Compact archive January 4, 2007

Three kings collect money for charity

More than 30 thousand carolers are collecting these days money for charity. The collection called Three Kings’ Collection 2007(Trikralova sbirka 2007) is organized by Charita CR in the whole country. It is the largest voluntary action in the Czech Republic.

The proceeds of this collection will go to charity, especially to ill or disabled people, seniors and mothers with children in need. At least one tenth of the profits will go abroad. Last year the groups of “three kings” collected about 55 million CZK.

How to recognize them? The group consist of three children in costumes of three kings who came to Bethlehem to bring presents to baby Jesus. Each group is accompanied with an adult. They ask for donation into a sealed money-box with a charity logo.

Barrandov aqua park has become popular

The new aqua park in Barrandov in Prague has been already visited by thousands of people. The aqua park was open in a testing operation before Christmas on 22nd December 2006.

The aqua park offers a 25-meter-long swimming pool, a whirlpool bath, a wild river and 2 slides. A sauna and a massage will start from the mid January. Refreshment can be bought in a bar, a restaurant will be open soon.

The aqua park in Barrandov opens every day at 10:00 and closes at 22:00 (except Sunday when it closes at 21:30). The owners promise new opening times from 6:00 to 22:00 from February. The entrance fee cost 99 CZK for 90 minutes and 180 CZK for 3 hours.

Prague has good development prospects

According to the survey made by Feri Rating & Research for Capital magazine, Prague and other cities from Eastern European Union have bright prospects for further development until 2013. Feri Rating & Research evaluated economic growth (30%), purchasing power (30%), labour market (20%) and the number of inhabitants (20%).

European city with the highest development potential is Dublin, then Luxembourg and Helsinki. However, Warsaw is in the fifth place, Budapest in the 7th place and Prague in the 8th place. Brussels is in the 18th position, Rome 28th, Paris 30th, Vienna 35th and Berlin in the 79th place.

Feri Rating & Research is one of the largest economic research and forecasting institutes in Europe. They specialize in investment market and product ratings.

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Calenders with Czech top models

The new year also brings a new calendar. So why not buying a calender with sexy pictures of Czech top models while being in Prague? Simona Krainova, Iva Kubelkova and Andrea Veresova posed for the calenders in very attractive places.

Simona Krainova posed in Turkey in the style of James Bond. The calender is called Agent 007 and was made by the photographer Dylan Don Dirk with assistance of Studio Visage Factory. Krainova presents herself as a Bond girl.

Andrea Veresova, ex-girlfriend of Jaromir Jagr, is on twelve provocative black-and-white pictures made by famous photographer Robert Vano. Iva Kubelkova posed for the calendar in Italian Venice. The calender is called Stock and Iva Kubelkova.

Czech film festival One World awarded by UNESCO

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) decided to give Honourable Mention to One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival held in 13 cities of the Czech Republic every year.

The film festival is an international competition of documentary films with an educational undertone organized by People in Need (PIN). The One World festival held since 1999 attracts more then 40 000 people every year. It belongs among the founding members of the Association of Human Rights Festivals joining together 17 festivals in the world.

The award was given for the asset to human rights for all without discrimination. The international jury chose the winner out of 49 candidates from 37 countries.The award ceremony will be held in South Africa this year.

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