After a month of polling, voting has finally closed in India’s general election. It was predicted that the Prime Minister’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had failed to secure an overall majority. In the world’s largest democracy, over 600 million adults had the right to vote in the election, in which over forty parties were represented. The BJP had been widely expected to win the election relatively easily. Their main threat was the Congress Alliance, which governed India for its first 50 years of independence, led by Sonia Gandhi. Two Communist parties have also polled well. The main issue in the election has been the economy. The BJP had to abandon their ‘India Shining’ slogan in the campaign following harsh criticism. The party needs to gain 272 seats for an overall majority in Parliament. Current polls indicate that it has won between 240 and 280 seats. Turnout was less than 60%.ARCHIVE: 2nd week TT 2004
Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending February 22: *Number based on eight preview performances **Number based on six preview performances ***Number based on seven regular performances FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross) 1. The Lion King ($1,940,457) 2. Wicked ($1,646,634) 3. The Book of Mormon ($1,548,797) 4. Aladdin ($1,546,267) 5. Fish in the Dark ($1,177,593)* UNDERDOGS (By Gross) 5. A Delicate Balance ($432,887) 4. You Can’t Take It With You ($403,767) 3. Honeymoon in Vegas ($337,003) 2. Disgraced ($333,065) 1. On the Twentieth Century ($293,584)** UNDERDOGS (By Capacity) 5. You Can’t Take It With You (64.93%) 4. Disgraced (62.45%) 3. It’s Only a Play (60.54%) 2. On the Town (51.76%) 1. Honeymoon in Vegas (47.66%) FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity) 1. The Book of Mormon (102.54%) 2. The Elephant Man (102.40%)*** 3. Fish in the Dark (101.58%)* 4. Matilda (100.23%) 5. Aladdin (100.01%) Source: The Broadway League Plenty of New York City maggots enjoyed their mid-winter recess from school this past week, and shows that catch the eye of younger theatergoers celebrated box office bumps. Among those were Matilda, which has celebrated a considerable boost over the past two weeks and just exceeded capacity for the first time since the new year. Aladdin, Wicked and The Lion King also saw increases in gross and capacity of varying magnitudes; the three made appearances in the top five grossing shows along with perennial hit The Book of Mormon (decidedly less kid-appropriate) and the newcomer Fish in the Dark. Meanwhile, the Bradley Cooper-led The Elephant Man played its final performance on February 21 before the Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner was whisked away to Hollywood for the Oscars, celebrating its third consecutive week of a capacity of over 100% at the Booth Theatre. The Great White Way transfer of Hand to God begins in the space on March 14. The revival of You Can’t Take It With You also closed its limited run, making room for Living On Love. View Comments
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First-time buyers are taking advantage of the federal government’s home loan deposit scheme. Picture: iStock.FIRST-time buyers are flooding the Brisbane property market boosted by the government’s scheme to help people onto the housing ladder.More than 700 people have gained a pre-approved place in the federal government’s First Home Loan Deposit Scheme (FHLDS) in Queensland since its introduction on January 1. Nationally nearly 6000 of the 10,000 places available have been guaranteed, while another 3000 places have progressed to the pre-approval stage. The figures support new research from Realestate.com.au, which shows the number of first-home buyers looking to buy in Brisbane jumped by more than a third in January, compared with the same month last year. The number of FHB properties for sale in Brisbane under $475,000. Source: Realestate.com.au.Rochedale South has had the most inquiries for houses from first-home buyers, followed by Springfield Lakes and Bracken Ridge, while Brisbane City and Toowong are the most popular suburbs for units. The FHLDS was introduced by the federal government to help first-time buyers get a foot on the property ladder. Under the scheme, 10,000 places are available to applicants to secure a property with as little as a 5 per cent deposit without paying lenders mortgage insurance (LMI).Applicants are subject to eligibility criteria, including having taxable incomes up to $125,000 a year for singles and up to $200,000 for couples. Most popular suburbs for FHB inquiries for houses in Greater Brisbane. Source: Realestate.com.au.First-home buyers apply for a guarantee and are provided with a reservation ahead of a 10-day period by banks to confirm eligibility.Despite the high take-up, loan guarantees are still available and an additional 10,000 spots will be unlocked on July 1, according to the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation.According to the Realestate.com.au research, first-home buyers able to take advantage of the scheme should head to Brisbane’s north or east, where 45 per cent of properties on the market are priced under the $475,000 cap. Most popular suburbs for FHB inquiries for units in Greater Brisbane. Source: Realestate.com.au.Realestate.com.au chief economist Nerida Conisbee said first home buyers in Brisbane should look for suburbs where house-and-land packages were prevalent or new construction was happening.“Springfield Lakes and Rochedale tend to be areas where there’s a lot of new homes, so it’s good news for building activity,” Ms Conisbee said.“Same with units, when you look at Brisbane City.” Ms Conisbee said the surge in first home buyers entering the market in January was driven primarily by the FHLDS.But she said a side-effect of the scheme would be the impact it would have on affordability.“From a personal finance perspective, it’s amazing, but on the other hand, it will create price pressure at lower price points and that’s not good news,” she said.“There’s quite a large availability of homes below the ($475,000) cap, but if demand continues to accelerate, there will be fewer and fewer properties available at that price point.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours ago Nerida Conisbee, chief economist at REA Group. Image: AAP/Monique Harmer.Statistics released this week by the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed the number of first-time buyers increased by 6.2 per cent in seasonally-adjusted terms in December to a monthly total of 9606 — the highest level in a decade.The average size of a loan was $412,240.The new loans taken out by first-home buyers also climbed by 21.3 per cent in December compared with December 2018. First-time buyers increased by 6.2% seasonally adjusted in December, according to ABS figures.Ratecity.com.au research director Sally Tindall said it was interesting to note the pick-up in this area of the market prior to the government’s scheme starting.“First-home buyers are flocking back to a market that is quickly heating up again,” Ms Tindall said.“Initial numbers show the new First Home Loan Deposit Scheme has generated huge interest, adding more competition at already packed open homes.“The last time we saw this level of first-home buyer activity was in December 2009 when the then government’s First Home Owner Boost was wrapping up.“If property prices continue to surge, the RBA will be hesitant to cut rates further.”
By Greg AregoniFRANCIS CREEK, Wis. – With 146 cars jam packing the pits Saturday night at 141 Speedway, racing was the real deal with hard-fought races just to make the feature events. The IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds have had a stacked field all year long and Benji LaCrosse finally notched his belt with a win. Many drivers with multiple feature wins sat on their trailers to watch the Modified main. Mike Wedelstadt opened as the leader with R.M. VanPay running second. A couple early cautions kept the field on the back bumper of the leader.LaCrosse started 12th and charged his way through the field. A final caution allowed Johnny Whitman to join the fun up front with eight laps to go. VanPay used a great restart to get around both LaCrosse and Wedelstadt for the lead. LaCrosse shot into second with Whitman right behind. LaCrosse was the first to catch VanPay and made his move outside with six laps remaining. LaCrosse evened up with VanPay and used the momentum from the top of the track to drive to victory. LaCrosse picked up his first win of the season with Whitman securing second over VanPay late in the race. Mike Mullen came back from an opening lap incident and beat Wedelstadt to the checkered flag for fourth.Other winners included John Heinz in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, J.J. Anderson in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, Charlie Sancinati in the Grand Nationals, Jerry Winkler in the Street Stocks and Matt Brehmer in the 4 Cylinders.Heinz grabbed the lead with eight laps left and held off Rod Snellenberger for the Stock Car checkers. Anderson’s in came on a green, white, checkered finish.