. The cost of a pack of cigarettes will be raised by 20 crowns instead of fifteen.

Czech most popular cigarettes Petra, will cost 66 crowns instead of 44. This makes a pack more expensive by one third. The Government follows European union directions and this step will bring money to state budget.

It is expected decreasing number of smokers. Phillip Morris is the strongest cigarette producer in Czech Republic. Sixty per cents of cigarettes sold in CZ are made by this company, but smokers are starting to by cheaper brands. Shares of the company have half cost now.Czech smokes 24 milliards cigarettes every year.

Prague defend citizen parking lots

The system of parking zones is spreading in Prague. Green and yellow zones are for travellers from outside of Prague in cost from 15 to 40 crowns as well as underground garages. Blue lines are for resident population, who has one-year ticket in cost of 700 crowns. Now City hall started to defend these places against reckless drivers without permission.

Prague has started with a tow of cars in Platnerska street yesterday as a demonstration of their plan. Four tow tracks were used and if necessary than can be all thirty four tow cars in streets. They can tow up to 300 cars a day. Raising number of tow tracks in street starts next week. Prague wants to return rights of paying residents back. Towing in cases of bad parking is possible from July when new road law came into effect.

The owner has to pay 1450 crowns for the tow plus a fine. Every day cost 200 crowns at a tow parking place. When an owner would get to his car in time of towing he would pay 850 crowns plus a fine.

It was counted over 15 000 violations in two months, 1600 cars were towed. Now about forty per cents of cars stand at blue lines without permission.