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April 30, 1989 | MICHAEL A. HILTZIK, Times Staff Writer
Pope John Paul II on Saturday warned this nation's youth, who within the last two weeks have been participating in a wave of lethal political riots, to "reject violence, lies and scorn" and to overcome their uneasiness over their future in a land of rising unemployment and poverty. The Pope's remarks came as he addressed a rally of about 20,000 young people from all over Madagascar on his first full day on the island nation off the east coast of Africa. The Pope also held a Mass in the old Portuguese port of Antsiranana at the island's northern tip. John Paul will continue his fifth African tour with stops in the French island colony of La Reunion, Zambia and Malawi before returning to Rome on May 6. His address to the Malagasy youth at a soccer stadium here in the capital largely took the form of responses to questions prepared by church youth leaders.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2014 | Martin Tsai
Imax 3-D documentary "Island of Lemurs: Madagascar" shines a spotlight on one of the earliest primates that coexisted with dinosaurs more than 60 million years ago. Although extinct in their native Africa, hundreds of lemur species have adopted Madagascar as home. But these wandering spirits are hardly thriving, as 90% of the forest has been torched since humans set foot on the island some two millennia ago. The film highlights the few species taking refuge in the Ranomafana National Park and the preservation efforts shepherded by Patricia C. Wright, anthropology professor at Stony Brook University in New York.
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WORLD
October 11, 2009 | Associated Press
Madagascar's outgoing prime minister refused to quit Saturday, endangering a power-sharing agreement brokered by mediators to keep peace on the island. Monja Roindefo said he does not acknowledge the mediators' appointment on Tuesday of Eugene Mangalaza as a prime minister in the transitional government. Roindefo said he did not feel that all parties involved in the negotiations were given a say in the appointment. "A simple press release cannot dissolve a government and appoint a prime minister," he said.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2014 | Susan King
Who knew lemurs were zen masters? The primates, whose ancestors came to Madagascar some 60 million years ago, love to play. They also enjoy a good siesta on a handy branch, and when they are happy, they emit a cute little noise akin to a piglet's snort. They also take press junkets in stride. Last week at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, Felix, a 10-year-old ring-tailed lemur, and Taj, a 7-year-old brown lemur, were chilling with their handlers, demonstrating a "don't worry, be happy" attitude as cameras flashed all around.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 18, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman
Two of Hollywood's biggest stars couldn't pull in as many ticket sales as"Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted"did at the box office this weekend, because the cartoon was the No. 1 pick yet again. For the second consecutive weekend, the 3-D animated flick featuring a band of zoo animals topped the box office. The DreamWorks Animation movie raked in an additional $35.5 million, bringing its domestic total to $120.5 million. Meanwhile, a new musical featuring Tom Cruise and a raunchy comedy starring Adam Sandler flopped.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 7, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman
A pack of Central Park Zoo animals could tromp on the king of science fiction at the box office this weekend. The animated 3-D family film "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" is expected to debut with about $55 million, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys. That would give the film a slight edge over director Ridley Scott's "Prometheus," which is expected to sell between $50 million and $55 million worth of ticket sales.  The studios behind both movies are predicting softer openings.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2014 | Martin Tsai
Imax 3-D documentary "Island of Lemurs: Madagascar" shines a spotlight on one of the earliest primates that coexisted with dinosaurs more than 60 million years ago. Although extinct in their native Africa, hundreds of lemur species have adopted Madagascar as home. But these wandering spirits are hardly thriving, as 90% of the forest has been torched since humans set foot on the island some two millennia ago. The film highlights the few species taking refuge in the Ranomafana National Park and the preservation efforts shepherded by Patricia C. Wright, anthropology professor at Stony Brook University in New York.
TRAVEL
April 4, 2010
MADAGASCAR Presentation Bruce Carter will explore the people, animals, plants and recently discovered sapphire deposits in Madagascar. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 56 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220 MOUNTAINEERING Slide show Mountain guide Kurt Wedberg will present images from a Mt. Everest expedition in 2008. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Griffith Park Visitor Center auditorium, 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, L.A. Admission, info: Free.
WORLD
October 21, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Madagascar is set to hold elections Friday, trying to shrug off the effects of a 2009 coup that plunged millions of people into poverty and hunger due to subsequent African and Western sanctions and withdrawal of budget aid. The efforts of donors to punish the country's politicians have backfired and hurt its most vulnerable people, especially children, U.N. humanitarian agencies said Monday. Madagascar, a country that relied on donors to cover about 40% of its budget in 2008, is a study on what goes wrong after a coup: Tourism evaporates, investors go elsewhere and international donors drastically cut their support.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2014 | Susan King
Who knew lemurs were zen masters? The primates, whose ancestors came to Madagascar some 60 million years ago, love to play. They also enjoy a good siesta on a handy branch, and when they are happy, they emit a cute little noise akin to a piglet's snort. They also take press junkets in stride. Last week at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, Felix, a 10-year-old ring-tailed lemur, and Taj, a 7-year-old brown lemur, were chilling with their handlers, demonstrating a "don't worry, be happy" attitude as cameras flashed all around.
WORLD
October 21, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Madagascar is set to hold elections Friday, trying to shrug off the effects of a 2009 coup that plunged millions of people into poverty and hunger due to subsequent African and Western sanctions and withdrawal of budget aid. The efforts of donors to punish the country's politicians have backfired and hurt its most vulnerable people, especially children, U.N. humanitarian agencies said Monday. Madagascar, a country that relied on donors to cover about 40% of its budget in 2008, is a study on what goes wrong after a coup: Tourism evaporates, investors go elsewhere and international donors drastically cut their support.
SPORTS
July 17, 2013 | Chris Erskine
What do I know of life? For years, I thought Taco Bell was a Mexican phone company. I thought Hash Tag was a mouthy wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons. So when I got wind of the Swiss Forrest Gump, an adventurer who ran 25,422 miles over five years till he'd circled the world, his beautiful green-eyed wife riding along on a motorcycle the whole time with their supplies, I wasn't sure if I had a column or a Nobel Prize candidate. A marathon a day, five days a week, for five years.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 6, 2012 | By Michael Ordoña
Among the year's major animated releases (and award contenders) are sequels in billion-dollar franchises, an expansion of a beloved Dr. Seuss book and an irreverent claymation pirate adventure. There are prehistoric animals battling other pirates who sail ships of icebergs; New Yorker animals joining the circus to escape an indestructible, Edith Piaf-belting Frances McDormand; and a moonstruck loser named Charles Darwin. 'The Pirates! Band of Misfits' The stop-motion pioneers at England's Aardman Animations made their first foray into high-tech, with 3-D and extensive computer-generated imagery, for "The Pirates!
BUSINESS
November 2, 2012 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
DreamWorks Animation reported a 24% jump in profit in the third quarter, largely due to the box-office success of its animated film "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted. " The Glendale-based studio posted net income of $24.4 million, or 29 cents a share, on revenue of $186.3 million in the quarter that ended Sept. 30. That compared with a profit of $19.7 million, or 23 cents per share, on revenue of $160.8 million during the same period in 2011. The results easily exceeded Wall Street estimates.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
DreamWorks Animation reported a 24% jump in profits in the third quarter due to the box-office success of "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted. " The Glendale-based animation studio posted net income of $24.4 million, or $0.29 a share, on revenues of $186.3 million, in the quarter ended Sept. 30. That compared with a profit of $19.7 million, or $0.23 per share, on revenues of $160.8 million during the same period in 2011. DreamWorks Animation Chief Executive Jeffrey Katzenberg said the results stemmed from the "blockbuster international box office success" of " Madagascar 3: Europe 's Most Wanted," which he said was the fifth-highest-grossing film of the year on a global basis.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 31, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
DreamWorks Animation, the Glendale studio behind the "Shrek" and "Madagascar" movies, reported lower-than-expected financial results for the second quarter. For the quarter ended June 30, the company reported net income of $12.8 milion, or 15 cents per share, down 62% from a year earlier. Revenue for the quarter also fell sharply, declining 25% to $162.8 million. Analysts had forecast net income of 25 cents per share. "DreamWorks Animation's second quarter of 2012 was driven primarily by the box office performance of Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted , the seventh highest-grossing film of the year," said Jeffrey Katzenberg, chief executive of DreamWorks Animation.
WORLD
November 21, 2009 | By Robyn Dixon
Foreigners have come to Anjandobo village, a cluster of wooden huts on the desolate red dust of southern Madagascar. They're vaza -- outsiders. The vaza are sweating. They wear hats and carry cameras and plastic bottles of water. The sun exhausts the vaza : four journalists and a group of aid workers from UNICEF and the World Food Program. Scorpions bristle under rocks. There's little shade. A small Anjandobo child watches the vaza with their water bottles.
SCIENCE
February 15, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Madagascar's carnivorous mammals are descendants of a mongoose-like creature that floated to the island from Africa on a raft of vegetation about 21 million years ago, according to scientists from Yale University and the Field Museum in Illinois. Researchers used DNA sequences of four genes from 20 mammal species from Madagascar, Africa and Asia to determine which are most closely related.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 18, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman
Two of Hollywood's biggest stars couldn't pull in as many ticket sales as"Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted"did at the box office this weekend, because the cartoon was the No. 1 pick yet again. For the second consecutive weekend, the 3-D animated flick featuring a band of zoo animals topped the box office. The DreamWorks Animation movie raked in an additional $35.5 million, bringing its domestic total to $120.5 million. Meanwhile, a new musical featuring Tom Cruise and a raunchy comedy starring Adam Sandler flopped.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 18, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
Tom Cruise and Adam Sandler ventured outside of their wheelhouses in new films this weekend but found their risk-taking roundly rejected at the box office. Cruise, who struck gold six months ago with his action film "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol," attempted to show off his lighter side as a booze-swilling, sex-addicted '80s musician in"Rock of Ages,"while Sandler steered away from his family audience with the raunchy R-rated comedy "That's My Boy. Both films tanked, beaten by the 3-D animated flick"Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted,"which was the No. 1 film for the second consecutive weekend.
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