Ecuador to pick new president amid deepening economic crisis

first_imgQUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Voters in Ecuador are heading to the polls to pick a new president amid a deepening economic crisis exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. More than a dozen candidates have entered the race in an election scheduled for Sunday. The large number of candidates makes a runoff election on April 11 virtually certain. One of the two leading candidates is Andrés Arauz, who was endorsed by former President Rafael Correa. Correa still is a powerful political force despite his conviction on corruption charges. The other main contender is banker Guillermo Lasso, who favors free market policies and Ecuador’s rapprochement with international organizations.last_img

Trojans get off on right foot

first_imgIf senior guard Dwight Lewis is to be the team leader and go-to scorer for the USC men’s basketball team, coach Kevin O’Neill and the Trojans will be expecting performances like this all year.Lewis led the Trojans (1-0) with a game-high 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting and added three rebounds in the Trojans’ 77-67 victory over UC Riverside at the Galen Center Tuesday night.Fast break · Senior Dwight Lewis got USC out of the gate fast against UC Riverside, scoring 20 points in the Trojans’ 77-67 win on opening night. – Mike Lee | Daily TrojanAfter the Trojans lost four of their five starters from last season, Lewis was expected to take the role of the Trojan’s leader — and in the first game of his final season, Lewis delivered.Lewis hit on his first three attempts from the field, helping USC sprint to an early 28-11 lead midway through the first half. The Trojans gave some ground back to the Highlanders (0-2) late in the first half, however — going nearly five minutes without a field goal — and led by 13 entering halftime.Foul trouble plagued the Trojans early in the game, as both junior guard Marcus Simmons and redshirt junior forward Kasey Cunningham — who would eventually foul out — were forced to miss large portions of the first half because of foul trouble.Lewis and sophomore forward Nikola Vucevic, who finished the game with 18 points and eight rebounds, picked up the slack late in the half and kept the Highlanders at a distance.Defense played a key role all game, as the Trojans were able to neutralize former Trojan Kyle Austin, holding the junior to eight points.No Highlander scored more than 12 points. The Trojans also forced 15 Highlander turnovers.After Lewis cooled off, the Highlanders pulled the score to within eight points midway through the second half, but Simmons, one of four Trojans scoring in the double-digits, scored 11 of his 18 points in the second half, including six unanswered to extend the lead to 14. The Trojans never looked back.“He dominated the game for us on both ends for one stretch and had some great hustle plays,” O’Neill said of Simmons.Starting his first career game at point guard, redshirt junior Donte Smith scored 12 points, the most he has scored in a Trojan uniform, and quarterbacked the Trojan offense effectively while playing all 40 minutes of the game.Although Smith committed five turnovers, after the game O’Neill took responsibility for Smith’s mistakes and praised his good play.“It was my bad play calling. Two of those turnover are my responsibilities,” O’Neill said. “For a guy who hasn’t played any point guard and for him to play 40 minutes really says something about him.”In a game in which the Trojans never trailed, a variety of the team’s new faces were able to get some playing time, most notably freshman forward Evan Smith, who contributed five points off the bench in his first career appearance. The play of the newcomers gave O’Neill cause for hope.“For the most part, I think our whole team played well tonight,” O’Neill said. “I’m more than happy with any win, but we have to get better as a group.”last_img read more

“It’s Gudelj’s lack; they can complain but you’re welcome. What Monchi said is strong …”

first_imgZinedine Zidane valued the suffered victory of Real Madrid against Sevilla. First he did it in the flash interview and then in the press conference. On both sides, the coach of Real Madrid, asked about the criticism of Sevilla to that goal annulled to De Jong, stated that Martínez Munuera’s decision was the right one: “It’s necessary, they can complain but there’s nothing to do with it.” On the words of Monchi, in which he assured that if they annulled the second goal to De Jong he would take Sevilla out of the field, he said: “I think it is a bit strong what he said” …What feeling do you leave with?In the first part we suffer greatly. We do not enter the game well. We lacked a bit of everything and then we were much better in the second. Pressing up is our strength. We quickly recovered the ball. We have felt another attitude and in the end we can be happy because we played against a very good opponent that if you let him play complicates you. In the first part we suffered a lot in the game because we missed recovering the ball up.The importance of the second line has been demonstrated today.I think it was important for us to be more aggressive, more above the rival. We know that with the ball we were better and more dynamic in the second part. We can make plays like Jovic’s heel. They are things we know how to do. We were much better and more convinced to recover the ball in the second half.How important is keeping the whole game focused?It is essential for us. The matches are 90 minutes away. If you are not focused, rivals like today can mess you up. But this is nothing new. We continue with our good run. Suffering a lot today, but this is what we are going to play until the end of the season. But today you have to enjoy the three points.What else will Casemiro surprise us with?Offensively from time to time it may be there, in a position to finish off. The second goal has surprised me the most. Any player can make a difference in offensive position. Today was Case and I am happy with him.Sevilla complains a lot about the VAR. Have you seen both plays? Do you understand how VAR works?I saw the play of his first goal and it is a clear block. There is a lack of Gudelj. The second, does not ring the hand. For him it is not, but I saw her. That is why I never enter into assessing what happens in the field, because sometimes it happens against you, other times for you. It’s complicated, it is they [the referees] who decide. They can complain, but don’t complain.Has this been one of the most worked victories of the season? Very good Seville, sure. In the first part we have lacked a bit of everything and in the second we were better. If you let Sevilla play, as we did in the first part, it is a team that are good. We know what we have to do, we have to be convinced of the pressure, especially in our field.Monchi has said that if he cancels Munir’s goal, he takes Sevilla off the field. Do you think arbitration proceedings are so decisive?I don `t believe. The referee has done what he had to do. There is a hand and he hasn’t called it. And what do I have to say? I will not go into that. It is a very complicated game for everyone. The final result is logical because of what has happened in the field.The team is physically well. Is it the key of the team so that it is full?It is a fundamental part today. Players are machines, they always have to be physically well prepared. Today’s game has a higher speed. We know it and we work it. I think the second part was much better also in our possession of the ball.Neither Bale nor James entered the call. You have sometimes said that a player can train and not be available. Is that the case?Yes. They were a little touched. Gareth didn’t train the other day and just for that.Is Militao a player of the future for Real Madrid?Yes, and present. When it comes out it does quite well. He is young, can improve in many aspects. We are happy with all the players we have, and with the youngest ones too. They have to learn and do many things in the field, but we are in it to work.Can you understand Monchi’s attitude? Would you do the same?No, what he says is his responsibility. I am not who to tell you if you are right or not. In the end it is the referee who decides. It seems a bit strong what he says but I am not going to stop talking to the sports director of Seville.How do you see the evolution of Varane?We see it all. He has played his 300 match, but there is a lot of work. It is normal. It doesn’t surprise me, because when 10 years ago with coach Mourinho the club believed in him, it was a great decision. I am very happy after 10 years of seeing you here.What does victory represent?There are only three points, but it is very important. In the first part we did not know how to react very well, but that also happens. We knew how to react and be superior in the second part, raise the pressure a little more. When we don’t let the opponent play, we can have a great reward as we did this afternoon. Every minute we have to respond and we can be happy to have started a little badly and then well and not the other way around.last_img

Sons follow dad into Washington State Patrol careers

first_imgWhen Mike Kesler retired after 25 years as a Washington State Patrol trooper, he didn’t think his sons had any interest in police work.But a few years later, his middle son, Brandon, told him he was going to take the written and physical test to become a trooper. A few years after that, his youngest son, Shane, followed suit and also applied.“I was shocked, but I was proud,” Mike Kesler, 58, said. “That was the first I heard of it. … If I knew that they were interested in it, I could still be working there right now.”His sons grew up seeing their dad enjoy his career as a trooper. Mike Kesler said he was good at getting drunk drivers off of the road; he had fun helping build the license investigation unit and enjoyed helping guide new troopers as a field training officer. The last few years of his career, he was the agency’s public information officer, so Brandon and Shane Kesler grew up hearing his voice on television as he told viewers what the traffic conditions were like.But their dad never “brought it home,” the brothers said. Their dad coached them in sports and rarely talked about the stresses of enforcing laws. Before Mike Kesler handed in his badge in 2008, Brandon Kesler went on a ride-along with his father.last_img read more