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Early Bird: Charlatan has a chance to win an Oscar. Unemployment in South Korea is rising. Apple is developing state-of-the-art displays

Kateřina Ostrejšová
10.Feb 2021
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Ivan a Josef Trojanovi

Shortlisted films for the Oscars have been announced. The Czech film Charlatan by director Agnieszka Hollandová was among the fifteen best international films. Unemployment rates in South Korea were the highest in 21 years in January. First results of the Wuhan mission: Leakage of coronavirus from the lab is unlikely.

Apple is working on the development of state-of-the-art displays

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Žena drží v ruce telefon.Source:

Apple has partnered with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. to develop a display in Taiwan, Nikkei Asia informed.

The iPhone manufacturer plans to eventually use these micro OLED displays in its upcoming devices. TSCM is the only supplier of Apple processors, their OLED displays are thinner, smaller and consume much less power. The micro OLED project is currently in trial production and, according to information, it will take several years before the project reaches series production.

Charlatan shortlisted for an Oscar

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Ivan a Josef Trojanovi
Ivan a Josef TrojanoviSource:

On Tuesday, the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced sshortlisted nominations for the upcoming Oscars. The Czech film Charlatan by director Agnieszka Hollandová with Ivan Trojan in the lead role made it among the fifteen best international films. The Academy published shortlisted nominations in nine categories.

Also on the list are the Danish film Another Round or the Guatemalan horror film The Curse of La Llorona. The Czech Film and Television Academy chose the movie Charlatan, inspired by the fate of the healer Jan Mikolášek, to fight for an Oscar. The main role was portrayed by Ivan Trojan and his son Josef.

"We had each studied it on our own for a long time, because we'd both felt this initial shyness, in a good way. When the shooting started, we always got stuck somewhere, for example in the kitchen, and talked about it,"

Josef Trojan described how he and his father had been preparing for the role. So far, Oscars for foreign language film have gone to The Shop on Main Street and Closely Watched Trains in the 1960s, and to Kolja directed by Jan Svěrák in the 1990s.

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Luxusní byt na prodej, Praha 5 - 232m, Praha 5

Tom Brady celebrated his 7th Super Bowl victory with a big thank you

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Tom Brady slaví vítězství. Source:

After leaving the Patriots out of season, Brady ended his debut year in Tampa Bay by leading his Buccaneers team to a victory in the Super Bowl final. It was the seventh time in his career that he was named "Super Bowl MVP" (Super Bowl's most useful player).

Immediately after the match, Brady ran to hug his three children and talked to the press for a very long time. But then it was time to celebrate! And the player took the celebrating to social media. If you're a follower of Tom Brady's Instagram account, we don't suppose you managed to stick through it till the end. The forty-three-year-old quarterback got a little carried away and his posts were dedicated to all his teammates, whom he kept thanking and praising how well they had played. There seemed to be no end to the touching posts, and Brady also shared a million "highlights" from last season. He simply allowed himself to be carried away by the online world.

Unemployment in South Korea is rising at the fastest pace in over two decades in January

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The unemployment rate in South Korea was the highest in 21 years in January. It jumped to 5.4%, which is the highest peak since 1999, according to Korean statistics. The number of employees decreased by 982 thousand compared to the previous year.

These data are another blow dealt by the coronavirus to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, and a heavy one at that, seeing as it has hit his party shortly before the April elections, in which people will choose the mayors of the two largest cities - Seoul and Busan.

"Strenghtened measures that reamained in place to suppress the third wave of COVID-19 have led to job losses, in particular in the services sector,"

the Ministry of Finance said in its statement after the data had been published. The statistics showed that the workers most affected were those employed in retailer shops, accommodation services and restaurants, who lost 586,000 jobs last year.

Leakage of coronavirus from the laboratory is unlikely

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Muž dezinfikuje místnost v roušce.Source:

Experts from China and the World Health Organization (WHO) have so far failed to discover the origin of the new type of coronavirus that had caused the Covid-19 pandemic. Specialists have been looking for it in recent days in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the infection was first recorded in late 2019. At a press conference, WHO team leader Peter Ben Embarek stated that the SARS-CoV-2 virus was likely to be of natural origin and may have been hosted by bats initially. It is highly unlikely that the virus escaped from the laboratory, Embarek added.

The coronavirus probably spread to humans via intermediate hosts. A year ago, Chinese experts mentioned the possibility that the new type of coronavirus may have spread to humans from bats through legumes. Protected legumes are hunted for meat, which is considered a delicacy in countries like China, and fot their scales, which are used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat a variety of diseases, from cancer to arthritis.

"The fact that minks and cats are also easily infected with SARS-CoV-2 suggests that other animals may be reservoirs. However, research to date is insufficient,"

said Liang Wan-nien, a representative of the Chinese National Health Commission. At the same time, China is trying to avoid allegations that they had initially concealed the discovery of the new type of coronavirus, causing the infection to spread.

That's all for now, we wish you a pleasant waking up. And don't let your failures trouble you today, because as Mahatma Gandhi said:

"To do what we fear is the first step to success."

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