The most travelled flock of hens, the longest limousine car, or a two-meter-high knitted snowman are just some of the attractions visitors can look forward to seeing at the 29th Pelhřimov Curiosity Festival, which takes place this Friday and Saturday. The festival has been going strong for nearly 30 years and attracts people from across the country, as well as the wider continent.
A different Czech president from Miloš Zeman recently looked back at a busy 2017 and future expansion plans in Africa and the Central America for the near future. Introducing Vít Jedlička, president of the Free Republic of Liberland, the head of state of a seven kilometre square territory on the Danube river between Serbia and Croatia.
Twenty-six people were evacuated from their homes in an apartment building in Prague 10 on Sunday night. Police, including pyrotechnics and other specialists were called by the family of a military items collector, worried about a device in his home being a possible landmine. On closer inspection, the item was revealed to be an alternator, but investigators found large amount of munitions and a radioactive item. Two other sites, in or near the town of Roztoky, were also searched. Police have not released additional details about the radioactive find.
Education Minister Kateřina Valachová has awarded in memoriam a teacher from a secondary school in Prague’s Malešice district, who died last year after being bullied by her students for several months. The case made national headlines after a video of the bullied teacher was leaked to the Internet. The minister said she was determined to tackle the problem and contribute to a safer environment in schools. Another 44 teachers were awarded at the ceremony in the Senate on Tuesday, which marked international teacher’s day.
Slávek Hrzal, founder of the annual Most Popular Czech Teacher competition Zlatý Amos, is to become the next School Ombudsman, the ctk news agency reported. Hrzal, who will take over the post from former education minister Eduard Zeman, is expected to focus primarily on problems relating to bullying. Education Minister Kateřina Valachová, who made the announcement at a press briefing in Prague on Tuesday, said she wanted the post to be less bureaucratic and for the Ombudsman to be in closer contact with teachers and students.
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The Czech town of Havlíčkuv Brod is gearing up for the 80th international singing competition for Harz canaries next week. Around 30 breeders from the Czech Republic, a dozen from neighbouring Slovakia, and half a dozen from Austria are expected to participate this year in an event which has been held without interruption since 1936. Czech breeders of the canary have dwindled from the 1960s, when there were around 3,000. The female canaries sing best after Christmas and in January with the males reaching a peak performance a few months later.
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In Magazine: three thieves manage to steal a 300-km freight train, an artillery grenade hidden in the base of a statue turns out to be a time capsule, ornithologists report sighting a black-and-white blackbird and a foreign visitor gets fined for directing traffic in the city center dressed as a clown.