As crops fail, Indonesia’s Sumba seeks lifeline in weaving, fishing

HAMBA PRAING, Indonesia (Reuters) – On Indonesia’s Sumba island, the motifs displayed on traditional textiles produced by its weavers often depict animals, including the area’s famed Sandalwood breed of horses.

Dimas Mbaha Konda Lura, 11, plays in the sea as he waits for his father Ndelu Ndaha to go fishing at Puru Kambera beach in Kanatang district, East Sumba Regency, East Nusa Tenggara province, Indonesia, February 25, 2020. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

But in the village of Hamba Praing in East Sumba, scores of horses and cattle have died in recent years as extreme drought withered the grass, leaving behind bones and carcasses scattered over the scrubby landscape.

(Click to see a picture essay of how climate change is affecting Sumba.)

East Sumba, about 2,000 km (1,200 miles) east of Jakarta, last year reportedly had 249 days in a row without rain, with some experts blaming climate change for more frequent

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Big in China and tiny in the U.S., Fast Retailing seen weathering pandemic

TOKYO/BEIJING (Reuters) – The coronavirus pandemic is shredding the global apparel industry, stripping hundreds of billions of dollars from sales and thrusting big names like J.Crew into bankruptcy protection.

A woman wearing a face mask walks out of a store of the Fast Retailing’s fashion chain Uniqlo, following the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Beijing, China May 22, 2020. Picture taken May 22, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang

While no major fashion firms have been spared, Japan’s Fast Retailing (9983.T), owner of the Uniqlo brand and not far behind the world’s No. 2 H&M (HMb.ST) in sales, looks well placed to cope with the crisis better than rivals.

That’s thanks to legions of faithful Chinese fans like 25-year-old IT worker Niu Ran, whose wardrobe is crammed with Uniqlo basics like shirts and socks and was looking for more in a post-lockdown shopping trip.

“I like Uniqlo because

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Greater protection urged for UK’s lowest paid workers

Low-paid workers, who have been among the hardest hit by the coronavirus crisis, should be given more control over pay and working hours to drive up employment standards as the lockdown lifts, a report by the Resolution Foundation has proposed.

The think-tank is among several groups calling for the UK to place a higher value on the workers who have kept essential services running through the Covid-19 lockdown, and to improve job security for others whose precarious employment terms have left them among the worst affected by the crisis.

“There’s now widespread consensus that we need a new settlement for Britain’s lowest-paid workers,” said Frances O’Grady, general secretary of the Trades Union Congress. “It was the hard work and dedication of our key workers that got us through this crisis — and it will be working people that get us out of recession too.”

Lower earners are three times as

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Trump administration putting trust in global oil producers ahead of OPEC+ meet

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration believes ahead of an expected OPEC+ meeting this week that major oil producers such as Saudi Arabia and Russia will honor their pledges to cut crude production and will not damage the global economy by changing course, a senior official said on Tuesday.

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers a statement on the ongoing protests over racial inequality in the wake of the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody, in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 1, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

“We trust that other major oil producers will not revert to policies that impede an orderly and swift recovery from these unprecedented global economic conditions,” a senior administration official told Reuters in response to a question about the administration’s approach to global oil producers ahead of the OPEC+ meeting expected on Thursday.

In early April, when Saudi

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