Compact archive May 10, 2007

Prague City Police will celebrate in the centre of Prague

The Prague City Police organize celebrations on the occasions of their 15th anniversary of their foundation. Everybody is welcome to take part in the celebrations that will take place in the Old Town Square tomorrow. The entrance is for free.

The programme starts at 12:00 by honouring those policemen who have been serving for the City Police for 15 years. From 13:00 to 16:15 you can see shows of dogs’ training, saving people from a crashed car or a high building, training in self-defence and many other police activities.

During the whole day you can see the police vehicles, such as cars, motorcycles, boats, a new hovercraft, or the ‘Blue Bus” – mobile centre for prevention of crime. The programme will be accompanied by the music performed by the Garrison Orchestra of the Army of the Czech Republic.

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Vaclav Klaus nominated for the president's post again

President of the Czech Republic Vaclav Klaus Civil democrats want Vaclav Klaus as the president of the Czech Republic again. That’s the result of yesterday’s meeting of the members Parliament of this leading political party. They will nominate him as their candidate for the next turn of office in the period 2008 – 2013.

The election for the president will be held in February 2008. Vaclav Klaus himself express his will to be a candidate for the post at the beginning of March.

The change that Vaclav Klaus would be elected again is quite big. The Civil Democrats (ODS) in the Parliament have together 122 votes (141 votes are needed). ODS want to start negotiation with their coalition partners and independent senators. Other political parties have not found another candidate yet.

Big marathon in the centre of Prague this weekend

Marathoners run over the Charles Bridge Marathon Weekend will start in Prague this Saturday. The organizers promise that the routes of the runs will be more interesting and more in the historical centre of the city. For tourists and drivers it also means many street and road restrictions. For information about restrictions in Prague call 800 177 242.

Saturday is reserved for Caddy City Run (8 km), Golf Plus Family Run (4 km), Algida In-line Race (10 km) or Walk For Health (2 km). The main marathon ‘Volkswagen Prague Marathon’ will start in Old Town Square on Sunday (at 9:00). For more information about the runs click here.

Among competitors are Stephen Kipkoech Kibiwott from Kenya (who also took part in the Hervis Prague Half Marathon) or the marathon record holder Alina Ivanova from Russia. Among the marathoners will be also a newly married French couple who decided to take part in the marathon as a part of their honeymoon.

Jewels of Emmy Destinn in the National Museum in Prague

Emmy Destinn Jewels of Emmy Destinn alias Ema Destinnova, the world’s famous Czech opera singer, belongs to the most precious exhibits in the theatre section of the National Museum. From today the public can see these jewels (which Destinn wore during the performances) in the main building of the National Museum in Wenceslas Square.

Emmy Destinn first sang in the Berlin’s Court Opera, already her first performance was very successful. She performed in about 70 roles in such cities as Paris, London or New York. She was appointed the honoured member of Royal Opera Covent Garden.

The museum will show her jewels (especially her diadem and necklace) can be seen until 5th August 2007. The jewels are on show with other belongings of this famous singer.

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American writer Robin Cook in Prague today

Fans of the world’s famous American writer Robin Cook can get his autograph today in the large bookstore Luxor on the Wenceslas Square in the centre of Prague.

Robin Cook is known for his thrillers with medical themes. His books have been translated into more than 40 languages. Robin Cook has managed to sell more than 100 million copies of his books now. Among his novels are Blindsight, Chromosome, or Brain.

Readers can meet him on the first floor of the bookstore (near the literary cafe) at 16:00.