Nine towns in the Czech Republic have streets with identical names, despite
a 2011 regulation issued by the Interior Ministry that this must be
corrected, Czech Television reported.
Identically named streets present a problem for postal workers, police and paramedics, and a surprisingly large number of towns had them.
This is due to the merging of satellite villages with bigger towns in the vicinity and the fact that streets are often named after famous figures in history.
At one point the town of Kladno near Prague had 31 twin streets with the same name which were only distinguished by their locality.
The Interior Ministry is pushing to resolve the problem, but does not have the right to order towns to change the name of a given street.
Czech MEP Michaela Šojdrová of the Christian Democrats, has asked for a
meeting with Prime Minister Andrej Babiš to try to persuade him that the
Czech Republic should take in 50 Syrian orphans from a migrant camp in
Šojdrová, who first floated the idea, said that taking in child migrants would be a show of solidarity.
Prime Minister Babiš, who is strictly against taking in migrants, sharply rejected the idea at the weekend saying the Czech Republic was ready to help these and other orphans in their country of origin, where the migrant crisis should be resolved.
His stand elicited strong criticism from opposition parties who called it selfish and inhumane. Even his coalition partner, acting foreign minister Jan Hamáček from the Social Democrats, said a country of 10 million should be able to accommodate 50 orphans.
A festival of public readings by writers on trains to promote Czech
literature kicked off early on Monday as Czechs boarded trains on their way
The event is supported by close to 30 Czech authors who have agreed to read selected parts of their work to the public. The festival will last until Thursday.
One of the novelties this year is public readings of micro-stories by students on the Petřín funicular in Prague, where the ride lasts just five minutes.
Close to 200,000 people visited the two-day NATO Days and Czech Airforce
Days military show at the Mošnov airfield near Ostrava over the weekend.
The highlight of the event was a historical flypast commemorating 100 years of Czechoslovakia to the sound of Vltava from Bedrich Smetana’s cycle of symphonic poems My Country.
The highly popular event offered visitors an air show in which military pilots from NATO member states performed various air stunts, a display of veteran planes as well as modern fighter jets used by the army and a demonstration of ground forces in crisis situations by NATO allies.
The event’s main partner this year was the United States.
The Vraní hory mountain region in north-east Bohemia is the second place in the Czech Republic to which wolves have returned and started reproducing in the wild after a break of 200 years. A wolf with a cub was recently caught on camera. They are believed to have come from the vicinity of the Czech-Polish border region where a pack of wolves first settled and has been breeding since 2015.
The former choirmaster of Bambini di Praga Bohumil Kulínský has died at
the age of 59, the tabloid daily Blesk reported.
According to Blesk, the choirmaster, whose career ended in scandal after he was convicted of sexually abusing young girls in 2009, was found dead in his Prague flat.
Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding his death.
The famous choir Bambini di Praga which travelled the world over, was founded by Kulínský’s parents who were both talented musicians.
Education experts who met with President Zeman on Saturday agreed that the
concept of inclusive education should be applied within reason, rather than
across the board.
President Zeman has been a vocal critic of the 2016 law on inclusive education, arguing that it would hurt both healthy children and children with disabilities by putting them in unfair competition.
Education Minister Robert Plaga said soon after taking office that the idea of inclusive education needed to be revised and the concept applied with common sense.
He said schools for children with special needs would definitely remain part of the education system.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has come under fire on the domestic
scene for refusing to take in a group of 50 Syrian orphans. Babiš told the
daily Právo he saw no reason why the country should help Syrian orphans
when it had orphans of its own to look after.
He said the Czech Republic was showing sufficient solidarity with the countries of migrant origin by sending them money, doctors and experts.
Acting foreign minister Jan Hamáček of the Social Democrats countered that a country of 10 million could surely be able to cope with 50 Syrian orphans.
Opposition politicians from TOP 09, the Christian Democratic Party and Mayors and Independents said the prime minister’s statement was shameful and inhumane.
Tens of thousands of people attended the opening day of the NATO Days and
Czech Airforce Days military show at the Mošnov airfield near Ostrava on
The event`s main partner this year was the United States, which presented its pilots and military technology at Mošnov for the first time this year.
The biggest attraction was an air show in which military pilots performed various air stunts.
The event, which is one of the largest military air shows in Europe, also celebrated 100 years of the Czechoslovak air force. On display are veteran planes as well as modern fighter jets used by the army.