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Early Bird: Taylor Swift shocks with a new album. Čaputová among the most powerful women in the world. Drake collaborates with Nike

Lukáš Bilinec
11.Dec 2020
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Taylor Swift s oceněními Grammy

American singer Taylor Swift really wasn't wasting time this year and released her second studio album. Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová was also rewarded for her diligent work - she was chosen among the 100 most influential women in the world. And did you know that many countries around the world will have stricter coronavirus measures during the holidays?

Slovak president in the ranking of the most influential women in the world

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Slovenská prezidentka Zuzana Čaputová
Slovenská prezidentka Zuzana ČaputováSource: Profimedia.cz

The Forbes magazine presented this year's 100 Most Influential Women in the World. Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová was also included in the list. The 47-year-old lawyer, who took office last July, has been described as an anti-corruption activist. The editors mention that she worked hard, among other things, to investigate the murder of reporter Ján Kuciak. The only female president in Slovak history will be the highest constitutional figure of our eastern neighbors at least until 2024. In the ranking, Čaputová surpassed personalities such as fashion magnate Tory Burch and Hollywood actress Reese Witherspoon.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was elected the most powerful woman in the world. A closer runner-up is the head of the European Central Bank, Christine Lagarde, and US Vice President Kamala Harris, whom many believe to become the first female US president in the future. Other noticeable names that should be mentioned is Oprah Winfrey on the 20th place British Queen Elizabeth II. on the 46th place.

The Danube-Odra-Elbe canal gained more opponents

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Soutok Vltavy a Labe
Soutok Vltavy a LabeSource: Pixabay.com/Cryptuniverse

The new leadership of the Olomouc Region criticized the planned construction of the Danube-Odra-Elbe water canal. They reject the project in its complete form, not only its Elbe branch, which was met by a negative attitude from the previous leadership. According to the new councilors, the construction is functionally and economically meaningless. The construction of this river canal has been debated for several hundred years. The costs would climb up to hundreds of billions.

"The plan for the construction of the canal also envisages that the waterway would run across several municipalities. That is completely unacceptable. Among other things, the construction would take up thousands of hectares of land and have a negative impact on the groundwater cycle,"

said Jan Šafařík (Spojenci), Deputy Governor for Regional Development.

Luxusní byt na prodej s terasou a výhledem
Luxusní byt na prodej s terasou a výhledem, Praha 1

COVID-19 complicates the upcoming holidays worldwide

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Žena v roušce s globusem
Žena v roušce s globusemSource: Pexels.com/Anna Shvets

The coronavirus pandemic is complicating the lives of people around the planet. While in the Czech Republic, restaurants, hotels or fitness and wellness centers are eagerly awaiting developments in the days to come, afraid that the country might switch to the 4th level of DOG (Anti-epidemic system) again, in many countries around the world stricter measures are already in place. And they will remain in place over the holidays. The United States, where more than 3,000 people died of COVID-19 yesterday alone, has strongly advised its citizens to limit the number of relatives coming together during Christmas.

"No Christmas parties. The next three to six weeks at minimum ... are our COVID weeks. It won’t end after that, but that is the period right now where we could have a surge upon a surge upon a surge,"

outlined Dr. Michael Osterholm, a member of Biden’s coronavirus advisory board.

France went even further, confirming that the curfew between eight in the evening and six in the morning would apply even on New Year's Eve. The only day in the coming weeks, when the French will be able to move outside after 8 pm, will be the Christmas Day. From 21 December, the same restrictions will apply in Slovakia, where the government has already voted for closing the shops, with the exception of basic good stores. In addition, from December 28, a coronavirus test will be required from in companies with more than 500 employees.

Taylor Swift has released her second album this year

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Taylor Swift patří mezi nejpopulárnější zpěvačky světa
Taylor Swift patří mezi nejpopulárnější zpěvačky světaSource: Unsplash.com/raphaellovaski

Thirty-year-old American singer Taylor Swift shocked her fans a few hours ago when she revealed the release of her new album. There would be nothing special about the announcement about her new studio album as such, if it hadn't been made such a short time before the actual release. The record dropped today at 6:00 CET. What's more, it's the second recording the popular blonde singer has put out this year.

In July, Taylor released a folklore album. The new album bears the name Evermore. Fans can look forward to a total of 17 songs. The first video from the album for the song Willow dropped today.

NIKE released info about the new collection with Drake

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Nová kolekce od firmy NIKE vznikla ve spolupráce s Drakem
Nová kolekce od firmy NIKE vznikla ve spolupráce s DrakemSource: NIKE Fashion

One of the world's most popular musicians, rapper Drake, has teamed up with clothing giant NIKE. Their effort gave rise to an interesting cooperation under the name NOCTA. The premium clothes were presented in a well-made lookbook. Except for one white sock, all the pieces of clothing are black and yellow. The collection includes jackets, sweatshirts and fleece sweatpants made of quality materials, which customers will definitely appreciate in winter. The collection is scheduled to launch on December 19, and it can be expected that many pieces will sell out immediately. The collaborstion betwen NIKE and Drake should continue in the coming months and years.

How much will it cost? The jackets should have a price tag of $ 400 (over CZK 8,500), the sweatshirts should cost $ 120 (approximately 2,600 Czech crowns), the sweatpants $ 110 (approximately CZK 2,400) and the socks $ 30 (CZK 650).

And that's all we have to you this Friday morning. The weekend is around the corner, which is always a great motivation, so we hope your day will go well.

"The beginning is the most important part of the work,"

Greek philosopher Plato eloquently said four centuries before the beginning of our era.

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