Kladruby Nad Labem, Jul 14 (AP/UNB) — A Czech stud farm founded 440 years ago to breed and train ceremonial horses to serve at the Habsburg emperor's court has been added to UNESCO's World Heritage list, acknowledging the significance of a tradition that has survived for centuries.
The National stud farm, located in the town of Kladruby nad Labem 90 kilometers (56 miles) east of Prague, is the first stud farm on the UNESCO's list. Here's a look at it:
A ROYAL HISTORY
The farm officially started in 1579, when Emperor Rudolf II of the House of Habsburg gave an imperial status to an original stud established by his father, Emperor Maximilian II. The famed regular visitors to the site, which also has a small chateau and a church, included Emperor Franz Joseph I and his wife Elisabeth of Bavaria.
The stud farm survived wars and a devastating 18th-century fire until the end of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1918, when the newly established Czechoslovak state took over. That threatened its existence, since anything linked to the former empire was unpopular in Czechoslovakia. Yet somehow the horse breeding tradition weathered both that shift and 40 later years of communist rule.
In 2015, the whole site underwent a major renovation with European Union funds.
MAKING THE UNESCO LIST
The Kladruby site occupies 1,310 hectares (3,240 acres), about the same size since the 16th century. Located on flat, sandy land near the Elbe River, it contains fields and forests along with its classic stables, indoor and outdoor training grounds and a symmetrical network of roads.
UNESCO describes it as "one of Europe's leading horse-breeding institutions, developed at a time when horses played vital roles in transport, agriculture, military support and aristocratic representation."
Kladruby director Jiri Machek said UNESCO's recognition is the confirmation of "the global uniqueness of this place."
"There are three unique aspects about it," Machek told The Associated Press. "It's not only about a tangible heritage, it is also the breeding of unique Kladruber horses, which means the landscape still serves its original purpose. And the third, unique thing — which is not mentioned so often — is the intangible heritage, the traditional way of doing things, that is we have been trying to operate the stud in a traditional way."
ONE OF THE OLDEST HORSE BREEDS IN THE WORLD
Kladruby is the home of the Kladruber horse, a rare breed that is one of the oldest in the world with a population of only 1,200.
Kladrubers were bred to serve as ceremonial carriage horses at the Habsburg courts in Vienna and Prague. A warm-blooded breed based on Spanish and Italian horses, a convex head with a Roman nose is among their significant features.
Since the late 18th century, the Kladrubers have come in two colors, grey and black. The grey ones were used for royal ceremonies while the black ones served high-ranked clergy.
Today, they still do the same at the Danish court, while others are used by the trumpeters from the Swedish Royal Mounted Guard. Some carry police officers in the Czech Republic and the Netherlands.
The breed's peaceful nature also makes them a popular riding horse among private owners around the globe, and some compete in international carriage driving events.
Pamplona, Jul 14 (AP/UNB) — A bull broke from the pack and gored two Australians and a Spaniard during Sunday's final bull run of this year's San Fermin festival, health officials from the northern Spanish city of Pamplona said.
That took the number of gorings to eight for the eight bull runs that provide a high-adrenaline morning rush to the non-stop party that draws around 1 million people each year.
While five of the bulls stayed in a group Sunday and charged through the twisting streets with their guiding steers, one bull drifted back and provoked havoc in the crowds of runners. The bull flipped one man over its horns and slammed him onto the cobblestone street. It then clipped another two runners who were trapped against a wall.
Regional hospital spokesman Tomás Belzunegui said the man who had been tossed by the chocolate-colored bull named Rabanero was gored in the leg, while another man was gored in the right arm and a third in the armpit. The hospital said the wounds were not life- threatening.
The Red Cross reported several other injuries from knocks received from the bulls and steers, or from runners tumbling out of the way.
The previous seven bull runs had produced five gorings: three Spaniards and two Americans.
The six bulls from the Miura breeder, who celebrated the farm's record-extending 53rd showing at the festival, completed the 930-yard (850-meter) run to the bull ring in 2 minutes, 42 seconds. They will be killed at the ring later Sunday.
The San Fermin fiesta was made famous internationally by Ernest Hemingway in his 1926 novel "The Sun Also Rises." Most revelers stay up all night or rise early enough to gape from balconies or barricades as hundreds of runners dressed in the traditional white outfit with a red sash make their mad dash.
Sixteen people have died in the bull runs since 1910. The last death occurred in 2009.
Animal rights protesters have also become a fixture in Pamplona. On the eve of this year's festival, dozens of semi-naked activists staged a performance simulating speared bulls lying dead on Pamplona's streets to draw attention to what they see as animal cruelty for the sake of entertainment.
Bullfights are protected under the Spanish Constitution as part of the country's cultural heritage.
Dhaka, 13th July (UNB) – US-based wildlife photographer Scott Trageser’s solo exhibition ‘Rewilding Bangladesh’ commenced Saturday evening at city’s Art Café. Creative Conservation Alliance (CCA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to environmental conservation, arranged the exhibition.
With the vision to inaugurate the ambitious attempt of bringing extinct wildlife back to the forests of Bangladesh- the exhibition is going to portray Scott’s journey towards capturing the rich wildlife of the country.
Creative Conservation Alliance’s CEO Shahriar Caesar Rahman was present at the inaugural event, among other wildlife and photography enthusiasts.
“The 15 day exhibition is going to exhibit images beyond that of any wildlife photography previously exhibited in Bangladesh. Through Scott’s lens, stories of the life and death of Bangladesh’s unique wildlife will be told and be accompanied by his documentation of the eight years of CCA’s intriguing work to save it,” said Caesar.
The star of this solo-exhibition, award winning photographer Scott Trageser said “Striking wildlife imagery is a cornerstone of modern conservation, as it has the power to evoke appreciation for our imperiled ecosystems. This exhibition is intended to support the existing wildlife and people living around it in Bangladesh.”
The exhibition will remain open for all till 27th July, daily 9 am to 11 pm at Gulshan Avenue’s Art Café.
Thailand, July 13 (AP/UNB) — Farmers in eastern Thailand have celebrated the start of the sowing season by racing their buffaloes, whose usual duty is to plow the fields.
Farmers on Saturday coaxed and goaded the animals to make them run to the finish line in an annual event known as the Wooden Plow Buffalo Race.
The race in Chonburi, about 60 kilometers (37 miles) southeast of Bangkok, is held to express gratitude to the buffaloes for working for the farmers all year long.
Around 60 buffaloes were registered for the race.
Dhaka, July 13 (UNB)- The 3rd solo miniature art exhibition titled ‘Life and the Narrative of Time-1’ by artist Prof Dr Hira Sobahan began at La Galerie, Alliance Française de Dhaka on Friday.
K M Khalid MP, State minister for Cultural Affairs attended the opening ceremony as the chief guest and Frank Grützmacher Técourt,, deputy head of mission to the Embassy of France to Bangladesh also attended the event as the special guest.
The artworks of Prof Dr Hira Sobahan depict the natural beauties of this country, the modern way of life, disasters, the various shortcomings of society, and social decadence, among others.
Out of his 500 miniature artworks, 101 will be in display for the exhibition.
Dr. Hira Sobahan was born in 24 May 1970 at the village Nandibari in Muktagacha of Mymensingh. He is a well-known prin maker, painter, designer, researcher and writer.
Currently he is a professor of printmaking at the Department of Painting Oriental Art and Printmaking, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Rajshahi.
The exhibition will remain open to all till July 23( Visiting hours: Monday to Thursday from 3:00pm to 9:00pm, Friday and Saturday (9:00am to 12:00pm and 5:00pm to 8:00pm).