20 Nov

Republicans are recovering their voices, and speaking up to choose Trump over democracy. Again

first_imgRepublican politicians and right wing media sources sized on the news that some number of Georgia ballots remained to be scanned. Not only was this played up as “Trump ballots being discarded” in a process where no Republicans were watching. In fact, the ballots — all 342 of them — were from heavily Democratic Fulton County, and they were scanned in not just with a Republican observer watching, but under the supervision of a monitor sent by Raffensperger. None of that stopped either Georgia’s Republican Senate candidates, or Donald Trump’s campaign, from claiming the incident is “proof” of fraud.For the moment, none of the hastily constructed legal challenges offered by Trump’s campaign have gone anywhere, even when boosted by a Trump-friendly presence on the Supreme Court. But there’s no reason to believe that Trump’s team is about to let any of their claims drop soon … or ever. For the record, in 2016 Hillary Clinton’s campaign informed Donald Trump that, should Trump win, they would call within 15 minutes of AP’s declaration. But in the end it didn’t go that way — because Clinton called just seconds after the announced decision to give her concession, congratulate Trump, and offer to help in any way she could.There is a huge difference between being unhappy about the outcome of an election, and accepting that outcome. With McConnell’s blessing, Republicans are coming down strongly on the side of supporting Trump, even as it requires rejecting democracy.Among the Republicans most eagerly rushing toward a reverse coup, is Lindsey Graham. Freshly blessed with evidence that he can get away with anything, Graham has decided to make it clear to Trump that his tongue has not been lured by any other boots. “We win because of our ideas,” said Graham on Fox News. “We lose because they cheat us.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – A long held political truism is that Democrats fall in love with new leadership, while Republicans simply fall in line. The native authoritarian streak within the GOP expressed itself this week as Mitch McConnell gave the all clear for Republicans in Congress to join Donald Trump in assailing the outcome of the election with precisely zero evidence.As The New York Times reports, McConnell didn’t just say that Trump was “100% within his rights to look into allegations of irregularities and weigh his legal options,” he applauded Trump’s refusal to accept the results of voting, while claiming that Democrats “just spent four years refusing to accept the validity of the last election.” – Advertisement – Meanwhile, in Georgia, the dynamic is even more astounding. Facing a runoff election for the two seats that will determine control of the Senate, it might seem that David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler would find it beneficial to support the Republican governor and Republican secretary of state in charge of the elections there. Instead, they issued a joint missive attacking the state’s handing of the election, calling it an “embarrassment,” filled with “problems,” and complaining of “too many failures in Georgia elections this year.”Perdue and Loeffler aren’t just placing their support of Donald Trump ahead of their loyalty to Republican leadership in their own state, they are betting that Georgia’s Republican voters will do the same. They’re betting that those voters will agree with them in attacking their own state, for the benefit of Trump. And what’s the will of the people, compared to the will of Trump?This intra-party mudslinging might seem like the sort of action that would generate a massive schism within the GOP. If it was happening on the Democratic side, it would certainly generate a raft of “Dems in disarray” stories to be blissfully amplified by every media outlet. But Georgia’s once and would-be-again senators aren’t wrong; because support for Trump is all that’s left of the Republican Party. To the party, Georgia governor Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger committed the grievous sin of running a fair election. – Advertisement –last_img read more

20 Oct

British Land JV sells £113m shop units

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19 Oct

Pompeo warns China over US journalists in Hong Kong

first_imgUS Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday warned China against interfering with American journalists working in Hong Kong, in an escalating row between the two countries over press freedom and other issues.”It has recently come to my attention that the Chinese government has threatened to interfere with the work of American journalists in Hong Kong,” Pompeo said in a statement.”These journalists are members of a free press, not propaganda cadres.” Pompeo did not explicitly criticize China, nor did he give specific examples of what he was referring to, but the statement is the latest US response after Beijing expelled more than a dozen American reporters.”Any decision impinging on Hong Kong’s autonomy and freedoms as guaranteed under the Sino-British Joint Declaration and the Basic Law would inevitably impact our assessment of One Country, Two Systems and the status of the territory,” Pompeo said, referring to arrangements by which Hong Kong was handed back to China from Britain in 1997, and which were designed to guarantee rights and freedoms in the semi-autonomous city.Tit-for-tat actions against journalists have added to diplomatic tensions, with the two countries trading barbs over the coronavirus pandemic and US President Donald Trump threatening to impose fresh trade tariffs on Beijing.In February, China kicked out three journalists from The Wall Street Journal after the newspaper ran an opinion piece on the coronavirus crisis with a headline that Beijing called racist. Weeks later, Washington curbed the number of Chinese nationals from state-run news outlets in the United States.Beijing responded in March by expelling more than a dozen American journalists from The New York Times, The Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal.center_img Topics :last_img read more

6 Oct

Agent desperately needs more apartments to sell to satisfy interstate demand

first_img212/74 Old Burleigh Rd, Surfers Paradise. 212/74 Old Burleigh Rd, Surfers Paradise sold for $1.5 million.A GOLD Coast agent is desperate for more beachfront listings to satisfy demand following the sale of a Surfers Paradise apartment for $1.5 million.Harcourts Coastal agent Tolemy Stevens said he believed the Surfers Paradise beachfront was “one of the hottest markets currently on the Gold Coast”.This week he handled the sale of a three-bedroom apartment in the La Sabbia building for $1.5 million.The property is on the 21st floor and includes marble, granite and glass finishes with touches of stainless steel.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North11 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago212/74 Old Burleigh Rd, Surfers Paradise.It follows a successful few months for Mr Stevens who has recorded more than $10 million in beachfront sales in eight weeks.Some of his recent sales include a Surfers Paradise penthouse in the The Breakers building which sold for $1.525 million and a three-bedroom apartment on the 19th floor of Surfers Manhattan which sold for $3.05 million.“The Old Burleigh Rd area which surrounds the Jewel development is absolutely booming,” he said.“Four apartments have gone under contract in La Sabbia in the past four weeks and I’m currently working on another sale in excess of $3 million in the area off market.“I would say it’s one of the hottest markets currently on the Gold Coast and I desperately need more apartments for sale to satisfy my interstate clients increasing demand.”last_img read more

28 Sep

Rebuilding of the Atlantic Beaches

first_imgThe Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has just released the latest edition of its Ocean Science magazine, which focuses on the multi-faceted work of BOEM’s Marine Minerals Program (MMP).BOEM’s MMP program helps coastal communities recover from major storm events that erode beaches and threaten infrastructure, but it also helps towns proactively prepare before these storms hit.Along the Atlantic coast, 32 projects in six states have been completed, with those numbers continually increasing, according to BOEM.In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which made landfall in October 2012, BOEM received more than $16.3 million to address critical needs for Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) sand and gravel throughout the Atlantic coastal areas.This included supporting state-led coastal efforts to plan for resilience, and identifying potential resources 5.5–14.8 kilometers offshore from Massachusetts to Miami, Florida, through the Atlantic Sand Assessment Project (ASAP).After the hurricane, BOEM conveyed OCS sand resources to Sandbridge Beach and Wallops Island, VA; Brevard County, FL; and Long Beach Island, NJ. Since Hurricane Matthew struck in October 2016, BOEM supported coastal and habitat restoration projects for Martin and Brevard counties, FL and Dare County, NC.BOEM is determined to continue their support to coastal communities before and after storms, with its MMP program helping various stakeholders while considering the environmental impacts of rebuilding Atlantic beaches.last_img read more

26 Sep

Lucky Digicel customer wins over $3000.00 in Supermarket Sweep

first_img Share 14 Views   no discussions Tweet LocalNews Lucky Digicel customer wins over $3000.00 in Supermarket Sweep by: – February 7, 2012 Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Roseau, Dominica:Digicel Dominica made one lucky customer, Miss Jacqueline St. Jean, very happy recently when she won over $3,000 worth of goods as part of Digicel’s Text-to-Win competition supermarket sweep.To qualify, customers had to text “XMAS” to 7171 and play the Digicel word game. Each text cost one dollar (EC$1). Miss St. Jean who was contacted three days prior to the said draw was elated upon receiving the exciting news from theDigicel representative. Miss St. Jean was given five minutes to move through the various aisles in the supermarket to collect as many grocery items as possible within the allocated time. At the climax of the supermarket sweep, Miss St.Jean managed to collect grocery items amounting to the total of three thousand two hundred and seventy eight Eastern Caribbean dollars and ninety-eight cents (EC$3,278.98). Miss St.Jean expressed her excitement following the sweepstake and said; “Digicel is the number one mobile company in Dominica and I love them.” She encouraged Digicel customers and shoppers within the supermarket to support Digicel and further added that they could be a winner like herself by simply taking part. “as part of its promise to deliver the best value and best service to our customers across the island, we are thrilled to have rewarded Ms St. Jean with over $3,000 worth of grocery goods,” Digicel Marketing Administrator, Calvia Timothy. She further added that; “We at Digicel are quite pleased that month after month we can give back to our loyal Digicel customers the best promotions and offers in the market. We take pride in ensuring that our customers are satisfied and reassure them that there are bigger and better promotions still to come.I would like to congratulate our two weekly winners in the Digicel Grand Christmas promotion in the names of Miss Felicia Xavier of Soufriere, and Mandela Thomas of Wesleywho won $1,000 each. Customers simply had to top up $15 or more or pay their post-paid bill in full and on time. Press ReleaseDigicel Dominicalast_img read more

24 Sep

Crews Clean Up Fuel Spill In Versailles

first_imgResponse teams have been in Versailles cleaning up the fuel spill since Sunday.VERSAILLES – Emergency and response crews have been busy this week cleaning up a fuel leak at the Marathon station at the intersection of U.S. 50 and U.S. 421 in Versailles.Firefighters were paged out to the area of U.S. 50 and John Paul Street after receiving a complaint of a strong smell of fuel Sunday, according to the Versailles Republican.Crews traced the spill to the gas station and have worked this week with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Ripley County EMA and the Department of Natural Resources to contain and clean up the spill.While residents passing by may smell fuel in the area, Versailles Fire Chief Ben Sieverding said that the fuel spill is not a threat to public safety.“Safety-wise at this point no, no, it’s more of an environmental issue for now,” Sieverding said.Officials are working to contain the fuel from getting into the water with a lake and creeks nearby.Patrick Rose, director of Ripley County EMA says, “At this time, we have no reports or verification that [fuel] has went into a water source.”“Indiana Department of Environmental Management Response have on-site coordinators. They have been outstanding as far as getting this handled. Their still there, they’ve been there all four days,” Rose added.Local and state agencies are working with business owners as clean-up efforts continue Thursday without an estimated completion time.WRBI will bring you the latest coverage in this developing story both on-air and online.last_img read more

24 Sep

Billy Jim Dilkes, 90

first_imgBilly Jim Dilkes, 90, Greensburg, Indiana, passed away on Sunday, November 20, 2016 at the Decatur County Hospital in Greensburg.Born January 5, 1926 in Greensburg, Indiana, he was the son of Ora E. and Oral Opal (Clingenpeel) Dilkes.He served in WW II as a corporal in the Army. He worked for John Black ConstructionHe was married to Bertha “Bert” Hessler on January 11, 1947 and she survives.He is also survived by one son, Billy Jim Dilkes, Jr.; two daughters, Jo Ann (John) Marlow and Cathy Herbert.He was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Leonard “Elmer” Dilkes, Bobby “Sam” Dilkes; one sister, Ora Marie Bussberg.There will be no services.Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg has been entrusted with the arrangements.Memorials may be made to the American Legion, Our Hospice, or the Decatur County Animal Shelter.Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

24 Sep

Irene A. Schutte, 92

first_imgIrene A. (Raver) Schutte, 92, Greensburg, joined her Heavenly Father on Monday, February 26, 2018 while residing at Morning Breeze for rehabilitation.  She was born March 12, 1925 in Franklin County, to Clem and Anna (Berkemeier) Raver.  She married Raymond J. Schutte on August 21, 1946 in Oldenburg, Indiana and he preceded her in death on November 20, 1990. Irene attended Placke School in Franklin County and was a 1943 graduate of Batesville High School.  For most of her life, Irene was a homemaker.  She was awarded with 50 years of service by the Indiana Extension Homemakers Association in 2004.  Over that time, she was active in many county and state activities.  She served as the Homemaker Association president for two years, was a member of the Decatur County Extension Board and the Fair Board, a charter member of the Linger Awhile Home Economics Club for many years.  She was awarded with the Extension Certificate of  Distinction in 1994.  She also won numerous awards including: 1992 Decatur County Older Woman of the Year, 1992 Senior Queen, Senior Volunteer of the Year 1997, and 2007 Homemaker of the Year.  Irene was very active as a volunteer for Hospice and a volunteer tutor. Irene was a proud and active member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greensburg where she was a Eucharistic minister.  She was a 53 year member of the Daughters of Isabella and a 25 year member of the St. Lawrence Auxiliary.  Irene enjoyed sewing, crocheting, quilting for her family, gardening, researching her family history, and traveling.  She was proud to state she had visited all 50 states. Her family includes seven children; Raymond L. (Reva) Schutte, Brookville, Dave (Debbi) Schutte, Tennessee, Don (Nanci) Schutte, Jim (Nancy) Schutte, Marijean (Jim) Coy, Daniel (Helen) Schutte, and Karen (Dave) Eberhardt, all of Greensburg; one sister, Rita Grieshop, Batesville; 18 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; one brother, Paul Raver; two sisters, Dolores Walke and Marjorie Yorn. Family and friends will gather at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home to pray the rosary.   Visitation will follow until 8:00 p.m. at the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg.   The family will also receive friends from 9 – 9:45 a.m. on Friday at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greensburg. The funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 2, 2018 at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greensburg with Rev. John Meyer officiating. Interment will be held in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Greensburg. Memorials may be made to the St. Mary’s School Fund or to the Our Hospice of Southeastern Indiana. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

21 Sep

Maputo takes step up ladder

first_img The victory means Maputo has won seven of his last eight starts, with his only blip coming when down the field in the Britannia at Royal Ascot when dropped down to a mile. Johnston said: “It didn’t look as impressive as some of his wins, but they were in handicap company. “I was a little unsure of his performance at Hamilton whether that was his best, and Joe said he felt a much better horse today. Dermot (Weld) thinks an awful lot of the second and he thought that was a good performance. “I was hopeful more than confident, particularly coming over here as you don’t know what you are up against. He is progressive but had only won a five-runner Listed race. “We’ll go home and have a think about where he goes. Joe said it was very fast ground and and he seemed to handle it OK – I think he’ll handle any ground.” Fanning added: “His Royal Ascot run was just a bit puzzling, maybe dropping to a mile there didn’t help. “I thought i’d take a lead here and he quickened up well from the two pole. Hopefully he will keep improving and he’s a nice horse for the future.” Mark Johnston’s Maputo continued his highly progressive form with a smooth success in the Bet Online At thetote.com Royal Whip Stakes at the Curragh. Press Associationcenter_img Moving up to Group Three level for the first time after Listed success at Hamilton, Joe Fanning produced the Cape Cross colt to lead a quarter of a mile from home after Scintillula had set the early pace. Caponata challenged inside the final furlong, but the well-backed 5-4 favourite was always doing enough, scoring by a length. last_img read more