Qualcomm (QCOM) earnings Q4 2020

first_imgSteve Mollenkopf, chief executive officer of Qualcomm Inc.Patrick T. Fallon | Bloomberg | Getty Images – Advertisement – Qualcomm provided guidance for its fiscal first-quarter ending in December. It said that it expected revenue between $7.8 billion and $8.6 billion, and adjusted EPS between $1.95 and $2.15.Qualcomm said it adjusted its earnings and revenue because it excluded several items, including $1.8 billion resulting from a settlement agreement with Huawei, a segment related to strategic investments, and share-based compensation.Qualcomm has said it is well-placed to benefit from the rise of 5G networks and handsets. One of its 5G modem chips is included in Apple‘s iPhone 12. Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf said on a call with analysts that its fourth-quarter results included a “partial quarter impact” from a large U.S. handset maker, likely Apple.Qualcomm said on Wednesday that it expects about 200 million smartphones with 5G to be shipped in 2020, and about 500 million 5G smartphones to be shipped in 2021. Qualcomm does not make smartphones but sells handset makers critical processing and modem chips. It’s expecting “high-single-digit growth” in smartphone shipments, including 5G, 4G, and 3G phones, next year.“Our fiscal fourth quarter results demonstrate that our investments in 5G are coming to fruition andshowing benefits in our licensing and product businesses,” Mollenkopf said in a statement.Last month, Qualcomm won a major court battle when an appeals court denied the FTC’s request for a rehearing of a previous decision that found that Qualcomm’s licensing business practices are legal, removing an overhanging issue the stock faced. – Advertisement –center_img Previously, those business lines were reported together under Qualcomm’s QCT segment, which focuses on chips. QCT sales were up 38% from the same quarter last year to $4.97 billion, Qualcomm said.Qualcomm’s other big segment is QTL, which includes licensing fees it collects from other technology companies because of its ownership of telecommunications patents. QTL revenue increased 30% from the same period last year to $1.51 billion.Net income was up 76% from a year ago, Qualcomm said.- Advertisement – Qualcomm stock rose more than 11% in extended trading as its revenue and adjusted earnings per share handily beat Wall Street expectations.Here’s how Qualcomm did versus Refinitiv consensus estimates for the quarter ended Sept. 27:Earnings: $1.45 per share (adjusted) vs. $1.17 estimatedRevenue: $6.5 billion (adjusted) vs $5.93 billion estimatedQualcomm said that it would change its reporting to break out revenue from handset, radio frequency, automotive and internet-of-things chips. Qualcomm said that it would not break out results or provide guidance for MSM chips, which are mobile modem chips.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Election Highlights: Biden, Flipping Michigan and Wisconsin, Says It’s ‘Clear’ He Will Reach 270

first_imgCounting ballots in Atlanta on Wednesday. If the trajectory of gains for Joseph R. Biden Jr. continues, it appears he could overtake President Trump in Georgia.Credit…Audra Melton for The New York Times People at the Detroit Department of Elections waited as the remaining absentee ballots were counted on Tuesday.Credit…Brittany Greeson for The New York Times While there have been countless election cases filed around the nation, it is not clear which of them might reach the Supreme Court in the coming days.But one candidate is already on the docket, and on Wednesday that Trump campaign said that it was intervening in the case, from Pennsylvania, which challenges a ruling by the state’s highest court that extended the deadline for receiving mail ballots by three days. Last month, the court refused to put the Pennsylvania on a fast track, but three justices indicated that the court might return to it later if need be.Should the vote in Pennsylvania have the potential to determine the outcome in the Electoral College and should those late-arriving ballots have the potential to swing the state — two big ifs — the U.S. Supreme Court might well intercede.Late last month, the justices refused a plea from Republicans to fast-track a decision on whether the Pennsylvania Supreme Court had acted lawfully when it ordered a three-day extension for ballots clearly mailed on or before Election Day, and for ballots with missing or illegible postmarks “unless a preponderance of the evidence demonstrates that it was mailed after Election Day.” The justices’ refusal came a little more than a week after the court deadlocked, 4 to 4, on an emergency application in the case on Oct. 19.Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel A. Alito Jr., Neil M. Gorsuch and Brett M. Kavanaugh said they would have granted a stay blocking the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision. On the other side were Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and the court’s three-member liberal wing: Justices Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who joined the court on Oct. 27, did not take part in the decision not to fast-track the case.Justice Alito, joined by Justices Thomas and Gorsuch, criticized his court’s treatment of the matter, which he said had “needlessly created conditions that could lead to serious postelection problems.”“It would be highly desirable to issue a ruling on the constitutionality of the State Supreme Court’s decision before the election,” Justice Alito wrote. “That question has national importance, and there is a strong likelihood that the State Supreme Court decision violates the federal Constitution.”But there was not enough time, he wrote. Still, Justice Alito left little doubt about where he stood on the question in the case.Pennsylvania officials have instructed county election officials to segregate ballots arriving after 8 p.m. on Election Day through 5 p.m. on Friday. That would as a practical matter allow a ruling from the Supreme Court to determine whether they were ultimately counted. transcript‘We Believe We Will Be the Winners,’ Biden SaysJoseph R. Biden Jr., the Democratic nominee for president, said he was confident his campaign would reach the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency. A yard sign remained in Swanville, Maine.Credit…Hilary Swift for The New York Times Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, emerged victorious on Wednesday in her bid to secure a fifth term, beating back an avalanche of Democratic money and liberal anger in the most difficult race of her career to defeat Sara Gideon, a Democrat, and strengthen her party’s hold on the Senate. Ms. Collins’s victory dashed Democratic hopes of a crucial pickup as their ambitions of a Senate takeover hung by a thread. So far, Democrats have flipped two seats and Republicans have flipped one, for a net gain to the Democrats of one seat. If Joseph R. Biden Jr. wins the presidency, Democrats need to gain three seats to retake control of the Senate. If President Trump is re-elected, Democrats need to gain four seats. But Democrats held onto one of their most hotly contested seats in Michigan, where Gary Peters, a low-profile Democratic senator, survived a tight race against his Republican challenger, John James. The contest became one of the most competitive in the nation in the past few weeks and was a priority for Republicans. Mr. James, an Army combat veteran and businessman, would have become only the third Black Republican elected to the upper chamber since Reconstruction.The Collins-Gideon race was the most expensive in Maine history, with national donors flooding the state with tens of millions of dollars and an onslaught of negative campaign ads. The battle for control of the Senate appeared to be heading out of reach for Democrats.Democrats early Wednesday won a crucial seat in Arizona, with Mark Kelly, a former astronaut, defeating Senator Martha McSally, and former Gov. John Hickenlooper defeated Senator Cory Gardner on Tuesday night in the high-profile fight for Colorado’s Senate seat. Those victories were essential to Democrats’ push to take the Senate majority. In Georgia, the Rev. Dr. Raphael G. Warnock, a Democrat, advanced to a runoff election against Senator Kelly Loeffler, the Republican incumbent. The other race in the state, between Jon Ossoff, the Democratic challenger, and Senator David Perdue, a Republican, was too close to call. But Republicans across the country were successful in holding off well-funded challengers in a number of key races. In Montana, Senator Steve Daines defeated Gov. Steve Bullock and in Iowa, Senator Joni Ernst defeated Theresa Greenfield, a businesswoman who had styled herself as a “scrappy farm kid.” Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican, hung onto his seat in South Carolina, fending off the toughest challenge of his political career from Jaime Harrison, a Black Democrat whose upstart campaign electrified progressives across the country and inspired a record-setting onslaught of campaign cash.Senator John Cornyn, Republican of Texas, also defeated a challenge from M.J. Hegar, a former Air Force pilot who Democrats hoped could have an outside chance of winning in the rapidly changing state. In Kentucky, Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, easily won re-election, defeating Amy McGrath, a Democrat who struggled to gain ground despite an outpouring of financial support from her party’s supporters around the nation. Republicans succeeded in ousting Senator Doug Jones, Democrat of Alabama, who came to power in a 2017 special election against Roy S. Moore, who was accused of sexually assaulting and pursuing teenage girls.Senator Thom Tillis, Republican of North Carolina, claimed victory Wednesday afternoon over his Democratic challenger, Cal Cunningham, in a seat that strategists in both parties identified as a possible tipping point, but news organizations did not declare a victor and Mr. Cunningham did not concede. Ballots being counted Tuesday night in Milwaukee.Credit…Chang W. Lee/The New York Times Mr. Trump’s chances of winning a second term depended on his ability to hang on to his leads in states like Georgia and Pennsylvania — where Mr. Biden has been narrowing the gap as vote counting progresses — and on overtaking Mr. Biden in one of the states where he is currently ahead.With millions of votes yet to be counted across several key states — there is a reason that news organizations and other usually impatient actors were waiting to declare victors — Mr. Biden had narrow leads in Arizona and Nevada. If he can hold those states, the former vice president could win the election even without Pennsylvania, which has long been viewed as a must-have battleground state.“I’m not here to declare that we’ve won,” Mr. Biden said in a speech Wednesday afternoon in Wilmington, Del., “but I am here to report that when the count is finished, we believe we will be the winners.”- Advertisement – Richard P. Donoghue, a top Justice Department official, said armed federal officers were allowed at polling places during vote counting.Credit…Brendan Mcdermid/Brendan Mcdermid A judge ordered the Postal Service to conduct sweeps of 12 districts to search for ballots that might have slipped through the cracks.Credit…John Roark/The Idaho Post-Register, via Associated Press Supporters of President Trump gathered outside the Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center in Phoenix on Wednesday to protest the early election results there, which favor Joseph R. Biden Jr.Credit…Edgard Garrido/Reuters As the results rolled in on Tuesday night, a feeing of déjà vu arrived along with them. Pre-election polls, it appeared, had been misleading once again.While the nation awaits final results from Michigan, Pennsylvania and a few other states, it is already clear — no matter who ends up winning — that the industry failed to fully account for the missteps that led it to underestimate President Trump’s support four years ago.The misses raise the question whether the polling industry, which has become a national fixation in an era of data journalism and statistical forecasting, can survive yet another crisis of confidence.“I want to see all the results in,” Christopher Borick, the director of polling at Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania, said in an interview. “I want to see where those deviations are from pre-election polls and final margins. But there’s ample evidence that there were major issues again. Just how deep they are, we’ll see.”In some states where many polls had projected Mr. Trump losing narrowly — like Ohio, Iowa and Florida — he had already been declared the winner by early Wednesday. And in states that had seemed more than likely to go for Mr. Biden, like Michigan and Nevada, results were too close to call as the official tallies trickled in. (In one such state, Wisconsin, Mr. Biden was declared the winner on Wednesday afternoon, by 0.6 percentage points.)Given the ballots that have been counted, it is now clear that there was an overestimation of Mr. Biden’s support across the board, particularly with white voters and with men. And while polling had presaged a swing away from Mr. Trump among white voters 65 and over, that never fully took shape.Partly as a result, Mr. Biden underperformed his expectations not only in polyglot states like Florida but in heavily white, suburban areas such as Macomb County, Mich., where he had been widely expected to do well.Dr. Borick pointed out that while state-level polls had widely misfired in 2016, the same thing had generally not occurred in the 2018 midterm elections. This led him to conclude that Mr. Trump was a complicating factor.“In the end, like so many Trump-related things, there may be different rules,” he said. “I’m a quantifiable type of human being; I want to see evidence. And I only have two elections with Donald Trump in them — but both seem to be behaving in ways that others don’t behave.”Not every pollster fared poorly. Ann Selzer, long considered one of the top pollsters in the country, released a poll with The Des Moines Register days before the election showing Mr. Trump opening up a seven-point lead in Iowa; that appears to be in line with the actual result thus far.And inevitably, Robert Cahaly and his mysterious Trafalgar Group — which projected a bunch of close races in the battlegrounds — will get another look from curious commentators wondering why it has been so close to accurate, both in 2016 and this year.The firm was among the only pollsters to show Mr. Trump’s strength in the Midwest and Pennsylvania four years ago, and while its polls this fall may end up being a little on the rosy-red side, it appears to have gotten the horse race in many states closer than other pollsters, by not giving short shrift to Mr. Trump’s strengths. Here’s what you need to know: ATLANTA — The presidential race in Georgia appeared headed for a photo finish as former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. steadily gained ground on President Trump. The victor will be awarded 16 electoral votes.Mr. Biden began Wednesday morning approximately 100,000 votes behind Mr. Trump, but as county elections workers around the state continued the laborious tabulation of absentee ballots into Thursday morning, Mr. Trump’s lead narrowed to 23,000 votes, or 0.5 percent. Under Georgia election law, a candidate may request a recount if the margin is 0.5 or less.In Fulton County, a Democratic stronghold and home to most of Atlanta, Mr. Biden narrowed the margin by more than 18,000 votes between 5 p.m. and midnight as the work of processing and tabulating the votes continued. In DeKalb County, also part of the metropolitan region, Mr. Biden narrowed it by an additional 5,000. The next update from Georgia’s secretary of state is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday.Brad Raffensperger, the Georgia secretary of state, said that as of 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, about 90,735 ballots still needed to be counted. More than a third of them were in Fulton and DeKalb counties.If the trajectory of Mr. Biden’s gains continued, it appeared he could overtake Mr. Trump in Georgia by the final tally on Thursday. The question was whether additional absentee votes from rural and more Republican areas would offset enough of Mr. Biden’s gains to preserve Mr. Trump’s lead.Republicans in Georgia were nervously assessing the vote count and promised to file lawsuits in a dozen or more counties aimed at knocking off votes here and there. The first case, filed in Savannah on Wednesday, was an effort to chisel away 53 ballots that Georgia Republicans said had arrived too late to be counted. Video Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. has maintained a steady but slightly narrowing lead in Arizona vote tallies after Election Day, with Latino voters lining up behind the former vice president in a state that President Trump won by three and a half percentage points in 2016.As of early Thursday, Mr. Biden led Mr. Trump in Arizona by 68,400 votes, or less than three percentage points. In the votes so far from Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix, Mr. Biden leads by five percentage points, with about 5 percent of the total vote still outstanding.Even Mr. Biden’s narrow edge underscored a profound political shift in Arizona, a longtime Republican bastion that has lurched left in recent years, fueled by rapidly evolving demographics and a growing contingent of young Latino voters who favor liberal policies.The count was delayed in the early hours of Thursday, as dozens of Trump supporters demonstrated outside the Maricopa County election office where the votes were being counted.In one of the brightest spots for Democrats so far, the former astronaut Mark Kelly defeated the state’s Republican senator, Martha McSally, in a special election, making Mr. Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema the first pair of Democrats to represent Arizona in the Senate since the 1950s. Vote counting is still underway in the crucial swing state of Pennsylvania, even as the Trump campaign challenges the process.President Trump, who won the state narrowly in 2016, had secured about 52 percent of the vote by 5 p.m. Wednesday, with the state reporting 84 percent of ballots counted. The mail ballots that have yet to be counted in Pennsylvania were expected to favor Democrats, and Mr. Biden has been narrowing Mr. Trump’s lead as the counting progresses.But Mr. Trump tweeted on Wednesday that his campaign had “claimed” Pennsylvania “for Electoral Vote purposes,” even though the votes are still being counted. And at an afternoon news conference in Philadelphia, Eric Trump, one of the president’s sons, and Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, made the baseless assertion that the election in Pennsylvania was being stolen from Mr. Trump, and claimed that the campaign had been barred from observing the counting.Mr. Giuliani claimed, with no evidence, that dead people had voted. Eric Trump said the campaign was filing a lawsuit in the state. They took no questions.In Philadelphia, city commissioners processed an additional 47,000 mail-in ballots for a total of 233,486, commissioner Lisa Deeley said on Wednesday. She also said that 347,000 in-person ballots had been counted, or 97 percent of those cast, but that city officials were still waiting to receive some mail-in ballots.Commissioner Al Schmidt, a Republican, defended the Philadelphia counting process against attacks by the Trump campaign, which has accused the commission of preventing Republican poll watchers from observing the count.“In the room down the hall where all this activity is taking place, you can see a group of observers from the campaigns standing at a close but also safe distance from where all the activity is,” Mr. Schmidt said. Calling on election officials to “count every vote,” protesters marched through the streets of several American cities on Wednesday in response to President Trump’s aggressive effort to challenge the vote count in Tuesday’s presidential election.A crowd of more than 150 supporters of President Trump gathered Wednesday night in front of the Maricopa County Recorder’s building near downtown Phoenix to protest what they described as efforts to cast President Trump as losing Arizona.Many in the crowd were holding Trump flags, and numerous people were wielding AR-15 rifles and other firearms. Some in the crowd chanted “Down With Fox,” a criticism of the television network’s decision to call Arizona for Mr. Biden.“The only way Biden can win Arizona is through fraud,” said Jim Williams, 67, a welder who attended the protest. “I won’t accept a Biden victory. I don’t want to live under Communist rule.”At several points, protesters contended that Adrian Fontes, the county official who oversees elections in Maricopa County, was improperly failing to count some ballots and costing Mr. Trump votes in Arizona’s most populous county — although there was no evidence that any ballots had been improperly tossed.Keely Varvel, chief deputy for the Maricopa County Recorder, said there were no plans to halt counting of the ballots because of the protest in front of the building. ”We are still planning to finish up our scheduled ballot processing work and report out more results tonight,” Ms. Varvel said.In Minneapolis, protesters blocked a freeway, prompting arrests. In Portland, hundreds gathered on the waterfront to protest the president’s attempted interventions in the vote count as a separate group protesting the police and urging racial justice surged through downtown, smashing shop windows and confronting police officers and National Guard troops.Protesters also gathered in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Chicago and elsewhere, some of them continuing the protests over racial justice and policing that have rocked the country since the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May. More demonstrations were scheduled for the coming days.In Minneapolis, several hundred protesters angered over the president’s declarations marched onto Interstate 94, prompting the police to clear the roadway.“Our focus is on not allowing Donald Trump to steal this election from the American people,” Nekima Levy Armstrong, a lawyer who was part of the protest, said in a phone interview from the freeway. She said that the protesters had halted traffic and that the police, some on horses, had begun to make arrests and were not allowing protesters to leave.The Minnesota State Patrol said on Twitter that it was arresting protesters and that demonstrating on the freeway “is illegal and very dangerous for pedestrians and motorists.”In New York, protesters held a peaceful demonstration in Manhattan earlier on Wednesday calling for every vote to be counted and for racial equality, but hostile clashes between protesters and the police developed later on when protesters briefly shut down traffic in the West Village, and officers pushed protesters to the sidewalks and arrested at least 20 people. transcriptBack Here is the state of play in battleground states as of 3 a.m. Eastern on Thursday.ARIZONAElectoral votes: 11Biden leads Trump, 50.5 percent to 48.1 percent, with 86 percent of the estimated vote in.To keep in mind: Trump needs to win nearly two-thirds of the remaining votes to capture the state. Officials in Maricopa County, the state’s most populous county and home to Phoenix, said they would release the next results update Thursday night.GEORGIAElectoral votes: 16Trump leads Biden, 49.6 percent to 49.1 percent, with 95 percent of the estimated vote in.Keep in mind: Many of the votes still coming in are in suburbs of Atlanta and other populous counties that have been breaking for Biden. Mr. Biden must win around 60 percent of the remaining votes to pull ahead. Georgia’s secretary of state said that he was expecting workers to continue tallying votes until late Wednesday or Thursday.NEVADAElectoral votes: 6Biden leads Trump, 49.3 percent to 48.7 percent, with 86 percent of the estimated vote in.Keep in mind: Mr. Biden leads by fewer than 8,000 votes, but all of the Election Day vote has been counted, leaving only Democratic-leaning late mail and provisional ballots to be tabulated. Officials said results would be released around noon Eastern on Thursday.NORTH CAROLINAElectoral votes: 15Trump leads Biden, 50.1 percent to 48.7 percent, with 95 percent of the estimated vote in.Keep in mind: With most votes now tabulated, Biden would need to win about two-thirds of the remainder to pull ahead. Mail ballots postmarked by Election Day will be accepted until Thursday, Nov. 12.PENNSYLVANIAElectoral votes: 20Trump leads Biden, 50.7 percent to 48.1 percent, with 89 percent of the estimated vote in.Keep in mind: Most of the votes yet to be counted are in counties where Biden is ahead, including Philadelphia, the state’s most populous county, where Biden leads by about 60 percentage points, and Allegheny, which Biden leads by over 10 points and which includes Pittsburgh. But plenty of votes are outstanding in dozens of smaller Trump-leaning counties.Biden needs to win about two-thirds of the remaining votes to win the state. Officials have said they expect most votes to be counted by Friday.MICHIGANElectoral votes: 16Biden was declared the winner on Wednesday. The vote now stands at 50.4 percent to 48 percent, with more than 98 percent of votes counted.Keep in mind: Before the Michigan race was called, the Trump campaign had announced that it was suing to halt the counting of mail-in ballots there because of what it called insufficient transparency in the process.WISCONSINElectoral votes: 10Biden was declared the winner, 49.4 percent to 48.8 percent, a margin of 0.6 percentage points, with more than 98 percent of votes counted.Keep in mind: Wisconsin law allows a recount when the leading candidate’s margin is less than one percent, and the Trump campaign said it would request one. Barack Obama and Joseph R. Biden Jr. at a campaign drive-in event at Belle Isle Casino in Detroit on Oct. 31.Credit…Erin Schaff/The New York Times President Trump spoke to campaign workers in Arlington, Va. Credit…Anna Moneymaker for The New York Times A federal judge on Wednesday threatened to call Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to appear before him, expressing frustration with the Postal Service’s slow response in carrying out Election Day sweeps of postal facilities looking for undelivered ballots.“The postmaster is either going have to be deposed or appear before me,” said Judge Emmet G. Sullivan of the District of Columbia, as he continued to monitor the agency’s performance delivering ballots, which can be counted for days after the election in many states.On Tuesday, Judge Sullivan had ordered inspectors to sweep facilities in 12 districts after the Postal Service said in court that some 300,000 ballots it had received had not been scanned for delivery. He said he was particularly concerned about ballot delivery in key swing districts with low on-time delivery scores, including Central Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and Detroit.The judge gave the agency until 3 p.m. to complete the sweeps, but the Postal Service said it would need until 8 p.m. to do the work without disrupting the processing of a flood of Election Day ballots.On Wednesday morning, the Postal Service said it had completed the sweeps, and that they turned up only a “relative handful of ballots” — about 12 or 13, according to a U.S. Department of Justice lawyer representing the Postal Service.The judge’s dramatic Election Day order came as record numbers of Americans cast ballots by mail this year, with voters anxious to avoid crowds at the polls during the pandemic.“Why was it as of yesterday there were still ballots being delivered late?” Shankar Duraiswamy, the lead lawyer for the nonprofit coalition Vote Forward, which is suing the Postal Service to try to ensure all ballots are delivered, asked during Wednesday’s hearing.He said the court must now focus on getting ballots to the 21 states in the country that accept ballots postmarked by or before Election Day in the days after the election.Roughly 300,000 ballots that the Postal Service says it processed showed no scan confirming their delivery to ballot-counting sites, according to data filed recently in federal court in Washington, D.C., leaving voter-rights advocates concerned.Postal officials said that just because a ballot never received a final scan before going out for delivery, it did not mean that it wasn’t delivered. A machine scanning ballots for final processing can sometimes miss ballots that are stuck together or have smudged bar codes. And hand-sorted ballots typically do not receive a final scan before delivery.The Postal Service said Wednesday morning it had been conducting daily searches at all of its facilities for ballots that might fall through the cracks.In a statement, a Postal Service spokesman said some ballots, expedited to election officials, had bypassed certain processing operations and did not receive a final scan.“The assumption that there are unaccounted ballots within the Postal Service network is inaccurate,” he said. “We remain in close contact with state and local boards of elections and we do not currently have any open issues.”As the agency continues to process ballots, states across the country are still counting votes cast by mail. In the final hours that election officials in Texas can accept some mail-in ballots, Judge Sullivan also ruled Wednesday that the Postal Service must instruct employees in Texas to conduct additional sweeps for ballots sent to election officials. The Associated Press has already called the state in Mr. Trump’s favor. transcript‘Stop the Count’: Protesters Swarm Detroit Vote-Counting CenterSupporters of President Trump and Democratic observers converged on the TCF Center in Detroit as poll workers tried to finish counting more than 170,000 absentee ballots. Yesterday once again proved that democracy is the heartbeat of this nation. Just as it as been the heartbeat of this nation for two centuries. And even in the face of pandemic, more Americans voted this election than ever before in American history. Here, the people rule. Power can’t be taken or asserted. It flows from the people. And it’s their will that determines who will be the president of the United States, and their will alone. And now, after a long night of counting, it’s clear that we’re winning enough states to reach 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency. I’m not here to declare that we’ve won, but I am here to report, when the count is finished, we believe we will be the winners. Now, every vote must be counted. No one’s going to take our democracy away from us. Not now, not ever. America’s come too far. America’s fought too many battles. America’s endured too much to ever let that happen. We the people will not be silenced. We the people will not be bullied. We the people will not surrender. My friends, I’m confident we’ll emerge victorious, but this will not be my victory alone or our victory alone — it would be a victory for the American people, for our democracy, for America. And there will be no blue states and red states when we win, just the United States of America.center_img While the outcome of the presidential race remains undecided, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. has notched one clear milestone: He has collected more votes than his old boss Barack Obama did in 2008, to set a new record for the popular vote.Powered by the enormous turnout, Mr. Biden has received more than 71 million votes, and still counting, nationwide, exceeding the 69,498,516 collected by Mr. Obama in another year with enormous voter enthusiasm that held the record until this year.Democrats are likely to point to the vote total as evidence that they continue to represent the majority of the country in presidential elections. They have won the popular vote in every presidential election since 2000 with the exception of 2004.But there are some caveats: The population of the country has grown since 2008 from 304 million to more than 330 million people in 2020.This means that Mr. Obama received the votes of a greater percentage of Americans — about 23 percent, to Mr. Biden’s 22 percent. Mr. Obama also drew a higher percentage of the country’s registered voters, 48 percent to Mr. Biden’s 45 percent.While Mr. Obama was swept in with a clear majority of the popular vote, Mr. Biden, who served two terms as his vice president, is on track for a narrower margin in the nationwide results, reflecting a more divided electorate, said Rogers Smith, a professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania“This was an extraordinary election that appears to have spurred one of the highest turnouts in a century,” he said. “That means that both candidates are going to receive larger vote totals than they would have in the past.” The undecided presidential election entered a new phase on Wednesday as former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. was declared the winner of Michigan and Wisconsin, two key swing states that President Trump won four years ago.- Advertisement – Video Video player loading The Justice Department told federal prosecutors in an email early on Wednesday that the law allowed them to send armed federal officers to ballot-counting locations around the country to investigate potential voter fraud, according to three people who described the message.The email created the specter of the federal government intimidating local election officials or otherwise intervening in vote tallying amid calls by President Trump to end the tabulating in states where he was trailing in the presidential race, former officials said.A law prohibits the stationing of armed federal officers at polls on Election Day. But a top official told prosecutors that the department interpreted the statute to mean that they could send armed federal officers to polling stations and locations where ballots were being counted anytime after that.The statute “does not prevent armed federal law enforcement persons from responding to, investigate, or prevent federal crimes at closed polling places or at other locations where votes are being counted,” the official, Richard P. Donoghue, told prosecutors in the email, which he sent around 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday.A Justice Department spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment.Mr. Donoghue, the No. 2 official in the office of the deputy attorney general, Jeffrey A. Rosen, sent his email about half an hour before Mr. Trump made reckless claims including falsely declaring himself the winner of the election and began calling for election officials to stop counting ballots.One state election official vowed to resist any interference or intimidation efforts by federal officials.“Elections are a state matter, and we have authority as state officials over anyone trying to enter locations where ballots are being counted,” said Attorney General Maura Healey of Massachusetts. “Anything else is a radical reinterpretation of the law. States can handle elections, and we will ensure the people decide the outcome.” Voters on Election Day in Arizona. The state was still counting ballots on Thursday morning. Credit…Adriana Zehbrauskas for The New York Times With its path to victory narrowing, the Trump campaign said that it would seek a recount in Wisconsin and announced that it had taken legal action seeking to halt the vote count in Michigan, one of a flurry of lawsuits that included joining an action challenging the extension of ballot deadlines in Pennsylvania and filing another seeking to segregate late absentee ballots in Georgia.The Trump campaign’s string of challenges came as the president found himself with few ways to win the 270 electoral votes needed to be re-elected. By Wednesday afternoon, Mr. Biden was holding slim leads in several key states which, if the trend continues, could propel him to the critical Electoral College threshold and the presidency.The lingering uncertainty of the 2020 campaign was perhaps unsurprising in an election with record-breaking turnout where most ballots were cast before Election Day but many could not be counted until afterward.- Advertisement – transcriptBack Election workers with the Philadelphia City Commissioners office sorted thousands of ballots on Wednesday.Credit…Kriston Jae Bethel for The New York Times For the sixth time in less than 24 hours, Twitter on Wednesday flagged tweets by President Trump for violating its rules because they included unsupported claims of widespread election fraud and premature declarations of victory in key battleground states.Twitter attached warnings to each of the president’s tweets, but also to others posted by his allies, including, among others, his official campaign account, the White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and the president’s son Eric Trump. All three had, like the president, claimed victory for Mr. Trump in Pennsylvania, a race that no major news organization has said is decided.At least three of Mr. Trump’s posts were hidden and one was partially hidden, but each allowed Twitter users the option of viewing them. The platform also restricted the ability of users to retweet or repost the posts by the president that had violated the company’s standards.Twitter’s actions came as Mr. Trump’s possible path to re-election narrowed, with former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. winning Wisconsin and Michigan, two states in the so-called Midwest blue wall that Mr. Trump had won in 2016.Mr. Trump falsely claimed on Wednesday afternoon that he had won not only Pennsylvania but also Georgia and North Carolina, states in which he had been leading in early vote totals but where a significant number of ballots remained uncounted. In each case, his lead was shrinking.Mr. Trump has nearly 88 million followers on Twitter, which faced accusations of bias from Republicans during the campaign. Twitter has attached warnings to tweets by President Trump and his allies in the last 24 hours.Credit…Doug Mills/The New York Times Senator Gary Peters, Democrat of  Michigan, and his wife, Colleen Ochoa, on election night.Credit…Carlos Osorio/Associated Press “Who’s security?” “You don’t work here! Move your hand!” “Look at him.” “You guys are here to uphold the law, correct?” “Let us in. Let us in. Let us in. Let us in. Let us in. Let us in.” “Stop the vote. Stop the vote. Stop the vote. Stop the vote.” “Stop the count. Stop the count. Stop the count. Stop the count. Stop the count. Stop the count. Stop the count.” “Let us in. Let us in. Let us in. Let us in.” Even before the Wisconsin race was called, the Trump campaign said that it would request a recount. Under Wisconsin law, a recount can be requested if the margin between the top two candidates is less than one percentage point.Bill Stepien, Mr. Trump’s campaign manager, said in a statement that “the president is well within the threshold to request a recount and we will immediately do so.”Mr. Stepien later claimed that the Trump campaign had not been given “meaningful access” to several counting locations in Michigan, and that it had a filed suit in the Michigan Court of Claims to halt counting until access was granted. Shortly after that he announced that the campaign would intervene in Pennsylvania. Later in the evening, the campaign said it was filing suit in Georgia seeking to get counties to separate late-arriving ballots from the rest.Taken together, the legal actions threatened to slow the counting in states where Mr. Trump was projected to lose or in danger of losing.One source of Mr. Biden’s resilience lies in the nature of the votes still to be counted. Many are mail-in ballots, which favor him because the Democratic Party spent months promoting the message of submitting votes in advance, while Mr. Trump encouraged his voters to turn out on Election Day. And in Pennsylvania, many of the uncounted votes are from populous urban and suburban areas that tend to vote heavily for Democrats.Four years ago, Michigan provided one of Mr. Trump’s most surprising victories and helped him take back the Northern industrial states that had favored Democrats in presidential elections since the 1990s. In this election, Mr. Trump’s popularity took a serious hit with the coalition of white voters — independents, those who had an unfavorable view of him but supported him anyway, people with and without college educations — that helped secure his win in Michigan in 2016.Even in Pennsylvania, where Mr. Trump had run up a daunting lead of roughly eight percentage points as of Wednesday afternoon, Mr. Biden had a plausible shot of catching up. Pennsylvania’s secretary of state said there were more than 1.4 million mail-in ballots still to be counted, and those votes are expected to heavily favor Mr. Biden.Mr. Trump held leads in North Carolina and Georgia, and his campaign expressed hopes that his early Pennsylvania lead could withstand an influx of mail-in ballots for Mr. Biden. Then, if Mr. Trump were able to retake the lead from Mr. Biden in Arizona or Nevada, which has gone Democratic in recent elections, he would have a path to a second term.Early Wednesday, Mr. Trump prematurely declared victory and said he would petition the Supreme Court to demand a halt to the counting. Mr. Biden urged his supporters — and by implication, Mr. Trump — to show patience and allow the process to play out. The Supreme Court decides actual disputes, not abstract propositions, and then only after lower courts have made their own rulings.Credit…Anna Moneymaker for The New York Times Supporters of President Trump and Democratic observers converged on the TCF Center in Detroit as poll workers tried to finish counting more than 170,000 absentee ballots.CreditCredit…Brittany Greeson for The New York TimesNot long before multiple news outlets declared former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. the winner in Michigan, tensions escalated on Wednesday at a ballot-counting center in Detroit, a critical reservoir of votes for Mr. Biden in the battleground state.President Trump’s supporters and Democratic observers converged on the TCF Center to monitor poll workers as they tried to finish counting more than 170,000 absentee ballots in the state’s largest city.The president’s backers chanted “stop the count” as law enforcement officers stood in front of the doors to the convention center, a video of the episode showed.While there was a standoff at the convention center, there were no apparent episodes of violence. It was not immediately clear if there were any arrests.Though Mr. Trump took an early lead in Michigan as votes began to be counted, his margin evaporated overnight as ballots from Detroit, which is in Wayne County, were counted. The president’s campaign filed a lawsuit on Wednesday in which it accused election officials of blocking access to observers from the Trump campaign as the ballots were tabulated.When counting began, 85 challengers were monitoring the 900 city workers who were counting the absentee ballots in shifts.Outside the TCF Center, dozens of challengers — most not wearing masks — urged poll workers to stop counting votes and chanted “let us in.” A group of counter-demonstrators responded with “count every vote” chants.Rich Henry, a protester from Livonia, a city in Wayne County, said that he was angered that the county was still counting ballots. His comments echoed the president’s false claims that ballots tabulated after Election Day should not count, despite it being commonplace in U.S. elections.Mr. Henry, who owns a construction business and voted in person on Tuesday, called the mail-in ballot system a “fraud.”“Why are we pushing it, because of the pandemic?” he said. Behind the crowd, about 20 police officers watched as people continued to congregate in the late afternoon, and a helicopter circled overhead. At one point, an argument between two demonstrators broke out after the group challenging the ballot count began chanting “no more abortion.”Some of the counter-demonstrators held signs saying “count every vote.” Beryl Satter, a history professor at Rutgers University who traveled to the Detroit area for the election, stood with the group. “It seems to me, that if they’re going to have an election and a democracy, the votes should be counted,” she said. “It seems common sense and completely uncontroversial.”— Kathleen Gray, Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio and Neil Vigdor Radical Alexander, 34, attended a Defend the Vote event in Madison, Wis., on Wednesday, after President Trump said he would seek a recount in the state.Credit…Lauren Justice for The New York Times MADISON, Wis. — Even before Joseph R. Biden Jr. was declared the winner in Wisconsin, successfully flipping a state President Trump narrowly won in 2016, Mr. Trump’s campaign signaled it would request a recount.Under Wisconsin law, a recount can be requested if the margin between the leading candidates is less than 1 percent, and Mr. Trump’s campaign manager, Bill Stepien, said that the campaign would “immediately do so.”Mr. Biden currently leads in Wisconsin by 0.6 percentage points. “The president is well within the threshold to demand a recount,” Mr. Stepien said.In 2016, a statewide recount increased Mr. Trump’s margin in Wisconsin by 131 votes.Whoever requests the recount would have to pay for it unless the margin is less than one-quarter of 1 percent.Andrew Bates, a spokesman for the Biden campaign, said the push for a recount was not the behavior of a winning campaign.“When Donald Trump won Wisconsin in 2016 by roughly the same amount of votes that Joe Biden just did, or won Michigan with fewer votes than Joe Biden is winning it now, he bragged about a ‘landslide,’ and called recount efforts ‘sad,’” Mr. Bates said. “What makes these charades especially pathetic is that while Trump is demanding recounts in places he has already lost, he’s simultaneously engaged in fruitless attempts to halt the counting of votes in other states in which he’s on the road to defeat.”Mr. Biden’s narrow Wisconsin advantage came after several of the state’s large cities — including Milwaukee, Green Bay and Kenosha — reported results from their absentee ballots on Wednesday morning.The Biden campaign maintained a sharp focus on Wisconsin after the state was one of three crucial Great Lakes states that the party lost four years ago. It was a key part of the campaign’s hope of clearing a straightforward path to 270 electoral votes.During his campaign, Mr. Biden made three visits to the state, which was set to host the Democratic National Convention before it became an all-virtual event because of the coronavirus pandemic, which is currently worse in Wisconsin than in any other battleground state. He maintained a steady lead in the polls in the run-up to Election Day.In 2016, Mr. Trump became the first Republican presidential candidate to win Wisconsin since 1984, narrowly defeating Hillary Clinton in a state with a large population of white, working-class Democrats.Wisconsin saw a surge of infections from the coronavirus this fall as voters were preparing to go to the polls. The state had also been upended this year after Kenosha became the site of unrest and protests over the police shooting of Jacob Blake. The Battle for the Senate Republican lawyers and Trump campaign officials on Wednesday began a wide-ranging legal assault to challenge Democratic votes in key swing states, part of a long-telegraphed, post-Election Day campaign to claim victory over Joseph R. Biden Jr. with help from the courts.By midday Wednesday, the Trump campaign had announced that it was suing to halt the counting of mail-in ballots in Michigan because of what it called insufficient transparency in the process.“President Trump’s campaign has not been provided with meaningful access to numerous counting locations to observe the opening of ballots and the counting process, as guaranteed by Michigan law,” said Bill Stepien, President Trump’s campaign manager.Separately, the Trump campaign said it would seek a recount of the vote in Wisconsin, even before the race was called. Mr. Biden was named the winner there on Wednesday afternoon by The Associated Press, by a margin of more than 20,000 votes, or 0.6 percentage points.In news briefings and interviews, campaign aides grounded their legal arguments in a claim that they were merely seeking to ensure that no votes get to count that should not count, rather than repeating the president’s own early-morning claims that all counting should have stopped on Election Day, when early and incomplete results showed him ahead in some battleground states that will help decide the Electoral College winner.“If we count all legal ballots, the president wins,” Mr. Stepien said on a morning conference call with reporters.Earlier in the morning, Mr. Trump had emerged from watching returns at the White House to say, “We’ll be going to the U.S. Supreme Court. We want all voting to stop,” a crude rendering of his campaign’s legal position that was legally meaningless and that drew bipartisan criticism.Already on Wednesday the Trump and Biden campaigns were in Pennsylvania courts pressing dual lawsuits to invalidate provisional and corrected ballots by citizens who were informed before polls closed that problems with their mail-in votes had caused them to be rejected by election officials.In Georgia, where the president clung to a slim lead by Wednesday evening, but where many votes still had not been counted in metro Atlanta, an area that favored Mr. Biden, the Trump campaign challenged the validity of 53 mail-in ballots in a lawsuit that was filed on Wednesday in a county court. About 46,000 votes separated the candidates in Georgia.The Trump campaign claimed that poll workers in Chatham County, which includes Savannah, did not follow the proper chain of custody procedures to determine whether the ballots had been received by 7 p.m. on Election Day, and claimed that they mixed them in with ballots that had been validated.The petition asks the court to issue an order that would force the local election board to “collect, secure and safely store” all absentee ballots it received after the deadline, and “provide an accounting” of the ballots, including the names of absentee voters and the times the ballots were received.Trump campaign officials also indicated they were considering more legal action in Arizona and in Nevada, where the Trump campaign was already pressing a lawsuit protesting the counting process in the state’s largest county.Biden campaign officials said they had readied contingencies and legal papers for any challenges the president and his allies might bring.“We are prepared for any effort any Republicans make in any of these states,” said Bob Bauer, a senior adviser to Mr. Biden’s campaign. “As far as our own planning, we’re winning the election.”The Biden campaign’s position marked a key difference from the last time the nation was in a similarly contested setting, in Florida in 2000. In that case, Al Gore, the Democrat, was behind in the returns and was portrayed by Republicans as seeking to snatch victory away from George W. Bush — a position that kept Mr. Gore at a disadvantage throughout the legal fighting that followed. Joseph R. Biden Jr., the Democratic nominee for president, said he was confident his campaign would reach the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency.CreditCredit…Erin Schaff/The New York TimesWILMINGTON, Del. — Joseph R. Biden Jr. expressed confidence on Wednesday that he would win the presidency and stressed the need for the country to come together after the election, though he stopped short of claiming victory.“After a long night of counting, it’s clear that we’re winning enough states to reach 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency,” Mr. Biden said late in the afternoon at an event center in Wilmington, Del.“I’m not here to declare that we’ve won,” he continued, “but I am here to report that when the count is finished, we believe we will be the winners.”After President Trump claimed without evidence early Wednesday that he had won the election and demanded that vote counting be halted, Mr. Biden offered a strikingly different message in a six-minute speech, paying tribute to democracy.“Here, the people rule,” he said. “Power can’t be taken or asserted. It flows from the people. And it’s their will that determines who will be the president of the United States, and their will alone.”Mr. Biden, who was joined by his running mate, Senator Kamala Harris, added that “every vote must be counted.”“No one’s going to take our democracy away from us,” he said. “Not now, not ever.”And in a continuation of one of the broad themes of his campaign, he offered a unifying message for the American people. He said that the presidency “is not a partisan institution” and promised, “I will work as hard for those who didn’t vote for me as I will for those who did vote for me.”“My friends, I’m confident we’ll emerge victorious,” he said. “But this will not be my victory alone or our victory alone. It will be a victory for the American people, for our democracy, for America. And there will be no blue states and red states when we win — just the United States of America.” Video player loading – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Accor signs for three properties in Djibouti | News

first_imgWe understand there is an enormous need for new hotel investment in Djibouti and Accor’s knowledge and expertise as a global hospitality leader will help us achieve our objectives.”Located in Djibouti city, the properties will share the location with the port of Djibouti, strategically located at the crossroads of one of the business shipping routes in the world, linking Europe, the Far East, the Horn of Africa and the Persian Gulf, making it the busiest waterway in the region.“This is a development we are very excited about as Djibouti is an attractive destination for business travellers and has a central geostrategic location due to its port,” said Mark Willis chief executive of Accor Middle East and Africa. – Advertisement – “This will be a first step for us in Djibouti and we look forward to being part of the country’s overall development.”Located in Djibouti city centre, Accor plans to open the first Pullman Living project in 2023, a new build project featuring 131-keys across one, two- and three-bedroom apartments. The property will be located in the heron district, nearby the new free trade zone, embassies and high-end residential neighbourhoods.Also in the heron district, after undergoing renovation, the existing property of Les Accacias operating since 2012, will be reopened under the Novotel brand. The project is expected to be completed in 2022, after renovation with the extension of 40-keys, making a total of 110 rooms.  This property will also represent the first mid-scale branded hotel in the node, where guests will be able to enjoy the outdoor restaurant and coffee shop, a swimming pool, fitness centre and gym.The third project will reside on the conversion of a heritage building which will be transformed into a 50-key hotel by 2022. This new MGallery will be located in the CBD district and across the ministries. At the horn of Africa, bordered by Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia the country also houses the largest military base in Africa. With its convenient and strategic location, the hotels should expect to welcome all types of travellers, including international investors looking for long-term stay options, leisure and family travels. Accor is expanding its footprint in Africa after signing a management agreement with Kamak Investment to manage its first properties in Djibouti.As part of its ongoing development strategy to expand its presence in sub-Saharan Africa, Accor is setting foot for the first time in Djibouti, with the launch of three hotels under the Pullman Living, Novotel and MGallery brands.- Advertisement – OlderOceania winners at the World Travel Awards unveiledcenter_img – Advertisement – Initially created as a real estate agency the founder, Houssein Mahamdoud Robleh diversified the activities of Kamak Investment over the years to cover different industries including security, maintenance, temporary work and the press. During the past eight years, the Kamaj Group expanded its real estate focus and invested in the central market of Riyad of which it is the private concessionaire and acquired two hotels.“We couldn’t think of a better partner than Accor to help us renovate and manage the two properties and the extended stay project in Djibouti City”, said Houssein Mahamdoud Robleh, founder of Kamaj Investments. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Treat Yourself With 21 of the Best Deals at Express

first_imgThe timing is perfect, because Express’ Veterans Day Sale just kicked off, and that means it’s a markdown-palooza. We’re talking 40 to 50% off practically the entire site, and even an extra 10% off for active military and veterans! There are hundreds of new styles available to shop too, so let’s get to it, starting with our most beloved pick!Our Absolute Favorite: This refined sweater is a slice of pure elegance. The pearl trim that dots the neckline is unbelievably beautiful, and the sweater itself is plush and cozy. This piece even has subtle puff shoulders to really solidify it as a must-have for this fall and winter. The best part? It was $98, but now it’s just $49! 20 Fastest-Selling Sale Categories at Express1. Women’s Tops Starting at $20Our Absolute Favorite: This silky cowl neck top is as easy as wearing a tee but with a much fancier look. Originally $48, it’s now $29!- Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Shop all women’s tops here!2. Women’s Dress Pants Starting at $29Our Absolute Favorite: This year has brought leather pants back in a big way, and these vegan leather culottes prove exactly why and how. They were $80, and now they’re just $40!Shop all women’s dress pants here!3. Women’s Cozy Sherpa Starting at $35Our Absolute Favorite: This Cloud Cream jacket has that mega-cozy sherpa shell, but its collarless design and faux-suede trim keep it looking sharp and sophisticated. Originally $98, it’s now just $35!Shop all women’s cozy sherpa here!4. Women’s Sweaters Starting at $25Our Absolute Favorite: The shimmery rhinestone details on this fuzzy, faux-fur sweater almost look like magical little snowflakes. This piece was $98, but now it’s just $49!Shop all women’s sweaters here!5. Women’s Outerwear Starting at $49Our Absolute Favorite: This reversible puffer coat has vegan leather on one side and a soft faux fur on the other. Reviewers say the quality is “superb”! It was $198 before, but now it’s down in the double digits at $99!Shop all women’s outerwear here!6. Women’s Dresses Starting at $34Our Absolute Favorite: This mock neck dress has such flattering ruching, plus a comfy, stretchy waistband. It was originally $70, but now it’s $35!Shop all women’s dresses here!7. Women’s Leggings Starting at $15Our Absolute Favorite: These Herringbone Ankle Leggings are the ultimate in all things comfort. We’re obsessed. They were $50, but now you can grab them for $30!Shop all women’s leggings here!8. Face Masks Starting at $3Our Absolute Favorite: This blue tie-dye face mask will be a perfect pop of color whether you’re surrounded by snow or orange and yellow leaves. It was $13, but now it’s $7!Shop all face masks here!9. Women’s Pajamas Starting at $20Our Absolute Favorite: This satin pajama cami will feel like a dream come bedtime, though it would be totally cute for going out too. Originally $34, it’s now $20!Shop all women’s pajamas here!10. Women’s Jeans Starting at $40Our Absolute Favorite: We were taught to run from white pants when we were younger, but these raw hem jeans are actually just the thing to immediately elevate your wardrobe. They were $80, but now they’re down to $48!Shop all women’s jeans here!11. Women’s Boots Starting at $47Our Absolute Favorite: These sock booties are a modern fashionista’s dream. They have a thick block heel and an extra-comfy stretch design, and while they used to be $78, they’re now only $47!Shop all women’s boots here!12. Women’s Jumpsuits and Rompers Starting at $39Our Absolute Favorite: This soft wrap jumpsuit is a lounge essential, but one you can totally wear with heels for a night out. Originally $88, it’s now $44!Shop all women’s jumpsuits and rompers here!13. Women’s Handbags Starting at $29Our Absolute Favorite: Who doesn’t love some snake print? This fold-over clutch has plenty of it, and that metallic ring at the magnetic closure is everything. It was $48, but now it’s just $29!Shop all women’s handbags here!14. Women’s Skirts Starting at $30!Our Absolute Favorite: It’s definitely a must for New Year’s Eve, but you can totally work this sequin mini skirt into your everyday life too if you let it shine among more subdued tops and sweaters. It was $68, but now it’s just $41!Shop all women’s skirts here!15. Women’s Scarves Starting at $23Our Absolute Favorite: This brushed fringe scarf has both plaid and ombré elements going on, and that’s exactly what we like to see. Originally $38, you can now grab it for just $23!Shop all women’s scarves here!16. Women’s Hair Accessories Starting at $8Our Absolute Favorite: Scrunchies are back and they’re not going anywhere. We love the silk and lace ones, but this oversized faux-fur one is absolutely perfect for cold weather. It used to be $14, but now it’s just $8!Shop all women’s hair accessories here!17. Women’s Jewelry Starting at $5Our Absolute Favorite: These crawler earrings get you double the sparkle with just one piercing. They’re lovely for the holidays, but they really work for any time of year. Originally $17, they’re now $10!Shop all women’s jewelry here!18. Women’s Slippers Starting at $23Our Absolute Favorite: These cloud-like slippers have a puffy double-band design and an open toe to let your feet breathe — plus a padded footbed! Their price was $38, but you can now grab them for $23!Shop all women’s slippers here!19. Women’s Blazers Starting at $48Our Absolute Favorite: Plaid boyfriend blazers are a necessity for any style icon right now, and shoppers “absolutely love” this one. It was $128, but now it’s $77!Shop all women’s blazers here!20. Women’s Belts Starting at $15Our Absolute Favorite: This belt puts a twist on the typical buckle, giving it a geometric, modern, triangular shape instead. Now this is how you do an accessory. It was $58, but you can get it on sale for only $35!Shop all women’s belts here!Looking for more? Shop the rest of the Express Veterans Day Sale here!Check out more of our picks and deals here!This post is brought to you by Us Weekly’s Shop With Us team. The Shop With Us team aims to highlight products and services our readers might find interesting and useful, such as face masks, self tanners, Lululemon-style leggings and all the best gifts for everyone in your life. Product and service selection, however, is in no way intended to constitute an endorsement by either Us Weekly or of any celebrity mentioned in the post.The Shop With Us team may receive products free of charge from manufacturers to test. In addition, Us Weekly receives compensation from the manufacturer of the products we write about when you click on a link and then purchase the product featured in an article. This does not drive our decision as to whether or not a product or service is featured or recommended. Shop With Us operates independently from advertising sales team. We welcome your feedback at ShopWithUs@usmagazine.com. Happy shopping! Sponsored content. Us Weekly receives compensation for this article as well as for purchases made when you click on a link and buy something below.Happy Singles Day! This self-loving holiday has seriously caught on, and it’s the ultimate day to treat yourself. And who doesn’t love treating themselves — especially to some new clothes and accessories? Even better? When those clothes and accessories are on sale!- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Biden commemorates Veterans Day in Philadelphia as Trump goes to Arlington.

first_imgPresident Trump participated in a brief, silent Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery and President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. made a 15-minute visit to the Philadelphia Korean War Memorial, a morning of somber reflection for both men even as Mr. Trump continued to falsely accuse Mr. Biden of stealing the election from him.Mr. Trump’s visit — a tradition for the occupant of the White House — was his first public appearance since a news conference last Thursday where he lied about the vote count and attempted to undermine the integrity of the electoral system.- Advertisement – “For many years, I have said that we as a nation have many obligations, but we have only one truly sacred obligation: to prepare and equip our troops we send into harm’s way, and to care for them and their families when they return home,” Mr. Biden said in the statement. “Fulfilling our promises to our veterans and military families, caregivers and survivors is critical to our national security, because it is how we will ensure that future generations continue to volunteer to serve.”The president-elect visited the black marble memorial on Wednesday with his wife, Jill Biden, and the mayor of Philadelphia, Jim Kenney. Mr. Biden did not make public remarks, but he took pictures with a few groups of people after the presentation of the colors and a brief ceremony that was presided over by a local judge. The Bidens placed a wreath of flowers at the memorial before departing.Both Mr. Biden and Dr. Biden wore masks while at the memorial.- Advertisement – Mr. Biden has made several speeches in that time, including one on Tuesday in which he assailed attempts by the president and his Republican allies to invalidate the Affordable Care Act in the Supreme Court. In a statement on Wednesday, he recalled the stress of his son Beau’s military deployment and reiterated some of the veterans’ policies he proposed during the campaign, including ones that would expand health care — with an emphasis on women and L.G.B.T.Q. veterans — and address veterans’ mental health.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Mr. Trump emerged from the White House for Veterans Day without a mask, and he did not wear one at the military cemetery, in an apparent violation of its coronavirus guidelines. All visitors to Arlington are required to “wear face coverings while on cemetery grounds,” according to its official Twitter account. “Anyone not having a face covering in their possession at cemetery entry points will not be granted access to the cemetery.” Since then, as the coronavirus pandemic has surged across the country to record levels, Mr. Trump has made little effort to continue governing, raging on Twitter about baseless claims of voter fraud. The president has been seen traveling back and forth from his Virginia golf course. His official schedule has been empty all week. At the cemetery, Mr. Trump stood next to Vice President Mike Pence, who also did not wear a mask. The president looked uncomfortable in the rain but played his role: he approached a wreath and stood for a moment of silence before retreating and saluting as a lone trumpeter played TAPS.Last year, Mr. Trump returned to New York for the holiday, participating in the city’s 100th annual Veterans Day Parade.last_img read more

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Best Phone Under 25000: The Best Mobile Phones You Can Buy Under Rs. 25,000 In India [November 2020 Edition]

first_imgPhones under Rs. 25,000Gadgets 360 rating (out of 10)Price in India (as recommended) Redmi K20 Pro9Rs. 24,999 The Galaxy M51 sports a big 6.7-inch AMOLED display with a full-HD+ resolution and 20:9 aspect ratio. There is a hole-punch at the top which some users may find distracting.Samsung has picked the Snapdragon 730G SoC to power the Galaxy M51 and it delivers good performance. Samsung offers two variants of the Galaxy M51, the base variant gets 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage while the higher variant gets 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. You get a quad-camera setup consisting of a 64-megapixel primary camera, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide angle camera, a 5-megapixel macro camera, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. The Galaxy M51 runs Samsung’s OneUI on top of Android 10. Vivo V20 SEThe Vivo V20 SE, or “Special Edition”, was launched right after the Vivo V20 but is actually very different. This smartphone targets a lower price point and has a few changes in the form of lower resolution camera sensors and a different processor, among other things. It still sports a 6.44-inch AMOLED display just like the Vivo V20 and gets an in-display fingerprint scanner as well.Powering the Vivo V20 SE is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor, which is relatively weak compared to the rest of the smartphones in this list. There’s 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage which is expandable by up to 1TB. The performance is enough to keep a casual user happy but heavy users might find it inadequate.The V20 SE sports a triple camera setup at the back consisting of a 48-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle camera that can do macro photography, and a 2-megapixel bokeh camera. It also sports a 32-megapixel selfie shooter that delivers some good photos in different lighting conditions. Vivo ships the V20 SE with FunTouch OS 11 running on top of Android 10, unlike the Vivo V20 which runs Android 11. You also get a slightly bigger 4,100mAh battery along with support for 33W fast charging. Redmi K20The Redmi K20 is a well-designed smartphone, and is among the few recently launched devices available at this price level. The Redmi K20 shares the same design as the Redmi K20 Pro, with a glass back and a striking gradient pattern at the back. The front is dominated by a 6.39-inch AMOLED display and there is no notch to hinder content on this panel. It has a pop-up selfie camera which rises up from the top of the frame when required.The Redmi K20 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 SoC. There are two variants of the device, with the base variant sporting 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The other one has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. This phone does not have a microSD card slot for storage expansion, so you will have to choose the variant based on your requirement. It does offer very good performance, however newer devices in the sub-Rs. 20,000 price range can match it.Xiaomi has equipped the Redmi K20 with a triple camera setup at the back and a 20-megapixel selfie shooter. We noticed that camera performance was very good, and the cameras captured details very well. The wide-angle camera also has distortion correction. Low-light camera performance was underwhelming. Selfies were good, but the selfie camera mechanism is slow. This phone also has a 4,000mAh battery and delivers good battery life. OnePlus NordThe OnePlus Nord is a mid-range smartphone from OnePlus with a few flagship-level features included. The OnePlus Nord has a polycarbonate body with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back. It has a 6.44-inch display with full-HD+ resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate, as well as support for HDR10+.The OnePlus Nord is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G SoC, and so it is 5G enabled. It was announced in three variants: 6GB RAM with 64GB storage priced at Rs. 24,999; 8GB RAM with 128GB storage at Rs. 27,999; and 12GB RAM with 256GB storage priced at Rs. 29,999. The base variant is exclusive to Amazon.OnePlus has packed a 4115mAh battery into the Nord, which delivers good battery life. This phone also manages good photos in the day, with a quick autofocus system. The wide-angle camera does not capture as much detail. In low light, the OnePlus Nord takes decent photos. It has a Night mode that helps capture a brighter image, but the results look flatter. Selfies turned out well, and the Nord can also take 4K videos. If you are buying a new smartphone, it is usually assumed that the more you are willing to spend, the better device you can get. However, that isn’t always true, and if you have gone through our lists of recommended phones, you will be able to find at least one exception in every price range. Our sub-Rs. 20,000 price list mainly consists of devices that do everything just right and increasing your budget just a little will let you consider several options that do better. The sub-Rs. 25,000 smartphone segment in Indian isn’t very crowded because there’s so much value at lower prices, and every device in this price range isn’t worth your money. We have compiled a list of the best phones you can buy under Rs. 25,000 to help you make the right choice.Best phones under 25,000 Redmi K209Rs. 21,299 Vivo V20- Advertisement – Vivo V208Rs. 24,990center_img OnePlus Nord9Rs. 24,999 – Advertisement – Vivo V20 SE8Rs. 20,990 Samsung Galaxy M51Samsung’s “battery monster”, the Galaxy M51, packs in a massive 7,000mAh battery, a first for a Samsung Galaxy smartphone. If you are looking for the best battery life on a smartphone, the Galaxy M51 will definitely qualify. We were able to go on for about 2 days without needing to charge the smartphone. Charging is quick as well thanks to the bundled 25W fast charger.- Advertisement – Redmi K20 ProThe Redmi K20 Pro has slowly slipped into the sub Rs. 25,000 segment. It is a powerful smartphone with a pop-up selfie camera module, which isn’t very common feature. It has a big 6.39-inch display without a notch or a hole-punch. The selfie camera has a 20-megapixel resolution and is positioned in the pop-up module.The Redmi K20 Pro is powered by the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC. The Redmi K20 Pro is available in two variants: 6GB RAM with 128GB of storage priced at Rs. 24,999; and 8GB RAM and 256GB of storage priced at Rs. 29,999. Xiaomi has used a 4,000mAh battery in the Redmi K20 Pro, and this phone supports 27W fast charging, but you only get an 18W charger in the box.Xiaomi offers a triple rear camera setup on the Redmi K20 Pro with a 48-megapixel primary camera, a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, and an 8-megapixel telephoto camera capable of 2x optical zoom. The primary camera takes good photos in favourable light and manages to capture details quite well. There is some barrel distortion in photos taken with the wide-angle camera. Low-light camera performance was good but fine grain was visible in the output on zooming in. Video tops out at 4K 60fps for the rear cameras while the selfie camera can shoot at 1080p 30fps. Is this the end of the Samsung Galaxy Note series as we know it? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. Samsung Galaxy M518Rs. 24,999 Vivo’s latest in the V series focuses on design and cameras. The Vivo V20 looks striking in its new colour options and is thin at 7.38mm. If you prioritise design over other things, the V20 should appeal to you. At the front it has a crisp 6.44-inch AMOLED display with an in-display fingerprint sensor. It has a dewdrop notch at the top.The Vivo V20 gets three colour options, of which only the Sunset Melody one has a gradient finish. You get a glass back on the Vivo V20 which feels premium to the touch. It packs in a triple camera setup at the back consisting of a 64-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera also capable of macro shots, and a 2-megapixel mono camera. It has a 44-megapixel selfie shooter with Eye Autofocus.Powering the Vivo V20 is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G processor, paired with 8GB of RAM. There’s only one configuration with 128GB of internal storage which is expandable by up to 1TB. Vivo ships the V20 with Android 11 making it one of the few smartphones to run the latest version of Android out of the box, Vivo runs its custom FunTouch OS 11 on top with a few customisations.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Samsung Galaxy S20+ BTS Edition Gets Rs. 10,000 Price Cut in India

first_imgSamsung Galaxy S20+ BTS Edition comes with 128GB of onboard storage. Connectivity options include 5G (select markets), 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS/ A-GPS, and a USB Type-C port. It has an in-display fingerprint sensor as well. The phone packs a 4,500mAh battery with support for fast charging, wireless charging, and reverse wireless charging.Is this the end of the Samsung Galaxy Note series as we know it? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. Samsung is also offering no-cost EMI options starting from Rs. 12,999.83, 10 percent instant cashback of up to Rs. 1,500 on HDFC Bank credit/ debit card EMIs. Customers can also get flat Rs. 200 cashback via Airtel Money/ Payments Bank on a minimum transaction of Rs. 2,000.Samsung Galaxy S20+ BTS Edition specificationsSamsung Galaxy S20+ BTS Edition runs on Android 10 with One UI on top. It features a 6.7-inch QHD (1,440×3,200 pixels) Infinity-O Dynamic AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate. It is powered by an octa-core Exynos 990 SoC, paired with 8GB of RAM.For photography, the Galaxy S20+ BTS Edition features a triple rear camera setup that includes a 64-megapixel primary sensor, a 12-megapixel wide-angle sensor with an f/1.8 lens, a 12-megapixel sensor with an ultra-wide-angle f/2.2 lens, and a depth sensor as well. At the front, you get a 10-megapixel selfie shooter housed inside the hole-punch cutout.- Advertisement – Affiliate links may be automatically generated – see our ethics statement for details.- Advertisement – Samsung Galaxy S20+ BTS Edition has received a price cut in India and now costs Rs. 77,999. The new price is live on the official Samsung India website. The BTS Edition of the Galaxy S20+ was launched in June alongside the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ BTS Edition. This variant has been inspired by the South Korean pop sensation and comes with a purple-coloured back panel. Specifications of this variant remain the same as the regular Galaxy S20+ with the only difference being a logo of the boy band on the rear panel and some preloaded BTS-inspired themes.Samsung Galaxy S20+ BTS Edition price cut in IndiaSamsung Galaxy S20+ BTS Edition was launched at MRP Rs. 87,999 for the lone 128GB storage model in India and is now listed for MRP Rs. 77,999 on the Samsung India website. The price has been cut by Rs. 10,000 and we have reached out to Samsung to confirm if this is permanent.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

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SpaceX Launches 4 Astronauts to ISS Aboard Crew Dragon ‘Resilience’

first_imgThe crew will dock at their destination at around 11:00 pm Monday night (9:30am Tuesday IST), joining two Russians and one American onboard the station, and stay for six months.In May, SpaceX completed a demonstration mission showing it could take astronauts to the ISS and bring them back safely, a landmark development allowing the US to begin travelling to the space station under its own power once more.The Crew Dragon earlier this week became the first spacecraft to be certified by NASA since the Space Shuttle nearly 40 years ago.It is a capsule, similar in shape to the spacecraft that preceded Space Shuttle, and its launch vehicle is a reusable SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.At the end of its missions, the Crew Dragon deploys parachutes and then splashes down in water, just as in the Apollo era.NASA turned to SpaceX and Boeing after shuttering the checkered Space Shuttle programme in 2011, which failed in its main objectives of making space travel affordable and safe.The agency will have spent more than $8 billion (roughly Rs. 59,600 crores) on the Commercial Crew program by 2024, with the hope that the private sector can take care of NASA’s needs in “low Earth orbit” so it is freed up to focus on return missions to the Moon and then on to Mars.SpaceX, founded by Elon Musk in 2002, has leapfrogged its much older rival Boeing, whose programme has floundered after a failed test of its uncrewed Starliner last year.Russians unimpressedBut SpaceX’s success won’t mean the US will stop hitching rides with Russia altogether, said Bridenstine.“We want to have an exchange of seats where American astronauts can fly on Russian Soyuz rockets and Russian cosmonauts can fly on commercial crew vehicles,” he said, explaining it was necessary in case either programme was down for a period of time.The reality, however, is that space ties between the US and Russia, one of the few bright spots in their bilateral relations, have frayed in recent years, and much remains uncertain.Russia has said it won’t be a partner in the Artemis program to return to the Moon in 2024, claiming the NASA-led mission is too US-centric.Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Russia’s space agency has also repeatedly mocked SpaceX’s technology, and this summer announced Roscosmos would build rockets that surpass Musk’s.He told a state news agency he was unimpressed with the Crew Dragon’s water landing, calling it “rather rough” and saying his agency was developing a methane rocket that will be reusable 100 times.But the fact that a national space agency feels moved to compare itself to a company is arguably a validation of NASA’s public-private strategy.SpaceX’s emergence has also deprived Roscosmos of a valuable income stream.The cost of round-trips on Russian rockets had been rising and stood at around $85 million (roughly Rs. 600 crores) per astronaut, according to estimates last year.Presidential transitionPresidential transitions are always a difficult time for NASA, and the ascension of Joe Biden in January is expected to be no different.The agency has yet to receive from Congress the tens of billions of dollars needed to finalise the Artemis program.Bridenstine has announced that he will step down, in order to let the new president set his own goals for space exploration.So far, Biden has not commented on the 2024 timeline.Democratic party documents say they support NASA’s Moon and Mars aspirations, but also emphasise elevating the agency’s Earth sciences division to better understand how climate change is affecting our planet.Will Apple Silicon Lead to Affordable MacBooks in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. Crew members of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket gesture as they depart for the launch padUS President-elect Joe Biden hailed the launch on Twitter as a “testament to the power of science and what we can accomplish by harnessing our innovation, ingenuity, and determination,” while President Donald Trump called it “great.” Vice President Mike Pence, who attended the launch with his wife Karen, called it a “new era in human space exploration in America.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Four astronauts were successfully launched on the SpaceX Crew Dragon Resilience to the International Space Station on Sunday, the first of what the US hopes will be many routine missions following a successful test flight in late spring.Three Americans, Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, and Japan’s Soichi Noguchi blasted off at 7:27pm (5:57am Monday IST) from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, thus ending almost a decade of international reliance on Russia for rides on its Soyuz rockets.- Advertisement – The Pences joined NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine and his wife Michelle to watch the launch, clapping as the rocket lifted off.The capsule successfully separated from the second stage of the rocket and, according to a SpaceX team member speaking over radio, had achieved “nominal orbit insertion.”That means the capsule is currently on the right trajectory to reach the ISS.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Vietnam, France report more H5N1 in birds

first_imgAug 15, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Vietnam’s agriculture ministry today announced the detection of a poultry outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza in a province bordering China, a day after French officials reported that four wild ducks in Moselle had the virus.The Vietnamese outbreak occurred at a farm in the northern province of Cao Bang, about 43 miles from the Chinese border, where 89 chickens and ducks died recently, Reuters reported today. Tests conducted in Hanoi confirmed the birds had the H5N1 virus, the report said.Vietnam has had seven human H5N1 cases this year, including four deaths, according to news reports. However, five of the cases have not yet been confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO), whose current avian flu tally for Vietnam is 95 cases with 42 deaths.Elsewhere, government officials in France said yesterday that four dead wild ducks found Aug 8 in the Moselle region in the eastern part of the country had tested positive for the H5N1 virus, the Associated Press (AP) reported today.The outbreak is the third since early July, when dead wild swans found in Assenoncourt and Diane Capelle, both in the Moselle region, tested positive for the virus, according to a report from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The infected wild ducks in the most recent outbreak were also found in the Diane Capelle area, the AP report said.In other avian flu developments, the WHO yesterday confirmed Indonesia’s latest human case, in a 29-year-old woman from Bali province who fell ill on Aug 3 and died Aug 12. She is Indonesia’s 103rd case-patient, according to the WHO. The country has had 82 H5N1 deaths.The WHO report said the woman’s daughter had died Aug 3 after being hospitalized with a respiratory illness, but hospital officials did not suspect she had avian flu. The woman and her daughter had both been exposed to sick and dead poultry, the WHO reported.Household and healthcare worker contacts who were exposed to the woman are being monitored, and all remain healthy, the WHO said.Meanwhile, a 2-year-old girl from a neighboring home who was hospitalized on Aug 10 with suspicious respiratory symptoms does not have the H5N1 virus, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today. Ningrum, a doctor from Indonesia’s avian flu information center, told AFP that the negative test results came back last night.See also:OIE reports on French outbreakAug 14 WHO reporthttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2007_08_14a/en/index.htmllast_img read more

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