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Adrian Beaumont

Adrian Beaumont

I am a PhD student at the University of Melbourne’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Since 1998, I have had great interest in electoral politics, and I keenly follow both Australian and US elections. In the lead-up to the Australian Federal election, I will be writing a post every week about the latest polls and what they mean for the number of seats that will be won by each party in the 150-member Australian House of Representatives.

Liberals likely to retain majority in Tasmania; Biden's ratings after 100 days

May 02, 2021 06:49 am UTC| Politics

AAP/Chris Crerar With 79% counted in Saturdays Tasmanian election, the ABC is calling 12 of the 25 Tasmanian lower house seats for the Liberals, eight for Labor, two Greens and three undecided. Vote shares were 48.7%...

Trump's ratings slightly down after Ukraine scandal as Warren surges to tie Biden in Democratic polls

Oct 12, 2019 08:37 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

About two weeks since a transcript of Donald Trumps phone conversation with the Ukrainian president was revealed, his approval with all polls in the FiveThirtyEight aggregate is 41.6% and his disapproval is 54.0%. Trumps...

No chance of US gun control despite Las Vegas massacre; NZ left gains two seats after special votes

Oct 08, 2017 02:14 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

In the last decade, there have been many horrific gun crimes in the US, where at least 10 people have been murdered in the one incident. However, the National Rifle Association has successfully fought all efforts to impose...

Former FBI director James Comey very likely caused Trump's win

May 13, 2017 03:14 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

On Tuesday, Donald Trump dramatically sacked FBI director James Comey. There has been speculation that Comey was fired in an attempt to prevent an FBI investigation into Trumps ties to Russia. While such an...

US under Trump Series

Obamacare repeal vote shows power of US hard right

May 07, 2017 09:01 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics Law

Since the passage of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, Republicans have attempted to repeal it. In March, the first attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare under President Trump failed, as both...

US under Trump Series

Anti-Trump backlash at US by-elections

Apr 12, 2017 14:44 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Today, a by-election was held in Kansas fourth Congressional District (CD) for election to the US House. This CD is very conservative, and voted for Donald Trump by 60-33 against Hillary Clinton at the 2016 election. At...

US Election Series

US under Trump Series

US election final results: how Trump won

Dec 17, 2016 15:00 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

At the US election held on 8 November, Donald Trump won the Electoral College by 306 Electoral Votes (EVs), to 232 EVs for Hillary Clinton. While this seems a convincing victory, Trump won four states by 1.2% or less:...

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Economy

South Korean legislators seeks delay of crypto tax

South Korean parliament is taking steps to suspend a planned 20 percent tax on annual profits from digital asset investments exceeding 2.5 million won for another year. The government planned to begin taxing on Jan. 1,...

Chicago Bulls icon Scottie Pippen extends foray into beverage biz with bourbon barrel-aged tea

Iconic former Chicago Bulls basketball player Scottie Pippen extends his foray into the beverages business with a December 5 launch of his limited-release DIGITS Bourbon Barrel Aged Tea in partnership with Smith...

More Japanese workers now feel that drinking with colleagues is unnecessary

Over 60 percent of Japanese workers surveyed online said they believe drinking with colleagues is unnecessary, as the pandemic reduced reliance on alcohol drinks to deepen relationships. Those who shun meeting up with...

Skyrocketing housing prices force Seoul residents to move to Gyeonggi Province

More people are leaving Seoul to nearby provinces like Gyeonggi and other greater Seoul regions due to the financial difficulties caused by the pandemic, coupled with skyrocketing housing prices. Last year, 402,000...

NFL opens official Roblox store

The National Football League (NFL) has opened a virtual store at Roblox, initially offering official virtual helmets for all 32 teams. The NFL hopes to take advantage of rising consumer demand for digital items that can...

Politics

Donald Trump investigation: Michael Cohen says investigators should 'squeeze' those closest to Allen Weisselberg

Two investigations surrounding twice-impeached former President Donald Trump are based in New York, both of which probe into his assets and businesses. Trumps former fixer, Michael Cohen, revealed which people...

Joe Biden Build Back Better bill: Sen. Amy Klobuchar says social infrastructure bill will pass the Senate

Following the passage of US President Joe Bidens Build Back Better act in the House, it now heads to the Senate for another round of negotiations. Minnesota Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar expressed confidence that the...

Iran: Nuclear talks resume this week, breakthrough least likely

World powers are returning to Vienna to restart discussions with Iran and its nuclear program. However, there is little hope for any breakthrough coming from this latest effort. The delegations of the world powers will...

Capitol insurrection: Missouri paper calls on Senate to investigate Josh Hawley's possible Jan. 6 involvement

Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley became one of the faces of the Capitol insurrection on January 6. As the House Committees investigation is underway, a local news outlet in Missouri is calling for the Senate to...

Science

Pigeons consider safety, food availability in picking where to perch

Pigeons consider safety and food availability in picking where to perch, according to Keio University professor emeritus of animal behavior, Shigeru Watanabe. The finding could help cities manage pigeon...

Half of world's seabirds ingest plastic additives :study

An international team of researchers estimates that about half of the worlds seabirds have ingested plastic additives after studying 145 seafowls of 32 species from 16 areas of the world. Plastic chemicals such as...

Study shows plant-based meat has 'excessive' salt content

A UK-based lobby group found the salt content of plant-based meat products unnecessarily high, with over 75 percent of the products surveyed failing to meet the UK governments salt reduction targets. The researchers...

S. Korean watchdog assures clothing from recycled plastic bottles is safe

The Korea Consumer Agency concluded that clothes made with recycled plastic bottles generally have no safety concerns. The watchdog based its findings on durability and safety tests of five recycled polyester garments...

S. Korean scientists develop hydrogen fuel engines strong enough to power industrial drones

The Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials has developed a 5-kilowatt hydrogen fuel engine that is strong enough to power industrial lift drones with a weight of 20 to 30 kilograms. The engine supplies hydrogen fuel...

Technology

‘Cyberpunk 2077’ is not coming to Xbox Game Pass anytime soon

Xbox Game Pass subscribers hoping to play Cyberpunk 2077 for the first time without paying for it will still have to wait for an indefinite period. On the bright side, CD Projekt seems to be open to the possibility that...

Honor 60 full design and specs leak a day before the official launch

The Honor 60 series is still hours away from getting launched, but its technical specifications and design details have already leaked. The company is expected to reduce the number of rear cameras to three while keeping a...

Realme GT 2 Pro is the brand’s ‘first premium flagship phone’ launching in early 2022

Like other smartphone makers that started by introducing mid-range products at lower price points, Realme is also expanding its business by introducing a premium and flagship device. The company confirmed Realme GT 2 Pro...

Oppo’s first foldable smartphone could be named ‘Find N’

More companies are expected to introduce their take on foldable smartphone technology within the next year, and Oppo is likely to be one of them. More reports emerged recently claiming to have new details about the Oppo...
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