Compact archive June 19, 2007

Prague is more expensive than Miami

Mercer Human Resource Consulting published another annual Cost of Living Survey showing the most and the least expensive cities in the world. New York is the base city scoring 100 points, more expensive cities are ranked higher, less expensive cities got lower number. The survey compares cost of over 200 items, such as housing, food, transport, clothing, etc.

The most expensive city (out of 143 cities) remains Moscow (134.4p), London (126.3p) is in second position followed by Seoul (122.4p) and Tokyo (122.1). The less expensive city ranked in this survey is Asuncion (50p) in Paraguay.

Prague (85.6p) moved, thanks to strengthening of the Czech crown, to 49th position from the 50th in 2006. Our east neighbour Slovakia (89.2) climbed 17 places to 31st position. Such cities as Washington, Miami, Chicago, Zagreb, Budapest, Warsaw or Lisbon ranked even lower than Prague. Read more about the survey here.

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Attractive science in the streets of Prague

‘Science on the streets’ (Veda v ulicich) is a part of the project ‘Czech Brains’ (Ceska hlava) whose aim is to present the latest results in science and modern technologies in an easy and attractive way to the large public. ‘Science on the streets’ takes place in 6 different places in Prague on 22nd (9:00 -18:00) and 23rd June 2007 (9:00 – 17:00).

In the namesti Jiriho z Podebrad (metro green line A) you can test your partner on the lie detector, to try safe speleoalpinism, to watch the Sun with special binoculars or to see electric vehicles. Go to the Namesti Miru (metro green line A) if you want to draw your own 3-D picture in various colours, to see a unique collection of shoes for diabetics or to see several physical experiments in a tent.

Teach a robot the correct behaviour in the National Museum or watch robots sorting the wastes in the vestibule of the metro station Muzeum. In Namesti Republiky you can visit a student town and learn more about Czech universities. You can also donate blood, have your shirt ironed by a servant – ‘dressman’ or see a crash test of a motorcycle. In the building of FJFI CVUT (Brehova 1 street) you can see an exhibition on the research of thermonuclear fusion.

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J. K. Rowling points out the situation in Czech children's houses

Writer J. K. Rowling, the author of popular Harry Potter, sent a letter to the Czech newspaper Mlada Fronta DNES after her short stay in Prague on 28th and 29th May this year. In the letter she points out that the Czech Republic has the highest number of children in children’s homes.

Rowling is interested in the situation of children in children’s houses and other institutions for children after an article published in British newspaper Sunday Times in 2004 about children in the Czech Republic kept in cages. Afterwards she sent a letter to the president of the Czech Republic Vaclav Klaus.

To improve the situation and help children get into foster families easier she wants to establish a branch of her organization Children’s High Level Group in the Czech Republic. Her critics of Czech social system have provoked various reactions. The Minister for Human Rights Dzamila Stehlikova likes the idea of sending experts of the organization to the Czech Republic. On the other hand, the Minister of Social Affairs Petr Necas finds it inappropriate and claims that Czech people know what to do themselves. They just need more time.

Prague Royal Route for blind people

Blind people can learn more about the monuments at the historical Route Route in Prague. A new Prague guide was published, but this time in the Braille writing accompanied with plastic reliefs of the most famous palaces and houses.

The book was published in 900 pieces. However, the books won’t be sold in bookshops. They will be sent into specialized libraries, as well as to schools for blind and weak-eyed people. The books can be seen also in the information bureaus of the municipal council and in the Prague Tourist Information Centres.

Soon there will be also maps of Prague for blind people, as well as maps of the historical city reserve for people on wheelchairs. The municipal authorities also plans to place bronze models and reliefs in the centre of Prague for easier orientation of blind people.

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Genesis with Phil Collins in Prague tomorrow

Phil Collins will perform in Prague Fans of the Genesis and Phil Collins may have the last change to see their favourite musicians together. Genesis together with Phil Collins who left the band 15 years ago will perform in Prague tomorrow.

Their big show is planned on the parking place in front of the Sazka Arena (metro yellow line B, station Ceskomoravska). If you didn’t buy tickets, don’t despair, the concert will be audible far away.

Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford, the main musicians of the ‘current’ band Genesis, started their tour 14 days ago. Their last tour together was in 1992, the band split in 2000.

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