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EU energy ministers meet to discuss power price surge
  + stars: | 2021-09-22 | by ( Kate Abnett | ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
BRUSSELS, Sept 22 (Reuters) - Energy ministers from European Union countries will on Wednesday discuss the soaring price of gas and electricity across Europe, as some governments draw up measures to protect their consumers. Benchmark European power prices have rocketed this year, more than trebling in Spain and elsewhere, partly because gas prices have been driven up by factors such as low storage stocks, high EU carbon prices and low renewable energy output. He said the surge electricity and gas prices was "not okay for our economy, for our citizens." Benchmark European gas prices have risen by more than 250% since January. Spain has urged the EU to organise a more coordinated response, asking the European Commission to provide guidance on now member states can respond to the price spikes without testing EU rules.
Persons: Jernej Vrtovec, Nadia Calvino, Teresa Ribera, Kadri Simson, Leonore Gewessler, Kate Abnett, Sabine Siebold, Marine Strauss, Edmund Blair Organizations: Energy, European Union, Benchmark, EU, Commission, Environment, Thomson Locations: BRUSSELS, Europe, Spain, Slovenian, Italy, Greece, Spanish, Austrian
The group of investors supporting the company is led by Italian asset manager Banca Generali, which put 3 million euros into it. Rosberg, together with Italy soccer player Giorgio Chiellini, LVMH executive Andrea Guerra and other Italian investors will contribute small sums, the company said. This is our shared vision, to make the world greener one tree at a time,” said Treedom CEO Federico Garcea. Through the Treedom platform individuals and companies pay to plant a tree in a chosen location and can follow it as it grows. Treedom expects to boost its revenue to 15 million euros this year from 9.2 million in 2020, the CEO told Reuters.
Persons: Nico Rosberg, Agnelli, Rosberg, Giorgio Chiellini, Andrea Guerra, Nico, , Federico Garcea, ” Garcea, Treedom Organizations: United Nations, Banca Generali, Reuters Locations: FLORENCE, Italy’s, Florence, Paris, Amsterdam, Glasgow, Italy, Italian, Europe, New York
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain sold 10 billion pounds of its first ‘green’ government bond on Tuesday after attracting over 100 billion pounds ($137 billion) of demand from investors, a record high which shows the clamour for assets which can be marketed as good for the planet. But Tuesday’s launch of a new gilt maturing in July 2033 represents the largest single sale by a sovereign issuer, topping the previous 8.5 billion euro record set by Italy in March. “It’s confirmation that the demand is there even in sterling, not just in euros,” said Antoine Bouvet, senior rates strategist at ING. Britain has said it aims to raise around 15 billion pounds in total from two green gilt launches this year - Tuesday’s sale and a new 20- to 30-year maturity green gilt next month. This issuance will be only a small fraction of the total 253 billion pounds of gilt sales planned for this financial year.
Persons: Benoit Tessier, , , Antoine Bouvet Organizations: REUTERS, United, ING, Bank of England Locations: Britain, United Nations, Glasgow, Germany, Italy, Spain
And like those who claimed a moral duty not to go to war, many doctors in Spain say performing abortions would violate their oath to do no harm — a pledge, they say, that extends to the fetus. That’s different.”Conscientious objection has gained ground in other countries, like Italy, where it was cited by doctors working in hospitals that largely do not perform abortions. In five of the 17 autonomous regions in Spain — the equivalent of states — no public hospital offers abortions, according to the most recent government statistics. That was what Erika Espinosa, 34, had to do in 2015 when her gynecologist in the city of Logroño would not perform an abortion after she asked for one. “The doctors try to convince you that you don’t love your child for wanting an abortion,” said Ms. Espinosa, who went to the neighboring Navarra region to end her pregnancy.
Persons: , María Jesús, , Erika Espinosa, Espinosa Locations: Spain, Zaragoza, Italy, Argentina, Logroño, Navarra
People queue up outside a quick test centre to take their coronavirus disease (COVID-19) antigen rapid tests, in Singapore September 21, 2021. Of infected unvaccinated people aged 80 or older, 15% of them had to be treated in intensive care or died. Only 1.79% of the vaccinated in that age group needed intensive care or died. The number of patients requiring oxygen support or intensive care jumped more than five-fold this month to 146, including 18 in ICU. Singapore has about 100 ICU beds for COVID-19 patients, and it can increase that to nearly 300 at short notice.
Persons: Edgar Su SINGAPORE, Dale Fisher, Alex Cook, Leong Hoe, Fisher, Aradhana Aravindan, Miyoung Kim, Robert Birsel Organizations: REUTERS, National University Hospital, Pfizer, Moderna, National University of Singapore, Thomson Locations: Singapore, Southeast Asia, United States, France, Italy
Opinion | The Extremely Weird Politics of Covid
  + stars: | 2021-09-21 | by ( Ross Douthat | ) www.nytimes.com   time to read: +4 min
I want to put a text before you, from February 2020, the ideological landscape into which the coronavirus first arrived. It’s a review in The London Review of Books, a fine highbrow left-of-center publication, covering a book about plague and quarantine in 17th-century Italy. The sympathies of the reviewer — Erin Maglaque, another historian of early modern Europe — are not exactly with the Sanità. But she hesitates to give the Sanità all the credit; maybe the disease was just “less virulent” among the Florentines. But if the Sanità’s temporary authoritarianism saved thousands of lives, then it deserved the gratitude of Florentines, despite the costs.
Persons: It’s, John Henderson, Florence —, — Erin Maglaque, , Maria, Cammilla, Florence, Florentines, Covid Organizations: London, University of London Locations: Italy, Florence, Europe, Florentine, , Venice, Milan, Verona
MOSCOW, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Russia's defence ministry said on Tuesday that Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Italy and other nations scrambled fighter jets to escort two Russian Tu-160 strategic bombers as they flew over the Baltic Sea, the Interfax news agency reported. The Russian bombers were escorted by Russian fighter jets and flew over neutral waters, the defence ministry was quoted as saying. Reporting by Polina Devitt; writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Catherine EvansOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Polina Devitt, Tom Balmforth, Catherine Evans Organizations: Russian, Thomson Locations: MOSCOW, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Russian, Baltic
S&P 500 - % Dow - % Nasdaq - %Stocks begin to stabilize after a rout set off by China’s property market woes. The global growth outlook for 2021 was revised down slightly to 5.7 percent, from 5.8 percent. Erin Woo Despite having signed an N.D.A., Gangakhedkar printed out some documents and took them home when she left Theranos. Erin Woo Cheung said they were constantly having to recalibrate the machines, which made results take 2-3 days rather than the couple hours promised. Erin Woo Cheung just said she “became concerned about a month in” with the vitamin D samples, in November of 2013.
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“You never expected that if they went to live in America, you wouldn’t be able to get to them,” she said. When his ex-wife died in Italy last June, Francesco Sacca, 44, an Italian entrepreneur who lives in Florida, immediately flew back to the country. But he and his children, who are 15 and 17, were caught up in the travel ban. “All because of this travel ban.”For most people, such an expensive workaround was not an option. The search for news of when the ban would be lifted became a daily ritual for some.
Persons: , wouldn’t, , Francesco Sacca, Sacca Organizations: United Arab Locations: America, Italy, Italian, Florida, Costa Rica, Colombia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, , Doha
(CNN) Fourteen years after "The Sopranos" ended in much-debated fashion, "The Many Saints of Newark" reopens that universe, wisely going back decades before those events. The main action, in fact, surrounds his uncle Dickie Moltisanti (Alessandro Nivola), whose son Christopher would eventually become one of the more unfortunate soldiers in the grownup Tony's ranks. The charismatic Dickie is everyone's favorite uncle, but he's also a very, very bad guy, running a lucrative numbers operation. The film opens in 1967, a particularly tumultuous period in which racial strife bleeds into the family's criminal enterprises. Modern movies seldom leave audiences clamoring for more, but in the case of "Many Saints," it might have been necessary.
Persons: Tony Soprano, David Chase, Alan Taylor, Lawrence Konner, Tony, James Gandolfini's, Michael, Dickie Moltisanti, Alessandro Nivola, Christopher, Dickie, he's, Ray Liotta, Michela De Rossi, Leslie Odom Jr, chafe, Vera Farmiga, Livia, Corey Stoll, Uncle Junior, Johnny Boy, Jon Bernthal Organizations: CNN Locations: Newark, Italy
'He wanted to die rather than go back': a year of migration
  + stars: | 2021-09-21 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +7 min
Between 2018 and 2020, an average of between 290,000 and 340,000 children per year were born into a refugee life. Below is an overview of some of the struggles people leaving their homelands have faced this year so far. * Thousands of Hondurans, including many families with children, cross the border at El Florido to Guatemala, hoping to reach the United States. The central Mediterranean migration route from Sub-Saharan Africa to Italy is known as one of the world's deadliest. "He preferred to die, I have never heard someone as young as that boy say that, that he wanted to die rather than go back to Morocco," the solder said.
Persons: Go Nakamura, Joe Biden's, Rachid Mohamed, Alexander Lukashenko, Abdullah Al Badri, Joe Biden, Juliette Portala, Anna Rzhevkina, Veronica Snoj, Milla Nissi, Philippa Fletcher Organizations: REUTERS, European Union, Spain, Canaries, Ministry, EU, Reuters, U.S, Del, Thomson Locations: U.S, Rio Grande, Mexico, Ciudad Acuna, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Bihac, Croatia, El Florido, Guatemala, United States, Melilla, Spanish, Libyan, Saharan Africa, Italy, Honduras, El Salvador, Ceuta, Africa, Morocco, El, Europe, Poland, Lanzarote, Spain's Canary Islands, Lithuania, Belarus, Iran, Turkish, Turkey, France, Britain, Kuwait, London, Greece, Serbia, Bangladesh, Egypt, Syria, Tunisia, Trapani, Texas, Rio, Ciudad Acuña, Del Rio , Texas
Live Covid Live Updates: Adams, N.Y.C.’s Likely Next Mayor, Wants to Turn Empty Hotels Into Housing for Homeless An extra dose of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine raises protection, the company says. The data, presented in a news release, has been submitted to the Food and Drug Administration, Johnson & Johnson said. Up to five months after vaccination, the effectiveness of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine against hospitalization remained steady at around 81 percent. Many people got their Johnson & Johnson shot far more than eight weeks ago. Credit Credit...
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But the recovery remains far from normal, as some businesses thrive and others lag behind. The Fed winds up a two-day policy meeting on Wednesday and investors will look for signs of any shift. Central banks should keep monetary policy loose, but offer clearer guidance about how much they can tolerate the increase in inflation, she added. The eurozone, by contrast, was on track to perform better than expected, with growth forecast at 5.3 percent, up from a previous 4.3 percent estimate. Growth across most countries is likely to taper off next year after an extraordinary rebound from the recession, with the global economy expected to expand at a 4.5 percent pace and the United States growing at 3.9 percent.
Persons: Jerome H, Powell, Ms, Boone Organizations: Investors, Federal Reserve Locations: United States, China, India, Germany, Europe’s, France, Italy, Spain
In August, a month or two after receiving his second Covid-19 vaccine shot, Pierpaolo Piccioli, the creative director of Valentino, posted a selfie on Instagram. In it, he was smiling on a beach in his hometown — Nettuno, Italy — wearing a black hoodie with the red Valentino “V” logo on the chest. Later on, Lady Gaga posted a video of herself wearing the same sweatshirt. “Need this sweatshirt,” Eva Chen, Instagram’s director of fashion partnerships, wrote in the comments of Mr. Piccioli’s post. “I MUST HAVE,” Zoey Deutch, the actor, wrote in all caps.
Persons: Pierpaolo Piccioli, Valentino, , Italy —, Valentino “, Marc Jacobs, Zerina Akers, Pieter Mulier, Emanuele Farneti, Lady Gaga, ” Eva Chen, Piccioli’s, Zoey Deutch Organizations: Italian Vogue, UNICEF Locations: Instagram, — Nettuno, Italy, Italian
Ritchie Torres, a congressman from America’s poorest district — New York’s 15th, in the Bronx — quietly bristles at the A.O.C. Not long after our lunch, A.O.C. once again became Topic A of national conversation for posturing politically while posing pictorially at the Met Gala. The bigger mystery is why Torres (who was emphatically not at the gala) hasn’t yet become a household name in the United States. dropout, the Bronx’s first openly gay elected official when he won a seat on the City Council in 2013 at the age of 25 and the victor over a gay-bashing Christian minister when he won his House seat last year.
Persons: Ritchie Torres, , Alexandria Ocasio, , Torres Organizations: Bronx, Democratic Party, City Council Locations: America’s, Italy, Alexandria, Cortez, United States
Australian Olympic swimmer Madi Wilson announced that she tested positive for Covid-19 and is hospitalized in Italy as a precautionary measure because of "underlying chest and lung issues." Wilson was in Naples, Italy, for an ISL competition, but said she would now be forced to miss the next match. Wilson guessed she might have been more susceptible to a breakthrough Covid infection after "a crazy few months," including the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games, that had left her "run down physically and mentally." She said that, although she tested positive, her vaccine lessened her symptoms and "protected the people around me who I have been close to over this past period of time." Wilson has been awarded multiple medals while swimming for Australia, including gold, at both the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Persons: Madi Wilson, Wilson Organizations: Los Angeles Current, International Swimming League, ISL, Games, Olympic Games Locations: Italy, Naples, Australia
The corporate logo of DAMAC is seen in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 31, 2018. REUTERS/Hamad I MohammedMILAN, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Italian fashion house Cavalli plans to open a $545 million ultra-luxurious skyscraper in Dubai in collaboration with real estate developer Damac Properties. "I am thrilled to be launching the Cavalli tower just a few days before Milan Fashion Week to illustrate the fashion legend's rebirth," Sajwani said in a statement on Monday. The 70-floor tower will be located in Dubai Marina and have 485 units, with construction due to begin in 2022 and expected to be completed in four years. Reporting by Elvira Pollina; Writing by Giulia Segreti; Editing by Alexander SmithOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Hamad, Mohammed MILAN, Cavalli, Hussain Sajwani, Florence, Sajwani, Italy's Armani, Bulgari, Roberto Cavalli's, Ennio Fontana, Elvira Pollina, Giulia Segreti, Alexander Smith Organizations: United Arab Emirates, REUTERS, Damac, Vision Investments, DICO, Milan, Cavalli's, Thomson Locations: Dubai, United Arab, Dubai Marina, North America
DUBAI (Reuters) - The first world fair to be held in the Middle East, Expo 2020 Dubai, opens its doors to exhibitors from almost 200 countries on Oct. 1 after being delayed for a year by the coronavirus pandemic. Slideshow ( 5 images )The 4.3 sq km (1.7 sq mile) site was desert when Dubai was chosen eight years ago to follow the 2015 Expo in Milan, Italy. Before the pandemic, the consultancy EY forecast that the Expo would over the course of its six months contribute 1.5% of the UAE’s gross domestic product. A spokesperson said the number of tickets sold was commercially sensitive, but that the Expo was “delighted” with sales so far. “All major trading countries and powers plan to use Expo to refocus and to redefine their position in the world market,” said France’s Expo commissioner-general, Erik Linquier.
Persons: James Swanston, , , Erik Linquier Organizations: Reuters, Milan, United, United Arab Emirates, Capital Economics Locations: DUBAI, Dubai, Milan, Italy, United Arab, UAE
FRANCOIS LENOIR | AFP | Getty ImagesWhen long-standing and influential German Chancellor Angela Merkel leaves office after the country's upcoming federal election, many political pundits will be keeping an eye on France. That's because experts think that France — and specifically, President Emmanuel Macron — is waiting in the wings for an opportunity to try to replace Germany as Europe's de facto leader and arguably, the region's superpower. This gives any next German chancellor around a year to grow into Merkel's shoes," he said. "Germany is Germany," Naz Masraff, director of Europe at Eurasia Group, told CNBC Thursday. "Under Macron, France is catching up nicely.
Persons: Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron, FRANCOIS LENOIR, Emmanuel Macron —, Merkel, Carsten Brzeski, Brzeski, Macron, Olaf Scholz, Scholz, Armin Laschet, Annalena Baerbock, Laschet, Mujtaba Rahman, Anna, Carina Hamker, Naz Masraff, Holger Schmieding, Donald Trump, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Christian Hartman Organizations: European, European Union, AFP, Getty, Germany, Europe's, ING, CNBC, EU, Social Democratic Party, Germany's Green Party, CDU, CSU, Eurostat, Eurasia Group, Berenberg Bank, European Council, Foreign Relations, NATO Locations: Brussels, France, Europe, Germany, Berlin, Paris, Eurasia, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, German, Grove, Watford, London
Members of the "Yes" campaign to legalise abortion in San Marino hand out leaflets ahead of the September 26th referendum in San Marino, one of the smallest countries in Europe, September 15, 2021. Vanessa Muratori, a member of the San Marino Women's Union, believes the Sept. 26 plebiscite will crown a personal 18-year battle to give San Marino women the same rights as in Italy, where abortion has been legal since 1978. "I feel like a link in a chain of women's emancipation that goes beyond San Marino." Using the slogan "one of us," its core message is that the unborn child should have the same rights as all San Marino citizens. As things stand, San Marino women wanting an abortion normally go to Italy, where they can only get one privately, at a cost of around 1,500 euros ($1,766).
Persons: Jennifer Lorenzini, Europe's, Vanessa Muratori, Muratori, Anita Alvarez, Marina Corsi, Karen Pruccoli, Gavin Jones, Emelia Sithole Organizations: REUTERS, Sunday, San, San Marino Women's Union, San Marino, Vatican City, British Overseas, Muratori's, Thomson Locations: San Marino, Europe, Poland, Italy, U.S ., Texas, Malta, Andorra, British Overseas Territory, Gibraltar, Ireland, San
A t-shirt is seen in a shop in Rome, Italy, September 16, 2021. REUTERS/Yara NardiVATICAN CITY, Sept 20 (Reuters) - A health certificate showing proof of immunity from COVID-19 will be required to enter the Vatican as of Oct. 1, the city state said on Monday. Residents, workers and visitors will have to carry the co-called "Green Pass" that is already widely used in surrounding Italy, the Holy See said in a statement. The Green Pass - originally conceived to ease travel among European Union states - shows that someone has been vaccinated, has tested negative or has recently recovered from the coronavirus. read moreReporting by Angelo Amante, editing by Gavin JonesOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Angelo Amante, Gavin Jones Organizations: REUTERS, European Union, Thomson Locations: Rome, Italy
Spanish, Italian police arrest 106 in mafia sting operation
  + stars: | 2021-09-20 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
MADRID, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Spanish and Italian police said on Monday they had arrested 106 people for belonging to a gang that allegedly laundered money for mafia groups and made millions of euros through online scams. Most of the suspected members were Italian nationals and the majority of the arrests took place on the Spanish Canary Island of Tenerife, Europol said in a statement. According to Italy's police force, the suspects tricked their victims, who were also mostly Italian, into sending large sums to Spanish bank accounts controlled by the group. The group made around 10 million euros ($12 million) in profit last year, Europol said. During the operation, Spanish and Italian officers froze 118 bank accounts and seized 224 credit cards and a marijuana plantation.
Persons: Europol, Nathan Allen, Emma Pinedo, Hugh Lawson Organizations: Thomson Locations: MADRID, Tenerife, Spain, Italy
PARIS — President Emmanuel Macron of France has gambled big. That is how Mr. Macron became president at the age of 39. He has also recalled French ambassadors to Turkey and Italy during his presidency over perceived insults. The question in the Australian submarine deal that slipped from France’s grasp is: Does the president hold sufficient cards? In responding to the secretive U.S.-British move to sell nuclear-powered submarines to Australia, a decision that the Australians used to nix the prior French deal, Mr. Macron could choose to escalate.
Persons: Emmanuel Macron, , Macron, nix, Organizations: PARIS, NATO Locations: France, French, United States, Turkey, Italy, Australia
Many EU countries have been welcoming U.S. tourists for months since vaccinations became widely available, but that was not reciprocated by the United States. Bargain hunters eager to take advantage of the relatively cheap flights might be out of luck as demand for trans-Atlantic travel rises. Round-trip flights to Europe, including the U.K., from the U.S. are going for about $565, a level not seen in its roughly five years of collecting data, said fare-tracking company Hopper. Fares had dropped 15% from Aug. 30, after the European Union recommended that its member countries reinstate travel restrictions on the U.S. Adit Damodaran, economist at Hopper, said he expects airfares to rise from Europe to the U.S. on the lifted travel restrictions and from the U.S. to Europe as more travelers realize the EU notice "was a soft advisory."
Persons: That's, Biden, Conor Cunningham, Fares, Adit Damodaran, Hopper Organizations: EU, MKM Partners, European Union, U.S, Airlines Locations: Sighs, Venice, Italy, United States, U.S, China, EU, Europe, Iceland, Croatia, Greece
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian attends a joint news conference at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany September 10, 2021. Jens Schlueter/Pool via REUTERSPARIS, Sept 20 (Reuters) - France will host an international conference on Libya in November as the country prepares for elections at the end of December, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Monday. Co-hosted with Germany and Italy, Le Drian said the conference would take place on Nov. 12 and was aimed at ensuring the electoral calendar would remain in place and to discuss the departure of foreign fighters from the North African oil producer. Reporting by Michelle Nichols; editing by John IrishOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Jean, Yves Le Drian, Jens Schlueter, Le Drian, Michelle Nichols, John Irish Organizations: French, Bauhaus University, REUTERS, ., Thomson Locations: Weimar, Germany, REUTERS PARIS, France, Libya, Italy
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