Compact archive February 22, 2008

R.E.M Heading to Prague Again

The Czech Republic slowly becomes the music crossroad in the middle of Europe. Almost every month hosts one of world’s leading music groups or singers. R.E.M probably like Prague, as this won’t be the first concert; they started to going to Prague since the 90’s. The last concert in Sazka Arena in 2005 attracted 15 000 fans.

R.E.M. is an American rock band formed in 1980 by Michael Stipe (lead vocals), Peter Buck (guitar), Mike Mills (bass guitar), and Bill Berry (drums and percussion). R.E.M. was one of the first popular alternative rock bands, and gained early attention due to Buck’s ringing, arpeggiated guitar style and Stipe’s unclear vocals.

rem Following years of underground success, R.E.M. entered the mainstream in 1987 with the hit song “The One I Love”. The group signed to Warner Bros. Records in 1988, and began to espouse political and environmental concerns while playing large arenas worldwide.

By the early 1990s, when alternative rock began to experience broad mainstream success, R.E.M. was viewed as a pioneer of the genre and released its two most commercially successful albums, Out of Time (1991) and Automatic for the People (1992), which veered from the band’s established sound.

In 2007, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

R.E.M make a stand in Prague on 17th August 2008. They are going to rock the new football stadium SK Slavia Praha. Tickets prices vary from from 795 to 1695 kc will be on sale since 15th February in Ticketpro outlets and webpage.


New MHD Tickets Design

During this weekend, the new tickets will be introduced at all common distributors. According to the MHD Prague Public Transport company they will be much safer, as they include more safety elements than the older travel vouchers. A controllers will recognize fakes much easier.

According to its speaker, the MHD doesn’t have much problems with counterfeiters, but they want to be up-to-date, according to modern standards.

The biggest change is in the color, which is green, with a color line according to the price. The pictures we provide are cut in half, if you want to see the whole design, check it here. If you want some information about SMS tickets in Prague, go here.


Unique Czech Discovery will help Malaria Treatment

malaria parasite Czech Scientist have managed to get a unique discovery, which should help to develop a medication against the mortal disease, malaria.

The key was to find the mysterious predecessor of today’s parasites. These are conducive to, among others, malaria, to which 1,3 million die every year. There is no vaccine, present preventive medications can cause depressions, leading to suicide. To research a new medicine is problematic, because handling the parasite responsible for malaria is very expensive, sophisticated and dangerous.

As Nature magazine informed, the Czech scientist team went for a clue, the parasitic protozoa have chloroplast in their cells. It was sure there was some sea-weed able of photosynthesis among its ancestors, but the science world regarded it as extinct. However, an Australian biologist Robert Moore found it on a coral reef in Australia, and send it to the Miroslav Odbornik in Ceske Budejovice. Odbornik’s team proved, it is really the long searched-for ancestor, a living fossil who has lived on Earth 750 millions years already.

Testing a new malaria medicine on the newly discovered model, the sea-weed Chromera velia, will be much easier, safer, and faster.


Vlacil's classic on Vltava River

The unusual film performance is possible to see in Prague in the evenings, until Saturday 23th February 2008 on Vltava River. At a sliding caisson close to the Manes’ Bridge a water wall, working as a projecting screen was made. Sequences of films of a Czech Director Frantisek Vlacil are screened there. The project is a part of an accompanying programme of the exhibition about this artist, which takes place in the Emperor Stables of the Prague Castle


Applicants for Czech citizenship to do Language Exams

cestina pro cizince The new system of accepting applicants for Czech citizenship demands them to pass a language exam in the Czech Language.

The new law will be valid since January 09, with the exam based on a Europe-wide testing system. The bill is an initiative of the Czech Minister for Human Rights and Minorities Dzamila Stehlikova. She explains the idea behind the project on a model of two countries: In the UK they combine multiculturalism with a demand for standard English. In Germany they underestimated the need of language for integration with the result of segregation of various groups, because of lack of language communication.

Minister Stehlikova, originally from Kazakhstan, also adds it will still be necessary to have lived in the CR for at least five years. The language exam shouldn’t be too difficult, if the person have not avoided normal social contact. The themes will be based on everyday situations, like going to the doctor’s, looking for a job, travel and such.