Czech ice hockey player David Pastrňák of the Boston Bruins, who
currently leads the goalscoring rankings in the NHL this season, has been
selected to captain the Atlantic Division in the upcoming annual NHL
All-Stars Game in January. The 23-year-old forward is the first Czech to
bear the honour since Jaromír Jágr. He will lead 11 of the best players
from his division this season against teams led by captains such as
Alexander Ovechkin and Connor McDavid.
Aside from Pastrňák’s Bruins, the Atlantic Division includes the Florida Panthers, Buffalo Sabres, Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens.
Nejlepší střelec NHL David Pastrňák z Bostonu bude při lednovém Utkání hvězd zámořské hokejové soutěže v St. Louis kapitánem výběru Atlantické divize. Kapitány dalších týmů budou další hvězdní útočníci Alexandr Ovečkin z Washingtonu (Metropolitní divize), Connor McDavid z Edmontonu (Pacifická) a Nathan MacKinnon z Colorada (Centrální).
One of the pioneers of audio-visual art, Bohuslav "Woody"
Vašulka, died on Friday at his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Czech
News Agency reports. A student of Prague's renowned film school FAMU,
Mr. Vašulka moved to the United States during the 1960s, later co-founding
New York's The Kitchen theatre which explored the potential of
audio-visual media and human interaction with technologies.
Professor Tomáš Ruller, who heads the Vašulka Kitchen Brno new media research and education facility, said that the death of Mr Vašulka is a major loss and that Mr Vašulka was one of the few international arts personalities to come from the Czech Republic.
The unfinished process of long-term convergence between the Czech Republic and advanced eurozone states continues to be an obstacle in the adoption of the euro, according to an analysis published by the Czech National Bank. A further risk factor stems from the difference in Czech and eurozone financial cycles and the issue of maintaining the long-term sustainability of Czech public finances due to population aging and the growth of mandatory budget expenditures. However, when it comes to the Maastricht convergence criteria for adopting the eurozone currency are basically fulfilled.
Czech courts are ending this year with the lowest amount of unfinished
cases since 2008, when relevant statistics began. Among district courts the
decrease has been as high as one third in the past six years, Czech
Television reports. The number of lawsuits has also gone down by a third in
the past five years. However, regional courts have registered more work,
particularly folowing the expansion of bankruptcy legislation, which seeks
to aleviate the poorest from extreme debt by alowing them to file for
The high-profile cases, which were successfully ended this year, include the sentencing of forer health minister and regional governor David Rath to seven years for corruption, or the aleviation of charges on former Energy Regulatory Office chief Alena Vitásková.
Czech police have arested two men linked to a shooting in a street in Moravia's capital of Brno, which took place on Friday. Both are foreign nationals, according to police spokesperson Bohumil Malášek. The case is under investigation as disorderly conduct and a sentence should be carried out at the soonest possible opportunity.
Three contestants will be vying for the position of chairman of the Pirate
Party at the party's January statewide conference. According to Czech
Television, current Pirates leader Ivan Bartoš will be challenged by
Chamber of Deputies members Vojtěch Pikal and Mikuláš Ferjenčík.
Members were able to nominate candidates on the party's forum website
by the end of Friday.
Ivan Bartoš has led the Pirate Party since 2016, but was chairman during two stints between 2009 and 2014.
Czech police arrested a man who is suspected of carrying out an axe attack in the western Bohemian town of Aš, which left two people seriously injured. The attack took place on Friday morning and one of the victims was a postman, Czech Radio's iRozhlas news site reports. The suspect, who has a criminal record, was arrested after a coordinated police search during the night from Friday to Saturday.
Lukáš Krpálek has won the annual Czech Sportsman of the Year
competition. The Judo world champion beat second placed basketball player
Tomáš Satoránský by 74 points. The Boston Bruins's ice hockey
right winger David Pastrňák placed third. The winners in the collective
category were the Czech national basketball team, who placed sixth in this
year's FIBA Basketball World Cup.
Aside from ice hockey star Jaromír Jágr, Mr Krpálek is one of only two men to win the award in the past 14 years.