November 7, 2012 |
MEXICO CITY - A deadly earthquake rattled Guatemala on Wednesday, knocking out electricity, destroying dozens of buildings, and killing at least 39 people, with many more missing or buried, President Otto Perez Molina said. The quake, which officials called the most powerful temblor to hit the Central American country in 36 years, occurred at 10:35 a.m. along the northern part of Guatemala's Pacific coast. The U.S. Geological Survey measured it as magnitude 7.4, while Guatemala's National Seismological Institute ranked it as magnitude 7.2. Guatemalan officials initially confirmed three deaths in San Marcos, a city in the country's western interior, but continued revising the number upward as the day went on. "We must regret the deaths of 39 people," Perez told journalists during an afternoon tour of some of the worst-hit areas, according to the newspaper El Nuevo Siglo.
August 23, 2012 |
Should the auto industry be worried about the Internet? It seems that the more time young people stay digitally connected, the less time they feel they need to be together physically, and that results in less interest in driving, according to researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. “We found that the percentage of young drivers was inversely related to the proportion of Internet users. Virtual contact, through electronic means, reduces the need for actual contact," said Michael Sivak, a professor at the institute.
April 16, 2012
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail Cheryl Strayed Alfred A. Knopf: 336 pp., $25.95
September 4, 2011 |
Woodstock, it's not. And therein lies much of the appeal of a once-obscure Afro-Colombian music festival that, despite being held in this out-of-the-way corner of the Andes, attracts increasing numbers of international visitors, in addition to die-hard locals. The common thread that ran through most of the Petronio Álvarez Music of the Pacific festival, which ended last weekend, was acoustic marimba music from the Pacific coast. There, inhabitants of poor, isolated Afro-Colombian communities located amid mangroves and estuaries have clung to music styles their forefathers brought with them as slaves two or three centuries ago. Among the 18,000 cramming Cali's Pascual Guerrero soccer stadium for five days running were foreign documentary filmmakers, DJs, tour packagers and talent scouts.
September 4, 2010 |
It's an early morning after a late night, yet Tim Wallach's dark blue Chevy pickup rolls into the restaurant parking lot right on time. Paying attention to detail is important if you want to be a major league manager. And Tim Wallach wants to be a major league manager. "That's my No. 1 goal," he says over coffee. The only questions are where and when. Six teams have changed managers this summer and could be looking for permanent replacements this winter. There will also be openings in Toronto and Atlanta, when Cito Gaston and Bobby Cox retire after the season.
August 22, 2010 |
The cast and crew from the television show "Survivor" have moved into this southern Nicaragua beach town. But don't talk about it! It's all very hush-hush. CBS refuses to discuss it. Any locals receiving a paycheck have been ordered to mum the word. As though the presence of a bunch of gringos, television cameras and strapping work crews, zipping up and down streets in late-model pickup trucks, would go unnoticed in this town of 18,000, best known for surfing and summer homes.