Denver’s affordable housing fund helped many with rent, pilot program is getting extension

The city of Denver’s first foray into cutting checks on behalf of residents who face a rent hike, past-due utility bills or another housing crisis was nearly overwhelmed by the demand.

After 486 low-income households received about $1,200 on average in rent assistance in late 2017 and early 2018, the City Council on Monday approved a $1 million extension of the program through the end of this year.

City officials tapped into the city’s affordable housing fund in November with the aim of providing limited assistance to individuals and families who need short-term help. The idea was that the assistance would help avert some evictions amid Denver’s ongoing housing affordability crisis.

“This is the next frontier of housing policy,” Councilwoman Robin Kniech said. “Over the past 12 months and in the future two years, you’re going to see us focus more on policies that keep people in place.”

Data provided by the city shows the program served as a stop-gap in most cases, with more than 95 percent of participating households receiving rent assistance for just one month.

The pilot phase ended in February, after the Temporary Rent and Utility Assistance program exhausted $865,000 set aside last fall from the city housing fund, which largely is fed by property taxes.

A map shown as part of a presentation to a City Council committee on a Denver rent and utility assistance program shows where the pilot phase's beneficiaries lived.
A map shown as part of a presentation to a City Council committee on a Denver rent and utility assistance program shows where the pilot phase’s beneficiaries lived. The markers are labeled by color depending on the provider that helped each household.

A total of 570 households received rental assistance or help with water and energy utility payments — far exceeding the 182 households that the city had estimated the pilot would serve. All payments go directly to landlords or utility providers, the city says.

Another renter-friendly program is in the offing. As soon as June, the city and Colorado Legal Services plan to publicly launch an eviction legal defense pilot offering attorney advice to renters facing eviction. That program was spurred by donations from City Council members totaling $130,000, mostly from their office budgets.

With Monday’s unanimous approval of more money for the rent and utility assistance program, the city’s nonprofit partners will resume accepting applications soon, though a date hasn’t been announced. To qualify, applicants must meet household income limits that amount to 80 percent of the metro area median income (AMI) — or $50,350 a year for an individual and $71,900 for a family of four.

During the pilot, two-thirds of households that received help had incomes at or below the 30 percent AMI level, or about $27,000 for a family of four, according to the city’s Office of Economic Development.

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US stocks surge after US-China trade war truce | Business

US stocks surged on Monday after the treasury secretary, Steve Mnuchin, said the prospect of a trade war was “on hold” following an agreement to suspend tariff threats.

In early trading in New York, the Dow Jones was up more than 300 points, or 1.2%, with Wall Street’s S&P 500 and Nasdaq indexes also making gains.

The markets were buoyed by comments made by the treasury secretary and White House top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, who both said the US had reached an agreement with a visiting Chinese trade delegation to ease trade imbalances between the world’s two largest economies.

Despite the vagueness of the terms, Mnuchin put a positive spin on the talks, telling CNBC on Monday they had already produced tangible benefits.

“I think we’ve made very meaningful progress. Now it’s up to both of us to make sure that we can implement it.”

The agreement, or truce, aimed at reducing the US’s annual $337bn trade deficit with China was reached after an announcement from Beijing that it would “significantly increase” purchases of American farm goods, energy and other products and services.

“We want China to open up markets, lower tariffs, lower non-tariff barriers, give us a chance. We also want China however to change their behavior with respect to technology transfers and also the theft of intellectual property rights,” Kudlow told CBS on Sunday.

However, the two sides avoided specifically addressing underlying American complaints or systemic trade imbalances that led to the Trump administration’s demand on China to increase purchases by $200bn annually – a specific commitment notably omitted from Saturday’s joint communique.

After Mnuchin said on Sunday that the two sides were “putting the trade war on hold”, China issued a statement overnight saying it could not guarantee that renewed trade tensions with Washington could be avoided.

“Given the increasing interaction between the two countries, we cannot assure you they will not encounter more frictions or disputes in the future,” advised Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, Lu Kang, at a briefing.

“If the two governments can reach an agreement which is acceptable to both sides, the two governments should certainly abide by it,” Lu added.

Shi Yinhong, director of the Center for American Studies at Renmin University in Beijing, told the Associated Press he doubted the truce would be enduring.

“I don’t think the truce will last very long,” Shi said. “The antagonism in trade will ebb and flow in China-US relations in the long term.”

Analysts at DailyFx, a forex advisory service, said the latest US-China trade skirmish “may ultimately prove to be another stepping stone on the path to deeper global trade integration”.

But it cautioned that “a period of discomfort may be in the immediate future; even history shows that the path to trade liberalization hasn’t been a straight line”.

In the joint statement, the delegations said they would keep talking over the summer.

But Mnuchin insisted on Sunday that despite making “meaningful progress”, the US would be free to impose tariffs if Beijing did not live up to its commitments. “We have agreed to put the tariffs on hold while we try to execute the framework,” he said.

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Students safer in school than out despite shootings, statistics show

President Obama’s education secretary urged parents Monday to pull their children out of school to demand increased safety, but statistics show children are far safer in the classroom than out of it.

The incoming president of the National Rifle Association, meanwhile, said educators should take a look at the prevalence of Ritalin use among school shooters, though analysts said they didn’t know of any link between gun violence and use of the drug to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

The suggestions emerged as gun control advocates and Second Amendment supporters searched anew for solutions in the wake of a school shooting spree Friday in Santa Fe, Texas, that left eight students and two faculty dead.

Arne Duncan, who was education secretary from 2009 to 2015, acknowledged that it was perhaps a radical idea for an educator to tell parents to take their children out of school, but he said safety has deteriorated so badly that nontraditional steps are needed to shift the debate.

Mr. Duncan suggested that parents try pulling their children from school for a day or two after Labor Day and then gauge the response from lawmakers ahead of the November elections.

“Do we just keep letting innocent children be killed, or do we want to do something to keep them safe?” he said on Twitter. “If we choose the latter, we must think radically, because everything we have done so far has failed.”

But if safety is the goal, then keeping children in school is likely better than the boycott Mr. Duncan is proposing. The National Center for Education Statistics, looking at numbers from the 2014-2015 school year, found that less than 2 percent of homicides involving school-age children occurred at school.

From 1992 to 2015, the total was less than 3 percent, the center found.

Children spend more than 13 percent of their time at school.

Education and teachers groups distanced themselves from Mr. Duncan’s suggestion, and gun rights advocates mocked him.

Chris Cox, executive director of the National Rifle Association’s legislative lobbying arm, said Mr. Duncan “should focus on serious solutions and not ridiculous statements just to get quoted on the evening news.”

“The point is to make kids safe while they are being educated — not give them an excuse to skip school,” Mr. Cox said. “Sadly, we have too many politicians focused on exploiting tragedies to push a political agenda that would not make schools any safer.”

Erich Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, also said Mr. Duncan’s call is wrong-headed.

“If anything, Arne Duncan should be arguing that kids ought to stay home until we start protecting them in the same way we protect our congressmen and our president — with guns,” he said. “Maybe if we forced Congress to work in the same gun-free environment that our children are educated in, then we would see immediate change.”

Nicole Hockley, a member of the group Sandy Hook Promise who lost her son Dylan in the 2012 Newtown school shooting, acknowledged that safety threats aren’t confined to public schools.

“What are we doing when they’re walking down the street? What are we doing when they’re going to the mall or to the movie theater?” she said on ABC’s “This Week” program. “This isn’t just about school shootings. This is about shootings everywhere.”

She said Mr. Duncan’s proposed boycott is one option.

“I can certainly understand a parent’s fear for sending their child to school every day, given how often these things are happening,” Ms. Hockley said. “If we want to have parents pull their kids out of school until we have better solutions in place, that is an option.”

As gun control groups were demanding school safety, retired Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North, the next president of the NRA, suggested that boys have been “drugged in many cases,” leading to violent outbursts.

In a weekend interview with “Fox News Sunday,” he also blamed a culture of violence that bleeds through to young minds.

“All you need to do is turn on the TV, go to a movie. If you look at what has happened to the young people, many of these young boys have been on Ritalin since they were in kindergarten,” Mr. North said.

But psychologists say there is no clear connection between mass shooters and use of central nervous system stimulants.

“There’s really no evidence whatsoever that links treatment for ADHD with Ritalin and drugs like that with violence, let alone gun violence,” said George DuPaul, a psychologist at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

If anything, Mr. DuPaul said, children being treated tend to be less aggressive.

“Certainly, there is some concern in the scientific and clinical community about the potential overreliance on these drugs, but it’s a real stretch to go from that concern to connecting these kinds of drugs to these kinds of acts,” he told The Associated Press.

Peter Langman, a psychologist who keeps an online catalog of information on recent school shooters, found that the overwhelming majority were not medicated or going through withdrawal at the time of their attacks.

“The belief that psychiatric medications cause school shootings is not supported at either the societal or the individual level,” he wrote.

The gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety also said that if the problem is a culture of violence, then Mr. North is part of it because he has promoted and consulted on “Call of Duty: Black Ops II,” a 2012 first-person shooter video game.

“The American people know who bears the most blame for gun violence: the NRA apologists who are always pointing their fingers at everyone else,” said John Feinblatt, president of the group.

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Thousands of Vegas casino workers to vote on citywide strike

Tens of thousands of casino workers in Las Vegas whose contracts expire next week were preparing to vote on whether to authorize a strike, a move that could leave more than 30 properties without unionized housekeepers, bartenders, servers and other key employees.

A majority of yes votes Tuesday would not immediately affect the casinos but would give the union’s negotiators a huge bargaining chip by allowing them to call for a strike at any time starting June 1.

Here are some key things to know about the vote:

WHO IS VOTING?

Bartenders, housekeepers, cocktail and food servers, porters, bellmen, cooks and other kitchen workers employed at 34 properties are eligible.

The Culinary Union expects between 20,000 and 25,000 members to vote Tuesday at a university arena. The voting will take place in two sessions, allowing workers with different shifts to cast a ballot.

WHERE DO THEY WORK?

They work at properties on the Las Vegas Strip and downtown Las Vegas, including Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood, Bellagio, MGM Grand, Stratosphere, Treasure Island, The D, Downtown Grand and El Cortez.

MGM Resorts International and Caesars Entertainment operate more than half of the properties that would be affected by a strike.

WHY ARE THEY VOTING?

The contracts of 50,000 unionized workers expire at midnight May 31, and the casinos and union have not reached meaningful agreements since negotiations for five-year contracts began in February.

“On May 22, thousands of union members will show casino employers that workers are going to fight for security and that they are not going to be left behind as companies are making record profits and getting windfall tax breaks,” Geoconda Argüello-Kline, union secretary-treasurer, said in a statement earlier this month.

WHAT DO THE WORKERS WANT?

Argüello-Kline previously told The Associated Press that the union planned to negotiate with companies to protect existing benefits, increase wages, protect job security against the increasing adoption of technology at hotel-casinos, and strengthen language against sexual harassment.

The union has asked casino operators to give every housekeeper a “panic button,” a wireless device that can alert managers if they are in a threatening situation.

WHERE DO THE COMPANIES STAND?

MGM Resorts and Caesars have said they would work with the union to equip housekeepers at their Las Vegas casino-resorts with panic buttons.

Both companies previously said they are confident they will be able to reach mutually beneficial agreements with the union.

HAS THIS HAPPENED BEFORE?

Yes. The last citywide strike vote took place in 2002, when the overwhelming majority of 25,000 workers authorized the action. But workers never walked out of their jobs because casino operators and the union reached agreements.

The last time casino workers across Las Vegas went on a strike was in 1984, and it lasted 67 days. Union members lost an estimated $75 million in wages and benefits, while the city lost a similar amount in tourism revenue. Millions more were lost in gambling income.

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Pope laments ‘hemorrhaging’ of priests and nuns in Europe

Pope Francis voiced alarm Monday at the “hemorrhaging” of nuns and priests in Italy and Europe, saying God only knows how many seminaries, monasteries, convents and churches will close because fewer people are being called to lives of religious service.

Francis told Italy’s bishops he was concerned about the “crisis of vocations” in a region of the world that once was one of the biggest sources of Catholic missionaries. He said Italy and Europe were entering a period of “vocational sterility” to which he wasn’t sure a solution exists.

The number of Catholic priests worldwide declined by 136 to 415,656 in 2015, the last year for which data is available. But according to Vatican statistics, the decrease was greatest in Europe, where there were 2,502 fewer priests compared to 2014. The number was offset by increases in priestly vocations in Africa and Asia, where the church as a whole is growing.

During the same period, the number of baptized Catholics rose globally from 1.27 million to nearly 1.29 million, meaning the ratio of Catholics to the priests available to minister to them is growing

In a speech to an annual assembly of the Italian bishops conference Monday, Francis blamed the priest shortage on such factors as demographic changes, scandals in the church and cultural trends that dissuade young people from making lifelong commitments and make them value instead the “dictatorship of money.”

“How many seminaries, churches, monasteries and convents will be closed in the next few years?” he asked. “God only knows.”

Francis has already said the church must study whether it’s possible to ordain married men of proven faith, so-called “viri probati,” to minister in remote communities facing priest shortages.

The “viri probati” proposal has been around for decades, but drawn fresh attention under history’s first Latin American pope thanks in part to his appreciation of the challenges facing the church in places like Brazil, a huge Catholic country with an acute shortage of priests.

The proposal is likely to be discussed at a 2019 meeting of the world’s bishops to discuss the Amazon region, where the church counts around one priest for every 10,000 Catholics.

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Houston Rockets-Golden State Warriors a roller-coaster of blowouts after 3 games – The Denver Post

SAN FRANCISCO — One thing is clear through three games of the power-packed Western Conference finals between a Golden State team that has won two of the past three championships and a Houston team that had a league-best 65 wins.

If either team is off its game, a blowout could ensue.

The Rockets found themselves on the wrong end of that equation in a 126-85 defeat in Game 3 that was the most lopsided loss in their postseason history and the biggest win ever for the Warriors, who took a 2-1 series lead.

Now the big question heading into Game 4 on Tuesday night is which team has the edge if both are clicking.

“I kind of expected that yesterday, that it would be that type of game,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said. “We didn’t bring our best game. But I’m hoping for the best. I hope we play great and them bad. Never know.”

In a possible bit of gamesmanship, D’Antoni said the pressure in Game 4 is squarely on Golden State’s shoulders despite the fact Houston trails in the series. He hopes that helps his players stay loose and play with an extra “giddy-up” in their step.

“We should always have a swagger,” star guard James Harden said. “But even more importantly, tomorrow. They’ve got to try to take a 3-1 lead going on the road. Tie this thing up going back to our crib.”

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he welcomes the pressure, knowing his team has shown a tendency to lose focus when there’s not as much on the line. That may have contributed to Golden State coming out flat in a 127-105 loss in Game 2 after winning the series opener by 13 points.

Star Kevin Durant has another theory for why there have been so many lopsided games this postseason. There has been only one Western Conference playoff game this month decided by fewer than eight points and there hasn’t been a single playoff game in either conference decided by single digits since May 9 heading into Monday night’s action.

“The 3-pointer’s such a huge part of the game now that it could easily go from six to 16 or 17 in a matter of seconds in the game,” Durant said. “So I wouldn’t say … the games aren’t good. It’s just the fact that the style of play causes teams to pull away a little faster.”

The Warriors might have to take the court in Game 4 without a key contributor. Forward Andre Iguodala is doubtful with a sore left knee. If Iguodala can’t go, the Warriors will be down a key defender against Harden and a playmaker on offense, forcing Kerr to make another adjustment after the move to put Iguodala in the starting lineup provided a spark in the second round against New Orleans.

One factor in Golden State’s favor is that Stephen Curry might have found his outside shot in the second half Sunday. After making just 3 of 20 3-pointers in the first 10 quarters of the series, Curry hit 4 of 5 from long range after intermission Sunday, including a 30-footer.

“I work on it all the time, and I made it before,” Curry said. “I had amnesia, really. In that moment, in my head am I 0-for-0, or am I 10-for-10 in my head? I’m feeling good in that moment. Just shoot it. You can’t second-guess your first instinct in that moment. So it’s obviously good to see it go down, and we got a little boost from that possession.”

That type of short-term memory is just what the Rockets need after the Game 3 blowout, even if D’Antoni did plan to hold a film session to go over the mistakes for his own sanity more than as a teaching tool.

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Donald Trump calls Rod Rosenstein, Christopher Wray to White House

President Trump is meeting Monday with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray amid allegations that federal law enforcement planted an informant in the Trump campaign.

The meeting was not listed on the president’s public schedule, but White House officials said it was a routine meeting.

The meeting was set for 3 p.m.

Mr. Trump tweeted Sunday that he was going to force the FBI and Justice Department to investigate their own conduct during the 2016 presidential race.

“I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes – and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!” he tweeted.

He was reacting to reports that the FBI planted an informant inside the Trump campaign to look for collusion with Russia.

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Lendlease says progress continuing on Waterbank project in East Perth despite delays

Queens Riverside, incorporating Fraser Suites Perth hotel and three apartment towers, battled through years of issues including the builder going bust and developer Frasers battling construction issues and struggling to sell apartments, but is nonetheless now complete.

The Waterbank project has been officially underway since 2011. Planning Minister John Day announced in 2015 that development applications had begun and construction would start in 2016. The Waterbank website still says “construction to commence early 2017”.

East Perth redevelopment precinct, showing some of the projects.

East Perth redevelopment precinct, showing some of the projects.

Photo: Golden Group

But in mid-2018 the Causeway Bridge and Trinity College still overlook a flat plain of sand, inhabited only by some tenacious weeds. The recent completion of Ku De Ta and other Fraser Point redevelopments make the faded signage, straggly sheoaks and rubble on the river’s edge look even more forlorn by comparison. It seems to the layperson as though little has stirred in years on this chunk of prime real estate.

But Lendlease project director David Ockenden explained that contrary to appearances, plenty of action has taken place beneath the surface.

One of Australia’s “most geotechnically challenging sites”

Humans have extensively reshaped the natural environment in this section of the Swan River.

It was once shallow brackish water, much less salty than now, in an area of low-lying islands and mudflats – known to the Aboriginal people who crossed here as Matagarup, meaning knee-deep.

But settlers sick of dragging their boats over the mudflats in the 1840s dredged the river, consolidated the mudflats into Heirisson Island and built the original Causeway Bridge over the top.

This might look like just sand, but this sand has an important job to do.

This might look like just sand, but this sand has an important job to do.

Photo: Emma Young

Needing a working port at Fremantle by the 1890s, they blasted through a rocky bar at Fremantle for seagoing vessels to pass, and changed the river into a salty estuary.

The Waterbank site was reclaimed from the water in the 1950s, when today’s incarnation of the Causeway Bridge was built. It has at times been both a football field and a dump.

“It’s a very challenging site, with mushy layers the consistency of toothpaste probably 20-30 metres deep before you get to bedrock. There are layers of uncontrolled fill around the site,” Mr Ockenden said.

“It’s not unusual for these sites; in proximity to the river, with high sediment build-up in alluvial plains but the key is that we must manage the ground conditions including ‘settlement of soil’, naturally compressing when under surface load.”

He said there were two main ways to build upon alluvial soil (that is, soil deposited by the river flow) – piling to bedrock or surcharging the sedimentary layer above the bedrock.

Piling can be either driven or cast in situ (situation) down to the bedrock, as done at Elizabeth Quay, Crown Perth and other parts of Perth surrounding the Swan River.

Waterbank project model, with Causeway Bridge in foreground.

Waterbank project model, with Causeway Bridge in foreground.

Photo: Emma Young

Surcharging was the pre-loading of the soil above the bedrock with several metres of sand above the existing ground level, a layer that compresses over time and ultimately gives the ground the capacity to carry additional weight. The timing is difficult for engineers to predict, based on sampling of the existing alluvial layers and complicated computer modelling.

Surcharging was better suited for landscaped areas. It was slower but more cost effective, as it could efficiently cover large areas without expensive piling.

Piling was a superior solution to support buildings as it could support far greater loads.

At Perth Stadium, for example, the football field was surcharged, but the grandstands piled.

Waterbank would use a combination of surcharging beneath some of the roads and public landscaped areas, but variations of piling techniques beneath the buildings.

The surcharging was now complete.

Given the ground conditions, driving piles at Waterbank was a special challenge, as the site had very tall, heavy buildings grouped close together, unlike the adjacent Trinity College with its shorter, more spaced-out buildings.

The process of driving piles displaced adjacent soil, so it was more challenging to get piles into a tighter area. And the challenges did not end there.

Waterbank project director David Ockenden on the site.

Waterbank project director David Ockenden on the site.

Photo: Emma Young

“The geotech here is inherently difficult – it’s on a peninsula close to the water’s edge where the effect of pile displacement is greater, there are more neighbouring services and driving the piles could affect the Causeway bridge pylons,” Mr Ockenden said.

“The geotech and structural challenges on the project require a massive collaboration with geotech, hydrological and structural engineers.”

Another challenge was the significant power, water, sewage, communications and gas connections, with some services required to be led in from East Perth, in an already very built-up area, Mr Ockenden said.

It had taken six months to reach 70 per cent completion, due to complex in-ground conditions, the water table, existing services and roads. A major final step to extend sewer infrastructure was obtaining authority approvals.

A site combining public and private development involved a vast array of agencies: government bodies, commercial and cultural groups.

Problems solved with one agency could create new problems with others, and many had different views – for example, there were several schools of thought on what species of tree would be best suited to public areas.

But the build itself, once underway, was expected to be quicker than the stadium or Elizabeth Quay, Mr Ockenden said, noting they were significantly different developments.

As Lendlease was coordinating the entire project, including infrastructure, roads, parks and buildings, the components could be sequenced efficiently.

“All big projects run through this process. As we have seen in other jurisdictions, if this is fast-tracked too quickly you can end up with inefficiencies and significant construction coordination and cost issues,” he said.

Artist's impression of Waterbank public beach.

Artist’s impression of Waterbank public beach.

Photo: Lendlease

A place for people

Public consultations and designs have also been lengthy processes.

Lendlease has spent time asking Perth’s indigenous and non-indigenous residents about the area’s significance. Insights from the Hornery Instiutute, which helped with initial consultations and vision setting, had been revealing.

“The key is, before you draw anything, you must understand the context, and part of that is the environmental, cultural and social importance,” Mr Ockenden said.

“Sydney people talk more about how they use those places, what those places do for them; Perth people talk more about the colours, the natural elements they value.”

Lendlease was now conscious that West Australians wanted a development that reflected authentic Perth, not another major tourist site, or another place where hard edges separated the river and the land.

Like the nearby development at Ku De Ta, the aim was to connect these elements in a more natural way, with native plants and sandy beaches preferred over ramps, handrails and jetties.

It would be “a place to call home, and locals to visit.”

“It will be somewhere you can wear thongs and boardies, to have a burger or a swim, kick the footy, have a coffee while you watch the kids. If you want to pull the boat up you can, if you want to take a kayak out you can.”

It is expected that construction of the infrastructure and public domain will continue this year. In 2019 works will become more visible, with one of the first buildings to commence over the next year.

East Perth redevelopment in mid-2018: a snapshot

East Perth Train Station redevelopment is complete, with the potential for further redevelopment in the area.

East Perth Train Station redevelopment is complete, with the potential for further redevelopment in the area.

Photo: Public Transport Authority

Riverside:
Incorporating Waterbank and Fraser’s $450 million Queens Riverside (complete)
4000 homes for 7000 people, 94,000sqm of commercial and retail space for 6000 workers.

Burswood Peninsula: Belmont Park and surrounds

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Incorporating new raceway and residential towers
12,500 homes for 20,000 people, $3.8 billion Golden Group (recently commenced).

Perth Stadium

Complete.

East Perth Power Station

8.5ha site to provide a mix of living, working and leisure opportunities while conserving power station building.
Building repair and stabilisation completed in 2015, with an ambitious concept design released by Hassell, but no further action taken, or funding provided, to realise the vision.

East Perth train station

Station upgrade complete – potential to develop commercial space and multistorey car park remains.

Claisebrook Village

1450 homes for 2500 people and commercial space for 6000 workers (complete).

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Harry and Meghan’s wedding: A day in Windsor when everything changed

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Roger Goodell details NFL’s stance on sports betting after ruling – The Denver Post

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says Congress should enact uniform standards for any states that plan to legislate sports betting.

Goodell detailed the league’s position in a statement Monday that reiterated the NFL’s stance that legalized sports gambling in the United States should be governed by federal law rather than state law. The Supreme Court ruled last week to strike down a 1992 law that barred most state-authorized sports gambling.

In suggesting four core principles that should be maintained for any form of legalized sports betting, Goodell stressed that leagues can “protect our content and intellectual property from those who attempt to steal or misuse it.” He also said guidelines must provide substantial consumer protections; ensure fans will have access to official, reliable league data; and that law enforcement will have the resources, monitoring and enforcement tools necessary “to protect our fans and penalize bad actors here at home and abroad.”

After emphasizing the importance of protecting the integrity of his sport, Goodell noted the NFL has been planning for the potential of legalized sports gambling in states other than Nevada.

“(We) are prepared to address these changes in a thoughtful and comprehensive way, including substantial education and compliance trainings for our clubs, players, employees and partners,” he said. “These efforts include supporting common sense legislation that protects our players, coaches and fans and maintains public confidence in our games.”

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