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Trump refuses to promise transfer of power if he loses US vote

first_imgUS President Donald Trump on Wednesday refused to guarantee that he will transfer power if he loses the November election, earning scorn from his Democratic challenger Joe Biden and even from within his own party.”Well, we’re going to have to see what happens,” Trump responded when asked at a White House press conference whether he is committed to the most basic tenet of democratic rule in the United States — the peaceful handover of power upon a change of president.Biden, who holds a steady lead over the Republican incumbent in opinion polls ahead of the November 3 vote, expressed incredulity. ‘Get rid’ of ballots Trump followed up his remarks — unprecedented in modern times for a US president — by resuming his near daily complaint about the fairness of the election.Apparently referring to the increased use of mail-in ballots due to the coronavirus pandemic, he said: “You know that I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots and the ballots are a disaster.”Trump frequently claims that mail-in ballots are vulnerable to mass fraud and are being encouraged by Democrats to rig the election.However, there is no evidence that ballots sent through the postal service have ever led to significant fraud in US elections.At the press conference, Trump seemed to suggest annulling what are expected to be the huge numbers of mailed-in ballots, noting that in such a scenario, he would remain in power.”Get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very peaceful — there won’t be a transfer, frankly. There’ll be a continuation,” he said.Trump’s latest insistence that there cannot be a free and fair presidential election came as pressure mounts over his plan to put a new, right-leaning justice on the Supreme Court.Trump is set to nominate a replacement on Saturday for the late liberal-leaning justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died last week. His Republican Party, which has a majority in the Senate, is then expected to quickly confirm the nominee.If they succeed, the nine-justice court would then likely have a strongly pro-conservative bent for years to come.Democrats are crying foul, saying that the process should wait until the results of the election are known, allowing the winner to shape the Supreme Court.With Trump and the Republicans mounting a series of court challenges against the use of mail-in ballots, the chances of a contested election result are considered high.On Wednesday, Trump said he thinks the election “will end up in the Supreme Court.” Topics :center_img “What country are we in?” the former vice president said, when asked about Trump’s comment by reporters. “Look, he says the most irrational things. I don’t know what to say.”Republican Senator Mitt Romney, a frequent but rare party critic of Trump, went further, saying that any hesitation on the core constitution guarantee was “unthinkable and unacceptable.””Fundamental to democracy is the peaceful transition of power; without that, there is Belarus,” he tweeted.last_img read more

Gold Coast mansion sells for $15.5m in biggest deal since 2009

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:40Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:40 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p480p480p360p360p240p240pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenQueensland Venetian Estate 01:41 Hoang says he was “gobsmacked” when he first walked through the five-bedroom home.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours ago“Everything is immaculately finished,” he says. “They [the Spongs] obviously spent a fair bit of money on it.”Douglas Spong made his fortune as the founder of the Thin Air accessories business, which sold to surf brand Billabong at a time when the company’s revenue was around $45 million a year.Despite having handed over the keys, Hoang will continue to provide support to the new owners, a Chinese couple who own a local business.“The house is all computerised, they use an iPad and a computer system to turn on lights and things so it’s going to take them a while to get used to. Part of the part selling process was that we had to learn how to use the system… there will be continued support from us to the owners,” he says.The property was listed with other real estate agencies prior to being handled by The Venetian Real Estate. Hoang is thankful that he was the one to show the end-buyers through the doors.“It’s just amazing. I’m pretty happy that I sold it, I can’t see another property like that on the Gold Coast. I’ve sold other similar sized-properties on Hope Island and Sanctuary Cove but you cant compare them with something in this location,” he says. An elaborate Balinese-inspired estate that once hosted Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnston has sold for $15.5 million, the highest price recorded on the Gold Coast since 2009.57-63 The Corso lingered on the market for almost three years before finally selling this month.It is the biggest sale on the Gold Coast since billionaire Bruce Mathieson paid $18 million for the mansion at 1 Albatross Ave, Mermaid Beach in April 2009. Gallery (10 images)The wine cellar. Picture: The Venetian Real EstateSelling agent Doug Hoang, principal of The Venetian Real Estate in Robina, says the recent deal signifies a recovery for high-end real estate sales on the Gold Coast following the global financial crisis.“Certainly the market is coming back and with the sale of The Corso, it gives the market a bit more momentum. Potential sellers in that range will now have a bit more confidence,” Hoang says.Built by seller Mara Spong and then-husband Douglas in the 1990s, the property borrows from Balinese design with a lanai that looks out over the swimming pool, private beach and Gold Coast skyline.The 1630sqm house is set over two levels with five bedrooms, a theatre, a billiards room, a sauna and a heated spa.There is also a bar near the pool, a 7000-bottle temperature-controlled wine cellar and a massive barbecue area with room to entertain 200 people.When Mara Spong first began the property’s marketing campaign in 2013, it was advertised as having a replacement cost of more than $20 million.It may have taken three years to secure a buyer, but in 2014 Spong locked in a pretty high-profile tenant.Professional wrestler turned actor Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnston stayed at the home during the filming of the disaster movie San Andreas.Mornin’ greetings from the Gold Coast, Australia.. #RiseAndGrind #AussieLove pic.twitter.com/ZjU5ogG2NO— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) April 15, 2014last_img read more

Clearance rates dive but still higher than lead up to elections

first_img CoreLogic Property Market Indicator Summary. To March 22, 2020.It comes just as the market was ramping up, when the past weekend seeing the second highest number of properties up for auction so far this year with 2,539 homes going under the hammer.REA Group chief economist Nerida Conisbee said despite the current uncertainty, the number of auctions in Melbourne and Sydney remained high. “Clearance rates aren’t always the best indicator of the market as they primarily reflect the top end of the market in Melbourne and Sydney. However, as we continue to wait for solid search activity trends and pricing data to provide an insight into how Australian property is faring amidst COVID-19, clearance rates are the best gauge on buyer confidence.” Brisbane’s auction clearance rate has dropped but is still higher than the same time last year.Auction clearance rates dived over the weekend, but they’re still higher than the lead up to the federal elections last year as buyers work to snap up homes in case owners take them off the market. Brisbane median house price hits record high Experts believe this past weekend marks “a turning point in buyer and seller sentiment”, with less homes expected to be made available for sale as the country works to flatten the curve in the spread of the COVID-19 virus.The CoreLogic Property Market Indicator found withdrawal rates of homes were rising “as vendors think twice about testing the market and buyers losing confidence or choosing to avoid public gatherings”. Before that the withdrawal rate of homes going to auction was 5 per cent, according to CoreLogic, with that rising to just over 8 per cent on Sunday. Buyers flock to church conversions MORE: Noosa unit prices continue to climb Brisbane’s auction clearance rate over the past week was 34.9 per cent, which was still higher than the same time last year when it sat at 28.2 per cent, according to CoreLogic. Brisbane had 105 homes go under the hammer, with 63 results in the preliminary figures.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoSydney cleared 64.4 per cent at auction, with 680 results in preliminary figures, while Melbourne cleared 62.7 per cent of 1,045 properties that went under the hammer, preliminary figures show. CoreLogic Property Market Indicator Summary. To March 22, 2020.Preliminary results show an auction clearance rate of 61.3 per cent, which CoreLogic said was “still substantially higher than a year ago when values were falling, but well down on the recent highs”. That figure was expected to fall further to fall below 60 per cent in final results, which would be a first since mid last year, it said. But even then, the result would most likely be stronger than the same time last year when the auction clearance rate across the combined capitals was 50.9 per cent.“The latest results highlight the housing market is being impacted by the social distancing measures and weaker confidence related to the coronavirus pandemic.” How long the market could expect to be impacted “depends on how long it takes to contain the virus and for sentiment to recover”, according to CoreLogic. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON TWITTER Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58last_img read more

Track Update

first_imgI got a pleasant surprise when I attended Batesville’s second home football game.  There was obviously the start of a new surface on the Batesville track.  I hope that this is the start of a complete renovation of the track service.  It was certainly nice to see a fresh, dark surface and not the gray faded one that I saw at t the first game.I am sure the track athletes will be looking forward to the track season next spring.last_img

Leclerc ends Ferrari’s nine-year wait, wins Italian GP

first_imgRelatedPosts Femi Otedola gifts his daughters Ferrari Portofino + Photo Pierre Gasly stuns Hamilton to win Italian Grand Prix My Mercedes is bigger than yours, by Femi Adesina Charles Leclerc ended Ferrari’s nine-year wait for victory at its home circuit as he held off the Mercedes duo to win Formula One’s Italian Grand Prix on Sunday. The 21-year-old Leclerc secured his second successive F1 race win in the process, having recorded his first ever in last week’s Belgian GP. “It really means so much to me,” said Leclerc in Italian, as he spoke from the iconic podium at Monza, above a sea of red as thousands of Ferrari fans wearing that colour chanted his name and waved flags. Fernando Alonso completes two days of training with rally car “It was already a dream come true at Spa, winning here is 10 times more. I don’t have words.” Leclerc, who started from pole position, was roared on by the passionate Ferrari tifosi and he let out an equally joyful cry as he crossed the line 0.8 seconds ahead of Valtteri Bottas and 35.1 seconds ahead of championship leader Lewis Hamilton.= “In the last two laps I started to believe that the win was possible. I let all my emotions on the radio, I don’t think anyone could understand what I said,” said Leclerc with a laugh. Ferrari’s last win at Monza came in 2010 through Fernando Alonso. “Charles did a great job,” Hamilton said. “He came under a lot of pressure from Valtteri and I. “I did the best I could, but following so closely for so many laps, the tires just went off the cliff. It was not our day.” Hamilton hounded Leclerc, especially after pitting at the end of lap 19 and emerging on medium tires. Leclerc pitted a lap later and although he managed to come out in front of Hamilton, he was on hard tires. Shortly afterward, Hamilton almost got past but Leclerc held him off in a move that ended with the Mercedes on the grass. Leclerc was given a black and white warning flag for that but no penalty. Another defensive move from Leclerc later in the race had Hamilton saying on team radio: “Some dangerous driving going on here.”Tags: Charles LeclercFernando AlonsoFerrariformula oneItalian Grand PrixMercedesMonsalast_img read more

Abraham: My mum cried after racist abuse

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has said his mother was in tears after he received racist abuse on social media following the UEFA Super Cup final. Abraham, 21, missed the decisive penalty in the shootout to see Liverpool win the trophy and the striker was racially abused online. “I remember speaking to my mum, she was emotional, she was in tears,” Abraham said in an interview with CNN. “She was just thinking, ‘Why him.’ It’s obviously not nice, seeing your son getting abused. “For me, I am a strong character, it doesn’t affect me as much, but it could affect people who don’t have my personality.” Manchester United players Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford have also suffered racist abuse online after missed penalties this season. Abraham, who recovered from the abusive messages to score four goals in his last two league games, said Chelsea manager Frank Lampard played a key role in supporting him after his penalty miss. “I had experience of taking penalties last season, big ones as well,” he added. “To miss the penalty I was devastated and I had a lot of abuse after. “Frank Lampard always had his arm around my shoulder lifting me up, the boys as well, it was like I never missed with the way they supported me and lifted me up and that is exactly what I needed.”Tags: ChelseaLiverpoolMarcus RashfordPaul PogbaTammy AbrahamUEFA Super Cuplast_img read more

O’Connell: We could be bigger

first_imgPaul O’Connell has revealed Joe Schmidt has challenged Ireland to bulk up for next year’s World Cup, admitting “we could be bigger and more physical”. “If we can add that to the smartness we have shown, the good kicking game we have shown, we have the potential to be an excellent rugby team. “Etzebeth is every bit the kind of beast you want in your team.” O’Connell insisted he can stay on the right side of referee Romain Poite at the Aviva Stadium this weekend, despite several previous run-ins with the French official. Springboks captain Jean de Villiers nudged English referee Wayne Barnes into a Television Match Official (TMO) review that yielded the pivotal last-gasp penalty in South Africa’s 27-25 victory over New Zealand last month. O’Connell’s former Munster team-mate pushed the boundaries of the time-honoured captaincy challenge of influencing the referee to the limit at Ellis Park. O’Connell said he will adopt the same disciplined approach in discussions with Poite as he demands from the Ireland team during Test match action. “It’s important to get a good relationship with the referee but there is only so much you can do,” said O’Connell. “I think there are some things, one maybe two per game, which you can bring to his attention: any more than that and you’re probably annoying him. “Our discipline has been one of our biggest strengths under Joe. “Last autumn I think we had the lowest penalty count, and again at the Six Nations. “Good discipline is second nature to us. So hopefully I won’t have to chat to Romain a lot. “I get on well with him despite what people may think. He is a good, fun guy and easy to talk to most of the time. “I’m sure I have annoyed him a few times, which didn’t help our cause. But you learn from that. But I think in terms of discipline with this team at the moment, you have a lot less to do as captain.” Press Association Talismanic lock O’Connell has spearheaded Ireland’s close-quarters combat for a generation, but still concedes Saturday’s Test opponents South Africa boast an enviable physical profile. Head coach Schmidt has ordered Ireland’s conditioning team to help the squad beef up ahead of Rugby World Cup 2015. Captain O’Connell extolled Eben Etzebeth as an aspirational figure for Ireland’s size quest, labelling the hefty Springboks lock “every bit the kind of beast you want in your team”. “I think you need a big man that is going to stop a maul, work hard at scrums, shift people in rucks,” said O’Connell. “If that is an enforcer I don’t really know, but it is a physical game and you can’t let teams maul you. “Scrums are a massive part of the game, in the past they were a big source of penalties, which means territory or points. “Bakkies Botha has obviously played a huge role for them in the last few years and Etzebeth as well. “There is no doubt having big athletic men helps you be successful in rugby. “That is a big part of Joe’s work with (conditioning coach) Jason (Cowman), trying to bring on that part of the Irish squad’s profile. “I think we’ve some great athletes but I think we could be bigger and more physical. last_img read more

Packers invite Stocco to tryout

first_imgFor years John Stocco has taken the ball under center. He has thrown tens of thousands of passes and taken several punishing hits. But somehow he has gotten up to take another snap.For years he has faced scrutiny for not being good enough, not being big enough. Yet somehow, he has won at all levels.After the phone call didn’t come during last weekend’s NFL Draft, or afterward when former teammates Mark Zalewski and Roderick Rogers were picked up, Stocco finally got the nod Tuesday when the Green Bay Packers extended the former Badger starter an invitation to their orientation camp this weekend.The camp, which started Thursday, is dedicated to draft picks, free agents and other players invited to the workout.There, Stocco will be treated as if he were drafted. But unlike the Packers’ draft picks, if he fails to impress during what essentially amounts to a 72-hour tryout, the Richfield, Minn., native will remain unsigned.Still, Stocco’s agent John Drana believes the tryout is better than nothing.”Teams just don’t have an open tryout,” Drana said in a phone interview. “You obviously have to be invited. They only extend those invitations to NFL-worthy players, thus it is a limited type arrangement.”They’re a busy organization and they wouldn’t be wasting their time if they didn’t have some interest in John.”Stocco finished his UW career with a 29-7 record, two bowl victories and 7,227 passing yards. Compared to his predecessors — Brooks Bollinger and Jim Sorgi — who were both drafted in the late sixth round of the 2003 and 2004 drafts, respectively, Drana said Stocco is just as good in terms of ability.”I think he rates right up there with them,” he said. “But at the end of the day, my opinion unfortunately doesn’t carry the water. … Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and he needs NFL teams to think the same way. Many scouts have told me that. They say that they like him better than [Bollinger and Sorgi], so we’ll have to see.”Drana — who also represents former NFL Pro Bowlers Ahman Green, Matt Hasselbeck and Marco Rivera — is confident Stocco can get the job done at the professional level. “I’m excited for him,” Drana said. “It’s a great opportunity. The Packers are a great organization and I’m confident he will do well there.”Should Stocco perform well enough, he will likely be offered a free agent contract sometime next week.Realistically, that will be difficult. Teams normally carry three quarterbacks on their roster, and the Packers seem content with their depth at the position. Stocco must also compete against quarterback Jerry Babb, who — like Stocco — is a rookie free agent. “All I want is a shot,” Stocco told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Tuesday night. “I think it’s a good situation, and I’m going to try to make the most of it.”A contract is just the first step. Even if Stocco joined the Packers’ 80-man roster next week, he’d still have to make it through training camp, and then make the team.”He has his work cut out for him, but there are plenty of fellows who have gone undrafted and made a career in the NFL,” Drana said. “I’m hopeful John will be one of them.”last_img read more

Syracuse rises in rankings, Gabriela Knutson earns ACC Player of the Week

first_imgDespite dropping both of its matches last week, Syracuse (12-11, 5-9 Atlantic Coast) rose from No. 31 to No. 30 in the latest ITA rankings released on Tuesday. The Orange lost to then-No. 4 Duke and Clemson 6-1 and 4-3, respectively.Gabriela Knutson rose in the singles rankings for the fourth-consecutive week, moving from No. 19 to No. 13. SU’s top singles player won both her matches last week, defeating the Blue Devils’ then-No. 13 Maria Mateas 7-5, 4-6, 1-0 (10-8) and Clemson’s then-No. 82 Marie Leduc 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (10-8). The wins gave Knutson four in her last six matches.Also on Tuesday afternoon, Knutson was named ACC Player of the Week for the second time this season.Miranda Ramirez moved from No. 100 to No. 97 in singles, while she and Knutson stayed put at No. 56 in the doubles rankings. Ramirez lost in straight sets against Duke before she bounced back and won in two sets on Sunday.After returning to the doubles rankings last week, Sofya Golubovskaya and Sonya Treshcheva climbed from No. 90 to No. 84.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse opens this week’s ACC tournament in Cary, North Carolina, against No. 38 Georgia Tech (12-11, 7-7) on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. It’s the second consecutive season that the Orange face the Yellow Jackets in the conference tournament. It lost 4-2 in the quarterfinals last season, with Knutson picking up the lone singles wins for SU. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 16, 2019 at 9:11 pm Contact Andrew: arcrane@syr.edu | @CraneAndrewlast_img read more