Ronaldo says Real Madrid control his future

first_imgTransfers ‘It doesn’t depend on me!’ – Ronaldo says Real Madrid control his future Harry Sherlock 17:02 5/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Cristiano Ronaldo Barcelona Real Madrid Getty Transfers Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid v Liverpool Liverpool UEFA Champions League The Portugal international claims that he is not in charge of his future, as rumours persist over Real’s pursuit of PSG superstar Neymar Cristiano Ronaldo insists that his future is entirely in the hands of Real Madrid.The 33-year-old has enjoyed another prolific season at Santiago Bernabeu, scoring 44 goals in 43 games, with the Champions League final against Liverpool looming on Saturday.Nevertheless, rumours persist that Real are intent on signing Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar this summer. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Goal understands that the former Barcelona attacker is desperate to move to Real, just a season after making a world-record €222 million (£200m/$262m) transfer to France from Camp Nou.Were any deal to be completed, it is likely that Neymar would supplement, rather than replace, the threat of Ronaldo, who shows no sign of slowing down as he enters the twilight of his career.Ronaldo, though, accepts that his future may not depend on him.”I’m fine, I’m happy. I can’t complain. On Saturday, we play another final. The fans are with Cristiano. I’m fine here, but there are things that do not depend on me,” he told Spanish television show El Chiringuito de Jugones.”In my house, yes [things depend on me], but not in Real Madrid’s house [who make their own decisions as a club].”One avenue that is certainly closed for Ronaldo is a return to Manchester United, with Jose Mourinho insistent that Madrid would never strengthen a European rival. Indeed, he believes that, were the Portugal international to leave, he would likely move to the United States to cap a trophy-laden career.”He has to stay until the moment they authorise him to go and play one year in America or anywhere else that he wants to enjoy. It is a closed door,” Mourinho said.Ronaldo, though, still holds strong feelings regarding United, and claimed earlier this week that he would rather face the Red Devils in this weekend’s Champions League final than Jurgen Klopp’s side.last_img read more

America’s Oldest – Long-Lived American Originals

first_img The Best American Gin You know you’re getting old when…Well, that’s kind of a relative statement, isn’t it? Some men feel like they’re passing their prime as they hit their mid 30s, while others feel like they don’t even hit their full stride until their 40s. Some cars become classics, others become clunkers. Some wines age like a fine… um… wine, while others turn into vinegar.Related: Manly Last WordsMaybe age is only a number, then. But when that number reaches a certain magnitude, it becomes undeniably notable. Just note some of these American OGs as proof. Editors’ Recommendations America’s Oldest BallparkPeople have been singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” since the song was written in 1908. Six years later, in 1912, you might first have heard the tune crooned in Boston’s historic Fenway Park, the oldest ballpark in America. Over its 104 year history, Fenway has been the site of much heartbreak and occasional joy, and it has seen multiple expansions and “improvements” that have given the stadium its quirky, beloved character. (Green Monster, anyone?) Fenway Park is not only the oldest ballpark in the country, but also one of the smallest. In fact, it is the third smallest by seating capacity. America’s Oldest WWII VeteranRichard Arvine Overton is not only the oldest living WWII veteran, he may also be the most awesome living vet, too. Mr. Overton enlisted to serve his country in 1942, when he was at the tender age of… 36. Do the math, and you’ll realize that this man was already ten years old when America entered World War I. And today, at the age of 110, he spends his days smoking up to 12 cigars a day, drinking “whiskey stiffened coffee,” and brandishing a classic Thompson submachine gun (AKA Tommy Gun) on the porch of his Austin, TX home. America’s Oldest TreeAh, America, home of both the world’s largest tree and the world’s second oldest tree. Pretty cool, huh? And in fact both of these venerable trees are located in California. But while General Sherman — a giant sequoia standing 275 feet tall and about 52,500 cubic feet in volume — might have the record for size, it’s only about 2,000 years old. America’s oldest tree is a bristlecone pine named Methuselah that is likely 5,000 years old, and still going strong. (There is a tree in Sweden that may be almost 9,550 years old, but it’s only 16 feet tall. Our tallest tree? Yep, another world record holder: the redwood Hyperion stands just a hair under 380 feet.) The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: The Best Craft Liquor Made in America center_img The Best CBD Oil and Skincare Creams for Managing Pain America’s Oldest BarThe White Horse Tavern of Newport, Rhode Island first began slaking American’s thirst more than one hundred years before there was an America on the map. This establishment was established in 1673, and has been serving rum, ale, and other bracers ever since. Today the tavern has taken on a decidedly more upscale approach to business than it did in the early days, so plan to wear a shirt with a collar instead of your hogslop soiled breeches, but if you happen through Newport anytime in the next few hundred years, do dress up and stop by for an historic sip. The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers America’s Oldest BreweryThe oldest continually operating brewery in America is the D.G. Yuengling and Son brewery based in Pottsville, PA since 1829. While other breweries were founded before this venerable institution, none has lasted so long. Their lagers are wildly popular up and down the eastern seaboard and have made inroads in other areas of the country as well, and the company boasts large enough sales to share the title of the largest American-owned brewery by sales volume (they are tied with The Boston Beer Company, maker of Samuel Adams). And here’s a fun fact: Yuengling also makes ice cream! The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queens last_img read more

Gov’t Taking Action to Address Gender-Based Violence

first_img Minister Grange said that every Jamaican has a role to play in advancing gender equality. Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says the Government is taking strategic action to address gender-based violence, inequality and discrimination in the country.She cited among other things, Cabinet’s approval of the National Strategic Action Plan to Eliminate Gender-based Violence, legislative initiatives to deal with sexual harassment, and issuing Gender Equality Certification and Seals to ministries, agencies and departments (MDA).She explained that the National Strategic Action Plan sets out a 10-year programme to be implemented across government, with specific targets towards eliminating gender-related violence.She said implementation of the plan mandates an islandwide public education campaign in the first phase to facilitate widespread awareness and sensitisation, and sustained and targeted support and response through intervention management.“The success of the National Strategic Action Plan to eliminate Gender-based Violence will depend on partnerships… partnerships across government, with other governments, with international agencies, with the private sector and with every woman and man in Jamaica, and in the Jamaican diaspora,” she noted.Minister Grange was addressing a gender forum organised by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Regional Headquarters on September 6.Turning to legislative measures, Ms. Grange said the Government is determined to make the Sexual Harassment Act a reality in order to provide greater protection for victims.“We know that at this moment, a woman or a man is working in a toxic environment and is facing the most harmful effects of sexual harassment. Some women and men are sexually harassed, even walking on the street. We are pursuing legislative initiatives to deal with this crime. It is a very serious matter that we’re moving to address,” she said.As it relates to the Gender Equality Certification Seal, Ms. Grange noted that 27 MDAs have received certification for creating equitable conditions for men and women and establishing environments where women’s work and contributions are equally valued.Meanwhile, the Minister said the Government is committed to growing the economy and creating real jobs, which will improve the lives of every single Jamaican man, woman and child.She pointed out that gender equality requires equal enjoyment by women and men of the socially valued goods, opportunities, resources and rewards, including economic participation.Minister Grange said that every Jamaican has a role to play in advancing gender equality.“Each of us can do something to promote the empowerment of women and men. Each of us can help to improve lives,” she contended.For her part, General Manager for the Caribbean Country Department, IDB, Therese Turner-Jones said the agency is fully committed to gender equality, “because this is the key to driving markets that thrive, businesses that succeed, communities that rise, and people that achieve their full potential”.She said bridging the gender gap has been a strategic priority for the IDB group. “During the three-year period 2014 to 2016, 41 per cent of our operations in the public sector incorporated a gender component in their design, a nearly double increase over the previous three-year period.”In her remarks, former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, pointed to the need for deliberate and sustained measures to address gender inequality.“Let us commit ourselves to make the changes that are still needed at the social, economic, political and decision-making levels, and let us work together as national, regional and international partners to ensure that equal rights of men and women are achieved by 2030,” she said. She cited among other things, Cabinet’s approval of the National Strategic Action Plan to Eliminate Gender-based Violence, legislative initiatives to deal with sexual harassment, and issuing Gender Equality Certification and Seals to ministries, agencies and departments (MDA). Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says the Government is taking strategic action to address gender-based violence, inequality and discrimination in the country. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Konta 1st British woman in 36 years to reach semifinals

first_imgParis: Johanna Konta became the first British woman in 36 years to reach the Roland Garros semi-finals when she swept past Sloane Stephens of the United States on Tuesday. Konta, the 26th seed, downed last year’s runner-up 6-1, 6-4 and will face either Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova or Croatian 31st Petra Martic for a place in the final. Jo Durie was the last British woman to make the French Open semi-finals in 1983. The 28-year-old Konta had not won a match at Roland Garros in any of her previous four visits. However, she now finds herself in her third semi-final at a major after runs to the last-four at the 2016 Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2017. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach Arun”To play on the new Chatrier court for the first time was wonderful especially against one of the world’s best players,” said Konta after her third win in 2019 over Stephens. “I am super happy because the conditions were so windy and Sloane is the kind of player who can run away with a match. So I had to be prepared to keep her on the back foot and control the points.” Konta made sure of emulating Durie by breaking former US Open champion Stephens in the fourth and sixth games of the first set. The Briton fired four aces and 12 winners past her 26-year-old opponent in the 35-minute opener. The 26th seed tightened her grip with a break in the opening game of the second set and that proved more than enough. Such was Konta’s domination that she allowed Stephens just one point on her serve in the entire second set which ended with a whimper when the American sent a groundstroke wide of the mark.last_img read more

Karnataka crisis SC agrees to hear plea of 5 more rebel MLAs

first_imgNew Delhi:The Supreme Court Monday agreed to hear plea of five more rebel Congress MLAs along with the pending petition of 10 legislators seeking a direction to the Karnataka Assembly Speaker to accept their resignation. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi took note of the submission of senior advocate Mukul Rohtagi, appearing for the rebel MLAs, that they be also made parties to the pending petition, which is to be heard on Tuesday. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! Five more rebel Congress MLAs from Karnataka have moved the apex court on July 13 against the Speaker not accepting their resignations. These MLAs are Anand Singh, K Sudhakar, N Nagaraj, Munirathna and Roshan Baig. The apex court had on July 12 restrained Karnataka Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar from taking any decision till July 16 on the resignation and disqualification of 10 rebel MLAs of the ruling Congress-JD(S) coalition.last_img read more

In the news today April 30

first_imgThree stories in the news for Monday, April 30———TORONTO HOLDS VIGIL FOR VAN ATTACK VICTIMSThe site of Toronto’s deadly van attack became a place of mourning Sunday, as streets in the city’s north end echoed with thousands of people singing O Canada at a vigil for the victims. Religious leaders of multiple faiths shared messages of support and strength in the face of the tragedy that left 10 people dead and 16 injured. Before the vigil, thousands took part in a so called walk of “healing and solidarity,” roughly following the route of last Monday’s attack.———THREE BOYS DIE ON ROAD IN NORTHERN MANITOBAA northern Manitoba community is grieving after three young boys were struck and killed by an alleged drunk driver who fled the scene. A 13-year-old and two 11-year-olds all died at the scene Saturday night just north of Nelson House. Police say the vehicle that hit them was found abandoned at the site of the accident. The alleged driver, a 27-year-old local man, was arrested without incident and remains in police custody with charges pending.———B.C. DINOSAUR MUSEUM FACES EXTINCTIONA dinosaur museum in the tiny northeast British Columbia community of Tumbler Ridge is facing a struggle against extinction as local politicians and residents feud over funding, operation, and development of the potential tourism gold mine. The District of Tumbler Ridge council denied the museum its annual funding grant of $200,000 last month, essentially leaving the non-profit, largely volunteer-run society with few options but to shut down.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Prime Minister Trudeau in Vancouver for announcement with Amazon and roundtable discussion with Vancouver business leaders.— Statistics Canada releases the industrial product and raw materials prices indexes for March— Senate defence committee hears witnesses on sexual harassment and violence in defence and security institutions.— Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Ontario Tourism Minister Daiene Vernile make a funding announcement in Toronto.———last_img read more

Ottawa churches playing hardball over residential school historical documents TRC charges

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA-The commission created to delve into the dark history of Indian residential schools in Canada says it can’t afford to execute its full mandate to collect historical records because the federal government and the churches won’t pay for the costs.The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) also says it is having difficulty prying the historical records from the hands of churches and the federal government.The TRC was created as part of the federal government’s massive billion dollar court settlement with residential school students.In total, Parliament approved $66 million for the TRC to use.About 150,000 children were forced to attend residential schools. Many were taken from their homes with the help of the RCMP. There, children suffered physical and sexual abuse and many died from disease and violence.The schools aimed to purge Indigenous culture from the children by forcing them to lose their language and adopt European ways.Some academic research has found that the aims and tactics of the residential school system fit the definition of being an act of genocide.The TRC, however, believes its budget may not be enough to meet its mandate to compile the brutal history of residential schools in Canada.The TRC says it needs more money, in part because of the added costs it foresees associated with gathering historical records, according to a performance report it submitted to the federal government’s Treasury Board Secretariat.The TRC was also tasked in 2007, without receiving additional funding, to research the fate of children who never returned home from residential schools and were buried in unmarked graves.“The overall TRC budget was developed without full costing of the program activities,” said the report. “The commission is in the process of identifying the anticipated costs and impacts on the commission’s budget that these requests are creating.”The TRC was mandated to record the over century-long history of residential schools through the stories of those who attended and also to gather historical documents about and from the schools.It was also mandated to create a national research centre containing these historical records but it will need extra money for that.The churches and the federal government plan to bill the commission for the costs of copying, scanning, digitizing and reproducing historical documents, said the commission.“This is now perhaps the most serious risk faced by the commission,” said the report. “The commission’s budget is not sufficient to cover the costs associated with reproducing the documents, including the costs associated with recording the details and locations of each original record.”The TRC says the federal government has been throwing up “administrative barriers” preventing it from accessing historical documents. The government is refusing to deal as a single entity with the TRC and instead insists the commission deal separately with each department that holds or stored residential school documents.Library and Archives Canada also told the TRC it can’t give the commission any records unless they get specific approval from each department that deposited the records.“These are administrative barriers and delays to the production of records which is a legal obligation under the settlement agreement,” said the report.Some church archivists are also posing problems, demanding that the commission agree to conditions, including trying to control how the TRC labels photos in its own reports, how many times the photos can be used or whether the commission can keep the records as part of its national research centre, which it was mandated to create, according to the commission’s report.“In some cases, individual archives and archivists of the churches demand that the commission agree to certain conditions before those archivists will produce records to the commission,” said the report.last_img read more

Weekly Summary Corporate dividends name changes new listings

NEW YORK — Changes announced in corporate dividends Feb. 4-Feb. 8.INCREASED DIVIDENDS3M 1.44 from 1.36Affiliated Managers .32 from .30Allete .5875 from .56Apartment Inv & Mgmt .39 from .38Archer Daniels Midland .35 from .335Avalonbay Communities 1.52 from 1.47Avista .3875 from .3725Booz Allen Hamilton Hldg .23 from .19CME Group Cl A .75 from .70CSX .24 from .22Camden Property Trust .80 from .77Carlyle Group .43 from .42Church&Dwight .2275 from .2175Cincinnati Financial .56 from .53Corning .20 from .18ECA Marcellus Tr I .113 from .078Eversource Energy .535 from .505Exelon .3625 from .345First Bancorp NC .12 from .10Healthcare Services Grp .19725 from .195Highwoods Properties .475 from .4625Invitation Homes .13 from .11Kemper Corp .25 from .24Microchip Technology .365 from .3645Midland States Bancorp .2425 from .22Mobile Mini .275 from .25Moelis .50 from .47Neenah .45 from .41New York Times .05 from .04NiSource .20 from .195Oaktree Capital Group .75 from .70Oasis Midstream Part .45 from .43Otter Tail .35 from .335Peoples Fincl Svcs .34 from .33Provident Fincl Svcs .23 from .21Shore Bancshares .10 from .09Skywest .12 from .10Simon Property Group 2.05 from 2.00Walker&Dunlop .30 from .25SPECIAL DIVIDENDSHFF A 1.75OP Bancorp .05Veritex Holdings .125g- Canadian fundsOTHER CORPORATE NEWS AND LISTINGS:STOCK SPLITS THIS WEEKCentene Corp 2 for 1 splitOhr Pharmaceutical Inc 1 for 20 reverse splitPulmatrix Inc 1 for 10 reverse splitSCWorx Corp 1 for 19 reverse splitACQUISITIONS AND MERGERSMINIMUM VALUE $100 MILLIONElectro Scientific Industries Inc – MKS Instruments Inc (1B)Pandora Media – Sirius XM (3.5B)Vectren Corp – CenterPoint Energy Inc (6B)Sendgrid Inc – Twilio Inc (2B)Wildhorse Resource Development Corp – Chesapeake Energy (4B)NEW STOCK LISTINGSNYSEPivotal Acquisition CorpNASDAQ GLOBAL AND GLOBAL SELECT MARKETSGossamer Bio IncHarpoon Therapeutics IncWealthbridge Acquisition Ltd unitsSTOCKS REMOVED FROM TRADINGNYSEJPMorgan Chase & Co pfd CNASDAQ GLOBAL AND GLOBAL SELECT MARKETSAccess National CorpCORPORATE NAME CHANGESAlliance MMA Inc to SCWorx CorpPlatform Special Products Corp to Elements Solutions IncThe Associated Press read more

Privatizing Ontario electricity companies would help lower rates not raise them report

TORONTO — One of the largest chambers of commerce in Canada is calling for wider privatization of electricity distribution companies to increase competitiveness in an attempt to drive down costly Ontario electricity prices over the long-term.In a report to be released Tuesday and obtained by The Canadian Press, the Toronto Region Board of Trade makes sweeping recommendations aimed at changing the province’s troubled energy sector.In the first of several reports to be released ahead of Ontario’s 2018 provincial election called “Agenda for Growth,” the board urges the province’s political parties to adopt its findings to fix the system.Hydro One considering use of pre-paid meters for electricityA whole new way to screw up hydro is underway in Ontario and B.C.Sell surplus electricity at a discount to Ontario businesses, rather than exporting at loss, province urgedBoard CEO Jan De Silva said the one of the report’s key recommendations is to privatize — by a maximum of 10 per cent initially — portions of local hydro distribution companies which are now run by municipalities. That would lead to more innovation, more efficient operation and would benefit businesses and consumers, she said.“I think the big opportunity to truly transform how we get ahead of a problem that we’ve backed ourselves into on hydro is looking at opportunities to privatize,” she said. “To bring more competitive forces into play.”“The (distribution companies) that are sitting under government control are the ones where choices get made for a number of reasons over time but they have really burdened businesses and taxpayers with an unaffordable hydro system,” she added.In 2015, the Liberal government announced it would sell 60 per cent of Hydro One shares with the intent of raising billions to fund transit and infrastructure projects. More than a year before the Liberal government announced in 2015 that it would partially privatize Hydro One, polling showed strong opposition to the idea.Pollara conducted research at the government’s behest in January and February of 2014 asking people for their thoughts on selling Hydro One, and just 25 per cent of respondents supported the idea.De Silva conceded the recommendation won’t be popular because of the large public backlash to the provincial privatization of Hydro One, but said a broader discussion of the benefits of business involvement needs to start. Ontario’s NDP have adamantly opposed the sale, vowing to buy back shares of the utility and restore it to full public control if the party is elected in 2018.“The challenge is public opinion,” De Silva said. “I would say (the) Hydro One (share sale) is going to prove itself out as being in the best interests of consumers. There’s a lot of investments that have been made in innovation in that organization that weren’t happening before and a wholesale consumer focus that wasn’t happening before.”De Silva stressed that the board is hearing from its members that thousands of manufacturing jobs are heading to neighbouring jurisdictions which have cheaper hydro prices. Part of the aim of the report is to combat the stigma privatization has taken on the public consciousness, she said.“There seems to be this fear that when you privatize things consumers are going to get squeezed in terms of having to pay more,” she said. “What our report is trying to point to is that governments operating these entities haven’t done a good job in protecting consumers.”The report also calls for reform of the provincial electricity pricing system, including changing how price increases are communicated numerous times every year.“We should only have price changes happening once a year as opposed to three or four times a year,” she said. “It’s very difficult for residents and businesses to keep track of things. For businesses, it adds additional administrative and regulatory costs to their systems.”The report also recommends that cap and trade costs should be broken out and explained clearly in electricity bills. That runs counter to an Ontario Energy Board ruling in 2016 which said the costs would not be reported on a separate line on a consumer’s bill for natural gas, which is used to heat most homes in the province.“We think that people need to know where the source of their costs are coming from in order for them to make decisions or have choices on what things they can do to influence the amount that they’re having to pay for their sources,” Da Silva said.The report also endorses carbon pricing but says regardless of the system implemented by government it must be revenue neutral through tax cuts or rebates to businesses and consumers.“Providing businesses and residents with tax cuts and rebates will create more long-term support for it.” read more

Hogan wants proposed resolution to Priory Hall debacle within three weeks

first_imgUpdate 2.07pm ENVIRONMENT MINISTER PHIL Hogan has asked senior officials in his department to initiate dialogue with stakeholders in the Priory Hall debacle and to report to government within three weeks.In a statement this afternoon, Hogan said that the situation that former residents at the north Dublin apartment complex find themselves in is “unacceptable” and acknowledged that a mediation process involving a former judge had not identified a possible conclusion.“I have become aware recently that, regrettably, the resolution process under Judge Finnegan has not identified a basis on which the parties could agree to bring to a conclusion the various matters at issue at Priory Hall,” Hogan said today.He has asked officials to meet with Dublin City Council, the Irish Banking Federation, NAMA, former residents and other stakeholders and to report back to government within 21 days with “a proposed resolution”.Hogan continued: “The most pressing need is to identify a solution to the unacceptable position in which the former owner-occupiers find themselves.”He added: “The full resolution of the Priory Hall situation is the ultimate goal. However, after two years in personally very difficult circumstances, it is vital that the former residents are facilitated in as timely a manner as possible in getting on with their lives.“I have set down a short period of time to reach conclusions and I would urge all parties to work together constructively.”No meetingEarlier resident said no meeting had yet been scheduled between the Department of Environment and Priory Hall residents despite press reports that such a meeting was planned for today.A spokesperson for the department told TheJournal.ie that it had been hoped that a meeting would take place but that it had been put off to allow for the conclusion of behind the scenes discussions.The department would not comment on the nature of the discussions but said that it involved a number of parties.A spokesperson for the Priory Hall Residents Committee said that he too had read press reports of a meeting with the department scheduled for today but said “we haven’t had any contact from them yet”.Graham Usher said that the group was  was pleased with some of the answers given by AIB at the Oireachtas Finance Committee a fortnight ago, with positive signs from also from PTSB:My understanding is that AIB are moving on that and they are committed to doing something fairly quickly. We’ve been advised that they will be getting in contact with customers over the next couple of weeks.Reports in the Sunday Business Post over the weekend suggested that state funding could form part of a debt resolution deal between banks and residents.Supreme CourtThe Supreme Court is next month set to hear an appeal by Dublin City Council (DCC) into a judgement that it had to pay for temporary accommodation for the Priory Hall residents.Hogan said that current court proceedings are contributing to a delay in meeting residents but Usher said that the DCC’s case should halt progress.“While the Supreme Court appeal about temporary accommodation is important, the issue with the mortgages and the long-term solution about what happened isn’t before the courts so I don’t see any reason why things can’t move with that,” he said.- additional reporting Hugh O’ConnellExplainer: What is happening with Priory Hall? >Read: Hogan still expecting report on Priory Hall, despite reports mediation has collapsed >Read: Priory Hall resident tells Minister: ‘I am sick to death of your government’s excuses’ >last_img read more

Casino Terms of voided 04 agreement are expected to shape intergovernment relationship

first_imgCowlitz reservation changes casino pictureIn April 2009, the Cowlitz Tribal Council and the Board of Clark County Commissioners decided to kill a 2004 casino pact rather than to continue trying to defend it in court.But the fact there’s no formal agreement between the county and tribe doesn’t mean there will be a total lack of county oversight and involvement in the development and operation of a casino, the county’s chief deputy prosecutor said Monday. Many of the stipulations in the voided 2004 Memorandum of Understanding were rolled into a 2007 Cowlitz Indian Tribe ordinance that was approved by the tribal council and submitted to the federal government as part of an application to have 152 acres near La Center put in trust. Last week, the Bureau of Indian Affairs announced the Cowlitz Tribe can use the land as an initial reservation and build a casino on it, pursuant to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.Clark County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Curt Wyrick said Monday that the county will rely on the terms of the 2007 ordinance.Phil Harju, attorney for the tribe, said the tribe will stand by those terms.The ordinance includes a limited waiver of sovereign immunity with regard to such issues as law enforcement, public health, fire protection, traffic and transportation, sewer and water and payments in lieu of property taxes.last_img read more

Star Wars Galaxys Edge Everything to eat and drink and Disneylands new

first_img 22 Photos Share your voice Disneyland’s new Star Wars land Galaxy’s Edge opens to the public Friday, and CNET’s Vanessa Hand Orellana got a sneak preview of Star Wars land before the general public. She checked out all the snacks, meals and specialty drinks, including the much hyped Blue and Green Milks.  There are five locations in Galaxy’s Edge where you can purchase food, drinks and snacks. Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo will be the main spot to grab a full meal. Ronto Roosters will let you grab a quick barbecue wrap. Kat Saka’s Kettle will serve popcorn and, of course, the Milk Stand will be serving the controversial Blue and Green Milks.  Galaxy’s Edge will also be the first location in Disneyland proper (that is, in areas accessible to the ticket-purchasing public) where guests will be able to buy alcoholic beverages, serving them at Oga’s Cantina. Disney’s California Adventure park, next door to Disneyland, has served alcohol since it opened in 2001, but Disneyland has always been a dry park (again, unless you happen to be guest at the exclusive Club 33 in New Orleans Square). Check out our first look at all tasty cocktails from Oga’s Cantina in Galaxy’s Edge. Galaxy’s Edge from every angle: We take you along for… Disney Star Wars Comment Every non-alcoholic drink in Galaxy’s Edge Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo Moof Juice: Simply Fruit Punch and Simply Orange with pineapple, chipotle-pineapple Phattro: Gold Peak unsweetened tea, Odwalla lemonade, desert pear Batuubucha Tea: Suja pineapple passionfruit kombuchaStar Wars: Galaxy's Edge - Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo BeveragesThe Phattro and Moof Juice David Roark Oga’s Cantina Oga’s Cantina has a good variety of fun non-alcoholic beverages. You can also check out our breakdown of all the alcoholic beverages Oga’s Cantina will be serving. (Yes, they have breakfast cocktails too!)  Black Spire Brew: Cold Brew Joffrey’s Coffee, honey, falernum, passion fruit, citrus Moogan Tea: Gold Peak Unsweetened Tea, chocolate milk, vanilla, cinnamon Tarine Tea: Gold Peak Unsweetened Tea, peach, huckleberry, mint Blue Bantha: Blue Milk served chilled with Bantha-inspired vanilla-butter sugar cookieCliff Dweller: Citrus juices, coconut, hibiscus-grenadine, and Seagram’s Ginger Ale (souvenir vessel available)Hyperdrive (Punch It!): Powerade Mountain Berry Blast, white cranberry juice, black cherry purée, SpriteJabba Juice: Simply Orange with with pineapple, kiwi, cantaloupe, and blueberry popping pearlsBlurrgfire: Lemonade, pomegranate juice, and habanero-limeCarbon Freeze: Powerade Lemon Lime, wild strawberry, blueberry, green apple popping pearlsOga’s Obsession: Lemonade, cotton candy flavor, blueberry popping pearls Ronto Roasters Tatooine Sunset: Gold Peak unsweetened tea, Odwalla lemonade, melon, blueberry flavors Sour Sarlacc: Minute Maid limeade, raspberry, spicy mango Meiloorun Juice: Barrilitos Aguas Frescas pineapple, Simply Lemonade® with blueberry, white cranberry juice, lemon juice, desert pear Milk Stand These coconut and rice based milks have a tropical and somewhat floral twist to them. But more importantly, they are very Instagramable.  Blue MilkGreen Milk 15:04 Star Wars land: Everything we saw at Disneyland’s Galaxy’s Edge Everything you can eat in Galaxy’s Edge Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo Docking Bay 7 will be the primarily location to grab a meal in Galaxy’s Edge. They will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as kid’s meal options.  Bright Suns Morning: Three-cheese egg bite, pork sausage, purple potato hash, mini Mustafarian lava roll (We don’t know what that is yet either.)Rising Moons Overnight Oats: Oats, dragon fruit, yogurt, seasonal fruitMustafarian Lava Roll (Seriously, no clue.)The Mustafarian Lava Roll David Nguyen Bright Suns Youngling Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, purple potatoes, fresh fruit (Kid’s meal) Smoked Kaadu Ribs: Sticky pork ribs, blueberry corn muffin, cabbage slawFried Endorian Tip-yip: Crispy chicken, roasted vegetable potato mash, herb gravy Yobshrimp Noodle Salad: Chilled shrimp, marinated noodles, vegetables Felucian Garden Spread: Plant-based “Kefta,” herb hummus, tomato-cucumber relish, pita Roasted Endorian Tip-yip Salad: Marinated chicken, mixed greens, roasted seasonal vegetables, quinoa, pumpkin seeds, green curry ranchStar Wars: Galaxy's Edge - Roasted Endorian Tip-yip SaladThe Roasted Endorian Tip-yip Salad David Roark Oi-oi Puff: Raspberry cream puff with passion fruit mousseBatuu-bon: Chocolate cake, white chocolate mousse, coffee custardYobshrimp Noodle Salad: Chilled shrimp, noodle vegetables, sweet orange dressing (Kid’s meal)A Taste of Takodana: Black bean hummus, edible soil with nuts (Huh?), chilled dipping vegetables, multi-grain crisps (Kid’s meal)Fried Endorian Tip-yip: Crispy chicken, macaroni & cheese, seasonal vegetables (Kid’s meal) Ithorian Garden Loaf: Plant-based “meatloaf,” roasted vegetable potato mash, seasonal vegetables, mushroom sauce (Dinner only) Braised Shaak Roast: Beef pot roast, cavatelli pasta, wilted kale, mushrooms (Dinner only) Oga’s Cantina Oga’s Cantina will be light on food, as it’s primarily a place to grab a drink. It’s also the first and only place in Disneyland guests can purchase alcohol. Mustafarian Lava RollRising Moons Overnight OatsBatuu BitsStar Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – Rising Moons Overnight OatsThe Rising Moons Overnight Oats David Nguyen Ronto Roasters Ronto Roasters will be a quick place to grab a wrap from the barbecue pit.  Ronto Morning Wrap: Scrambled Eggs, Grilled Pork Sausage, Shredded Cheese, Peppercorn Sauce wrapped in PitaRising Moons Overnight OatsRonto Wrap: Roasted pork, grilled pork sausage, peppercorn sauce, tangy slaw wrapped in pitaNuna Turkey Jerky: Sweet or spicy Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge - Ronto RoastersThe Meiloorun Juice, the Nuna Turkey Jerky and the Ronto Wrap Kent Phillips Kat Saka’s Kettle Kat Saka’s Kettle is a popcorn stand. (But we secretly hope they will one day serve churros.)  Outpost Popcorn Mixcenter_img Disney’s Star Wars land food: Everything to eat and drink in Galaxy’s Edge P.S. Blue milk tastes nothing like blue milk… not creamy, not lukewarm… and maybe that’s not a bad thing. it’s basically melted rainbow sorbet. At least that’s what my taste buds were feelin. #galaxysedge— Vane Hand Orellana (@VaneHand) May 30, 2019 Culture 74 Photos 1 Tags Originally published at 6 p.m. PT.Updated at 7:12 p.m. PT with first impressions. Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

Poco F1 Lite price key features tipped online Can it repeat Poco

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:10/0:25Loaded: 0%0:10Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:15?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, 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. COPY LINKAD Loading … Is Redmi Note 7 the new-age Nokia 3310? Poco F1’s success is still ringing in the ears of consumers and the makers who are still reaping its benefits through sales. While rumours about Poco F2 have spiked consumer interest, it appears Xiaomi’s sub-brand is now working on an affordable smartphone with its official launch just around the corner.The first and last Poco smartphone we saw ever since the brand was started was in August last year. Ever since Poco F1 has made waves in the premium smartphone category by being the cheapest Snapdragon 845. While an upgrade is overdue this year, Poco F1 Lite will disrupt the budget smartphone segment before Poco F2 takes the market by storm.Xiaomi’s Poco hasn’t revealed plans of a Poco F1 Lite, but the handset made a stop at Geekbench benchmarking site to prove its existence behind the curtains. But the listing confirms key features of the upcoming Poco F1 Lite, such as Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, 4GB RAM and Android 9.0 Pie. Poco F1 Lite on GeekbenchGeekbenchPoco F1 Lite’s single core and multi-core performance scores aren’t quite impressive at 1341 and 4830, respectively. But the glance at the Poco F1 Lite’s features suggests it will be in the same league as the newly-released Redmi Note 7.Sharing the same chipset and RAM configuration means the Poco F1 Lite could also be priced along the same lines of Redmi Note 7, which starts at Rs 9,999 for 3GB+32GB configuration and goes as high as Rs 11,999 for 4GB+64GB model. It won’t be surprising to see Poco F1 Lite carry a similar price tag and compete against brands like Samsung, Honor, Realme and others. Poco F1 Lite is in the offingKVN Rohit/IBTimes IndiaPoco F1 was a true flagship killer of its time. The smartphone is available with attractive offers on Flipkart during Poco Days sale till March 18. The offer is valid on all Poco F1 variants in India, making it worth checking out.With Poco F1 Lite just around the corner, buyers who cannot afford the Poco F1 can wait a bit longer and settle for a cheaper version of Poco smartphone. Stay tuned for updates.center_img Closelast_img read more

Cannes 2019 Hina Khan makes red carpet debut in shimmery gown Twitterati

first_imgHina Khan at Cannes Film Festival 2019ReutersTelevision actress Hina Khan dazzled like a diamond as she made her debut at Cannes Film Festival 2019 on Wednesday, May 15. Donning a grey shimmery gown with a plunging neckline and a gathered train, Hina walked the red carpet wearing a bright smiled and waving at the photographers.The actor is at Cannes for the screening of her short film, Lines, which is based on the Kargil War. She attended the screening of sci-fi drama Bacurau on Wednesday.The gorgeous actress, who made her TV debut with Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai, picked out her favourite moment from her Cannes debut and posted it on her social media page with a caption that read: “The picture is just not “a” picture.”As soon as Hina made her Cannes debut, Twitter burst out in praise. A user wrote, “HINA KHAN slayed omg wow” while another user said, “Okay so i could just get these Glimpses of #HinaKhan for you exclusively at #Cannes2019 She was looking like a Diva.” Just like every year, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor and Deepika Padukone will also attend the Cannes Film Festival 2019.On Sunday, Hina shot for her last episode of the popular TV show Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 where she played the role of Komolika. Her co-stars including Erica Fernandes, Parth Samthaan, Pooja Banerjee among others had organised a mini farewell on the sets and wished her luck for future ventures. A few of the clicks were shared on Instagram. Before the big Cannes event, Hina also shot for an upcoming video song by Arijit Singh in Delhi. She is paired alongside her best friend and actor Priyank Sharma in the video.last_img read more

Madhya Pradesh amends law to punish cow vigilantes 5year jail fine for

first_img Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/2:04Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-2:03?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, 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. COPY LINKAD Loading … BJP, RSS are encouraging lynching in the country: Mallikarjun Khargecenter_img The existing law in the state, that completely prohibits the killing of cattle and keeping and transporting cow meat, does not mention violence or mob lynching in the name of cow.Human Rights WatchThe Madhya Pradesh government approved an amendment to the anti-cow slaughter law in the state on Wednesday (June 26) to make cow vigilantism punishable. The state cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Kamal Nath, cleared an amendment to the Madhya Pradesh Gauvansh Vadh Pratishedh Adhiniyam, 2004, to include a fine of Rs 25,000 to Rs 50,000 and jail term between a year and five years for those who engage in violence in the name of cow protection.The existing law in the state, that completely prohibits the killing of cattle and keeping and transporting cow meat, does not mention violence or lynching in the name of cow. Cases related to cow vigilantism are currently dealt with under Indian Penal Code and the Code of Criminal Procedure.”The amendment has been made keeping in mind the Supreme Court order…telling states to act tough on cow vigilantism,” Additional Chief Secretary (Animal Husbandry) Manoj Shrivastava was quoted as saying in a Hindustan Times report.Shrivastava said that to ensure safety for cow transporters, the law has made it mandatory for them to take a sub-divisional magistrate’s permission. “The magistrate’s permission will be a legal paper that should satisfy the gau rakshaks,” said Animal Husbandry Minister Lakhan Singh Yadav.Yadav also said that most cattle transporters do not carry documents to ascertain whether the cow is being transported for sale or slaughter, and often end up being harassed or beaten by the cow vigilantes. In July 2018, a Supreme Court bench had said “horrendous acts of mobocracy” cannot be allowed to overrun the law of the land and directed Parliament to enact stern laws so as to provide “preventive, remedial and punitive measures” to deal with cow vigilantism and mob lynching.The recent move comes in the light of an incident in the state’s Seoni district when five people thrashed three persons, including a Muslim man and woman, on suspicion of carrying beef on May 22. All the five accused including their leader Shubham Singh Baghel – who identified himself as the Seoni district president of Hindutva organisation Shri Ram Sena – were arrested after two days. last_img read more

Eid advance train ticket sale begins

first_imgBangladesh Railway begins sale of advance train tickets for holidaymakers on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha on Monday. Photo: BSSBangladesh Railway on Monday begins sale of advance train tickets for holidaymakers on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha.The passengers are purchasing the ticket of 7 August today (Sunday) as they can collect rail tickets of 8, 9, 10 and 11 August on 30, 31 July and 1 and 2 August respectively, railway sources said.The holy Eid-ul-Azha will be celebrated on 12 or 13 August, subject to moon sighting.Earlier railways minister Md Nurul Islam Sujan told a press conference at Rail Bhaban that sale of tickets for intercity trains will continue till 2 August.He also said the sale of return tickets will begin on 5 August and it will continue till 9 August.Sujan said the holidaymakers can collect their advance return train tickets of 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18 August on 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 August.The advance tickets will be sold from five places this time, he added.The minister said tickets for all intercity trains bound to the country’s western region will be sold from Kamalapur Railway Station while the tickets to Chattogram and Noakhali destinations will be sold from airport railway station.Passengers of Netrokona-bound Mohanganj and Haor Express can get tickets from Banani station while tickets of Mymensingh and Jamalpur- bound all intercity trains will be sold at Tejgaon station, he added.He said Sylhet and Kishoreganj-bound holidaymakers will have to collect tickets from old rail bhaban in Fulbaria area in Dhaka.The minister said tickets will be sold from 9:00am to 4:00pm every day without any break while holidaymakers can buy tickets online using mobile app from 6:00am.Maximum four advance rail tickets will be given to a passenger, he said.Fifty per cent of the total tickets will be sold online from Monday and the rest will be sold from the five places.Marking the Eid-ul-Azha, off-day of all intercity trains will remain canceled from 7 August to one day before the festival.He said once sold, Eid tickets will not be returned and national identity(NID) card will be required to buy tickets.On the occasion of Eid, Bangladesh Railway will run eight pairs of special trains.last_img read more

County Works to Thwart Illegal Trash Dumping

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, AFRO Staff Writer, mgray@afro.comIn early April, Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks and Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser spent a leisurely Wednesday afternoon walking along the boundary that separates their communities and vowed to attack the problem of illegal trash dumping.Last weekend, the efforts to put the clamps on the nasty scheme began as Prince George’s County Police used tips from local business owners to put a halt to an illegal dumping incident on Cryden Way near Marlboro Pike.  The secret operation was part of an elaborate sting setup and executed under the watch of County Police Chief Hank Stawinski.Police are working to catch illegal trash dumpers. (Courtesy Photo)“Our business owners were tired of walking out of their businesses and seeing piles of trash that belonged in a dump and not across from their places of work,” Stawinski said in a statement issued by the Police Department. “ We took that tip and showed up under the cover of night and caught two construction trucks on the verge of dumping more trash, but we stopped it.”With officers watching from the scene, two trucks full of construction trash arrived to the area and the drivers were in the process of unloading their nasty freight when they were stopped by police during this clandestine operation, according to the report. Police also said both suspects, who were arrested at the scene, had outstanding arrest warrants for traffic violations. “We want our community to know that we take your tips seriously,” Stawinski added. “We embrace County Executive  Alsobrooks’ mandate to keep our neighborhoods free of trash. We are all proud of where we work and live and we are putting illegal dumpers on notice. If you illegally dump commercial trash in our neighborhoods, you will face arrest.” Last month Alsobrooks warned that the County would step the intensity up on illegal dumpers and that those caught could face prosecution.  Prince George’s County has set up hidden cameras which have been placed throughout the area in a bid to catch those who have been illegally dumping commercial trash in neighborhoods.May 4 was Prince George’s County’s 1st Annual “Growing Green With Pride Day” and ironically it proved to be the day where the first busts were made in their commercial clean up effort, although Stawinski warned potential illegal dumpers need to be aware that they will be vigilant every day of the year, as the County has stepped up its efforts to stop illegal dumping. “We likewise are installing cameras to make sure that we are capturing the images of individuals who have chosen to illegally dump on either side,” Alsobrooks said after she took the walk with Mayor Bowser last month.The County Executive was recently successful in passing legislation that targets the illegal dumping of bulky items that have been affecting communities. The new legislation defines the type of targeted items and establishes a new penalty for individuals convicted of violating the new law. Also, ten new hidden cameras have been installed throughout the County to catch people illegally dumping.  Police are still investigating other communities who may be targeted for the illegal commercial disposal. The inaugural “Growing Green With Pride Day” on May 4 was a County-wide planting and clean-up day and the culmination of the launch to the County’s beautification campaign between the hours of 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. Once the resident volunteers finished their work, they were treated to a free appreciation picnic to celebrate the efforts of all the volunteers at Watkins Regional Park.last_img read more

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first_img Enroll Now for Free 2 min read When it comes to programming, getting started is the hardest part. There are too many programming languages to choose from these days and each seems to be suited for a specific kind of work. The best thing you can do is build a foundation using the most popular programming language out there: JavaScript.If you want to learn JavaScript, but don’t want to pay an arm and a leg, enroll in this Comprehensive JavaScript Bundle. It’s like a gateway into the great wide world of programming, and it only costs $31.With eight courses and over 42 hours of expert instruction, this set of online courses will give you an in-depth introduction to everything JavaScript. And instead of just reading about it, you’ll actually do work along the way to feel confident in your coding abilities. You’ll build dynamic apps and web pages from scratch, create games that can actually be played online, and either work with other languages to increase functionality in your projects.Don’t worry if you have zero experience, the expert instructor will walk you through every step. Plus, you’ll get lifetime access so you can revisit the content whenever you need a refresher.No matter how many other languages you learn along the way, JavaScript will always serve as your foundation. Learn it now for just $31, discounted 97% from the original cost. Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now June 7, 2019last_img read more

María Elena Lezama Espinosa new mayor of Cancun

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — New figures from the Preliminary Results Program of the Electoral Institute of Quintana Roo shows the new mayor-elect had double the amount of votes as the previous mayor.María Elena Lezama Espinosa, who to date has 162,670 counted votes, is officially the new mayor of Cancun.The candidate from the coalition Together We Will Make History, won the municipal presidency of Benito Juárez by more than double the amount of votes as current mayor, Remberto Estrada Barba in 2016, explained Penélope Ríos Arellano, president of the Municipal Council of Benito Juárez.“We can say that on this occasion abstention was overcome since 75 percent of the people in Benito Juárez went out to vote, an increase from 40 percent in the last electoral process,” said Ríos Arellano.She explained that this year, “40 percent of the voters were young people aged 18 to 35, many voting for the first time. This election is historic for us.”Throughout Benito Juarez, 997 voting booths were set up for for the more than 1.5 million voters. The Electoral Institute will continue to count votes this week, with another re-count scheduled for the following week.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Costa Rican legislative elections show growing voter dissatisfaction with traditional choices

first_imgFollowing the Broad Front Party’s surprise failure to enter April’ssecond-round presidential election, many citizens have suggested a runoff simply will be a continuation of “politics as usual” in Costa Rica, and that no real political change will occur.The conclusion that this national election represents a continuance of “more of the same” is based exclusively on the outcome of the first round earlier this month, and therefore misses the major changes in the national legislative elections of 2014. Those elections, together with previous elections in this century, suggest that Costa Rica is experiencing more than a simple party realignment in which Luis Guillermo Solís’ Citizen Action Party has replaced the Social Christian Unity Party as the second major party of a two-party system.Rather, Costa Rica’s two-party model – responsible for its moderate politics and democratic stability since 1949 – appears to be evolving into a much more conflict-driven multiparty system that may eventually alter future presidential elections as well.For evidence that Costa Rica’s political system is evolving, one needs to look no further than the rate of voter turnout in the elections this century. Since 1998, Costa Rican voters have seemed less content with their national political leaders as evidenced by nearly a third of eligible voters staying away from the polls in recent elections.In the presidential election of 2002 – the first in Costa Rica’s history to require a second round – only 68.8 percent of registered voters participated. This rate, while well above the turnout rate for elections in the United States, was the lowest in Costa Rica since the election of 1958.In a second round in 2002, only 60.2 percent of voters participated, representing the lowest level of voter participation since 1949.The elections of 2006 and 2010 demonstrate the same downward trend, with turnout rates of 65.4 percent and 69.08 percent, respectively. Roughly 68 percent of registered voters went to the polls in this most recent election, and if the past is an indicator, one might expect turnout for the runoff in April to be lower still.These numbers, taken alone, do not present cause for concern. This rate of voter turnout places Costa Rica in the company of Estonia and Hungary and still well above the voter participation levels experienced by Switzerland, India and the U.S. But they do represent a significant decrease in Costa Rica’s voter turnout in the previous century. On average, 81 percent of registered voters participated in the national elections between 1960-1995, and this statistic was a significant factor contributing to Costa Rica’s reputation as one of the most stable democracies in Latin America.Costa Rica is often recognized for its 65 years as a stable democracy, in large part due to its bipartisan governance. But in 2014, further cracks have emerged in this once rock-solid two-party system. For example, in only one other election (and that, too, was an election in this century) did the ruling National Liberation Party win so few seats in the legislature. Following the establishment of the Constitution of 1949 and even in the elections of 1953 and 1958, where the Legislative Assembly consisted of only 45 representatives, the PLN always has held at least 20 seats. With the PLN’s 18 seats, this year ties 2002 as the worst showing in the party’s storied electoral history. This alone suggests that this election is of great historical significance, and taken with the results of 2002 may be an indicator of the end of PLN’s electoral lock as either the ruling party, or the principle opposition party in Costa Rica.There are other factors that also suggest the political landscape is changing. The constitutional change that made possible the return of former President Oscar Arias and the divisive politics of the 2007 free trade referendum did little to help the traditional political parties win support. In fact, these debates likely account for much of the electoral successes of the Libertarian Movement Party in 2010 and the Broad Front Party in 2014.While the Broad Front’s 17 percent vote tally did not result in a much-expected second-round contest for their presidential candidate, it nonetheless did translate into nine new progressively left legislative members, a whopping 800 percent increase in the party’s legislative presence over 2010.The Broad Front Party will now hold 16 percent of the seats in the Assembly, and if each proves to be as vocal as has been presidential candidate and lawmaker José María Villalta, this upcoming legislature promises to be more conflict-driven than the last.In 2010, the right-of-center Libertarian Movement Party increased legislative presence from one lawmaker in 2002 to six in 2006 and 10 in 2010, only to find voters cooling to the party’s rhetoric in 2014. Still, a 900 percent increase in the eight years between 2002 and 2010 suggests that a significant number of Costa Rican voters in this century have begun to identify both to the left and to the right of Costa Rica’s much-celebrated political center.Prior to PAC’s 14-seat victory in 2002, one must go back 50 years to find third parties who have garnered the electoral clout that the Libertarian and Broad Front parties have won in the two most recent elections. Since 2002, significant third-party voting has become more the norm. This too is suggestive of a growing multiparty system, the end of two-party stability and perhaps a more divisive politics ahead.The recent legislative elections also have witnessed a breakthrough for the evangelical movement in Costa Rica, increasing their number in 2014 by 50 percent. The increase may be small in real numbers (an increase from two lawmakers to three in 2014), but one simply has to remember the hundreds of motions filed by the National Restoration Party’s Carlos Avendaño to slow down in vitro fertilization legislation to understand what a single lawmaker driven by ideology can do in a legislative body.The polarizing impact of the rise of evangelicals on politics in Latin America is well documented, and as their numbers increase in Costa Rica, so likely will the political struggle over cultural hot-button issues such as women’s reproductive health and marriage rights for gays and lesbians.Finally, there are also economic factors that could destabilize politics in Costa Rica. Costa Rica currently has the second-highest unemployment rate in Latin America at 8.3 percent, according to the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. Despite increases in the nation’s economic wealth production, levels of poverty have remained stagnant since 1994. Costa Rica shares the unwelcome honor of being one of three countries in the region where inequality has grown since the year 2000.Economic insecurity breeds political instability, and reversing this trend will be the challenge of the next four years. If the next administration cannot find solutions to some of Costa Rica’s economic woes, 2018 may find even more voters looking for political alternatives on the right or the left, leaving the fabled Costa Rican democratic stability in even greater peril.Gary L. Lehring is a professor of government at Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts. He is on sabbatical in Costa Rica. 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