Monday, 12 Apr 2021

Live Updates: Biden continues to receive softball questions from the press, which praises cabinet rollout

White House Reporter Caught On Mic After Bizarre 1-Minute Trump Briefing

Some White House reporters seemed more baffled than usual on Tuesday after President Donald Trump delivered a minute-long press briefing in which he failed to mention that he had finally agreed to transition power to President-elect Joe Biden. 

The surprise briefing was Trump’s first in weeks. But instead of offering his concession, Trump boasted about the Dow Jones hitting the “sacred number” of 30,000 ― ignoring his previous claim that a Biden win would prompt a market crash. He then abruptly departed after 64 seconds, ignoring the torrent of questions from reporters about when he might acknowledge his loss.

“Well that was weird as shit,” one reporter is overheard commenting immediately after Trump’s departure.

“That was one of the stranger ones we’ve had,” someone else noted.

After weeks of attacking the democratic process and launching failed legal challenges to attempt to overturn the election results, Trump agreed on Monday to cooperate with the transition process but said he would never concede.

Key swing states have begun certifying their election results, solidifying Biden’s win as he announces his Cabinet picks and prepares to take office in January.

ST Virtual Run: #WednesdayWorkout with Muhamad Ridhwan and Hans Hamid

SINGAPORE – With 22 days to go till The Straits Times Virtual Run ends and rain forcing some participants to stay indoors, stay-home workouts could provide a good change-up in your routine.

Singapore boxer Muhamad Ridhwan, aka “The Chosen Wan”, has picked five exercises that will help your running.

For each exercise, do three to five sets of one minute, with 30 to 45 seconds rest between each set.

Follow Ridhwan and TV presenter Hans Hamid here as they lead you through this half-hour workout.

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Live Updates: Georgia Dems to resume door-to-door canvassing amid pandemic

Tucker: Georgia Senate wins would remove limits from Dem agenda

Tucker Carlson sends a message to Georgia Republicans thinking of sitting out the Jan. 5 runoffs

Georgia's Democratic Senate candidates will resume door-to-door canvassing amid the coronavirus pandemic ahead of the January runoff Senate elections, according to reports.

Many Democratic Party candidates halted the traditional canvassing method before the 2020 presidential election due to concerns that knocking on voters' doors could spread COVID-19.

"I think the Democrats made a crucial error by stopping," Republican Main Street Partnership president Sarah Chamberlain told Fox News. "You can go door-to-door with the proper masks and social distancing. We did that."

Georgia's runoff elections will determine whether Republicans or Democrats control the Senate in the next Congress. Republicans currently hold 50 seats versus Democrats' 48.

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China opposes Indian bans of its mobile apps

BEIJING (Reuters) – China resolutely opposes India’s measures to ban more Chinese mobile applications over national security concerns, its embassy in the South Asian nation said on Wednesday.

India banned 43 of the apps on Tuesday, including Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s e-commerce app Aliexpress, in a new wave of web sanctions targeting China after the neighbours’ months-long standoff on their Himalayan border.

GE Reportedly Plans More Job Cuts In Aviation Unit

General Electric Co. (GE) warned employees of more job cuts at it conglomerate’s jet-engine business because of the pandemic’s impact on commercial air travel, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing an internal video message.

In an internal video message delivered a week before the Thanksgiving holiday, new GE Aviation boss John Slattery said business conditions are difficult and the unit would need to shrink over the next 18 months, the report said, citing people familiar with the matter.

In May, the company planned for permanent reductions at its aviation unit in the current year to as much as 25%, citing the business impact related to COVID-19.

AA Plc Agrees 35p/share Sale To Private Equity Groups: FT Reports

AA Plc (AA.L), a roadside recovery company, has agreed to be acquired by private equity groups TowerBrook Capital Partners (U.K.) LLP and Warburg Pincus International LLC, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter.

As per the report, AA has accepted a cash offer of 35 pence a share, valuing the company at 218 million pounds.

AA on Monday had confirmed that it has received a 35 pence per share takeover proposal from TowerBrook Capital and Warburg Pincus.

The Proposal represents a premium of approximately 40 percent to the closing share price on August 3 of 25 pence, the Business Day prior to the commencement of the Offer Period.

In addition, the proposal includes the option for eligible AA shareholders to elect to receive unlisted securities in lieu of cash consideration.

AA, known in Britain for its yellow recovery vehicles, was founded by a group of motoring enthusiasts in 1905.

Live Updates: Biden continues to receive softball questions from the press, which praises cabinet rollout

Tucker Carlson: Biden’s choice of advisers reveals his plans for US

‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ host takes a closer look at the agenda of the people behind the president-elect

Joe Biden managed to coast through the 2020 election campaign without facing a serious grilling from the press, but even now and as the president-elect, his streak of receiving softball questions from reporters continues. 

Members of the mainstream media also showered President-elect Joe Biden with praise Tuesday following the rollout of his foreign policy and national security team. 

Speaking briefly to reporters on Tuesday in Wilmington, Del., after he formally introduced members of his administration, Biden took a few questions. 

Biden previously held two other press conferences since being projected as president-elect where he answered softball questions from pre-selected reporters, many with questions that bashed President Trump's refusal to concede the 2020 election. 

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