A new waiting room named after the late Sir Nicholas Winton has been opened at Prague’s Main Train Station. Four of the so-called Winton Children attended Tuesday’s opening ceremony. The then diplomat saved 669 Czech Jewish children from the Holocaust by getting them permits to travel to the UK on a number of trains that left from the same station.
The Czech Republic is very likely to argue that other states’ conditions and inaction have prevented it from fulfilling compulsory EU quotas for accepting refugees, the Czech News Agency reported on Tuesday. The Prague government looks set to say the Italian and Greek governments made very little response to its offer to take in a small number of those countries’ refugees. The Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland have until Thursday to submit explanations for their failure to take part in the EU’s refugee relocation programme. The three states could ultimately be fined by the EU for non-compliance with the system.
This year’s Prague Pride parade will take place on Saturday August 12, the organisers announced on Tuesday. As in the past, the procession will run from the city’s Wenceslas Square to Letná plain and will crown a week-long festival supporting sexual diversity. The first Prague Pride six years ago was met with protests from among others then president Václav Klaus, but in recent years the event has met with only limited resistance.
Wisconsin Republican businessman Stephen King is set to become the next US ambassador to the Czech Republic, the news website The Hill reported. Mr. King, who is 75, worked for the FBI early in his career and was an investigator for the US Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. He is reportedly close to senior Republicans Paul Ryan and Reince Priebus and did not openly back any candidate in the party’s presidential primaries. The previous American ambassador to Prague, Andrew Schapiro, congratulated him on the news of his appointment.
One of the world’s top jazz guitarists John Scofield is set to perform with his group Überjam on Prague’s Old Town Square on Tuesday night. The free concert will constitute the second night in the capital of Bohemia Jazz Fest, an event that visits a number of cities and towns at this time every year. Scofield, who is 65, has played with the likes of Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and Charles Mingus. Bohemia Jazz Fest is organised by Rudy Linka, a successful Czech musician based in New York.
Restrictions at the central Prague Metro station Muzeum came into effect on Tuesday. The closure of the relevant platform means that for the next five months it will not be possible to board or disembark from A (green) line trains heading toward or from Depo Hostivař in the east of the city. Passengers will be able to reach their destinations by first travelling one station in the direction opposite to that which they wish to take and then boarding the train they need. The closure of the platform has been necessitated by the seepage of water into the underground.
Czech labour costs in the private sector increased by 3.3 percent last year to average 10.4 euros an hour, way below the European average according to the German foundation, the Hans-Böckler Stiftung. Average European labour costs rose by a slower 1.6 percent to 26 euros an hour. The Czech Republic stands at 21st place on the labour cost rankings, one place behind Slovakia which has hourly labour costs of 10.7 euros an hour.
Czech tennis player Tomáš Berdych has won a place in the Wimbledon quarterfinals after a five set roller coaster against Austria’s Dominic Thiem, the eighth seed. Berdych clinched the match 6:3, 6:7, 6:3, 3:6, 6:3 after almost three hours on court. It is the Czech’s fifth appearance in the Wimbledon last 16 where he also reached the finals in 2010. Berdych will face the winner of the match between Serbia’s Novak Djokovic and Frenchman Adrian Mannarino.
British police say they have arrested two more suspects, as well as the initial Czech and Pole, in connection with alleged smuggling of a record arms haul across the Channel. The Czech and Pole were detained last week after 79 hand guns were found in a specially converted van. Police say they are convinced the guns were going to be used for crime. Two more people have now been detained after a raid west of London with around a dozen more guns found, police said. The Czech and Pole have been detained in custody.