For fans of Arcade Fire, today has been a good day. Huge news has been coming from the band, including confirmation of a new album, the announcement of a North American tour, and the official release of brand-new music from the group. Arcade Fire’s newest album, Everything Now, is due out on July 28th via Columbia—the band has not released an album since 2013’s Reflektor. It’s been clear this album has been in the works when considering that the group released “I Give You Power” featuring Mavis Staples to benefit the ACLU back in January and debuted six new songs during an intimate performance in Montreal earlier this month.Listen To Mavis Staples And Arcade Fire’s Live Cover Of Talking Heads’ “Slippery People”To coincide with the announcement of the album, Everything Now, Arcade Fire also dropped the record’s title track. “Everything Now” was co-produced by Thomas Bangalter of Daft Punk, who seemed to have lent his disco-esque pop sensibilities to the song. The catchy and upbeat number increasingly gets dramatic throughout its course, with the audio from the crowd at their performance at VooDoo Festival in New Orleans last year sampled toward the end layered with a full chorus. While technically the premiere of the song (and its subsequent music video), “Everything Now” was initially released via an extremely limited batch of 12-inch vinyls sold at Primavera Sound in Spain, ahead of their performance at the festival this weekend. For the other big announcement of the day, Arcade Fire announced that they would be touring North America in the fall following their European tour across the summer. Their first American date is for their already-announced slot at Lollapalooza in Chicago on August 6th. Following this performance, after a month off, the group will hit the road, starting first in Quebec City at Centre Videotron on September 5th. The group hits New York City’s Madison Square Garden on September 12th before winding their way down the east coast of the United States eventually landing in Texas at the end of the month. Arcade Fire will then return to Canada, this time on the west coast, before hitting a number of dates across California, Washington, Colorado, Missouri, and Nevada, before closing out the United States leg of their tour in St. Paul, Minnesota. You can check out Arcade Fire’s new single, “Everything Now,” below, as well as peep their upcoming tour dates.Arcade Fire Upcoming Tour Dates:06/03 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound Festival06/05 – Lyon, FR @ Nuits de Fourviere06/07 – Scunthorpe, UK @ Baths Hall06/08 – Edinburgh, UK @ Corn Exchange06/10 – Newport, UK @ Isle of Wight Festival06/13 – Belfast, UK @ Belsonic Festival06/14 – Dublin, IE @ Malahide Castle06/16 – Cologne, DE @ Tanzbrunnen06/17 – Hilvarenbeek, NL @ Best Kept Secret Festival06/19 – Zagreb, HR @ INmusic Festival06/29 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter07/01 – Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival07/02 – Berlin, DE @ Wuhlheide07/04 – London, UK @ York Hall07/05 – London, UK @ York Hall07/06 – Manchester, UK @ Castlefield Bowl07/09 – Belfort, FR @ Eurockéennes Festival07/11 – Linz, AT @ Ahoi! The Full Hit of Summer07/15 – Carhaix-Plouguer, FR @ Vieilles Charreus07/17 – Milan, IT @ City Season Festival07/18 – Florence, IT @ City Season Festival07/19 – Nyon, CH @ Paleo Festival08/06 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza09/05 – Quebec City, QC @ Centre Videotron09/06 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre *09/09 – Ottawa, ON @ Canadian Tire Centre *09/12 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden ^%09/15 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden ^09/16 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center ^09/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center09/21 – Atlanta, GA @ Infinite Energy Arena *09/22 – Tampa, FL @ USF Sun Dome *09/23 – Miami, FL @ Watsco Center at the University of Miami *09/26 – New Orleans, LA @ UNO Lakefront Arena *09/27 – Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center *09/28 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center *10/11 – Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place #10/12 – Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome #10/14 – Vancouver, BC @ Pacific Coliseum #10/15 – Seattle, WA @ Key Arena #10/17 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena $10/18 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena $10/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum $10/22 – Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Events Center $10/25 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center10/27 – Kansas City, MO @ Silverstein Eye Centers Arena10/29 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center11/01 – Windsor, ON @ Windsor Credit Family Union Centre +11/03 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre12/15-16 – Buenos Aires, AR @ Festival BUE* = w/ Wolf Parade^ = w/ Preservation Hall Jazz Band% = w/ Grandmaster Flash# = w/ Phantogram$ = w/ Angel Olsen+ = w/ Broken Social Scene
Category: kuzkuihrvxwjoynj Panelists discuss local LGBTQ social issues
A panel of professors discussed the different current events, issues and policies in the LGBTQ community on Monday at Saint Mary’s. The panel was organized by Eileen Cullina, the President of Saint Mary’s College Straight and Gay Alliance (SAGA). Patrick Pierce, professor of political science, proposed ways for gay rights policies to change over time in favor of the LGBTQ community. The public is very involved in these policies and change will happen more and more with generation replacement and awareness to the problem of redistricting, he said. “Older, more culturally conservative people leave the population, [and] younger, more culturally liberal folks enter the political population,” he said. “Nobody will tell you in the media that a big problem has to do with redistricting. “Republicans who are going to hold more culturally conservative positions, more restrictive positions with gay rights policies – they have been controlling state legislatures. They can redraw the district lines for state legislative districts.” Following Pierce, justice education professor Adrienne Lyles Chockley said the LGBTQ community had great successes in the courts in 2013, and even more major issues are being discussed in the state-level courts right now. “Perhaps the biggest success is the movement in gay marriage,” she said. “Here are the main areas [in which] there is some major stuff happening: family law, association and civil participation, equal benefits, public education and crime and punishment.” Catherine Pittman, clinical psychologist and psychology professor, said there are ways to make change on the city level, raising awareness to rights that LGBTQ individuals. “The truth is, there are a lot of older people who think it’s already against the law to do things that hurt the LGBT community,” she said. “There is an organization called the South Bend Human Rights Commission … [that is] empowered to fight discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color and family status. “They are not empowered against discrimination against gay or transgender people.” Pittman said the possibility for change exists in the local community, and the South Bend LGBTQ community needed civil rights but struggled to prove that there was a local problem with discrimination. “The opposition would say that people are looking for special rights, and there is no evidence that there’s even a problem,” she said. “After about eight years, we finally got the South Bend City Council to pass a law that says if a person is discriminated against on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, they are allowed to go to the human rights commission and ask for help if it has to do with employment, public accommodations, education and housing.” Communication studies professor Marne Austin, said interpersonal communicatio and taking a holistic approach to working through all perspectives articulated is crucial to making shifts in culture. “The jargon and the rhetoric of “coming out” is decades old now, but this idea of coming out of the closet is so grounded in heteronormativity,” she said. “I and several scholars have tried to reclaim the term of “coming out”‘ to “inviting in”. “We can have interpersonal instances of social justice just by talking to people. we can actually make changes in their lives.” Contact Alaina Anderson at email@example.com
Category: kuzkuihrvxwjoynj Global Goals for CAES
Within the next decade the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Office of Global Programs will be recognized among land grant institutions for the depth, diversity and quality of its international engagement. This is the vision that came out of the office’s strategic planning meeting held on June 19 at the State Botanical Gardens of Georgia.The Office of Global Programs administrators worked with more than 20 stakeholders from the University of Georgia and other institutions to develop this vision with help from facilitators from the UGA J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership.“I was really pleased with the quality of participation by high-level UGA faculty and administrators as well as external advisors,” said Amrit Bart, director of the Office of Global Programs. “Clearly, ‘internationalization’ and ‘globalization’ of our campus and our state is important in the minds of our stakeholders.”Participants took part in visioning activities and discussions regarding what the Office of Global Programs has done well in the past, what it needs to continue doing and what they need to do to achieve their vision.“The question is not only where do we want the office to go, but also the college,” said Dean J. Scott Angle, of CAES. “We have aspirations to ramp up our global portfolio.”One topic that continually arose was the desire for CAES Global Programs to be recognized as a high quality support system that encourages, facilitates and provides guidance for faculty and student to engage globally.“You want to have an office that helps unify efforts, and offices and people from across the college, things that make it a go-to service,” said Maria Navarro, associate professor in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication.To this end the office came up with a strategic plan that includes these items:Enhance the quality of international learning through international research, outreach and expanded linkages to reduce institutional obstacles.Increase visibility, advocacy and communication internally and externally.Strengthen the Office of Global Programs and let others know the quality of its support services.Seek additional resources (internally and externally) to meet the increasing demand of Global Programs’ services.“Being able to provide students and faculty the ability to see the world with global perspective is fundamental to higher education of 21st century,” Bart said. “This is intricately linked to university ranking, students landing jobs in internationally competitive markets, and diversifying faculty and students within a university campus. Internationalization of our campus will not happen by wishing; concrete and decisive action need to follow to ensure we are meeting the UGA 2020 strategy on internationalization. Strategic planning of our Global Programs office is one of the critical steps toward improving CAES and UGA’s position among high ranked universities with well established and successful global programs.”For more information about the Office of Global Programs visit www.global.uga.edu.
Category: kuzkuihrvxwjoynj Go Outside and Play in Spartanburg, S.C.
AfternoonRefuel with a hot chicken meal from Flock Shop or a spread of high quality goods from Stone Soup. Get back outside after lunch on the Mary Black Rail Trail, featuring B-Cycle rentals, a bike park, and NFL Play 60 course. Or walk the four-mile Cottonwood Trail as it weaves its way through a 116-acre urban preserve just minutes from downtown. MorningGet your day started with a sweet or savory breakfast from The Crepe Factory and then head out to Croft State Park, a prime destination for hikers, bikers, and horseback riders. At the park, explore over 20 miles of trails with gorgeous views of Lake Craig, featuring a boat dock, ramp, and rentals so you can stay cool during your visit. Day One Downtown Spartanburg. Photo by Sam Dean MorningWhether you’re looking for breakfast on the go or a sit down brunch, get your day started at Downtown Deli and Donuts or Initial Q. Once you’re ready to get moving, reconnect with nature at Glendale Shoals, a scenic preserve featuring a cascading waterfall, eye-catching bridge, and river access for paddlers and waders alike. Nestled in the Upstate of South Carolina at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Spartanburg is full of outdoor adventures that are waiting for you. From the miles of trails perfect for bikers, hikers, and horseback riders to the quaint downtowns bursting with charm, discover something new when you head to this historic county in South Carolina. Day Two Cover photo: Couple running on Cottonwood Trail. Photo by Sam Dean EveningWhile you’re already at Drayton Mills, you’ll find comfort food favorites at Dray Bar & Grill and a cold beer from Holliday Brewing. For other dining options in the area, The Kennedy offers a true food experience featuring fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Or pair a delicious sandwich and artisan brew from New Groove. Turn in for the night at AC Hotel Spartanburg or Spartanburg Marriott, both within walking distance to downtown amenities. Fun FactCroft State Park, South Carolina’s largest state park at a sprawling 7,054 acres, was once a WWII Army Training Facility. Biking at Croft State Park. Photo by Sam Dean VisitSpartanburg.com EveningFor the best dishes off the grill, try Southside Smokehouse or Level 10 for dinner. Grab a post-adventure drink from RJ Rockers or the outdoor biergarten at FR8yard before you settle in for a luxurious night in a suite or cabin car at the Clevedale Historic Inn. AfternoonAt lunch, stop by Sugar-N-Spice or Cribbs Kitchen for southern staples that locals and visitors love. Get back to touring the town with some antique shopping in Landrum or explore Drayton Mills, a revitalized textile mill featuring a marketplace and two-mile trail.
Category: kuzkuihrvxwjoynj Coast Guard Seizes 1,406 Kilos of Cocaine from Smuggling Vessel off Central American Coast
By U.S. Coast Guard 11th District Pacific Southwest June 01, 2020 The Coast Guard seized more than 1,406 kilograms of cocaine in mid-May with an estimated value of $53.5 million from a low-profile go-fast vessel in international waters of the Pacific Ocean off Central America.A maritime patrol aircraft spotted a suspected smuggling vessel and diverted the crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter James (WMSL-754) to the low-profile go-fast vessel’s position.Once on scene, James’ crew boarded the vessel to find four suspected smugglers and initially discovered a small amount of cocaine aboard the vessel.The boarding team members later discovered an area of the ship that had been closed off, where they discovered the majority of the 1,406 kg of cocaine.On April 1, U.S. Southern Command began enhanced counternarcotics operations in the Western Hemisphere to disrupt the flow of drugs in support of Presidential National Security Objectives. Numerous U.S. agencies from the departments of Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security cooperated in the effort to combat transnational organized crime. The Coast Guard, Navy, Customs and Border Protection, FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, along with allied and international partner agencies, play a role in counter-drug operations.The fight against drug cartels in the Eastern Pacific Ocean requires unity of effort in all phases from detection, monitoring and interdictions, to criminal prosecutions by international partners and U.S. attorneys’ offices in districts across the nation. The law enforcement phase of counter-smuggling operations in the Eastern Pacific Ocean is conducted under the authority of the 11th Coast Guard District, headquartered in Alameda. The interdictions, including the actual boardings, are led and conducted by members of the U.S. Coast Guard.
Category: kuzkuihrvxwjoynj Long Island Reacts: Argentinean Jorge Bergoglio Named Pope Francis
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Argentine Cardinal Pope Jorge Bergoglio was named Pope Francis I Wednesday March 13. He is seen waving to hundreds of thousands from he balcony at St. Peter’s Basilica. (Screen grab from Vatican website)Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio made history Wednesday when the Conclave of Cardinals named him the first pope from the Americas after only two days of voting.But history will forever know the Buenos Aires Jesuit as Pope Francis I—another historic moment that one religious scholar said may signal a new era within the Catholic Church.“I think the choice of the name Francis is really indicative of trying to set a tone right from the start, of humility, of rebuilding, of somewhat being outside the game of the Vatican to see things afresh, particularly with piety and with holiness,” said Professor Julie Byrne, the department chair of Catholic Studies at Hofstra University. “Those are the kinds of things that Francis is known for.”Pope Francis I, 76, emerged from the balcony at the Vatican’s St. Peter’s Basilica to cheers from hundreds of thousands gathered outside in St. Peter’s Square, many shedding tears as the newly appointed leader of the Catholic Church waved to the masses. Children perched atop their parents’ shoulders and proud Argentineans waved their country’s flag in celebration.One local Argentinean was just as ecstatic, saying she was overjoyed upon hearing the news of Pope Francis’ appointment and Latin American roots.“How great that he comes from Argentina!” rejoiced Sherry Palencia, president of Argentine Tango Lovers of Long Island, a nonprofit that hosts weekly dances at Mirelle’s Restaurant and Catering in Westbury. “I think we need that South American perspective because we’re losing a lot of Catholics around the world.”The 1.2 billion Catholics across the globe—and the rest of the world for that matter—have been focusing their attention on the Vatican since Pope Benedict XVI’s shocking resignation last month, citing his advancing age and health concerns. He was the first pope to walk away from the papacy in more than 600 years.Thousands of spectators descended on the holy city in recent days to witness the rituals historically reserved for a pope’s death, yet in Benedict’s case, resignation. The excitement grew with each round of voting—three that featured black smoke—until white smoke finally billowed into the air Wednesday, signaling the new pope’s appointment.Both politicians and religious leaders alike rejoiced in the special occasion.Hundreds of thousands gather at St. Peter’s Square on the announcement that Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina has been named the next pope, choosing the name Francis. (Screen grab from Vatican website)“On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I offer our warm wishes to His Holiness Pope Francis as he ascends to the Chair of Saint Peter and begins his papacy,” President Barack Obama said. “As a champion of the poor and the most vulnerable among us, he carries forth the message of love and compassion that has inspired the world for more than two thousand years—that in each other we see the face of God.“As the first pope from the Americas, his selection also speaks to the strength and vitality of a region that is increasingly shaping our world, and alongside millions of Hispanic Americans, those of us in the United States share the joy of this historic day,” he continued. “We join with people around the world in offering our prayers for the Holy Father as he begins the sacred work of leading the Catholic Church in our modern world.”Bishop William Murphy told reporters Wednesday at a hastily assembled news conference that the Roman Catholic Church Diocese of Rockville Centre joins “the universal Church in rejoicing in the selection of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio.”He described Pope Francis as a “very quiet scholarly man” who lives “civilly” and cooks his own meals.“It’s a good sign, it seems to me, that there wasn’t a lot of division [regarding the expeditious selection process],” said Father Bill Walsh, spiritual director at St. Ignatius Jesuit Retreat House in Manhasset. “And it’s just a very happy occasion in general. One of his first requests will be for our prayers and support and he act according to the mind and heart of Christ.”Bishop William Murphy talks to reporters about the new pope at Saint Agnes Cathedral Parish Center in Rockville Centre. (Photo: Long Island Press/Chris Mellides)Francis’ appointment may be emblematic of the shift in the Catholic population over the years.More than 40 percent of the world’s Catholics live in Latin America, according to the BBC, citing the World Christian Database. The two countries with the most Catholics by population are Italy and Brazil.“I do think that is the kind of difference they were able to accommodate giving their diversity,” Byrne, of Hofstra, said of the Cardinals and their appointment of an Argentinean Pope. “There was a certain kind of diversity that they simply can’t display, like doctrinal diversity, but they could display diversity of the global population of Catholics.”Despite the historical significance surrounding Francis’ selection, his ascension may not resolve some hot-button issues challenging the faith.“His stated position on liberation theology and on all issues of sexual morality are highly orthodox, so [they’re] basically the same as have been the official Vatican [position] to this point,” Byrne said.Politics aside, Pope Francis’ appointment was simply a momentous occasion worth celebrating for many Catholics around the globe—and here on Long Island.“We’ll be celebrating!” Palencia said of her group’s March 17 “Green Argentine Singles Dance,” which will feature world-famous champion performers from Argentina. “Oh my goodness, I’m so excited! This Sunday, we’ll be celebrating an Argentinean pope!“This makes our Sunday even more special,” she added.
Category: kuzkuihrvxwjoynj 6 Long Islanders Win Combined $9.2M in Lottery
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A half dozen Long Islanders won more than $9 million combined playing the Lottery, including a couple that initially thought the call informing them of a $6.2 million prize was a scam.The other winners are another couple that won Mega Millions, a father of three who won Powerball and a man who bought a scratch-off game on a whim.“We never had any expectation of getting a call like this,” said Dr. Alan Strobel, an anesthesiologist from Jericho and Lotto subscriber since 2003 who had given the ticket to his wife, Tammy Schwartz-Strobel. They plan to donate most of the winnings to charity.New York State Lottery officials awarded all six their winnings Thursday at the agency’s new Customer Service Center in Plainview.Andrew Roland, 28, of Bellmore, won $1,000,000 playing a 20X the Cash scratch-off game that his mother told him to buy when he was helping her with car trouble at Sai Gas & Food on Conklin Street in Farmingdale.He plans to keep his job installing underground gas lines for National Grid and will use the money to take care of his family, make investments and buy an engagement ring for his girlfriend.Robert Blume, 37, was picking up breakfast with a side of Mega Millions and Powerball tickets at Virpa Convenience on Carman Avenue in his hometown of Westbury when he scored a $1,000,000 Powerball second prize. A project manager for a roofing company, Blume plans to invest the money in his three children’s education and pay off debt.“We’re big animal people,” said the owner of 10 cats and a dog. “I can see us maybe doing something nice for animals too.”The other two winners include 60-year-old Hilton Cancel and 55-year-old wife, Alicia, who won a $1,000,000 Mega Millions second prize at Tulip Card & Gift Shop on Tulip Avenue in their hometown of Floral Park. The couple is not sure what they will do with their winnings after they split it.Hilton said that upon realizing they had won, he “went into a totally different kind of numb.”
Category: kuzkuihrvxwjoynj DWTS’ Cheryl Burke Backs Carrie Ann Inaba After Kaitlyn, Artem Criticism
On her side. Cheryl Burke has Carrie Ann Inaba’s back amid criticism for how she’s judged Kaitlyn Bristowe and ex Artem Chigvintsev on Dancing With the Stars this season.“I think that [when] you are saying ‘yes’ to being a judge, then with that comes backlash. You saying ‘yes’ to being on television — I mean, it kind of is what it is, right? Now, it’s up to you on how you want to react to all of these people, these trolls or the negativity,” the pro dancer, 36, told Us Weekly and other reporters after the Monday, November 9, episode. “It’s also how you see and perceive it. I tend to just not look at social media, period, when I’m doing a show like this. I’ve realized and I’ve experienced me being affected by that one negative comment or whatever it might be.”Cheryl Burke, Kaitlyn Bristowe, Artem Chigvintsev and Carrie Ann Inaba. ABC/Kelsey McNeal; ABC/Laretta Houston; ABC/Kelsey McNeal- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Inaba, 52, spoke out amid backlash from DWTS viewers regarding the feedback she has given Bristowe and Chigvintsev, whom she previously dated from 2006 to 2009. Earlier this month, she said that she’s been getting “bullied” by fans after how she judged the pair’s jive on November 2.Cheryl Burke. ABC/Laretta Houston“I can’t believe it still happens as adults,” she explained on the November 3 episode of The Talk. “I want to tell people who bully: It doesn’t make me change the way I judge. I’m not about to change because you try to bully me. It only makes me stand stronger in my convictions and what I believe in.”In response to the backlash against Inaba, Chigvintsev has said that he doesn’t believe his ex-girlfriend has a “personal agenda” when critiquing him and Bristowe. “I don’t think it has anything to do with it,” the Russia native, 38, explained to Us and other reporters on Monday. “I think she just really was harsh in the sense that she saw so much more potential than what we’ve been delivering the past two weeks, and she finally got things that she’s been wanting to see.”- Advertisement – Burke continued, “I think you just have to know yourself and know your job is to judge and do it with integrity and making sure that you are helping the couple and not just giving them a comment that is something that they can’t work on, or maybe it’s not detailed enough.”The San Francisco native admitted that she does “agree” with Inaba’s criticism of the 35-year-old former Bachelorette, noting that she “absolutely” believes that Bristowe could “attack things more” during her performances with Chigvintsev. Additionally, the two-time winner argued that contestants with past dance experience like Bristowe — who previously moved to Vancouver for a dance scholarship and later became a spin instructor — are “hurt” more than “somebody with zero dance experience” coming into the competition.“The show is like Survivor meets Dancing With the Stars. The one who can survive [and] who is the most mentally fit I think is the one that will go out there and be resilient,” she explained. “It doesn’t matter what comments are going back and forth, it doesn’t matter about the bullying because at the end of the day, you’re here as a judge to make them improve as a dancer and hopefully also as a person. There’s a bigger picture to it all.”- Advertisement – Bristowe, for her part, recently explained on her “Off the Vine” podcast that Inaba is “totally allowed” to have her own opinions, adding: “I’m allowed to not agree with them or feel hurt by them, but it doesn’t mean people need to go and bully on her. I heard that she feels bullied and that makes me feel so terrible because I’ve been bullied so hard online.”Dancing With the Stars airs on ABC Mondays at 8 p.m. ET.With reporting by Kayley StumpeListen to Watch With Us to hear more about your favorite shows and for the latest TV news!
Category: kuzkuihrvxwjoynj The best end of the wedge
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Category: kuzkuihrvxwjoynj Polish President Duda wins election, new battles with EU loom
“I don’t want to speak on behalf of the campaign staff, but I think that this difference is large enough that we have to accept the result,” Grzegorz Schetyna, the former head of the opposition Civic Platform grouping that fielded Trzaskowski.Backed by PiS, Duda ran an acrimonious campaign, laced with homophobic language, attacks on private media and accusations that Trzaskowski serve foreign interests instead of Poland’s. Trzaskowski dismissed the accusations.Duda’s victory opens the way to new clashes between Poland and the European Commission as the EU tries to deal with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic and rising nationalism across the 27-member bloc.Before PiS and Duda came to power in 2015, Poland had one of the most pro-European administrations in the bloc’s ex-communist east. But it has become increasingly combative, with divisions focusing on climate change and migration, in addition to democratic norms. Topics : EnemiesWarsaw mayor since 2018, Trzaskowski had said he would seek a more tolerant Poland if elected. He has criticized PiS’ rhetoric, vowing to abolish state news channel TVP Info, which critics say gave overt support to Duda in its programming.But to many religious conservatives in Poland, a predominantly Catholic nation, he came to represent the threats facing traditional values when he pledged to introduce education about LGBT rights in the city’s schools.”It’s what populists do very effectively. You name the enemy and you focus on combating him. This is what was used in this campaign, the fear of others,” Anna Materska-Sosnowska, a political scientist at the Warsaw University.In the last week of campaigning, PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski accused Trzaskowski of being at the center of attempts to allow minorities to “terrorize” the rest of society.Economic policy was also at the heart of the election, with Duda painting himself as a guardian of generous PiS welfare programs that have transformed life for many poorer Poles since the party came to power in 2015.PiS now faces the prospect of three years of uninterrupted rule with the next parliamentary election scheduled for 2023.Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro suggested late on Sunday the party could push on quickly with its conservative agenda following the vote, and with its ambition to spur change in private media ownership towards outlets more favorable to its ambitions.”We need to take care of the issue of values more than before,” he told state broadcaster TVP. “There is also the matter of an imbalance among the media.”Some observers say Trzaskowski’s strong showing could energize the opposition, which has struggled until now to formulate a cohesive narrative in the face of the PiS success in winning over many Poles with its economic and social agenda. Polish President Andrzej Duda has won five more years in power on a deeply conservative platform after a closely fought election that is likely to deepen the country’s isolation in the European Union.Nearly final results from Sunday’s presidential election put him on more than 51%, giving him an assailable lead over Warsaw mayor Rafal Trzaskowski, who won almost 49% of the votes, the National Election Commission said.Duda is allied with the ruling nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party, and his victory will give the government a new mandate to pursue reforms of the judiciary and media which the executive European Commission says subvert democratic standards.