Veteran hockey star Jaromír Jágr played on the top line for his team the
Calgary Flames on Thursday against the Carolina Hurricanes. Although the
Flames trailed most of the game, they turned the pressure on in the third.
Jágr didn’t score but picked up an assist on Calgary’s only goal
scored by Sean Monahan, three minutes before the final buzzer.
The Calgary Herald’s Eric Francis on Friday reported that “Jágr looked good” in the top formation, pointing out that the star player had seen almost 15 minutes of ice time and had had four shots, “the most of any Flames forward”.
President Miloš Zeman has said he will call a
meeting of the new lower house of Parliament 30 days after the general
election – the maximum period allowed under the Czech Constitution; he
made the comment at a press conference on Friday, explaining he wanted to
allow enough time to meet with leaders of all parties which will clinch
mandates in the 200-member Chamber of Deputies. He will begin meeting with
them after October 28.
Speaking at the end of his visit to the region of Plzeň, the president said he would ask all political leaders for their view of political “structures” after the vote.
The 27th Book Fair has gotten underway in Havlíčkův Brod, located in the
Vysočina region. The annual two-day event this year brings together a
record 183 publishers, illustrators and translators, the director of the
festival, author and publisher Markéta Hejkalová confirmed.
The fair will see numerous accompanying programs, including exhibitions, lectures, author readings and discussions.
The state’s Nature Conservation Agency of the Czech Republic (AOKP) has
appealed to the public in central Moravia for information in case they spot
a European moose sighted not long ago in the area of the D46 highway.
The office is hoping to map the movement of the animal, a three-year-old male, spotted several days ago near the motorway between Olomouc and Prostějov, the AOKP’s Václav Hlaváč confirmed.
The moose travelled an estimated 150 kilometres through heavily inhabited areas in less than two weeks. But the animal’s current whereabouts are unknown. It may have headed for forested areas in the Czech-Moravian highlands.
The bureau wants to map its movement in order to provide to help better protect the animal in the Czech Republic.
Czechs began voting in the country’s general elections at 2pm on Friday.
The country’s approximately 8 million elligible voters are choosing from
31 parties and groupings and altogether 7,500 candidates. Close to 30
percent of the candidates are women. There are 38 contenders for each seat
in the 200-member strong lower house of Parliament.
Voters will be able to select one party or movement and may give preferential votes to four of the candidates on the party ticket.
Polling stations will be open between 2pm and 10 pm on Friday and 8 am and 2 pm on Saturday. The preliminary results should be announced in the late afternoon on Saturday.
Arsenal football club goalkeeper Petr Čech made several smart saves and
Frenchman Olivier Giroud scored late to give the Gunners a 1:0 win over Red
Star Belgrade in the Europa League on Thursday night. Red Star were reduced
to 10 men after Milan Rodic saw red after a second bookable offence.
The win makes it three-for-three for the north London club, leaving Arsenal atop Group H.
The academic senate of Charles University in Prague has re-elected Czech
chemist and teaching professor Tomáš Zima as the school’s rector. He
will hold the position for four years. The candidate needed 36 votes and
received 51 while his opponent, Professor Jan Černý of the Faculty of
Science, received 17.
The new mandate will begin in February 2018; it will still have to be confirmed by the president.
A 40-year-old motorist who caused a fatal head-on collision in the Mělník
area at the beginning of October was under the influence of alcohol,
Mělník police spokeswoman Markéta Johnová has confirmed. The collision
claimed the life of a 31-year-old woman in an oncoming vehicle and left her
two children with serious injuries. Both are apparently now out of danger.
The driver had allegedly attempted to pass another car on a stretch of road where it is banned for poor visibility; he succumbed to his injuries later, after he was taken to hospital.
The prime minister of Crimea, Sergei Aksyonov, has sharply rejected Czech
President Milos Zeman’s recent suggestion that Ukraine should receive
compensation from Russia for the annexation of Crimea. In an interview for
the Russian news agency TASS Aksyonov said the proposal was immoral.
The Czech president has come under fire from all sides for suggesting in an address to the Council of Europe that Crimea’s annexation was a fait accompli and instead of sanctions against Russia the international community would be better advised to push for some sort of compensation for Ukraine in the form of natural gas or crude oil. Both Kiev and Moscow sharply rejected the idea.