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Ticos apathetic toward 2014 presidential candidates

first_imgNearly half of Costa Rican voters have not yet committed to supporting any candidate in the 2014 presidential elections, according to the latest poll conducted by research firm UNIMER for the daily La Nación.Less than a year before the elections, 32 percent of voters say they do not know who to vote for, while 22 percent say they will not vote for anyone.This means that if elections were held today, the voting figures would not be enough to elect any of the current candidates.To be elected president of Costa Rica a candidate needs at least 40 percent of total voters, otherwise a runoff must be held between the top two candidates.This only happened in 2002, when President Abel Pacheco beat Rolando Araya.According to the UNIMER poll, San José Mayor Johnny Araya from the ruling National Liberation Party has 27 percent support of potential voters, while Epsy Campbell from the Citizen Action Party has 4 percent and Otto Guevara from the Libertarian Movement has 3 percent.At the time of the survey neither Rodolfo Hernández from the Social Christian Unity Party, nor lawmaker José María Villalta, from the Broad Front Party, had announced their presidential bids.The poll was conducted from Jan. 24-Feb. 4, and included 1,200 citizens throughout the country. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Silver Muse the worlds newest ultraluxury cruis

first_imgSilver Muse, the world’s newest ultra-luxury cruise ship and the ninth vessel in the Silversea fleet, was christened in her homeport of Monaco on Thursday in a festive atmosphere. Chairman Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio’s 17-year-old daughter, Costanza Lefebvre, did the honours as godmother, highlighting that Silversea is a company based on family values. In Australia, Silversea’s third largest market, the christening was marked by a harbourside cocktail reception at Park Hyatt Sydney on Thursday night, hosted by Amber Wilson, Managing Director Asia-Pacific, Silversea Cruises, and Alison Roberts-Brown, Regional Director, Australia & New Zealand, Monaco Government Tourism & Convention Authority. Trade and media guests, including LATTE, sipped on Pommery Champagne and supped on delicate creations of scallops and arancini balls. The glamorous black-and-white dress code lent an air of sophistication to the evening, a concept the 596-passenger ‘simply divine’ Silver Muse embodies. Dining is at the centre of the Silversea experience, with three new restaurants debuting on the new vessel: Atlantide for seafood, Indochine for Asia-inspired fusion, and Spaccanapoli for Italian-themed cuisine beside the pool. Silver Muse is also home to the Zàgara Beauty Spa.HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco & Silversea Chairman Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio. Image courtesy Silversea CruisesWith Silversea’s Monégasque home and history, the principality played a key role in the celebration. In Port Hercule, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco was among the distinguished guests, alongside Abercrombie & Kent founder, Geoffrey Kent. In Sydney, Monaco Tourism supported the evening, taking the opportunity to promote Emirates’ new A380 service to Nice, with helicopter transfers to the principality with Monacair (complimentary for first-class guests; at a cost for business and economy passengers).While attendees in Monaco were treated to performances by the Sinfonietta Orchestra of Rome, those in Australia were transported by the sublime strains of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.last_img read more