Jul 29, 2018

Trump golf course damaged protected dunes in Scotland

Donald Trump plays a round of golf at the opening of The Trump International Golf Links Course on July 10, 2012 in Balmedie, Scotland. Photo: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Construction at Trump International Golf Links in Balmedie, Scotland, has done considerable damage to a protected system of dunes since the course opened in 2012, reports The Guardian.

The big picture: The report is based on documents obtained by LSE's Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment via an open records request, which show the area may lose its status as a "site of special scientific interest." In order to gain approval for construction, President Trump promised in 2008 to protect the site as much as possible and claimed the land would be "environmentally enhanced and better than it was before.”

Go deeper

Coronavirus kills 2 Diamond Princess passengers and South Korea sees first death

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. U.S. numbers include Americans extracted from Princess Cruise ship.

Two elderly Diamond Princess passengers have been killed by the novel coronavirus — the first deaths confirmed among the more than 600 infected aboard the cruise ship. South Korea also announced its first death Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,200 people and infected over 75,465 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 118 new deaths since Thursday.

Go deeperArrowUpdated 5 hours ago - Health

SoftBank to cut its stake to get T-Mobile's Sprint deal done

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

T-Mobile and Sprint announced a revised merger agreement that will see SoftBank getting a smaller share of the combined company, while most shareholders will receive the previously agreed upon exchange rate. The companies said they hope to get the deal as early as April 1.

Why it matters: The amended deal reflects the decline in Sprint's business, while leaving most shareholders' stake intact and removing another hurdle to the deal's closure.