Compact archive March 14, 2008

British writer Joanne Rowling again intervene in the CR

rowling The first time, four years ago, she fought for ban of cage beds in asylums in person. This time, she sent a deputy of her organization Children’s High Level Group, a Czech psychiatrist Jan Pfeiffer, to help with reform of compensatory child welfare.

His task was to establish cooperation with government officials, reduce numbers of institutions and replace them with other kinds of care of kids in need and their families. The number of kids placed in such institutions is very high in the CR (about 20t kids) and instead of falling, the number is rising every year.

But no meeting with a minister has taken place so far. Pfeiffer have stated: “Discussions take place on low level. I have been trying to make a meeting with the minister of social matters Petr Necas for a month now.”

Rowlings first intervention came through quite successfully – cage beds were forbidden in 2007. However a team of BBC reporters have found 5 from 8 institutions still use them, regardless. Pfeiffer doesn’t give up yet; “It is all about finding a good strategy.”


Tony Haze from Space I in Prague Mecca

tony haze This edition of Prague´s legendary Meccamix party will introduce a resident DJ of Space Club Ibiza – DJ TONY HAZE ( We Love Sundays at Space, UK ). Tony is one of the most talented British DJs, who regullary plays alongside the biggest DJs in the best club in the world ( Space Ibiza – Miami Music Conffernce winner of Best Global Club 2005 / 2006 ).

Tony regulary DJs also in the finest clubs in London like Pacha or Ministry of Sound. You will also get a taste of some of the finest local Czech talents – DJ KUBA SOULCHECK, DJ MARTY CROW a DJ MACIO. The SELECTRO crew hosts the second stage with DJ SCAR COKE and his guests.

For your visual pleasure look out for the irresistible IBIZA DIVA performers, Meccamix decorations, video projections a special light show. Beefeater, the proud partner of Meccamix, brings you a special prices of the drinks starting on 69 CZK. Meccamix Warm Up Party always starts at 8PM just in front of Mecca in the new bar-restaurant MOLO 22.

ENTRY: 290 CZK a VIP : 990 CZK / START 10PM / PRE-SALE 250 CZK, Friday 28th March 2008, Club Mecca, Prague


Czech Republic facing legal proceedings because of scooters

waterscooter The state discriminates us! Complain Czech water scooters operators.

Czech Sport Association of Water Scooters has filed a charge at the European law court, they are suing the Czech Republic. The reason is, according to the association, no interest in managing of water areas intended for public, plus creating barriers for scooter business.

According to the charges, the Czech Republic discriminates keepers and sellers of water scooters and limits free market with these machines, even when they satisfy EU standards. The association also requested the European community for precaution, which would lead to clarifying of money matters; where go the money for development of water ways. The association claims they have to finance everything connected to the sport by themselves.


Czech constitutional court declined to close the institute for totality

Studying of communist and Nazi totality continues on without restrictions. The constitutional court have denied the complaint of 57 representatives of CSSD (Czech Social Democratic Party) who were demanding banning of the Ustav pro studium totalitnich rezimu (The Institute for Study of Totalitarian Regimes)

CSSD claims, the institute can politically affect history interpretation and the problem is also the word ‘totality’ for them. According to the representatives the regime wasn’t always totalitarian and had some positive moments. All the complaints were denied by the court.

Kaizer Orchestra going to Prague Acropolis

Kaizer Orchestra Kaizers Orchestra is a Norwegian alternative rock band formed in the year 2000. The two leading members, vocalist Janove Ottesen and guitarist Geir Zahl, had known each other for years, and first played together in a band called Blod, Snått & Juling in 1989.

Kaizers Orchestra are notable for being among the first Norwegian bands or artists singing in their native language to become popular in non-Scandinavian Europe. To other Norwegians, the band is instantly recognizable both because of their unique, unpredictable style, and because of vocalist Ottesen’s marked Bryne dialect, shared by four of the other band members.

They play ‘Waitsov’ rock, influenced by Eastern-European and Roma music. Every performance includes gas masks, drumming by helves to oil barrels, iron plates, disks form cars and other unusualities. Tikets at ticketpro, The place is Palac Akropolis, Kubelikova 27, 12th April 2008