Daily Archive: December 17, 2017

Dec
17

Former leader of Chile Sebastian Pinera returns to office after beating left-wing opponent 

Former leader of Chile Sebastian Pinera returns to office after beating left-wing opponent Former Chilean leader Sebastian Pinera on Sunday night became president elect for the second time after comfortably winning an election that was expected to came down to the wire. Mr Pinera, a conservative billionaire businessman who held office between 2010 and 2014, beat Alejandro Guillier, a journalist turned politician from the centre left.  With more than 90 percent of the vote in, Mr Guillier congratulated his opponent while conceding defeat with 45.4 percent of the vote to Pinera's 54.5 percent. “My rival knew how to adopt our flags,” Guillier said. “Chile has changed and that change is forever. But we have to be self-critical; we have received a hard defeat.” It was a defeat for Guillier  Credit: Claudio Reyes /AFP The 68-year-old's victory provides a mandate to reverse four years of economic and political reform put in place by President Michelle Bachelet whose previously popular presidency fell under a cloud when her daughter in law became embroiled in a corruption scandal in 2015. Both candidates promised to keep in place Chile's longstanding free-market economic model, but Pinera has promised lower taxes to boost growth  and create 600,000 jobs, ease industry regulations and narrow the budget deficit. Guillier wanted the government to press on with Bachelet's overhaul of education, taxes and labor. On Sunday evening, supporters gathered to celebrate Pinera's win at his Santiago campaign headquarters. The win signals the country's shift to the right in line with other Latin American nations in recent years. A decade ago, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Uruguay and Venezuela were all governed by left-wing leaders. But in recent years, conservatives have come to power in Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay and Venezuela.


Dec
17

Atlanta's Hartsfield airport hobbled by power outage

Atlanta's Hartsfield airport hobbled by power outageThe partial shutdown at the start of one of the busiest travel weeks of the year forced the Federal Aviation Administration to hold back flights bound for Atlanta. The cause of the outage, which occurred just after 1 p.m. EST, was not immediately known, the airport said in a statement. It was working with crews from Georgia Power to identify the problem and fix it.


Dec
17

Power outage at busiest airport sparks wave of cancellations

Power outage at busiest airport sparks wave of cancellationsAtlanta’s airport, the busiest in the world, was hit by a power outage on Sunday that caused hundreds of flights to be delayed or canceled. “Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport sustained a power outage shortly after 1:00 pm today,” the airport said in a statement. The Federal Aviation Administration announced that it had put a “ground stop” on flights inbound for Atlanta, meaning they are held at the airports from which they were to depart.


Dec
17

End of days comes for Ohio man's 'zombie Nativity' scene

End of days comes for Ohio man's 'zombie Nativity' sceneCINCINNATI (AP) — A ghoulish holiday tradition outside of Cincinnati will soon come to a close after an Ohio man said he won't put up his “zombie Nativity” scene after this year.


Dec
17

Camille Grammar Says She Was ‘Nervous’ About Getting Married After Her Divorce

Camille Grammar Says She Was ‘Nervous’ About Getting Married After Her DivorceCamille Grammer opened up about her engagement to lawyer David C. Meyer and how she was nervous about marriage after her split from famous ex Kelsey Grammer


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