Early Bird: Chief hygienist dethroned. Political tension in Bolivia. Westwood leads The Players Championship
Have a great Sunday morning! Who will replace chief hygienist Jarmila Rážová? The political situation in Bolivia is boiling up. Which countries see vaccination as a future for travelers? Things went a bit wild at the French César Awards - how do actors react to government-enforced bans? Today's Early Bird bring news from home as well as from around the world.
Hygienist Jarmila Rážová's last day
The Chief Hygienist of the Czech Republic, Jarmila Rážová, is being removed from her function today. Her tenure didn't last long, she held the position since June 2020. Jarmila Rážová had first worked as the director of the Central Bohemian Hygiene Station, but after the dismissal of her predecessor Eva Gottvaldová, she was appointed Chief Hygienist. According to the decision of the Minister of Health, Jan Blatný, she will be temporarily replaced by Pavla Svrčinová. It is not yet clear who will be the head of the hygiene station in the future. Jan Blatný declined to comment on the reason for Rážová's dismissal.
Political tensions in Bolivia are escalating
Bolivian interim president Jeanine Áñez Chávez and other members of the government have been arrested. According to Jeanine Áñez's words, an arrest warrant was issued on her as well as several of her allies and they have been charged with terrorism and subversive activities in connection with the overthrow of her predecessor, former President Juan Eva Morales, in 2019.
"I denounce to Bolivia and the world that, in an act of abuse and political persecution, the MAS government has ordered my arrest. They accuse me of participating in a coup that never happened. I pray for Bolivia and all of its people,"
wrote Jeanine Áñez on her Twitter account. Bolivia has been drowning in political turmoil since the end of 2019. Due to political instability, most people live in severe poverty.
Vaccination as a way to open borders
Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong hopes that Singapore will start reopening its borders by the end of the year, because he believes in a successful world-wide vaccinating against COVID-19. Like many other countries, Singapore has greatly restricted travel, with the exception of business trips.
"I hope if that many countries can have substantial proportions of their populations vaccinated by later this year, we will be able to have the confidence and to have developed the systems to open up our international borders to travel safely again,"
said Lee Hsien Loong. Singapore has brought the pandemic situation under control and introduced a vaccination program. Many other countries, including Israel and China, see vaccination as a way to move forward. Some countries have already introduced their own forms of certification, which will be used for international travel in the future.
French artists fight to support the culture
French viewers have experienced an extraordinary spectacle at the prestigious César Awards. Fifty-seven-year-old actress Corinne Masiero came to the stage to present the prize for the best costume, dressed only in a fake donkey skin, which she took off in front of everyone's eyes. Her naked body was covered in slogans such as "no culture, no future" and "give us our art back, Jean", addressed to French Prime Minister Jean Castex. That is how far she went to express her dissatisfaction with the anti-cultural government regulations. Many artists have commented on the situation.
"Without political will, we won't be able to preserve our system, which is so virtuous. My children -- who are 6 and 8, wonderful age -- can go to Zara but not the cinema... it's incomprehensible,"
said producer and director Stéphane Demoustier. The government acknowledged that the cultural industry is one of the sectors hardest hit by the COVID-19 crisis.
The Players Championship goes to the finals
One of the most sought after tournaments of the American golf PGA TOUR, The Players Championship, is nearing the finals. Forty-seven-year-old Englishman Lee Westwood is still in the lead. He will face American Bryson DeChambeau, who leads by two shots, in the last round. The two will compete with each other on the PGA TOUR the second week in a row.
"It's like a rematch. That will be fun. I like playing with Bryson, he is a breath of fresh air,"
Lee Westwood shared before Sunday's match. The winner will receive $ 15,000,000, which is CZK 328,680,000.
That's all the news we have for you today. Before you start enjoying your day, let's recall the words of the English poet William Shakespeare, who once said: