The north-east Bohemian town of Jičín, which is best-known as the home of the fairy-tale hero Rumcajs, has been named Czech Historical Town of the year for 2016. The prize, which comes with a one-million-cheque for further preservation work, honours towns and cities in the Czech Republic that have excelled in preserving and renewing their cultural and architectural heritage.
Jičín in northeast Bohemia has been named Czech historical town of 2016. The award – which comes with CZK 1 million for further preservation work – was presented by the minister of regional development, Karla Šlechtová, in a ceremony at Prague Castle on Tuesday. Jičín, which has a population of around 16,500, boasts Renaissance, Baroque and Gothic architecture. It is connected with the nobleman Albrecht von Wallenstein and the popular fairytale character Rumcajs.
A new guidebook to Brno has come in for strong criticism from representatives of nearby towns that it disparages, Novinky.cz reported. Entitled “This is Brno”, the guide compares Kuřim to a labour camp and a monument to the loss of human judgement, as well describing the wine cellars of Velké Pavlovice as kitschy buildings that are a mockery of architecture. Its authors say they wished to present an unorthodox view of the region. However, one town mayor described the publicly funded publication as a work of childish provocation.
Over 700 town halls and hundreds of schools and institutions around the Czech Republic have joined the Flag for Tibet initiative expressing support for Tibetan independence. The Flag for Tibet initiative traditionally takes place on March 10th marking the anniversary of the 1959 Tibetan uprising in Lhasa which was brutally suppressed by the Chinese regime. The event is traditionally accompanied by lectures, film screenings and exhibitions documenting Tibetan history and culture.
The Association of Entrepreneurs has been ringing alarm bells with regard to the depopulation and abandonment of many small villages in rural areas with poor infrastructure and services. According to the outcome of a study commissioned by the association the process can be reversed by money invested into local development and tourism.
Ustí nad Labem is offering a 300 crown reward for every wild boar shot within the city limits where they are not supposed to be. The reward is part of the city’s policy to curb the boar population which regularly makes its way into the centre and suburbs. One animal even made into the central city polyclinic before being put down by a vet. Around 50 cases of damage caused by wild boar have been declared this year. Parks and recreation fields are frequent victims of boar digging as they search for food. The mayor has highlighted the fact that it’s not easy to shoot the animals in built up areas.
Around 700 village pubs are reported to have closed down in connection with the introduction of a law on electronic cash registers at the start of December, the ctk news agency reports citing the results of a survey among the country’s 6,200 towns and cities. The pubs closing down generally offer beer, but not food, and serve as social hubs in small villages. The mayors of many small villages say they fear for the fate of small mixed shops which are often the only source of groceries for the locals. The introduction of electronic cash registers was the finance minister’s flagship project to curb tax evasion.
Prague is the best place to live in the Czech Republic, according to the research project Místo pro život (Place for Life). While the capital retains top spot in the survey, the Pardubice Region has shot up from ninth last year to second place, followed by Plzeň, which also came in third in 2015. The authors said Prague triumphed thanks to factors such as wage levels, healthcare standards and number of associations and charities.
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