Chile: Billionaire Beat Leftists, Now Faces Runoff

first_imgBy Dialogo December 14, 2009 Right-wing billionaire Sebastian Pinera beat three leftists in Sunday’s presidential election but failed to obtain a majority, setting up a runoff against a veteran of the coalition that has ruled Chile for two decades of democracy. The Harvard-educated Pinera had 44 percent to 30 percent for the ruling center-left coalition’s candidate, former President Eduardo Frei. Breakaway Socialist Rep. Marco Enriquez-Ominami had 20 percent, and communist Jorge Arrate had 6 percent, with 98 percent of the votes counted. The key question in the Jan. 17 runoff between Pinera and Frei is whether leftists can unify to fend off the most moderate candidate Chile’s right has ever had. A win by Pinera, 60, would install a right-wing government in Chile for the first time since Gen. Augusto Pinochet’s 1973-1990 dictatorship — but only if Pinera persuades enough leftists to take a chance on him. “We have to understand that this win doesn’t belong to us,” Pinera said in a victory speech to his party members. “It belongs to all Chileans, to the humble people, to the poor and the middle class, the people who most need change from their government.” Frei appealed for leftists to come together, saying he would take on his rivals’ ideas as if they were his own, that women and young people would have a prominent place in his government, and that he would push for reforms to end the big alliances’ domination of the political process. “The people have told us that there are things they don’t like, that things must change, and I share this mission,” said Frei, 67. But even though he may be encouraging a right-wing victory, Enriquez-Ominami refused to endorse Frei in his concession speech, instead inviting his followers to vote their consciences. “Eduardo Frei and Sebastian Pinera are too much alike,” he complained. “They don’t represent hope, nor change, nor the future.” Stability and experience are selling points for Frei, who governed from 1994 to 2000. “We don’t want leaps into the unknown, nor do we want to return to the past. We want a government that worries about the people,” he said after voting. “We don’t believe that the power of the market and money should have priority over a society.” But many voters are fed up with having the same government throughout 19 years of democracy following Pinochet. Promising change, Pinera and Enriquez-Ominami challenged the ruling coalition like never before. Outgoing President Michelle Bachelet has 78 percent approval ratings and Chile seems on track to become a first-world nation. Chile’s economy, negligible inflation and stable democracy are the envy of Latin America. Booming copper revenues and prudent fiscal policies have helped the government reduce poverty from 45 percent in 1990 to 13 percent today, raising per capita annual income to $14,000 in the nation of 17 million. But a huge wealth gap between rich and poor and a chronically underfunded education system have many voters feeling more must be done to redistribute Chile’s copper wealth. A study by the World Bank several years ago showed that the poorest 10 percent of Chileans benefit from only 1.3 percent of government revenues, while the richest 10 percent benefit from 40 percent. Pinera ranked No. 701 with $1 billion on the Forbes magazine world’s richest list. He built his fortune bringing credit cards to Chile, and his investments include Chile’s main airline, most popular football team and a leading TV channel. Whether Pinera can apply the same entrepreneurial spirit to the presidency will depend on voters who backed Rep. Enriquez-Ominami, a renegade Socialist and documentary filmmaker whose Communist rebel father was killed by Pinochet’s military in 1973, the year he was born. Some analysts predict that as much as a third of Enriquez-Ominami’s supporters will defect to Pinera, even though his alliance of right-wing parties once helped sustain the dictatorship. “The second round is going to be similar to the last two presidential elections — very tight, with the only difference being that for the first time, the opposition candidate has the advantage,” said Ricardo Israel, a political scientist at the University of Chile. Chileans also elected 120 representatives and half of the 38 senators on Sunday. In exchange for Arrate’s support, Frei promised to help Communists into Congress for the first time since Pinochet’s 1973 coup. Socialist Rep. Isabel Allende, daughter of ousted President Salvador Allende, was voted into the Senate. But Pinochet’s grandson, Rodrigo Garcia Pinochet, lost his congressional race to represent an upscale Santiago suburb.last_img read more

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Wayne Grady’s former Asmore home comes complete with a pub

first_img48 Reed Street AshmoreThe family has renovated the home during the past two years to fit their own style.“My wife Denise is an interior stylist for resorts in Port Douglas,” Mr Simpson said. “We added some lighter interiors to pair with the dark structure inside the home. We wanted to create a place that was homey and comfortable so we kept finishes to a minimum. 48 Reed Street AshmoreThe five-bedroom, four-bathroom home combines lodge charm with modern fixtures to create a comfortable, stylish retreat. Soaring ceilings, skylights and floor-to-ceiling windows maximise natural light, breezes and a sense of space. 48 Reed Street Ashmore“It wouldn’t really be a pub without the paraphernalia so it was fair that Wayne left his stuff in it,” Mr Simpson said. “I have added a bit of Maroons’ memorabilia to it as well.” More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North12 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago48 Reed Street AshmoreWith a number living spaces on the property, the home has two main bedroom suites including one with a private balcony.A spa and sauna feature in the main bathroom. The architect, who is working on resort designs in Port Douglas, described the home as an “entertainer’s dream”. 48 Reed Street Ashmore“My wife Denise and I were attracted to the water and the amount of green space,” Mr Simpson said. “The jetty is good for fishing and it is fixed – so when you sit back and relax on it, it feels like you’re on the back of a boat.” The home channels a Scandinavian-lodge style with thick brick walls, timber rafters and raked ceilings as well as an open fireplace. “I’m tired of homes that are so open and modern they feel cold and empty,” Mr Simpson said. “I really wanted something with a bit of warmth and soul. This home had it.” 48 Reed Street AshmoreCHAMPION golfer Wayne Grady’s paraphernalia was part of the deal when architect Andrew Simpson bought the golfer’s palatial home two years ago. The sprawling 3364sq m property has a putting green, resort-style swimming pool and its own pub. 48 Reed Street Ashmore“I think we will miss the privacy the most.” The home features a wine cellar, poolside gazebo, teppanyaki grill and pizza oven, and a private jetty at the riverfront.last_img read more

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Batesville Fire & Rescue Adds Three Firefighters

first_imgBatesville, IN—Fire Chief Todd Schutte is pleased to announce Batesville Fire & Rescue has hired three full-time firefighters/EMT’s.Firefighter Michael Orlando, 21, of Manchester, has experience working as a part-time EMT with several agencies including Batesville, Cheviot, Delhi, and Lawrenceburg Speedway.Chris Decker, 29, of Batesville, began his firefighting career as a cadet with Sunman Rural Fire Department and has spent the past several years in the Air Force as a firefighter.Lucas Garvey, 21, of Sunman, has been a member of Sunman Rural Fire Department and Rescue 20 since he was 18 years old.The firefighters successfully completed an extensive hiring process and have the necessary Firefighter II and EMT-B certifications.last_img read more

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Sumner County Sheriff’s report: Aug. 18 – Aug. 25, 2014

first_imgDouglas,Christopher34Wellington, Ks.119th:81 Mulvane KSM.P.DFTA9/9/14 Parks, Angela M.29Hutchison, Ks.Reno County Detention FacilitySUCOWarrant 14TR799 for F.T.A.9/12/14 Weeks, Arthur  B. Jr.21Belle Plaine, Ks.704 S. “G” Street, Wellington Ks.W.P.D.D.V. Battery9/9/14 Meridith, Heather B.31Wichita, Ks.1100 N. “A”, Wellington, Ks.W.P.D.City of Derby Warrant for F.T.A.9/13/14 Schmeidler, Eli E.24Wellington, Ks.610 E. Hillside, Wellington Ks.SUCOServe Sentence 30 Days9/12/14 Tucker, Rena D.37Wichita KSI-35, mp 33, Kansas TurnpikeKHPD.W.S. and No Seat Belt9/9/14 Jarboe, Kaityln22Wichita KSIO-35 MM 17 Wellington KSKHPDWS and warrant9/9/14 Hanna, Mark E.56Wichita KSSedgwick County Dentention CenterSUCOProbation Violation9/12/14 Reusch, Wesley M.21Wellington, Ks.1100 W. 8th, Wellington, KsW.P.D.Probation Violation9/8/14 Weeks, Corbin B.18Wellington, Ks.704 S. “G” Street, Wellington Ks.W.P.D.D.V. Battery9/9/14 Hahn, Matthew A.27Derby, Ks.501 N. Washington, Wellington, Ks.SUCOProbation Violation9/9/14 Sumner Newscow report — The following are the Sumner County Sheriff weekly jail listings for Sept. 8 to Sept. 15, 2014: Flynn, Ira W.27Ellsworth, KSEllsworth Correctional FacilitySUCOHere for Court9/9/14center_img Chattin, Kevin W.20Wellington, Ks.610 E. Hillside, Wellington Ks.SUCO2 warrants 12CR311, Probation Violation, and 13CR127, F.T.A.9/12/14 Swank, Paige L.19Wichita, Ks.501 N. Washington, Wellington, Ks.SUCOProbation Violation9/12/14         Moore, Tracy J.35Wellington, Ks.921 W. 7th, Wellington Ks.W.P.D.FTA9/13/14 Hampton, Jerry O.55Henryetta, Ok.100 Ave. Gueda Springs Rd, Mulvane Ks.SUCODriving While Revoked9/8/14 Monday 0600  to  Monday 0600  WEEKLY   BOOKINGS 09/08/2014 thru 09/15/2014  NameAgeHome TownLocation of ArrestAgencyChargesDate of Arrest Crupper, Elisha D.32Howard, Ks.1400 W. 8th, Wellington, Ks.W.P.D.Elk County Warrant9/9/14 Banister, Nathan  T.53Wellington, Ks.501 N. Washington, Wellington, Ks.SUCOContempt, Failure to Pay Child Support9/8/14 Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

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Mavs Eliminate McNeese in NISC Regional Final

first_imgNOTES T5- UTA gets on the board and avoids the shutout with a run B6- The Mavericks tied the game with two a two RBI double to left field. McN 3, UTA 3 NOTES B5- UTA cut into the lead with a run in the fifth behind two hits B6- McNeese got the run back when Toni Perrin led the inning off with a triple then scored on a single by Boudreaux. McN 6, UTA 1 After a tournament opening 7-3 win over Middle Tennessee on Thursday, the Cowgirls fell 5-3 to the UTA Friday afternoon for their first loss in the double elimination tournament. The Cowgirls defeated Stephen F. Austin 3-1 on Saturday to advance to the championship game. Story by Pam LaFosse / McNeese Sports InformationNACOGDOCHES, Texas — McNeese softball made its first NISC Regional Tournament a memorable one despite losing 4-3 in 10 innings to Texas-Arlington here Saturday afternoon in the championship game.  Senior Justyce McClain, junior Cori McCrary, and sophomore Toni Perrin were named to the all-tournament team. McNeese ends its season with a 33-32 record.center_img McNEESE 6, UT-Arlington 1B3- McNeese scored five runs on five hits and took advantage of two UTA errors. Justyce McClain singled through the left side to score Alexandria Saldivar for the first run. Sara Geier then scored on a sacrifice fly by Cori McCrary then Haylee Brinlee scored on a sac bunt by Kaylee Lopez. McClain came home to score on an RBI single down the right field line by Aubree Turbeville and Turbeville scored the fifth run on a single through the left side by Demi Boudreaux. McN 5, UTA 0 UT-Arlington 4, McNEESE 3 (10 inn.)T3- McNeese took the early lead once again with three runs off three hits. RBI’s by Kaylee Lopez, Aubree Turbeville, and Toni Perrin helped the Cowgirls jump out to the early lead. McN 3, UTA 0 McNeese collected seven hits Toni Perrin and Demi Boudreaux had two hits apiece Boudreaux had the only extra base hit with a triple in the sixth Five Cowgirls had at least one RBI Alexsandra Flores ended her junior season with the win and a 15-12 record Flores gave up one run on six hits with one strikeout in the complete game B10- UTA scored the winning run on a walk off single. UTA 4, McN 3 McNeese collected 13 hits McNeese left runners in scoring position in 7th, 8th, and 9th innings Cori McCrary, Kaylee Lopez, Toni Perrin, Sara Geier, and Haylee Brinlee all had two hits apiece Toni Perrin had the only extra base hit (double) for McNeese Ashley Koncir gave up three runs on six hits in 5.0 innings. Caroline Settle (9-10) took the loss in relief of Koncir. Settle gave up one run on five hits in 4 2/3 innings. McNeese began Saturday’s action with a 6-1 win over Texas-Arlington to force the “If Necessary”.last_img read more

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