The Emmys, Mangkhut and Florence destruction, Fortnite divorces

Good morning, Quartz readers!

What to watch for today

New US tariffs on China could go into effect. US president Donald Trump is mulling imposing tariffs of about 10% on some $200 billion in Chinese goods as early as today, below the 25% the White House had earlier said it was considering.

Pakistan’s new leader auctions off his luxury cars. As part of an austerity drive, Imran Khan will be putting 102 of his cars—and eight buffaloes kept by his predecessor—on sale at his residence. Khan, however, has been criticized for commuting to work by helicopter.

HBO goes head to head with Netflix at the Emmys. For the first time in 17 years, HBO is not the network with the most Emmy nominations, with Netflix narrowly beating the premium cable channel. But Game of Thrones has already won seven awards going into today’s awards ceremony, and The Crown is unlikely to beat the HBO show in number of wins.

SpaceX announces new plans for sending private citizens to space. Elon Musk’s company posted a tweet last week saying that it would announce details of the first passenger who has signed up to travel around the moon on SpaceX’s new BFR rocket.

Over the weekend

Time magazine was sold, again. co-founder Marc Benioff and his wife bought the struggling publication for $190 million, eight months after magazine publisher Meredith completed its acquisition of Time Inc.

The woman accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault went public. Professor Christine Blasey Ford confirmed she wrote a confidential letter alleging that US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her over 30 years ago. Kavanaugh has denied wrongdoing (paywall).

Typhoon Mangkhut wreaked havoc in Southeast Asia and China… The powerful storm killed over 60 people in the Philippines and caused significant damage to crops in a key agricultural area. In Hong Kong, it shattered windows, ripped up trees, and forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights before heading to southern mainland China.

…While Hurricane Florence ravaged the Carolinas. The enormous storm claimed at least 17 lives with hundreds of thousands of people left without power. However, citizens have been told that the “worst is yet to come” and to be on high alert for sudden flooding (paywall) over the next few days.

Deutsche Bank is planning to shift major assets out of London after Brexit. The bank could eventually move about 75% of its estimated €600 billion ($700 billion) in capital back to its Frankfurt headquarters, the Financial Times reported (paywall). European regulators have insisted the bank bulk up its capital and liquidity in Germany.

Quartz Obsession interlude

Dan Kopf on the epic rise and fall of the name “Heather” for US baby girls. “At its peak in 1975, more than 24,000 girls were named Heather, making it the US’s third most popular girls name, after Jennifer and Amy. In 2017, it was the 1,129th most popular name, given to only 219 girls born that year. Jennifer and Amy also have fallen in popularity, but not nearly as sharply as Heather.” Read more here.

Matters of debate

Negative feedback is best delivered in the morning. Self-control fades and defensiveness increases later in the day.

Drawing is the best way to learn. It fosters close observation, analytical thinking, patience, and even humility.

New Zealand is becoming a truly integrated country. The increasing popularity of learning Maori (paywall) shows that indigenous culture is now an essential part of the country’s identity.

Surprising discoveries

Nearly 90% of Japan’s centenarians are women. The nation just reached a record-high of 69,785 people aged 100 or older.

The latest iPhones cost way more in Germany. Expect a price change of over 130% for the Xs, Xs Max, and Xr models compared to in the US.

Debutantes are a victim of the fallout between Russia and the UK. The diplomatic crisis between the two countries means that an annual coming-out ball (paywall) for Russians has been canceled.

Fortnite is breaking up marriages. Two hundred divorce petitions filed in the UK since the start of this year cited the video game as a reason for the separation.

A new marathon world record was set. Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge ran the Berlin Marathon in 2 hours 1 minute 39 seconds, smashing the previous record by 1 minute 18 seconds.

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