Serpentine wins Derby in stunning fashion

LONDON – Serpentine produced an incredible display of front-running to win the Epsom Derby on Saturday as Aidan O’Brien became the most successful trainer in the history of the famous flat race. The 25-1 shot opened up a huge lead on the favourites and they could not respond as Serpentine, ridden by Emmet McNamara, powered across the line. There were no spectators to witness it, however, with the re-scheduled race being run behind closed doors…

"Serpentine wins Derby in stunning fashion"

Berlin metro to complete change of derogatory station name by year-end

BERLIN – Berlin’s public transport company BVG said on Saturday that completing the renaming of a city centre metro station with a name based on a derogatory word for Black people will take until the end of the year. “Mohrenstrasse” metro station literally means Moor Street, using the medieval term for people from North Africa. It will be renamed after another nearby street, Glinkastrasse, named after 19th century Russian composer Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka. BVG said…

"Berlin metro to complete change of derogatory station name by year-end"

Catalonia curbs movement of 200,000 people after new coronavirus outbreak

MADRID – Spain’s north-eastern region of Catalonia enforced a new lockdown on more than 200,000 people on Saturday, after several new outbreaks of the coronavirus were detected. Residents in Segria, which includes the city of Lleida, will not be able to leave the area from 12 noon (1000 GMT) on Saturday, but will not be confined to their homes as was the case in Spain’s original strict lockdown in March. “We have decided to confine…

"Catalonia curbs movement of 200,000 people after new coronavirus outbreak"

With no paparazzi or parties, Paris prepares for virtual fashion week

PARIS – Paris is usually abuzz during its prestigious Haute Couture presentations in July, its hotels heaving with fashionistas and monuments turned into catwalk venues. But in a makeover caused by the coronavirus crisis, top designers will instead be experimenting next week with online showcases to try to keep clients hooked. Brands from Christian Dior to Valentino are pressing ahead with collections and shows through an organised schedule of videos running from July 6-8. That…

"With no paparazzi or parties, Paris prepares for virtual fashion week"

Wirecard ex-COO Marsalek’s entry into Philippines was faked, minister says

MANILA – Immigration records showing Wirecard’s former chief operating officer Jan Marsalek arrived in the Philippines on June 23 and departed for China the next day were falsified, Philippines Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said on Saturday. Guevarra said the immigration officers who inputted the fictitious entries have been relieved of their duties and face administrative sanctions. “The investigation has now turned to persons who made the false entries in the database, their motives and their…

"Wirecard ex-COO Marsalek’s entry into Philippines was faked, minister says"

Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers reopen as England’s lockdown eases

LONDON – England takes its biggest steps yet towards resumption of normal life on Saturday as people are finally allowed to drink in a pub, get a haircut or have a meal in a restaurant for the first time in over three months. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said everybody had to behave responsibly and maintain social distancing to support businesses and not risk a second wave of the coronavirus. Some hairdressers were reported to have…

"Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers reopen as England’s lockdown eases"

Commerzbank chairman and CEO bow out to give lender a fresh start

FRANKFURT – Commerzbank’s chairman and chief executive stepped down on Friday, bowing to demands from top shareholder Cerberus that the German lender change its strategy to stop a downward spiral in its financial performance. The resignations of chief executive Martin Zielke and supervisory board chairman Stefan Schmittmann cap weeks of drama after the U.S. private equity firm last month attacked Commerzbank’s management for failing to do enough to stop the decline. The 150-year-old lender has…

"Commerzbank chairman and CEO bow out to give lender a fresh start"

Berlin drops derogatory name for metro station after protests

BERLIN – Berlin’s public transport company BVG said it would rename a city centre metro station that has become notorious for bearing a name based on a derogatory word for Black people. The announcement comes amid a worldwide reckoning with buried legacies of racism and colonial crimes underpinning many western societies that was sparked by the death in the United States of George Floyd, a Black man, at the hands of a police officer. Berlin’s…

"Berlin drops derogatory name for metro station after protests"

Latifi finally makes it past first practice

SPIELBERG, Austria – Nicholas Latifi declared himself a proper Formula One driver on Friday after the Canadian rookie finally made it past first free practice at a grand prix weekend. The Williams driver had taken part in 11 previous opening sessions to gain experience but the Austrian season-opener was the first time he did not have to hand back the car to someone else at lunchtime. “I really enjoyed being back in the car,” said…

"Latifi finally makes it past first practice"