Month: November 2020

Trump’s 2 AM tirade against democracy was what he planned all along

first_imgTrump and other Republicans worked hard to throw as many monkey wrenches into the works as they could. They’ve already launched, lost, appealed, and tried again on everything from halting drive-up voting locations, to throwing out whole boxes of mail-in votes. This is literally the effort Trump put underway months ago. It’s the reason he employed DeJoy to wreck the Post Office, and the reason he was so determined to seat Amy Coney Barrett before the election.Trump thought he would lose, and set up a process to make it seem like he hadn’t. Now he’s executing that plan. On Wednesday morning, that plan looked like Trump standing in front of a hundred maskless supporters to lie about winning, call counting the vote “stealing,” and make false claims of fraud.“To me, this is a very sad moment,” said Trump. He also said that it was an embarrassment to the nation. On those two points, Trump is right. Though not for the reasons he believes.- Advertisement – The voting has stopped. The counting will continue.  Trump will keep complaining. Because this has been his plan all along. – Advertisement –center_img Stepping in front of the cameras in the early hours, Trump falsely claimed both that Democrats were trying to steal the election, and that he had already won the election. Repeatedly during his tirade Trump made it seem that people were still voting after the polls closed, rather than simply counting the votes that had already been made. And Trump reached straight for his big gun, saying that he intended to go to the Supreme Court, though he gave no clue on what basis or through what mechanism he would seek to appeal … democracy.No one sitting through Tuesday evening, or looking at where things stand on Wednesday morning, should be surprised. This is exactly the scenario that was predicted over and over.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Carrie Ann Inaba’s Dating History: Artem Chigvintsev, Fabien Viteri

first_imgAfter Inaba’s relationship with Chigvintsev ended, she met Jesse Sloan through eHarmony. She accepted a proposal from the accountant while filling in for Kelly Ripa on Live! With Regis and Kelly in 2011.“I struggle to find the words to express what you mean to me,” Sloan said as he got down on one knee. “You’re an inspiration. You’re everything to me. Will you marry me?”- Advertisement – Carrie Ann Inaba has been on TV for over a decade — and even got engaged (for the first time) in front of the cameras.The Dancing With the Stars judge’s love life first made headlines when she started seeing Artem Chigvintsev. The choreographers met on the set of So You Think You Can Dance in 2006. After nearly three years together, however, Inaba and Chigvintsev called it quits.- Advertisement – “[He’s] a fine gentleman,” she said at the time, noting that their split was amicable. “I have never gone out with somebody that grounded, always ready to talk it out. I’m very happy for him and the success he’s having.”After Chigvintsev joined DWTS as a professional dancer in 2014, their past romance was back in the news. Chigvintsev’s season 25 partner, Nikki Bella, who later became his fiancée, joked about their relationship in September 2019 after the ABC show changed the rules so the judges’ panel had more of a role in the eliminations.“I think we would have lasted longer if we had that option. I think Carrie Ann totally would have saved us. And not because you guys dated … but she really liked my technique!” Bella, who gave birth to Chigvintsev’s son in July 2020, quipped on Entertainment Tonight.- Advertisement – While an emotional Inaba accepted, Us Weekly confirmed in September 2012 that the wedding was off. ”They decided early in the summer to break off their engagement and have remained friends,” her rep told Us at the time.Inaba got engaged for a second time before meeting her current beau, Fabien Viteri.Scroll through for more on Inaba’s dating history: – Advertisement –last_img read more

Razer Book 13 With 11th Gen Intel Core Processors, Up to 4K Display Launched

first_img– Advertisement – Razer Book 13 has been announced as the company’s latest thin and light productivity laptop. It does not follow the gaming laptop aesthetic that Razer is known for, however, the build quality and keyboard have been carried down to the Razer Book 13. There are multiple models for the laptop and all of them are powered by Intel’s 11th generation Core processors. They are available in a single colour option but you can get the Razer Book 13 with or without the touch screen.Razer Book 13 priceThe Razer Book 13 is priced at $1,199 (roughly Rs. 89,000) for the Core i5 + 8GB + 256GB model, $1,599 (roughly Rs. 1.18 lakh) for the Core i7 + 16GB + 256GB model, and $1,999 (roughly Rs. 1.48 lakh) for the Core i7 + 16GB + 512GB model. They are offered in a single Mercury colour option and are currently up for pre-orders in the US. As of now, it is unclear if and when the Razer Book 13 will make its way to the Indian market.Razer Book 13 specifications- Advertisement – The Razer Book 13 runs Windows 10 Home and all three models come with 13-inch displays. The laptop can be equipped with up to a 4K touch display with 178-degree viewing angles and 60Hz refresh rate. Under the hood, the laptop is powered by up to an 11th generation Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor with Intel Iris Xe graphics. You get up to 16GB of RAM and up to 512GB of storage with the Razer Book 13.The keyboard supports per-key RGB lighting powered by Razer Chroma and also supports anti-ghosting. The Razer Book 13 comes with a 55Wh battery and a 65W power adapter. For connectivity, it comes with Intel Wireless AX 201, Bluetooth 5.1, a USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A port, a Thunderbolt 4 port, an HDMI 2.0 port, a microSD card slot, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.The audio is handled by two speakers with THX Spatial Audio and there is also a four mic array. In terms of dimensions, the Razer Book 13 measures 198.5×295.6×15.15mm and weighs between 1.34kg to 1.40kg, depending on the configuration.- Advertisement –center_img Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for 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.last_img read more

I Didn’t Google Clare’s Contestants

first_imgUs confirmed in August that Tayshia arrived in Palm Springs to meet Clare’s suitors after the 39-year-old Sacramento resident accepted a proposal from Dale Moss within the first two weeks of filming. After months of speculation, Tayshia made her first appearance during the Thursday, November 5, episode of The Bachelorette after Clare and Dale, 32, got engaged.“I couldn’t have asked for, like, a better group of men. I’ve always said that I want an older, more mature man that has depth and all of these guys have exactly that,” Tayshia gushed to Us. “It was, like, perfect.”The Bachelor season 23 contestant, however, admitted that she had her doubts when ABC first called her to take over because the remaining men were picked specifically for Clare.- Advertisement – “Every single guy really reassured me that they were so happy and excited. And once I had that confidence, I was like, ‘OK, I got this.’ But there were some guys, yes, that were still having feelings for Clare,” she said. “And so we talked about that as well.”The Bachelorette airs on ABC Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET.Listen to Here For the Right Reasons to get inside scoop about the Bachelor franchise and exclusive interviews from contestants “Naturally, that’s a hesitation you have. The guys knew that it was going to be Clare, and I didn’t know if they were going to be accepting or if they were willing to open their hearts,” she told Us. “If they had fallen in love, like, I didn’t know what was going on. So, it was definitely a hesitation.”Tayshia teased that Bachelor Nation will see her confront the men about any leftover feelings for Clare on the Tuesday, November 10, episode.- Advertisement – It may have been love at first Instagram stalk for Clare Crawley, but Tayshia Adams claims she didn’t do research on The Bachelorette season 16 contestants before she took over for the hairstylist.“When I was in quarantine, I didn’t think that this phone call was ever going to come. … I did look at the guys once they were first announced for Clare, but that was, like, months and months ago,” the 30-year-old former phlebotomist exclusively told Us Weekly on Monday, November 9. “I didn’t really have the chance to look at them before. And I’m glad I didn’t, to be honest.”A Cue From Clare? Tayshia Adams Reveals Whether She Cyberstalked Her SuitorsCraig Sjodin/ABC- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Beam users still can’t get their money. Now the lawsuits have begun

first_imgSteve Wolf opened an account with Beam to set aside money for emergencies. “Now I’m having to fight and spend hours of time to get it back,” he said.CNBC – Advertisement – Beam aimed to let users earn higher interest rates on their money by engaging with its mobile savings app.CNBC A company spokeswoman said in a statement that it is difficult to give an exact date when customers will receive their funds, and said the company is working with its vendors.“We have faith that funds should be released any day now,” the statement said.The statement also said that Beam is operational despite the designation by the state taxing authorities, and that the company will be in contact with the Secretary of State’s office to understand why its information has not been updated.“Designed for the 99%”Beam, which launched last year, offered to pay interest as high as 7% on funds deposited through the app, which it said was the “first mobile high-interest bank account designed for the 99%.”CNBC reported last month that customers began having difficulty accessing their funds earlier this year. Several said their withdrawal requests — which Beam’s web site promises to process in three to five business days — have gone unheeded for months.Beam has blamed the delays on its vendors, including Dwolla, a Des Moines, Iowa-based transaction processing firm and Columbus, Ohio-based Huntington National Bank, which serves as custodian for Beam’s customer funds. Beam itself is not a bank. It describes itself as a “technology service provider.”Beam says it has “gone out of its way” to try to process their requests, in an email sent to customers on Monday. The company blamed Dwolla and Huntington for failing to act. In a previous email on Oct, 27, and in a statement the same day to CNBC, Beam claimed that Dwolla froze certain accounts after discovering that customers were committing unspecified fraud.In its most recent statement to CNBC, Beam said it does not hold the funds in question.“We have been working with Dwolla and Huntington, the third-party providers, and are progressing, though the speed of progress largely rests with them now. We gave them all the information necessary on Nov. 5,” the statement said.A lawsuit filed early last week against Beam in a Columbus, Ohio court by Dwolla, Huntington, and a third vendor, New York-based Stable Custody Group, said Beam’s statements to its customers and to CNBC “were not accurate.”The suit says that despite Beam’s claims, Dwolla never placed a hold on any Beam customer funds. In fact, Dwolla never held any customer funds in the first place.“Any delays in customers receiving their funds was solely due to Beam’s delays,” the suit says.The suit says that despite Beam’s claim that the company is “working 24/7” to solve the problems, it has yet to provide any instructions to the vendors for the return of customers’ funds. The suit said that only Beam has the information about its customers identities and their deposits that would be necessary to return the funds. It asks the court to order Beam to work with the vendors to return the customers’ funds, and for a judgment declaring that the vendors acted properly.“Beam strongly disagrees with several of the allegations stated in the complaint,” the spokeswoman said in her statement. “The complaint by definition cannot be taken as true, because it is filed by them, so it’s one-sided in nature.”Chain reactionBeam’s business model uses what is known as a “sweep account.”When customers deposit funds through the app, Dwolla moves the money through Huntington National Bank, and into a so-called demand deposit marketplace operated by Stable Custody Group, a unit of New York-based R&T. The funds are then swept into a network of banks that pay interest on the deposits, which Beam can pass back to the customers. When customers seek to withdraw their funds, the process theoretically works in reverse.Under the arrangement, the customers’ funds are FDIC-insured. But because Beam is not a bank, the insurance only comes into play if one of the banks in the chain fails. It does not apply if Beam fails.All three of the vendors said they terminated their relationships with Beam when the problems arose in recent months, but they stand ready to help get money back to Beam’s customers.Stable terminated Beam’s participation in the demand deposit marketplace on Oct. 30 and instructed its network of banks to return the Beam funds to the custody account at Huntington, according to the lawsuit.“However, Beam has not requested the return of any of these funds to its customers, nor has Beam issued any instructions to Dwolla to enable the return of these funds to Beam’s customers,” the suit said.Huntington “has acted promptly on its standing instructions from beam to transfer funds returned to the Custody Account from the Receiving Banks to the Beam Account, and thus has not caused any delays in the ability of Beam to return those funds to its customers,” according to the suit.The suit says that all $2.4 million of the customer deposits is now in the custody account at Huntington National Bank, but “HNB does not know, and has no way to know, the identity of the Beam customers to whom these funds belong or the amount of these funds owed to each Beam customer.”“It will be soon”It is unclear where the arrangements between Beam and its vendors broke down, but customers seeking to withdraw money describe a frustrating array of automated emails and text messages that offer little information and none of their money.Florida retiree Glenn Irby, who invested $8,000 with Beam beginning in August, said every withdrawal request gets the same response:“It will be soon,” he said. But the money never comes.“I am retired,” he said. “Being on a fixed income, it’s not easy.” In Delaware, where Beam is incorporated, the company owes more than $182,000 in back taxes and has not yet filed its 2019 annual report, according to the Delaware Division of Corporations.Beam’s CEO, 37-year-old Yinan “Aaron” Du, declined to be interviewed.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – CNBC has also learned that Beam, based in San Francisco, has lost its rights to do business in California after failing to file any tax returns, according to a spokesperson for the state’s Franchise Tax Board. Steve Wolf, who owns a marketing firm outside San Diego, has been trying since September to withdraw the $15,000 he deposited with Beam. Wolf tells CNBC he has now hired an attorney to pursue possible legal action against the company for the “economic injury” he has suffered in a savings instrument that was marketed as safe.“That’s not money I lost in the stock market,” Wolf said. “That’s money that I already made, paid taxes on, was sitting in a savings account and was saving for a rainy day.”The Federal Trade Commission launched an investigation earlier this year into possible “deceptive practices” at Beam, CNBC previously reported. An agency spokesman declined to comment on the status of the investigation. Dozens of customers have filed complaints, nearly all of them involving their inability to access their funds, according to data obtained by CNBC under the Freedom of Information Act.— With reporting by CNBC’s Scott Zamost, Jennifer Schlesinger and Lorie KonishPlease email tips to [email protected] Thousands of customers of the savings app Beam, who have been unable to access their funds for months, remain locked out of their accounts despite the company’s promise that all transactions would be processed by Oct. 30.That’s according to a lawsuit filed in an Ohio court by three Beam vendors who say they are being wrongly blamed for the delays.The suit asks the court to order Beam’s cooperation in getting customers’ money back. On its web site, Beam claims to have nearly 187,000 subscribers, though a source close to the company has said the number of actual accounts may be closer to 30,000. According to the lawsuit, their deposits total more than $2.4 million.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Khloe Kardashian Tells Tristan Thompson She Loves Him, Isn’t in Love

first_imgDuring the finale, the Good American cofounder revealed to her family via video chat that she and Tristan had not hooked up amid the pandemic. She added that although that he tries to make a move “every day,” they’ve only pecked. However, she knew they had to discuss where their relationship was heading.Later, she shared her hesitations and mixed feelings with Tristan.“We’ve done this rodeo before where your actions didn’t go with your words and for almost a year now, you’ve been a different person. It frustrates me cause I’m like, ‘Why now? Why are you, like, the man I dreamed of currently? Why couldn’t you be that when we were together?’” the former Kocktails With Khloé host asked. “One of my fears is you’re acting like this until you get what you want, and then if you do, you’re gonna turn into like the old Tristan again.’”- Advertisement – Making it work. During this season of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Khloé Kardashian has been vocal about how appreciative she is of Tristan Thompson helping so much with their 2-year-old daughter, True. However, the NBA pro, 29, has been hopeful that their friendship will turn into more.During the Thursday, November 12, episode, Tristan opened up to Kris Jenner and Malika Haqq about how much he hopes that Khloé, 36, will forgive him for his past infidelities.- Advertisement – He assured Khloé that he wants more than just a coparenting relationship, but that if she couldn’t do that, they’d always be family.“You can understand the reservations I have, right?” Khloé asked. “Do I love you? A million percent. Am I in love with you currently? No, but would it be great if I could have this fairytale ending? Yes. But just because you have a family with someone also doesn’t mean you have to stay with someone if it’s not the best fit. … I don’t know what the future holds. All I do know is I am actively trying to take down little bricks. I try to be more trusting. I try. It’s a slow process, but that’s just how it has to be for me, but I do appreciate the effort you make, and the new you. It’s night and day — who you are.”The pair, who split in April 2019 after he kissed Kylie Jenner‘s former best friend Jordyn Woods, are now back together, Us Weekly confirmed in August. An insider shared with Us at the time that the reality star feels hopeful that he has “changed for good.”Listen to Watch With Us to hear more about your favorite shows and for the latest TV news! – Advertisement – Khloe Kardashian Tells Tristan Thompson She Loves Him but Isn't in Love With HimKhloe Kardashian, Tristan Thompson Shutterstock“Losing her made me lose a part of myself, and I was going down a path — that was not who I wanted to be,” the athlete, who was caught on two different occasions cheating on the Strong Looks Better Naked author, told Malika, 37. “I gave [Kris] my word that I was going to protect her daughter, and I failed. That kills me the most — when someone you respect and have high regard for and you let them down.”He later shared those sentiments with Kris, who assured him that although he really hurt everyone in the family with his actions, he has gone the distance to prove he really loves Khloé and is sorry.- Advertisement –last_img read more

More avian flu feared near site of Indonesian family cases

first_imgAug 2, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Seven people in Karo district of North Sumatra, Indonesia, are being treated for suspected H5N1 avian influenza, raising concern that the disease may have resurfaced near where human-to-human transmission was documented in an extended family in May.The Associated Press (AP) reported today that Indonesian health officials said the suspected cases fall into two clusters, one involving two sisters and the other consisting of three family members and two of their neighbors.Three of the patients are children who are believed to have been infected by chickens, the AP reported. The children include 10- and 6-year-old sisters and an 18-month-old boy who is their neighbor. Reuters news service reported today that the children were hospitalized yesterday.Blood samples were taken from the patients when they were admitted to Adam Malik hospital in Medan, health ministry official Hariadi Wibisono told the AP. Tests have not yet confirmed the H5N1 infection, but the patients are being treated as if they have the disease. Luhur Soeroso, who is treating the patients, told the AP that the seven patients have fever, cough, and other symptoms that have been associated with avian flu.In the North Sumatra case cluster in May, seven of eight family members tested positive for H5N1 avian flu, and only one family member survived. The cluster, believed to be the largest to date, marked the first documented instance of person-to-person transmission and the first three-person chain of infection, the World Health Organization said in June. Person-to-person transmission has been listed as possible or likely in several other case clusters.Indonesia’s official avian flu toll is 54 cases with 42 deaths, which ties it with Vietnam for the most deaths. All of Indonesia’s human H5N1 cases have occurred since mid-2005.Elsewhere in Indonesia, animal health officials on the resort island of Bali said hundreds of dead chickens have tested positive for H5N1 infection, according to an AP report yesterday. Health official I Gusti Hgurah Sandjaja said the outbreak involved 300 chickens, with no indications of any human cases. The AP report said health workers culled a large number of ducks and chickens on Bali earlier this year after several birds became ill.In Thailand, avian flu outbreaks seem to be spreading south, as evidenced by suspicious deaths of chickens in Lop Buri province in the lower central region, according to a report today in The Nation, a Thai newspaper. A 61-year-old woman in the province fell ill with avian flu–like symptoms after her backyard chickens died, said the report. The woman was admitted yesterday to Ban Mi Hospital, where a preliminary avian flu test came back positive, the newspaper said. Confirmatory tests are pending.According to a Web site of the Thai Ministry of Health, 144 patients from 24 provinces, mostly in the north, were on a watch list for avian flu as of yesterday.See also: Jun 23 CIDRAP News article “H5N1 mutation showed human transmission in Indonesia”last_img read more

The premiere of a new CNTB promotional video at the WTM fair in London

first_imgFrom November 06 to 08, 2017, the World Travel Market begins (WTM), the leading global event for the travel industry held in London for the 38th time.The WTM fair is held every year in London and is the largest business tourism fair in the world, with 5500 exhibitors from 180 countries and visited annually by more than 50 tourism professionals, tourism ministers and other close departments and media representatives. Last year, according to estimates, tourism worth a total of around 2.5 billion pounds was contracted within WTM, and this fair marks the beginning of the “official” season of fair appearances, as well as other types of promotional activities with the aim of preparing the next tourist year.On the occasion of the WTM fair, the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian National Tourist Board will present a new Croatian promotional tourist video. The presentation will be held at WTM, at the stand of the Croatian National Tourist Board during the Wine & Cheese gathering on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, starting at 17:30 p.m. The new promotional video was shot at various recognizable locations in Croatia and features 10 celebrities from the world of sports and art. In addition to well-known Croatian destinations, the video also aims to promote other forms of offer, such as cultural and historical heritage, eno-gastronomy, active vacation, nautical, natural beauty and other segments of Croatian tourism.Also, in addition to the premiere of the video, Croatia should present itself with new promotional stands, ie the concept and creative solution of appearing at tourist fairs.See the full description of the selected concept here The 11th edition of the November 7 UNWTO / WTM Ministerial Summit, entitled “Overtourism: Growth is Not an Enemy, But How We Manage It”, will address issues such as managing and measuring the impact of tourism or the role of the private sector in promoting tourism as an effective instrument for achieving sustainable development goals. As UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai said.Growth is not the enemy. Growing numbers are not enemies. Growth is the eternal story of humanity. The growth of tourism can and should lead to economic progress, jobs and resources to finance environmental protection and preservation of cultures, as well as community development and needs for progress that are not otherwise available. “This year, the Croatian tourist offer will be presented at a stand of 280 m2, where, in addition to the Croatian Tourist Board, 25 co-exhibitors will present their offer.For more information on WTM in London, see hereRelated news:IF AT LEAST A TIE WAS A CROATIAN PRODUCT, THE WHOLE WORLD WOULD KNOW ABOUT CROATIAlast_img read more

Business Expectations Survey

first_imgThe Croatian Chamber of Commerce is conducting a Business Expectations survey, which will enable us to forecast business cycles in the economy based on the experience of entrepreneurs.The aim of the survey is to draw attention, ie to warn the competent institutions and the public in a timely manner of short-term changes in economic trends and upcoming challenges, ie limiting factors that businessmen face in doing business. “The survey consists of several simple and short questions about the forecast of key business indicators such as income, investment, number of employees, forecast of general business conditions and the biggest challenges, ie limiting factors. Business expectations are modeled on the world’s most recognized research of this kind and will be conducted twice a year”Point out from the Croatian Chamber of Commerce.Given that entrepreneurs ’responses will be the basis for developing guidelines to improve the business and entrepreneurial climate, this is an opportunity to give your suggestions and opinions in an argumentative and constructive way, not just on Facebook, from which there is no effect. The survey is active until November 24, 2017, and can be found at the following link: Business Expectations Surveylast_img read more