Compact archive February 14, 2007

Prague-Zizkov carnival starts this Saturday

XIV. traditional carnival in Prague-Zizkov starts this Saturday (17th February) at 14:00 in Palac Akropolis (Kubelikova 27) with a show for children in costumes. It continues at 18:30 with an exhibition of paintings by Martin Velisek who immortalized the carnivals of the last years.

The night continues with a carnival party for adults. People who come in costumes will get a beer and a sausage for free. Borrowing of the costumes is included in the entrance fee which is 100 CZK. The best costume will be awarded.

The carnival will end on Tuesday by marching through the city. The start of the parade is in the square ‘nam. Jiriho z Podebrad’ at 17:00. The march will be finished by fireworks.

Organizers promise Prague detectives from a famous Czech serial, Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot or James Bond, as well as Al Capone, Jack the Ripper, and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

UNICEF assessed the well-being of Czech children

The UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre published yesterday a report about well-being of children in rich countries. 21 economically advanced nations in the world were assessed in six dimensions of child well-being.

The countries are ranked in material well-being, health and safety, educational well-being, family and peer relationships, behaviour and risks, and subjective well-being.

The first three position belong to the Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark. The Czech Republic ranked 15th before France, Portugal, Austria, Hungary, the United State and Great Britain.

Czech children don’t suffer from material, educational or health deprivation but they feel neglected. They ranked 19th in terms of the quality of their relationships with parents and peers and 17th in terms of subjective assessments. For the whole report, click here.

Models of rackets in front of Czech government

About 200 people demonstrated yesterday in front of the seat of the government of the Czech Republic. They brought models of radars and rackets, they erected tents and slogan banners. They tried to build there a “peace antimissile base”.

The main reason for these protests is the effort to convince Czech politicians to enable a referendum where Czech people could say their opinion on U.S. radar base in the Czech Republic.

Czech political parties have different approaches to the U.S. radar base. Civic democrats and Christian Democrats from the government coalition are in favour of the base, other parties have reservations or they demand the referendum.

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St Valentine's parties in Prague

Some of Prague’s clubs offer today special actions to celebrate St Valentine’s Day. For example, couples who will come to Rock Cafe (Narodni 20) with a red tie and a red top will have a special discount on drink Heart (Srdce). Music bands La Grupa, Multiplayer and Deset oci will play there rock love music.

Club Tropison (nam. Republiky 8) prepared an extra Valentine’s night. Visitors can dance salsa or Argentinean tango. Couples can tried their luck in a competition for the most interesting dancing.

Music club Face to Face (Stvanice island 1125) organises Primerous Fuking Valentine Party with a lot of music and competitions. The best competition will be the one for the sexiest couple in the Dance of St Valentine.

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Prague's taxi drivers file a lawsuit

A small war broke out between some Prague’s taxi drivers and the municipal authorities. The taxi drivers now filed a lawsuit at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

The taxi drivers claim that the situation when the municipal authorities dictate the price the taxi drivers can charge is discriminating. Taxi drivers in Prague are allowed to charge maximum of 28 CZK per kilometer. Otherwise they can lose their licence.

“Present edict forces the taxi drivers either rip off their customers or work 16 hours a day. That’s what we want to change,” said the representative of the labour union. One of the taxi drivers began a hunger strike yesterday.

The Deputy of the Lord Mayer, Marketa Reedova, expressed her shock that some taxi drivers claim that 100 CZK per kilometer is normal. Reedova had a conflict with one of the taxi drivers in December last year.

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