History is being written in Myanmar, where the army took power and overthrew the ruling party. It's also busy in the United States, where Republicans are constantly beating up with new President Joe Biden. This time because of coronavirus. And did you know which Slovak Jennifer Aniston publicly supported?
The army has seized power in Myanmar
Rising tensions in the world's 24th most populous country culminated in a coup. A few hours ago in Myanmar, South Asia, representatives of the governing party were arrested, among them state adviser Aung San Suu Kyi, who had met with Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš during her state visit to the Czech Republic two years ago. The army handed over power over the 55-million-country to Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Min Aung Hlaing. In a speech on military television, Myawaddy TV, military officials said they had done so in response to election fraud. A state of emergency has been declared.
"State Adviser Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and some other leading figures are being held in the capital, Naypyidaw. The military seems to be taking control of the capital now,"
confirmed Myo Nyunt, a spokesman for the National League for Democracy (NLD).
Joe Biden under fire from Republican critics
Eighty-eight-year-old US President Joe Biden never seems to stop and take a breath. In recent days, he has cancelled arms contracts with Saudi Arabia, banned federal cooperation with private prisons, or signed an executive order that should completely reboot the US power industry and achieve its emission-free targets by 2050. The number of steps he has made in a completely opposite direction to Donald Trump's ideas irritate Republican politicians. Ten Republican senators have now started picking on Biden's "Covid package." The aid should amount to 1.9 trillion dollars (more than 40 trillion crowns). However, Republican senators are demanding a significant cut in the package, which would mean assistance in the maximum amount of $ 600 billion (12.8 trillion Czech crowns). Biden has already stated he would like to meet with the lawmakers this week. Nevertheless, he insists on comprehensive and extensive financial assistance.
"With the virus posing a grave threat to the country, and economic conditions grim for so many, the need for action is urgent, and the scale of what must be done is large,"
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement.
The richest man in the world has joined the new social network
Elon Reeve Musk has been experiencing a rocket rise in recent months. His assets are currently estimated at more than 209 billion US dollars (4.5 trillion Czech crowns). When Musk added the hashtag Bitcoin to his Twitter a few days ago, its value increased by 150 thousand Czech crowns in an hour. Now it's the creators of the new social network Clubhouse, about which we wrote an article last week, who can jump for joy. A few hours ago, Elon Musk created an account there, and he has already collected more than 65,000 followers. This number is sure to grow exponentially, because the richest man in the world immediately announced that he would be active on the social network and was planning to talk to his fans in the next few hours.
Jennifer Aniston showed support to leading female politicians
The 51-year-old actress, who has more than 36 million followers on Instagram, has expressed her support for world stateswomen. The star of the series Friends or the films Horrible Bosses and We're the Millers has been commenting on politics for quite some time. Recently, she's been very active in supporting incumbent US President Joe Biden before the election. On her profile, the California native pointed out the importance of women in world politics. She wrote that there had been a positive change in the world and highlighted several leading female political figures. In addition to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Scottish Minister Nicole Sturgeon and Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Aniston also mentioned Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová.
Louis Vuitton supports UNICEF
The French fashion brand, founded in 1854, continues the #MAKEAPROMISE campaign, which aims to support children in need around the world. Louis Vuitton has teamed up with the charity organisation UNICEF, which will receive proceeds from the campaign and, where approprite, use them for its projects. How can you help? By buying a Silver Lockit bracelet, available on the Louis Vuitton e-shop and in selected stores around the world, for the amount of 465 US dollars (approximately 10,000 Czech crowns), of which 100 USD (2,150 crowns) goes to UNICEF. The teddy bear DouDou Louis attracts much more attention, though. You can get one for 955 US dollars (approximately 20,500 Czech crowns). UNICEF will receive $ 200 (4,300 crowns) out of this amount. By purchasing these products, you will support UNICEF in their effirt to ensure access to drinking water, sanitation, nutrition and education for children in need.
And that's all the news we could fit in today's Early Bird. We wish you to step into the new work week with your right foot. And don't let anything spoil your mood! More than 2,000 years ago, the Roman philosopher Marcus Tullius Cicero already said: