Bob Dylan Shares Rehearsal Recording Of 1980 “Every Grain Of Sand”

first_imgIn 1978, Bob Dylan spent a great deal of time writing gospel tunes, many of which never made it on record simply because there wasn’t enough time to release them all. Most of the unrecorded songs lived on gospel tours from 1979 to 1981 (that eventually turned into bootlegs), or they never left the rehearsal room at all. Now in 2017, Bob Dylan is gearing up to release the songs from his spiritual period in the upcoming box set Trouble No More – The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 / 1979-1981. Following the release of “Making A Liar Out Of Me,” which never made it out of a rehearsal room, and rehearsal version of “Slow Train,” Dylan shares the another single from the box set: “Every Grain Of Sand.” This particular recording was taken from a September 26, 1980 session for Shot Of Love.“Every Grain Of Sand” will be featured in a six disc set from Bob Dylan’s gospel era to be released on November 3, 2017. The box set will feature both studio and live recordings, including two discs of rare and unreleased outtakes and rehearsal recordings, from this era to place Dylan in his own period of sound, creativity, and ultimate mastery.Listen to 1980’s outtake of “Every Grain Of Sand” below:Check out some of the other recordings from the upcoming compilation below: Trouble No More – The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 / 1979-198Disc 1: LiveSlow Train (Nov. 16, 1979)Gotta Serve Somebody (Nov. 15, 1979)I Believe in You (May 16, 1980)When You Gonna Wake Up? (July 9, 1981)When He Returns (Dec. 5, 1979)Man Gave Names to All the Animals (Jan. 16, 1980)Precious Angel (Nov. 16, 1979)Covenant Woman (Nov. 20, 1979)Gonna Change My Way of Thinking (Jan. 31, 1980)Do Right to Me Baby (Do Unto Others)(Jan. 28, 1980)Solid Rock (Nov. 27, 1979)What Can I Do for You? (Nov. 27, 1979)Saved (Jan. 12, 1980)In the Garden (Jan. 27, 1980)Disc 2: LiveSlow Train (June 29, 1981)Ain’t Gonna Go to Hell for Anybody (Unreleased song – Apr. 24, 1980)Gotta Serve Somebody (July 15, 1981)Ain’t No Man Righteous, No Not One (Unreleased song – Nov. 16, 1979)Saving Grace (Nov. 6, 1979)Blessed Is the Name (Unreleased song – Nov. 20, 1979)Solid Rock (Oct. 23, 1981)Are You Ready? (Apr. 30, 1980)Pressing On (Nov. 6, 1979)Shot of Love (July 25, 1981)Dead Man, Dead Man (June 21, 1981)Watered-Down Love (June 12, 1981)In the Summertime (Oct. 21, 1981)The Groom’s Still Waiting at the Altar (Nov. 13, 1980)Caribbean Wind (Nov. 12, 1980)Every Grain of Sand (Nov. 21, 1981)Disc 3: Rare and UnreleasedSlow Train (Soundcheck – Oct. 5, 1978)Do Right to Me Baby (Do Unto Others)(Soundcheck – Dec. 7, 1978)Help Me Understand (Unreleased song – Oct. 5, 1978)Gonna Change My Way of Thinking (Rehearsal – Oct. 2, 1979)Gotta Serve Somebody (Outtake – May 4, 1979)When He Returns (Outtake – May 4, 1979)Ain’t No Man Righteous, No Not One (Unreleased song – May 1, 1979)Trouble in Mind (Outtake – April 30, 1979)Ye Shall Be Changed (Outtake – May 2, 1979)Covenant Woman (Outtake –February 11, 1980)Stand by Faith (Unreleased song – Sept. 26, 1979)I Will Love Him (Unreleased song – Apr. 19, 1980)Jesus Is the One (Unreleased song – Jul. 17, 1981)City of Gold (Unreleased song – Nov. 22, 1980)Thief on the Cross (Unreleased song – Nov. 10, 1981)Pressing On (Outtake – Feb. 13, 1980)Disc 4: Rare and UnreleasedSlow Train (Rehearsal – Oct. 2, 1979)Gotta Serve Somebody (Rehearsal – Oct. 9, 1979)Making a Liar Out of Me (Unreleased song – Sept. 26, 1980)Yonder Comes Sin (Unreleased song – Oct. 1, 1980)Radio Spot January 1980, Portland, OR showCover Down, Pray Through (Unreleased song – May 1, 1980)Rise Again (Unreleased song – Oct. 16, 1980)Ain’t Gonna Go to Hell for Anybody (Unreleased song – Dec. 2, 1980)The Groom’s Still Waiting at the Altar (Outtake – May 1, 1981)Caribbean Wind (Rehearsal – Sept. 23, 1980)You Changed My Life (Outtake – April 23, 1981)Shot of Love (Outtake – March 25, 1981)Watered-Down Love (Outtake – May 15, 1981)Dead Man, Dead Man (Outtake – April 24, 1981)Every Grain of Sand (Rehearsal – Sept. 26, 1980)Disc 5 – Live in Toronto 1980Gotta Serve Somebody (April 18, 1980)I Believe In You (April 18, 1980)Covenant Woman (April 19, 1980)When You Gonna Wake Up? (April 18, 1980)When He Returns (April 20, 1980)Ain’t Gonna Go To Hell For Anybody (Unreleased song – April 18, 1980)Cover Down, Pray Through (Unreleased song – April 19, 1980)Man Gave Names To All The Animals (April 19, 1980)Precious Angel (April 19, 1980)Disc 6 – Live in Toronto 1980Slow Train (April 18, 1980)Do Right To Me Baby (Do Unto Others)(April 20, 1980)Solid Rock (April 20, 1980)Saving Grace (April 18, 1980)What Can I Do For You? (April 19, 1980)In The Garden (April 20, 1980)Band Introductions (April 19, 1980)Are You Ready? (April 19, 1980)Pressing On (April 18, 1980)Disc 7 – Live in Earl’s Court, London – June 27, 1981Gotta Serve SomebodyI Believe In YouLike A Rolling StoneMan Gave Names To All The AnimalsMaggie’s FarmI Don’t Believe YouDead Man, Dead ManGirl From The North CountryBallad Of A Thin ManDisc 8 – Live in Earl’s Court – London – June 27, 1981Slow TrainLet’s BeginLenny BruceMr. Tambourine ManSolid RockJust Like A WomanWatered-Down LoveForever YoungWhen You Gonna Wake UpIn The GardenBand IntroductionsBlowin’ In The WindIt’s All Over Now, Baby BlueKnockin’ On Heaven’s DoorDisc 9: Bonus DVDTrouble No More – A Musical FilmDVD EXTRAS:Shot of LoveCover Down, Pray ThroughJesus Met the Woman at the Well (Alternate version)Ain’t Gonna Go to Hell for Anybody (Complete version)Precious Angel (Complete version)Slow Train (Complete version)last_img read more

A Coal-Existential Threat From Renewables

first_imgA Coal-Existential Threat From Renewables FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Camila Domonoske for NPR:In the long-term, as NPR’s Jeff Brady reported in February, there’s another challenge facing the coal industry:“The renewable energy building boom also is stressing the industry. Once solar and wind projects are built, the power is cheap to produce.” ‘Gas puts the immediate threat to coal, but the combination of gas and renewables places a longer-term threat to coal,’ says Andy Roberts, analyst in international thermal coal markets for the consulting firm Wood Mackenzie.“He says last year was tough for coal companies, and the future likely will be even more painful.” ‘Probably, over the long, long time, only the strongest of them are going to survive,’ Roberts says.”One way companies can strengthen their position in the struggling industry? Declaring bankruptcy, Jeff wrote.U.S. Coal Giant Peabody Energy Files For Bankruptcylast_img read more

FT: Big U.S. Companies Are Driving ‘Spectacular Growth’ in Renewables

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Pilita Clark for the Financial Times:When General Motors buys electricity for the Texas plant that makes hundreds of its Chevrolet and Cadillac trucks each day, it normally does a deal with a local power utility lasting at most a couple of years.But five months ago the US carmaker did something very different, signing a 14-year agreement with a wind farm company, EDP Renewables North America, for enough electricity to make more than half the trucks it produces each year.The deal makes GM one of a fast-growing number of big US companies buying green power to cut their emissions of carbon dioxide, and potentially make savings on their energy bills. In doing so, these groups are reshaping the way renewable energy is purchased, and helping green power generators build more projects than they otherwise might have done.Some businesses still find it difficult to do deals to invest in renewable energy, and an initiative backed by 60 companies including Facebook and Microsoft was launched on Thursday to make it easier.Silicon Valley technology companies led by Google were the first in the US to plough into green energy in a significant way, but now the trend has spread to some of the country’s biggest manufacturers and retailers, including GM, Lockheed Martin, Amazon and Walmart.In total, 24 large US companies bought 3.6 gigawatts of power in 2015 and the first quarter of this year — more than three times the amount purchased by seven groups in 2014, according to the Rocky Mountain Institute, a US non-profit organisation trying to accelerate these renewable energy agreements.“The growth was spectacular and took everybody by surprise, nobody expected that,” says Hervé Touati, a Rocky Mountain Institute managing director.The long-term power-purchasing agreements that big companies are signing with wind and solar farms are important for renewable-energy generators trying to build new projects.By guaranteeing future revenues, the purchasing deals help bolster the generators’ efforts to persuade lenders or investors to finance projects that might otherwise fail to get off the drawing board.Until now, wind and solar farm developers have typically sold most of their electricity to big state or privately owned utilities that in turn sell it on to their customers.But this is now changing. Along with universities and cities, big companies are making so many long-term power-purchasing deals with renewable-energy generators that in 2015 they for the first time outstripped utilities doing such agreements in the US.According to the American Wind Energy Association, the new class of buyers accounted for 52 per cent of wind generating capacity sold via power-purchasing agreements last year, up from 23 per cent in 2014 and 5 per cent in 2013.Full article ($): Big US companies spearhead renewable energy drive FT: Big U.S. Companies Are Driving ‘Spectacular Growth’ in Renewableslast_img read more

Medford Armed Home Invasion Probed

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police are investigating an armed home invasion in which two victims were injured in Medford over the weekend.Two men, one armed with a shotgun, knocked on the door of a house on Granny Road near the corner of Patchogue- Mount Sinai Road, assaulted two people inside and stole a video game console shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday, police said.The victims were taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital for treatment of their injuries.No arrests have been made. Sixth Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.last_img

Election Highlights: With Biden Showing Strength in Key States, Trump Continues to Press Challenges

first_imgtranscript‘In America, the Vote Is Sacred,’ Biden SaysAt a news conference on Thursday, Joseph R. Biden Jr., the Democratic nominee for president, said he felt confident about his chances, but stopped short of declaring himself the winner of the election. PHOENIX, Ariz. — Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. has maintained a steady but slightly narrowing lead in Arizona vote tallies after Election Day, with Latino voters lining up behind the former vice president in a state that President Trump won by three and a half percentage points in 2016.As of Thursday evening, Mr. Biden led Mr. Trump in Arizona by about 59,000 votes. More results from the state are expected to be released Thursday night.Even Mr. Biden’s narrow edge underscored a profound political shift in Arizona, a longtime Republican bastion that has lurched left in recent years, fueled by rapidly evolving demographics and a growing contingent of young Latino voters who favor liberal policies.The count was delayed in the early hours of Thursday, as dozens of Trump supporters demonstrated outside the Maricopa County election office where the votes were being counted.In one of the brightest spots for Democrats so far, the former astronaut Mark Kelly defeated the state’s Republican senator, Martha McSally, in a special election, making Mr. Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema the first pair of Democrats to represent Arizona in the Senate since the 1950s.Winning Arizona would give Mr. Biden an additional path to victory that wouldn’t require Pennsylvania, where final results aren’t expected today. If Mr. Biden won Arizona and held on to a tight lead in Nevada, he could lose Pennsylvania and still reach the 270 electoral votes needed for the presidency. With votes in a handful of states still being tallied Thursday, Joseph R. Biden Jr. was 17 electoral votes shy of reaching the 270 Electoral College votes that he will need to win the election, while President Trump needed to win 56 more electoral votes.Mr. Biden had more paths to victory open to him: 27 different combinations of the remaining states would give the presidency, while only four different combinations would re-elect Mr. Trump (and one path would result in a tie).Here is the state of play in the race in the remaining battleground states.GEORGIAElectoral votes: 16Trump leads Biden, 49.4 percent to 49.3 percent, with more than 98 percent of the estimated vote in.Gap: About 3,600 votes.Keep in mind: Georgia still has about 47,000 ballots remaining to be counted, an official with the secretary of state’s office said Thursday afternoon. Most are in Democratic-leaning counties. The state aims to finish its count by the end of the day.PENNSYLVANIAElectoral votes: 20Trump leads Biden, 49.9 percent to 48.9 percent, with about 94 percent of the estimated vote in.Gap: About 64,000 votes.Keep in mind: The state’s top election official said late Thursday that the counties were “still counting” and did not give a direct answer as to how many ballots were still outstanding, estimating that it was “several hundred thousand.” She did not offer any timetable as to when counting in the state would be complete. Most of the votes yet to be counted are in counties where Mr. Biden is ahead, including Philadelphia, the state’s most populous county, where Mr. Biden leads by about 61 percentage points. But plenty of votes are outstanding in dozens of Trump-leaning counties. Mr. Biden needs to win nearly two-thirds of the remaining votes to win the state. The vote tally is being continually updated.NEVADAElectoral votes: 6Biden leads Trump, 49.4 percent to 48.5 percent, with 89 percent of the estimated vote in.Gap: About 11,000 votes.Keep in mind: All of the Election Day vote has been counted, leaving only Democratic-leaning late mail and provisional ballots to be tabulated. Vote totals are being continually updated. Nevada has about 190,000 ballots still to be counted, the secretary of state said Thursday afternoon. Ninety percent of them are from Clark County, where Mr. Biden currently leads by eight percentage points. Remaining votes include mail and provisional ballots.ARIZONAElectoral votes: 11Biden leads Trump, 50.4 percent to 48.3 percent, with 86 percent of the estimated vote in.Gap: About 61,000 votes.To keep in mind: Mr. Trump needs to win about 60 percent of the remaining votes to capture the state. More results are expected to be released Thursday night.NORTH CAROLINAElectoral votes: 15Trump leads Biden, 50 percent to 48.6 percent, with 95 percent of the estimated vote in.Gap: About 77,000 votes.Keep in mind: With most votes now tabulated, Mr. Biden would need to win about two-thirds of the remainder to pull ahead. Mail ballots postmarked by Election Day will be accepted until Thursday, Nov. 12. As the presidential race inches agonizingly toward a conclusion, it might be easy to miss the fact that the results are not actually very close.With many ballots still outstanding in heavily Democratic cities, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. was leading President Trump by 3.8 million votes nationwide as of late afternoon Thursday. His lead will expand, probably substantially, as officials finish counting.This means more Americans have voted for a Democrat for president than for a Republican in each of the past four elections, and seven of the past eight, the exception being 2004, when President George W. Bush beat John Kerry by about three million votes. But, depending on the outcome this year, only four or five times in those eight elections have they actually put one in the White House.It looks likely that Mr. Biden will eke out an Electoral College win. But the narrowness of the result, in contrast to the fairly decisive preference of the American public, has intensified some Americans’ anger at a system in which a minority of people can often claim a majority of power.“We look at a map of so-called red and blue states and treat that map as land and not people,” said Carol Anderson, a professor of African-American studies at Emory University who researches voter suppression. “I’ve been thinking about how hard folks have to work to be able to vote, what it takes to overcome all of this that voter suppression has put in place, and that someone could be ahead by three million votes — which is bigger than most cities and probably some states — and still we have what almost amounts to a nail-biter.”Mr. Biden’s current vote margin is, in fact, larger than the populations of more than 20 states, and almost equal to the population of Los Angeles.A similar disparity exists in the Senate, where the current Democratic minority was elected with more votes than the Republican majority and where by 2040, based on population projections, about 70 percent of Americans will be represented by 30 percent of senators.“It’s not that the states that are represented by the 30 percent are all red, but what we do know is that the states that are going to have 70 senators are in no way representative of the diversity in the country,” said Norman Ornstein, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. “The more this happens, the more you get the sense that voters don’t have a say in the choice of their leaders. And you cannot have a democracy over a period of time that survives if a majority of people believe that their franchise is meaningless.” After the Trump campaign won a court order to allow its observers closer access to officials counting ballots, Corey Lewandowski, a senior adviser, held a news conference. Credit…Victor J. Blue for The New York Times – Advertisement – Election workers counted absentee ballots at State Farm Arena in Atlanta on Wednesday.Credit…Audra Melton for The New York Times ATLANTA — President Trump’s lead in Georgia over Joseph R. Biden Jr. shrank to less than 4,000 votes Thursday afternoon, as election workers scrambled to tally the remaining absentee ballots.“I am prayerful that we can get to a resolution by the end of the day,” Gabriel Sterling, Georgia’s statewide voting system implementation manager, said at a news conference at the State Capitol.Many of the uncounted votes were in counties that lean Democratic, including the suburbs of Atlanta and the county that includes Savannah.Mr. Sterling said that a recount, which could be requested if the margin was less than half a percentage point, was likely. He took exception at Mr. Trump’s baseless claims that his lead had eroded because of voter fraud.“The effort here is to make sure that everybody’s legal vote is counted properly,” Mr. Sterling said.He said the state would also have to process an unknown number of overseas, military and provisional ballots. About 9,000 ballots that had been requested by members of the military and voters overseas had yet to be returned to the state, which has a deadline of 5 p.m. on Friday for counting those ballots. “The election is not over just on the absentee ballots,” Mr. Sterling said.A lawsuit filed by the Trump campaign and the State Republican Party challenging the Georgia returns was dismissed on Thursday by a superior court judge. The lawsuit had alleged that absentee ballots that arrived after the election night deadline were wrongly counted in Savannah. State G.O.P. officials said they planned to file up to a dozen suits.Early Thursday afternoon, election workers at State Farm Arena in Atlanta burst into applause as they finished processing the last of 145,748 mail-in ballots for Fulton County, home to most of Atlanta.But they were not done. More than 3,600 provisional ballots in the county remained unprocessed, along with any outstanding military and overseas ballots. Outside of the arena, which is home to the National Basketball Association’s Atlanta Hawks, a group of the president’s supporters, some of whom were armed, protested the ongoing counting. At a news conference on Thursday, Kathy Boockvar, Pennsylvania’s secretary of state, said that while a large percentage of votes in the state had been counted, the results were not yet certain.CreditCredit…Victor J. Blue for The New York TimesPHILADELPHIA — With the presidential race potentially hinging on the outcome in Pennsylvania, the state’s top elections official said late Thursday that the counties were “still counting” and did not give a direct answer as to how many ballots were still outstanding, estimating that it was “several hundred thousand.” She did not offer any timetable as to when counting in the state would be complete.“There’s still some to count,” said Kathy Boockvar, Pennsylvania’s secretary of state. “So they are working incredibly hard. They are going to keep counting into the evening, and stay tuned.”Earlier on Thursday, Ms. Boockvar had indicated that she expected an overwhelming majority of the remaining votes to be tallied by Thursday and that a state winner “definitely could” be announced by the end of the day.But in her evening news conference, Ms. Boockvar indicated it would take longer, as the official total on the state website indicated there were roughly 326,000 mail ballots still to be counted.“What I’ve said all along is that the overwhelming majority of ballots will be counted by Friday,” Ms. Boockvar said. “I still think that we’re ahead of schedule and we actually already have counted the overwhelming majority of ballots, but because it’s a close race, it’s not quite clear yet who the winner is.”President Trump’s lead in the state over Joseph R. Biden Jr. has dwindled since Wednesday from more than 10 percentage points to about 1, with about 64,000 votes now separating the candidates, and many votes left to count in Biden strongholds. If Mr. Biden wins the state, he wins the presidency.On CNN, Ms. Boockvar said that most of the outstanding ballots were from denser population centers, including Philadelphia and its suburban counties, and Allegheny County, which is home to Pittsburgh.Ms. Boockvar said that though Philadelphia temporarily paused its counting on Thursday because of some legal filings, it was quickly resumed. Officials in the city convention center are continuing to work on the roughly 100,000 ballots left to count in the city.The Trump campaign has filed multiple lawsuits in Pennsylvania, including one seeking to allow election observers closer access to election workers in Philadelphia, which a judge granted on Thursday morning. The Trump campaign also filed a motion to intervene in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court, challenging a rule in the state that allows ballots that are postmarked by Election Day but arrive up to three days later to still be counted.But Ms. Boockvar said that election officials were not seeing a large influx of late-arriving ballots, and did not anticipate they would have an impact on the final tally.“Counties are reporting anywhere, from some smaller counties are reporting anywhere from 0 to some of the larger counties have reported about 500 received the day after Election Day,” said Ms. Boockvar.“Unless it is super close,” she added, “I don’t see them making this or breaking this one way or another. But in the meantime, we are going to be counting every ballot.” Poll workers counted ballots at the Maricopa County Election Department in Phoenix.Credit…Olivier Touron/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images – Advertisement – In America, the vote is sacred. It’s how people of this nation express their will. And it is the will of the voters. No one, not anything else, that chooses the president of United States of America. So each ballot must be counted. And that’s what we’re going to see going through now. And that’s how it should be. Democracy is sometimes messy. It sometimes requires a little patience as well. But that patience has been rewarded, now for more than 240 years, with a system of governance. And that’s been the envy of the world. We continue to feel — Senator and I — we continue to feel very good about where things stand. We have no doubt that when the count is finished, Senator Harris and I will be declared the winners. So I ask everyone to stay calm. All the people to stay calm. The process is working. The count is being completed, and we’ll know very soon. Democrats’ sputtering hopes of reclaiming the Senate are on the edge of getting a boost, as Senator David Perdue, the Republican incumbent in Georgia, could be forced into a runoff with his Democratic challenger if his vote share remains below 50 percent once the state’s final votes are counted.As of Thursday afternoon, with 97 percent of the votes counted, Mr. Perdue had 49.9 percent of the vote against Jon Ossoff, who had 47.7 percent. Under Georgia law, if Mr. Perdue finishes below 50 percent, he’ll face Mr. Ossoff in a one-on-one vote in January.The Ossoff campaign said Thursday that the race was on track to require a runoff. “We are confident that Jon Ossoff’s historic performance in Georgia has forced Senator David Perdue to continue defending his indefensible record of unemployment, disease, and corruption,” Mr. Ossoff’s campaign manager, Ellen Foster, said in a statement.Mr. Perdue’s campaign manager, Ben Fry, said in a statement that if “overtime is required when all of the votes have been counted, we’re ready, and we will win.”There will already be one runoff election in Georgia: Senator Kelly Loeffler, a Republican, will face the Rev. Raphael Warnock, a Democrat.On Wednesday, Mr. Warnock shared a pre-emptive video parodying the attacks he expects Ms. Loeffler to launch against him. The ad claims Dr. Warnock hates puppies and eats pizza with a fork and knife. “Get ready Georgia, the negative ads are coming,” Mr. Warnock said. Michiganders attended a pro-vote-counting rally at the state capital in Lansing, Mich., Wednesday.Credit…Bryan Denton for The New York Times The White House says it wants a “James Baker-like” figure to lead its postelection battle to somehow find a way to win a second term. But the real James Baker says the White House should stop trying to stop the votes from being counted.Mr. Baker, the former secretary of state who led the legal and political team during the Florida recount battle in 2000 that secured the presidency for George W. Bush, said in an interview on Thursday that President Trump may have legitimate issues to pursue but they should not be used to justify a halt to the initial tabulation of ballots.“We never said don’t count the votes,” Mr. Baker said. “That’s a very hard decision to defend in a democracy.”Mr. Baker’s comments came shortly after Mr. Trump posted a message on Twitter demanding “STOP THE COUNT,” in keeping with his assault on the election results before they were even in. The president went before television cameras early on Wednesday morning to characterize the routine counting of votes as somehow an effort to steal the election.In 2000 Mr. Bush and Al Gore, the Democratic candidate, only started their legal fight after the votes in Florida were initially counted. Mr. Bush finished election night with a lead of 1,784 votes out of some 6 million cast in the state that would determine which candidate would win the Electoral College. Because the margin was so small, an automatic machine recount was then conducted, upholding Mr. Bush’s lead. After signs that some valid votes had not been counted, Mr. Gore’s team went to court asking for hand recounts in four heavily Democratic counties while Mr. Baker argued that the votes did not need to be counted again.By the time the Supreme Court halted any further recounts more than a month later, on the grounds that different counties were applying different standards in determining which ballots should be deemed valid, Mr. Bush’s lead had been pared to just 537, still enough to hold onto Florida’s electoral votes.“There are huge differences,” Mr. Baker said of the Florida battle and the brewing fights over this week’s election. “For one thing, our whole argument was that the votes have been counted and they’ve been counted and they’ve been counted and it’s time to end the process. That’s not exactly the message that I heard on election night. And so I think it’s pretty hard to be against counting the votes.”As an example, he disapproved of the Republican effort to throw out 127,000 votes in his hometown, Houston, because they were cast through a drive-by system that the party objected to. “I didn’t think that was a particularly wise thing to do and as it turns out it wasn’t wise legally because they’ve lost in state court and in federal court,” he said.Mr. Baker, who has not publicly endorsed Mr. Trump and has been sharply critical at times but personally voted for him, said the president had every right to challenge results after they have been counted if there are legitimate grounds to question their validity.Mr. Baker does agree that Mr. Trump should find someone like Mr. Baker to serve as a field marshal. “Message discipline,” he said, “is particularly important in something like this.” But at age 90, he is ready for it to be someone else. Joseph R. Biden Jr., the Democratic nominee for president, spoke in Wilmington, Del., on Thursday.Credit…Erin Schaff/The New York Times transcriptBack Video WILMINGTON, Del. — Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Thursday urged Americans to be patient as votes were counted and said he and his running mate, Senator Kamala Harris, had “no doubt” that they would ultimately prevail.“It is the will of the voters, no one, not anything else, that chooses the president of the United States of America,” he said. “So, each ballot must be counted, and that’s what we’re going to see going through now. And that’s how it should be.”In brief remarks to reporters in Wilmington, Del., Mr. Biden continued: “Democracy is sometimes messy. It sometimes requires a little patience as well. But that patience has been rewarded now for more than 240 years with a system of governance that’s been the envy of the world.”Mr. Biden spoke after he and Ms. Harris received briefings on the coronavirus pandemic and the economy at a theater in Wilmington. Earlier in the day, Mr. Biden’s campaign manager, Jennifer O’Malley Dillon, expressed confidence that Mr. Biden would win the election, and during his remarks, Mr. Biden also predicted a victory.“We have no doubt that when the count is finished, Senator Harris and I will be declared the winners,” he said. “So, I ask everyone to stay calm — all the people to stay calm. The process is working. The count is being completed, and we’ll know very soon.” At a news conference on Thursday, Joseph R. Biden Jr., the Democratic nominee for president, said he felt confident about his chances, but stopped short of declaring himself the winner of the election.CreditCredit…Erin Schaff/The New York TimesWith the winner of the presidency yet to be declared, attention shifted Thursday to a handful of states that remained too close to call but where, on balance, Joseph R. Biden Jr. seemed to have an advantage, and the candidates pressed their cases on the state of the race.“Democracy is sometimes messy,” Mr. Biden told reporters Thursday in Wilmington, Del., where he called for every ballot to be counted. “It sometimes requires a little patience as well.”- Advertisement – Here’s what you need to know: The U.S. Postal Service processed tens of thousands of ballots the day after Election Day, according to data filed in federal court on Thursday. Depending on each state’s election rules, some of those ballots would be counted and others would be disqualified.Some states have a grace period for domestic, nonmilitary mail-in ballots to reach election officials, as long as they are postmarked by Election Day. In other states, including the battleground states of Georgia and Arizona, those ballots must reach election offices by Election Day.In Atlanta, where the presidential race remains too close to call, the Postal Service processed about 600 ballots on Wednesday, although at least some of those could have been scanned twice.If those ballots were sent domestically by civilians, they would be disqualified based on Georgia election rules. Nearly 23 percent of ballots in Atlanta did not meet the agency’s service standard, which is delivery within one to three days.In Arizona, where the cutoff for receiving mail-in ballots is Election Day, the Postal Service processed 864 ballots the day after Election Day, according to data filed in federal court; however, that figure could also could include ballots that were double scanned. Those ballots would also be disqualified there, based on the state’s election rules.Voting rights advocates suing the Postal Service have shifted their attention to those states that are still counting mail-in ballots, including North Carolina and Pennsylvania.On Wednesday, Judge Emmet G. Sullivan of the District of Columbia ordered the Postal Service to conduct additional sweeps of its Texas facilities, before the state ceased counting some mail-in ballots. Those sweeps only turned up 815 ballots.The following day, he ordered the Postal Service to sweep facilities for ballots in states with extended ballot receipt deadlines.Daily reporting from the Postal Service in federal court has underscored the “extraordinary measures” that the agency promised to employ to ensure the timely delivery of ballots. The Postal Service sent more than 10,000 ballots to election offices by Express Mail between Oct. 30 and Wednesday. President Trump at a White House press briefing on Thursday, making various false claims of election wrongdoing.Credit…Doug Mills/The New York TimesPresident Trump broke a two-day silence with reporters to deliver a brief statement filled with egregious falsehoods and smears about the election process as workers in a handful of states continue to tabulate vote tallies in the presidential race.The president painted the election results so far as part of a broad conspiracy to deprive him of winning a second term by Democrats, election officials in various cities and the media.“If you count the legal votes, I easily win,” Mr. Trump said shortly after he took the podium in the White House briefing room, a false statement that cast aspersion on the rest of the election. He offered no evidence.He then listed a series of conspiracy theories about why ballots arrived late in places. And at the same time that he insisted Democrats were figuring out how many mail-in ballots they need in order to counteract his performance in various states, the president listed off a series of Republican wins on Tuesday. He appeared not to see the cognitive dissonance in saying that other Republicans won while he lost as he outlined a plot about others harming him, and left the room without taking reporters’ questions.The three big broadcast networks — ABC, CBS and NBC — all cut away from President Trump’s appearance as the president’s false claims about the integrity of the election mounted.Mr. Trump’s speech was timed to air during each of the network’s evening newscasts, which draw the biggest collective audience in TV news. But network anchors broke in after a few minutes to correct some of Mr. Trump’s falsehoods.“We have to cut away here because the president has made a number of false allegations,” Lester Holt said on “NBC Nightly News.” On ABC, the anchor David Muir broke in and told viewers, “There’s a lot to unpack here and fact-check.”Although CNN and Fox News continued carrying Mr. Trump’s remarks live, the decision by the other networks to break away deprived Mr. Trump of a significantly larger audience for his unfiltered — and un-fact-checked — views of the election.MSNBC declined to air his remarks live at all. On Fox News, the White House correspondent John Roberts told viewers that “we haven’t seen any evidence” to back up Mr. Trump’s claims of electoral fraud. The anchor Bret Baier concurred, adding, “We have not seen the evidence yet, John.” James Baker, who led George W. Bush’s team during the 2000 recount in Florida, took issue with President Trump’s approach, saying, “I think it’s pretty hard to be against counting the votes.”Credit…Lexey Swall for The New York Times Democrats wept, cursed and traded blame on Thursday during an extraordinary party confab to dissect the disappointing results of this week’s elections, agreeing on little except that they needed a “deep dive” into how they had ended up with painful losses that weakened their House majority instead of the big gains they had boldly predicted.In a three-hour caucus meeting held by telephone that was their first group conversation since Election Day, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Representative Cheri Bustos of Illinois, who led the party’s campaign arm, defended their efforts. Democrats expressed frustration over the loss of eight of their members — and a net loss of six seats, with 36 races still undecided — that had left them with a slimmer margin of control.Party leaders noted that Democrats appeared on track to hold the House, thanks to hard-fought victories by incumbents in competitive districts, and that former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. appeared headed toward a victory, according to seven people on the call who requested anonymity to divulge a conversation that was intended to be private.“We did not win every battle, but we did win the war,” Ms. Pelosi said.Democrats had been ebullient only days before about their chances. On Election Day, Ms. Pelosi and Ms. Bustos had crowed about their likelihood of success, predicting that the party could pick up five, 10 or even 20 seats while worrying about “fewer than a handful of incumbents.”But by Thursday, one of the incumbents they had not been worried about, Representative Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, who was defeated Tuesday night as President Trump won a resounding victory in her Miami-area district, broke into tears as she spoke out to her soon-to-be former colleagues about internal divides in the party.“We have a divided America,” Ms. Mucarsel-Powell said during the call. “Continue to fight for kids or what you believe in, but if you have a problem, pick up the phone — don’t tweet it out.”Representative Abigail Spanberger, who narrowly escaped defeat on Wednesday in a conservative-leaning district in Virginia that Democrats had also believed was secure, chastised her progressive colleagues for embracing the “defund the police” movement and for not pushing back forcefully against accusations of socialism. If Democrats did not acknowledge the election results as a “failure” and change strategies, she said using an expletive for emphasis, they would get “crushed” in future elections.To that, Ms. Pelosi objected.“I disagree, Abigail, that it was a failure,” she said. “We won the House.” A post office in Philadelphia. The Postal Service sent more than 10,000 ballots to election offices by Express Mail between Oct. 30 and Wednesday.Credit…Rachel Wisniewski/Reuters Video player loading Voters in line to vote in Largo, Fla., on Sunday.Credit…Eve Edelheit for The New York Times President Trump called a news conference at the White House, where he made false and baseless claims about “illegal” votes, secret counts and how forces were working to “steal” the election from him.“It’s amazing how those mail-in ballots are so one-sided,” he said at one point. ABC, CBS and NBC all cut away as his false statements mounted.In several states, Mr. Trump’s campaign pressed ahead with lawsuits challenging the validity of the count, and protests erupted in cities and outside some elections offices.With Mr. Biden leading Mr. Trump in the popular vote by more than 3.8 million votes — which, if it holds, will make this the second election where Mr. Trump lost the popular vote — the attention of both campaigns was riveted on the handful of undecided states that will decide which candidate gets the electoral votes needed to win.Mr. Biden was 17 electoral votes shy of reaching the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency, while Mr. Trump was 56 electoral votes away from the threshold. As results trickled in from the remaining undecided states Mr. Biden increased his lead in Nevada by about 4,000 votes and was eroding Mr. Trump’s leads in Georgia and Pennsylvania, while holding on to his modest lead in Arizona.Both campaigns tried to project optimism, and asked for patience.Mr. Trump’s campaign team said that it would likely be filing additional legal actions. Bill Stepien, the campaign manager, accused people of prematurely writing Mr. Trump off at various junctures since the 2016 presidential primaries.“Donald Trump is alive and well,” he said, hours before the president made his first public appearance since early Wednesday morning.In most of his public comments since the election, Mr. Biden has stopped short of declaring victory, as Mr. Trump did prematurely on election night, and on Thursday he sought to strike a conciliatory note as he addressed the nation. But he also had something of a warning for the Trump team.“Power can’t be taken or asserted,” he said. “It flows from the people. And it’s their will that determines who will be the president of the United States, and their will alone.”Mr. Trump issued a written statement on Thursday afternoon through his campaign in which he made baseless claims that there could be fraud in the late votes and then repeated many of them at his news conference. The statement, which was written in all capital letters, resembled one of his tweets — but by issuing it through the campaign, the president avoided getting a warning label from Twitter, which has flagged many of his recent tweets as potentially misleading.With Mr. Trump’s political path growing more precarious, his team increasingly turned to the courts, filing lawsuits in several states and demanding a recount in Wisconsin. But judges in Georgia and Michigan ruled against his campaign, while it notched a modest win in a Pennsylvania case.The Trump campaign’s bid to stave off defeat stretched to the Supreme Court, where it intervened in a case challenging Pennsylvania’s plan to count ballots received for up to three days after Election Day.In a fraught moment for supporters of both candidates, the tensions occasionally started to spill into the streets.Calling on election officials to “count every vote,” protesters marched through the streets of several American cities on Wednesday, with protests in Minneapolis, Seattle, Phoenix, Philadelphia, New York City and Portland, Ore.At the same time, supporters of Mr. Trump descended on vote-counting facilities in several contested states. In Phoenix, about 150 pro-Trump protesters, some of them armed, gathered outside the county recorder’s office where a closely watched count of votes that could help determine the outcome of the election was being conducted.And in Detroit, another group of pro-Trump poll watchers gathered earlier in the day outside a ballot-counting center, demanding that officials “stop the count” of ballots after the Trump campaign filed suit to halt the count in Michigan.But inside, the democratic process continued to play out as election workers — socially distanced and wearing masks — went about their job: counting the votes. Video player loading – Advertisement – Brandon Urlacher, a hired sign spinner, on the job in Las Vegas near Rancho High School on Election Day.Credit…Bridget Bennett for The New York Times Pennsylvanians have more choices on how they’ve been able to vote this year than they’ve ever had in the history of the commonwealth. And no matter how they voted, what’s critical here is that we have very strong processes in place. The strength of the integrity of this vote is really unparalleled. Same when you vote in person, right: You have to be registered, you go in, you sign in the poll book — all these things are tracked. Our voting systems and our databases make sure that no voter can cast more than one vote. So, you know, I can just say, really, no matter how you chose to vote this year — and so many Pennsylvanians have, and it looks like it’s really going to be great turnout when we finalize the numbers — that every method is incredibly safe and secure. I think, you know, a huge, huge majority of the in-person votes have been counted. We’re in a very good place with the mail-in and absentee ballots, but not quite there yet. But then there’s still going to be provisional ballots, the military and overseas ballots and so forth. So the closer the race is, the longer it takes. But I think what I’ve said all along is that the overwhelming majority of ballots will be counted by Friday. I still think that we’re ahead of schedule on — we actually already have counted the overwhelming majority of ballots, but because it’s a close race, it’s not quite clear yet who the winner is. In Pennsylvania, where Mr. Biden was eroding Mr. Trump’s early lead as more votes were counted, a judge handed the Trump campaign a victory, forcing Philadelphia elections officials to allow Republican observers to watch the count from six feet away. They had previously been kept roughly 20 feet away from workers at the main Philadelphia canvassing area. “We don’t care if your observers are 18 feet away or 15 feet away or 6 feet away,” a Biden spokesman, Bill Russo, wrote on Twitter. “As long as election officials can do their job.” Still, Democrats appealed the decision, indicating that they believed the Trump campaign was trying to use closer access to slow the count in Philadelphia — a Democratic stronghold pivotal to Mr. Biden bid to capture the state, and with it the presidency — with protests in the counting room and more lawsuits. Late Thursday, a federal judge denied the Trump campaign’s request for a stop in vote counting in Philadelphia over its allegation that its observers were not getting sufficient access to the process; instead, he ordered city elections officials to expand the number of people each side could have in the room. Joseph R. Biden Jr. widened his slender lead over President Trump in Nevada on Thursday from about 8,000 votes to about 11,000 votes as another tranche of ballots were counted, according to election officials. Mr. Biden now leads Mr. Trump by about one percentage point.Nevada has six electoral votes and its entire Election Day vote has been counted; the late mail and provisional ballots that remain lean Democratic. About 11 percent of the state’s votes have yet to be tabulated.But the final results might not be made public until Saturday or Sunday, said Joe Gloria, elections registrar in Clark County, home to Las Vegas, during a news conference at his headquarters. His staff will begin to tabulate 63,262 drop-off, mail-in and provisional ballots on Friday, and likely will not release the results for a day or two, Mr. Gloria told reporters.“Our goal is not to act fast,” but to accurately count the votes, he said to audible groaning in the room.Mr. Gloria said he had beefed up security amid threats to his staff, adding, “We will not allow anyone to stop us from doing what our duty is.”Statewide, Nevada has about 190,000 ballots still to be counted, the secretary of state said in a statement on Thursday afternoon. Ninety percent of them are from Clark County, where Mr. Biden currently leads by eight percentage points.A key question is whether Mr. Trump can close Mr. Biden’s current lead in Clark County, which includes Las Vegas and most of Nevada’s population. In 2016, Hillary Clinton carried that county by 10.7 percentage points.The Trump campaign has already identified Nevada, which allows any losing candidate to request a recount, as one of the battleground states where it plans to use the courts and procedural maneuvers to stave off defeat in the Electoral College. Less than 24 hours before Election Day, a Nevada judge rejected a lawsuit filed by Republicans who had tried to stop early vote counting in Clark County.Nevada’s attorney general, Aaron Ford, a Democrat, told CNN late Wednesday that the state was prepared to rebuff the Trump campaign’s offensive.“We think it’s pretty impenetrable when it comes to legal challenge against us,” Mr. Ford said.Tensions are running high in the state.A news briefing by the Clark County registrar, Joe Gloria, on Wednesday afternoon was briefly interrupted by a man who jumped in front of cameras and repeatedly yelled: “The Biden crime family is stealing this election! The media is covering it up!”After the man — who was wearing a tank top that proclaimed, “Barbecue, Beer, Freedom” — was escorted away, Mr. Gloria said his staff had removed an unspecified number of election observers from counting facilities for being disruptive.Since Mrs. Clinton beat Mr. Trump in Nevada by 2.4 percentage points in 2016, the state has turned a deeper shade of blue, with Democrats controlling the governor’s office and legislature, both Senate seats and all but one House seat. It was not widely expected to be a battleground state this year.But while recent polls consistently showed Mr. Biden ahead of Mr. Trump in Nevada, Democrats worried that the pandemic would make it difficult to create a robust election turnout operation. The state has reported more than 104,000 coronavirus cases. In Georgia, where Mr. Trump’s lead over Joseph R. Biden Jr. is shrinking, a superior court judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Trump campaign and the state Republican Party alleging that at least 53 ballots were potentially accepted after a 7 p.m. Election Day deadline by officials in Chatham County, home to Democratic-leaning Savannah. The judge, James F. Bass Jr., wrote that there was “no evidence” that the ballots were received late. Georgia’s Republican Party has said it plans to bring up to a dozen lawsuits in the state. In Michigan, where news organizations projected Mr. Biden the winner on Wednesday, a judge denied a request by the Trump campaign to halt the counting of absentee ballots so that Republican challengers could be given what it called “meaningful access” to the absentee counting boards. Challengers were allowed to observe the process throughout the state, but in some locations their numbers were limited to follow social-distancing guidelines. A Court of Claims judge, Cynthia Stephens, noted that the lawsuit had been filed Wednesday afternoon, long after the count had begun, adding that “the essence of the count is completed.” Republicans on Capitol Hill, including the party’s top leaders, remained largely silent on Thursday as President Trump and his campaign continued to baselessly claim that Democrats were trying to “steal” the election, and urged officials around the country to stop counting legally cast ballots.Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the Republican leader, sought on Wednesday to sidestep questions about whether he agreed with Mr. Trump that election officials should halt their tabulations.“What the president wants to make sure is that every legal vote is counted,” Mr. McCarthy told reporters. “That people vote up until Election Day — not the days after as others would have. That’s what the president refers to.”With former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. apparently on the cusp of winning the election as he gained ground in Georgia and Pennsylvania, Mr. Trump has escalated his protestations, seething on Twitter to “STOP THE FRAUD” as workers in key states continued to process ballots in accordance with the law.One Republican offered a rare rebuke of the president for his statements. Representative Adam Kinzinger, Republican of Illinois, took exception early Wednesday morning to a false assertion by Mr. Trump that Democrats were attempting to steal the election.“Stop. Full stop,” Mr. Kinzinger wrote on Twitter. “The votes will be counted and you will either win or lose. And America will accept that. Patience is a virtue.”In a mildly worded statement congratulating Mr. Trump on winning his home state, Senator Rob Portman, Republican of Ohio, also called for the vote-counting process to be allowed to proceed, saying: “We should respect that process and ensure that all ballots cast in accordance with state laws are counted. It’s that simple.”But most of their Republican colleagues in Congress, who have stood by Mr. Trump through four years of norm-shattering behavior and statements, ignored the president’s comments. Even some of his most vocal critics, who broke sharply with the president in the days before the balloting — such Senator Mitt Romney — stayed mum as the president publicly sought to undermine the nation’s democratic process.In a statement provided by a spokesman to reporters who inquired, Senator Ben Sasse, who recently had harsh criticism from Mr. Trump, said: “It’s pretty simple: Millions of Americans voted in a peaceful election and there’s not a winner until all the legally cast votes are counted.”The muted responses apparently did not go unnoticed by Mr. Trump or his family. Donald Trump Jr. took to Twitter to complain that none of the Republicans with aspirations to run for president in 2024 were publicly siding with his father.“The total lack of action from virtually all of the ‘2024 GOP hopefuls’ is pretty amazing,” he wrote. “They have a perfect platform to show that they’re willing & able to fight but they will cower to the media mob instead.” Jon Ossoff spoke to the news media outside Fulton County’s Metropolitan Library voting precinct in Atlanta on Tuesday.Credit…Erik S Lesser/EPA, via Shutterstock transcriptPennsylvania Official Says Integrity of State’s Voting Processes Is ‘Unparalleled’At a news conference on Thursday, Kathy Boockvar, Pennsylvania’s secretary of state, said that while a large percentage of votes in the state had been counted, the results were not yet certain. transcriptBack Video If Democrats were able to win both seats, and if Joseph R. Biden Jr. wins the presidency, they would have the 50 senators needed to usher through judicial and cabinet appointments, and enact a Democratic agenda. If Republicans maintain control, they could exert their power to block the priorities of a Biden administration.If President Trump prevails, the Democrats would need to achieve the enormously difficult feat of winning both Georgia seats and the North Carolina seat held by Senator Thom Tillis, who is nearly two percentage points ahead of his Democratic challenger, Cal Cunningham, with 94 percent of the votes tallied. The extra seat would be required because the vice president casts the tie-breaking vote in the Senate. Mr. Tillis has already declared victory.Though Democrats flipped Republican-held seats in Colorado and Arizona, they lost one in Alabama and failed to capture seats in several other states in which they invested enormous sums of money.But a second Georgia runoff would extend their hopes through January, and focus the nation’s attention squarely on the Peach State. Georgia election officials are expected to release additional vote totals Thursday morning. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Republican of California, sought to sidestep questions about whether he agreed with President Trump.Credit…Anna Moneymaker for The New York Times President Trump, whose campaign has filed lawsuits in several states questioning the integrity of the vote count and seeking to slow down the process, suffered a pair of legal setbacks Thursday when judges in Georgia and Michigan ruled against his campaign.But the campaign notched a minor victory in Pennsylvania when a state appellate court acceded to its request to force Philadelphia election officials to grant its election observers better access to areas where workers are counting ballots.Here was how the president’s re-election campaign was faring in the courts:last_img read more

Teen spirit on the rise among first home buyers as Queensland hits its highest level in almost a decade

first_imgLouka Bogiatzis,19, has just built. Picture: Nigel HallettQUEENSLAND is seeing a rise in teenagers getting a foot on the property ladder with first home buyers hitting their highest level in almost a decade.Latest ABS figures show over one in four new home loans went to first home buyers in Queensland (26.6 per cent), with 18 to 19-year-olds among newbies that have jumped at strong concessions in the chief executive Dean Kyros said there was “an urgency” now, with first-timers as young as 18 to 19 using “creative finance” to get in the market.“First home buyers are coming in as early as 19, concerned over the ever-increasing price of real estate. There’s an urgency that wasn’t there before and a fear of the market outpricing them.”SMART BUYING: Young couple lands major bargainBUYING FRENZY: Young buyers bid millions for unseen propertyGET ALL THE REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOXHe said the state’s youngest buyers were getting in the market via a combination of Queensland’s generous $20,000 first homebuyer grant, developers chipping in with $10,000-plus rebates on house and land packages, savings they’d built from after-school and holiday jobs, and parents contributing either a donation or loan guarantees.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoAbout 47 per cent of 15 to 24-year-old Queenslanders studying full-time also had either a full-time or part-time job, while 76 per cent of those not studying were in employment, ABS labour data out yesterday money expert Bessie Hassan said the rise “goes to show that the first homebuyer grants may be helping”.“While housing affordability is considered an issue around the nation, home loan rates are still historically low.” Queensland first home buyers have a much clearer path to ownership than other states. Picture: Jodie RichterTeenage mortgage holder Louka Bogiatzis saved for four years to buy his Coomera new build house.“I’ve been working after school and saved about $80,000 and my parents did help me through it,” he said.“I had the first home buyer grant of $20,000, paid $40,000 deposit for the contract for the land and home. I am now working full-time with better income so I’m saving up again. I plan to live in this one and I’m hoping to do another two more.”PRDnationwide’s Dr Diaswati Mardiasmo said Queensland had the second highest jump in first home buyer loans in the country over the past 12 months (up 8.5 per cent) with affordability levels above the Australian average.Mr Kyros said younger first home buyers were coming in all sorts of joint arrangements “from two friends coming together as well as couples and siblings”, with the key teenage homebuyer criteria being stable employment, a deposit and access to funds like parental guarantees.last_img read more

Bringing back the fish

first_imgANNOUNCEMENT on July 16 that 2500 freight wagons will be built for US-owned freight operator EWS over the next five years – at the former carriage works in York in association with Thrall Car – is one of the most encouraging events on the British scene in the traumatic five years since the last government began setting up the tortuous structure of today’s railway.This journal had often suggested that privatisation should start with freight, a view we recalled while listening to EWS Managing Director Ian Braybrook address delegates to The Railway Forum’s ‘Revitalising Rail – A Shared Aim’ conference in London on July 7. Rail freight in Britain had suffered ’50 years of decline, no belief in growth and lack of investment.’ Instead EWS is putting in place an aggressive policy to ‘restore rail freight as a credible transport alternative’ and ‘triple the business over the next 10 years’. With road haulage ‘on the brink of crisis’, EWS is wasting no time in trying to win back traffic lost to the lorry: ‘just wait until we start moving the fish again – and we will’, promised Braybrook.Even with a buoyant economy, just 6·5% of freight moves by rail in Britain today. EWS carried 90 million tonnes last year, 7 million of which was maintenance materials for Railtrack. The wagon order and arrival in the next few years of 280 locomotives from General Motors underline the company’s faith in its future, but its ability to achieve the goals it has set itself depends heavily on other parties in the business keeping their promises too. Prof Brian Mellitt, Railtrack’s Director, Engineering & Production, told the Forum’s audience of top managers that ‘we have the future of Britain’s railways in our hands’, while Rail Regulator John Swift urged that ‘now is the time to look ahead’. Persuading its own members, the government and its successors to take a serious interest in what the railway should be like in 2020 and beyond is arguably the greatest challenge facing The Railway Forum.last_img read more

PRO-6 hotline for SAP receives 87 complaints

first_imgThe probe team is now validating them, according to Police Lieutenant Colonel Gilbert Gorero, public information officer of the PRO-6. * violation of Republic Act 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act) * violation of Article 171, Paragraph 4 of the Revised Penal Code (RPC), “Falsification of Public Officer, Employee or Notary or Ecclesiastic Minister” ILOILO City – As of 5 p.m. of May 13 the Police Regional Office 6’s (PRO-6) hotline (09998654625) had received a total of 87 text messages alleging irregularities in the distribution of the cash assistance from the government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP) in Western Visayas. These messages were forwarded to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Region 6 for further validation and subsequent conduct of investigation if evidence warrants. “In this time of pandemic, corruption has no place in Western Visayas,” said Police Brigadier General Rene Pamuspusan, PRO-6 director.center_img He appealed to the public to report to the nearest police stations or to its hotlines any anomalies and irregularities in the distribution of the SAP./PN Recently, policemen initiated appropriate charges against four individuals in Negros Occidental over SAP. The charges were for: * violation of Article 172, Paragraph 1 of the RPC “Falsification by Private Individual and Use of Falsified Documents” The PRO-6 also brought four other complaints from Capiz to the Joint Task Force CV-Shields.last_img read more

Cumberworth Named to Board of Youth Ranch

first_imgRIPLEY COUNTY, Ind. — Ripley County Sheriff Jeff Cumberworth has been named to the board of directors of the new Indiana Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch, a not-for-profit that will offer free leadership camps and training to future law enforcement officers and at-risk kids.Steve Luce, executive director of both the Indiana Sheriffs’ Association and the Indiana Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch said Cumberworth was selected because of his displayed dedication to public safety, especially the kids of Ripley County.As a board member, Cumberworth will help develop the Youth Ranch property and programming.The Youth Ranch is located on State Road 59 in Clay County between Interstate 70 and Brazil, Ind.last_img

Local foundation takes unique approach to funding family-related agencies

first_imgNapoleon, In. — In a very unique fashion, the Ripley County Community Foundation awarded three grants to agencies that work to improve the lives of families and children in the county. Phi Beta Psi XI Chapter received a $1,500 grant, Samaritan’s Hope Chest was awarded a $1,000 grant and the Batesville Memorial Public Library receives a $500 grant.Executive director Amy Streator says attendees at the “Queen of Hearts” luncheon at the St. Maurice Hall in Napoleon decided which organizations got the grants.Allowing participants make funding decisions allows donors to be closer to the ward process.last_img