The first astronaut has approached Mars! In big style, driving a red sports car. The Intercontinental Hotel is also in for some stylish changes - it will soon get a new coat. Billions have been poured into its reconstruction!
How will the Intercontinental Hotel change?
Hotel Intercontinental is awaiting reconstruction and revitalization for approximately 2.5 billion crowns. What will the hotel look like afterwards? From Monday, visitors will be able to find that out in the information center, where visualizations of the hotel's new look will be on display. And they'll be able to immediately express their opinion in a questionnaire. The planned reconstruction has several phases - indoor, outdoor and revitalization of the surrounding area. 1st Deputy Mayor The City of Prague Petr Hlaváček is glad that the information center has opened:
"There are many old settlers in Prague 1, who are affected by every change, and they will certainly contribute to making the project beneficial for the inhabitants of the capital."
In January, the hotel was bought for almost 5.8 billion by the trio of entrepreneurs Eduard Kučera, Pavel Baudiš and Oldřich Šlemr through the company R2G Heritage. The renovated hotel will be operated under the Fairmont brand.
Trump will be able to go out in public
US President Donald Trump plans to return to social life. He has completed treatment after coronavirus infection and his condition is now stable. He would even like to attend a meeting in Florida on Saturday.
Trump tested positive for Covid-19 only a week ago, after which he spent a few days in a military hospital.
Three time's a charm...
For the third time this week, the Czech Republic has broken the record in the number of people infected with Covid-19. There were another 5,394 new cases on Thursday, which is several dozen more than on Wednesday. The number of deaths is also growing rapidly. A total of 869 people have succumbed to the disease in the Czech Republic.
On Thursday, the Minister of Health Roman Prymula announced further measures. These will stop cultural and sports activities; schoolchildren will also be affected:
"We need to prevent contact between people. We tried to set the measures so that the economic impacts are small as possible."
The largest military parade in history
Despite the coronavirus crisis, Kim Jong-un is preparing the country for for what is expected to be the largest military parade in its history. Thousands of soldiers have practised for months. According to leaked information, Pyongyang had ordered its military to mobilise 32,000 soldiers. It's become so large that the site where soldiers practise has had to be expanded.
Experts also believe that North Korea will demonstrate its Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles [ICBMs] or Submarine Launched Ballistic Missiles [SLBMs] at the parade.
The Starman in Tesla's Roadster is approaching Mars!
Elon Musk's electric car, traveling through space with the Starman - a dummy in a spacesuit - behind the wheel, made its first flyby of Mars. A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket had launched the car into space nearly two years ago:
"Starman, last seen leaving Earth, made its first close approach with Mars today—within 0.05 astronomical units, or under 5 million miles, of the Red Planet."
And he won't be returning to Earth any time soon. The question remains: how will the conditions in deep space affect the car? After all, it was designed to operate on Earth. The roadster has cargo on board: its own miniature from Hot Wheels with a little Starman inside, as well as the iconic sci-fi novels The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams and Isaac Asimov's Foundation series.
EasyJet to make first annual loss in its history
The low-cost airline EasyJet has warned it faces losses of up to 25 billion crowns. The annual loss will be the first in EasyJet's 25-year history. EasyJet's capacity figure for the current quarter is 25%, and the company expects to enter the new year like this. EasyJet has therefore signalled to the British government that it may need more financial support.
The company had already reduced its costs earlier this year. It lut 4,500 jobs 4,500 jobs and sold some of its aircrafts. Despite that, its net debt exceeds one billion pounds.
Orlando Bloom and his mini self
British actor Orlando Bloom really enjoys the role of a new father. During his last appearance in the Ellen DeGeneres Show, he joked that he didn't even know who his daughter looked like.
"It was funny because when she first came out I was ‘Oh it’s me it’s a mini-me!' Then fortunately she got those Katy blues which was perfect,"
the actor described, but didn't stop there.
"She sort of looked a little bit like my mom so we got a little bit confused because Katy’s breastfeeding this mini-me slash my mom. Who’s she gonna look like next?"
That's all from us! Have a great weekend, everyone. Why not go out with your friends, even if, unfortunately, only until eight in the evening as of today? As former US President Woodrow Wilson said: