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TuesdayMay 22, 2012

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Producer Who Has Worked With LatAm Elite Hopes To Establish Singing Career

Producer Who Has Worked With LatAm Elite Hopes To Establish Singing Career

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Gocho is preparing his second album with which, after a solid career as a producer and songwriter, he is seeking to further establish himself with the public as a singer.

The songwriter known as “El lapiz de platino” (The Platinum Pencil) for his work in penning urban genre hits made his debut as a singer last year with his album entitled “Mi musica.”

Now, that he is beginning the production of his second album, Jose Angel Torres, a.k.a. Gocho, said in an interview with Efe that many people have suggested that he call it “El lapiz de platino,” but he doesn’t like that name.

“It’s plain, strong, I don’t know. It’s great, people know me like that and I’m happy that they acknowledge that my lyrics have been successful, but it’s not the message that I want to send on the record,” he said.

Gocho has worked with Shakira, Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, Zion & Lennox and Angel & Khriz, for whom he composed the hit “Ven Bailalo.”

With “Mi musica,” Gocho climbed in the Billboard Latino chart with the numbers “Dandole” and “Si te digo la verdad,” the latter of which has risen as high as No. 15 on the Hot Latin Songs chart.

One of his strategies has been to collaborate with his colleagues from other musical genres, including Alexis Valdes, Paulina Rubio, Elvis Crespo, among others.

Currently, he is enjoying the success of the song he collaborated on with Wisin & Yandel - “Si te digo la verdad” - which was released last week.

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To Aid in Search of Rebels, Venezuela and Colombia Militarize Shared Border

To Aid in Search of Rebels, Venezuela and Colombia Militarize Shared Border

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The governments of Colombia and Venezuela on Tuesday consolidated their joint fight against Colombian rebels, militarizing both sides of the border in the hunt for guerrillas who killed 12 soldiers in Colombia and later returned to their base in the neighboring country.

The northernmost stretch of the border is now being patrolled by security forces from both countries who are seeking members of the 59th Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.

That was the unit that on Monday attacked a squad of Colombian troops who were protecting efforts to rebuild an electrical tower knocked down by the guerrillas in a rural portion of La Guajira province, killing 12 troops.

Colombian Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon said on Caracol Radio that the 59th Front “probably has its base area” in the neighboring Venezuelan state of Zulia.

Pinzon emphasized in remarks to reporters the importance of Colombia and Venezuela coordinating with one another to “mobilize troops and conduct military operations in that area.”

Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos communicated to his Venezuelan counterpart, Hugo Chavez, that Colombian authorities had noticed that the guerrillas had fled into Venezuela, to which the government in Caracas responded quickly and willingly.

Chavez’s response was immediate, saying “We reaffirm our position: we’re not going to allow incursions by any armed force, wherever it may be from, into Venezuelan territory,” and he announced the deployment of military brigades to Zulia.

The cooperation between the security forces of the two nations received a push in August 2010, when Santos assumed power and met with Chavez to reconstitute the bilateral diplomatic ties that had gone through their worst period during the latter stages of the 2002-2010 administration of Alvaro Uribe.

Since then, Venezuelan security forces have captured drug traffickers and Colombian guerrillas.

The mutual jungle border region between the two countries is a hotbed of crime, particularly drug trafficking and gasoline smuggling, as revealed in the book “La frontera caliente entre Colombia and Venezuela” (The hot border between Colombia and Venezuela) published recently by the non-governmental organization Nuevo Arco Iris, which specializes in studying Colombia’s internal conflict.

According to that investigation, crime and violence are spreading in the remote areas on either side of the border because local authorities have been “permeated” by criminal interests and the action of the national governments has been insufficient to quell the problem.

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Casey Anthony Lawyer, Jose Baez, to be Played by Oscar Nuñez in Lifetime Movie, Nanny Sues

Casey Anthony Lawyer, Jose Baez, to be Played by Oscar Nuñez in Lifetime Movie, Nanny Sues

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Oscar Nuñez, known for his role on the hit television show The Office and as the server/store clerk/stripper in the Sandra Bullock/Ryan Reynolds rom-com The Proposal will reportedly play Jose Baez, the man who famously served as Casey Anthony’s trial lawyer, in the upcoming Lifetime movie Prosecuting Casey Anthony.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, the film’s writer, Alison Cross, said Nuñez had “a fantastic audition,” saying she was “wowed” by him “range and ability to channel Jose.”

Playing the role of prosecutor Jeff Ashton, is Rob Lowe. The movie is reportedly based on his book, “Imperfect Justice.”

The film’s 20-day production is scheduled to begin at the end of May in Winnipeg.

In other Casey Anthony news, the woman Anthony claimed took her daughter, Caylee, is suing the former mother for defamation.

Lawyers for Zanaida Gonzalez, whom Anthony referred to as “Zanny the nanny”, were only recently able to get Anthony’s lawyers to accept a subpoena on their client’s behalf.

Anthony’s lawyers claim it is unsafe for their client to come out of hiding and appear in court, but by accepting the subpoena.

“It’s interesting that they’re taking this extreme position. Clearly she doesn’t want to come to the courthouse, but guess what, that is an issue,”  Gonzalez’s attorney John Dill said.

In 2008, Anthony claimed Zanny the Nanny took her 2-year-old daughter. Investigators eventually found the toddler’s body. Gonzalez was cleared and Anthony was charged.

In one of the most reported-on trials in recent history, Anthony was found not guilty in July 2011.

Those disgusted by the photos of Anthony out dancing and partying while her daughter was still missing, her shocked by the verdict.

Still, Anthony will have to head back into court to face the defamation lawsuit from Gonzalez. The civil trial is due to begin in January 2013.

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Antolin Garcia-Torres Held for Murder and Kidnapping of 15-Year-Old Sierra LaMar

Antolin Garcia-Torres Held for Murder and Kidnapping of 15-Year-Old Sierra LaMar

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Santa Clara, California County Sheriff’s have arrested 21-year-old Antolin Garcia-Torres for the murder and kidnapping of 15-year-old Sierra Lamar,  though no body has been found.

At a news conference today, Sheriff Laurie Smith said authorities believe the youngster is dead.  In spite of this Sierra’s mother holds out hope that her daughter maybe alive.  “We continue to pray until she is found,” LaMar said to Mercury News,  “Our search is not going to end. As a mother I’m hopeful. Her body has not been found and that gives me hope.”

Garcia is being linked to the missing teen through DNA, police are saying.  Specifically Garcia-Torres’s DNA was found inside a backpack that belong to LaMar.

LaMar went missing on March 16 on her way to her school bus stop.  The day after, police found her purse and cellphone near a road by her house.  Inside her backpack purse clothing items were found and it was on those items that Garcia-Torres’ DNA was found.

The suspect’s car was taken into police custody earlier this month because it was identified as being near where the young girl went missing.  Authorities did not identify Garcia-Torres as the owner of the vehicle until now.

Garcia-Torres is believed to work at the local Safeway and is married with a 1 ½ year-old daughter and another child on the way.

Since 2011 in Santa Clara county there have been 43 missing females that have never returned home and now authorities are wondering if Garcia-Torres had anything to do with them. 

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Watch William Levy Dance for Last Time on ‘Dancing with The Stars’ (VIDEOS)

Watch William Levy Dance for Last Time on ‘Dancing with The Stars’ (VIDEOS)

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Season 14 of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars will soon come to an end, but not before a winner in crowned.

At the start of the season, Cuban actor William Levy stole hearts with his impressive dancing abilities and perhaps even more impressive good looks.

On Monday night’s show, Levy and dance partner Cheryl Burke took the floor to perform for the last time before a winner in announced, taking on the Cha Cha then the Samba.

Will Dancing With the Stars have another Latino take home the disco ball trophy? JR Martinez was the clear winner last year, but many say the choice may not be as clear this year.

Check out their footwork in the videos below.


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Truck Overturns on Florida Interstate, 55,000 Pounds of Beer Crashes to Ground

Truck Overturns on Florida Interstate, 55,000 Pounds of Beer Crashes to Ground

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Beer lovers you may want to stop reading now.

For everyone else…
Early Monday morning, truck driver Marcos Martinez says a tractor-trailer swerved in front of him, causing him to lose control of his own truck on Florida’s Interstate 95.

At around 4 a.m., the 55,000-pound load of bottled beer spread across I-95’s northbound lanes in Volusia County.

WKMG:

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the beer truck driver, 46-year-old Marcos Martinez, of Miami, said a tractor-trailer swerved in front of him, causing him to lose control of his big rig. Troopers, however, said there were no skid marks on the roadway.

The beer truck went into a ditch on the side of the interstate for about 700 feet before Martinez steered the big rig back onto the roadway, troopers said.  The tractor-trailer then rotated counter-clockwise before turning over onto the passenger side and slid for 200 feet, troopers said.

It took nearly seven hours, but at around 10:45 a.m., the northbound lanes were reopened.

Florida Troopers are still investigating, and no charges were immediately filed against Martinez.

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Check Out Selena Gomez in ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Parody (VIDEO)

Check Out Selena Gomez in ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Parody  (VIDEO)

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Could Selena Gomez really be Anastasia Steele when ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ comes to the big screen?  If you want to find out check out ‘Funny or Die’ video comedy on the subject matter.

The video is title ‘Fifty Shades of Blue’ and highlights the crazy affects the book is having on women.

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ is the much discussed and very popular book trilogy about the fictional love affair between Steele and billionaire Christian Grey.  The book is currently #1 on New York Times best-seller list and is often referred to as ‘mommy porn’.

The original book and the other two ‘Fifty Shade Darker’ and “Fifty Shades Freed’ have been optioned by Universal Pictures and Focus Features.  No one has been selected to play the 21-year-old Anastasia Steele. 

We aren’t sure if the very steamy sex scenes is something Selena is up for.

 

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Enrique Gomez de Molina had No Idea his Taxidermy Hybrid Art Work Could Land Him in Jail

Enrique Gomez de Molina had No Idea his Taxidermy Hybrid Art Work Could Land Him in Jail

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Photos of his taxidermy hybrid art work went viral earlier this year, but Enrique Gomez de Molina claims he had no idea his art could land him in jail.

While his taxidermy sculptures are both dream-like and nightmarish, it is not so gruesome one could see it as illegal art. However, the art itself is not the problem. De Molina is currently serving a 20-month sentence for using parts of endangered animals and some on the brink of joining those on the list.

De Molina caught the attention in of the federal government in 2009 when packages from Indonesia containing undeclared animals parts was intercepted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services. The packages contained the skin of a collared kingfisher, the skin of a Java kingfisher, the skin of a juvenile hawk-eagle, and a mounted lesser bird of paradise, as well as the carcass remnants of a slow loris and lesser mouse deer. In that package alone, at least one – the slow loris – is an endangered animal.

The packages were seized in new York, but were heading to De Molina in Miami, and he says he purchased them on eBay and had no idea what he was buying could put him behind bars.

Despite his claims however, the now 49-year-old had reportedly instructed sellers to wrap the animals parts in carbon paper to avoid being detected at customs. Authorities also say the artist’s claims that he purchased the parts of dead animals, he did so by looking at photos of live ones, implying that they were killed specifically to serve the demand.

Though De Molina is understandably upset to no longer be allowed to do his work, as he in incarcerated, he was warned. After his packages were intercepted in 2009, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services sent a Notice of Seizure and Proposed Forfeiture via certified mail. After ignoring it initially, De Molina eventually agreed to forfeit the parts.

However, the artist continued to import animal parts and as result, he was arrested and as previously stated, is serving a 20-year sentence.

His last piece before being sent to jail was Don’t Hog the Spotlight. The creation is described as being “a lumbering upright mythical mammal, covered in moose and wild boar skin and trimmed in emu feathers, with the feet of a hippo and a longish snout fashioned to look like a South American tapir’s, is led by a much smaller being that is half goose, half monkey. The captive beast, eyes cast down, rope around his neck, does not resist the little guy he could easily take out with one swipe of his Frankenstein hoof.

De Molina told The Miami Herald:

This is what it feels to be me right now. I’m feeling chained and dragged to be gawked at. To be shown as a spectacle, as an example.

The piece is now being held at the home of his art dealer, Bernice Steinbaum in Coconut Grove, Florida.

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Reds’ Aroldis Chapman Arrested Doing 93 mph and No Drivers License

Reds’ Aroldis Chapman Arrested Doing 93 mph and No Drivers License

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Aroldis Chapman may be the Cincinnati Reds closer but early on Monday,  Grove City, Ohio Police labeled him a speeder.  The “Cuban Missle” was clocked driving 93mph in his Mercedes.

Chapman’s license plate reads “101 mph” no doubt referring to how fast he can throw and hopefully not how fast he likes to drive.  The incident happened on Interstate 71 North near Interstate 270 about 12:42 a.m. Monday.  When police pulled over Chapman they noticed he had a suspended Kentucky license. 

Chapman, 24,  was unavailable to speak to the media before Monday night’s game against the Atlanta, where they beat the Braves 4-1.  Chapman who is from Cuba typically speaks to the media with a Spanish translator

In 2010 Chapman signed a $30.25 million, 6-year contract after a very public defection from his native Cuba in 2009.

Written by Tim Horodyski, HS-News Sports Writer.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Hog Hunter Shoots Deer from Side of Road Claims he Needs to Feed Family

LATINO BLOTTER: Hog Hunter Shoots Deer from Side of Road Claims he Needs to Feed Family

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A 41-year-old Florida man was arrested Friday after police say he illegally shot two deer from a public roadway.

Wilfredo Castillo claims he was shot the deer to feed his family because he had recently lost his job.

However, Castillo is in serious trouble, because it is not currently deer-hunting season, he broke the law when he trespassed on the land, and he broke it again when he fired his weapon from a public road.

Castillo told police he was on his way home from a hog-hunting trip with his son when he saw two deer across the road, got out of his car and shot them from the street.

While he was retrieving the deer, deputies stopped and arrested him.

He has been charged with the unlawful taking of doe deer, discharging a firearm from a public roadway, and felony trespassing by projectile.

His court date has been set for June 11.

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Drama About Chilean Dictator Pinochet Acquired by Sony Pictures in Cannes

Drama About Chilean Dictator Pinochet Acquired by Sony Pictures in Cannes

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The drama, “No”,  about the story of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet starring Gael Garcia Bernal has been acquired by Sony Pictures

The project is directed by Chilean Pablo Larrain and produced by Juan de Dio Larrain.  “No” tells the story during Pinochet’s regime in 1988 when he called for a Yes or No referendum on his presidency.  Pinochet was Chile’s President from 1974 to 1990 and head of the government junta from 1973 to 1981.

Here is the film’s description from the Cannes Film Festival screening:

When Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet, facing international pressure, calls for a referendum on his presidency in 1988, opposition leaders persuade a brash young advertising executive, Rene Saavedra, to spearhead their campaign. With scant resources and constant scrutiny by the despot’s watchmen, Saavedra and his team devise an audacious plan to win the election and free their country from oppression.

The Chilean drama received a lot of good buzz at the Cannes Film Festival.  Sony Classics stated: “This movie is amasterfully engaging and energetic drama about politics and power, a tonic for the brain that is also a major entertainment. No establishes Pablo Larrain as a major international director and Gael Garcia Bernal gives his finest performance.”

 

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PEW Stateline:  More Voter ID Laws Enacted in South

PEW Stateline:  More Voter ID Laws Enacted in South

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The Republican governors of Virginia and Mississippi are the latest to sign legislation making sure voters show proper identification before they cast their ballots, a trend that has the Obama re-election campaign ramping up its efforts to make sure voters know of the new requirements.

In Mississippi, Governor Phil Bryant late last week signed into law a state constitutional amendment requiring voters to show photo ID that Mississippi voters approved by 62 percent in the 2011 general election. The measure also allows people without proper photo identification to apply for a free voter ID at the office of the county circuit clerk. “We want everyone to participate in the election process, and we want that process to be fair and secure,” the governor said in a statement.

Virginia already required voters to have valid ID, but has never required a photo ID and that doesn’t change now. Legislation that Governor Robert F. McDonnell signed on Friday does change voting procedures in two ways. Under previous law, those who didn’t have identification could sign a special document vowing they were who they said they were.

That is no longer an option under the new legislation. Instead, when someone votes without presenting identification, they can vote with a provisional ballot but must later present an approved ID to their local registrar through email, fax, mail or hand delivery.

Secondly, Virginia expanded the kinds of documents accepted as ID. Now, the following are acceptable forms of ID for voting: Virginia voter registration card; Social Security card; valid Virginia driver’s license; any other identification card issued by an agency of the Commonwealth, one of its political subdivisions, or the United States; any valid student identification card issued by a Virginia institution of higher education; a valid identification card issued by an employer containing a photograph of the vote; a copy of a current utility bill or bank statement; a government check; and a paycheck that shows the name and address of the voter.

At the same time, McDonnell issued an executive order directing the State Board of Elections to send every Virginia voter a voter card, a valid form of ID under state law, before Election Day, so that every registered Virginia voter has a valid ID to present at the polls. “Every qualified citizen has the right to cast one vote. Not two votes; not zero votes. It is our duty as a democracy to ensure that is always the case,” McDonnell said in a statement.

Read more at Pamela M. Prah for Stateline →

Study Finds the Risk for Colon Polyps Among Blacks, Hispanics is Higher than Previously Thought

Study Finds the Risk for Colon Polyps Among Blacks, Hispanics is Higher than Previously Thought

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Colonoscopy may be preferable to sigmoidoscopy for these populations

Blacks and Hispanics have a significantly higher risk of developing precancerous colorectal polyps compared with whites, according to a study by researchers at NewYork – Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. The findings appeared in the online edition of Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

“Our data suggest that we need to redouble our efforts to increase colon cancer screening in areas with large numbers of racial and ethnic minorities,” said lead author Benjamin Lebwohl, MD, MS, assistant professor of clinical medicine and epidemiology at NewYork – Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center and Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.

The study also found that blacks and Hispanics have a higher risk of developing polyps in the upper portion of the colon, compared with whites. “These lesions would have been missed had these patients undergone sigmoidoscopy, which examines only the lower half of the colon,” said Dr. Lebwohl. “Therefore, colonoscopy, which examines the entire colon, may be preferable to sigmoidoscopy as a screening test for blacks and Hispanics.”

Colorectal cancer caused an estimated 51,370 deaths in 2010 – the last year for which data are available. This type of cancer is largely preventable if caught early, in the form of precancerous polyps, or adenomas. Such polyps are effectively treated with removal during colonoscopy.

The researchers looked at rates of advanced adenomas — polyps 10 mm or larger that exhibited aggressive features under microscopic examination. “These are the kinds of polyps that we are most concerned may eventually develop into cancer,” said Fay Kastrinos, MD, MPH, assistant professor of clinical medicine at NewYork – Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center and senior author of the study. “We found that blacks and Hispanics were roughly twice as likely to have advanced adenomas, compared with whites, after adjusting for factors such as age and family history.”

Previous studies had shown that colorectal cancer incidence and mortality are higher in blacks than in whites, and that blacks are typically younger at the time of diagnosis than are whites. Little was known about the risk of adenomas among Hispanics.

In the current study, the first to compare adenomas in white, blacks, and Hispanics, the investigators analyzed data from 5,075 men and women age 50 or older who underwent first-time colonoscopy at NewYork – Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center from 2006 to 2010. The study population was 70 percent white, 18 percent Hispanic, and 12 percent black, with a mean age of 62. None of the subjects had signs or symptoms of colon cancer at the time of screening. At least one adenoma was detected in 19 percent of whites, 22 percent of Hispanics, and 26 percent of blacks, the researchers reported.

The findings run counter to existing statistics showing that Hispanics have a lower rate of colon cancer compared with whites. “Surprisingly, we found that Hispanics have a slightly higher rate of precancerous polyps,” said Dr. Lebwohl. “This adds to other recent evidence that the rate of colorectal cancer among Hispanics may be increasing with acculturation.

Doctors generally advise patients to get an initial screening test at age 50, when overall rates of colon cancer begin to increase.

The research paper is titled, “Risk of colorectal adenomas and advanced neoplasia in Hispanic, black and white patients undergoing screening colonoscopy.” The other co-authors are Kristina Capiak and Alfred. I. Neugut, at NewYork – Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center.

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Designer Carolina Herrera Reaches New Milestone - $1 Billion in Sales

Designer Carolina Herrera Reaches New Milestone - $1 Billion in Sales

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Venezuelan fashion designer, Carolina Herrera, has reached another milestone in her stellar career, $1 billion in annual sales.  This is yet another milestone for the iconic designer who last year celebrated 30-years in business.

Along her thirty-year career Herrera has collected countless awards from “Womenswear Designer of the Year” in 2004 to receiving “Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award” in 2008. In 2002 the Spanish government gave her one of their highest award, the Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts.  In 1997 she was also honored by Spain with the Gold Medal by the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute.

ImageHerrera, who has four daughters, also receive one of pop culture’s most popular recognitions a ‘Got Milk!’ ad with her daughter also named Carolina.  The ad reads “Fabric is my livelihood, and good health is the fabric of my life.”

Herrera is the daughter of a former Governor of Caracas and became a U.S. citizen in 2009.

Herrera’s latest collection was the Fall 2012 line presented in February of this year.  The ‘artist-studio-inspired’ collection was received to great reviews.  FabSugar noted the collection pleased “both the celebrity clientele and polished working women, Herrera displayed her magnitude for the classics and modernity in one graceful swoop.”

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Europe’s Largest Solar Telescope Inaugurated in Spain on Tenerife Island

Europe’s largest solar telescope was inaugurated Monday at Teide Observatory on the Spanish island of Tenerife, from where it will help researchers observe and better understand the activities of the Sun and also those of the majority of stars in the universe.

During the inauguration of the Gregor telescope, developed by a German consortium, the director of the Astrophysics Institute of the Canaries, Francisco Sanchez, said that the infrastructure for the telescope is a sign of the cooperation that helps development.

The telescope and its main instruments cost 12.85 million euros ($16.4 million) to build.

The Gregor telescope will help scientists to better understand the physical processes that occur in the majority of stars and to answer questions such as how solar activity affects and damages satellites and energy networks on Earth.

The scope’s spatial, spectral and temporal resolution will allow researchers to be able to monitor features on the surface of the Sun as small as 70 kilometers (43.4 miles) in size.

The consortium behind Gregor was led by the Kiepenheuer-Institut fur Sonnenphysik in Freiburg with the Leibniz-Institut fur Astrophysik Potsdam and the Max-Planck-Institut fur Sonnensystemforschung in Katlenburg/Lindau.

Also contributing to the effort were the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias, the Institut fur Astrophysik Gottingen, and the Astronomical Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.

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Spain’s Teide Observatory -Europe’s Largest Solar Telescope- Inaugurated

Spain’s Teide Observatory -Europe’s Largest Solar Telescope- Inaugurated

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Europe’s largest solar telescope was inaugurated Monday at Teide Observatory on the Spanish island of Tenerife, from where it will help researchers observe and better understand the activities of the Sun and also those of the majority of stars in the universe.

During the inauguration of the Gregor telescope, developed by a German consortium, the director of the Astrophysics Institute of the Canaries, Francisco Sanchez, said that the infrastructure for the telescope is a sign of the cooperation that helps development.

The telescope and its main instruments cost 12.85 million euros ($16.4 million) to build.

The Gregor telescope will help scientists to better understand the physical processes that occur in the majority of stars and to answer questions such as how solar activity affects and damages satellites and energy networks on Earth.

The scope’s spatial, spectral and temporal resolution will allow researchers to be able to monitor features on the surface of the Sun as small as 70 kilometers (43.4 miles) in size.

The consortium behind Gregor was led by the Kiepenheuer-Institut fur Sonnenphysik in Freiburg with the Leibniz-Institut fur Astrophysik Potsdam and the Max-Planck-Institut fur Sonnensystemforschung in Katlenburg/Lindau.

Also contributing to the effort were the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias, the Institut fur Astrophysik Gottingen, and the Astronomical Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.

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TuesdayMay 22, 2012