Early Bird: Czech Republic has a new Minister of Health. Michael Jordan founds a NASCAR team. Doping on the Tour de France?
Have a great Tuesday! Despite the fact that the Czech political scene is experiencing shocks, a doping scandal is brewing on the Tour de France and the dispute between LVMH and Tiffany & Co is escalating, why not focus on something positive? For example, Michael Jordan has set out to fulfill his dream: he founded his own NASCAR team. What's more, he's working on it together with his friend, whom he's been supporting for a long time. What else you shouldn't miss? Read today's Early Bird to find out!
As of today, we have a new minister
As of today, a new Minister of Health - Roman Prymula - will take office. This happens after Adam Vojtěch resigned on Monday.
Prymula has served as Deputy Minister of Health since 2017. Yesterday, President Miloš Zeman appointed him to the position:
"I can't imagine anyone more competent at the forefront of the fight against the second wave of the pandemic."
Doping on the Tour de France?
The tour only ended on Sunday and a doping scandal is already looming in the air! The Marseille Public Prosecutor's Office has opened a preliminary investigation. French media whisper that the affair might concern the Arkéa-Samsic team that features such cyclits as the famous Colombian mountaineer Nairo Quintana.
The press is of the opinion that the main suspect is his brother Dayer, who competes for the same team. According to the authorities, two members close to one of the riders should also be in custody, and there is a couple of doctors among the suspects.
Some dreams do come true
He may be famous primarily as one of the world's best basketball players, but Michael Jordan is passionate about other sports, too. Such as the NASCAR car races. He's so enthusiastic about those that he decided to form his own team together with driver Denny Hamlin.
Jordan has been the main sponsor of Hamlin's car for some time already, and now he has decided to deepen his ties to motorsport. He chose Bubba Wallace, the only black driver in NASCAR, to be the first member of his team.
"Growing up in North Carolina, my parents would take my brothers, sisters and me to races, and I’ve been a NASCAR fan my whole life. The opportunity to own my own racing team in partnership with my friend, Denny Hamlin, and to have Bubba Wallace driving for us, is very exciting for me."
The dispute between Tiffany & Co and LVMH is escalating
Do you remember how we informed you about the largest luxury goods sale that never took place? For several weeks now, the fact that the French concern Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA (LVMH), which includes brands ranging from Moët & Chandon champagne to fashion brands Givenchy and Kenzo, no longer wants to take over the Tiffany & Co. jewelry brand is being discussed. According to an agreement from last autumn, LVMH was supposed to pay a record $ 16.2 billion for Tiffany.
And things have recently escalated! Tiffany & Co was quick to approach the court, requesting to expedite the case. And the court agreed. The dispute will thus be resolved during a 4-day hearing starting on January 4. Supposedly, Tiffany & Co's main reason was that LVMH was relying on erroneous legal preconditions when terminating the agreement.
This year's building trade fair is about to start
Are you interested in buildings, heating, electrical engineering or, for example, wooden buildings? In that case don't forget to visit Letňany, where the 31st year of the international building trade fair For Arch begins today. Participating are 375 exhibitors from five countries in an area of 22,000 square meters. It will run until Saturday, September 26.
Beached whales are still fighting
On the shores of Australia, rescuers have been trying to free trapped roundheads for several days. The animals are still partially submerged in water, but not deep enough for them to swim on their own. In total, there are about 270 of them trapped in Tasmania, and rescuers fear that a third may be already dead. That makes this incident the worst in ten years.
A team of about forty trained rescuers is trying to move the creatures into deeper water, using special equipment, such as a boat ramp. They are even considering to ask the public for help. Despite the fact that an extensive several-day operation is taking place to save the cetaceans, according to some experts, it could be too late - whales in similar conditions typically survive only four days.
Nobody knows what attracts whales to the Tasmanian coast. However, Tasmania is known for beached cetaceans - they often pass its shores on the way to Antarctica.
And that's all from us for today! We hope you live this day to the fullest. Because, as Dalai Lama said:
"There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called Yesterday and the other is called Tomorrow. Today is the right day to Love, Believe, Do and mostly Live.”