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March 20, 2005 | By Jerry V. Haines, Jerry V. Haines last wrote for the Travel section about Italy's Friuli region
I had been trying for days to get a mental fix on Punta del Este, to figure out just which place it reminded me of. St. Bart's, I had thought at first, choosing the obvious connections of sun, sea and sand, and snippets from the press about which celebrity had been seen where and with whom. But that wasn't entirely it. Italy, was my wife Janice's guess, noting the lasciviously rich blackberry gelati we had eaten, the fact that Uruguayans say " ciao " as goodbye (though they spell it "chau")
April 23, 2014 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
The image of bandit Jesus Malverde turns up as a kind of venerated saint inside " Quitapesares (Solace)," a makeshift chapel by artist Maria Romero erected near the end of a large new exhibition at the UCLA Fowler Museum. On May 3, 1909, the outlaw was hanged from a tree in the town of Culiacán, capital of Sinaloa near the country's northwest coast, by the federal government of Mexican dictator Porfirio Diaz. He was left to rot in the sun. At least, that's what people say. Historians have found no evidence that the story is true.
March 7, 2001
South America is a continent of marvels, mysteries and magic: the amazing diversity of plant and animal life found in the Amazon rain forest and the Galapagos Islands, the fascinating traces of past civilizations such as the Incan stronghold at Machu Picchu and Easter Island's massive stone figures, and the unique form of storytelling called magic realism, which combines the commonplace with the fantastic and surreal.
March 28, 2014 | By Vincent Bevins
SÃO PAULO, Brazil - This mega city 270 miles southwest of Rio is the largest in South America and Brazil's main destination for culture, night life and cosmopolitan gastronomy. Where you'll see soccer: The action kicks off at the new Arena Corinthians, where Brazil takes on Croatia on June 12 in the opening match. This temple to soccer in the Itaquera district, a bit outside São Paulo proper, also hosts the semifinals on July 7. FIFA, soccer's world governing body, is setting up a giant outdoor screen at Vale do Anhangabaú, a big public square in a beautiful but often sketchy part of downtown, where fans and festivities should be plentiful and rowdy.
February 6, 2005
DEVIL'S THROAT is the largest of almost 300 waterfalls that constitute Iguacu Falls in Iguazu National Park, on the border of Argentina and Brazil. Taller than Niagara Falls and four times as wide, Iguacu spans almost 3 miles. Kari Williams of San Francisco took this photo of Devil's Throat with fellow traveler Jeb Mirczak's camera. The trip included "encounters with 2-foot lizards and, of course ... Toucan Sam."
September 22, 2013
SOUTH AMERICA Presentation Jared Vagy will share his experiences in South America climbing glaciated mountains, technical rock walls, remote icy peaks and an attempt at Aconcagua, Argentina, the highest mountain in the world outside the Himalayas. When, where: 7 p.m. Thursday at the REI store in Santa Monica, 402 Santa Monica Blvd. Admission, info: Free. (310) 458-4370. PHOTOGRAPHY Presentation Eric Poppleton will present digital and printed media from his globe-trotting expeditions as well as tips and tricks of the trade.
February 25, 2006 | From Associated Press
Hoping to replicate the worldwide success of ABC's "Desperate Housewives," Disney's international production arm plans to produce four local Latin American editions, each with its own cast and cultural flavor. Spanish versions of the show will be seen in Argentina, Colombia and Ecuador, and a Portuguese version will air in Brazil.
April 13, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey
President Obama on Friday tried to sell his record on opening new markets to American business and investment as he stopped in Florida on his way to a regional summit in Cartagena, Colombia. Speaking at the Port of Tampa, Obama said U.S. exports were on the rise and credited the free trade agreements approved by Congress last year, including one with Colombia. Exports to Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean are up by 46% since 2009, the president said. “We now export more to the Western Hemisphere than to any other region in the world,” Obama said.
October 6, 2002 | GRAHAME L. JONES
Europe does not have a monopoly on soccer news. It only seems that way sometimes. If South America could ever get its act together--a dubious proposition given the weak and/or corrupt leadership of its 10 soccer federations--it might one day hold its own, but don't count on it. Even CONMEBOL, the acronym by which the South American confederation is known, needs to put its chaotic house in order.
December 3, 1990 | From Associated Press
President Bush today proclaimed "a new era of hope" in newly democratic South America as he opened a five-nation tour. He promptly blamed Iraq for making poor countries pay expensive oil bills. Bush arrived in Brasilia at dawn after an overnight flight from Washington, accompanied by a mostly junior staff. He was greeted by a 21-gun salute and military pageantry at the pillared Plantalto Palace, the workplace of President Fernando Collor de Mello.
February 26, 2014 | By Geoffrey Mohan
Scientists have uncloaked the mystery of an ancient fossilized graveyard of dozens of whales lying side by side with bizarre, walrus-faced dolphins and swimming sloths. The fossils, unearthed about three years ago during a road-widening project in Chile's Atacama Desert, probably record a series of mass strandings about 6 million to 9 million years ago that were caused by blooms of algae fed by the iron-rich sediments of the Andes Mountains, according to a study published online Wednesday in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The international team of researchers believes about four waves of carcasses washed into what once was a placid tidal basin within a period of weeks, then were buried in sediments that accumulated over 10,000 to 16,000 years, said the study's lead author, Nicholas D. Pyenson, curator of fossil marine mammals at the Smithsonian Institution.
February 6, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
General Motors Co. posted a small increase in fourth-quarter profit but its results for the period disappointed Wall Street as business deteriorated in Asia and South America and the costs of restructuring operations in Europe mounted. The nation's biggest automaker said its fourth-quarter net income edged up to $913 million, or 57 cents a share, from $892 million, or 54 cents, in the same period a year earlier. Revenue in the quarter rose 3% to $40.5 billion. Earnings also were hurt by a higher-than-expected tax rate, said Chuck Stevens, GM's chief financial officer.
January 21, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Talent agency Paradigm is expanding its reach into Europe through a joint venture with the London-based CODA Music Agency, the companies said Tuesday. The deal gives Paradigm a 50% stake in CODA, which represents 500 artists and DJs including Imagine Dragons, Bastille and the XX. CODA will continue to operate as a stand-alone company and keep its headquarters and management team, but additional financial details were not disclosed.   With this transaction, Paradigm can represent its roster of music artists - which include Aerosmith, Black Eyed Peas, Coldplay and Toby Keith - in European countries.
January 17, 2014 | By Scott Martelle
Amasa Delano, a New England sea captain sailing off the Chilean coast in February 1805, thought he was helping a ship in distress when he boarded the Tryal with an offer of food, water and assistance. Adrift in dangerous waters, its worn hull covered with barnacles and trailing seaweed, the Tryal was, indeed, in distress. But not in the manner Delano suspected. The Tryal was a Spanish slaver on which the slaves had revolted two months earlier, killing most of their captors while sparing Capt.
January 9, 2014 | By James Barragan
U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker unveiled a new initiative aimed at increasing business with trade partners in Latin America, only days after the 20th anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement's implementation. The Look South initiative encourages U.S. companies to do business with Mexico and the U.S.'s 10 other free trade agreement partners in Central and South America, Pritzker told reporters Thursday before her Los Angeles speech announcing the initiative. Pritzker said there are many untapped business opportunities south of Mexico, which the program hopes to open up for U.S. companies.
December 30, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., which started as a one-man consulting shop in 1947, has grown into one of the largest and most respected U.S. engineering firms. The Pasadena construction consulting company handles engineering, architecture and construction projects for governments and businesses worldwide. It has clients in oil and gas, chemicals, aerospace, defense, mining, pharmaceuticals, power, paper, technology, food and other industries. Founder Joseph J. Jacobs, the son of Lebanese parents, built the company into a $1-billion business by the time he retired in 1992 at age 76, pushing it into the lucrative environmental services business.
December 23, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
The merchant of death is dead: Mikhail Kalashnikov passed Monday at 94 in a hospital in Izhevsk, the capital of the Russian republic of Udmurtia. Of course you know his name; everyone knows his name . It's as famous a name as Samuel Colt, maker of the gun that won the West. Except that Kalashnikov designed the gun that has bedeviled the “other,” larger West for more than 60 years. Kalashnikov's AK-47 (“the automatic Kalashnikov” and the year it won a Soviet design competition, 1947)
December 18, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
There were a lot of losers in this month's World Cup draw. The U.S., for example, which was drawn into a Group of Death with Germany, Ghana and Portugal. And England, which was matched with Italy, Chile and Uruguay. But there was also a big winner: South Florida. Once the major European powers got a look at where and when they would be playing in next summer's tournament in Brazil, they began looking for training bases with both world-class facilities as well as the kind of oppressive heat and humidity they're likely to find in South America.
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