Garment Workers in Unions Fear For Their Jobs

That was why it let go almost half of its 1,274 workers in late March, the factory’s managing director said in response to protesters who arrived at the factory’s doors to denounce the dismissals. Three fired sewing operators, however, said the factory was taking an opportunity to punish workers engaged in union activity. In an…

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Love Letter: A Mother-Daughter Bond Enhanced by Stillness

[Sign up here to receive Love Letter, a weekly newsletter about relationship highs, lows and woes, in your inbox every Friday.] Stay-at-home measures have changed so much of our daily routines, from the way we live to the way we work and, most importantly, the way we communicate with others. In this week’s Modern Love…

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How An Elle Editor Is Wearing Full Denim Right Now

“Why wouldn’t you pair denim with denim? It’s a natural combination,” says Elle Market Editor Justine Carreon. At our (pre-social distancing) interview, she’s wearing a chambray shirt layered over a tie-dye tee, and both are tucked into a pair of straight-leg jeans. “People are always nervous about a Texas tux, but in my opinion, it…

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How to Make the Most of Potatoes

Cheap, nourishing, eminently available and fuss-free, the humble potato is just the thing for these days and weeks of stay-at-home, nearly nonstop cooking. Potatoes have always had mass appeal. And I find them beyond appealing, really. How deep is my love for potatoes? The mere mention of them makes my pulse race, starts me salivating,…

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A Vibrant Celebration of Moroccan Design

As a few faint rain drops began to fall in the courtyard of Riad Mena, a seven-room guesthouse in the Marrakesh medina, the hotelier Philomena Schurer Merckoll looked skyward, assessing the likelihood of a downpour. This was in February, when a seasonal shower was the biggest threat to a social gathering, and at risk beneath…

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Oh, Good, the Kids Are Fighting Again

ImageCredit…Yann Bastard The wails. The screeching. One more conference call interrupted. After months of social distancing, children are as frustrated as their parents. “They’re fighting over who’s sitting in what chair,” said Ana Balich, a mother of three who lives in Chicago. “They always fought about stuff like that, but it just seems like its…

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You Don’t Need Whiskey for an Old-Fashioned, or Vodka for a Cosmo

Comfort is often sought in the familiar: sitcom reruns, well-worn books, family recipes, even an old relationship. Just as something from our past can act as a balm when the future feels uncertain, so, too, can a classic cocktail. Reaching into the drink archives doesn’t have to be solely rooted in nostalgia, it can also…

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Knitting for the Apocalypse

But the fact that knitting-related businesses, in particular, are seeing a boost during this time of social and economic stress fits a historical pattern. When Danielle Romanetti opened her yarn shop in Alexandria, Va., in 2009, it was the pit of the Great Recession. Loans were nearly impossible to get, and for the most part,…

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Kenyans Held For Weeks in Quarantine Were Told to Pay to Get Out

NAIROBI, Kenya — When Valentine Ochogo arrived home in Kenya after being laid off from her job at a hot-air balloon business in Dubai, she was put in quarantine in a university dormitory with other travelers — one step in the government’s aggressive, often-lauded campaign to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. But instead of…

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Weeding Tips for Your Garden

Athletes and coaches study game tapes of their opponents, looking for weaknesses and other clues on how to get the upper hand. That’s how gardeners should look at weeds, learning as much as they can about the plants and all their moves. The process starts with learning the names, because without knowing who’s who, we…

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