Month: November 2020

Pennsylvania Republicans take extreme measures to keep Pennsylvania’s votes from counting

first_imgSo, you know what to do. Get out the vote. Humiliate Donald Trump. Win the Senate. And protect your vote, especially if you’re in a battleground state. As planned, the Republicans have been fighting in the courts, losing at the Supreme Court which ruled that mailed-in ballots postmarked by Election Day and received by Friday can still be counted. Trump has been raising hell about that, including coming damned close to inciting violence, tweeting last night that the decision “is a VERY dangerous one. It will allow rampant and unchecked cheating and will undermine our entire systems of laws. It will also induce violence in the streets. Something must be done!” That earned a flag from Twitter, warning that its contents “might be misleading about an election or other civic process.”The 5-3 Supreme Court decision had the three conservative dissenters—Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Neil Gorsuch—flirting with taking the case back up after Election Day when Republicans are expected to bring suit again should Trump need to fuck with Pennsylvania to keep his electoral hopes alive. That led the state to order mail ballots postmarked on Election Day that arrive after Tuesday to be segregated, in case the Supreme Court rules they have to be invalidated.- Advertisement – “They did a very bad thing for this state. They did a very bad thing for this nation,” Trump said Monday in a rally outside Scranton. “You have to have a date. You can’t extend dates. The danger that could be caused by that extension, and especially when you know what goes on in Philadelphia, and it’s been going on for years.” He vowed “We’re going to go in the night of—as soon as the election is over—we’re going in with our lawyers.” The Republican Commissioner of Lancaster County is playing along, saying he will refuse to count mail-in ballots that arrive after Election Day until there’s a Supreme Court ruling.Pennsylvania Republicans also brought suit in federal court Tuesday morning, against Montgomery County officials who they allege started counting before Tuesday. The county is suburban Philadelphia and largely Democratic. They allege that in the process of contacting people with flawed returned ballots—no signature, no secrecy envelope—to allow them to correct their ballots, they were counting ballots. Kelly Cofrancisco, a spokeswoman for Montgomery County, said its process is “sound and permissible under the Election Code.” A hearing is expected to be held later Tuesday.Expect a lot more Pennsylvania shenanigans from team Trump before the day, the week, the month is out. That is unless all the other states step in to make it moot, Trump loses, and everyone in Pennsylvania has their vote counted.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

U.S. reports second-highest daily case numbers on Election Day

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Scotland fly-halves Finn Russell and Adam Hastings ruled out of Nations Cup | Rugby Union News

first_imgScotland open their Six Nations campaign away to England on February 6. Finn Russell (left) and Adam Hastings picked up injuries against Wales over the weekend
Finn Russell (left) and Adam Hastings picked up injuries against Wales over the weekend

Redmi Note 9 Gets a New Colour Variant in India

first_imgIs OnePlus 8T the best ‘value flagship’ of 2020? 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.Affiliate links may be automatically generated – see our ethics statement for details. – Advertisement – The dual-SIM (Nano) Redmi Note 9 runs on Android 10 with MIUI 11 on top. It sports a 6.53-inch full-HD+ (1,080×2,340 pixels) Dot Display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. Under the hood, the smartphone is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio G85 SoC, coupled with up to 6GB of LPDDR4x RAM. Its onboard storage of up to 128GB can be expanded (up to 512GB) via a microSD card.For photography, Redmi Note 9 features a quad rear camera setup that comprises a 48-megapixl primary snapper, an 8-megapixel sensor, and two additional 2-megapixel sensors. For selfies and video chats, the phone sports a 13-megapixel shooter at the front.Redmi Note 9 packs a large 5,020mAh battery that supports 22.5W fast charging and 9W reverse charging. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, USB Type-C port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The phone also comes with a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.- Advertisement – Redmi India tweeted the announcement saying that the pricing for Redmi Note 9 Shadow Black variant will start from Rs. 11,499 for the 4GB RAM, 64GB storage variant as part of a limited time Diwali offer on the company website. However, the same colour variant is listed at Rs. 10,999 for the 4GB + 64GB storage configuration on Mi.com. At the time of writing, we were able to proceed to payment at the Rs. 10,999 price.On the website, the Shadow Black option is listed at Rs. 12,999 for the 4GB + 128GB storage option and at Rs. 14,499 for the top-end 6GB + 128GB storage variant.Gadgets 360 has reached out to the company to seek clarification on the pricing. This report will be updated when we hear back.Redmi Note 9 Shadow Black specifications- Advertisement – Redmi Note 9 is getting a new Shadow Black colour option in India. Launched in the country in June, Redmi Note 9 initially came in three colour variants – Aqua Green, Arctic White, and Pebble Grey. A fourth colour option – Scarlet Red – was introduced right before the Amazon Prime Day sale kicked off in August. Now, a fifth colour option is added to the pocket-friendly smartphone from the Xiaomi sub-brand. Redmi Note 9 comes with a quad rear camera setup that is highlighted by a 48-megapixel primary camera.The Redmi Note 9’s Shadow Black colour option is not entirely new. A similar colour option, called Onyx Black, was launched for the phone’s global variant back in August. The same shade is being launched in India now, rebranded as Shadow Black.Redmi Note 9 Shadow Black price in India- Advertisement –last_img read more

Moscow will work with winner of U.S. elections

first_imgU.S.-Russia relations are at a low point, according to the head of Russia’s sovereign wealth fund, who told CNBC that Moscow was willing to work with the next U.S. president to improve things.Russia has yet to officially recognize Democrat Joe Biden as the U.S. president-elect and has said it will only do so once an official result is confirmed, which could take a while given legal battles launched by current President Donald Trump and the prospect of several vote re-counts. While Trump refuses to concede, Biden is pushing forward with his transition plan and called Trump’s lack of concession “an embarrassment.”However, Kirill Dmitriev, the head of RDIF (the Russian Direct Investment Fund), reiterated comments from the Kremlin’s spokesman earlier this week, and said that “the votes need to be finally counted” before Russia recognizes the winner of the election.- Advertisement – A woman and her dog leave Red Square in downtown Moscow on September 24, 2020.YURI KADOBNOV | AFP | Getty Images Hopes that a coronavirus vaccine will soon be rolled out were raised on Monday after U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and German biotech BioNTech announced that the Covid-19 vaccine candidate they had developed appeared to be more than 90% effective. Hopes were raised further when Moderna announced on Wednesday evening that its Covid vaccine phase three trial had accrued enough cases of the coronavirus to submit the preliminary results to an independent safety monitoring board.Meanwhile, Russia, which was the first country in the world to register a coronavirus vaccine in August, announced on Wednesday that its coronavirus vaccine was 92% effective at preventing people from getting Covid-19, based on interim trial results.RDIF, which is backing the vaccine’s development and distribution, said the trials evaluated its efficacy among over 16,000 volunteers who received the vaccine or placebo 21 days after the first injection (like Pfizer’s vaccine, Russia’s one involves two separate doses). The trial evaluated 20 confirmed cases of the coronavirus among those participants to reach its conclusions on the efficacy of its vaccine.In comparison, the Pfizer/BioNTech analysis was based on 94 confirmed Covid-19 infections among its trial’s 43,538 participants. A trial has to hit a target number of infections before data is published, as it shows the virus in present in those receiving the vaccine or placebo.RDIF said Russia’s interim trial results would be published “in one of the leading international peer-reviewed medical journals,” but did not indicate when this might be.Asked whether the analysis of 20 confirmed Covid cases who was too small a sample size, RDIF’s Dmitriev said clinical protocol dictated that this number was when the first interim data “checkpoint” was triggered.“We’re very cautiously optimistic about the data” Dmitriev told CNBC. “It’s very important that it’s data speaking rather than Russia speaking.”He added that the next checkpoint — of the efficacy of the vaccine — would be when 39 infected people were analyzed.“So we’ll keep the world posted, but we believe it’s of course very good data because even 50% efficiency is considered to be good. And anything above 90% is great,” he said.“We’re very happy about Pfizer results, we know Moderna results will be coming out soon. We want all the vaccines to be successful, the world needs successful vaccines.”– CNBC’s Abigail Ng contributed reporting to this story. – Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement – “Russia will work with whoever gets elected as president of the U.S. and we are at a low point in U.S.-Russia relations, we want to improve them, so we’ll work with anybody who wants to work with Russia and improve a relationship that is so important for the rest of the world,” Dmitriev told CNBC’s Capital Connection Thursday.Coronavirus vaccineThe messy transition of power at the top of the world’s largest economy also comes as the coronavirus pandemic continues to hit hard around the world.The U.S., which now has more than 10 million confirmed cases of the virus, set a new high for the seven-day average of daily Covid infections of 121,153 on Tuesday, a 33% rise from a week ago, according to a CNBC analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University.  Meanwhile, Russia has recorded over 1.8 million coronavirus infections, according to JHU.- Advertisement –last_img read more

RFID Blocking Card privacy shield protects cards within an 8 cm radius » Gadget Flow

first_imgAll you have to do is slide the RFID Blocking Card privacy shield in your wallet, and it will protect your information from thieves. The card creates an eight-centimeter radius jamming field and protects any of your cards that are within that radius. As that’s about three inches, this privacy shield should easily guard any of your credit cards inside your wallet. Boasting the latest RFID shielding technology, this card uses high-quality materials for a long-lasting design. In fact, it even comes with a three-year warranty. You keep your important information with you at all times, and this RFID shield activates when it’s near scanners. So it blocks communication when scanners activate it, working on a frequency of 13.56 Mhz. Illegal card readers can skim your information from up to 10 feet away, which is why you need this RFID shielding card to protect your data. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Violence breaks out after nightfall in D.C. as MAGA marchers bring thug tactics to the capital

first_img– Advertisement – According to the Washington Post, some 20 people were arrested, including four people on gun charges. At least one person who was stabbed was hospitalized in serious condition.Trump himself made clear on Twitter his view of the violence:ANTIFA SCUM ran for the hills today when they tried attacking the people at the Trump Rally, because those people aggressively fought back. Antifa waited until tonight, when 99% were gone, to attack innocent #MAGA People. DC Police, get going — do your job and don’t hold back!!!Trump’s narrative—and that of Trump supporters both online and at the rally—reflected the right’s long-running attempt to deflect and excuse its own violence by claiming that “the violent left” is responsible for inciting it all. It’s a profoundly eliminationist narrative, and that tendency was omnipresent throughout the “Million MAGA March,” with threats to kill or deport all their political opponents a common refrain, as well as the reflexive dehumanization of their foes as verminous threats—with Trump’s description of antifascists as “scum” leading the parade.- Advertisement – Some of the assaults broke out in the middle of intersections where protesters sometimes gathered. At other times, gangs of pro-Trump rallygoers could be seen chasing individual protesters, such as this woman, down and beating them. Proud Boys also knocked out a Black woman and left her laid out in the street.One of the people stabbed amid the melees was journalist Talia Jane, who said someone came up behind her and stabbed her in the ear. Jane was also punched by a man who simply came up to her and knocked her down. She had her wound bandaged, and continued working throughout the night.Other journalists experienced constant harassment from the rallygoers. MSNBC reporter Ellison Barber, at one point, was chased and followed by shouting MAGA fans: “The crowd here is chanting ‘fake news, fake news,’” Barber told her audience. “Not fans of ours, as you can tell. Which that’s fine as long as they give us a little space.”“It’s hostile here, at least for us,” she continued. “They’re following us and chasing us as we walk further back.”And while the right loves to portray antifascists as vandals who damaged property during protests, there was no shortage of that behavior from the pro-Trump crowd on Saturday.During the day, umasked MAGA fans could be seen tearing down signs on a Black Lives Matter memorial project affixed to the White House border wall—and appeared to have the protection of Metro Police in doing so.During the evening, a crowd of pro-Trump rallygoers were filmed tearing down six large Black Lives Matter signs on the front of the Laborers International Union of North America building, near McPherson Square, as police stood by and watched. They also stomped on and destroyed other BLM signs that they found.The eliminationist rhetoric reached a fever pitch on the Proud Boys’ social-media channels that mirrored their words and actions on the street. Proud Boys national chairman Enrique Tarrio posted an overt threat on Parler: “DC antifa ends tonight,” he wrote.At the @ProudBoysUncensored account, the mask came off altogether, as they extolled a violent neo-Nazi fantasy:This is just the beginning. Anti fascist Marxists will no longer hold this nation hostage.Anti fascists will no longer be safe while they’re terrorizing cities.The pendulum is swinging back and the day of the rope is coming for every single violent marxist in this nation.The “day of the rope” is a reference to white supremacists’ long-hoped-for racial war, the blueprint for which remains The Turner Diaries, a neo-Nazi “novel” that depicts, among other things, a day in which an angry society rises up and lynches all American “race traitors” from lampposts in a single day. Similar sentiments could be heard from the mouths of MAGA fans throughout the day Saturday.“It was not a Million MAGA on the streets of DC today, but it would be catastrophic to not take what happened today seriously,” commented researcher Devin Burghart of the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights, who was present for the events. “This is a beginning, not the end. We’re witnessing the initial coalescing of a wide range of far-right forces into mass opposition.” This is a well-established pattern, one we have seen evolving and being perfected by the radical right since early 2017—primarily in liberal urban centers such as Portland, Oregon; Seattle; and the Bay Area. The politics of violent confrontation this strategy manifests may have reached a kind of dark fruition on Saturday, with a large helping hand from Trump himself, who tweeted out encouragement to the same thugs he had told on national television to “stand down and stand by.”WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 14: Members of Antifa and Proud Boys clash in the middle of the street following the "Million MAGA March" on November 14, 2020 in Washington, DC. Various pro-Trump groups gathered in DC today for the "Million MAGA March" to protest the results of the 2020 presidential election. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)Another MAGA fan in downtown D.C. Saturday.The violence was not pronounced during the daytime at the event, despite some fighting that broke out between anti-Trump protesters and rally participants. However, after most of the rally—estimated to have numbered in the tens of thousands—had cleared away by evening, large clusters of Proud Boys and other violent pro-Trump brawlers took to the streets of downtown Washington and began engaging in a variety of forms of violence: punching, shoving, kicking, and stabbing protesters, even as Metro Police devoted most of their energy to restraining the anti-Trump bloc.- Advertisement – Trump bolstered this narrative by retweeting a video posted by right-wing pseudo-journalist Andy Ngo, showing a Trump supporter being knocked out from behind by an antifascist protester. “Human Radical Left garbage did this,” Trump wrote. “Being arrested now!”In reality, Ngo’s video was simply another of his selectively edited hit jobs designed to demonize antifascists. A full video of the incident clearly shows that the man initiated the violence by punching and shoving a protester who had been using a bullhorn, then brawling with a number of other protesters, before he was finally given a knockout sucker punch.WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 14: Members of the Proud Boys clash with Black Lives Matter protesters during a protest following the “Million MAGA March†from Freedom Plaza to the Supreme Court, on November 14, 2020 in Washington, DC. Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump gathered to protest the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)A policeman intervenes as two MAGA fans brawl with anti-Trump protesters.The reality on the streets bore little resemblance to Trump’s narrative. Throughout the evening, Proud Boys and other pro-Trump brawlers could be seen deliberately attacking anyone who dared protest them. Eventually police would intervene, but they invariably directed their attention to the protesters, turning their backs on the Proud Boys, and seeming to protect them.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Apple’s Tracking Tool Target of Privacy Activist Max Schrems’ New Complaints

first_imgApple accounts for one in every four smartphones sold in Europe, according to Counterpoint Research.The claims were made on behalf of an individual German and Spanish consumers and handed to the Spanish data protection authority and its counterpart in Berlin, said Noyb, a privacy advocacy group led by Austrian Schrems that has successfully fought two landmark trials against Facebook.In Germany, unlike Spain, each federal state has its own data protection authority.Rossetti said the action was not about high fines but rather aimed at establishing a clear principle whereby “tracking must be the exception, not the rule”.“The IDFA should not only be restricted, but permanently deleted,” he said.© Thomson Reuters 2020Will 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. Apple says it provides users with a superior level of privacy protection. The company had announced it would further tighten its rules with the launch of its iOS 14 operating system this autumn but in September said it would delay the plan until early next year.The complaints by digital rights group Noyb were brought against Apple’s use of a tracking code that is automatically generated on every iPhone when it is set up, the so-called Identifier for Advertisers (IDFA).The code, stored on the device, allows Apple and third parties to track a user’s online behaviour and consumption preferences, vital for the likes of Facebook to be able to send targeted advertisements that will interest the user.- Advertisement – A group led by privacy activist Max Schrems on Monday filed complaints with German and Spanish data protection authorities over Apple’s online tracking tool, alleging that it allows iPhones to store users’ data without their consent in breach of European law.It is the first such major action against the US technology group in regards to European Union privacy rules.- Advertisement – “Apple places codes that are comparable to a cookie in its phones without any consent by the user. This is a clear breach of European Union privacy laws,” said Noyb lawyer Stefano Rossetti.Rosetti referred to the EU’s e-Privacy Directive, which requires a user’s prior consent to the installation and use of such information.Apple’s planned new rules would not change this as they would restrict third-party access but not Apple’s.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

News: Madeira launches Christmas tourism campaign

first_imgDuring what has a challenging year in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, many guests have not been able to experience and enjoy all that the archipelago has to offer – Advertisement –last_img

US man fails Bond-esque underwater escape from FBI using ‘sea scooter’

first_imgAgents watched the suspect’s bubbles rise to the surface for 25 minutes before he emerged and was handcuffed.- Advertisement –last_img