Compact archive December 14, 2007

New Year with Czech President

klaus new year speech The President of the Czech Republic Vaclav Klaus changes the settings of his annual presidential speech. Usually, we have seen Klaus next to his little speech-table in the presidential study room, accompanied by the sound of Smetana’s Libuse. 1st January 2008 should be different – Klaus will be at the Prague Castle courtyard, people standing behind him.

The president so chooses the typical setting of American presidents speeches, with a clear message: people are behind me, they support me. And why he would do that? This is the fifth speech, so the last one in his functional period. And the speech comes a month before the presidential elections, where he wants to succeed as the future head of the state.

His endeavor is interesting in the context of not agreeing with a television debate with Svejnar. He stated it would be contra-productive to the present state, as he has 281 supporters in the parliament.

ZOO Prague: Gorillas Trained Evacuation

prague zoo gorillas - dont panic The Famous Gorillas in Prague Zoo trained evacuation yesterday. It is floods the heads of Zoo Prague, led by Petr Fejk, are afraid of.

Five years ago, 500-year water came and flushed the Gorillas’ pavilion away. As a consequence, the Zoo built a new Gorilla pavilion according to the most advanced practice, which brought even the most precious fruit – two baby gorillas were born there.

To protect the gorillas, Zoo Prague trains them to evacuate two times a year. When the hooters sound, they move to the anti-flood tower for 20 minutes. There are their instructors, waiting for them with sweet honours. The gorillas train like this two times a year.


Prague Olympics Cheaper?

According to the newest economic study of a renowned company PricewaterhouseCoopers, the estimated costs of Prague Olympic Games should be ‘only’ 88 billions CZK (3,14 bil. €).

A similar analysis from 2004 expected the cost to be 136 billions, which means the direct costs lowered of 36%. The new study was given to media by the Praha Olympijska (Prague Olympic community) manager Tomas Petera

Lowering the estimation of 48 billions CZK is partly accomplished by changes in the plans of investing. The new conception interchanges building for reconstructions of already standing structures.

Prague applied for the Olympics in 2016, but the supporters see the year 2020 as more real. The Czech government approaches the matter in a reserved way. But Pavel Bem is still sure, all the necessary guarantees will be ready next week.