The next national election is nearly two years away, yet for the students and administrators who gathered for a national conference at Harvard, the time is now to begin strategizing how colleges and universities can spur young people to cast ballots in 2020 and influence the political debate.About 125 participants from around the nation came to Cambridge from Friday to Sunday for the National Campaign for Political and Civic Engagement to share notes on campus voting initiatives in last fall’s midterm elections and to brainstorm on how to expand on them for the next cycle.“Events like this are going to be extremely beneficial for bringing back ideas about increasing civic engagement and the participation rate on our campus,” said Stephen Cromwell, a University of Oklahoma junior. “It’s really important for us to help educate young people and let them know just how big an impact they really have.”The event, another in a continuing series of such conferences hosted by Harvard’s Institute of Politics (IOP) at the Kennedy School, drew students and administrators from about 40 public and private colleges and universities, including rural and urban institutions, community colleges, and historically black colleges and universities. Speakers included student leaders of the March for Our Lives, formed last year to advocate for stricter gun laws, and leaders of Michelle Obama’s When We All Vote initiative.The conference was intended to build upon the work of the Harvard Votes Challenge and similar recent programs on other campuses that raised student voter participation last fall. It also addressed the need to expand voting access for all citizens. “Voting is just a right, and so if we’re in a representative democracy, then everybody should have access to the ballot,” said Delaney Vandergrist, a senior and student body president at North Carolina A&T State University. “Right now, we’re in a crisis, with all the voter suppression tactics and laws that are coming out.”,Taylor Whitsell ’21, student chair of the national campaign committee, said that last year participant Brittany Packnett made a valuable observation when she said voting rights are important every year, not just election years.“That’s really one of the inspirations for this conference. We really want to make sure people’s voices are heard at all times and that we’re always talking about voting,” he said.“Our consortium of schools has done a lot of amazing work around student voter participation,” said Rob Watson, director of student programs at the IOP. He said the conference was a chance to consider “our best practices, and where we can improve” — not just in turnout drives, but in “how we build lasting infrastructure that enhances student voter participation over time.”“Voting is one of the hallmarks of democracy, and the United States, among many democracies, has challenges in voter participation across any demographic,” Watson said. The problem extends to young people, he said.“We really wanted to change that narrative and to not come at this from a lens of blaming young people, but to really speak to the civic mission of the University to educate citizen leaders,” he said, citing the impetus for last year’s Harvard Votes Challenge. “We wanted to create the infrastructure for students to have the information they need to vote, to make it a part of our culture at the University that voting is what we do.”Watson said he is optimistic that figures will show student turnout rose recently at Harvard. Voting among 18- to 29-year-olds surged across the country in 2018, spurred on by developments such as the Parkland school shooting, polls reported. At Oklahoma State University, a student voter initiative led by Cromwell and sophomore Carson Ball resulted in 685 students registering to vote in the last election, the pair said. Cromwell and Carson also worked to expand turnout elsewhere, including in Native American communities.“For 2020, we need to start preparing in 2019,” Ball said. “We’re getting ready for how we can reach out to more students, how we can partner with more organizations.”At North Carolina A&T, the Student Government Association’s effort last fall included shuttling students to the polls, publishing a voter guide, and holding a candidates’ forum. Turnout was up over the last midterm by 59 percent and 53 percent, respectively, in the two precincts where students vote.“I’m excited to see what happens in 2020, because I think we’re just off to such a great start, and we have such a strong foundation,” Vandergrist said.Whitsell said it was exciting that “with the broad diversity of colleges and universities we are bringing to the table, we can address the different issues that they see on their campuses but then come together to find common solutions.”
Carly Anderson & Jacqueline Hughes in the international tour of ‘Wicked'(Photo: Matt Crockett) View Comments Wicked love is a universal language! Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman’s beloved musical is heading to China. In April 2017, audiences in Shanghai will join all those around the world who have already experienced this enchanting tale of friendship. Wicked is set to have its premiere in China on April 11, 2017 at Shanghai Culture Square. The hoi polloi will continue through May 14.Wicked’s swankified international company includes Jacqueline Hughes as Elphaba, Carly Anderson as Glinda, Bradley Jaden as Fiyero, Steven Pinder as The Wizard and Doctor Dillamond, Kim Ismay as Madame Morrible, Iddon Jones as Boq and Emily Shaw as Nessarose. Jodie Steele will soar as Elphaba during certain performances. All performances are in English.In addition to China, the Wicked international tour will also play in Singapore, Hong Kong and Manila. The production will continue touring until January 2018. Wicked has already defied gravity in over 100 cities in 14 countries around the world, including Canada, Ireland, Japan, Germany, The Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, The Philippines, Mexico and Brazil.The smash hit looks at what happened in the Land of Oz from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another girl, born with emerald-green skin—smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.” The Broadway production will celebrate its 13th anniversary at the Gershwin Theatre on October 30.
TW – This song is a perfect spring/summer kickoff. It started writing this one on the roads around Asheville, North Carolina, in the rise and fall of those beautiful mountains. It’s about leaning into your worst attributes and making them your best. And, sonically, this tune is a fiddle and percussion dance, with great respect to the second-line music of New Orleans. I recently caught up with Trent Wagler to chat about the new record and the track “Under,” which Trail Mix premieres today, as well as the upcoming Red Wing Roots Music Festival. This week, this little blog has the honor of premiering a brand new track from The Steel Wheels. I always get excited when Trail Mix gets to do that. And to be able to premiere a tune from a band I have loved for years? Well, that’s always special. The Steel Wheels have a busy month of July planned. Their new record, Over The Trees, drops early next month and, that same weekend, the band will be welcoming scores of music-minded friends for their Red Wing Roots Music Festival, outside of Mt. Solon, Virginia. For more information on how The Steel Wheels, the new record, or when the band will be taking to the stage new year, cruise over to their website. If you are interested in grabbing passes to the seventh annual Red Wing Roots Music Festival so you too can check out River Whyless, Lucinda Williams, and Oliver Bates Craven, direct your attention here. Check off another item on The Steel Wheels bucket list. TW – Oh, that’s really tough. You know I’m excited about every single set, right? But I’ll give you three that are very near and dear as I think about it right now. River Whyless, because my daughter and I have played their new record endlessly this year and I can’t wait to hear the perform again at Red Wing. Lucinda Williams, even though headliners don’t need more hype, but I am so excited to see this legend on our stage. Her music is timeless and Car Wheels On A Gravel Road is a classic. And Oliver Bates Craven. Many will know Olver from his time with Stray Birds. He recently came out on the road with The Steel Wheels when Eric was on leave. It was a gift to have him hop on the road with us in a time of need and I can’t wait to see him perform under his own name at Red Wing. BRO – You have described Over The Trees, the band’s new record, as “experimental.” How so? TW – Make it a religion. I often talk about cycling as a kind of meditation or prayer. Can she really stand between you and your god? I also ride when most of my family is either asleep or away. That makes it easier. I am also noticeably easier to be around when I get exercise. BRO – Personal question. I know you spend a lot of time on the bike. How can I convince my wife to let me ride that much? Over the last decade plus, I have had the pleasure of writing about this band and featuring their songs on Trail Mix, booking and promoting their concerts, and introducing them on stage. TW – We weren’t bound by our own notions of how The Steel Wheels sound. We started a song with a gourd banjo and a Nigerian percussion instrument called the udu. We ended another song wiht a marimba rhythmic pattern and a nod to Steve Reich’s “Music For 18 Musicians.” We took an acappella song and added synthesizers and Rhodes bass with crunchy guitars. We took another song and made it acappella. We didn’t worry about the definitions of a string band. It’s busy times for Trent and his mates in The Steel Wheels, and I appreciate the time he took to hang out with the Trail Mix blog and give us the chance to debute “Under,” the brand new track from Over The Trees. Here it is! And, of course, be sure to check out all of the brand new music featured on this month’s Trail Mix. BRO – Speaking of Red Wing, other than The Steel Wheels, give me a can’t miss set for the weekend. BRO – Your seventh annual Red Wing Roots Music Festival is just around the bend. Still as excited as you were a month out from the first one? TW – Every year is different and we collect new stories in each one. There will never be another first, because the anxiety and joy of starting something new and untested was so palpable at the beginning. But this is the first time we’ve paired out two biggest events of the year – the festival and our album release. So we’re a little extra excited this year. BRO – We are premiering “Under” this week. What the story behind the song?
UF leads the way on the bar exam May 15, 2003 Regular News UF leads the way on the bar exam Graduates from the University of Florida got the highest passage rate for those taking the February Florida bar exam.Better than 82 percent of UF law students taking the exam in February for the first time passed, making it the ninth time in the last 15 tests given that UF Levin College of Law students have led the state’s eight private and public law schools.The Florida Board of Bar Examiners released the results from the exam April 14. Also that day, Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead approved 674 candidates for admission to the Bar.A total of 956 people took the exam, 450 from out of state and the remainder in-state graduates. The FBBE also said 840 took the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam in March, 267 from out of state.Florida topped those who took Part A and Part B of the general bar exam; 126 of the 153 UF grads passed, or 82.4 percent.Florida State University was next, with 33 of its 41 graduates passing, or 80.5 percent. Third was Stetson University, where 58 of 75 graduates passed, or 77.3 percent.Of the other law schools: 57 of Nova Southeastern University’s 78 students passed the exam, or 73.1 percent; 30 of 43 graduates from Florida Coastal passed, or 69.8 percent; 36 of 53 graduates from the University of Miami passed, or 67.9 percent; 18 of 31 from St. Thomas University passed, or 58.1 percent; and 12 of 32 graduates from Barry University of Orlando passed, or 37.5 percent.Three hundred and fifty eight of the 450 applicants from out-of-state law schools passed, or 79.6 percent. Overall, 76.2 percent of those who took Parts A and B passed.In the last eight February tests, UF graduates have been first five times and second twice in terms of percentage passing. In the last seven July tests, UF grads finished first four times and second once.“Our students traditionally do very well on the bar, partially because they are great students and partially because they have great teachers,” said UF law school Dean Jon Mills. “We’re proud of our students’ continued success and look forward to their achieving leadership roles in the state, nation, and legal profession.”On the MPRE portion of the exam, 83.8 percent of all those who took the test passed. Passage rates by school were 93.4 percent for UF; 91.9 percent for Stetson; 88.6 for FSU; 86.6 for UM; 76.5 percent for Nova Southeastern; 70 percent for St. Thomas; 69 percent for Florida Coastal; and 59.3 percent for Barry. The rate was 82 percent for out-of-state test takers.The February exam marked the last time the test would be administered using the pass/fail line of 131. The Supreme Court on March 20 raised the pass/fail line to 133 for the July exam and ordered it raised again a year from now to 136. The court acted on the request of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners in a case that had been pending since 1999. (Case no. SC96869)The scores can be found on the court’s Web site at www.flcourts.org.
The mobile channel is quickly becoming the preferred method for consumer shopping, payments and account opening. A recent Forbes article pointed out that mobile shopping applications grew faster than any other category in 2014, with sessions on shopping apps on iOS and Android devices increasing by 174% year-over-year, while another study showed that nearly a third (33%) of online shoppers made at least one purchase via smartphone in the past 12 months. With all of this growth, Forrester predicts that mobile retail sales in the U.S. will reach $31B by 2017.But, as the mobile channel continues to grow, the risk of fraud grows as well. Concerns about fraud are increasing – both from consumers and the organizations participating in the mobile transactions. The LexisNexis True Cost of Fraud report shows that M-commerce merchants saw a 70% spike in the revenue lost to fraud in 2014, with more than one-fifth (21%) of all fraudulent transactions being attributed to the mobile channel.If financial marketers want to capture more of the growing, profitable, ‘mobile-first’ consumer segment, they need to support work on improving identity verification and authentication to protect their organization and their customers/members from fraud. And, to truly be successful, bank and credit union marketers must lobby internally for ID verification processes that are quick and easy to fit with consumers’ mobile expectations. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
As the country waits for ballot tallies in a handful of crucial battleground states, the Trump campaign has pursued lawsuits in Michigan and Pennsylvania, and said that it would demand a recount in Wisconsin.If lawsuits and recounts persist — and if vote margins are razor thin in key swing states — it could be weeks before President Trump or Joseph R. Biden Jr. is named the winner. In some scenarios, the contest could drag into 2021, and might look something like this:Even before Election Day, armies of lawyers for the Trump and Biden campaigns were preparing for an onslaught of litigation. Mr. Trump has long pushed allegations of voter fraud without evidence and raised questions about the validity of the mail-in vote.“This election won’t be resolved until a losing candidate concedes defeat and congratulates his opponent,” said Edward B. Foley, an Ohio State University law professor. “And if the candidates don’t give us finality that way, then the legal process has to give it to us.” Poll workers were sworn in at Philadelphia City Hall on Friday as vote-counting continued.Credit…Ruth Fremson/The New York Times WILMINGTON, Del. — Joseph R. Biden Jr. was elected president of the United States on Saturday, defeating President Trump after campaigning on a promise to restore civility and stability to American politics and to expand the government’s role in guiding the country through the surging coronavirus pandemic.- Advertisement – Poll workers counting ballots at the Maricopa County Election Department in Phoenix.Credit…Olivier Touron/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Here’s what you need to know: Perhaps no one wants the election to end more than the vote counters themselves.With tens of thousands of ballots still to be counted in states where President Trump and Joseph R. Biden Jr. were separated by slim margins — and an anxious nation riveted by every change in the count — a small army of workers continued to tally votes four days after the polls closed.Beyond the tedium and the exhaustion, they were facing the added stress of trying to keep themselves safe as coronavirus cases in the United States hit record highs. Still, with masks covering their faces and gloves guarding their hands, they soldiered on into Saturday.In some election offices, safety measures including social distancing, meant that fewer ballot counters could work at the same time than in previous elections, slowing the process.One election official in the Westmoreland County, Pa., tested positive for the coronavirus in the last few days, according to Douglas W. Chew, a county elections commissioner, who said that no other employees had tested positive as of Saturday.And, while many polling stations use scanners to process thousands of ballots rapidly, at this point in the count they were also processing ballots that could not be read by machines for a variety of reasons.While each state has its own rules and methods, the scene in West Chester, Pa., was a familiar one. Election workers, seated under fluorescent lights, sorting and feeding ballots by hand into high-speed scanners. At this station, weary workers were given the weekend off and will resume counting inside the university gym Monday morning.But others worked through the night and into the morning on Saturday. While they counted, independent observers watched over their shoulders and some places offered livestreaming feeds online for members of the public to watch scenes like the one at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. It was not exactly packed with action, but more like suspended animation as workers in neon yellow and orange jackets sat at opposite ends of tables methodically tabulating ballots.The process could be tedious but no detail was too small for a citizenry hungry for information. Local media in Pennsylvania was filled on Saturday morning with descriptions of how ballot counters would load envelopes into machines twice: first to slice them open and then a second time to open the smaller, inner “secrecy” envelopes. Ballot counters then unfold the ballots by hand and feed them into high-speed scanners. From there, the results are saved onto memory sticks, WHYY-FM, a public radio station in Philadelphia, told its listeners.Evelyn Smith, a graduate student in economics at the University of Michigan who counted ballots for 13 hours on Election Day, said she found the monotony of the process tedious, but meditative.For a salary of $13 an hour, she worked from a high-school cafeteria in Ann Arbor, Mich., sorting ballots and delivering them to the next station. She said election officials at her center wore masks, but it was not always possible to maintain social distancing.“It’s a risky thing to do, but it’s essential work,” she said.Phil Armstrong, the county executive in Lehigh County, Pa., said it was impossible to respect social-distancing rules at the vote-counting center, given all of the ballot counters, lawyers and election observers from both parties who were present.“It was pretty crowded,” he said. Still, the vibe was upbeat, and different tables of ballot counters had friendly competitions about how many ballots they had counted in a certain period of time. President Trump walking to the presidential motorcade outside of the White House on Saturday.Credit…Oliver Contreras for The New York Times Kamala Harris, a senator from California and former presidential candidate, made history when she was elected vice president of the United States.Her victory represents a handful of firsts: She will be the first woman, the first Black woman, the first Indian-American woman and the first daughter of immigrants to be sworn in as vice president.It also marks a milestone for a nation in upheaval, grappling with a long history of racial injustice. Over the course of her campaign, Ms. Harris has faced both racist and sexist attacks from conservatives — including President Trump — who have refused to pronounce her name correctly.The daughter of a Jamaican father and Indian mother, Ms. Harris, 56, embodies the future of a country that is growing more racially diverse every year — even if the person whom voters picked for the top of the ticket is a 77-year-old white man. She brought to the race a more vigorous campaign style than that of the president-elect, Joseph R. Biden Jr., including a gift for capturing moments of raw political electricity on the debate stage and elsewhere.A former San Francisco district attorney, Ms. Harris was elected as the first Black woman to serve as California’s attorney general. When she was elected a U.S. senator in 2016, she became only the second Black woman in the chamber’s history. Almost immediately, she made a name for herself in Washington with her withering prosecutorial style in Senate hearings.Beginning her presidential candidacy with homages to Shirley Chisholm, Ms. Harris was seen as a potential front-runner for the Democratic nomination, but she left the race weeks before any votes were cast. Part of her challenge, especially with the party’s progressive wing, was the difficulty she had reconciling stances she had taken as California’s attorney general with the current mores of her party.As the vice-presidential nominee, Ms. Harris has endeavored to make plain that she supports Mr. Biden’s positions — even if some differ from those she backed during the primary.And although she struggled to attract the very Black voters and women she had hoped would connect with her personal story during her primary bid, she made a concerted effort as Mr. Biden’s running mate to reach out to people of color, some of whom have said they felt represented in national politics for the first time. President Trump might be vowing to battle ahead in his bid to turn the tide of the presidential election despite unanimous, major media organization calls naming former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. the winner.But his legal campaign, already failing to gain traction in the courts, now has a new challenge in his other main arena, the political realm.As passionate as Mr. Trump’s core of supporters may be, and as large as his popular vote was, it was millions smaller than that of Mr. Biden, whose vote share has already shattered records even as it continues to grow with the counting.On Saturday, the Trump campaign released a statement from the president saying, “The simple fact is this election is far from over.” On Monday, the president said, “Our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated.”The only modern historical antecedent to the moment is the 2000 recount, when Al Gore sought to stave off a winning result for George W. Bush in Florida that would decide the presidency.Mr. Trump is now, effectively, in the role of Mr. Gore, only with fewer advantages than Mr. Gore had in his ultimately losing fight.Mr. Gore won the popular vote; Mr. Trump lost it decisively.Mr. Gore faced a deficit in the hundreds of votes in Florida; Mr. Trump faces deficits in the thousands — in some cases, tens of thousands — in every state he is contesting.The most devastating argument Mr. Bush had against Mr. Gore was that Mr. Gore was contesting a losing result — a fact his supporters hammered home with a merciless campaign to paint Mr. Gore as a “sore loser,’’ going so far as to print signs, stickers and T-shirts proclaiming the Democratic ticket of Mr. Gore and Senator Joseph Lieberman as “Sore-Loserman.”Mr. Gore, at least, had one thing to rest his hopes on. After calling the Florida race for him and then Mr. Bush, the television networks and The Associated Press pulled Florida back into the undecided column and left it there as the fight played out in the courts, where Mr. Gore won several important rulings.Mr. Trump had yet to score any substantive court wins before Saturday (a Supreme Court decision on Friday night in his favor simply reiterated pre-existing guidance from the Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar), as the network calls trickled in.There is, of course, one important difference. Mr. Trump has a powerful media ecosystem at his back, one that amplifies his statements and claims, no matter how false, to millions. And Fox News, a fledgling network in 2000, is now the highest-rated news network in the nation, and its nighttime hosts are more solidly behind him than they have been behind any president in the network’s history.But on Saturday morning, Twitter was flagging Mr. Trump’s tweets proclaiming himself the victor. And, at 11:40 a.m. Fox News joined the rest of the networks, The Associated Press, The New York Times and others in naming Mr. Biden the 46th president of the United States. Kamala Harris at an appearance in Philadelphia. She was elected vice president of the United States after a long wait for votes to be counted, and broke several barriers on her way to the office.Credit…Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times PHOENIX — Joseph R. Biden Jr. held onto a narrow lead in Arizona after elections officials added thousands more votes to the results there on Saturday morning in what is likely to be one of the last large reports of new vote data from the state.Just before 11 p.m. on Saturday, roughly 6,800 more votes were added to the statewide tally, shrinking Mr. Biden’s lead slightly to about 28,000 votes. Then, about 10 minutes later, the tally of more than 45,000 additional votes was reported by Maricopa County, the largest county in the state, winnowing Mr. Biden’s lead further to about 20,000 votes. Officials in Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix, said the Saturday afternoon data dump would be the last large report of tallied votes they planned to release.Although ballots counted on Friday and Saturday have tilted in Mr. Trump’s favor, Mr. Biden was firmly ahead of the president in Maricopa County after the latest batch of votes were tallied. If the results hold, 2020 will be the first time that Maricopa County voters have chose a Democrat for president in more than 70 years.The scene was calm on Saturday morning at the tabulation site near downtown Phoenix where Maricopa County employees were continuing their work. Only two protesters were standing in the parking lot where protests, some involving armed supporters of Mr. Trump, had unfolded this week.One of the men in the parking lot held an American flag and said he was at the site as a single-issue voter, explaining that he was an anti-abortion campaigner. He declined to give his name.The other pro-Trump protester was Franklyn Olivieri, 50, a Brooklyn-born construction worker who has lived in Arizona for more than two decades.“We just want a fair count,” Mr. Olivieri said. “If it needs to go to the courts, go to the courts.”Both of the men said they hoped any demonstration on Saturday would be peaceful.Even Mr. Biden’s narrow edge in Arizona after days of ballot counting underscored a profound political shift in the state, 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.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 two Democrats to represent Arizona in the Senate since the 1950s. Supporters of President-elect Biden celebrated in New York on Saturday.Credit…Chang W. Lee/The New York Times Jon Ossoff, Georgia Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, will be in one of two runoffs for Senate seats in Georgia.Credit…John Amis/Associated Press Congratulations to President-elect Biden. I have prayed for our President most of my adult life. I will be praying for you and your success. Now is the time to heal deep wounds. Many are counting on you to lead the way.— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) November 7, 2020The specter of a prolonged legal battle could not temper the enthusiasm of Democratic Party leaders who have known and worked with Mr. Biden for years.Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in a statement, said that voters had “elected a unifier who values faith, family and community, and who will work tirelessly to heal our nation.” And Senator Chuck Schumer, the minority leader, said the American people had “placed their faith in Joe Biden and Kamala Harris” to confront challenges posed by the virus, the economy and global warming in the coming years.In statement, Tom Perez, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee said that by electing Mr. Biden, “The American people chose hope” and “dignity and opportunity for all.”“This is a historic victory,” he said.“To the families of those who’ve lost loved ones to COVID-19, and to all our Americans yearning for change, our message is simple: You will finally get the leadership you deserve.”And Hillary Clinton, the former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic nominee who won the popular vote but ultimately lost to Mr. Trump, said voters had issued a “repudiation” of the president and offered a riff on one of his campaign slogans.“Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen,” she said. “Onward, together.” Joseph R. Biden Jr. waved to supporters as he left the Queen theater in Wilmington, Del., on Thursday.Credit…Erin Schaff/The New York Times Ballots were still being counted at the Convention Center in Phildelphia on Saturday, as President Trump tweeted baseless claims about election fraud. Credit…Ruth Fremson/The New York Times Joseph R. Biden Jr. was elected president on his third try, after an extraordinary race in which he campaigned as an elder statesman seeking to restore civility to the nation. Credit…Erin Schaff/The New York Times Mr. Biden, 77, who will become the 46th president and the oldest man ever sworn into the office, secured 273 votes from the Electoral College after Pennsylvania was called for him, though the race was far closer than many Democrats, Republicans and pollsters had expected.The result also provided a history-making moment for President-elect Biden’s running mate, Senator Kamala Harris of California, who became the first woman, and first woman of color, on a winning presidential ticket.With his third run for the White House — after unsuccessful bids in 1988 and 2008, and after spending eight years as President Barack Obama’s vice president — Mr. Biden finally attained a goal that he has dreamed of for decades, capping a career in national politics that began with a victory in a 1972 Senate race here in Delaware. He was swept into office this year with the support of a diverse coalition of younger voters, older voters, Black Americans, and white college-educated voters, particularly women.- Advertisement – PHILADELPHIA — Joseph R. Biden Jr. defeated President Trump in Pennsylvania, winning its 20 electoral votes and presidency.Mr. Biden had steadily erased Mr. Trump’s early lead in the state — at one point, the president led by half a million votes — as ballots, mostly absentee and mail-in votes, were counted over the past few days. Most of the remaining uncounted votes in the state are in Democratic-leaning areas.The Biden campaign hoped further counting could push its lead above 0.5 percent, obviating the need for a recount there and setting the stage for victory.The biggest fight in the state has been over ballots that were postmarked by Election Day but arrive later. Nearly a dozen lawsuits filed by Mr. Trump and his allies are working their way through the courts in Nevada, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia, trying — so far unsuccessfully — to stop ballot counting and invalidate enough votes to erase Mr. Biden’s leads there. In September, the state Supreme Court ruled, over Republican objections, that election officials could accept ballots arriving up to three days later. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to intercede, but left open the possibility that it could revisit the question.Separately, the Supreme Court did grant the Trump camp a minor victory in Pennsylvania on Friday evening, when Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. ordered election officials there to keep the late-arriving ballots separate from other ballots, and not to include them, for now, in announced vote totals. But the victory was essentially in name only: Pennsylvania’s secretary of state had already given that instruction.In Allegheny County, a predominantly Democratic area that includes Pittsburgh, election workers were going through roughly 20,000 mail-in ballots and additional provisional ballots on Saturday, Rich Fitzgerald, the county executive, said in a televised interview.The county’s mail-in ballots have so far been won overwhelmingly by Mr. Biden, as have the provisional ballots. Mr. Fitzgerald said the county could begin reporting votes by late morning or early afternoon.With 96 percent of votes reported by 7:30 a.m., Mr. Biden led in Pennsylvania by nearly 29,000 votes, precariously close to the critical margin of 0.5 percent, which triggers a recount.Mr. Fitzgerald cautioned that the last ballots to count would be the trickiest, requiring additional checks to ensure they were not duplicates, which could slow the process.Responding to baseless allegations by the Trump campaign of vote-counting secrecy, he said that observers and journalists had access to the vote-counting site and that there were as many surveillance cameras there as in a casino. Still, the race was not the landslide many Democrats had hoped for: Mr. Biden lost a number of important battleground states where he had invested time and resources, most notably Florida, amid signs of challenges with a number of Latino constituencies.The Trump campaign and Republican lawyers have already begun a wide-ranging legal assault to challenge Democratic votes and victories in key swing states, part of a long-telegraphed effort to call the validity of the election into question.Mr. Trump, who baselessly declared victory early Wednesday, before votes were tallied in multiple states, had regularly questioned the legitimacy of the election as polls showed him trailing, and it was not immediately clear how he would respond to the news of Mr. Biden’s victory.Much of Mr. Biden’s agenda in office may rest on his ability to work with Congress. Democrats have maintained their hold on the House but had a much narrower path to reclaiming control of the Senate. Congratulations to the 46th President, Joe Biden.Your victory marks a new chapter for our country. As we face unprecedented challenges, Americans have chosen you to lead us out of the chaos and to build a stronger community. Today, I am hopeful for a brighter future. pic.twitter.com/HV7gefLKRz— James E. Clyburn (@WhipClyburn) November 7, 2020Meena Harris was among the many who also celebrated her aunt’s ascension to the vice presidency. The Biden-Harris victory means Ms. Harris, a senator from California and former prosecutor, will be the first woman, first Black woman and first woman of Indian descent to become the United States Vice President.“MADAM VICE PRESIDENT,” Meena Harris wrote on Twitter in all capital letters, “SOUNDS PRETTY DAMN GOOD!!!!!!!!”Maya Harris, Ms. Harris’s sister, immediately invoked the memory of their mother, Shyamala, who the vice-president elect often discussed during the campaign when telling her back story and sharing her values.Julia Louis-Dreyfus, the actress who for years played a female vice president in the HBO comedy “Veep,” made sure to note: “Madam Vice President” is no longer a fictional character.“The Trump campaign, for its part, said it would continue to pursue its legal challenges, and Mr. Trump released a statement in which he said he would “not rest until the American People have the honest vote count they deserve and that Democracy demands.”Newt Gingrich, the former Republican Speaker of the House and one of Mr. Trump’s staunchest supporters, baselessly insisted that the media had jumped the gun and declared a winner in the race before recounts had started and legal challenges had unfolded.In one of the first statements to surface from a Republican lawmaker, Representative Fred Upton of Michigan affirmed a Biden victory. “I am raising my hand and committing to working with President-elect Biden,” he said.And Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida who failed to defeat Mr. Trump in the 2016 Democratic primary, said it was time to “heal deep wounds” and added that he would be “praying” for Mr. Biden’s success. Senator David Perdue, Republican of Georgia, was fighting for his political life on Saturday in a contest that could determine which party controls the Senate, as his re-election bid headed to a January runoff against Jon Ossoff, his Democratic challenger.Mr. Perdue had a razor-thin lead over Mr. Ossoff in a contest that demonstrated Democrats’ emerging strength in what was once a Republican stronghold in the Deep South. Neither candidate claimed a majority of votes amid a protracted count, according to The Associated Press.The inconclusive result set up a drastic rematch between Mr. Perdue and Mr. Ossoff on Jan. 5, and thrust Georgia into the center of the nation’s political fray as Joseph R. Biden Jr. appeared on track to win the White House. The state had already been scheduled to decide the fate of its other Senate seat in a special-election runoff between the Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock, a Democrat, and Senator Kelly Loeffler, a Republican, on the same day. That makes it nearly certain that the twin Georgia races will determine which party controls the chamber just two weeks before the next presidential inauguration.“Change has come to Georgia,” Mr. Ossoff said at a rally on Friday, “and Georgia is a part of the change coming to America.”If Mr. Biden wins the White House and Democrats take both of Georgia’s seats, they would draw the Senate to a 50-50 tie, effectively taking control of the chamber, given the vice president’s power to cast tiebreaking votes. But that is a tall order in a state with deep conservative roots, and Republicans felt reasonably confident they could hang onto at least one of the seats needed to deny Democrats the majority.Two other Senate races, in North Carolina and in Alaska, had not yet been called. But Republicans were leading in both and expected to win, putting them at 50 seats to the Democrats’ 48. WASHINGTON — President Trump’s motorcade was just pulling into his private golf club in suburban Virginia Saturday morning as news organizations ended days of waiting, declaring him the loser in his bid for re-election against former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.Aides called Mr. Trump to let him know that their predictions over the past several days had come true: every major media outlet had called the race for Mr. Biden. The president was not surprised, they said, but it did not change his plans to march ahead with legal challenges that several of his own advisers warned him were long shots at best.The president’s decision to go to his club Saturday morning meant that he was not at home as thousands of people gathered to celebrate Mr. Biden’s victory close to the White House, cheering the president’s ouster and waving signs that said “TRUMP IS OVER” and “YOU’RE FIRED.”Aides said Mr. Trump has no plans to immediately concede defeat as his campaign vowed to continue waging the legal battle across the country in a last-ditch effort to somehow reverse the stream of ballots that delivered the White House to Mr. Biden. In a statement, Mr. Trump said Mr. Biden is trying to “falsely pose” as the winner.“The simple fact is this election is far from over,” the president said, less than two hours after tweeting the false claim that “I WON THIS ELECTION, BY A LOT!,” which drew a warning from Twitter that it was premature. “Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated.”Mr. Trump’s advisers said they do not believe he will attempt to deny Mr. Biden from taking his place in the White House in January. But they described him as in complete denial that he has been fired from the presidency and said he is refusing to abandon his accusations that Democrats stole victory from him.The president’s tone — in his statement he accused Democrats of wanting “ballots counted even if they are fraudulent, manufactured, or cast by ineligible or deceased voters” — was a sharp contrast to Mr. Biden, who called for unity in a nationwide address Friday night as it was becoming clear that he was closing in on victory.Even some of Mr. Trump’s longest advisers, like former Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, said publicly that he needed to have actual evidence to make the claims he was making.With the race called for Mr. Biden, the machinery of a formal transition of power — including millions of dollars in federal funding for Mr. Biden’s team — is set to begin roaring to life in Washington, even as aides said the president tentatively planned to escape to Mar-a-Lago, his private club in Florida, late next week, for at least a few days.On Saturday, White House advisers began confronting the reality that Mr. Trump will be a lame-duck president inside the White House — or at one his privately-held properties — for the next two-and-a-half months, lashing out at his perceived enemies on Twitter and asserting the power of his office even as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage across the country.Earlier Saturday morning, before the race was called for Mr. Biden, Twitter flagged all of President Trump’s early-morning tweets, calling them disputed and potentially misleading after he made baseless claims about election irregularities.Mr. Trump had focused his ire on Pennsylvania, the state that would later seal his fate as a one-term president. Mr. Trump was trailing Mr. Biden by about 28,000 votes in that state when he tweeted.Within an hour, Twitter had put a warning label on all four of the president’s tweets, indicating that the content of his claims “might be misleading about an election or other civic process.”Twitter has grown increasingly aggressive about flagging Mr. Trump’s false statements even as the president, in the days since Election Day, has spread false stories about “illegal ballots” and has demanded that local officials in several states stop counting ballots prematurely. ATLANTA — The presidential race in Georgia is so close that a recount is inevitable, Georgia’s secretary of state said on Friday.As of Saturday morning, Joseph R. Biden Jr. led President Trump in Georgia by more than 7,000 votes.“With a margin that small, there will be a recount in Georgia,” the secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, said on Friday at the state Capitol.He added: “The final tally in Georgia at this point has huge implications for the entire country. The stakes are high and emotions are high on all sides. We will not let those debates distract us from our work. We will get it right, and we will defend the integrity of our elections.”Gabriel Sterling, an official with the secretary of state’s office, said that a pool of about 4,200 ballots — most of them absentee ballots — remained to be tallied in four counties: Floyd, Cobb, Cherokee and Gwinnett, where the largest tranche is to be counted and which contains Atlanta suburban communities that have gone from leaning Republican to leaning Democratic in recent years.The state must also deal with ballots from military and overseas voters, which will be counted if they arrived in the mail before the end of business on Friday and were postmarked by Tuesday.Mr. Sterling said that the unofficial tally of the votes could be completed by the end of the weekend.Flipping Georgia, a state last won by a Democrat in 1992, and where Mr. Trump won by more than 200,000 votes four years ago, would represent a significant political shift this year. The state has shown signs of trending blue, and when Mr. Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in the state in 2016, he did so by five percentage points, a far slimmer margin than Republicans had enjoyed in previous presidential elections.Stacey Abrams, who earlier this year was on the Biden campaign’s short list of potential vice-presidential candidates, was celebrated as Mr. Biden took the lead on Friday, a sign of her remarkable ascent as a power broker since her failed bid for governor of that state in 2018.Celebrities, activists and voters across Georgia credited Ms. Abrams with building a well-funded network of organizations that highlighted voter suppression in the state and inspired an estimated 800,000 residents to register to vote.Ms. Abrams declined to comment on Friday. But in a tweet, she wrote, “My heart is full” and cited the work of other activists. Ballot counters in Charlotte, N.C.Credit…Travis Dove for The New York Times Mr. Biden’s triumph concluded an extraordinary election that was expected to set modern records for turnout, despite being held amid a pandemic that has upended life across the United States. More than 100 million Americans voted before Election Day as states sought to make voting safer, putting the nation on track for the largest turnout in a century once the final vote is tallied.Mr. Biden also won the popular vote by nearly three percentage points, and, with more than 74 million votes, broke the vote record set by Mr. Obama in 2012. Mr. Trump received more than 70 million votes — far more than the 63 million he received in 2016 when he beat Hillary Clinton while losing the popular vote.Voters overcame their fears of the coronavirus, long lines at the polls and the vexing challenges of a transformed election system to render a verdict on Mr. Trump’s chaotic and norm-breaking presidency. Mr. Trump was the first incumbent president to lose a bid for re-election since George H.W. Bush lost to Bill Clinton in 1992.- Advertisement – Joseph R. Biden Jr. won the state of Nevada on Saturday, according to The New York Times, defeating President Trump by two percentage points.The country had anxiously awaited the results in the battleground state for days, viewing it as a potential tipping point. But when they finally came, the moment was somewhat anticlimactic: Mr. Biden had already been declared the winner of the presidential race roughly an hour earlier, after Pennsylvania was called for him.Still, that Mr. Biden has clinched Nevada’s six electoral votes adds to his lead in the Electoral College. The Trump campaign had identified Nevada, which allows any losing candidate to request a recount, as one of the battleground states where it hopes to use the courts and procedural maneuvers to stave off defeat. 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.In Nevada, where Hillary Clinton beat Mr. Trump by 2.4 percentage points in 2016, Democrats control 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 in the presidential election.But while recent polls consistently showed Mr. Biden ahead of Mr. Trump in Nevada, Democrats worried that some of their base working-class voters, many of whom lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic, might not show up at the polls because of they would be focused on immediate concerns, like feeding their families. The state has reported more than 107,000 coronavirus cases. 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 Minutes after the 2020 presidential race was called for Joseph R. Biden Jr., and Kamala Harris, prominent Democrats supportive of the former Vice President and his running mate cheered their victory as the first step toward a brighter American future.Democrats who ran against Mr. Biden in the 2020 primary including former Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend Ind., the climate activist Tom Steyer and Senators Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts all offered their congratulations.Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, one of the most well-known figures on the progressive left, also offered kind words, as did world leaders such as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of CanadaAnd Representative James Clyburn of South Carolina, whose endorsement as the state’s Democratic primary approached was a key turning point in the race and a huge boost to Mr. Biden said his win “marks a new chapter for our country.”“As we face unprecedented challenges, Americans have chosen you to lead us out of the chaos and to build a stronger community,” he wrote on Twitter. “Today, I am hopeful for a brighter future.” The voters have spoken, and they have chosen @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris to be our next president and vice president. It’s a history-making ticket, a repudiation of Trump, and a new page for America. Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen. Onward, together. pic.twitter.com/YlDY9TJONs— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 7, 2020Emily Cochrane and Catie Edmondson contributed reporting. – Advertisement –
The property was listed at offers over $749,000.But he added “Kedron’s not just a fluke”. “In fact another property I have listed on Rode Road which has been on the market for two months also had 21 groups through on Saturday, which is the most interest since I first listed it when it had 30-plus through. “If it was just Kedron, you could question it. But is the market turning? Is there a lot more activity? I think (yes) that’s the case.” Among its charms the home’s kitchen was redesigned, with modern additions, multiple rangehoods, breakfast bar and butlers pantry. A study was added as well as a playroom off the kitchen with internal access to more entertainment space and a fourth bedroom downstairs.Kedron is within the coveted 10km ring around the CBD, located just 8km from the city centre. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON TWITTER A study was added to the layout.Mr Russell said there were at least 150 people on the property at any one time.“I knew we were going to have a big open home as the property has had more than 5000 views on realestate.com.au compared to the average Kedron property which gets 757 visits and I’d received more than 28 direct enquiries in five days.”The four bedroom house at 9 Jardine Street, Kedron, will have just its fourth owner in 88 years when the ink dries, according to CoreLogic records. Fashionistas’ Byron pad fetches $3.3m More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoStill loads of room to grow out back.The home was renovated, giving buyers the option of walking into a finished home.“It’s also in a great location and in the catchment zone for Mount Alvernia College, Padua College and St Anthony’s Primary School. Anything in this area that’s listed under $800,000 attracts a lot of interest but I think Saturday’s record indicates that buyers are back out in force after the holidays and demand is far outstripping supply.” 9 Jardine Street, Kedron, has gone under contract after just a week on the market.An almost 100-year-old Queenslander listed at offers over $749,000 has sold in just seven days, after seeing a massive 71 groups squeeze through in half an hour.The high activity – coupled with other homes in middle Brisbane in that price range seeing fresh interest – was being taken as a sign of buyers flooding the market in 2020. 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?00:58 MORE: The rudest place names on earth The kitchen was completely redone and modernised.Five offers were made on the 1923 house within days of listing, with the owners going under contract in a deal struck on Tuesday for 9 Jardine St, Kedron, in Brisbane’s inner north.Agent Lance Russell of Coronis – Stafford was “blown away”, saying it was the most people he had ever seen at a half-hour open home, with his previous record sitting at 46.“It’s lack of supply and a home of that calibre in Kedron is definitely attractive. The other driving factor is the school catchment here.”
The Australian 27 August 2013 Unborn babies recognise their parents’ voices from inside the womb. New research suggests they are attuned not only to voices, but also to speech patterns.In a Finnish study, women in the late stages of pregnancy listened to CDs containing hundreds of repetitions of the nonsense word tatata. The recordings were interspersed with occasional variations in which the sound of the middle syllable was changed.After birth, the researchers measured the electrical activity in the babies’ brains while CDs of the same nonsense word were played. Compared to other newborns, they reacted up to three times as strongly when the word changed.The results suggest that foetal brains have “similar learning and memory capacities” to those of infants, the researchers report today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.“Our findings indicate that prenatal experiences have a remarkable influence on the brain’s auditory discrimination accuracy, which may support language acquisition during infancy.”This suggests that exposing unborn babies to language could help offset “language impairment” later in life, the paper says. “It might be possible to support early auditory development and potentially compensate for difficulties of genetic nature, such as dyslexia.”But the researchers also warn expectant mothers that noisy workplaces could disrupt their babies’ speech development.http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/babies-are-attuned-to-speech-patterns-while-still-in-the-womb-researchers-believe/story-e6frgcjx-1226704572558
I am sure you have seen long basketball games either in person or on TV this year. All of us who complained of rough play in basketball are now enduring these long games. Just like all rule changes, this one will take adjustment time for the players and officials. As I understand it, you may put your hand on a player to find out where he is, but then you must remove the hand because the second time you do it or if you continue to hold on you are “hand checking”–and that is now a foul. In the past, the referees would not call fouls in this situation unless the defensive player was totally impeding the movement of the player with the ball. To the bigger, stronger players this meant “if I don’t knock him down, I probably won’t be called for a foul.” Players, naturally, will take longer to adjust than the officials, and that is why the games now are lasting so long. Hopefully by Christmas, everyone will have adjusted and–just like all rules–the game will go on and the time taken to play will get back to normal. What this has already done is forced players to actually play defense instead of grabbing and shoving. That was the intent of the rule all along.
All three EC volleyball teams swept South Dearborn in straight sets tonight.Varsity won 25-16, 25-11, and 25-13.EC vs SD Varsity VB (9-11)It was a night full of challenges that resulted in all three teams playing back-to-back-to-back. The girls adjusted well and came ready to play.We started the match with our normal lineup and for most of the seniors, game one was the only time they saw the court. All of our juniors and sophomore Sarah Hornbach finished out the rest of the match under the leadership of our senior setters.The juniors were given a chance to show the coaches what they could bring to the team. We have a lot of talent and we are at the midway point in the season so they had to prove why they should be on the court. I’m actually happier with how they played in games two and three than I am with our “normal” line-up in game one. They came to play and it showed.‘I’m proud of the girls for adjusting to three different line-ups. We tend to get comfortable playing next to certain people, so it can be a challenge to play next to someone different. They all stepped up and played hard.’ EC Coach Cassie Laker.Varsity is now 10-4 on the season and 6-0 in conference play.East Central Junior Varsity came out on top 25-9 and 25-7.Serves Becca Eckstein 7/7 1 ace, Leah Broderick 10/10 3 aces, Brianna Hart 10/11 2 aces, Therese Gregg 6/6 1 ace. Attacks Breanne Fox 6/6 kills, Kylie Gindling 8/0 3 kills. Assists Becca Eckstein 10, Leah Broderick 5.‘We dominated the games with our serves having only 2 errors. I’m proud to see the improvements the girls have made this season.’ EC Coach Bernice Rosemeyer.Next match: All three teams travel to Batesville on Monday. Start time is 5 PM.Courtesy of Trojans Coaches Cassie Laker and Bernice Rosemeyer.