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Sibanye kicked off its shift into battery metals earlier this year with the purchase of a nickel processing plant in France and a minority stake in a lithium project in Finland. The Brazil deal will add two low-cost, producing assets to the company’s “green metals” portfolio and will immediately add to its cash flows and earnings, Sibanye said. Scherb said he liked Sibanye’s strategy of delegating authority to local management teams, which he said helps the company manage cultural sensitivities around its mines. The bidding for the mines was competitive with suitors including car companies, offtake groups, financial investors and special-purpose acquisition companies, Scherb said. He declined to say which car companies had shown interest.
Persons: Sibanye, Neal Froneman, nL4N2KT1VU, Appian, Michael Scherb, Scherb, Organizations: Santa Rita, Appian Capital Advisory, South African Reserve Bank Locations: Brazil, Sibanye Stillwater, Santa, France, Finland, U.S
China real estate indexes fell 2.8% and 4.5% after property developer Modern Land defaulted on a payment, and as the sector digested Beijing’s decision to roll out a pilot real estate tax in some regions. “The Modern Land missed debt payment has seen property sector nerves return to China markets,” said Jeffrey Halley, senior market analyst, Asia Pacific at OANDA. MSCI’s index of EM shares was up 0.2%. The lira is down more than 20% this year, thanks to worries about monetary policy, geopolitics and depleting foreign exchange reserves. For GRAPHIC on emerging market FX performance in 2021, see tmsnrt.rs/2egbfVh For GRAPHIC on MSCI emerging index performance in 2021, see tmsnrt.rs/2OusNdXFor TOP NEWS across emerging marketsFor CENTRAL EUROPE market report, seeFor TURKISH market report, seeFor RUSSIAN market report, see
Persons: , Jeffrey Halley, “ Evergrande, Meituan, Tayyip Erdogan, ZAR, Shaun Murison Organizations: Modern, South Africa, West, IG, CENTRAL Locations: China, Asia, OANDA, Hong, Turkey, South, United States, Beijing, Moscow, State, Africa’s
JOHANNESBURG, Oct 26 (Reuters) - A South African judge on Tuesday dismissed an application by former president Jacob Zuma to have the prosecutor in his arms deal corruption trial removed. Zuma, ousted by the governing African National Congress in 2018, had argued that the prosecutor was biased against him and submitted a "special plea" to the Pietermaritzburg High Court to have him replaced. read moreThe former president, 79, pleaded not guilty to charges of corruption, money laundering and racketeering in the long-running case over the 1990s deal for military equipment. read more"The special plea is dismissed," Judge Piet Koen said. read moreZuma, whose decade in power was marred by scandals, was at the Pietermaritzburg court to hear whether his application would be granted.
Persons: Jacob Zuma, Zuma, Piet Koen, Koen, Alexander Winning, Giles Elgood Organizations: African National Congress, Thomson Locations: JOHANNESBURG, Pietermaritzburg
Rugby Union - England v United States - Twickenham Stadium, London, Britain - July 4, 2021 England's Marcus Smith scores a try REUTERS/John SibleyOct 26 (Reuters) - England flyhalf Marcus Smith can unlock any game by himself and will offer the team good balance in their autumn internationals, captain Owen Farrell said on Tuesday. But Farrell played down such talk, saying he was excited to work with Smith. "He's obviously a massive talent. He's obviously doing that really well at the minute. He's obviously a brilliant balance to have."
Persons: England's Marcus Smith, John Sibley, flyhalf Marcus Smith, Owen Farrell, Eddie Jones, Leicester flyhalf George Ford, Smith, Mike Brown, Farrell, He's, Jones, Billy Vunipola, Ben Earl, Jamie George, I've, That's, I'm, Shrivathsa Sridhar, Christian Radnedge Organizations: Rugby Union, England, United States, Twickenham, Leicester, Saracens, Mako, Nations, Australia, South Africa, Thomson Locations: United, London, Britain, United States, Canada, Tonga, South, Bengaluru
REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden is issuing an order on Monday imposing new vaccine requirements for most foreign nationals traveling to the United States by air effective Nov. 8, the White House said. Biden is also lifting restrictions in place since early 2020 that have barred most non-U.S. citizens from traveling to the United States from places like China, India, South Africa, Brazil and much of Europe. The White House confirmed that children under 18 are exempt from the new vaccine requirements as are people with some medical issues. Non-tourist travelers from about 50 countries with nationwide vaccination rates of less than 10% will also be eligible for exemption from the rules. Those receiving an exemption will generally need to be vaccinated if they intend to remain in the United States for more than 60 days.
Persons: Kevin Lamarque, Joe Biden, Biden Organizations: Reagan National Airport, REUTERS, WASHINGTON, White House Locations: Washington , U.S, United States, China, India, South Africa, Brazil, Europe
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden on Monday signed an order imposing new vaccine requirements for most foreign national air travelers and lifting severe travel restrictions on China, India and much of Europe effective Nov. 8, the White House said. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File PhotoThe extraordinary U.S. travel restrictions were first imposed in early 2020 to address the spread of COVID-19. The White House first disclosed here on Sept. 20 it would remove restrictions in early November for fully vaccinated air travelers from 33 countries. One concern among U.S. officials and airlines is making sure foreign travelers are aware of the new vaccine rules that will take effect in just two weeks. International air travelers will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure.
Persons: Joe Biden, Kevin Lamarque, ” Biden’s, Biden Organizations: WASHINGTON, Reagan National Airport, REUTERS, White House, U.S . Centers for Disease Control, Prevention, CDC, World Health Organization Locations: China, India, Europe, Washington , U.S, U.S, COVID, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Iran, Brazil, United States
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden on Monday signed an order imposing new vaccine requirements for most foreign national air travelers and lifting severe travel restrictions on China, India and much of Europe effective Nov. 8, the White House said. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File PhotoThe extraordinary U.S. travel restrictions were first imposed in early 2020 to address the spread of COVID-19. The Biden administration also detailed requirements airlines must follow to confirm foreign travelers have been vaccinated before boarding U.S.-bound flights. The attestation form here notes it is a crime for air travelers lie about vaccination status. International air travelers will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days prior to departure.
Persons: Joe Biden, Kevin Lamarque, ” Biden’s, Ned Price, Biden Organizations: WASHINGTON, Reagan National Airport, REUTERS, White House, , U.S . Centers for Disease Control, Prevention, CDC, World Health Organization, Sputnik, Transportation Security Administration Locations: China, India, Europe, Washington , U.S, U.S, COVID, Britain, Ireland, South Africa, Iran, Brazil, United States, Nigeria, Egypt, Algeria, Armenia, Myanmar, Iraq, Nicaragua, Senegal, Uganda, Libya, Ethiopia, Zambia, Congo, Kenya, Yemen, Haiti, Chad, Madagascar, Mexico, inoculate
Key moments from decades of climate conferences
  + stars: | 2021-10-25 | by ( Andrea Januta | ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +6 min
But the realization that industrial activity was causing climate change, and discussions about what to do about it, began much earlier. Here are some key moments in the global climate conversation:1800s - Throughout the 1800s, several European scientists study how different gases and vapours can trap heat in Earth’s atmosphere. 1990 - At the U.N.’s so-called Second World Climate Conference, scientists highlight the risks of global warming to nature and society. Framework Convention on Climate Change at the Rio Earth Summit. Key points to be discussed include emissions pledges, climate financing, and phasing out coal use.
Persons: Emmanuel Macron, Benoit Tessier, Svante Arrhenius, Guy Callendar, Charles David Keeling, James Hansen, Margaret Thatcher, George W, Bush, COP15, COP17, Donald Trump, Greta Thunberg, Antonio Guterres, Joe Biden’s, Andrea Januta, Katy Daigle, Frances Kerry Organizations: REUTERS, Climate Conference, Rio Earth Summit, Republicans, Fund, COP18, Teen, Thomson Locations: Trocadero, Paris, France, Glasgow, Scotland, Swedish, Mauna Loa, American, British, Berlin, Kyoto, Japan, United States, Russia, Bali, Copenhagen, Cancun, Durban, South Africa, China, India, New, Doha, COP19, Warsaw, COP25, Madrid
The White House first disclosed on Sept. 20 it would remove restrictions in early November for fully vaccinated air travelers from 33 countries. The White House plans to outline the legal framework requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for most foreign air travelers replacing the current restrictions, as well as rules for exemptions from the requirements. The Biden administration will also detail requirements airlines must follow to confirm foreign travelers have been vaccinated before boarding U.S.-bound flights. The White House announced on Oct. 15 that the new vaccine rules would take effect on Nov. 8. International air travelers will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure.
Persons: Kevin Lamarque, Biden, David Shepardson, Simon Cameron, Moore Organizations: U.S, Reagan National Airport, REUTERS, COVID, Reuters, White House, White, U.S . Centers for Disease Control, Prevention, CDC, World Health Organization, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, U.S, COVID, United Kingdom, Europe, Ireland, China, India, South Africa, Iran, Brazil
An Aspen Pharmacare logo is seen at outside company offices in Woodmead, Johannesburg, South Africa, September 13, 2018. The company is currently delivering 250 million doses of the final packaged versions of J&J's COVID-19 vaccine on an annualised basis and would reach a capacity of 300 million doses per year by November or December, Saad said. Under its contract with J&J it has to supply 31 million doses to South Africa. It will also supply up to 400 million to the rest of Africa via an agreement with the African Union. It began supplies to South Africa at the end of July.
Persons: Siphiwe, Stephen Saad, J's, Saad, It's, Industry Ebrahim Patel, Promit Mukherjee, David Holmes Organizations: REUTERS, Aspen, Reuters, Johnson, J, African Union, World Health Organisation, of Trade, Industry, Thomson Locations: Aspen, Woodmead, Johannesburg, South Africa, Gqeberha, Africa, United States, Europe
An employee holds a vial containing Sputnik vaccine at a factory of Hankook Korus Pharm, in Chuncheon, South Korea September 10, 2021. The Gamaleya Research Institute, which developed Sputnik V, said Namibia's decision was not based on any scientific evidence or research. Namibia said the suspension would take effect immediately and last until Sputnik V receives a World Health Organization Emergency Use Listing. But it will offer people who received a first dose of Sputnik V a second to complete their immunisation course. Namibia has also been using COVID-19 vaccines developed by China's Sinopharm, Pfizer (PFE.N), AstraZeneca (AZN.L) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N), acquired through a mix of procurement deals and donations.
Persons: Heo, Regulator SAHPRA, Sputnik, China's Sinopharm, Johnson, Nyasha, Polina Devitt, Alexander Winning, Ros Russell Organizations: REUTERS, Regulator, Sputnik, Gamaleya Research Institute, COVID, Reuters, Health, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Thomson Locations: Chuncheon, South Korea, WINDHOEK, Namibia, South Africa, Africa, Serbian, Windhoek, Moscow
Swaziland's King Mswati III addresses the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., in September 2018. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz/File Photo/File PhotoMBABANE, Oct 23 (Reuters) - Southern African regional bloc SADC said on Saturday that Eswatini's King Mswati III - Africa's last absolute monarch - had accepted the need for a national dialogue after pro-democracy protests intensified this month. The monarch plans to convene a meeting where people can express their grievances, a representative of the king told the state broadcaster. Anger against 53-year-old Mswati III has been building for years. Campaigners say he has consistently ignored calls for reforms that would move Eswatini, known as Swaziland until 2018, towards democracy.
Persons: Mswati III, Eduardo Munoz, Mswati, Cyril Ramaphosa, Dludlu, Alexander Winning, Mike Harrison Organizations: United Nations General Assembly, REUTERS, Southern African, SADC, People's United Democratic Movement, Reuters, Facebook, MTN Group, Thomson Locations: U.N, New York, U.S, Southern, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, SADC, Swaziland
Oct 23, 2021; Washington, DC, USA; Beauden Barrett of the All Blacks advances the ball while Eagles defenders give chase during the 1874 Cup Rugby Autumn Internationals rugby match at FedEx Field featuring the New Zealand All Blacks vs the USA Eagles. Mandatory Credit: Rafael Suanes-USA TODAY SportsOct 23 (Reuters) - New Zealand got back to winning ways as they romped to a record 104-14 victory over the United States in Washington on Saturday in a lopsided test match in which the Eagles at least secured their first-ever try against the All Blacks. The hosts added a second try when wing Ryan Matyas dived over in the corner under achallenge from Will Jordan. Billed as the 1874 Cup, which is a reference to the first account of organised rugby being played in the United States, the match was designed to grow interest in a nation hoping to stage a future Rugby World Cup. read moreFor the All Blacks, the match marked the start of a run of five tests in consecutive weeks with Wales, Italy, Ireland and France their other opponents.
Persons: Beauden Barrett, Rafael Suanes, Will Jordan, Richie Mo'unga, Ian Foster, Bryce Campbell, Sean Wainui, Wainui, Bridge, Finlay Christie, Luke Jacobson, Nate Augspurger, Sam Whitelockbefore, Damian McKenzie, Ryan Matyas, Gary Gold, Frank Pingue, Pritha Sarkar, Ken Ferris Organizations: Blacks, Eagles, FedEx Field, New Zealand, USA Eagles, All Blacks, Rugby, Maori All Blacks, NFL's Washington Football Team, Thomson Locations: Washington, DC, USA, New Zealand, United States, U.S, South Africa, American, Japan, Wales, Italy, Ireland, France, Toronto
REUTERS/Xihao JiangA string of Beijing officials have tried to reassure investors the crisis will not spiral out of control and that creditors’ interests will be protected, but its long-term impact on China’s property sector and economy is highly uncertain. Here’s what you need to know about China’s property sector:HOW BIG IS IT? Bond defaults have jumped in recent quarters, from 5.5 billion yuan in the last quarter of 2020 to 21.5 billion as of mid-August, Nomura says. But China’s property market started to slow in 2021, recording the longest downtrend since 2015 in new construction starts, while property sales by floor area dropped 15.8% in September, the third monthly decline in a row. ($1 = 6.3983 Chinese yuan renminbi)
Persons: Nomura, Bond, EVERGRANDE, Evergrande Organizations: Reuters, China Evergrande Group, Tourism, Group, Nomura, People’s Bank of China Locations: China, Tourism City, Suzhou's Taicang, Jiangsu province, Beijing, Macquarie, GHOST, France, United Kingdom, Japan, South Africa, Jersey
South Africa to call on rich nations to do more at COP26
  + stars: | 2021-10-22 | by ( Tim Cocks | ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
JOHANNESBURG, Oct 22 (Reuters) - South Africa will tell rich countries at climate talks next week to honour promises to help poorer nations go green and massively boost available funds, the environment minister said on Friday, while announcing talks with a global fund to help end its reliance on coal. “We see the decision by the CIF as a small, but important first step towards laying the foundation work for the broader financing programme of our just transition,” she said. South Africa produces more than three quarters of its electricity - and more than a quarter of its liquid fuels for transport - from coal, making it the world’s 12th largest greenhouse gas emitter and fourth most carbon-intensive economy. “Our country goes to Glasgow with a clear mandate to negotiate for ... developing countries, to avoid the worst impacts of climate change on our people,” Creecy said. “The wellbeing of workers and communities in the transition is an absolute non-negotiable,” Creecy said.
Persons: Barbara Creecy, ” Creecy, We’re, Andre de Ruyter, Mark Potter Organizations: Investment Funds, CIF Locations: JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Glasgow, Africa
A string of Beijing officials have tried to reassure investors the crisis will not spiral out of control and that creditors' interests will be protected, but its long-term impact on China's property sector and economy is highly uncertain. read moreHere's what you need to know about China's property sector:HOW BIG IS IT? Bond defaults have jumped in recent quarters, from 5.5 billion yuan in the last quarter of 2020 to 21.5 billion as of mid-August, Nomura says. But China's property market started to slow in 2021, recording the longest downtrend since 2015 in new construction starts, while property sales by floor area dropped 15.8% in September, the third monthly decline in a row. ($1 = 6.3983 Chinese yuan renminbi)Reporting by Anne Marie Roantree, Clare Jim and Ryan Woo; Editing by David ClarkeOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Jiang, Nomura, Bond, EVERGRANDE, Evergrande, Anne Marie Roantree, Clare Jim, Ryan Woo, David Clarke Organizations: Tourism, Group, China Evergrande, HK, Nomura, People's Bank of China, Thomson Locations: Tourism City, China, Suzhou's Taicang, Jiangsu province, Beijing, Macquarie, France, United Kingdom, Japan, South Africa, Jersey
Experts in both the development and production of vaccines say the mRNA vaccines involve fewer steps, fewer ingredients and less physical capacity than traditional vaccines. Ten Candidates for mRNA Production The Times assessed 10 companies around the world that are strong candidates to manufacture mRNA vaccines. It already produces Covid vaccines for Oxford-AstraZeneca and Novavax, as well as other vaccines for the W.H.O. It already produces Covid vaccines for Oxford-AstraZeneca and Novavax, as well as other vaccines for the W.H.O. This argument over manufacturing Covid mRNA vaccines echoes one that was made two decades ago about treatments for H.I.V.
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For those who received the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, anyone 18 and older who was vaccinated two or more months ago is eligible. Image The approval of the mix-and-match approach for coronavirus vaccine booster shots left Americans with many questions. Booster doses of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) seem to raise antibody levels higher than a booster dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. And recipients of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should receive a booster shot at least two months after the first dose. People who have received two mRNA vaccine doses or a single Johnson & Johnson dose should still consider themselves fully vaccinated.
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* IMF: Sub-Saharan Africa region sees slowest recovery globally* Outlook hinges on vaccines, COVID trajectory and global factors* Danger of ‘permanent fault lines’ between region and world* Rising commodity prices provide relief to some countriesLONDON, Oct 21 (Reuters) - A lack of access to vaccines is dampening economic recovery in sub-Saharan Africa and the region will lag behind developed nations for years, the International Monetary Fund said on Thursday. Sub-Saharan Africa’s 2021 projected growth rates mean the region already suffered the “slowest recovery in the world”. South Africa - the continent’s most industrialised nation - is expected to expand by 5.0% this year before growth slows down to 2.2% in 2022. Food inflation had steadily increased since 2019 and stood at 10.9% in August across 25 countries where monthly data was available. “Without external financial and technical assistance, the divergent recovery paths of sub-Saharan Africa and the rest of the world may harden into permanent fault lines, jeopardizing decades of hard-won progress.” (Reporting by Karin Strohecker; Editing by Giles Elgood)
Persons: Shushanik Hakobyan, Karin Strohecker, Giles Elgood Organizations: IMF, International Monetary Fund Locations: Saharan Africa, Africa, South Africa, Nigeria
REUTERS/Ahmad Masood/File PhotoCHENNAI, Oct 21 (Reuters) - India is considering maintaining strategic reserves of natural gas and imported coal to address future supply shocks, a senior power ministry official said on Thursday, as the energy hungry nation battles a crippling coal shortage. Alok Kumar, India's power secretary, said countries increasingly meet their own needs first when there is a supply crunch, citing the example of Russia curtailing supplies to European nations because they wanted more gas locally. Most of India's 135 coal-fired power plants have fuel stocks of less than three days. It was not immediately clear if potential strategic reserves would primarily be for power plants or would also address coal demand from consumers such as steel plants and aluminium smelters. India's Adani Enterprises-owned Carmichael mine in Australia has said it is on track to export its first coal in 2021.
Persons: Ahmad Masood, Alok Kumar, India's, Kumar, Sudarshan Varadhan, Edwina Gibbs Organizations: REUTERS, South Asia Power, Confederation of Indian Industry, Adani Enterprises, Carmichael, Thomson Locations: Dhanbad, Jharkhand, CHENNAI, India, Russia, China, Indonesia, Australia, South Africa
South Africa's Minister of Energy Jeff Radebe looks on during a media briefing at the Union building in Pretoria, South Africa, December 4, 2018. REUTERS/Siphiwe SibekoJOHANNESBURG, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Envoys from Southern African countries are expected to travel to Eswatini this week, South Africa said on Thursday, after protests against the kingdom's absolute monarch flared up again. The envoys include South Africa's deputy foreign minister, a special adviser to Ramaphosa and a former South African cabinet minister, as well as representatives of Botswana and Namibia. The king denies accusations of autocratic rule and of using public money to fund a lavish lifestyle in the impoverished nation that borders South Africa. In protests in Eswatini schools last week students chanted "Mswati must fall" and "Release our MPs," a reference to two lawmakers arrested during earlier protests.
Persons: Energy Jeff Radebe, King Mswati III, Cyril Ramaphosa, Eswatini, Mr Elias Magosi, Alexander Winning, William Maclean Organizations: Energy, Union, REUTERS, SADC, South African Government, Thomson Locations: Africa's, Pretoria, South Africa, Siphiwe, JOHANNESBURG, Southern, South, Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland, Manzini
Benin parliament votes to legalise abortion
  + stars: | 2021-10-21 | by ( Allegresse Sasse | ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
COTONOU, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Benin's parliament has voted to legalise abortion in most circumstances, the health ministry said on Thursday, becoming one of only a handful of African countries to do so. Abortion was previously legal only in cases of rape or incest, if the mother's life was at risk, or if the unborn child had a particularly serious medical condition. The law was passed on Wednesday night following a debate in parliament. "This measure is going to ease the pain of many women who, faced with the distress of an unwanted pregnancy, find themselves obliged to risk their lives by using unsafe abortion methods," Health Minister Benjamin Hounkpatin said. Teenage pregnancy is common in Benin and only about 12% of people use modern methods of contraception, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Persons: Benjamin Hounkpatin, Hounkpatin, Allegresse Sasse, Nellie Peyton, Aaron Ross, Angus MacSwan Organizations: Guttmacher Institute, World Health Organization, WHO, Thomson Locations: COTONOU, Benin, Africa, Zambia, Cape Verde, Mozambique, South Africa, Tunisia, U.S
But at 3:00 a.m. one morning in 2016, he was browsing YouTube and came across a video about African elephants. That was unusual, since usually just 2% of female African elephants are tuskless. Armies on both sides hunted African elephants for their tusks, selling the ivory to finance war efforts over 15 years. Overall between 1972 and 2000, the researchers calculated, five tuskless females survived for every one tusked female. GettyTusklessness might seem like a non-critical issue, Campbell-Staton said, but the trend could impact African elephants' whole ecosystems.
Persons: Shane Campbell, Staton, Campbell, Robert Pringle, Pringle, William F, Getty, tusklessness, John Wessels, AMELX Organizations: Service, Princeton University, YouTube, Princeton, Science, Getty, Park Locations: Mozambique, Park, Kenya, Getty Mozambique, Gorongosa, tusklessness, Kruger National, South Africa, Kruger
REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne/File PhotoWASHINGTON, Oct 21 (Reuters) - The White House on Thursday called on all World Trade Organization members to support an intellectual property waiver for COVID-19 vaccines. "We ... need every WTO member to step up as well and support an intellectual property waiver, and every company must act ambitiously and urgently to expand manufacturing now," White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters. A year after South Africa and India introduced a proposal to temporarily waive intellectual property rights on COVID-19 vaccines and therapies at the WTO, negotiations have failed to make any progress. read moreMore than 100 countries backing the waiver say it will help save lives by allowing developing countries to produce COVID-19 vaccines, but the European Union and several countries, including Switzerland, remain opposed. WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala last week conceded the formal negotiations about a temporary waiver were "stuck," but said she believed informal talks were intensifying.
Persons: Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Raphael, Bostic, Clodagh, Karine Jean, Pierre, Joe Biden, Ngozi Okonjo, Iweala, Steve Holland, Jeff Mason, Andrea Shalal, Grant McCool Organizations: Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, REUTERS, World Trade Organization, European Union, EU, WTO, Thomson Locations: Dublin, Ireland, South Africa, India, Switzerland, U.S, Washington, Geneva
The Enduring Appeal of Laura Ashley
  + stars: | 2021-10-21 | by ( Amanda Fortini | ) www.nytimes.com   time to read: +3 min
In this way, and on account of the sheer number of wearers, there was always something populist about the brand. At the same time, of course, the British countryside idyll was traditionally a lifestyle reserved for a certain kind of person, namely someone white and Protestant. Then, too, we have entered a period of inflation, high gas prices and supply chain disruptions; many are saying it feels like the ’70s — the heyday of the Laura Ashley dress and a decade of dark, anxious undertones — all over again. Who doesn’t want to wrap up in a quilted floral comforter, collapse on the couch and watch “Little House on the Prairie” right about now? They are also timeless in that they’re unlikely to go out of style by next season — after all, they’ve been in style, more or less, since the mid-1800s.
Persons: idyll, Hay, Kika Vargas, Yuhan Wang, Sindiso Khumalo, Khumalo, Laura Ashley, ” Khumalo, , Wang, they’ve Organizations: Designers, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art Locations: frumpy, York, South Africa, Europe, London, New
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