Formerly a sleepy, in some parts grimy, neighbourhood, Vršovice has in recent times become one of the liveliest districts of Prague. Much of this activity centres on Krymská St., home to the very successful Café v lese and several other relatively new businesses. One of the people responsible for the rejuvenation of Vršovice is Kateřina McCreary, owner of the popular café-bar Sladkovský. When we spoke there, I asked McCreary what had inspired her to open the place three years ago.
Several restaurants in central Prague were among two dozen eateries fined last year for severe breaches of consumer legislation. The Czech Trade Inspection Authority found that nearly 40 percent of restaurants inspected broke the law; the most frequent problems include short measures of beer and other drinks, overcharging, as well as automatically including tips in bills without the guests’ knowledge.
Prague Mayor Tomáš Hudeček and architect Roman Koucký of the Prague Institute of Planning and Development outlined on Thursday principles for a new metropolitan or zoning plan for Prague to be passed in 2017. Central to the proposal, is the understanding that additional sprawl at the edge of the city needs to be curbed, while undeveloped areas within the capital need to be built up, to create a living city that is functional and robust.
Travellers world-wide have grown increasingly accustomed to checking tourist website TripAdvisor when planning vacations and also ranking top destinations they visited. The annual Travelers’ Choice survey where cities are ranked by visitors themselves, have just been announced. The good news? Prague ranked fifth out of 25 top destinations listed.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on Friday asked Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka to consider sending Czech troops on a planned peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic, Mr Ki-Moon told the news agency ČTK. Prime Minister Sobotka said he would ask the Defence Ministry to evaluate the petition; the UN chief reportedly suggested a Czech field hospital as well as Air Force units could take part in the mission. During his visit to Prague,Ban Ki-Moon also praised the Czech Republic for its support of human rights and humanitarian aid efforts. Mr Ki-Moon also received Charles University’s Golden Medal for supporting understanding and cooperation between nations.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon who is on a two-day visit to the Czech Republic on Thursday met for talks with Czech Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek. They discussed the implications of the Crimea crisis, the Czech Republic’s offer to send troops to the U.N. observer mission in the Golan Heights as well as issues relating to climate change and human rights. On Friday the UN Secretary General will meet with Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka and President Miloš Zeman. He is also due to give a lecture at Charles University on the topic “The Czech Republic and the UN: Peace, Development and Human Rights in a Changing World.”
A Prague district court on Monday refused to strike from legal proceedings an abandoned Prague villa belonging to fugitive businessman Radovan Krejčíř, being sued by a company which says it was owed 50 million crowns. Krejčíř evaded justice in the Czech Republic in 2005; today, he faces criminal charges in South Africa. His wife, Kateřina, had argued the Prague villa was hers alone, allegedly bought for 23 million crowns from funds provided by her father-in-law. The court maintained the property, which could be sold in an auction, belonged to both the husband and wife and was paid for from their own earnings. The villa has reportedly fallen into disrepair since 2005; experts estimated the property as being worth some 400 million crowns.
Hundreds of people participated in demonstrations in the Czech Republic on Saturday in protest at Russia’s military incursion into Crimea, where a referendum on the Ukrainian region’s future is being held on Sunday. The biggest gathering took place by a statute of TG Masaryk at Prague Castle, where around 150 people condemned Moscow’s actions. Among a number of speakers were pro-European demonstrators from the Ukrainian capital who have received medical treatment in the Czech Republic.
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