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Old 09-28-2021, 02:22 AM
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Have any other royals who have lived in the US such as Beatrice, Madeleine and Amedeo ever give these pseudo royal tours before?
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Old 09-28-2021, 02:47 AM
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Whether you like the Sussexes or not, I think it goes without saying that neither Beatrice, Madeleine nor Amedeo can match H&M's notoriety, so frankly these forced comparisons are just redundant.
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Old 09-28-2021, 07:10 AM
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Thank you yukari for sharing the article and archive link.

The article raised some important points about the multiple factors affecting vaccine distribution around the world. Most if not all the expert stated that IP waiving is not the solution to vaccine inequity. I must admit, I do not like the phrase "vaccine recipes", because it sounds like cooking, rather than developing therapeutic goods/drugs.
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Old 09-28-2021, 08:26 AM
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"Sharing the recipe" to vaccines is far too simplistic an answer to a very complex issue. Licensing and third party manufacturing deals are being put in place as soon as practicable. An example of this is the manufacture of the A-Z vaccine at Serum Institute of India, the world's largest manufacturer of vaccines.

H&M would be well advised to seek advice from the experts on some of these matters before offering their simplistic, almost Trumpian solutions to complex problems.
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Old 09-28-2021, 09:26 AM
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H&M would be well advised to seek advice from the experts on some of these matters before offering their simplistic, almost Trumpian solutions to complex problems.
This is one of the things that I find troubling. They say via their statements that they are holding discussions with Key decision makers and experts, which gives credence to what they are saying.

[...]A number of special interest group who have been around for years do not get the same treatment despite them having put in their time. […]you can imagine if you are a Woman's Right Lobby group in New York who has never been allowed to see the Major and Governor been told that a new Charity has jumped the line due to their celebrity and photogenic presidents.
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Old 09-28-2021, 10:13 AM
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Thank you yukari for sharing the article and archive link.

The article raised some important points about the multiple factors affecting vaccine distribution around the world. Most if not all the expert stated that IP waiving is not the solution to vaccine inequity. I must admit, I do not like the phrase "vaccine recipes", because it sounds like cooking, rather than developing therapeutic goods/drugs.
I quite agree - it sounds as if you put a few ounces of this and half a pint of that in a bowl, mix them together, and, hey presto, you're ready to start vaccinating people . We're not talking about a bakery refusing to share grandma's recipe for a popular cake. As I understand it, and I'm certainly no expert, the materials have to be grown, and there also shortages of things like test tubes. It's a matter for the experts.
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Old 10-16-2021, 07:26 AM
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The following article comes courtesy of Ghost.

Prince Harry has written an op-ed in The Washington Post regarding oil and gas drilling in Africa:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opini...ng-moratorium/

Another article from The Evening Standard on the piece:

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Prince Harry makes impassioned plea to save ‘beating heart’ of southern Africa
The Duke of Sussex has said an area known as a “natural beating heart” of southern Africa must be protected with a moratorium on oil and gas drilling.

Starting with rivers in Angola the Okavango flows through Namibia’s Kavango region to a delta in Botswana with Harry describing it in 2019 as “this magnificent last Eden”.

In an opinion piece co-authored with Namibian environment activist Reinhold Mangundu for the Washington Post on Thursday, the duke wrote: “The Okavango watershed is a natural beating heart that has nourished humans and wildlife in southern Africa for generations — and it’s at risk.”
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/p...m-b960625.html
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Old 10-16-2021, 08:55 AM
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Harry and Mr Magundu added: “The Okavango River Basin is under siege by ReconAfrica, a Canadian oil and gas company that has been granted licenses for exploratory drilling in an area of Namibia and Botswana larger than some European countries.”


This is an unspoiled part of the world that Harry is plainly passionate about. IMO it would be a tragedy should it fall prey to ReconAfrica or any other drilling company.

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Old 10-16-2021, 09:11 AM
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It is odd - in that I have been been in meetings about this for over a year already. When I spoke to a colleague in JHB during the week. They told me to expect to see a rehash of the below article in the international news over the weekend.

https://mg.co.za/environment/2021-02...s-exploration/

This topic has been in the South African, Namibian and Botswanan news for a while. It has also been in National Geographic. As one environmentalist has put it - this is more about a corrupt government selling off resources to the highest bidder - if it was not ReconAfrica it would have been a Chinese fracking company.

Here is a good one.

https://e360.yale.edu/features/a-big...kavango-region
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Old 10-16-2021, 10:29 AM
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Looks like they succeeded in getting international attention by approaching Harry and making him co-author.
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Old 10-16-2021, 11:09 AM
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The Sussexes recently announced that they're now Impact Officers with investment company Ethic.


https://markets.businessinsider.com/...inance-2021-10


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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are getting into the investment business by joining a US asset manager as "impact partners," The New York Times' DealBook first reported Tuesday.
The couple are to join Ethic, which has $1.3 billion under management in the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) space, per DealBook.
The couple were introduced to Ethic by friends, Meghan told DealBook in a joint interview with Harry. They became investors in the asset manager earlier this year, and also have investments managed by Ethic, the company said in a press release.
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Old 10-16-2021, 12:50 PM
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Personally - I think this is the biggest mistake they could ever make.
Ethics invests into a number of companies - including Netflix, Google, Twitter and Facebook. Harry's positions with Google via Travelyst and in the Fake News committee might provide him with information that might affect the stock price. Regardless of where the Sussex's have their portfolio -they are employed by they company and they are linked to over 6 companies where they can get insider information. There is a blatant conflict of interest here. I am very surprised that they were not warned against this.

The same can be said to their position as ambassador for Global Citizens for the Vaccine programme - this company invests in all of the top 5 pharmaceutical companies. They also invest in several companies with interesting Tax histories in their native countries.
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Old 10-16-2021, 02:31 PM
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Looks like they succeeded in getting international attention by approaching Harry and making him co-author.
And Leo DiCaprio as well!

So Meghan wrote for the NY Times. Harry for the Washington Post.
Just the WSJ left, and the trifecta is complete!
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Old 10-16-2021, 05:28 PM
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Personally - I think this is the biggest mistake they could ever make.
Ethics invests into a number of companies - including Netflix, Google, Twitter and Facebook. Harry's positions with Google via Travelyst and in the Fake News committee might provide him with information that might affect the stock price. Regardless of where the Sussex's have their portfolio -they are employed by they company and they are linked to over 6 companies where they can get insider information. There is a blatant conflict of interest here. I am very surprised that they were not warned against this.

The same can be said to their position as ambassador for Global Citizens for the Vaccine programme - this company invests in all of the top 5 pharmaceutical companies. They also invest in several companies with interesting Tax histories in their native countries.
In a practical sense, Harry's conflicts of interest won't be a problem unless a party to one of those conflicts gives him real authority over something important. I doubt that will happen for a long list of reasons, with potential conflicts being the least of them. Those who are actually in charge of these companies aren't dummies, and no matter what job title they've given Harry, they aren't going to take investment or management advice from him. They're not going to throw more money at Netflix or Google because Harry says to, regardless of Harry's motives for saying that, because they know Harry doesn't know what he's talking about. And I doubt anyone at Netflix or Google is giving Harry any sensitive information, either, because we all know how good he isn't at keeping his mouth shut. He's a figurehead who's good for PR and who might occasionally have some interesting ideas, nothing more, and I'm sure that's how the real management sees him.

You're right, though, that this isn't a good look for him. As with so many things, they've either not sought qualified professional advice, or they've chosen to ignore qualified professional advice because they didn't like it and think they know best. One of these days, that's going to blow up in their faces.
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Old 10-17-2021, 10:31 AM
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Whether you like the Sussexes or not, I think it goes without saying that neither Beatrice, Madeleine nor Amedeo can match H&M's notoriety, so frankly these forced comparisons are just redundant.
I think you'll find this school curriculum article as interesting as I did.

This is something I would expect from the States.

https://archive.is/sxYUa#selection-895.0-989.303

It'll be fascinating how the next generation will view this BRF era.
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Old 10-18-2021, 12:57 AM
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Well folks. That's the ticket. Companies and businesses and those with deep pockets are being asked to put their trust in how they invest their hard earned green dollars with a man that up until recently never had to carry money, had "people" to settle things for him and until recently, had people to "handle" him and tell him his itinerary for the day. Yeps. That's the ticket alright.

I'm glad I'm a self made nillionaire. I don't need to worry about investing anything. Good luck to Harry on this though. Maybe he'll actually do some good. Time will tell.
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Old 10-18-2021, 03:26 AM
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Personally - I think this is the biggest mistake they could ever make.
Ethics invests into a number of companies - including Netflix, Google, Twitter and Facebook. Harry's positions with Google via Travelyst and in the Fake News committee might provide him with information that might affect the stock price. Regardless of where the Sussex's have their portfolio -they are employed by they company and they are linked to over 6 companies where they can get insider information. There is a blatant conflict of interest here. I am very surprised that they were not warned against this.

The same can be said to their position as ambassador for Global Citizens for the Vaccine programme - this company invests in all of the top 5 pharmaceutical companies. They also invest in several companies with interesting Tax histories in their native countries.
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In a practical sense, Harry's conflicts of interest won't be a problem unless a party to one of those conflicts gives him real authority over something important. I doubt that will happen for a long list of reasons, with potential conflicts being the least of them. Those who are actually in charge of these companies aren't dummies, and no matter what job title they've given Harry, they aren't going to take investment or management advice from him. They're not going to throw more money at Netflix or Google because Harry says to, regardless of Harry's motives for saying that, because they know Harry doesn't know what he's talking about. And I doubt anyone at Netflix or Google is giving Harry any sensitive information, either, because we all know how good he isn't at keeping his mouth shut. He's a figurehead who's good for PR and who might occasionally have some interesting ideas, nothing more, and I'm sure that's how the real management sees him.

You're right, though, that this isn't a good look for him. As with so many things, they've either not sought qualified professional advice, or they've chosen to ignore qualified professional advice because they didn't like it and think they know best. One of these days, that's going to blow up in their faces.
In my mind, the issue of potential conflicts of interest will arise if Harry and or his wife had an executive role in any of these organisations that would give them any knowledge of the underlying businesses, their future plans and prospects, and implications of those prospects on the financial results of the companies.

Further, I would be surprised if Harry and his wife going to be involved in investment decisions at the fund manager. If they were to be involved in investment decisions, I would take a very negative view and certainly nit trust the organisation with my money as neither H nor M have any background or experience in financial markets. My sense is that they will be there to help attract investors, and little else.
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Old 10-18-2021, 03:32 AM
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Would it even be legal for Harry to make the decisions? I don't know what the situation in the US is, but fund managers in the UK would generally be registered under the Financial Services Authority. There's nothing to stop you from taking financial advice from Joe Bloggs down the pub, and plenty of people do, but someone actually setting themselves up as a fund manager would need to be properly regulated.
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Old 10-18-2021, 09:12 AM
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Well folks….with a man that up until recently never had to carry money, had "people" to settle things for him and until recently, had people to "handle" him and tell him his itinerary for the day.
You might be describing his current life, we don’t really know.
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Has the Baptism of Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor taken place yet or was in postponed due to Covid?
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