Daily Kos Elections 2020 downballot liveblog thread #5

first_imgFollow: Daily Kos Elections on TwitterResults: Live Map • All Races (use dropdown)- Advertisement – ·Steve Singiser Wednesday, Nov 4, 2020 · 3:30:51 AM +00:00- Advertisement – Wednesday, Nov 4, 2020 · 3:38:52 AM +00:00 ·Steve Singiser NC-Gov: The Associated Press projects that Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has won re-election. – Advertisement – Guides: Poll Closing Times • County Benchmarks • Hour-by-Hour GuideKey Races: Senate • House • Legislative Chambers • Ballot Measures • RedistrictingCheat-sheets: Key Race Tracker • Legislative Cheat-sheet HOUSE: NBC News has projected the Democrats will retain majority status in the House of Representatives. Wednesday, Nov 4, 2020 · 3:34:26 AM +00:00 ·Steve Singiser SENATE: Right now, let’s get you caught up on some of the big-ticket Senate races, where the results thus far are a mixed bag.NC-Sen: This one is heading a not-good direction. With over 5 million votes tallied, Sen. Thom Tillis (R) leads Cal Cunningham 48-47.AZ-Sen: This one is heading in a considerably better direction. With most of the state’s considerably early/VBM counted, Mark Kelly (D) has a 55-45 lead over Sen. Martha McSally (R).IA-Sen/MT-Sen: Both Democrats lead here in very early returns, but since these are likely early/mail votes, expect both races to tighten. Wednesday, Nov 4, 2020 · 3:41:23 AM +00:00 ·Steve Singiser Wednesday, Nov 4, 2020 · 3:38:07 AM +00:00 ·Steve Singiser We have a trio of calls from the AP, all of which are GOP wins in races that were reaches for the Democrats:Troy Balderson (OH-12)Dan Bishop (NC-09)Mike Parson (MO-Gov) TX-32: The Associated Press has projected that Colin Allred will win re-election in this district centered in suburban Dallas. – Advertisement – GA-Sen: Doug Collins has tweeted that he has conceded the second slot in the now-near certain runoff to appointed incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R). Loeffler will now take on Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock in a runoff election on January 5th. Wednesday, Nov 4, 2020 · 3:43:48 AM +00:00 ·Steve Singiser TX-31: Down in the Austin suburbs and exurbs, the GOP has held onto this seat as the AP has called the race for Republican Rep. John Carter. Wednesday, Nov 4, 2020 · 3:33:00 AM +00:00 ·Steve Singiserlast_img read more

IPL play-offs: Mumbai Indians, Delhi Capitals, Sunrisers Hyderabad and RCB fighting for title in UAE | Cricket News

first_imgThe final will take place on Tuesday in Dubai.Who has made it to the play-offs?Mumbai IndiansThe defending champions are traditionally slow starts and began the tournament with a defeat to Chennai Super Kings. Going into the final round of matches, it was only Mumbai and Chennai not sweating over their play-off spot. But while for CSK that was because they were out of the running, Mumbai had already sewn up top spot. Delhi Capitals’ Anrich Nortje bowled the fastest ball in IPL history – 97mph – but Jos Buttler ramped it for four, only to be castled by the South African next ball! The pair have been brilliant, taking 44 wickets between them, and if they are at their best then they can make life difficult for any batting line-up.Sunrisers HyderabadOddly for a top four, Sunrisers are the only team coming into the play-offs in particularly good form. David Warner led his side to three wins on the spin to take them from the brink of elimination to third place. Same again and they’ll be champions.As has been the case for the last couple of years, Sunrisers possess an explosive opening pairing. However, this year there has been a controversial change in personnel mid-season with Jonny Bairstow, having passed 50 three times in 11 innings with a top score of 97, dropped and replaced by Wriddhiman Saha at the top of the order. 1:50 Jonny Bairstow smashed a brilliant 97 from 55 balls for Sunrisers Hyderbad early in the tournament – but now can’t get into the XI AB de Villiers thumped Jaydev Unadkat for three successive sixes during his match-winning 55 not out from 22 balls for RCB against Rajasthan If any team has the talent to turn it on on the big stage though, it is RCB. In world cricket’s most glamorous T20 league, they have long been considered the glamour side with a star-studded line-up led by Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. They have never won the IPL though, with the accusation often being that they focussed too much of stars, batsmen in particular, and when they didn’t produce, those around them were unable to pick up the slack.This year it all seemed a bit different. They had invested in other areas, they had the bowlers to complement the excellent Yuzvendra Chahal, all-rounder Chris Morris was a big-money addition but helped to balance the side; it all seemed more team-focussed – and early on it worked.Even after a poor spell, all of those things are true and having the reached the knockout stage, the star quality of Kohli or De Villiers is enough that it could win them any game on its own. Before we look at the teams competing in the IPL play-offs, first we let us go over how they actually work; it’s not as simple as a straight knockout. 2:15 Delhi Capitals’ Anrich Nortje bowled the fastest ball in IPL history – 97mph – but Jos Buttler ramped it for four, only to be castled by the South African next ball! Of course, it is the lack of fans that will immediately stand out when this year’s tournament is looked back upon in years to come and while they have been missed, the quality of play has been in no way diminished.Throughout the tournament, the players have seemed determined to give something back to the supporters – quite literally early on in Sharjah, as ball after ball was smashed out of the stadium and swiftly gobbled up by opportunistic fans, weaving in and out of traffic to retrieve them from the streets outside – and treated them to a plethora of breath-taking matches and fascinating individual contests.At the end of it all four teams are gone and four remain as we enter the play-offs. The drama is only just getting started! Mumbai Indians fielder Suryakumar Yadav took a magnificent diving catch at backward point in the IPL clash with Kolkata Knight Riders There is a reason Mahela Jayawardene’s side are always included among the favourites, having put together a side not only packed with a great blend of Indian talent and overseas stars, crucially they have also created a superbly balanced side.Captain Rohit Sharma is back after missing a number of games with a hamstring injury but with three half-centuries apiece for Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav and four for Quinton de Kock this campaign, not to mention the big-hitting of Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard, who are striking at 174 and 193 respectively, you fancy that even without one of the best white-ball batsmen on the planet, Mumbai still have the firepower to challenge. Mumbai Indians won their fourth IPL title in 2019 - can they add a fifth in 2020?
Mumbai Indians won their fourth IPL title in 2019 - can they add a fifth in 2020?

Trump says Defense Secretary Mark Esper has been ‘terminated’

first_img– Advertisement – The moves come as Trump refuses to accept the results of the presidential election and on the heels of an NBC News report that Esper had prepped his resignation letter, bracing for an inevitable termination from the Trump administration.Esper’s firing might not be all. A Trump administration official told CNBC’s Eamon Javers that “I assume FBI and CIA are next,” referring to FBI Director Christopher Wray and CIA Director Gina Haspel.In an extraordinary break with Trump, Esper told reporters in June that he did not support the invoking the Insurrection Act, an 1807 law, to allow Trump to deploy active-duty U.S. troops to respond to civil unrest stemming from protests against police brutality across the country.“I say this not only as secretary of Defense, but also as a former soldier and a former member of the National Guard, the option to use active-duty forces in a law enforcement role should only be used as a matter of last resort, and only in the most urgent and dire situations. We are not in one of those situations now,” Esper said. A Defense Department spokesperson declined to comment and referred CNBC to the White House.In another tweet, Trump said Miller will serve as acting secretary, effective immediately.- Advertisement – WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump announced Monday on Twitter that he has “terminated” Defense Secretary Mark Esper, replaced by Christopher C. Miller, director of the National Counterterrorism Center.The announcement came about five months after he and his Pentagon chief had a public break over how to handle civil unrest in America’s cities.“Mark Esper has been terminated,” Trump tweeted. “I would like to thank him for his service.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Miller, who previously spent 31 years in the U.S. Army, was sworn in as director of the National Counterterrorism Center in August. Before that, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Combating Terrorism. In that role, he was responsible for overseeing the employment of special operations forces in counterterrorism as well as personnel recovery and hostage issues.It is unlikely the Senate will confirm Miller or a new nominee for the role before Trump leaves office in January. A spokesman for the Biden transition team declined to comment on Esper’s dismissal. US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper at the Pentagon on March 05, 2020 in Arlington, Virginia.Yasin Ozturk | Anadolu Agency via Getty Imagescenter_img Much like Shanahan, Esper ascended to the top spot of the largest federal agency with limited experience in foreign policy.Before becoming Defense secretary, Esper was a Raytheon executive. He left the defense giant to become secretary of the U.S. Army in 2017. He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and served in the 1990-1991 Gulf War with the Army’s 101st Airborne Division. Following active duty, he served in the Army Reserve and both the Virginia and District of Columbia National Guard before retiring in 2007. — CNBC’s Kevin Breuninger contributed to this report. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper speaks as U.S. President Donald Trump listens during the daily White House coronavirus press briefing April 1, 2020 in Washington, DC.Win McNamee | Getty Images News | Getty Images Hours after Esper’s statement, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Trump has the “sole authority” to move forward with the measure. When asked if the president was peeved by Esper’s comments at the Pentagon, McEnany gave a lukewarm response.“I would say if he loses confidence in Secretary Esper I’m sure you all will be the first to know. As of right now, Secretary Esper is still Secretary Esper, and should the president lose faith, we will all learn about that in the future,” McEnany said at the time.Esper, who was previously the secretary of the Army, ascended to Pentagon chief in June 2019.His tenure followed the resignations of Trump’s first secretary of Defense, James Mattis, and then-acting Secretary Patrick Shanahan. James Mattis, U.S. Secretary of Defense, right, and Patrick Shanahan, Deputy Secretary of Defense, wait outside the Pentagon before an event in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018.Andrew Harrer | Bloomberg via Getty Images Christopher Miller, director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), speaks during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020.Joshua Roberts | Bloomberg | Getty Imageslast_img read more

Coronavirus Briefing: What Happened Today

first_imgAs cases soar in Utah, Gov. Gary Herbert announced a new state of emergency, including a mask mandate that would apply statewide. Gov. Philip Murphy of New Jersey laid out new restrictions for the state, shutting down indoor service at restaurants and nightclubs at 10 p.m. starting Thursday. – Advertisement – New York City recorded more than 1,000 cases four days in a row this past week, a level not seen since May. Hungary and Portugal are the latest European countries to adopt new measures like curfews and limits on gatherings to curb rapid rises in new coronavirus cases. “This winter is going to be rough, and vaccines aren’t going to help us,” Carl said. “People still need to be wearing masks and social distancing.”Biden’s virus task forcePresident-elect Joe Biden vowed today to make defeating the pandemic his No. 1 priority when he replaces President Trump on Jan. 20. If current trends in the U.S. hold, it will be an incredibly daunting challenge.The country is averaging more than 110,000 cases per day, hospitalizations have nearly doubled since mid-September, and 29 states have set weekly case records. The United States surpassed 10 million cases over the weekend, more than any other country, and a shocking one in 441 Americans have tested positive for the virus just in the last week.We’ll be examining Mr. Biden’s efforts to confront the virus more in the coming days, but today his transition team made some important moves with the appointment of a 13-member Covid-19 advisory board that will have three high-powered doctors as co-chairs.Another panel pick: Dr. Rick Bright, a former top vaccine official in the Trump administration, who was ousted as the head of a federal medical research agency. Dr. Bright submitted a whistle-blower complaint to Congress in May and told lawmakers that officials in the government had failed to heed his warnings about acquiring masks and other supplies. Our colleague Carl Zimmer, who covers science for The Times, told us that this was the first significant sign that a coronavirus vaccine could actually work. “Up until now, we’ve seen promising hints,” he told us.The technology behind the vaccine, which requires two doses, has not previously been approved for use in humans. It takes genetic material called messenger RNA and injects it into muscle cells. Those cells then build a protein that is also found on the surface of the coronavirus, which stimulates the immune system to hunt down those proteins in the actual virus.The Food and Drug Administration had told pharmaceutical companies that for vaccines to be approved, they would only need to be at least 50 percent effective. A 90 percent success rate would offering a level of protection similar to childhood vaccines for diseases such as measles. – Advertisement –center_img A possible vaccine breakthroughNine months into the pandemic, we have some potentially game-changing vaccine news.The drugmakers Pfizer and BioNTech announced early results from their joint coronavirus trial, which suggests that their vaccine is over 90 percent effective. No serious safety concerns have been observed, the companies said.- Advertisement – Other vaccines like Moderna’s, which uses similar technology to Pfizer’s, may soon join the party, adding to the overall supply. If all goes well, everyone who wants a vaccine should be able to get one by summer, Carl said.But first, we have to get through winter, which is looking increasingly dark as cases, hospitalizations and deaths soar. Resurgences Still, scientists cautioned against hyping early results until long-term safety and efficacy data come in, and no one knows how long the vaccine’s protection might last. Also, the sparse details Pfizer released today were delivered in a news conference, not a peer-reviewed medical journal.“Even so, nobody knew if a vaccine against a coronavirus was going to work at all, and this is incredibly encouraging,” Carl said.What happens next?A possible timeline for the vaccine, Carl said, could look something like this: At the end of this month, Pfizer and BioNTech may apply for emergency use authorization. It will probably take a few weeks for the F.D.A. to make a decision. If authorized, we may see the first few million doses of the vaccine given out at the beginning of January to at-risk people like health care workers.- Advertisement – Here’s a roundup of restrictions in all 50 states.What else we’re followingWhat you’re doingWe’ll adapt the way we usually celebrate the great feast of Thanksgiving. Usually it’s 25-ish friends and family, almost everyone brings a dish to pass. This year is the pandemic re-mix, as one friend called it. Bring your fully cooked dish to our house the day before Thanksgiving. My husband and I will portion it all out into take-out containers, a little bit of everything for everybody. Then come to our garage between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving day to pick up your portion. Go home, re-heat, and get onto Zoom at 4 p.m., when we’ll light our Thanksgiving remembrance candles, and share in a feast, separately together.— Barbara Steer, Ann Arbor, Mich.Let us know how you’re dealing with the pandemic. Send us a response here, and we may feature it in an upcoming newsletter.Sign up here to get the briefing by email.Email your thoughts to briefing@nytimes.com. A 51-year-old air cargo worker has been infected in Shanghai, China’s biggest city, prompting an immediate effort to contain the virus.last_img read more

Jonathan Scott and Zooey Deschanel’s Relationship Timeline

first_img– Advertisement – A perfect fit? Jonathan Scott and Zooey Deschanel found each other at just the right time in their lives — and their whirlwind relationship took fans by surprise.The Property Brothers star and New Girl alum first met while filming for Carpool Karaoke in September 2019, and hit it off almost instantly. Us Weekly confirmed the news of the unlikely romance shortly after Deschanel split from her husband of four years, Jacob Pechenik. The exes share daughter Elsie Otter and son Charlie Wolf.- Advertisement – “I am seeing someone,” Scott told Us one day before their relationship news went public. “I’m a very private person, so I don’t typically talk about that. It’s definitely special for me because I am the guy who raises the bar in what I’m looking for in a partner. I was caught a little off guard. It was definitely a pleasant surprise.”Scott and the 500 Days of Summer actress made their relationship Instagram official in October 2019 after a fright-filled double date with Drew Scott and his wife, Linda Phan. Jonathan and his new flame posted a PDA pic after the couples braved Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios in Los Angeles.- Advertisement – Scroll down for more details on this duo’s whirlwind romance! A source revealed to Us at the time that the pair had “instant chemistry” when they first met and bonded over their shared love of “music, film, theatre – and Christmas carols.” Their similar interests and sense of humor led them to quickly start “texting and talking on the phone and it blossomed from there.”Since then, their relationship has grown even stronger and the lovebirds have shared a number of major romance milestones along the way. The HGTV star and the She & Him singer celebrated their first Thanksgiving together shortly after making their red carpet debut as a couple. One month later, the pair rang in “a truly happy New Year” by each other’s side.“Once in a lifetime you meet someone who changes everything 😍,” Jonathan captioned a sweet selfie to kick off 2020.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Arsenal first Premier League club to sign United Nations climate change initiative | Football News

first_imgArsenal have become the first Premier League club to sign up a United Nations initiative for the sports industry to tackle climate change.The London club have signed the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework, which seeks to align the global sports community with the goals of the Paris Agreement and support the ambition to achieve climate neutrality by 2050.- Advertisement – Sky Sports are fellow signatories of the initiative, having in July become the first broadcaster to join. Other signatories include FIFA, the FA and the IOC.“Arsenal is committed to leading the way on sustainability among Premier League clubs and we are proud to be the first club to sign up to the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework,” Arsenal operations director Hywel Sloman said. Exterior of Arsenal's Emirates StadiumImage:Arsenal say the club is ‘proud’ to be first Premier League side to sign initiative “We will continue to use the power and reach of Arsenal to inspire our global communities and push each other towards a more sustainable future.”The initiative aims to achieve its ambition by adhering to five principles; undertaking systematic efforts to promote greater environmental responsibility, reducing overall climate impact, educating on climate action, promotion sustainable and responsible consumption and advocating for climate action through communication.Lindita Xhaferi-Salihu, Sports for Climate Action Lead at UN Climate Change, said: “Football inspires so many of us around the world and there is a remarkable potential for the game to become greener, more climate resilient and lead by example for millions of global fans.- Advertisement – “We are delighted to welcome Arsenal as the first Premier League club to the UN Sports for Climate Action community as we raise awareness of climate change and use this opportunity to make a difference together.” “Together with our partners, we’ve already implemented a number of environmentally friendly practices across the club.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Amazon Mega-Comfy Holiday Pants Are a Festive Must-Have

first_imgThese pants were exactly what we had in mind, and considering the sheer number of reviews, we clearly weren’t alone! There are actually nearly 40 patterns and designs to choose from, including floral, animal print, polka dots, flag, tie-dye, but we’re zeroing in on the handful of amazing holiday designs!You’ll find options with jingle bells, snowmen, candy canes, reindeer, Santa Claus, ornaments, elves, Christmas trees and more — and every last one is seriously cute. Some look more along the lines of a traditional holiday sweater, while others play with differently colored and amazingly adorable graphics in more “random” patterns.NEWCOSPLAY Comfy Stretch Drawstring Palazzo Wide Leg PantsAmazonSee it!- Advertisement – We wouldn’t send anyone into the holiday season without the proper attire! You need something comfy and stretchy for long days and nights filled with classic movies and second, third (and fourth) helpings, and you need it to be festive, because that holly jolly, magnificently merry feeling is that much more elevated when you go all out!NEWCOSPLAY Comfy Stretch Drawstring Palazzo Wide Leg PantsAmazonSee it!Get the NEWCOSPLAY Comfy Stretch Drawstring Palazzo Wide Leg Pants starting at just $10 at Amazon! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, November 12, 2020, but are subject to change.- Advertisement – Get the NEWCOSPLAY Comfy Stretch Drawstring Palazzo Wide Leg Pants starting at just $10 at Amazon! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, November 12, 2020, but are subject to change.These pants have a wide leg, palazzo silhouette. They’re soft and stretchy, and they’re not too thick. They have some flow to them! The waistband has a drawstring too, so you can adjust the fit throughout the day — or night. We totally recommend these as pajama pants, and they’ll be great for lounging around all winter long, traveling in comfort and for when you’re actually celebrating with your close-knit family or friends. They’ll love the cheer you’ll be adding to the party. Maybe everyone will even want to match!Even though these pants are clearly on the fun and casual side, their silhouette actually is trendy, so it’s still possible to look chic in them. Seriously! Try them with a fitted turtleneck or an off-the-shoulder sweater and you’ll suddenly feel like a star — just like the one on top of the tree! See it!Get the NEWCOSPLAY Comfy Stretch Drawstring Palazzo Wide Leg Pants starting at just $10 at Amazon! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, November 12, 2020, but are subject to change.Not your style? Shop more from NEWCOSPLAY here and other holiday clothes here! Don’t forget to check out all of Amazon’s Daily Deals for more great finds!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! Us Weekly has affiliate partnerships so we may receive compensation for some links to products and services.Who doesn’t love the holidays? Even all of the Grinches out there can’t deny certain aspects of the season. The big meals are undeniably amazing, and the desserts? Bring on all of the cookies, pies, cannoli and gingerbread everything, please! But before we get to that — and we know it’s hard to wait — there’s something we need to take care of first.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

This Swiss-made movement watch is the accessory you want your wrist » Gadget Flow

first_imgA traditional watch is a great way to add a touch of class to your look. And this watch will do just that. It features a unique, transparent design that’s unlike any luxury watch you’ve seen. Check out this blog post to learn more about this one-of-a-kind wristwatch.A beautiful, well-crafted watch says something about your personality. Sure, you could go for the latest and greatest smartwatch out there—and those have their place. But if you want to show that you appreciate good craftmanship and art, you need a traditional timepiece in your accessories collection. And a great one is the WTIF sapphire-crystal-case watch. This Swiss-made movement watch has a watch case that’s made entirely of sapphire crystal.The WTIF sapphire-crystal-case watch has a transparent look with its unique watch case. It’s a rare design element because most watch cases have some metal, somewhere. This one only has a thin metallic band around the top, letting you see through the watch at all angles. It’s a stunning, elegant watch that isn’t like the others you’ll find on the market. And what’s more, the design is quite affordable compared to other luxury watches.Who is the designer?- Advertisement – WTIF sapphire-crystal-case watch side viewHow many styles can you choose from?You won’t be spoilt for choice when it comes to this Swiss-made movement watch. There are six styles to choose from, including Steel/Black with black leather and a steel mesh band, Steel/Dark Brown with dark brown leather and a steel mesh band, Black with black leather and a black mesh band, Rose Gold/Black with black leather and a rose gold mesh band, Rose Gold/ Brown with brown leather and a rose gold mesh band, and Gold with white leather and a gold mesh band. So no matter your style or favorite color palette, you’ll find a WTIF sapphire-crystal-case watch that matches.WTIF sapphire-crystal-case watchWTIF sapphire-crystal-case watch with stainless steel mesh bandsWhat other features does this unique timepiece have?This gorgeous watch boasts a lovely Swiss-made automatic mechanical movement. So you can be sure the interior workings are top-notch and incredibly reliable. Also, this Swiss-made movement watch is waterproof up to 50 meters, protecting your watch from contact with water. The company says that they’ve worked for years to procure a cost-effective way to produce a timepiece of this quality at a price that’s affordable. They’ve certainly done it with the WTIF sapphire-crystal-case watch.WTIF sapphire-crystal-case watchWTIF sapphire-crystal-case watch close upIf you love unique product designs, the WTIF sapphire-crystal-case watch is the timepiece for you. Its transparent case is truly something to look at. And the Swiss-made movement gives you the quality and accuracy you expect from a luxury watch. What’s more, it’s waterproof up to 50 meters, so it’s a wristwatch you won’t have to constantly worry about, which is a huge plus. It makes a great addition to your or your loved one’s accessory collection.The WTIF sapphire-crystal-case watch costs $375, and you can preorder yours on Kickstarter.What do you look for in a great watch? Let us know in the comments :).WTIF sapphire-crystal-case watchWTIF sapphire-crystal-case watch close up of dial – Advertisement – Lauren has been writing and editing since 2008. She loves working with text and helping writers find their voice. When she’s not typing away at her computer, she cooks and travels with her husband and two daughters. center_img WTIF sapphire-crystal-case watch with mesh bandsHow is the design interchangeable?Another of the WTIF sapphire-crystal-case watch‘s cool features is its interchangeable design. It allows you to change watch bands for greater flexibility. So say you’ve got meetings all day plus an event in the evening. You could choose a business-friendly leather strap for your meetings and the gold mesh strap for the event. It’s a great way to freshen up your attire throughout the day and ensure that what you’re wearing always matches the occasion.The straps you can choose from include Italian leather straps that feel soft against the skin and fit well around your wrist. There are also stainless steel mesh bands that give you that little extra layer of sophistication. No matter which you choose, you’ll get a watch you’ll be proud to wear.– Advertisement – Volker Eberle is the designer behind the WTIF sapphire-crystal-case watch. He trained in Germany as a goldsmith and developed his craft for seven years. He then worked as an operations manager for top watch firms, and eventually headed its design team. After that, he led one of the most well-known watch and accessory firms in the US. So he’s an expert in all things watch related.WTIF sapphire-crystal-case watchWTIF sapphire-crystal-case watch close upWhat makes this luxury watch unique?Like the company’s first-generation watch, this Swiss-made movement watch features the sapphire crystal case I mentioned earlier. According to the maker’s Kickstarter page, this case design creates a classy watch that’s a show-stopper. It’s true; you’ll turn a lot of heads and strike up quite a few conversations while you’re wearing this watch. You can peer through this watch from any side to see its inner workings. It’s one gadget that will surely impress your friends this year.WTIF sapphire-crystal-case watch– Advertisement –last_img read more

Phone Under 30000: The Best Mobile Phones You Can Buy In India [November 2020 Edition]

first_imgRealme X3 SuperZoomThe Realme X3 SuperZoom is a powerhouse of a smartphone. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ SoC is more than capable of handling anything thrown its way. It has a sharp display, a big battery, and a quick fingerprint sensor embedded in the power button., The highlight feature of this model is of course its telephoto camera.The Realme X3 SuperZoom can do 5x optical zoom and a total of 60x digital zoom, which is impressive for a phone priced under Rs. 30,000. The rest of the cameras perform well under good light too. Realme has also added a lot of night shooting modes to play with, which is a great value-add for night photography lovers. The Realme X3 is identical to the SuperZoom model in every way except for the cameras. The standard model can only do 20x hybrid zoom and has a 16-megapixel main selfie camera, instead of 32-megapixels on the SuperZoom model. Apart from these differences, both phones are identical.Even though we haven’t reviewed this more affordable model yet, the rest of its features and performance should be very similar to what we experienced with the X3 SuperZoom, so we can say it’s worth considering if you’re on a tight budget. OnePlus NordThe OnePlus Nord is a new budget offering from OnePlus, which manages to deliver a comparable Android experience to the OnePlus 8, but at a more affordable price. OnePlus has kept all the staples such as the AMOLED display, Warp Charge fast charging, and a big battery in the Nord. However, it has made some cuts when it comes to the SoC and the build quality. The OnePlus Nord still has glass on the back, but instead of a metal frame, it’s plastic.The SoC used is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, and not an 800-series chip as we’re used to seeing. However, the Nord does support 5G, which is a cool bonus. As an overall package, it’s really hard to find fault with the OnePlus Nord. App and gaming performance is good, it captures good photos and videos in daylight, and the display supports HDR10+.- Advertisement – Will OnePlus 8 series be able to take on iPhone SE (2020), Samsung Galaxy S20 in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. Realme X3 SuperZoom9Rs. 27,999 Vivo V20The Vivo V20 is available in a multi-coloured Sunset Melody option as well as more sober colours. It prioritises design over specifications but can still pack a punch. You get a 6.44-inch AMOLED panel with narrow borders but a dewdrop notch which might seem old-fashioned now. On the back, you’ll see a stepped camera module with a 64-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel wide-angle/macro camera, and a 2-megapixel mono camera. For selfies, there’s a 44-megapixel front camera. Performance is just about adequate, thanks to the Snapdragon 720G processor. You get 8GB of RAM and 128GB or 256GB of storage. This phone ships with Android 11 and Vivo’s FunTouch OS on top. Photos look good, even low-light ones. Close-ups are impressive with soft natural depth. Video is stabilised at 1080p as well as 4K. Battery life isn’t great, but that’s to be expected with such a slim phone.  Realme X2 ProThe Realme X2 Pro does a little bit of everything right at a fraction of the price of a real flagship. It has a big 6.5-inch full-HD+ AMOLED display with an in-display fingerprint scanner and a 90Hz refresh rate. It is well designed and feels a lot more expensive than it actually is. Realme has also tossed in a 4,000mAh battery that delivers excellent battery life. That’s not all, this phone comes with a 50W fast charger that is capable of topping the device up in about 31 minutes.It also gets the flagship-grade Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ SoC and has three variants: 6GB of RAM with 64GB of storage, 8GB of RAM with 128GB of storage, and 12GB of RAM with 256GB of storage. The 6GB/64GB variant was introduced post-launch and is now retailing for Rs. 29,999. Earlier, the 8GB/128GB variant was priced at Rs. 29,999, but following the GST hike, it has gone up to Rs. 31,999.The Realme X2 Pro has a quad-camera setup and is capable of taking good photos in different lighting conditions. We had an issue with the low-light video quality of this device, and we also found that it heats up a little when subjected to load. Google Pixel 4a9Rs. 29,999 (introductory price) OnePlus Nord9Rs. 24,999 Oppo Reno 3 Pro8Rs. 29,999 Google Pixel 4a- Advertisement – Best phones under 30,000 Low-light image quality suffers a bit, but that’s pretty much this phone’s only major weakness. Battery life is very good and the single speaker gets decently loud. One impressive feature of the OnePlus Nord is its ability to shoot selfie videos at 4K 60fps, which is something even the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro can’t do.The base variant costs under Rs. 25,000 but is still competitive with more expensive smartphones. If you step up to higher RAM and storage variants, you can get a great phone for under Rs. 30,000.  Vivo V208Rs. 24,999 There’s a new heavy-hitter in the sub-Rs. 30,000 smartphone segment, the Google Pixel 4a. This long-awaited model promises outstanding software-powered camera enhancements, and hits a more tempting price point than its predecessor. Realme and OnePlus continue to offer strong options as well, with the Realme X3 and the Realme X3 SuperZoom both offering powerful specifications and impressive telephoto cameras for the price. The heavily hyped OnePlus Nord is relatively affordable and offers many of the features that people care most about. Vivo also impressed us recently with its V20 models.These new phones join several models that first appeared on earlier editions of our list of the best phones priced under Rs. 30,000 in India. We have updated our recommendations based on recent Gadgets 360 reviews, and taking into account any price changes. Here’s the November 2020 edition of the best smartphones you can buy for less than Rs. 30,000 right now. Oppo Reno 3 ProOppo Reno 3 Pro is the newest smartphone on this list. It sports a 6.4-inch AMOLED display along with an in-display fingerprint scanner. Oppo has picked the octa-core MediaTek Helio P95 SoC to power this smartphone. It also has 8GB of RAM and there are two storage options, 128GB and 256GB.The Oppo Reno 3 Pro has a 4025mAh battery and support for 30W VOOC charging. At the back, it sports a quad-camera setup with a 64-megapixel primary sensor. At the front, this phone has a 44-megapixel selfie shooter along with a 2-megapixel depth sensor. We found photo quality to be good in daylight conditions and average in low light although there’s a night mode that helps you take better shots. Low-light video recording was a little disappointing.Battery performance on the Oppo Reno 3 Pro was good, and the phone lasted us for about a day and a half easily before needing a charge. Phones under Rs. 30,000Gadgets 360 rating (out of 10)Price in India (as recommended) Realme X2 Pro9Rs. 29,999 If you’re looking for excellent photo quality but don’t mind missing out on features such as an ultra-wide or macro camera, Google has pulled off its usual software and AI-powered enhancements with the Pixel 4a. This is the best Pixel phone we’ll get in India this year thanks to a lack of 5G networks. Performance is snappy thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G SoC. You get 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and there are no variants. You get a vivid 5.8-inch HDR10-capable full-HD+ OLED panel with an embedded 8-megapixel front camera. The 3,140mAh battery delivered average battery life, lasting for just about a day in tests.The single 12.2-megapixel rear camera has an f/1.7 aperture and optical stabilisation. You get plenty of camera modes and controls to tweak. Daytime landscapes look excellent, with good details and vibrant colours. Portrait shots also come out well with good edge detection. You can shoot 4K video at up to 30fps and it also looks good.You can usually find the Pixel 4a selling for Rs. 29,999, although its official price is Rs. 31,999.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

H5N1 mutation showed human transmission in Indonesia

first_imgJun 23, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The recent family cluster of H5N1 avian influenza cases in Indonesia marks the first time laboratory tests confirmed human-to-human transmission, the World Health Organization (WHO) told reporters today.According to news reports, WHO officials said the virus mutated slightly when it infected a 10-year-old boy, and he passed the altered virus on to his father. Detection of the altered strain in both the boy and his father was evidence of direct transmission.The mutation did not make the virus more transmissible, and the boy’s father, who died of the illness, did not pass it on to anyone else, WHO officials were quoted as saying.”We’ve never really had a fingerprint to confirm human-to-human transmission like we had here,” said WHO spokesman Dick Thompson, as reported by Agence France-Presse (AFP) today.Human-to-human transmission has been suspected in a number of previous family case clusters but has never been confirmed by lab tests. Previously, either there were no samples available to test, or the virus in the patients was the same as in local poultry, according to an International Herald Tribune report today.The family cluster last month in North Sumatra involved seven confirmed cases, six of them fatal. The cluster is believed to have started with a 37-year-old woman who died and was buried without being tested for the disease. Officials believe she caught the virus from poultry and passed it on to other family members.WHO report not released to pressThe WHO discussed some of its findings concerning the cluster at the end of a 3-day meeting in Jakarta today, according to reports. The agency presented a report on the cluster to the Indonesian government without releasing it to the news media. But the Associated Press (AP) said it had obtained a copy.According to the International Herald Tribune report, the first five family members who got sick had identical strains of H5N1, one that is common in animals in Indonesia. But the virus mutated slightly in the 10-year-old boy.Thompson described the virus as “slightly mutated, but in a way that viruses commonly mutate,” the story said. “But that didn’t make it more transmissible or cause more severe disease,” he said.Health officials have previously described the case cluster as the first instance of a probable three-person chain of transmission (two generations of transmission).Tim Uyeki of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the findings about the boy passing the virus to his father provide evidence of that occurrence, according to an AP report published today.Officials gave no details today on the mutation that was observed in the H5N1 strain found in the boy and his father.According to Bloomberg news, a 7-page summary report on the investigation said genetic analyses of viruses from the family cluster showed no evidence of reassortment, or combination of avian and human flu viruses.Keiji Fukuda, director of the WHO’s global influenza program, told reporters that the case cluster prompted the WHO to consider whether to move into a pandemic alert, according to a Reuters report today.”The answer is clearly no,” he said. “We see no evidence of the start of pandemic influenza.”Avian flu widespread in IndonesiaHowever, H5N1 avian flu is widespread in Indonesia, experts said in a statement released at the end of the Jakarta meeting. The statement said the government should focus on detection of human case clusters, according to the Reuters report.”Highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza is widespread and well established in Indonesia but the full extent is unknown,” the statement said. “It is believed that large numbers of animal infections are undetected.”The public is still lacking basic knowledge of the risks to their poultry and themselves and therefore their understanding of control methods in poultry and how to protect themselves is minimal.”Jeff Mariner, a Tufts University researcher who attended the meeting, said avian flu is more pervasive in Indonesia’s poultry than previously thought, according to an AP story.Mariner is coordinating a United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization effort to train local avian flu surveillance teams. In 12 pilot districts on Java Island, the teams detected 78 poultry outbreaks from January through May, with about one out of every 10 interviews revealing an outbreak, Mariner told the AP.Because of a lack of personnel, the surveillance covered only about a third of each district, he said.last_img read more