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Former Republican presidential candidate and incoming Utah Senator Mitt Romney has launched a scathing attack on President Donald Trump, writing in an editorial that he caused dismay around the world and had “not risen to the mantle of the office”.
“It is well known that Donald Trump was not my choice for the Republican presidential nomination. After he became the nominee, I hoped his campaign would refrain from resentment and name-calling. It did not,” Romney wrote in the Washington Post opinion piece on Tuesday.
“… His conduct over the past two years, particularly his actions, is evidence that the President has not risen to the mantle of the office.”
“The world needs American leadership and it is in America’s interest to provide it.”
“With the nation so divided, resentful and angry, presidential leadership in qualities of character is indispensable… And it is in this province where the incumbent’s shortfall has been most glaring.”
Trump hit back at the Republican senator-elect in a tweet on Wednesday, saying: “Here we go with Mitt Romney, but so fast! Question will be, is he a Flake? I hope not,” Trump tweeted, referring to retiring Arizona Senator Jeff Flake, a Republican who criticized the President often in the last few years.
“Would much prefer that Mitt focus on Border Security and so many other things where he can be helpful. I won big, and he didn’t. He should be happy for all Republicans. Be a team player and win!” Trump said.
Romney said that he agreed with some of the policy changes Trump has championed. “But policies and appointments are only a part of a presidency,” he wrote.
Responding to Romney’s piece, Trump’s 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale said that the incoming senator “lacked the ability to save this nation” while Trump “has saved it”.
“Jealously is a drink best served warm and Romney just proved it. So sad, I wish everyone had the courage (Trump) had,” Parscale said.
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Romney and Trump have long had a complicated political relationship. The President had called Romney “irrelevant” and had bragged that he was a more successful businessman.
When Trump was running for President in 2016, Romney called him a “phoney” and a “fraud”. In 2017, he slammed the President after the deadly white supremacist rally in Virginia for causing “racists to rejoice” and “minorities to weep”.
Romney said he would support the President in policies he thought were in the best interests of Utah or the US but speak out against actions “that are divisive, racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, dishonest or destructive to democratic institutions”. (IANS)
Preparations for the much-hyped marriage between Bollywood stars Vicky Kaushal and Katrina Kaif have begun at the Six Senses Fort Barwara located in Sawai Madhopur district in Rajasthan. An event management company has been entrusted with the responsibility of making all the necessary arrangements for the big day.
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Accordingly, special suites have been booked for the bride and the groom at the lavish hotel. While Vicky will put up at the Raja Mansingh suite, Katrina will be staying at the Rani Padmavati suit, both most expensive suites in the hotel. The tariff for the suites is Rs 7 lakh each for one night. Both the suites have private swimming pools and gardens attached to them, while the windows open to a grand view of the Aravalli hills.
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The hotel has two more suites costing Rs 7 lakh each per night, while it has 15 suites worth Rs 4 lakh. The one-night tariff for the rest of the rooms is Rs 1 lakh per room.
Security has been tightened in the entire area, and restrictions have been imposed on the movement of people.
Katrina and Vicky, along with their family members, are expected to check-in on December 6, and depart on December 11.
The two are expected to tie the knot on December 9, as per Hindu customs. | Unsplash
The wedding preparations have been entrusted to six different vendors, who will arrange flowers, decoration, security, transportation, food and jungle safaris.
For security arrangements, 100 bouncers will come from Jaipur on December 5. Rajasthan police personnel will also be deployed for the security of the VIP guests.
The wedding programs are likely to be held between December 4 and December 12. The two are expected to tie the knot on December 9, as per Hindu customs. The 'Sangeet' ceremony will be held on December 7, followed by the 'Mehendi' ceremony the next day. A special reception will be held after the wedding ceremony on December 10. (IANS/SP)
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Skincare and makeup have always been perceived to be at odds. But new trends are now responding to the skincare enthusiasts demand for multi-functional makeup that doesn't strip the skin of moisture and leave it high and dry.
The pandemic was, among many things, a catalyst in making skincare a priority as people kept their makeup brushes aside and brushed up their DIY skincare skills instead. While high pigment and high pay-off continue to be on the checklist in makeup products, skincare actives are now non-negotiable as well.
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Products that give maximum results with minimum effort make an important part of our daily life, which includes makeup and skincare. Being an either/or scenario is no longer an option in the post-lockdown era wherein holistic care and efficiency holds utmost importance in all aspects of our life.
The pandemic also caused screen time to soar as even the sternest social media fasters gave in to virtual everything; information was free-flowing on all platforms. Heightened digital reliance also gave birth to informed customers demanding transparency in everything, never shying away from doing extensive online research before making a purchase. And for the beauty industry, that included the ingredient list in their makeup products. In the process, the myths built up around the eclean beauty' movement that was ruling the rooster were brought down to the ground as people warmed up to science-backed, effective chemicals as opposed to DIY-like products that were far from meeting customer needs.
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The skincare savant customers aren't unaware of the hydrating properties of Hyaluronic acid, they know their chemical exfoliators by name, and are increasingly comfortable trusting high powered chemicals. And if that was already normcore in skincare, makeup couldn't be expected to be far behind.
Heightened digital reliance also gave birth to informed customers demanding transparency in everything, never shying away from doing extensive online research before making a purchase. Unsplash
However, this is not to say that the beauty trends will trump the skincare needs of customers. They want to practice makeup as an art form and treat the face as the canvas remains, just that now people are acquainted with alternatives that don't leave that canvas sacrificed and susceptible to dehydration and breakouts. While the skincare revolution in makeup takes shape with time, there are two priorities that are being addressed with urgency- hydration and moisturization.
Liquid lipsticks that leave the lips feeling scaly, dry, and chapped are being swapped for moisture-boosting ones loaded with rejuvenating actives and oils, foundations are being bolstered with peptides and more. But does this mean that skincare infused makeup can be a substitute to a well-planned skincare routine for respective skin types and its needs? Absolutely not. Skincare infused makeup is crafted to provide added nourishment and prevent your skin's moisture barrier from scarring, a hardworking moisturizer cannot be replaced from the skincare regime.
While the pandemic has definitely left its footprints on the beauty industry, it kept its ears to the ground to respond to the needs of the new-age, evolved consumers, forcing a paradigm shift in the industry that is driven towards the common goal of holistic care. Brands who took this time to listen and continue to do so will be in a position to not just follow suit of this shift, but also benefit from it. (IANS/SP)
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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk in an email to his company's employees asked them to work over the weekend on SpaceX's Raptor engine as the company faces "genuine risk of bankruptcy" unless it speeds up the production.
In the email, Musk revealed that the company faces a "genuine risk of bankruptcy" if production does not increase to support a high flight rate of the company's new Starship rocket next year, reports The Verge.
"Unfortunately, the Raptor production crisis is much worse than it had seemed a few weeks ago," Musk reportedly wrote.
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"As we have dug into the issues following the exiting of prior senior management, they have unfortunately turned out to be far more severe than was reported. There is no way to sugarcoat this."
Raptor's engine is a critical component of Starship, which SpaceX hopes will one-day transport cargo and people to the moon and Mars.
Musk also revealed that instead of taking the weekend off as planned, he was going to be working on the Raptor all night and over the weekend. He then asked employees without "critical family matters" to work too, saying it was time for all hands on deck.
"The consequences for SpaceX if we can't get enough reliable Raptors made is that we then can't fly Starship, which means we then can't fly Starlink Satellite V2 (Falcon has neither the volume *nor* the mass to orbit needed for satellite V2). Satellite V1 by itself is financially weak, whereas V2 is strong," Musk added.
SpaceX has raised billions in funding over the past several yearsUnsplash
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Earlier this month Musk had said he expected Starship to be launched into orbit for the first time as early as January, providing regulatory approvals were given by the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA). SpaceX has raised billions in funding over the past several years, both for Starship and its satellite internet project Starlink.
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