Daily news summary
Majority of Czech shops guilty of selling alcohol to minors
An inspection conducted by the Czech Trade Inspection Office at the end of the school year has found that the majority of stores violated the law by selling alcohol to minors.
Inspectors say 60 percent of the stores they checked sold youngsters under-18 alcohol without requesting an ID. The worst situation was in the Olomouc and Moravian regions where teenagers were 100 percent successful in buying alcoholic beverages in all the stores they were sent to.
Stores caught selling alcohol to minors can be fined up to one million crowns.
Exhibition on Masaryk opens in Israeli parliament
An exhibition entitled “Masaryk in the Holy Land” opens in Israel’s Parliament on Tuesday on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia. The event will be opened by Senate chairman Milan Štěch and several other Czech senators, who are visiting Israel this week.
The exhibition recalls the contribution of the country’s first president, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, and his son, Jan, who later became foreign minister, to the creation of the state of Israel. It will run in the Knesset until the end of this year.
Czech railway operator to get 50 new high-speed coaches
The Czech state-owned passenger train operator České dráhy has signed a contract with Siemens-Škoda Transportation to supply 50 passenger cars to operate on long-distance lines. The contract is valued at nearly three billion crowns. The first 200 km/h coaches should be delivered by 2021, the operator announced on Tuesday, adding that the purchase of new passenger cars should improve the company’s competitiveness in interstate transport services.
Four Czechs through to Wimbledon’s second round
Four Czech players have advanced to the second round of the women’s singles at Wimbledon, including seventh seeded Karolína Plíšková, who defeated Britain’s Harriet Dart 7:6, 2:6 and 6:1. Other Czechs to secure spot in the Grand Slam’s second round are Barbora Strýcová, Lucie Šafářová and Kateřina Siniaková.
Two –time Wimbledon Champion Petra Kvitová win enter the tournament on Tuesday in a match against Aliksandra Sasnovich of Belarus.
Tomáš Hertl signs new contract with San José Sharks
In hockey, San Jose Sharks Czech attacker Tomáš Hertl has signed a new four-year contract with the club. The contract is reported to be worth 5.7 million US dollars annually. The 24-year-old-Czech scored 22 goals and provided 24 assists in the last season.
Rolling Stones to rock Prague once again
The legendary rock band The Rolling Stones will perform at Prague’s Prague’s Letňany Airport on Wednesday, July 4. It is the band’s fifth concert in Prague.
They made their first appearance in the Czech capital in 1990 when they performed at the invitation of President Václav Havel in what was a symbolic celebration of the country’s newfound freedom.
The concert, at Prague’s Letňany airport, is part of the European leg of the band’s No Filter tour.
Wednesday will be mostly sunny with daytime highs reaching up to 29 degrees Celsius.