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US midterm results and maps 2018: What time will we know today’s US midterm election outcome?

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Today’s midterm elections will mark two years since Donald Trump was elected President, and its results will be a barometer of how the people of the US think he is faring. In recent weeks birthright citizenship, the migrant caravan and the mail bomber have overshadowed debates and may spell trouble for the Republican party.

The midterm elections, which involve a combination of elections for the US Congress, governorships and local races, take place every two years.

Republicans currently control the House of Representatives and the Senate – the two chambers which make up the US Congress. But pundits are suggesting the Democrats might take control.

With all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 35 out of the Senate’s 100 seats up for election, as well as 36 state governors, there are a lot of races to keep an eye on.

And with Trump’s approval rating hovering around 40 per cent, a lot could change. Here is our guide on the seats to watch – and when we can expect to see results from them.

When does voting start and end?

People will take to the polls across the 50 states from 1pm GMT today, with polls closing from midnight GMT onwards. Below are the last polling times for each state.

  • 19:00 EST (midnight GMT): Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia
  • 19:30 EST (00:30 GMT): North Carolina, Ohio, West Virginia
  • 20:00 EST (01:00 GMT): Alabama, Conneticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massacheutts, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee
  • 20:30 EST (01:30 GMT): Arkansas
  • 21:00 EST (02:00 GMT): Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, South Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin, Wyoming
  • 22:00 EST (03:00 GMT): Iowa, Montana, Nevada, Utah
  • 23:00 EST (04:00 GMT): California, Hawaii, Idaho, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington
  • 01:00 EST (06:00 GMT): Alaska

When will we know the results?

The votes will start to be counted as soon as the each polling station closes, which means results will trickle in over the early hours of the morning. We can expect a clear picture on what the elections mean for the country by 8am tomorrow (Wednesday 7th November) GMT.

Which are the seats to watch for the House of Representatives?

The number of seats each US state receives depends on its population size. California, the most populous state, has 53 representatives while seven states – Alaska, Delaware, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming have just one representative.

The Republican Party currently controls the chamber with a 43-seat majority, but it is widely expected that the Democrats will gain control in the upcoming election. The current House has 236 Republicans and 193 Democrats, with six vacant seats.

The Democrats need a net gain of 24 seats to win a majority, which is no small accomplishment, but the president’s low approval ratings have given the party reason to hope.

West Virginia

Donald Trump won West Virginia’s 3rd district by 30 points. But it is the Democratic candidate running in the district, which has a long history of coal mining, that is gaining national attention. Richard Ojeda says he voted for Donald Trump in 2016, opposes universal background checks for gun buyers, and is pro-coal.

Mr Ojeda is running against Republican Carol Miller in the open-seat race after the incumbent Republican Evan Jenkins vacated the seat to run for the Senate.

Polling suggests it will be a tight race between the two candidates, but analysts are keeping a close watch to see if a populist Democrat in a pro-Trump area is a winning formula.

Last polls for West Virginia close at 19:30 EST (00:30 GMT).

California

Republican Representative Mimi Walters is battling to keep hold of her seat against Democrat Katie Porter in the state’s 45th district, Orange County. The number of registered Republicans in the county has consistently declined as its population becomes more diverse.

Ms Walters is one of seven Republicans representing districts in California which Hillary Clinton won in 2016. The Democrats need to take several of these in order to have a chance of regaining a majority in the House.

Pundits are viewing a win in this race as a sign they will do well across Southern California – picking up crucial Republican-held seats. Professor Larry Sabato from the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics has changed his prediction from ‘leaning Republican’ to a ‘toss-up’.

Last polls for California close at 23:00 EST (04:00 GMT).

Minnesota

Minnesota’s 8th district is considered one of the Democrats’ most at-risk seats in November. It is a traditionally Democrat area – former president Barack Obama won the district twice but it swung heavily to Donald Trump in the 2016 election.

The seat is currently held by Democrat Rick Nolan but the 74-year-old is not seeking re-election. The party’s candidate Joe Radinovich, a former state legislator, is facing a tough battle against Republican Pete Stauber, a county commissioner.

Last polls for Minnesota close at 21:00 EST (02:00 GMT).

Texas

The race in Texas’ 23rd district will largely focus on one of the Trump administration’s main concerns – immigration. The district contains a third of the US-Mexico border and has the second highest population of ‘Dreamers’ – the term given to undocumented migrants who arrived in America as children and have been granted temporary protection.

The incumbent, Republican Will Hurd, is a former CIA agent who has chosen to distance himself from Mr Trump. His Democratic rival, Gina Ortiz Jones, is a Filipina-American, openly LGBTQ and an Iraq veteran.

Mr Hurd, who became the first African-American elected to Congress from Texas when he was elected in 2015, is tipped to win by a narrow margin in the swing district.

He has distanced himself from the national Republican party and even wrote an op-ed for the New York Times in July stating that the president had been manipulated by Russian intelligence.

Last polls for Texas close at 21:00 EST (02:00 GMT).

Florida

Moderate Republicans will be looking to Florida’s 26th district to see whether they can keep hold of a largely Hispanic area in the Trump era.

The incumbent, Carlos Curbelo, is well-liked but Republicans still fear his Democrat opponent, Latin immigrant Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, could sweep to a surprise victory. Hillary Clinton won the district by 16 points in 2015.

Last polls for Florida close at 20:00 EST (01:00 GMT).

What about the Senate?

The US Senate is the upper chamber on Capitol Hill. There are 100 Senators, two from each state, and Republicans currently hold a razor thin majority with 51 seats.

The US Senate writes and passes laws but has a number of other powers and responsibilities, from ratifying treaties with other countries to overseeing investigations of officials and public bodies.

Senators have six-year terms and just 35 seats are up for re-election. Most of these are currently held by Democrats, making it hard for them to make gains.

Nevada

Senator Dean Heller’s election fight is an interesting one to watch. He is the only Republican senator up for re-election in a state that Hillary Clinton won in 2016.

Senator Heller’s Democratic opponent, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen, has also support from anti-Trump female voters. She is also hoping Nevada’s growing Hispanic population will help her to victory in November.

However she faces an uphill battle in encouraging voter turnout, and Republicans are relying on white rural voters to come out to support Mr Heller.

Last polls for Nevada close at 22:00 EST (03:00 GMT).

North Dakota

Senator Heidi Heitkamp, who is facing re-election in a state Mr Trump won by nearly 40 points in 2016, is considered the most endangered Democrat in the Senate.

Ms Heitkamp will face pressure from conservative voters if she votes against Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination, as she has suggested she will. However Ms Heitkamp has touted her previous support for Mr Trump’s first Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch, last year.

Her opponent, Kevin Crammer, also has the backing of the president. Mr Trump headlined a fundraiser for the Republican in early September which brought in more than $1 million in donations to his campaign.

Last polls for North Dakota close at 23:00 EST (04:00 GMT).

Florida

The race between Democratic Senator Bill Nelson and his Republican challenger Rick Scott is one of the most expensive of the year. Mr Scott, Florida’s governor, has challenged Mr Nelson’s record in Washington and distanced himself from the president so as not to lose out on Puerto Rican voters.

Republicans see the seat as one of their most promising chances of picking up an extra Senate seat and have spent heavily in the race. Polls show the two almost neck and neck – an interesting race to tune into on election night.

Last polls for Florida close at 20:00 EST (01:00 GMT).

Texas

Despite being a presidential candidate in 2016, Republican Senator Ted Cruz is now fighting for his political life in Texas. His Democratic challenger  – Bete O’Rourke – has brought Mr Cruz’s lead in the deeply red state down to single digits, shocking political pundits.

Mr Trump has overcome his previous animosity with the Senator to lend his support to his campaign. Donald Jnr has already been deployed to campaign for Mr Cruz and the president himself may make an appearance in a bid to bolster support.

Mr O’Rourke, a 45-year-old congressman, has campaigned on a platform of inclusion and optimism, particularly on issues such as immigration. It is a message that chimes with the state’s growing Hispanic population, which currently stands at 39 per cent.

Pollsters still predict a Cruz victory but Mr O’Rourke’s popularity and upbeat campaign rallies have left Republican operatives deeply troubled.

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Very powerful laser ‘porch light’ could let aliens and other living beings know where Earth located

An MIT researcher claims a laser space beacon detectable up to 20,000 light years away is feasible — essentially acting as a porch light for extraterrestrial life. James Clark’s study posits that focusing a one- to two-megawatt laser through a 30- to 45-meter telescope and aiming it into space would create a beacon that would emit enough radiation to be distinctive from the sun’s infrared energy.

If there are alien astronomers in a neighboring solar system (say, on the exoplanets orbiting Trappist-1, a star that’s 40 light years or so away), they might spot the signal from our little corner of the galaxy. The study suggests that we could even send a Morse code-style message with the laser by using pulses.

The tech scientists would need to build such a beacon is within practical reach. There’s a 39-meter telescope under construction in Chile, for instance, while the scrapped US Air Force YAL-1 Airborne Laser (which could destroy missiles mid-flight) had the equivalent power to the laser that Clark says would be required.

There are more practical concerns, such as the laser potentially damaging your eyes if you looked directly towards it — even though the beam would be invisible to the naked eye. The laser could also affect cameras on spacecraft that passed through it. As such, Clark suggested that installing the laser system on the far side of the moon would be the safest bet, even if it’s a vastly more impractical one.

But what of the flip side to the equation? Could we spot a similar beacon from another planet with our current technology? Well, yes, but it would require a powerful enough telescope (i.e. one meter or larger) directed at the exact source location. So, it’s unlikely as things stand. However, imaging tools used to study gases on exoplanets could detect our neighbors’ porch lights too, so there’s a slim chance we might be able to invite them over for coffee after all. Assuming they don’t annihilate us first, that is.

Elsa Hosk Will Wear the Best $1 Million Victoria’s Secret Fantasy Bra Diamond

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As if the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show wasn’t tough competition as it is-each year the girls compete for three coveted positions in the lingerie extravaganza: the show opener, the Swarosvki outfit and the Fantasy Bra.

In the last three years, Elsa Hosk has clearly become a favorite with all the right people at Victoria’s Secret. The Swedish stunner who has been working with Victoria Secret since 2011, was named the lucky model to wear this year’s fantasy bra. Ticking off another bucket list item.

Hosk first started off as a VS Pink ambassador, and in 2014 she was officially given her first set of wings and the title of Victoria Secret Angel. In 2016 she had the honor of opening the runway show in Paris. In 2017 for the Shanghai show, Hosk wore the Swarovski outfit (a one-of-a-kind crystal-embellished outfit designed for one Angel). This year the Dream Girls Fantasy Bra is all hers.

“This is the fantasy bra! Holy sh-t!” was Hosk’s first reaction to seeing her custom bra. “It’s one of the most beautiful fantasy bras I’ve ever seen in my career-and it fits my personal style so well. It’s very understated, but glamorous, it has a real ’90s throwback vibe to it. And it’s all diamonds-which is perfect for me.”

Elsa Hosk with collar shirt: Elsa Hosk Will wear the 2018 VS Fantasy Bra

This year’s fantasy bra was designed by Swarovski and is comprised of 21,000 diamonds. It’s valued at a cool $1 million dollars. It took 4 craftsman and 930 hours to create this piece of lingerie. Hosk will also wear a coordinating Swarovski by Christopher Kane crystal necklace and bangles to accent her look for the show on Thursday. For the first time, customers will be able to buy a similar, albeit much less expensive version of this fantasy bra for $250 on November 29th.

“Where am I going to go from here?” Hosk joked when asked what was left on her career to-do list? “I was just telling my agents in a meeting that there’s still a lot of photographers I want to work with, and I think there’s a new generation of photographers that are coming up, and their style is really cool and different. But I’m so thankful for each and every opportunity I’ve had.”

With just 3 days to go until the big show returns to its origins in New York City, the model said she’s been switching things up in terms of her show prep. “Every year I like to try something new, so this year I’ve been working with Megan Roup. It’s a dance-based workout, but you’re not really learning a dance-I’m terrible at choreography. Megan makes it really easy, and fun. As I get older, I want a workout that maximizes my time doing as little as possible, with maximum results. This does it for me.”

Attractions that Children Loves In Hong Kong

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Soaring skyscrapers, villages built on stilts, top-of-the-town panoramas and home-grown theme parks. Variety is the spice of Hong Kong’s attractions.

No other city in Asia offers such an amazingly varied array of attractions as Hong Kong. A rich assortment of sights stretching to the far reaches of the city, all packed into a small space. From world-class museums, ornate temples and tranquil nature parks, to bustling markets, dazzling light shows and ear-splitting fireworks displays, choose the one-of-a-kind thrill that suits your mood. One moment you can be immersed in a state-of-the-art 3-D superhero adventure at a theme park, the next you’re delving into history with a seat aboard a century-old tram tour or ferry, glimpsing up at one of the most spectacular modern skylines on the planet. A fascinating adventure beckons.

The Big Buddha & Po Lin Monastery

Erected in 1993, the enormous Tian Tan Buddha is one of the symbols of Hong Kong, a 34-metre-high statue that took a dozen years to complete and now watches over the many people of our city. It’s a must-see, and make sure to drop into nearby Po Lin Monastery, a sacred Buddhist sanctum. Alongside rich histories and gorgeous gardens, it has a delicious vegetarian restaurant open to the public.

Hong Kong Disneyland

The house that the Mouse built, Hong Kong Disneyland is a place where dreams come true. From mystical manors to the futuristic Tomorrowland, classic fairy tale rides to Wild West thrills, the park offers something for everyone, and is now fully expanded with your favourite Marvel and Star Wars characters on board. Spend your day on rides galore, and then stay the night at its family-friendly resort.

DukLing Harbour Cruise

Hong Kong’s harbour views are unrivalled, stunning skylines set against the surrounding waters. The best way to take it in is on a cruise, but instead of the standard tourist boat, book a ride aboard DukLing, an ancient Chinese fishing vessel complete with wooden decks and classic red sails. DukLing makes regular sailings throughout the day, but we recommend catching one of the sunset trips, or better yet, its special Symphony of Lights cruise, which is timed with the nightly show.

Ocean Park Hong Kong

Ocean Park isn’t just for the little ones, with plenty to enjoy for thrill seekers of all ages. Marvel at underwater oddities in the massive aquarium. See foxes, sea lions and pandas in its many enclosures. And let the adrenaline flow through thrilling rides all across the park, from raging rivers to roller-coasters. Weekends are often packed, so drop in on a school day to beat the queues.

The Peak

The Peak is Hong Kong Island’s highest point and a must-see site. The 360-views are stunning, with sweeping vistas of the entire city below. Here, you’ll see visitors from around the world jostling for selfies from the anvil-shaped Peak Tower. Next door, Peak Galleria mall offers an array of shopping and dining options, plus a viewing terrace with free entry. Most summit-seekers hop on the century-old Peak Tram, scaling steep inclines from Central’s base. But for a more green approach, snake your way from Hatton Road along the Morning Trail, an enjoyable hiking path.

Skyscrapers

The defining image of Hong Kong that creates such a striking impression: our skyline, made up of its fascinating medley of skyscrapers. From Central’s 88-storey Two ifc to Kowloon’s 118-floor International Commerce Centre. From the retro-themed Hopewell Centre, once the city’s tallest, to the I.M. Pei-designed Bank of China Tower. Each has its own distinct history, and all are best admired during the Symphony of Lights.

Tai O Village

A longstanding village that’s survived mass development, Tai O is a like a time warp: a trip back to the lives of Tanka fisher-families, coupled with hints of colonial history. The Tanka village houses are set right on the water, interconnected fishing abodes built on stilts in ordered chaos. Just minutes away is the Tai O Heritage Hotel, a hundred-plus-year-old former police station converted into a retro-styled hotel.

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