White House aides downplay coronavirus aid chances; Pelosi blasts Trump, but discusses airline help

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top White House officials on Wednesday downplayed the possibility of more coronavirus relief, while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi disparaged President Donald Trump for backing away from talks on a comprehensive deal.

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told reporters that “the stimulus negotiations are off,” echoing Trump’s announcement on Tuesday, and said in an interview on Fox News the administration backed a more piecemeal approach to help some sectors of the economy.

But in a separate interview with CNBC, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said that approach would likely not work either.

“Right now in terms of the probability curve, this would probably be low low-probability stuff.”

On Tuesday evening, after having shut down the negotiations on a comprehensive coronavirus package during the day, Trump wrote on Twitter that Congress should pass money for airlines, small businesses, and stimulus checks of $1,200 for individuals.

Pelosi told ABC’s “The View” that Trump’s tweets were an effort to rebound from “a terrible mistake,” but she brushed aside questions about doing a slimmed-down aid package, still favoring a comprehensive version.

“It is really important for us to come to this agreement,” she said.

Pelosi, however, did ask Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Wednesday to review a standalone bill for $25 billion in aid to airlines that Democrats tried to advance last week, her spokesman wrote on Twitter. [L1N2GY0NM]

Mnuchin, who had been Pelosi’s negotiating partner as they tried to reach a comprehensive package in recent days, had asked her about the possibility of a standalone airlines bill in a telephone call Wednesday.

As for Trump’s suggestion about the stimulus checks, Pelosi told ABC: “All he has ever wanted in the negotiation is to send out a check with his name printed on it.”

Trump’s canceling of talks with lawmakers on pandemic aid rattled Wall Street on Tuesday, although Wall Street’s main indexes jumped on Wednesday as investors grew hopeful of at least a partial deal.

The Democratic-led House has already passed legislation seeking a wide range of aid as the novel coronavirus continues to spread, infecting an estimated 7.5 million people in the United States and killing more than 210,000 – the highest in the world. But the measure did not advance in the Senate.

In private negotiations, Pelosi and Mnuchin were unable to close a gap between the $2.2 trillion in new aid Democrats sought and around $1.6 trillion the White House signaled it could accept. But that lower figure was likely to face staunch opposition from some Senate Republicans.

Reporting by Lisa Lambert, Susan Heavey, Richard Cowan and Susan Cornwell; Editing by Ross Colvin, Chizu Nomiyama and Rosalba O’Brien

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Sea Island Luxury Interior Designer, VPI Design, Discusses the Art of Lighting

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Top Luxury Interior Designer, VPI Design by Dina Varner, explains how the selection of lighting design can serve as an artistic element to enhance the beauty of a room

SEA ISLAND, GA / ACCESSWIRE / October 1, 2020 / The choice of lighting in a space is often underestimated; lighting can be viewed as an artistic element rather than a practical accessory. Sea Island Luxury Interior Designer, VPI Design, chooses lighting to complement the features of the rooms’ design. Lighting creates an elegant style and enhances the architectural features of a room.

Lighting is a focal aesthetic feature where the goal of its composition and positioning is to highlight and enhance other features in the space. A careful and informed selection of lighting creates the difference between functionality and art. Luxurious lighting installations captivate viewers by the ambiance this creates.

Levels of lighting assist in creating and emphasizing the mood of a room. Using different forms of lighting such as chandeliers, sconces, and lamps creates a balance.

Ambient lighting is positioned in areas of the room to soften the mood and create a comforting and stylish feel for the space. The spaces where fixtures are installed are carefully and strategically positioned to attract the attention to artwork, sculptures, wallpaper designs, or intricate details of the room. Task lighting is artistically created in areas that require additional lighting to brighten the specific space. This layer of lighting is carefully balanced to allow efficiency as well as adding to the luxurious atmospheric feel of the space.

Creating a sufficient balance between luxurious and functional space relies primarily on the art of lighting. Fabricating a room or space that feels sophisticated and stylish requires the right combination of lighting elements. Therefore, lighting design is an artistic focal point that directs the viewer’s attention to other features in the space.

About VPI Design by Dina Varner

Dina Varner is founder and creative director of VPI Design, an Atlanta and Sea Island Interior Design Firm working with both residential and commercial clients. She and her husband have been in the commercial construction industry for many years. Her inspiration comes from over twenty-five years of collecting and selling art and antiques through venues like Sotheby’s, Babcock Gallery, and Christie’s. This love of art and antiques started as a passion and has evolved into a successful business. Dina’s rich southern heritage in addition to her love of fashion and travel also act as her creative influence. The VPI Design team work together with a distinct flair for aesthetic insight into unique designs exhibiting elegance and style. They explore the use of light and texture for an organic appealing experience in every timeless interior. Combinations of art deco, vintage, and contemporary styles are combined to create elegance while simultaneously exuding simplicity and comfort in each living space. Her designers enjoy getting to know their clients personally to create

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Top Atlanta Luxury Interior Designer, VPI Design, Discusses the Art of Lighting

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ATLANTA, GA / ACCESSWIRE / September 30, 2020 / Luxury Interior Designer, VPI Design by Dina Varner, explains how the selection of lighting design can serve as an artistic element to enhance the beauty of a room.

The choice of lighting in a space is often underestimated; lighting can be viewed as an artistic element rather than a practical accessory. Atlanta Luxury Interior Designer, VPI Design, chooses lighting to complement the features of the rooms’ design. Lighting creates an elegant style and enhances the architectural features of a room.

Lighting is a focal aesthetic feature where the goal of its composition and positioning is to highlight and enhance other features in the space. A careful and informed selection of lighting creates the difference between functionality and art. Luxurious lighting installations captivate viewers by the ambiance this creates.

Levels of lighting assist in creating and emphasizing the mood of a room. Using different forms of lighting, such as chandeliers, sconces, and lamps creates a balance.

Ambient lighting is positioned in areas of the room to soften the mood and create a comforting and stylish feel for the space. The spaces where fixtures are installed are carefully and strategically positioned to attract the attention to artwork, sculptures, wallpaper designs, or intricate details of the room. Task lighting is artistically created in areas that require additional lighting to brighten the specific space. This layer of lighting is carefully balanced to allow efficiency as well as adding to the luxurious atmospheric feel of the space.

Creating a sufficient balance between luxurious and functional space relies primarily on the art of lighting. Fabricating a room or space that feels sophisticated and stylish requires the right combination of lighting elements. Therefore, lighting design is an artistic focal point that directs the viewer’s attention to other features in the space.

About VPI Design by Dina Varner

Dina Varner is founder and creative director of VPI Design, an Atlanta and Sea Island Interior Design Firm working with both residential and commercial clients. She and her husband have been in the commercial construction industry for many years. Her inspiration comes from over twenty-five years of collecting and selling art and antiques through venues like Sotheby’s, Babcock Gallery, and Christie’s. This love of art and antiques started as a passion and has evolved into a successful business. Dina’s rich southern heritage, in addition to her love of fashion and travel, also act as her creative influence. The VPI Design team work together with a distinct flair for aesthetic insight into unique designs exhibiting elegance and style. They explore the use of light and texture for an organic appealing experience in every timeless interior. Combinations of art deco, vintage, and contemporary styles are combined to create elegance while simultaneously exuding simplicity and comfort in each living space. Her designers enjoy getting to know their clients personally to create a home that

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