The opening of Prague’s controversial Blanka Tunnel complex was recently postponed indefinitely by Prague City Hall after it emerged that hundreds of kilometres of electric cables had been damaged by water and needed replacing. Originally, the tunnel, the longest such complex in Central Europe, was slated to open at the end of 2011. Had it opened on time, financial news website iHNed reported this week, it would have already translated into billions of savings.
The Czech Republic has been given a modest rating for its progress paving the way and putting the country on the digital superhighway. Countries, like Singapore and Hong Kong, which made a determined effort to become regional digital centres, lead the pack but the likes of Estonia and Slovenia show that the Czech Republic could have a realistic chance of doing a lot better.
With the first warm weather restaurants, pubs and coffee houses in Prague immediately set up outdoor eating spaces – from their own walled-in gardens that offer privacy to simply bringing out chairs and tables on the pavement outside the establishment where tourists can stop to refresh themselves and watch life go by in the city center.