Electors across the United States voted on the 14th to formally elect Democrat Joseph Biden as the next president of the United States. The 50 U.S. states and the capital, Washington, DC, held electoral meetings on the same day to vote for the next president. The final statistics showed that Biden won 306 electoral votes, and the current President Trump seeking re-election won the remaining 232. Biden delivered a speech on the evening of the 14th, saying that the urgent tasks facing the new government include controlling the new crown epidemic, promoting new crown vaccination, providing Americans with more economic assistance and rebuilding the US economy.
Just after winning the game, Biden: “I have a little cold…”
According to a report by Fox News, on the evening of the 14th local time, after the US Electoral College confirmed that Biden had officially won the presidential election, Biden delivered a victory speech in Wilmington, Delaware. Biden’s voice was hoarse during the speech, and he stopped to clear his throat many times. In a call with supporters after the speech, Biden admitted that he “has a little cold.” He said: “I have a little cold, I’m sorry, but you see, you did it, this is not a joke.”
The ILO says the new crown epidemic has left about 81 million people out of work in the Asia-Pacific
A report issued by the International Labor Organization on the 15th showed that the new crown epidemic has severely impacted the labor market in the Asia-Pacific region, causing about 81 million people to lose their jobs. The report said that the epidemic has had a huge impact on the economy of the Asia-Pacific region. In 2020, the unemployment rate in the Asia-Pacific region may rise from 4.4% last year to between 5.2% and 5.7%. The report said that in most countries in the Asia-Pacific region, women’s working hours and employment rates have fallen more than men. In addition, the employment of young people is more vulnerable to the impact of the epidemic.
Apple plans to increase iPhone production, stock price soars 5%
At the company level, Apple’s stock price jumped 5% on the 15th, providing a greater impetus for US stocks. It was previously reported that, aided by the surge in demand for 5G mobile phones, Apple plans to increase iPhone production by 30% in the first half of 2021 to around 96 million units.
The Japanese government launches the third supplementary budget this fiscal year
The Japanese cabinet meeting decided on the 15th to launch the third supplementary budget for this fiscal year with fiscal expenditures exceeding 19 trillion yen (1 U.S. dollar equals 104 yen) to further increase economic stimulus. The third supplementary budget aims to implement the third large-scale economic stimulus plan proposed by the government on December 8. This plan is the third fiscal “combination punch” made by the Japanese government this year, including private investment and financing, with a total scale of 73.6 trillion yen.
Ukraine and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development signed a US$300 million anti-epidemic financing loan agreement
According to the Ukrainian Ministry of Finance, the country recently signed a US$300 million loan agreement with the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and will receive the first batch of US$170 million in loans before the end of 2020. This loan is the second anti-epidemic financing loan obtained by Ukraine from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development this year, and will be used for the “Modernization of Ukrainian Social Assistance System” project. This project was launched in 2014 to improve social assistance and service levels for low-income families.
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