Compact archive March 16, 2007

Wind warning for this Sunday

Meteorologist warn that a very strong wing could sweep through the Czech Republic this Sunday. The speed of the wind could reach up to 110 km/h (68.3 m/h), at the peaks of northern mountains even more.

The wind will rise on Saturday night. The wind warning is valid until Saturday 22:00. Meteorologists warn that people should not be close to bigger trees, whose branches could break and fall. People should also be careful about fallen power lines.


Old Town Bridge Tower will be closed for two days

Old Town Bridge Tower Old Town Bridge Tower, one of the two towers near Charles Bridge in Prague, will be closed for two days due to general cleaning and regular maintenance before the main tourist season. The tower will be closed on Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th March 2007.

The most recent changes at the tower happened last year when three old statues of St Vitus, St Charles IV and St Wenceslas IV were replaced for new ones. They are stone replicas of Peter Parler’s original statues.

The Old Town Bridge Tower contains a viewing gallery that provides a good view of Prague Castle and the Lesser Town. The entrance fee to the tower is 60 CZK.


Pouched marmot as a mascot of possible Olympic Games in Prague

The capital city of the Czech Republic, one of the candidates for organizing the Olympic Games in either 2016 or 2020, is now choosing its mascot that would represent the city.

The Lord Mayor of Prague, Pavel Bem, suggests a pouched marmot that lives near the airport in Prague-Letnany. One fifth of the marmots in the Czech Republic live in Prague. It is paradoxical that organizing the games near the animal’s natural environment could threaten this endangered species.

According to a study, the ceremonial event (as well as athletics, badminton, box, judo, gymnastics etc.) could be in a stadium in Letnany. The organizers plan to use also Strahov stadium, Sazka Arena, T-Mobile Arena and Prague Exhibition Ground, Troja wild river, Congress Centre and many other buildings and places in and out of Prague.


Restrictions in public transport in Prague-Petriny

Source: Dopravni podnik Praha Prague Public Transit Co. announced service disruption on the route Vozovna Stresovice – Petriny from 17th March 4:00 to 11th April 2007 4:00 due to maintenance of the tracks.

Line no. 1 will go from the direction of Strossmayerovo namesti via tram stop Hradcanska, then it will be diverted via Dejvicka, Borislavka to Cerveny vrch. Line no. 2 will be out of service during the restrictions.

Line no. 18 and 56 will go from the city centre via Vozovna Stresovice, then they will be diverted via stop Hladkov to Malovanka. There will be an additional bus no X-1 in the route Spejchar – Vozovna Stresovice – Petriny.


Beer dispenser can read the age of consumers

The Czech Republic is not only the country with one of the highest consumption of beer but it has now also a beer dispenser that can recognize the age of a person. Karel Stibor and David Polnar invented a machine that can read data on identity cards or on passport and refuse underage consumers.

If the person is younger than 18 years or used a wrong (e.g. copy copied) identity card, the machine will return the money back. The machine can be used also for selling cigarettes, at the entrance of night clubs and disco, etc. The read information are not saved in the machine, so the data shouldn’t be abused.

Stibor and Polnar are now applying for international patent for their invention. They also signed a contract with Czech brewery Plzensky Prazdroj. The brewery wants to distribute the dispensers in Prague and central Bohemia first, especially in hotels, student dormitories and shopping centres.


Living Peace Sing in Prague's Old Town Square

The Living Peace Sign will shine tomorrow in Old Town Square in Prague. The organizers, the Humanist Movement, want to call for nuclear disarmament and point out violance in the world.

People will gather to form the Living Peace Sing by holding lit torches in 48 cities across the world. Prague’s meeting starts at 19:00 in the Old Town Square. The event will be accompanied with a music performance with drums, a fire show and a video projection. The last event of this kind was held in Old Town Suare on 16th November 2006.

Among other cities involved in the project are, e.g., Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris, Helsinki, London, Moscow, New York, Toronto Bogota, Nairobi, or Sidney.