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Early Bird: Beyoncé's daughter nominated for a Grammy Award. Chinese flight attendants get diapers. The American Covid plan

Kateřina Ostrejšová
14.Dec 2020
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The daughter of pop queen Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, was nominated for her first Grammy award. At the age of eight, she is one of the youngest nominees on the list. Chinese airlines have come up with new anti-epidemic practices, one of them being diapers for the staff. The US plan for Covid-19 will be unveiled today, featuring a budget of $ 908 billion.

Diapers for Chinese flight attendants

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Pasažéři v letadle.
Pasažéři v letadle. Source:

Due to the pandemic, transport officials around the world are looking for ways to keep both passengers and crew safe during the flight. A new document in China, entitled Technical Guidelines for Epidemic Prevention and Control for Airlines, provides advice on best hygiene practices to be implemented in aircraft and airports.

However, one of the practices is quite strange - airline employees and flight attendants should be wearing disposable diapers so that they wouldn't have to use the toilet in order to avoid the risk of infection. The document also recommends that flight attendants traveling to high-risk countries wear medical masks, double-layer gloves, goggles, protective clothing and shoe covers.

Japanese airline ANA announced earlier this year that they were testing a prototype of a new hands-free bathroom door. Meanwhile, Boeing has successfully applied for a patent for a self-cleaning toilet that uses UV light to clean the toilet seat after each use.

According to Babiš, banning takeaway coffee is nonsense

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Andrej Babiš
Andrej BabišSource:

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš criticized the final form of the government regulation, which prohibits the sale of coffee at food windows. He made his opinion known on Czech Television, adding that he was going to demand a change.

"They explained it to me, but I still don't understand. It's impossible to understand it. We didn't even know this could be the result. Epidemiologists understand it, I don't,"

Babiš said about the government resolution that bears his signature. According to him, the Ministry of Health is responsible for the form of the regulation, as they are working in a hurry. Minister of Health Jan Blatný informed about the ban on Friday, adding that it should help in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus.

"It's not a mistake. The goal is not to have people walking around the Christmas markets and in the streets with food and drinks in their hand,"

Blatný explained. The government should discuss the problem today. Babiš said that he would demand a change in the regulation and that the sale of soft drinks should be allowed.

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Prodej rodinného domu, Praha 9 - 123m, Praha 9

Blue Ivy Carter nominated for a Grammy

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Blue Ivy v hudebním kllipu.Source:

Beyoncé's daughter and singer Jay-Z became the official Grammy Award-nominated artist. Eight-year-old Blue Ivy was nominated for her role in the song "Brown Skin Girl" alongside her mother in the category Best Music Video. The song is an anthem of positivity that heralds the beauty of black and brown girls.

The nomination means that Blue Ivy, who will reach the age of 9 in January, will be one of the youngest nominees in history, according to Billboard. The 63rd Grammy Awards will take place on January 31, 2021. The video "Brown Skin Girl" has already won a number of awards, including the Video of the Year at the Soul Train Music Awards, HER Awards and BET Awards.

New Zealand has arranged a travel bubble with Australia

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Žena s kufrem na letišti.
Žena s kufrem na letišti. Source:

New Zealand has agreed to allow quarantine-free travel with Australia in the first part of next year - almost a year after closing its borders to protect the residents from coronavirus. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the cabinet had agreed in principle on a "travel bubble" without quarantine and without significant changes in both countries.

New Zealand has virtually eliminated the coronavirus infection by enforcing strict border shutdown for all foreigners for almost the entire year. The travel bubble has been debated for months, and many Australian regions have allowed New Zealanders to enter without quarantine requirements since October, but New Zealand has not given them anything back. Australia also closed international borders at the outset of the pandemic, and aside of the aforementioned New Zealanders, it allows only Australians returning home to enter the country.

"This is a sign that New Zealand and Australia aren’t just working together but that families can be back together in both directions, friends can be back together in both directions and flights can be full in both directions,"

Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt told reporters.

US Covid-19 plan for $ 908 billion

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Žena na zastávce v roušce.
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The $ 908 billion relief plan for Covid-19, which is to be unveiled at the US Congress today, will be divided into two parts. The main points of the plan were published on 1 December, but the current plan is to split them into two proposals, which could be voted on separately. One of these will be a $ 748 billion measure that includes money for small businesses, the unemployed and the distribution of Covid-19 vaccines. The second measure will include corporate responsibility protection and $ 160 billion for state and local governments.

"The plan is alive and well and there's no way, no way that we are going to leave Washington without taking care of the emergency needs of our people,"

said Democratic Senator Joe Manchin. The congress has been trying for months to reach an agreement on a new bill on coronavirus support, after $ 3 trillion in relief was approved earlier this year. Leading lawmakers would like to add the Covid-19 package to the massive bill on government funding, which needs to be implemented by Friday.

That's all from us at this point. Have a successful start to the week and think of the words of a famous French fashion designer:

"We only live once, so why not make the best out of it."

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