Rose Parade Cancellation Will Take a Toll on Local, Regional Economy

first_imgLocal leaders told Pasadena Now that the cancellation of the Rose Parade will not just hurt the local economy, but will have a far-reaching impact throughout the region.According to Chamber of Commerce President Paul Little the parade brings in about $268 million every year and this year would have provided a much needed shot in the arm for restaurants and hotels forced to shut down due to the Coronavirus.“Two of our hotels are still closed,” Little said. “The hotels and the restaurants and the shops and the tour companies and Sharp Seating sells tickets. All of those folks are going to see virtually no income where they usually see their strongest week of the year.”One study conducted after the 2013 parade by a Los Angeles-based research and consulting firm Micronomics revealed that the parade and Rose Bowl Game led to $306 million in spending in L.A. County. In fact, the parade’s financial contribution to L.A. County was more than the Grammy Awards according to report.“The real economic impact of losing the parade is to the business community in Pasadena and the region,” said Pasadena Public Information Officer Lisa Derderian. “The lower wage earners that are paid to set up and take down bleachers, the extra staff hotels, banquet facilities and restaurants hire to accommodate larger crowds and events will all have few earning opportunities.”“But again, the reality is that many of those jobs or opportunities are already lost because those same locations cannot host any large-scale attended events such as weddings, parties, etc. The tourists that come into town do not just recreate or stay in Pasadena. They go to theme parks, the beach, and other locations. They fill hotels all around Southern California and not just in Pasadena.”Derderian described Pasadena as a destination during the holidays.“Between family vacations, holiday shopping and parade/game attendees, there is significant revenue generated for the hospitality, restaurant, entertainment and sports venues.”“Unfortunately, in this current climate, the city and the businesses have forecasted this impact but the health and welfare of our community is paramount and we support the decision to not host the 2021 Parade,” Derderian said. “Events are being canceled but the Rose Parade is the granddaddy of them all! We value our relationship and ongoing coordination with the Tournament of Roses and are here to support any alternate plans they are considering.”This year marks the first peacetime cancellation of the parade, which decades ago was canceled three times in 1942, 1944 and 1945 after the attack on Pearl Harbor forced the nation into World War II.In all but 1942, the Rose Bowl Game was still held. So far this year, no decision has been made on college football.“The parade plays such an important role in not only Pasadena, but in the region,” said Councilmember and Mayoral Candidate Victor Gordo. “And it’s not just an economic role, you know, it’s a reminder to all of us how special Pasadena is. It’s an opportunity for all of us to celebrate the incoming New Year from a point of rejuvenation. Yes, there’s a tremendous economic impact to Pasadena and to the region. Hotels, businesses, tour guides all will be affected, but the parade will come back. The parade has a long history of playing an important role in all of our lives, whether it’s direct or just an opportunity to celebrate together. It will happen again.”The cancellation could not come at a worse time.The recent shutdowns have left many restaurants on the brink of closing. The city went to great lengths last weekend to usher in outdoor dining in alleys, on sidewalks, and across barricaded traffic lanes, but the effort may not be enough to save many of the eateries.One local restaurant said although last weekend they did their best sales numbers since the pandemic began, their revenue fell far short of a typical pre-pandemic Saturday night.Several local restaurants have already closed down, including Kabuki in Old Pasadena which Pasadena Now reported Wednesday had been permanently shuttered late last week.“I think the Tournament of Roses made the right decision and I applaud them for putting health and safety before tradition, but this hurts everyone,” said former restaurateur Robin Salzar. “This hurts everyone involved from the hundreds of Tournament of Roses volunteers, and the thousands of visitors in the city, the hotels and restaurants that we all know sorely need this revenue and the sales tax and, the hotel taxes that the city needs.”“People don’t just visit Pasadena during the lead up to the parade. They also visit other parts of the region and spend money there.”Mayor Terry Tornek said the cancellation was not just a financial loss, but a cultural loss.“It certainly has a significant impact in certain businesses,” Tornek said. “The hotels, the restaurants are most notable, but, it’s more. I think as important as the financial impact, I think is a cultural impact and the almost spiritual impact it has on the community and morale in the community. It’s something that families look forward to year after year and they build generational behaviors around it. You know, family outings, sleeping out in Colorado Boulevard…they build their New Year celebrations around it. I think the cultural impact is at least as significant as the financial impact.”“There won’t be a parade on January 1, 2021, but there will be in 2022 and we’ll just have to look forward to that and enjoy it even more.” 20 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Business News Make a comment Subscribe Community News Rose Parade Cancellation Will Take a Toll on Local, Regional Economy Festivities bring hundreds of millions of dollars into LA County annually By ANDRÉ COLEMAN, Managing Editor Published on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 | 5:07 pm More Cool Stuff Herbeauty6 Trends To Look Like A Bombshell And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWeird Types Of Massage Not Everyone Dares To TryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyPriyanka Chopra’s 10 Year Challenge Pic Will Surprise YouHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Celebrities People Don’t Love AnymoreHerbeautyHerbeauty Community Newscenter_img Top of the News CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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FEBRUARY 11, 2017 “READERS FORUM”

first_imgWHAT IS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays “READERS POLL” question is” Do you agree with City Councilman Weaver comment that the terms of his protective order is a personal matter?We urge you to take time and click the section we have reserved for the daily recaps of the activities of our local Law Enforcement professionals. This section is located on the upper right side of our publication.If you would like to advertise or submit and article in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] County Observer has been serving our community for 17 years.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Clump Point Mission Beach Infrastructure Project Starts Soon

first_imgThe Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) recently awarded MGN Civil Pty Ltd a contract for the delivery of element one of the Clump Point Mission Beach Safe Boating project.Element Two of the Clump Point Mission Beach boating infrastructure project is still under tender evaluation, with a contract expected to be awarded in the coming months.According to the contractor, the scheme is a significant undertaking including new breakwater construction, upgrade of existing breakwater, boat ramp upgrade, reclamation, etc.The main aim of this undertaking is to upgrade the public boating facilities at Mission Beach Clump Point, Mission Beach, Queensland, Australia.On-site works are planned to begin in February 2019, weather permitting, and will be complete by Christmas, MGN Civil said in the release.The government officials announced that the Clump Point public boat ramp will be closed for public use during construction. Access for the small number of commercial users will be maintained throughout construction.last_img read more

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`Mole’ DeNobrega wins feature Malta Supreme 35-lap cycle race
first_imgTEAM Evolution’s Paul `mole’ DeNobrega returned one hour 19 minutes 44 seconds to win the feature 35-lap race of the Banks DIH Limited sponsored Malta Supreme 11-race cycle programme which was staged in the National Park yesterday.The event which took place on the inner circuit of the National Park and which was organized by cycling coach Hassan Mohamed, saw DeNobrega in company with Andrew Hicks, Jamal John, Kemuel Moses and Christopher Griffith, breaking from the other starters and opening a commanding lead. In the process, Hicks picked up the first two of eight prime prizes.The peloton was working feverishly to make a connection with the leaders and it was not until after nine laps were completed that that connection was made.From then on, the lead kept interchanging but Hicks stole the march on the leading bunch and led for three consecutive laps before being joined by John and Moses and subsequently, DeNobrega joined them and they worked together. However, Moses was dropped.With approximately 125 metres remaining for the finish, John jumped the leaders from midfield but DeNobrega responded and put his wheel in front to win from John, Hicks, Alonzo Ambrose, Marcus Keiler and Moses respectively.Ambrose won three prime prizes, John two and Keilier one.In other results, Nigel Dugid won the 10-lap race for juveniles, ahead of Adealie Hodge and Curtis Dey respectively. Dugid’s time for the event was 25 minutes 41.40 seconds.Warren Mckay won the five-lap race for veterans under 50 years of age, ahead of Leer Nunes and Ian Jackson respectively, while Kennard Lovell was the winner of the five-lap race for veterans.Jonathan Ramsuchit won the three-lap race for boys 12-14 years of age.The five-lap race for mountain bikers was won by Nigel Jacobs, while Akran Singh placed second.The BMX boys’ 6-9 years two-lap event was won by Tarad Barrington.last_img
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Norwayne FFA Chapter attends 92nd National FFA Convention

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Norwayne FFA Chapter took a trip to the 92nd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. We brought 13 members in our school vans and stayed in a house that we rented. On the way to Indianapolis, we toured Abbott’s Candy Factory and got to see how they made their chocolate and caramel. We also got to learn about how their small food business ran their day-to-day operations and factory. There were two sessions during the convention that our members attended as well.  Those sessions involved a motivational speech given by Bob Goff and also a retiring address from one of the National FFA officers. Being asked how they thought about the trip, Tim Gunkelman said, “I had such a blast at National Convention, especially at Buckeye Bash. I had fun meeting new members across the United States. It was definitely a trip to remember!”Our members also got to tour Fair Oaks Farms. While there we got to see their dairy and swine operations and learned how they run their livestock production business using the rotating milking carousel and how they organize their swine from birth to breeding to farrowing. Some other activities that our members had the opportunity to experience were Cinch’s World’s Toughest Rodeo, the Buckeye Bash and Hoosier Trails Horseback Riding.last_img read more

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15 Things Blogging Venture Capitalists Love in 2011

first_imgVenture Capitalists have a big impact on the software that hits the web and the rest of us have been fortunate to get a good look into many of their minds thanks to the recent rise of the blogging VC. Some VCs love to share how they think about various technology issues on their blogs – but what do they really love?VC Larry Cheng posted his 4th annual Venture Capitalist Blog Index today, listing and ranking 155 blogs written by venture capitalists. I discovered it when a feed we have in our team RSS reader tracking comments posted around the web by VC Fred Wilson delivered the link. I put the list into ITA Software’s Needlebase, scraped a list of all the blogs, then put them in a Blekko custom search engine. I searched for the word “love” (as I always do in any new search opportunity) and found that these 155 blogging VCs have used the word love in exactly 15 blog posts so far this year. What do they love? Read on for an amusing survey of 15 things blogging VCs love in 2011. Mark Suster loves info graphics. He said so in a comment on his post How to Handle a VC Presentation with No Deck.Chris Dixon says that people love horse races like NYC vs Silcon Valley, Facebook vs Twitter, IPO markets vs private exchanges, the valuation of some startup vs some other startup. But he says that “these questions are all footnotes that will be forgotten in a few years,” in his wide-eyed and awesome blog post PREDICTING THE FUTURE OF THE INTERNET IS EASY: ANYTHING IT HASN’T YET DRAMATICALLY TRANSFORMED, IT WILL.Brad Feld loves working with entrepreneurs and helping create new companies. It’s all about doing what you love, he writes in a reflection post titled Snow in Seattle.Jeff Bussgang says that if you love running your business, that’s one of the factors that can make it wise to walk away from large sums of money. He’s sat with two portfolio companies that have made that decision recently and wrote about it in a post titled Walking Away From Liquidity.Charlie O’Donnell is excited about the new API for Q&A site Quora he says he’d love a Quora column in Tweetdeck and a Quora Feedera email digest in his inbox. He’s looking for a way to “monitor the important conversations without having to sit in it all day.” Hey Charlie, this isn’t as cool as a Tweetdeck column, but did you know that Quora provides RSS feeds (ReadWriteWeb asked them to and they did!) including for Answers posted by username? And the URL structure is really simple. (My answers are at http://www.quora.com/Marshall-Kirkpatrick/answers/rss) If you’ve got a list of people you find compelling, it’s not hard to build an OPML file of all the questions they answer. (I put their names in a text file, find and replace to turn those into feed URLs, then use a plain-text-to-OPML web service, save the file locally and import into a reader of your choice.) Primo signal-to-noise there, too. Will an API propel Quora into the mainstream… and will that suck?Rob Day loves the funny looking dogs that win the Westminster Kennel Dog Show. “Be polarizing,” he urges entrepreneurs raising money. “The winner always seems to be some funny-looking dog, often a variety of dog you’ve never heard of even if the general category is familiar, and probably a dog that some people roll their eyes at and some people love. That’s what you want your pitch to be.” How to raise venture capital for a cleantech startup in 2011Brad Feld loves the web design firm Slice of Lime.Albert Wenger loves being told that his idea for a namespace for people is completely crazy.Mark Suster loved getting to see the White House. How Twitter Got Me into The White House & Saved My Son’s BirthdayAlbert Wenger again, in a prior conversation about his namespace for people idea, said he’d “love to hear from folks whether they think these are real problems with the current de facto solution and how services should deal with them (ideally with examples of good or bad implementations).”Charlie Daniels would love to do an experiment with the students in his college class to test his theory that socioeconomic background is a primary determinate of a person’s comfort meeting new people.Brad Feld loves starting off the year with CES.Fred Wilson hands his blog over to guest poster Charlie Crystal, who points out that startup founders love to take risks – including stupid ones when it’s with their own money. M&A Case Study: ChiliSoftJeff Bussgang loves five apps he found in 2010 (Flipboard, Instapaper, Disqus, Foursquare and Tweetdeck) He wonders if they will blow up as businesses in 2011.Fred Wilson kicked off 2011 with the awesome statement that he loves “doing random stuff on the web which takes me to new places and new ideas.” Cheers to that, Fred! GlobalizationImage from Hikingartist.com marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#humor#web Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

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Canada seeking extradition of Akwesasne man from US

first_img(Watch APTN’s 2012 interview with Seth Lazore)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsCanadian authorities want to extradite an Akwesasne man from the U.S. who recently completed a 41-month sentence there for human smuggling, according to court documents.Canadian federal justice officials submitted a request for the extradition of Seth Lazore through the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa on Oct. 15. The extradition request was made at the behest of Quebec which wants Lazore sentenced following his three year-old conviction on three counts of armed robbery and one count of assault, according to documents filed with the U.S. Federal Court in the Northern New York District.The extradition request from Canada is primarily based on a Quebec bench warrant issued for Lazore after he failed to show up for his June 6, 2013, sentencing hearing following his guilty pleas on the four charges.Lazore is fighting the extradition request and his hearing is scheduled for Dec. 10 in Albany, NY.He remains in custody after failing to obtain bail.Akwesasne, a Mohawk community which sits about 120 kilometres west of Montreal straddles the Ontario, Quebec and New York State borders, has been used by human smuggling networks to move people across both sides of the international boundary.Lazore was sitting in U.S. custody by the time the date of his Quebec sentencing hearing rolled by, according to U.S. federal court records. He had been detained for his involvement in a July 2012 smuggling operation to bring three Canadians of Indian origin from Canada into the U.S., court records show.Lazore eventually pleaded guilty to smuggling the men into the U.S. and was sentenced to 41 months in prison. That sentence has now been completed. He was living with his wife and three children on the U.S. side of Akwesasne when he was again detained pending the conclusion of his extradition hearing, according to court records.Quebec wants Lazore, who has U.S. and Canadian citizenship, so he can be sentenced following his guilty pleas in relation to a Feb. 1, 2009, incident that left three men beaten on a winter ice road crossing the St. Lawrence River.Lazore “ambushed” a car driven by Christopher Fritz and carrying two male passengers at about 6 a.m., according to court records. Fritz was driving on the ice road when he was blocked by red pick-up truck driven by Lazore. Lazore jumped out of his truck with a handgun and began yelling at Fritz to get out of the car, according to records. Fritz tried to make a run for it, but then heard bullets hit the rear of his car.  Another bullet shattered the driver’s side window.By this time a second, grey pickup truck had blocked the vehicle. Fritz and his two passengers then got out of the car and they were beaten by Lazore and a second man. Lazore searched their pockets and took money, bank cards and cell phones, according to court records.Lazore was arrested the same day and made his first court appearance on Feb. 2, 2009. He pleaded guilty to the four charges on Feb. 15, 2012.Seth Lazore during 2012 interview with APTN.Lazore is also wanted in Ontario on a province-wide arrest warrant for his involvement in a human smuggling operation to bring a Nigerian family into Canada, according to RCMP Const. Jean Juneau with the Cornwall Regional Task Force. The task force is based out of Cornwall, Ont., and also includes Canada Borders Services Agency and the OPP.The RCMP charged Lazore and several other individuals in relation to the smuggling of the Nigerian nationals on Sept. 6, 2012. Lazore was initially detained on the charges. He was released after his long-term girlfriend’s mother put up a $1,500 surety and a $5,000 bond and put under house arrest.APTN interviewed Lazore about his charges in a location on Cornwall Island.Lazore was then detained the following month by U.S. authorities on the July 2012 human smuggling indictment and remained in custody.He struck a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney for the Northern New York District pleading guilty to one count of human smuggling.He was sentenced on Nov. 25, 2013. He spent six months in a halfway house.During his Nov. 12 bail hearing on the extradition request, Lazore’s federal public defender submitted arguments for his release based on the support he currently has in the community and the needs of his family which has suffered from his incarceration.“His family need him now more than ever. His absence for that period of time has made it very difficult for them to get by with even necessities,” said the submission filed with the [email protected]@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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Ford puts 2018 adjusted profit outlook below Street view

first_imgDEARBORN, Mich. — Ford is calling for 2018 adjusted earnings of $1.30 per share, slightly below Wall Street’s view, because of challenges including higher commodity and warranty costs and a business decline in China.Analysts predict earnings of $1.33 per share, according to FactSet.Looking ahead, Ford Motor Co. Chief Financial Officer Bob Shanks said in a statement that the automobile maker sees the potential for year-over-year improvement in revenue in 2019.Last week Ford announced it was cutting jobs in Europe as it reshapes its business to focus on more profitable commercial trucks and SUVs while shifting production to electric cars over the longer term.Shares of the Dearborn, Michigan-based company fell 13 cents to $8.71 before the market open on Wednesday.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Accidental Prez

first_imgIrony gasped when the ‘Servant Of The People’ actually ended up being just that. In a very interesting turn of events, a comedian with absolutely no political moorings has been elected as the President of Ukraine with 73 per cent votes. Volodymyr Zelenskiy became a phenomenon with his landslide electoral victory in the Ukrainian Presidential polls announcing the departure of the incumbent President Petro Poroshenko. The 41-year-old comedian, as though prophetically, starring in a political satirical drama called ‘Servant Of The People’ (streaming on Netflix) plays a character that accidentally becomes the President of Ukraine. This remarkable win is viewed as one against social injustice, corruption, and a war with Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine that has claimed over 13000 lives. As the world looks on, the President-elect has his platter of issues ready before him. His policies are eagerly looked forward to. Zelenskiy will assume office in about a month’s time and among the primary questions already swirling around him are about his policy position towards Russia. Zelenskiy is a native Russian speaker and critiques accuse him of having a soft stance towards Russian aggression: mainly the support for separatists in eastern Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea in 2014. He is also accused of accepting funds and financial assistance from the Kremlin and has been touted as the preferred choice of Russian President Vladimir Putin who has had a rocky relation with the outgoing Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Zelenskiy’s previous on and off friendly inclination to Russia and the criticism he attracted from the Russian media seem passé before the promises he made to the people of Ukraine proper to the polls. The promise to bring home 24 Ukrainian sailors under arrest in Russia after being captured in a naval incident near Crimea earlier this year is claimed to be his number one priority; he has stated that talks are unavoidable between Ukraine and Russia because there’s a “real war” between the countries, adding that “there can’t be any compromise on Ukraine’s sovereignty and independence. “We don’t sell our people and we don’t sell our territories.” This boldness is quite a turnaround from what he said in March 2014: “I really want to address Mr. Putin. Dear Vladimir Vladimirovich! Do not allow even the hint of a military conflict to happen. Because Russia and Ukraine really are brotherly nations… If you want, I can beg you on my knees. But please, do not put our people on their knees.” Allegations and controversies apart, the intensity of Zelenskiy’s thumping victory speaks more loudly of the fact that the public wants a change more than anything else.last_img read more

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Algerias Bouteflika a veteran dogged by controversy

first_imgALGIERS – Algeria’s Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who is to seek a fourth presidential term in an April election, helped to end a devastating civil war and contain Arab Spring protests.One of the few remaining veterans of the war of independence against France, the 76-year-old first came to power in 1999, but has been dogged by ill health and corruption scandals.He has also never freed himself from the pervasive control of the unelected military, despite being determined to roll back its power and that of intelligence leaders who have dominated Algerian politics since independence. “I’m not three quarters of a president,” he said after being elected in 1999, addressing critics who saw him as another puppet of the army chiefs.But despite his efforts to reduce their influence, the army and the DRS intelligence agency are still widely considered to be the real power in Algeria.The army has chosen all of the country’s post-independence leaders — and Bouteflika was no different.With the military’s support, he stood unopposed in 1999 as the candidate of the ruling National Liberation Front (FLN) after all the other candidates withdrew, citing fears of electoral fraud.A dapper figure known for wearing a three-piece suit even in baking Saharan conditions, Bouteflika was credited by many Algerians with helping end the murderous civil war in the 1990s that killed at least 150,000 people.The military-backed government’s decision to cancel elections in 1991 which an Islamic party had been poised to win sparked a decade of appalling bloodletting.Islamist insurgents attacked both the military and civilians amid allegations of shocking abuses by both sides.Bouteflika proposed an amnesty for rebels who laid down their arms and twice secured public endorsement for “national reconciliation” through referendums.Major gamble pays offThe first, in September 1999, was a major gamble but paid off, leading to a sharp decrease in violence that helped propel Bouteflika to a second term in 2004.The resignation shortly afterwards of Mohamed Lamari, a Moscow-trained former army chief and key proponent of eradicating the armed Islamists during the civil war, was a step forward in curbing the military’s power.And the death in 2007 of General Smain Lamari, a close ally of the shadowy intelligence chief Mohamed “Tewfik” Mediene, the powerful hidden force in Algerian politics, was thought to further strengthen Bouteflika’s hand.But he never succeeded in neutralising Mediene, despite steps to emasculate the military intelligence agency in 2012 alongside sweeping cabinet changes.Bouteflika began a third term in 2009 following a constitutional amendment allowing him to stand again.His supporters argue that under his stewardship public and private investment has created millions of jobs and dramatically lowered unemployment.But a lack of opportunity continues to drive many Algerians abroad, often illegally, as youth unemployment remains high despite windfall oil revenues.When the Arab Spring burst into life in January 2011, Algeria witnessed deadly social unrest, and a month later Bouteflika acceded to an opposition demand, lifting a 19-year state of emergency.To head off further unrest he announced piecemeal political reforms, including boosting the role of independent parties.But these reforms won little support from the opposition, and legislative elections in May 2012 saw the FLN tighten its control of parliament.Bouteflika’s third term in office has been dogged by speculation about his health, and even rumours he had died, after he underwent surgery in Paris in 2005 for a stomach ulcer.Bouteflika was hospitalised in France again in April last year after a mini-stroke, spending three months recovering and chairing just two cabinet meetings in 2013.Despite his ill-health, in November the FLN named him as its candidate in the presidential election due in April.Bouteflika never married and has no children.last_img read more

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