Czechs are increasingly acquiring exotic animals as pets or status symbols,
the news site novinky.cz reports, citing data from the Czech Environmental
There are presently 173 tigers registered in the country, of which only forty are located in licensed zoos, the remaining 133 tigers are in private ownership. Of the 236 lions registered, 26 are in zoos, the rest in private ownership,78 leopards of which 43 are in private hands and 135 pumas of which only three are held in zoos.
Snakes and exotic birds are also increasingly popular, with 236 rattlesnakes and 200 cobras registered with the Czech Environmental Inspectorate.
Doctors have registered 121 new cases of HIV in the first six months of
this year, according to the National Reference Laboratory for HIV/AIDS of
the State Health Institute in Prague.
Last year the number of infected persons registered was 208 - the lowest in seven years. According to the lab’s data there are currently 3488 persons registered HIV positive in the Czech Republic, of which 3010 are men. 653 persons have developed full-blown AIDS and 307 have died of AIDS.
The regional court in Plzeň has sentenced a forty-six-year-old woman from
Moldova to six years in prison for an acid attack against two men and a
woman at a night-club in the city. All three suffered severe burns and had
to undergo multiple surgery.
The incident apparently happened during a fight and the woman was trying to protect one of the men involved. The verdict is not yet legally binding.
An expert analysis has confirmed that no damage was done to Charles Bridge
by the unauthorised removal of graffiti from one of its support pillars.
Meanwhile the man responsible for the clean-up job has come forward to explain his motivation to the authorities.
According to the police the man is a professional, who makes a living removing graffiti from buildings. The man reportedly denied that he had cleaned-up the graffiti as a PR stunt and said he had removed the graffiti with steam and hot water so as not to damage the centuries-old stones.
He said he had decided to act because time was running out and after a fortnight it would have been hard to remove the graffiti without using chemicals.
Seventy-five percent of Czech territory is now suffering from extreme
drought due to high temperatures and high evaporation levels from the soil
and water surfaces.
According to the Czech Hydro-meteorological Institute the isolated storms and rain-showers over the past few days brought only partial relief in places and did not improve the overall situation.
Water management facilities have been taking drought regulation measures on the country’s dams, streams and rivers.
Czech expats from all around the world will gather in Prague on Thursday
for a two-day conference on maintaining their native language skills.
The event is organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Czech Schools
without Borders, a non-profit organisation established in the 1930s with a
mission to teach Czech language and culture to Czech children living
Part of the event, held at the ministry’s Tuscany Palace, will be a Czech Diaspora Day marking the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution.
The 24th International Festival of Organ Music gets underway in Prague on Thursday. The opening performance at St. James’ Basilica in Prague will be given by US organist Mark Steinbach, who will play a repertoire including Philip Glass and Johann Sebastian Bach. The festival continues until September 19.
Fifty-four people have died on roads in the Czech Republic in July, which
is three more than in the previous year, according to preliminary police
statistics quoted by the Czech News Agency. July 29 was the worst day of
the month for traffic accidents, with five deaths.
July is traditionally one of the most tragic months on Czech roads with many people travelling for summer vacations. The most recent accident happened on Wednesday in the central-Bohemian town of Humpolec, when a car hit a pram, killing one child and injuring another.
Culture Minister Antonín Staněk has announced a selection process for the
post of the head of Prague’s National Gallery. The new director of the
National Gallery should be appointed by the end of February 2020. Mr
Staněk made the announcement at a press conference on Wednesday, on his
last day in office.
Mr Staněk sacked the head of the National Gallery in Prague, Jiří Fajt, as well as the head of Olomouc’s Museum of Arts, Michal Soukoup, in mid-April, accusing them of improper management. The sacking of Mr. Fajt caused a huge wave of criticism from the domestic art scene, forcing the minister to step down a month later.