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Novelist Ann Patchett Knows the ‘Tyranny of Good Deeds’
  + stars: | 2021-11-26 | by ( Emily Bobrow | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: +1 min
She remembers wondering whether she should switch to a more stable career. Perhaps she could become a dental hygienist, as her father relentlessly pushed? But she decided instead that it was fine to spend the rest of her life balancing cheeseburger platters up her arm as long as she still had time to write. “That was all I wanted to do,” she says. “It was not that I wanted to be a writer, it was that I wanted to write.”
Persons: Ann Patchett “, Grace Paley, Russell Banks, fajitas, Ms, Patchett, Karl, mutt, Sparky, Locations: Pennsylvania, Nashville, Tenn, Paris, T.G.I.Friday’s
“This is going to be a narrow slice of what happened,” said civil attorney Dan Kaiser, who represents several alleged Epstein victims though none involved in this particular trial. And those four, now-grown, women will take the stand and testify against Maxwell, prosecutors have said. Both Epstein and Maxwell knew that some of the victims were minors, the prosecutors say. And as part of her alleged scheme, prosecutors say, Maxwell worked with Epstein to entice the minor victims to travel to his luxury residences across the globe. Alleged Epstein victim Virginia Roberts Giuffre, in a September 2019 “Dateline” interview, stated that Maxwell lured her into the financier’s web.
Persons: Jeffrey Epstein’s, Ghislaine Maxwell, Maxwell, Epstein, Britain’s Prince Andrew, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, Leslie Wexner, Alison Nathan, , Dan Kaiser, “ Maxwell, Jennifer Araoz, Araoz, , Plaintiff, ” Maxwell, Ian, patsy ”, patsy, Ghislaine, Audrey Strauss, Maxwell “, Robert Maxwell, Nathan, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, Giuffre, prim, ” Giuffre, Andrew, ” Araoz Organizations: Southern, of, NBC, Kaiser, CBS, FBI Locations: British, Ohio, of New York, Manhattan, Bedford , New Hampshire, Brooklyn, Palm Beach , Florida, Santa Fe , New Mexico, New Jersey, Paris, New Hampshire, Trump’s, Lago
On the Front Lines of the Supply-Chain Crisis
  + stars: | 2021-11-26 | by ( Paul Ziobro | Paul Berger | Costas Paris | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: +18 min
Shipping lines, port workers, truckers, warehouse operators, railways and retailers blame each other for the imbalances and delays. “The term I’ve used is commercial gridlock,” said Mr. Mattingly, 60, who owns his own big rig. His trucking business has increased steadily since the start of the pandemic, Mr. Mattingly said, and rising rates have boosted his income. In August Mr. Mattingly had a heart attack, his third. “What has me worried the most with supply chain shortages is parts,” Mr. Mattingly said.
Persons: , Butoi, Madalin Butoi, “ I’ve, , , ” Mr, Justin Spencer, Mr, Spencer, “ Justin Spencer, Kelli Boyd, Justin Spencer’s, West, Jennifer West, Ms, Jen ”, Mike Mattingly, Mattingly, it’s, he’s, , ’ Lori Griffin’s, Lori Griffin, ” Ms, Griffin, “ I’m, Dave Erazo, GABBY JONES, Erazo, Gene J, We’re Organizations: Hyundai Prestige, Port, Cargo, Covid, Ship Management Corp, Greece’s Capital, Partners, , Wall Street Journal, Savannah, Wall Street, Shipping, Railway Co, Truckers, BNSF Railway, . Railroad, Army Reserve, Kith, Freightliner, Sweetwater Sound Inc, Sweetwater Sound, FedEx, UPS, The Wall, Associated Press Labor, Walmart Inc Locations: Los Angeles, Savannah , Ga, Alabama, U.S, Port of Los Angeles, South America, Romania, Philippines, Singapore, Asia, Port of Savannah, Savannah, Ga, Southern California, Panama, Chicago, West Coast, Ala, Carlisle , Penn, Florida, Bear, Fort Wayne, Ind, Sweetwater, Sunnyside , Queens, N.Y, Queens , N.Y, Sunnyside
MARY-FRANCES DALY has a subscription for most everything. Blinkist keeps her informed by sending summaries of nonfiction books, and Insight Timer, a wellness app, keeps her centered. And this winter, when she takes three of her children to Paris for a stay at the sumptuous Hotel Regina Louvre, she’ll rely on yet another subscription—to the travel service Inspirato. For $2,500 a month, Inspirato’s Pass program gives upscale travelers access to thousands of homes and hotels, with extra perks and anything-anytime-anywhere concierge service. They are, in effect, paying to have fewer but better choices in their travel planning.
Persons: MARY, FRANCES DALY, Blinkist, she’ll, , , Daly Organizations: Amazon, Netflix, Hulu Locations: McLean, Va, Paris, Regina, Inspirato
The logo of Amazon is seen at the company logistics centre in Boves, France, October 6, 2021 REUTERS/Pascal RossignolPARIS, Nov 26 (Reuters) - One of France's top labour union, CGT, called for Amazon workers in the country to go on strike to coincide with Black Friday discount shopping sales, joining labour protests against the company planned in other European countries. German union Verdi on Wednesday called on employees to strike at three different Amazon locations in Germany. read moreRegister now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.com RegisterReporting by Mathieu Rosemain, writing by Silvia Aloisi; editing by Richard LoughOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Pascal Rossignol PARIS, Verdi, Mathieu Rosemain, Silvia Aloisi, Richard Lough Organizations: CGT, Amazon, Black, Thomson Locations: Boves, France, Germany
Extinction Rebellion blockaded 15 Amazon facilities in Europe on Friday, the activist group said. Extinction Rebellion said it plans to keep protesting for at least 48 hours. Activists from Extinction Rebellion block the entrance to the Amazon fulfilment centre in Coventry, preventing lorries from entering or leaving on Black Friday. Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty ImagesIn its press release, Extinction Rebellion said it intends to keep its blockades up for at least 48 hours. For Amazon, Black Friday marks one of the busiest shopping days of the year and the beginning of its extremely busy holiday season, known internally as "peak."
Persons: Jeff Bezos, Henry Nicholls, Joe Giddens, Denise Laura Baker, Bezos Organizations: Service, Daily Telegraph, Telegraph, Amazon, REUTERS, Henry, Henry Nicholls Police, West Midlands Police, BBC, Extinction Rebellion, . Workers, Greenpeace Locations: Europe, Germany, Netherlands, Dunfermline, Scotland, Amazon's, England, Tilbury, Tilbury , Essex, Britain, Manchester, Altrincham, Coventry, Denmark, Dartford, UK, Paris
The Stephen Sondheim Theater in Manhattan's Theater District is named for him. Stephen Sondheim onstage during an event at the Fairchild Theater, East Lansing, Michigan, February 12, 1997. "For many theater lovers, there are musicals, then there are Sondheim musicals," wrote Garry Nunn in the Guardian . A 2010 review for his 80th birthday, "Sondheim on Sondheim," earned rapturous reviews and a reconsideration of his long career. TributesSome of the many people who've performed Sondheim's work or been moved by it flooded social media with tributes following news of his death.
Persons: Stephen Sondheim, Sweeney Todd, George, Aaron Meier, Sondheim, Richard Pappas, Pappas, Juliet, Tony, Bernadette Peters, Garry Nunn, glib, I'm, NPR's, I'd, Stephen Joshua Sondheim, Oscar Hammerstein, Rodgers, Hammerstein, Leonard Bernstein, Gypsy Rose Lee, Rose, Jule Styne, Hal Prince, Barack Obama, Georges Seurat, Tim Burton, Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, James Corden, Steven Spielberg, Oscar, Dick Tracy, didn't, Clement Wood, Lin, Manuel Miranda, Audra McDonald, Patti LuPone, It's, Terry Gross, who've, Barbra Streisand, Josh Gad, Barber Organizations: CNN, New York Times, Kennedy Center, Manhattan's, ABC News, Fairchild Theater, Guardian, Paris, Mermaid Theatre, Williams College, Hammerstein, ", White, Broadway, PBS, Showtime, Yorker, , Company Locations: DKC, East Lansing , Michigan, New York, Bucks County , Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, London, England, Massachusetts, Los Angeles, Japan, U.S, Washington , DC
Macron also called on other European countries to do more to stop the migrants reaching France in the first place. Migrants and asylum seekers would continue to risk their lives to reach the U.K. unless "safe and legal" routes to claiming asylum were made available, he said. More than 25,000 people have made the dangerous Channel crossing so far this year, according to Reuters, about triple the total for the whole of 2020. "There is no route into the U.K. for people to actively claim asylum here," he said. A spokesperson for Johnson, meanwhile, told Reuters that providing a safe route for migrants would only add to the factors encouraging people to make the journey.
Persons: Emmanuel Macron, Boris Johnson, , Robert McNeil, McNeil, Ben Stanshall, France Macron, Johnson, Paris, Macron, Tim Naor Hilton, Naor Hilton, Gonzalo Fuentes, ” McNeil, Zarah Sultana, ” Sultana, Caroline Lucas, Priti Patel, Patel Organizations: University of Oxford, NBC News, Eurostar, Getty, Sky News, Comcast, Home Office, European Union, Thursday, Refugee Council, Reuters, Labour Party, Twitter, Green Party, mulls, Home, Locations: Britain, France, Calais, , AFP, U.K, Afghanistan, Iran, Syria, Iraq, Sudan, Yemen, ” AFP
Rémy Cointreau Moves Into Luxury’s Big League
  + stars: | 2021-11-25 | by ( Carol Ryan | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: 1 min
Should a company selling expensive liquor that can be polished off in a night be valued as highly as one that makes heirloom handbags? Potent half-year profits strengthen Rémy Cointreau ’s argument that it should. On Thursday, the Paris-based owner of Rémy Martin cognac as well as more mainstream drinks including the Botanist gin said sales increased 27% in the six months through September compared with the same period of pre-pandemic 2019, while operating profit gained 59%. Profitability was much better than stock analysts expected, sending the shares up 11% in morning European trading.
Persons: Rémy Martin Locations: Paris
PARIS—French authorities are working to identify the 27 migrants whose bodies were recovered from the English Channel on Wednesday as officials hold crisis talks over the area’s deadliest migrant crossing in recent history. Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin announced Thursday morning that a fifth person suspected of being involved in the attempt to smuggle the group of migrants across the channel in a small boat had been arrested. Mr. Darmanin is due to speak with U.K. Home Secretary Priti Patel on Thursday.
Persons: Gerald Darmanin, Darmanin, Priti Patel Organizations: PARIS, Home
PARIS—France has set up barbed wire, thermal detectors and police patrols at the tunnel entry under the English Channel and at the port of Calais to keep migrants from using what were once the most popular routes for clandestine migration to Britain. Those measures, officials and analysts say, have spurred migrants to take a far more dangerous route: boarding small boats from the beaches of northern France to cross the channel’s storm-tossed waters.
Organizations: PARIS —, English Locations: PARIS — France, Calais, Britain, France
So ahead of this year's competition, get to know the last decade of National Dog Show champs, who represent the cutest, furriest and best-behaved pups in the US. 2019: Thor the BulldogThe dark horse of the National Dog Show, this tubby young gun has a superheroic spirit. 2018: Whiskey the WhippetThe inquisitive yet mellow Whiskey won 23 Best-in-Show titles before scoring big at the 2018 National Dog Show. Gia politely declined to spring around the stage at the National Dog Show so she wouldn't hurt slower dogs' feelings. Jewel arrived at the National Dog Show with the confidence of a champion.
Persons: Claire, Foxcliffe Claire Randall Fraser, David Frei, Hickory, Thor, tubby, Eduardo Paris, Newton, Susan DePew, Purina ProClub, Chewbacca, Gia, James G, Charlie, Charlie can't, Larry Cornelius, Nathan, He's, Jewel, Willow Smith, Lisa Miller, Per Miller, Miller, Eira, Steele, Torie Steele, Clooney, Julianne Moore, Carrot, Prince Harry, George, Amal, Rosemary Organizations: CNN, Kennel, Westminster Kennel, Pinnacle Tennessee, Volunteer State, Somerset, Skye, Fox, Purina, Sky, Westminster Locations: Claire, Chelsea, Peru, Brazilian, Georgia, Newton, Brussels, Gia, Florida
While the costume may be losing some of its affiliation with the film, the dress owes its resurgence largely to one of the movie’s stars. Last Halloween, Christa B. Allen, who played the younger version of Ms. Garner’s character, bought a re-creation of the dress on Etsy, then recreated a scene from the movie while wearing it on her TikTok account. “Cosplay is huge on TikTok,” Ms. Allen said. She felt at the time “it was in bad taste that I would resell someone else’s design,” even if that someone was Donatella Versace. Ms. Nasteski had also made the dress fairly quickly; with only had a few days between Ms. Herbert’s commission and Halloween, she used Lycra and tie-dyed fabric scraps she already had in her studio.
Persons: Christa B, Allen, Ms, , Jenna Rink, Elisha Herbert, Paris Hilton, Anthea Nasteski, Donatella Versace, Nasteski, Herbert’s Locations: Nasteski
Pigs were used to fend off birds around the main international airport of the Netherlands. Schiphol is the main international airport of the Netherlands, and one of the biggest transport hubs in Europe. The six-week pilot project ended in the first week of November, Schiphol spokeswoman Willemeike Koster told CNN. Schiphol is also taking structural measures to keep birds away from aircrafts. The controllers work throughout the airfield to keep the birds away at all hours of the night and day by using special sounds and laser beams.
Persons: Paris Charles de Gaulle, Willemeike Koster, Koster Organizations: London Heathrow, CNN Locations: Netherlands, Amsterdam, Schiphol, Europe, Paris, aircrafts
REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File PhotoPARIS, Nov 25 (Reuters) - France's financial sector regulator said on Thursday that crypto exchange Binance must focus on its anti-money laundering compliance if it wants regulatory backing to set up a possible regional hub in Paris. Regulators across the world have in recent months scrutinised Binance, the world's largest exchange by trading volumes. The company has acknowledged that its currently decentralised structure has been frowned on by regulators and it aims to set up regional hubs. "That's what will guide the ACPR and the AMF (financial markets authority) in their actions especially on the key issue of anti-money laundering," Villeroy told a conference organised by the ACPR financial sector regulator, which he also heads. Register now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.com RegisterReporting by Leigh Thomas;Editing by Elaine HardcastleOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Dado Ruvic, scrutinised Binance, Changpeng Zhao, Francois Villeroy de Galhau, Villeroy, Les, Leigh Thomas, Elaine Hardcastle Organizations: REUTERS, Regulators, AMF, Thomson Locations: Paris
VERSAILLES, France — France and Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema was given a one-year suspended jail sentence and a fine of 75,000 euros, or $84,000, Wednesday in a sex-tape case that rocked French soccer. Benzema was found guilty of being involved in an attempt in 2015 to blackmail France teammate Mathieu Valbuena. The Versailles court decision is unlikely to affect Benzema’s immediate sporting future. Prosecutors had asked that Benzema be fined 75,000 euros, the maximum allowed on the charge, and be given a suspended 10-month jail term if found guilty. That resulted in Benzema missing the 2016 European Championship, and also the 2018 World Cup which was won by France.
Persons: Karim Benzema, Benzema, Mathieu Valbuena, Noel Le Great, Thomas Samson, didn’t, , Sylvain Cormier, Prosecutors, Didier Deschamps, Deschamps Organizations: France —, Real Madrid, Ballon, Madrid, Getty, BBC, France’s, France Locations: VERSAILLES, France, France — France, Versailles, Paris, French
The ECT contains a highly contentious legal mechanism that allows foreign energy companies to sue governments over climate action that could hurt future profits. Not only do countries have to get out of that treaty, they have to torpedo it on the way out. Governments that are prepared to implement measures to tackle the climate crisis, meanwhile, could be hit with enormous fines. "Either we kill this treaty, or the treaty will kill us." It has since been sharply criticized by more than 200 climate leaders and scientists as a "major obstacle" to averting climate catastrophe.
Persons: Michaela Handrek, it's, Germany's, Julia Steinberger, Uniper, RWE, Rockhopper, Yamina, Saheb, Horst Galuschka, Who's, Sumit Ahmed, Steinberger, Nikki Reisch, Omar Marques Organizations: Uniper, Rehle, Bloomberg, Getty, Energy, University of Lausanne, CNBC, RWE Power AG, European Union, Soviet Union, Eyepix, Barcroft Media, European, EU, & Energy, Center for International Environmental Law, European Environment Agency Locations: Irsching, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Maasvlakte, Paris, Europe, Asia, Japan, Africa, Latin America, Soviet, Dhaka, Bangladesh, European Union, France, Spain, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Czechowice Dziedzice, Poland
Chairman & CEO of Orange Stephane Richard attends an interview during the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain, June 29, 2021. "I place my mandate within the hands of Orange's board of directors," said Richard, who was acquitted in a first trial. Orange (ORAN.PA) is due to hold a board meeting at 1700 GMT, a company spokesman said. At the time, Richard was chief of staff to then French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde, who is now President of the European Central Bank. Its shares, which traded at around 11 euros when he first became CEO, were little moved after the court verdict and stood at just under 10 euros.
Persons: Orange Stephane Richard, Albert Gea, Stephane Richard, Richard, Bruno Le Maire, Bernard Tapie, Christine Lagarde, Sophie Clément, Orange, Mathieu Rosemain, Silvia Aloisi, Alexander Smith Organizations: Mobile World Congress, REUTERS, reuters.com Register French Finance, French, European Central Bank, Lagarde, Orange, Thomson Locations: Barcelona, Spain, Orange, Paris, Africa, France
John Collison, President and co-founder of Stripe, attends the 2018 Viva Tech conference in Paris. Stripe isn't ruling out accepting cryptocurrency as a method of payment in the future, according to co-founder John Collison. The online payments company ended support for bitcoin payments in 2018, citing the digital coin's notoriety for volatile price swings and a lack of efficiency in making everyday transactions. "Crypto obviously means a lot of different things to a lot of different people," Collison said at a CNBC-moderated panel at the Fintech Abu Dhabi festival on Tuesday. But, he added: "There have been a lot of developments of late with an eye to making cryptocurrencies better and, in particular, scalable and acceptable cost as a payment method."
Persons: John Collison, Crypto, " Collison, Collison Organizations: Viva Tech, CNBC Locations: Paris, Abu Dhabi
Shell said Wednesday it had signed a deal to purchase power from a development dubbed "the world's largest offshore wind farm." The 15-year power purchase agreement relates to 240 megawatts from Dogger Bank C, the third and final phase of the 3.6 gigawatt Dogger Bank Wind Farm, which will be located in waters off the coast of northeast England. On Wednesday, Dogger Bank Wind Farm announced it had also agreed 15-year power purchase agreements for Dogger Bank C with Centrica Energy Marketing & Trading, SSE Energy Supply Limited and Danske Commodities. "Once the three phases are complete, which is expected by March 2026, Dogger Bank will be the largest offshore wind farm in the world," Dogger Bank Wind Farm says. Despite making deals related to renewable energy, Shell remains a major player in oil and gas.
Persons: Shell, Eni, Dan Loeb, Andrew Mackenzie, — CNBC's Sam Meredith, Chloe Taylor Organizations: Dogger Bank C, Dogger, Wind, Dogger Bank, Dogger Bank Wind Farm, Centrica Energy, Trading, Energy Supply Limited, Danske Commodities, Renewables, Eni, Equinor, Shell, Royal Dutch Shell plc, Shell plc Locations: Dogger, England, Equinor, Paris, Netherlands
PARIS — A boat carrying migrants trying to reach Britain capsized on Wednesday in the English Channel off the coast of France, causing “many deaths,” according to the French authorities. Gérald Darmanin, France’s interior minister, said on Twitter that he was heading to the scene, off the coast of Calais. He also criticized the “criminal character of the smugglers who organize these crossings.”“The shipwreck that occurred in the Channel is a tragedy,” Jean Castex, the prime minister, said on Twitter. French media reports said that more than 20 people had died in the accident, with some putting the number as high as 27. Local maritime authorities said they quickly sent out rescue ships and helicopters after a fishing vessel alerted them that several people were lost off the coast of Calais.
Persons: Gérald, ” Jean Castex Organizations: PARIS, Britain, Channel, Twitter, Local Locations: France, Calais
Orange to replace CEO Richard by Jan. 31
  + stars: | 2021-11-24 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
The logo of French telecoms group Orange is pictured in a retail store in Bordeaux, France, October 29, 2019. REUTERS/Regis DuvignauPARIS, Nov 24 (Reuters) - France's biggest telecoms operator Orange (ORAN.PA) will appoint a new chief executive officer by Jan. 31 at the latest, the company said in a statement on Wednesday, confirming an earlier report by Reuters. Orange's board said it had accepted CEO Stephane Richard's resignation as both chairman and chief executive of the group, which he lead for the past eleven years. The former monopoly said that Orange would have a "new governance" in place by Jan. 31. It wasn't clear if this meant that the chairman and CEO roles would be separated.
Persons: Regis Duvignau, Jan, Stephane Richard's, Mathieu Rosemain, Tassilo Hummel, Chris Reese, Toby Chopra Organizations: REUTERS, France's, Orange, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Bordeaux, France, Regis Duvignau PARIS, Orange, Paris
The British socialite Maxwell is facing a host of charges, accusing her of helping Epstein groom girls and young women for nonconsensual sex. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, denouncing a judge’s repeated rejections of bail. In the court of public opinion, Ms. Maxwell is presumed guilty, convicted and demonized before any trial. The U.N. committee has no standing in federal court and the family lawyers said this international petition is being made apart from Maxwell’s U.S. criminal court defense. Representatives for the U.N. Human Rights Office, which oversees the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Persons: Ghislaine, ” Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein, Maxwell, Epstein, Maxwell’s, Francois Zimeray, Jessica Finelle, Ghislaine Maxwell, she’s, Organizations: United Nations, U.S, U.S . Administration, Prosecutors, , arbitrariness, Attorney, of, Human Rights Locations: New York City, British, Paris, , U.S, Southern, of New York
A rare manuscript featuring early calculations that led to Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity is set to go up for auction in Paris on Tuesday. The manuscript was preserved by Swiss-Italian engineer Michele Besso, who worked on the calculations with the Nobel Prize winner. Einstein's genius did not tend to extend to saving early drafts of his work, auction house Christie's explained on its website, making the document all the more rare and potentially valuable. Einstein would go on to correct his work independently, leading to his theory of relativity. It shows that "the foundation was laid" for the discovery years before Einstein would unveil his revolutionary theory, he said.
Persons: Albert Einstein's, Michele Besso, Christie's, Alain Jocard, Vincent Belloy, Einstein, Besso, , Antony Paone, Etienne Klein, Klein, Bruno Eisner Organizations: Getty, Christie's Locations: Paris, Swiss, Italian, AFP, Christie’s Paris, America, Nazi Germany, Jerusalem, Israel, Austrian, Boston
AS MOUNT EVEREST climbers near the summit, the air thins and the lack of oxygen can cause even the most hale explorers to pass out. You may feel a similar sensation when you clock the prices of this winter’s designer down coats. At Bloomingdale’s, pricey puffers such as Stone Island’s $1,073 crinkly electric-blue nylon jacket have been “performing really well,” according to Justin Berkowitz, the store’s men’s fashion director. Uniqlo’s $80 puffers remain a perennial winter favorite, and many brands from Gap to Muji to Urban Outfitters offer a serviceable sub-$125 down coat. So why would anyone shell out $2,550 for a Fendi puffer?
Persons: hale, Hiroshi Fujiwara, Loewe, Celine, Brunello Cucinelli, pricey, Justin Berkowitz Organizations: MOUNT EVEREST, Balmain, Urban Outfitters Locations: Galeries Lafayette, Paris, Bloomingdale’s, Aspen, Muji
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