February 17, 2013 |
QUITO, Ecuador - Ecuador's incumbent president, Rafael Correa, swept to an easy reelection victory Sunday, winning 58% of the vote according to a preliminary official sampling - an overwhelming margin that entitles him to a third term without having a runoff. The 49-year-old leftist economist easily outdistanced his closest finishers, banker Guillermo Lasso with 24%, former President Lucio Gutierrez with 6%, and banana exporter Alvaro Noboa with 4%, according to a snap count released by the national electoral commission.
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January 23, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Imagine a lawmaker being allowed to read a proposed law before voting on it. For that matter - and this seems like a stretch - try to envision the public being offered an opportunity to express its view on a bill before legislators vote. Granted, this is a radical concept - at least during the final secretive, skulking days of a legislative session. We're talking usually late summer, although legislative sleight-of-hand can occur anytime, including the dead of winter.
December 14, 2012 |
Four large, recent canvases by Mario Correa, which he collectively dubs "The Muslins," are as much prints as they are paintings. Weirdly, they also add some photographic elements into the unexpected mix. At Redling Fine Art, one horizontal and three vertical canvases -- all unstretched and hanging loosely -- are held to the walls by simple nails pounded into the upper corners. That construction metaphor continues in the imagery, which is framed along the frayed muslin edges by straight-edge lines of ink that recall chalk snap-lines.
June 26, 2012 |
For much of Tuesday night, Chivas USA appeared to take its quarterfinal matchup in the U.S. Open Cup for what it was — a glorified exhibition game. Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy sat. Other key players joined him for long stretches. It was Chivas' fourth game in 10 days. Fatigue was bound to play a role. And early, it did. By halftime, Chivas had failed to capitalized on nine shots against the Charlotte Eagles of the USL Pro league — the third tier of the North American soccer pyramid.
June 22, 2012 |
Ecuador's president, Rafael Correa, is weighing whether to grant WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's request for political asylum. The Australian-born Assange, who is fighting extradition to Sweden to face sexual-assault allegations, is holed up in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. Whatever the fiery populist president decides, this is a bizarre story because Correa has shown little tolerance for freedom of expression in Ecuador. He's engaged in a war of words with the media, conjuring up archaic libel laws to go after newspaper owners and a columnist he disagreed with.
June 16, 2012 |
Chivas USA Coach Robin Fraser said he used the recent three-week break in the Major Soccer League schedule to "focus on the minor details that we need to improve on. " Apparently scoring goals wasn't among them. Either that or Fraser's lessons didn't take because Chivas proved just as punchless Saturday as it did before the break, losing, 3-0, to Real Salt Lake before an announced crowd of 13,816 at the Home Depot Center. How bad was it? Real Salt Lake 'keeper Nick Rimando had to make just three saves — and only one of those required him to move.