Ripon electorate voters preview their priorities ahead of Victoria state election

Ripon electorate voters preview their priorities ahead of Victoria state election

It’s a big month for Ararat’s James Mullin.  The 18-year-old has just resurfaced from the maze of study, stress, and sleep that is the VCE exam period. But now another big day is fast approaching. He will vote for the first time on Saturday. Education — specifically the shortage and wellbeing of teachers — will be the … Read more

Riverina’s Hay Plains fill with floodwater to form inland sea at Booligal

Riverina’s Hay Plains fill with floodwater to form inland sea at Booligal

The flattest place in the Southern Hemisphere is turning into a vast inland sea as floodwater from two major river systems and months of rain transform the landscape. Key points: Floodwater from the Lachlan and Murrumbidgee rivers, along with persistent rain, have created an inland sea on the Hay Plains Families are being split apart due to numerous … Read more

New York has the most expensive rents in the U.S. This city is No. 2…

New York has the most expensive rents in the U.S. This city is No. 2…

Rents in Boston are soaring past housing costs in famously pricey California cities like San Francisco and San Jose, making it the country’s second most expensive city for tenants, according to a new report from Zumper. The only more expensive city is New York, where median rent prices for a one-bedroom hover just below $3,900, Zumper … Read more

Jobless claims drop to three-week low of 214,000 as Hurricane Ian effects fade

Jobless claims drop to three-week low of 214,000 as Hurricane Ian effects fade

The numbers: The number of people who applied for unemployment benefits fell by 12,000 in mid-October to a three-week low of 214,000, as more people who couldn’t work after Hurricane Ian returned to their jobs. Economists polled by the Wall Street Journal had forecast new claims to total 230,000 in the seven days ended Oct. … Read more

The gap between wage growth and rent growth in New York City is at its widest since the 2008 financial crisis. But there may be good news ahead.

The gap between wage growth and rent growth in New York City is at its widest since the 2008 financial crisis. But there may be good news ahead.

New Yorkers’ rents are rising. The same can’t be said for their wages. New York City’s rental costs soared by 13.4% between August 2021 and August 2022 when adjusted for inflation, according to a report released Thursday by the real-estate platform StreetEasy. Real wages in the city, meanwhile, slid 9.1% in the same time frame, … Read more

In Brazilian Presidential Election Leftist Former President Lula da Silva Wins First Round

In Brazilian Presidential Election Leftist Former President Lula da Silva Wins First Round

SÃO PAULO—Former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva took the most votes in Sunday’s first round of Brazil’s presidential elections, but President Jair Bolsonaro ‘s better-than-expected performance means the two will face each other again in a runoff vote at the end of the month. Mr. da Silva, a standard-bearer of the Latin American left … Read more

Brett Favre Was a Sexually-Harassing Creep Long Before (Allegedly) Robbing Mississippi’s Poor

Brett Favre Was a Sexually-Harassing Creep Long Before (Allegedly) Robbing Mississippi’s Poor

In the last few days, Jeff Pearlman, author of Gunslinger: The Remarkable, Improbable, Iconic Life of Brett Favre, told people that they shouldn’t read his book. Pearlman clarified that he felt fine about the book as a product, and that he felt like he did his due diligence in writing about Favre’s drug abuse, his … Read more

Hobart’s suburbs facing significant demand for social housing as some applicants fear they’re ‘lost in the system’

Hobart’s suburbs facing significant demand for social housing as some applicants fear they’re ‘lost in the system’

Hobart’s outer northern and southern suburbs are experiencing significant demand for social and public housing — far outstripping supply — including hundreds of applications for family-size houses. Key points: Housing Connect data shows significant demand for three and four-bedroom social housing in Glenorchy and other northern suburbs of Hobart One social housing applicant said she had been … Read more

As Migrant Buses Take Thousands North, Some Embrace Free Ride

As Migrant Buses Take Thousands North, Some Embrace Free Ride

Three days after Yordalis Bermudez crossed the Rio Grande into Texas, she and her family faced the same daunting question thousands of migrants do each day: what to do next. “I didn’t have any idea where I was going to go,” said the 22-year-old Venezuelan native, who arrived with her husband and infant son. Ms. … Read more