News Headlines - 12 July 2020

Tokyo reports 4th straight day of more than 200 COVID-19 cases : The Asahi Shimbun

Tokyo continued to see a troubling spike of new COVID-19 infections on July 12 as it marked the fourth consecutive day with more than 200 cases reported... New infection cases have been surging since the start of the month. There were six straight days from July 2 with more than 100 confirmed infections.
While the figure dipped to 75 on July 8, the daily tally increased sharply to 224 on July 9 and a record 243 the following day.

Mom's tweet about potato salad mansplaining draws huge response from women in Japan - The Mainichi

A witness of an alleged incident in which a mother with a young child looking at ready-made dishes at a store was shamed by an older man for not cooking from scratch tweeted about it on July 8, and the tweet had been retweeted 130,000 times over the next two days.
The person who posted the tweet is said to be a mother, too. No one knows if the story is true, but the tweet has prompted many to share similar stories of their own... Many of the responses to the person who posted the tweet were supportive, but what was striking were the posts describing other women's similar experiences.

Tennis: Wimbledon to allocate prize money despite cancellation - The Mainichi

Wimbledon will pay out $12.5 million in prize money to 620 players despite the tournament's cancellation because of the coronavirus pandemic, the All England Club said Friday.
After consulting with its insurance provider, club officials said 256 players who would have competed in the main draw will each receive 25,000 pounds ($31,000), while 224 players who would have competed in qualifying will each receive 12,500 pounds ($15,600).

Côte d’Ivoire: Death of Prime Minister leaves political void

Côte d'Ivoire's Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, Alassane Ouattara's runner-up in the October presidential election, died suddenly on Wednesday 8 July in Abidjan... The Prime Minister, a candidate of the ruling Rally of Houphouëtists for Democracy and Peace party (RHDP), died after suffering a malaise while at the Council of Ministers. He had been evacuated to the International Polyclinic Sainte Anne-Marie (PISAM) in Abidjan.

'Consensus' that Notre-Dame spire should be rebuilt in original form

French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday that he agrees the spire of Notre-Dame Cathedral, which was destroyed in last year's devastating fire, should be rebuilt exactly as it was... Macron had previously spoken in favour of adding a contemporary "touch" to the 13th-century monument. He vowed to rebuild Notre-Dame in less than five years after a major fire on April 15 largely destroyed the 850-year-old Gothic cathedral’s roof and spire.
His pledge prompted concern among architects, conservationists and academics from around the world, who have called for caution in restoring the badly damaged edifice.







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