Compact archive February 28, 2007

Unique Renaissance art exhibition at Prague Castle

A new exhibition held under the auspices of President Vaclav Klaus starts today in the Imperial Stables in the area of Prague Castle. The exhibition focuses on the life of Bohuslav Hasistejnsky z Lobkovic, a nobleman, poet and humanist from the turn of the 16th century. The exhibitions displays the gems of Renaissance Bohemia.

Visitors can see, according to the curator of the exhibition Ivana Kyzourova, the most beautiful examples of Czech goldsmith during the reign of Jagiellon dynasty – three golden busts of St Wenceslav, St Adalbert of Prague and St Vitus that were made by Ladislaus Jagiellon for St Vitus Cathedral. Also the fragments of Bohuslav Hasistejnsky’s library are very unique, as the library was at his time one of the largest and most valuable libraries in Europe.

Many of the items will be displayed only for a short period of time and then replaced by replicas, as the light could destroy them. The exhibition is held until 1st July. The Prague Castle Administration consider this exhibition as one of the most significant event at Prague Castle.

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Another golden medal for Katerina Neumannova

Katerina Neumannova (34), the best cross-country skier of the Czech Republic, won a golden medal at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championship 2007 in Sappor, Japan. She finished the 10 km freestyle race even 26 seconds before Olga Savialova from Russia and 30 seconds before Adrianna Follis from Italy.

Neumannova admits that the track suited her well. It was her last big race before the end of her sport carrier. After the World Cup, she’s going to quit and devote her time to her family, her pension at Sumava mountains and to the preparation of a new TV series.

Katerina Neumannova has won 11 medals, 3 of which are gold. Last year she was evaluated the best sportsperson of the Czech Republic.

Foreigners earn money from renting flats in Prague

According to some estate agencies, foreign people are interested in buying flats in Prague, especially in the centre and other attractive localities in Prague which have good accessibility to public transport. They are willing to pay up to 5 million Czech crowns. They are interested mainly in small- and medium-sized flats.

The people see it mostly as a good investment, as they rent the flats for market prices from 15,000 to 45,000 CZK. Russian people pay mostly in cash, other foreign people prefer mortgages. In many cases, the rent from the flats pay the instalments.

There is a lack of municipal flats with rent control, which increases the market prices of other flats in Prague. The market prices of flats in Prague are several times higher than municipal houses with rent control.

Prague lacks police officers

Police officers demonstrated at the exhibition ground in Prague yesterday against a new law that demoted many police officers, which led to lower salaries, as well as cancelled premium for their work at weekends, holidays and night shifts. On the other hand police officers have longer paid holiday, shorter working hours and entitlements to physiotherapy now.

About 2000 police officers met in front of the Krizik fountain where they signed Manifest 361 which will be sent to politicians within one month.

The law affects police officers, fire fighters, warders and customs officers, all together 72,000 people. 47,000 of them are police officers. The new law has already resulted in mass leaving. 1040 police officers have already handed in their notices.

Prague lacks now about 400 police officers. Another 100 is going to leave soon. The reason for that is not only the new law, but also the fact, that 60 % of Prague police officers are not originally from Prague. After some time, these police officers want to move back to their home districts. In two years there are supposed to be 1000 new street police officers in Prague thanks to the new recruitment campaign.

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Municipal House will be more open to the public

Prague's Municipal House Art Nouveau Municipal House in Prague, one of the dominant of namesti Republiky, situated next to the Powder Tower, should be more open for people. That’s the opinion of the new director of the Municipal House Tomas Vacek.

Besides exhibitions and concerts, Prague Municipal House could be popular for wedding ceremonies and auctions as well. The house now contains a well-equipped billiard room and a confectionery, but they are open to the public only occasionally.

Nowadays, people can get inside the Municipal House either when they received a invitation to a ball and other special events, or when they want to have a meal in the restaurant inside.

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