Compact archive June 5, 2007

March through Prague against breast cancer

March through Prague against breast cancer Cosmetics firm Avon organizes already the 10th pink march in Prague against the breast cancer. Why pink? To join this march, you should buy a pink cap and a pink T-shirt for 300 CZK. The proceeds will be given to organizations that help to fight the breast cancer.

The motto of this year’s march is Together Against Breast Cancer as this disease affects the whole family. Last year more than 6,000 people collected about 5,5 million CZK.

The march starts near the Powder Tower in Namesti Republiky on Saturday 16th June 2007 at 12:00. Then the march will continue to O2 Zlute Lazne near the Vltava River. Participants can expect a rich programme.

Two trams crashed in the centre of Prague

Two trams (no. 18 and 3) crashed in Palackeho namesti in the centre of Prague today early in the morning. Several people were injured, one woman had to be taken to the hospital.

The accident was caused by a tram that went from Palackeho bridge to Charles Square (Karlovo namesti). The rear part of the tram derailed and crashed into another tram waiting at the stop. Then it fell on the pavement.

The tram transport had to be diverted via Myslikova street until 9:30. The cause of the accident is still not known yet, one of the possible causes could be that the driver drove too fast. The accident is being investigated now.

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Prague hosts tens of dissidents now

Tens of dissidents, experts on security, fighters for freedom and politicians have come to Prague to attend the two-day international conference in Cernin Palace on democracy and security.

The conference is organized by the Adelson Institute for Strategic Studies at the Jerusalem-based Shalem Center, the Prague Security Studies Institute and the Foundation for Social Analysis and Studies in Madrid. The main topic of the conference is the question if there is any connection between promoting of democracy and strengthening of security.

Among the prominent people at the conference are the human rights fighter Natan Sharansky, the leader of Russian opposition movement Garry Kasparov, senator Joe Lieberman, the leader of Belorussian opposition Alexander Milinkevich, the former Spanish prime minister Jose Maria Aznar, the former president of the Czech Republic Vaclav Havel and many others. After 16:00 the conference will be addressed by the American president George W. Bush.

George W. Bush is in Prague

George W. Bush The American President George W. Bush is already in Prague. His air force one landed at Prague International Airport Ruzyne at 20:45 yesterday. George W. Bush and his wife Laura were welcomed there by the Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs Karel Schwarzenberg and castle chancellor Jiri Weigl. After that they got in the armoured Cadillac and continued to the Hilton Hotel where they probably spent the night.

Today starts the official programme. Right now Bush has a meeting with the Czech president Vaclav Klaus and other Czech diplomats at Prague Castle. They are discussing mainly the possible U.S. anti-missile radar base in the Czech Republic.

At 11:30 starts a press conference of the two presidents and the Czech prime minister. After that several prominent people are invited to Prague Castle for lunch. After 16:00 Bush will address the conference on democracy and security in Cernin Palace. His speech is considered to be the most important part of his programme.

Laura Bush will be accompanied by the Czech First Lady Livia Klausova, who will show her the gardens and galleries of Prague Castle and the Strahov Monastery. Today afternoon the presidential couple fly to Germany to for the summit G8.

Kramar's villa is open until Sunday

The Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Mirek Topolanek decided to prolong the exhibition in Kramar’s villa until 10th June. The Neo-baroque villa was built by the first Czechoslavak Prime Minister for his wife Nadezda at the beginning of the 20th century. The villa has 56 rooms, most of them serve as state rooms.

The last Prime Minister who lived in that villa was Vladimir Spidla. His successors Stanislav Gross, Jiri Paroubek and Mirek Topolanek refused to move there. Mirek Topolanek uses the villa for meetings with his coalition partners.

There is a free entrance to the villa. Visitors can see the estates of the Kramers family. Those who are interested in the history of the villa and its inhabitants, should register at heldova.milada@vlada.cz.