Early Bird: Aniston and other celebs are stirring the public. Samsung to follow in Apple's footsteps. Zeman appoints Blatný
In America, the presidential election culminates and tensions are rising. Meanwhile our country, the turbulent political waters have calmed down slightly and we already know the name of the new Minister of Health. Today's bad news is that Samsung is probably going to draw inspiration from its main competitor...
The new Minister of Health will be doctor Jan Blatný
The Czech Republic is about to get its third Minister of Health in a few short weeks. After the "restaurant scandal", Roman Prymula, who remained in his post only a month, quits. Jan Blatný, Deputy Director of the University Hospital in Brno, will be appointed the new head of the Czech healthcare system at noon tomorrow. The renowned 50-year-old hematologist spent several years working in hospital facilities abroad. Currently, he is the head of the pediatric hematology department, which cooperates with dozens of hospitals around the world. Blatný is also a university teacher at Masaryk University.
Prague calls for people to abide by government regulations today
The capital urges the organizers and the public to strictly adhere to government measures regarding the gathering of people in view of the current exceptional situation. Several public gatherings in various parts of the metropolis are planned for today to celebrate the anniversary. A limit of 100 people per event in groups of maximum of 20 people has been set. All participants must have their airways covered and the required distance between groups has to be kept. The organizers have already given up on arranging a number events after communicating with the Prague City Hall. Some of the planned parades through the city will not take place either. Public meetings have to be preceded by notices, but no approval is necessary. Conducting of events is guaranteed by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and derives from the Constitution. With a few exceptions, the capital city therefore cannot ban them.
Aniston, Winfrey and Gaga encourage Americans to vote
Less than a week is left until the election contest for the office of 46th President of the United States of America. On Tuesday, November 3, we will find out whether incumbent Republican President Donald Trump defended his post or whether his Democratic challenger Joe Biden won. There is an unprecedented interest in the elections, and even the most famous American celebrities are trying to persude more people to vote by putting out various calls. On their social networks, actress Jennifer Aniston, singers Selena Gomez and Lady Gaga, presenter Oprah Winfrey or movie star couple Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds encourage them to register for the election. Hollywood actress Jessica Alba left the following message for her fans:
"Even if voting is the only thing you do in a day, you're able to feel like you did something major! It's pretty amazing! GO VOTE!!!"
A coral reef taller than the Empire State Building has been discovered in Australia
A very tall new reef has been discovered in the area of the Australian Great Barrier Reef. With its height of 500 meters, it towers over buildings such as the Empire State Building or Petronas Twin Towers. The researchers made the discovery aboard the research vessel Factor during an underwater mapping of the seabed. This is the first discovery of a similar species in this area in the last hundred years. Researchers have already explored the reef with the help of the underwater robot SuBastian and broadcasted a live footage of the survey. The base of the cliff is more than 1.5 kilometers wide and rises to a height of 500 meters. It ends about forty meters below the ocean surface.
"This unexpected discovery affirms that we continue to find unknown structures and new species in our Ocean,"
Wendy Schmidt, co-founder of the Schmidt Ocean Institute, said in a statement.
Samsung is about to follow in Apple's footsteps
The South Korean giant, which employs more than 300,000 people, is likely to follow in the footsteps of its biggest competitor. During the presentation of the new iPhone 12, Apple announced that it would no longer include a charger or headphones with its phones. Although one of Samsung's Facebook pages was poking fun of Apple for this decision, now it looks like the Asian technology giant will follow the same path. Apple justified its decision with ecology concerns, but the real reason is most likely the effort to maximize profits and affect the customer's psyche by pushing the price of their new phones down due to the lack of accessories. According to reports from South Korean sources, Samsung plans to remove either the charger or the headphones from the package of their upcoming model Samsung Galaxy S21. For now, the company seems to want to keep at least one of these components in the package. In the future, however, it will supposedly follow Apple's example and distribute their smartphones without accessories.
Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton got engaged
The famous musician couple announced their engagement with a joint photo on their Instagram profiles. They had first met in April 2014 as part of the singing show The Voice, where they both worked as coaches. At the time, Gwen Stefani was married and so was Blake Shelton. They started dating in the fall of the following year. The engagement came after a five-year relationship. In 2018, the couple sang the Christmas duet You Make It Feel Like Christmas together.
That's all from us this morning. Back in the 19th century, the wise French politician Léon Gambetta said:
"A free nation needs national celebrations."
Enjoy today's holiday with your loved ones, take care of yourselves and recharge your batteries for the next working days.