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Early Bird: Maciuchová celebrates a round anniversary. The first African American cardinal. The US reports 13 million coronavirus infections

Kateřina Ostrejšová
29.Nov 2020
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Maciuchová s cenou TýTý.

Czech actress and beloved teacher from the endless series Ulice (The Street), Hana Maciuchová, is celebrating her 75th birthday today. Australia faces another "Black Summer" this year, with temperatures reaching an incredible 45 degrees Celsius yesterday. The coronavirus situation isn't improving in the USA, more than a million people tested positive in the last six days.

Acclaimed actress is celebrating her 75th birthday

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Herečka Hana Maciuchová.
Herečka Hana Maciuchová. Source: profimedia.cz

The definition of an actress who ages with grace, adored by her fans - that is Hana Maciuchová. The actress was born in 1945, and thanks to her television roles, she has been the focus of the attention of viewers ever since the seventies,. She reached the peak of her popularity later than most - in her sixties.

In 1971 she joined the Theater in Vinohrady, where she's still engaged. Her first groundbreaking role was that of Anče in Fairy-tale at Krkonose Mountains (1974-1984). After that, roles came pouring in - Chalupáři (1975), Hospital at the End of the City (1977-1981)... Thanks to her role as Olinka in the series Žena za pultem, she even received more than 40 proposals.

Her most important television role in recent years was definitely Miriam Hejlová in the endless Czech series Ulice (2005-), where she played for more than ten years. Three times, she scored in a poll for the most popular faces of television screens and won the TýTý award (2007, 2008 and 2009). The audience simply adored her portrayal of teacher Miriam!

New cardinals, one of them being the first African American

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Papež František.
Papež František.Source: profimedia.cz

Yesterday, Pope Francis installed 13 new cardinals, the first African American cardinal among them. He holds a high rank, which has a positive influence on the Pope's advisors, who will later select his successor.

The ceremony at which they were installed is known as the consistory. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, severe restrictions had to be put in place. Instead of the usual thousands, only 10 guests per cardinal were allowed in St. Peter's Basilica. Nine out of the thirteen cardinals are under the age of 80. As such, according to ecclesiastical law, they are authorized to enter a secret conclave and choose another Pope among themselves after the death or resignation of Pope Francis.

It was Francis' seventh consistory since his election in 2013. So far, he has appointed 18 cardinals mostly from distant countries that hadn't had their representative before. Yesterday, for example, he installed the first representatives from Brunei and Rwanda.

"Black Summer" in Australia

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Opera ve městě Sydney.
Opera ve městě Sydney. Source: pixabay.com/pattyjansen

Several parts of Australia, including its largest city, Sydney, have experienced the hottest November night. High temperatures forced the authorities to issue total fire ban. Temperatures in Sydney rose up to 40 degrees Celsius yesterday, with areas of western New South Wales, South Australia and northern Victoria reporting an incredible 45 degrees Celsius.

Moreover, the temperatures aren't expected to fall significantly today. In addition, the Meteorological Institute predicts a six-day heat wave for parts of northern New South Wales and south-eastern Queensland. Australia has experienced a warmer and longer summers before, with last season dubbed ‘Black Summer’ by Prime Minister Scott Morrison due to unusually prolonged and intense bushfires that burned nearly 12 million hectares, killed 33 people and about 1 billion animals.

Funkcionalistická vila na prodej, Praha-západ
Funkcionalistická vila na prodej, Praha-západ, Okolí Prahy

The US has 13 million cases of COVID-19

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Lidi v tramvaji s rouškami.
Lidi v tramvaji s rouškami. Source: pixabay.com/theOtherKev

According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, USA topped 13 million cases of Covid-19, just six days after the country hit the 12 million. Public health experts have warned that this could be the deadliest wave the United States has ever seen. In addition,

the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also warned that a large number of cases are spread from people who are asymptomatic.

"More than 50 percent of COVID-19 transmissions is by individuals who exhibit no symptoms and are unaware of their infectiousness,"

shared the CDC. Experts also fear that this year's Thanksgiving could result in an extremely high number of transmissions, with people traveling to see family and friends. The latest data showed 205,000 new coronavirus cases per day.

"Especially as we're seeing exponential growth in cases and the opportunity to translocate disease or infection from one part of the country to another,”

said Dr. Henry Walke COVID-19 manager at the CDC.

Online petition to remove Amber Heard from Aquaman 2

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Herečka Amber Heard.
Herečka Amber Heard.Source: profimedia.cz

An online petition for the removal of actress Amber Heard from Aguaman 2 has collected more than 1.5 million signatures. The protest came right after the removal of the actress' ex-husband Johnny Depp from his role in the film Fantastic Beasts, due to long-standing disputes with Amber Heard.

The petition wants the same end for Amber Heard, who plays the character of Mera. It states that since her divorce from Depp, she has been constantly trying to ruin his life in Hollywood. The petition claims that she lied about her allegations of domestic violence.

"Men are victims of domestic abuse, just like women. This must be recognized, and action must be taken to prevent a known abuser from being celebrated within the entertainment industry. Do the right thing. Remove Amber Heard from Aquaman 2.,"

reads the petition.

That's all for us for now, enjoy the last day of this week and perhaps go for a longer walk, fbecause as the French philosopher René Descartes said:

"Only nature does great things for free."

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