Newsticker USA: Biden takes the stage before the oath of office – 01/20/21

US Democrat Joe Biden succeeds Donald Trump as President of the United States of America. The following are important events around the day the 78-year-old was sworn in:

5.18pm – President-elect Joe Biden takes the stage in front of the Capitol.

4.45 p.m. – President of the Bundestag Wolfgang Schäuble is relieved about the change of staff in Washington. “Since the attack on the Capitol, there has been no denying that Donald Trump was a threat to democracy,” Schäuble told the Handelsblatt. He hoped that the US would now come together again. “I can only wholeheartedly wish the new US President Joe Biden all the luck in the world that it succeeds.”

4:01 p.m. – Future US President Joe Biden went to church a few hours before he was sworn in. The Catholic Biden was accompanied in the Cathedral of St. Matthew in Washington on Wednesday by the leaders of the Democrats and Republicans in the US Congress. TV images showed that the participants in the service wore masks and kept their distance. Biden is the second Catholic to become President of the United States after John F. Kennedy. A few minutes earlier, Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump said goodbye to the US capital with a brief appearance at the Andrews military base. There the invited guests stood tightly packed and did not wear masks, as could be seen on video images. Trump will be the first president since 1869 to avoid his successor’s inauguration. The most important Republican in the US Senate, Mitch McConnell, went to church with Biden. He has been one of Trump’s most influential allies in recent years. McConnell distances himself from the outgoing president after Trump supporters storm the Capitol in Washington.

3 p.m. – Trump is leaving Washington. The Air Force One presidential machine with Trump on board takes off from Andrews Military Airport. The destination is Florida, where Trump owns a luxury estate.

2.40 p.m. – After leaving the White House, Trump will give a short farewell speech on the grounds of the Andrews military airport. Despite the corona pandemic, his government has done “incredible things”. He wishes the new government good luck without naming his successor, Biden. Trump assures his supporters that he will always be there for them. “We love you. We will return – in some form.”

2:20 p.m. – Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier congratulates and is counting on an early meeting in Germany: “My best wishes go to Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and their team for their big and difficult tasks. I hope that we can see them soon in Germany,” says he in a video message. Today is a good day for democracy. “I am greatly relieved that Joe Biden is sworn in as President today and is entering the White House.” He is looking forward to having the USA “by our side again in the future” as an indispensable partner on many issues. This applies, for example, to the fight against the pandemic, climate protection, security issues, arms control and disarmament. Despite all the joy, one must not forget: “Populism has seduced even the most powerful democracy in the world.” One must resolutely oppose polarization and “deliver politics on the basis of reason and facts”. Steinmeier does not mention the outgoing President Donald Trump.

2.15 p.m. – The outgoing US President Donald Trump has left the White House. Together with his wife Melania, he boarded the presidential helicopter Marine One, which shortly after took off from the lawn of the White House.

1:58 p.m. – Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) speaks of a “big sigh of relief” with a view to Biden’s inauguration. With Biden “hope is connected,” says Söder. “The transatlantic bridge is being rebuilt, and the rubble that Trump has caused has to be pushed aside.”

1.40 p.m. – “We share the high hopes that transatlantic relations will now improve again,” says Hans-Walter Peters, President of the Bankers Association (BdB). The new US President Joe Biden has the mammoth task of reuniting such a divided country. “The private banks also hope that the good US-American-European cooperation in the area of ​​financial services can be further expanded.”

1:15 p.m. – Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he looks forward to working with Biden. It is important that Britain has a good relationship with the US president. Johnson said in parliament that he hoped Biden would also agree and strengthen the transatlantic alliance. Other common topics included the corona pandemic and climate change.

10:10 a.m. – “Joe Biden’s presidency has recently opened closed doors to Europe’s economy, but the EU must step through the threshold itself and approach the new administration proactively,” says BDI President Siegfried Russwurm. “In terms of climate protection and digitization, companies on both sides of the Atlantic face enormous challenges, but also opportunities.” To this end, the EU and the USA would have to agree on multilateral solutions. A common agenda is also necessary when dealing with China. “In trade policy, it is important to finally dismantle the special tariffs that are on both sides and instead to continue to exploit the great potential of the transatlantic market through strong partnerships.” The USA has been the most important sales market for German exports of goods since 2015.

09.08 a.m. – EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen expects his supporters to have a considerable influence even after Donald Trump leaves office. These would stay, she says. “Maybe we won’t be able to remove dark forces from society.”

08.55 a.m. – According to Council President Charles Michel, the EU sees Joe Biden’s presidency as an opportunity to renew transatlantic relations. Climate change, the corona pandemic, digitization and security have priority. “America seems to have changed.”

8.50 a.m. – According to Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, the European Union is ready for a fresh start in relations with the USA. After four long years, Europe has a friend in the White House, she says of Joe Biden’s upcoming takeover. There is a “new beginning” in the USA. The fact that the US wanted to return to the Paris Climate Agreement is a very strong starting point for the transatlantic partnership.



Al Rajhi surprises the favorites on the tenth stage of the Dakar Rally

He Saudi Yazeed Al Rajhi (Overdrive Toyota) won this Wednesday in the tenth stage of the Dakar Rally, in the category of cars.

Al Rajhi, also winner of the seventh special, beat Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah by 2:04 (Toyota Gazoo Racing) in the 342 timed kilometers from Neom to Al’Ula. The Qatari cut Frenchman Stéphane Peterhansel (X-Raid Mini JCW) by 49 seconds in the general, third on Wednesday.

In general, Nasser Al-Attiyah remains second, 17:01 behind thirteen-time champion of the Dakar Rally, which will face the longest and most demanding special of this edition with an important cushion.

This Thursday the participants face a 511 kilometer special, of which 100 are dunes. The Spanish Carlos Sainz (X-Raid Mini JCW), the last Dakar Rally champion, will reach the eleventh and penultimate stage in the third place overall, with a difference of 1 hour, 3 minutes and 44 seconds with respect to the leader.

The Dakar Rally, considered the toughest in the world, is held for the second consecutive year in Saudi Arabia.

On motorcycles

There is no clear favorite in the motorcycle general, devoid of its last leader, Jose Ignacio Cornejo (Honda), when the rally reaches its most decisive stage. The goodbye of the Chilean, transferred to the Taduk hospital and removed from the race due to the risk of a concussion, draws a new perspective on rider classification, totally unpredictable, with Argentine Kevin Benavides (Honda) as the new leader, albeit with a tiny margin: 51 seconds out of American Ricky Brabec, the defending champion.

Also the British Sam Sunderland (+10: 35) and the Spanish Joan Barreda (+15: 40) They see themselves with options to be crowned in this edition, knowing that the next special is conducive to a great comeback between the dunes.

“The race is long and we are seeing, with this type of navigation and with everything that is happening every day, that the fight is against the race “, Joan Barreda exposed when he learned about the withdrawal of Nacho Cornejo.

The Chilean suffered a sharp fall at kilometer 252 of the 342 special. He recovered and shot until he reached the goal, but following medical criteria he gave up fighting with the best. Even with the fall, he would be third, just 1:07 behind first.

The loss of Nacho Cornejo, added to Toby Price, returns Joan Barreda to the fight for the podium, at a time when fatigue multiplies the difficulty that this Dakar Rally already has. “More ‘rock and roll’ of the good awaits us,” joked the Spaniard. Lorenzo Santolino, seventh, is the other Spaniard in the top-10.

In quads, the Argentine Pablo Copetti, already devoid of options to win a title, he took the victory in a route with 241 kilometers of connection and 342 of special between Neom and Al’Ula.

For just 20 seconds, Copetti beat Chilean Ítalo Pedemonte to sign his second stage victory in this edition of the Dakar Rally, which is being held in Saudi Arabia for the second consecutive year.

Also Argentine Manuel Andújar, leader of the general, was third at 2:45.

That doesn’t change the overall quad picture too much. In fact, Andújar increases his lead to 21 minutes over Frenchman Alexandre Giroud, who is fourth in this special.

In light vehicles, Russian Sergei Kariakin cut Chilean Chaleco López’s three-win streak, who continues to lead the general classification, with a 10-minute lead over American Austin Jones.

For his part, the Czech Martin Macik (Iveco) repeated his triumph in the tenth stage of the Dakar Rally in the truck category, with an advantage of 1 minute and 40 seconds over the general leader, the Russian Dmitry Sotnikov (Kamaz). His rent is 47:22 on his compatriot Anton Shibalov.


Birthday iTunes and iPhone, have changed lifestyles – Hi-tech

ITunes turns 20 and the iPhone is 14, respectively Apple’s most popular software and the device that revolutionized our lives, a revolution pushed online made even more evident by the pandemic we are experiencing. They were launched by Steve Jobs during MacWorld, the event that the Cupertino company organized every year to present new programs and devices, on January 9, 2001 and subsequently on January 9, 2007.

iTunes (and later the iTunes Store) changed the way people listen to songs and helped the music industry cannibalized by piracy. Songs in digital format and the ability to create a music library spelled the end of CDs, in turn iTunes began to become obsolete with the arrival of streaming listening services such as Spotify.

So much so that Apple has decided to shut down the platform in 2019, splitting it into three apps that offer three different stages for digital music, movies and podcasts (Apple Music, Apple TV and Apple Podcasts).

The iPhone, launched 14 years ago, has moved more and more to the world of contents, apps and online services – fundamental in these months of Covid. In 2019 alone, the App Store ecosystem moved $ 519 billion in payments and sales worldwide. with mobile commerce apps in the lead. And the iOS app economy has created nearly 300,000 new jobs in the U.S. alone since April 2019, opening up opportunities at a time when the Covid-19 pandemic continues to generate challenges and uncertainty around the world.