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Chinese flags vandalized
Czech News

Chinese flags vandalized

Banners to welcome President Xi Jinping were hit with paintballs Dozens of banners representing the Chinese flag were vandalized by someone in dark clothing during the night of March 25–26. The banners are along routes that will be seen by Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is to arrive on a three-day state visit on March… Keep Reading

Himmler
Czech News

Nazi occult books found in Czech National Library depot

Some 13,000 volumes were collected by Himmler for his planned new Camelot Books on witchcraft and the occult collected by SS chief Heinrich Himmler were found in a storage depot near Prague used by the Czech National Library. The depot has not been accessed since the 1950s, according to UK tabloid the Daily Mail, which… Keep Reading

Brooklyn
Cinema

Movie review: Brooklyn

A strong lead performance and a low key script boost an immigrant’s tale By the 1950s, the waves of Irish immigrants to the US had slowed a bit from what it had been in the late 1800s, but there was still a steady stream. New York City had long been the destination of choice. Brooklyn,… Keep Reading

Charles Bridge vandalism
Prague News

Police have suspects in Charles Bridge vandalism

Suspected French tourists face three years if caught and convicted Officers have released photos of two young men sought for graffiti on a national monument. Police have released photos of two suspects who are thought to have spray painted white lettering on Charles Bridge, a national monument and major tourist attraction in Prague. The suspects… Keep Reading

Cronenberg Evolution
Culture

Cronenberg: Evolution opens at House of the Stone Bell

Film props and related items cover the entire career of the Canadian filmmaker Props, sketches and promotional material from across the career of Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg make up the show Cronenberg: Evolution, now at the House of the Stone Bell. A retrospective of films will run throughout the length of the exhibit, with five… Keep Reading

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Culture

‘Lost’ Mozart and Salieri work performed again in Prague

A small joint collaboration between the authors was hiding in plain sight since 1950 A musical collaboration between Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri that was long considered lost has been found in a Czech music archives. While fictional accounts such as the play and film Amadeus portray the two as bitter rivals, the newly… Keep Reading

mozart-simon-jude
Culture

Mozart and Salieri song discovered in archives

The rivals of the film ‘Amadeus’ apparently collaborated on music in real life A musical composition co-written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri was found after more than 200 years by employees of the Czech Museum of Music in Prague. The work will be presented to the media next week. It is reportedly a… Keep Reading

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Fashion

Louis Vuitton wants Charles Bridge for a fashion show

Babiš discussed the plan recently in France and promised his support Fashion brand Louis Vuitton is again trying to rent Prague’s historical Charles Bridge for a fashion show. The brand tried to do this a decade ago, but the plan fell through due to objections over having the bridge closed to the public. This time,… Keep Reading

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Prague News

Anti-refugee rallies take place in Prague

Groups met in three different squares, some arrests reported Several anti-immigrant rallies took place in Prague, with a large gathering near Prague Castle at Hradčanské náměstí and smaller ones at Wenceslas Square and Loretánské náměstí. The protests were part of a Europe-wide campaign organized by the German-based Pegida (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the… Keep Reading

New Lítačka card was prepared in secret and will be phased in Updated The controversial Opencard, which works as a mass transit pass and library card, will be phased out and replaced with a new card with a working name of Lítačka. Prague City Hall has been working on the preparing the new card in secret. Prague Mayor Adriana Krnáčová (ANO) announced the new card at a press conference, after rumors of the launch had already spread through Czech media. “We have prepared a custom solution that is cheap, reliable and above all we will operate it ourselves,” Krnáčová said in a news release. “We will operate in a totally different manner than before. The new solution will cost us less than in the past,” she said. Krnáčová said the card would be launched in test operation in February and people could be using it for travel by the middle of the year. The total cost of the project will not exceed Kč 6 million. The new Lítačka card will be introduced gradually depending on the expiration date of the user’s current Opencard. The two cards will operate side by side in a transition period. The new card, since it is operated by the city, will not require the city to make monthly service payments to the operating company, the news release said. Opencard was launched in 2007, but there were allegations at the time that the cost of the project was too high and several audits were launched. A police investigation concluded in 2010 concluded the project was overpriced, and several city councilors were charged with violating competition laws and received suspended sentences. Some of the sentences were eventually overturned or softened, however. To date, the Opencard project has cost the Kč 1.74 billion. The Opencard project continues to be controversial, with the current operator and the city locked in a dispute with the current operator eMoneyServices (EMS) over access to the program to operate the cards. Krnáčová cited Opencard as one of the most egregious examples of problems in city administration when she took office in November 2014. She said in 2015 that Opencard would be replaced within two years. Opposition politicians from TOP 09 and the Civic Democrats (ODS) voiced objections to the project being developed in secrecy. EMS representatives also voiced objections to the new card.
Prague News

Prague preparing alternative to Opencard

New Lítačka card was prepared in secret and will be phased in Updated The controversial Opencard, which works as a mass transit pass and library card, will be phased out and replaced with a new card with a working name of Lítačka. Prague City Hall has been working on the preparing the new card in… Keep Reading

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