Following a first-lap collision between Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel , both drivers were forced to withdraw from the race due to the damage their cars suffered. After its cars struggled for speed during qualifying for the Austrian GP, Ferrari fast-tracked upgrades to its cars, which had been originally scheduled for July 19, in the hopes of improving its chances. But after watching his cars struggle for speed for the second weekend in a row, Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto says the team must "change this state of affairs." "A really disappointing day," he said after qualifying for the Styrian GP. — Charles Leclerc (@Charles_Leclerc) July 12, 2020But having sustained so much damage, Vettel was forced to retire immediately, with Leclerc only able to complete three more laps before also retiring.
July 13, 2020 10:18 UTC
China on Monday announced sanctions against a number of U.S. officials, including Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, in retaliation for legislation intended to punish senior Chinese officials over Beijing's alleged treatment of minority Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang, according to multiple reports. The Republican senators -- both prominent critics of China -- were listed by Hua as targets of the “corresponding sanctions”. “China will make further responses based on how the situation develops.”It's not clear what the new sanctions against U.S. officials will entail. The measures come just days after Washington sanctioned a Communist Party secretary and other Chinese officials, over alleged human rights abuses in the Xinjiang region of China.
July 13, 2020 10:07 UTC
As a result, the economy may face a period of sleepwalking, stuck tentatively in between the full closures of the spring and typical activity. The risk is that the “in-between” economy forces a set of decisions that is bad for public health and bad for the recovery. ADADAt the same time, workers need to know that if they return to work, they can do so safely. Small businesses need confidence that — whatever happens in the next stages of the pandemic, including intermittent reopenings and reclosings — staying in business won’t mean falling into deeper and deeper debt. Government support should help small businesses stay solvent, through flexible grants and loans targeted toward fixed costs such as rent or mortgage.
July 13, 2020 10:00 UTC
Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device:Via Apple Podcasts | Via Spotify | Via StitcherAfter protests convulsed Hong Kong for much of the last year, the city’s pro-democracy movement has been chilled by a new law that some say may change the semiautomonous territory forever. Today, we examine why China chose this moment to assert control, and what the new law means for the city’s future.
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July 13, 2020 09:56 UTC
Photo EditorThis year’s Women Photograph project grants have been announced. Five photographers have been awarded the $5,000 Women Photograph + Nikon Grants, and one is taking home the $10,000 Women Photograph + Getty Images Scholarship. And the Women Photograph + Getty Images Scholarship was awarded by the following judges: Sandy Ciric of Getty Images, Sara Ickow of Women Photograph, Zahra Rasool of AJ Contrast and independent photographers Haruka Sakaguchi and Elias Williams. In addition to the yearly grants, Women Photograph also maintains a large database of photographers whom photo editors can contact for assignments. The photograph at the top of this article is from the Women Photograph + Getty Images Scholarship.
Afterward, she spends several precious hours with her husband, Steve Daniel, 66. The coronavirus was rapidly gaining momentum in the United States, and visitors were no longer permitted at the facility. With options dwindling, she visited her husband at his window, but that proved more painful than beneficial for him, she said. It can be an agonizing decision to figure out when or if to put a loved one into a memory facility. AD“Everybody knew Steve at the center, and it was really the perfect scenario for him,” she said.
The funds were supposed to help local governments purchase personal protective equipment, pay first responders and cover other public-health costs related to the pandemic. For four months, Democrats and Republicans in Washington have warred over the need for local aid. “State and local governments had to balance their budgets by the end of June,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told reporters last week, scoffing at McConnell’s dollar limit. The amount was far short of what they sought, and far less than some congressional Democrats originally advocated, fearing the public-health expenses facing local governments would be vast. The three incumbents have come out in favor of enhanced state and local aid, complicating the political calculus for McConnell and the White House.
Hong Kong (CNN) Beijing has announced sanctions against United States officials, including Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, in retaliation for measures announced by Washington last week over Beijing's alleged human rights abuses in Xinjiang. Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying revealed the new sanctions at a press conference Monday, calling on the US to "stop interfering in China's international affairs." Among the US officials named by Hua are Senators Rubio and Cruz, both former presidential candidates, US Representative Chris Smith, Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback and the Congressional-Executive Commission on China. "I must point out the Xinjiang affairs are China's internal affairs and the US has no right to interfere," Hua said. "We urge the US to immediately withdraw its wrong decision and stop interfering in China's internal affairs or undermining China's interests.
July 13, 2020 09:56 UTC
(CNN) YouTube star Nicole Thea has died at the age of 24, along with her unborn baby. The London-based influencer's family confirmed the news on Sunday in an Instagram post, stating that Thea's unborn son had also died. "To all Nicole's friends and supporters it is with great sadness that I have to inform you that Nicole and her son she and Boga named Reign sadly passed away on Saturday morning," the statement read. The message explained that Thea had pre-scheduled "a few YouTube videos" to upload on her channel before her death, and her boyfriend, Boga, had "made the decision to allow them to be aired." The family asked for privacy, saying "our hearts are truly broken and we are struggling to cope with what has happened."
July 13, 2020 09:55 UTC
WARSAW— Poland’s nationalist President Andrzej Duda narrowly defeated his liberal challenger to clinch a second term, a razor-thin election whose results spoke to the European country’s intense political polarization. Mr. Duda, who received the support of President Trump during the campaign and is backed by the nationalist-conservative Law and Justice party, had received 51.21% of the vote with tallies in from 99.7% of polling stations, the country’s National Electoral Commission said Monday. The outstanding votes are unlikely...
July 13, 2020 09:51 UTC
EAST LOS ANGELES—In this community of small corner markets and low-slung strip malls, a primarily Latino population is feeling America’s recent resurgence of Covid-19 acutely. Latinos are 39% of California’s population, but 55% of all people infected with Covid-19, according to the department of public health. Every other racial and ethnic group in the hard-hit state, where more than 100,000 of a total 304,297 cases have been reported in just the past 14 days, accounts for a smaller or equal percentage of cases as their share...
July 13, 2020 09:34 UTC
Investors seeking shelter from the turbulence in markets have found a new haven: Chinese sovereign bonds. Foreign capital flowed into locally denominated Chinese government bonds in the second quarter at the fastest pace since late 2018, according to data from CEIC, an economic data provider. It surpassed 4.3 trillion yuan ($619 billion), the highest on record. International...
ADAD“They’ve been missing months of learning,” DeVos said at the start of a roughly 20-minute interview on CNN. “Okay, but I’m not hearing a plan from the Department of Education,” Bash interjected. “We are committed to ensuring that students are in school and learning,” DeVos responded. “If schools aren’t going to reopen and not fulfill that promise, they shouldn’t get the funds. Larry Hogan, reaffirmed Sunday that his state would fully reopen its schools when officials there see fit.
July 13, 2020 09:33 UTC
Just a few months back, some scientists hoped summer conditions might help tamp down coronavirus transmission. Studies have shown simulated sunlight can inactivate the virus on surfaces and in the air, and one study found the virus deteriorates much more quickly in warmer temperatures than in cool temperatures. Some of the other coronaviruses that have long circulated in the population tend to peak in colder months and wane in the summer months, and some thought that summer heat and humidity could work to slow the spread of...
Fallout from the coronavirus has fueled a fresh wave of interest in an unusual investment vehicle with a shaky reputation: the blank-check company. Blank-check companies are essentially big pools of cash, listed on an exchange, whose sole purpose is to do an acquisition. When a blank-check company buys a target firm, the firm gets its spot on the exchange. For the target firm, it is a backdoor way of doing an initial public offering—and with the IPO market rattled by Covid-19 and wild volatility, it has become a more attractive...