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MondayAugust 27, 2012

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Spanish Economy Grew by Only .04% Less than Initial Estimates

Spanish Economy Grew by Only .04% Less than Initial Estimates

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The Spanish economy grew by 0.4 percent last year, less than the initial estimate of 0.7 percent, the National Statistics Institute, or INE, said Monday.

The INE also revised its figure for Spain’s gross domestic product in 2010, from a decline of 0.1 percent to one of 0.3 percent.

The institute kept unchanged its data for 2009, when Spanish GDP shrank 3.7 percent, and 2008, which saw growth of 0.9 percent.

The reduction in growth for 2011 was due to a smaller than estimated increase in exports and a sharper decline in domestic demand, the INE said.

The real growth of exports last year fell from 9 percent to 7.6 percent, while the decline in imports increased from 0.1 percent to 0.9 percent.

Spain slipped back into recession in late 2011 and the government expects GDP to contract 1.7 percent this year.

The Spanish economy has been battered by the global recession and the collapse of a massive real-estate bubble, which has left many banks saddled with toxic property assets.

Overall unemployment stands at nearly 25 percent, while Spain’s young people face a jobless rate of 50 percent.

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Marc Anthony Raises More than $100,000 in Chicago for Dominican Republic Orphanage

Marc Anthony Raises More than $100,000 in Chicago for Dominican Republic Orphanage

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Singer Marc Anthony collected more than $100,000 in Chicago for the Dominican Republic’s Niños de Cristo (Children of Christ) orphanage, the first Latin American organization to benefit from his Maestro Cares foundation.

In a communique, the foundation said that 200 people attended a cocktail party and silent auction held at the Sofitel Hotel, an event where the singer and his partner in the foundation, Colombian businessman Henry Cardenas, were also present.

Among the items belonging to famous sports and show business personalities that were sold at the auction was an Argentine national soccer team jersey autographed by superstar Lionel Messi.

In addition, bidders also bought a necklace designed by Oscar de la Renta, a helmet signed by Mexican race car driver Esteban Gutierrez, a guitar signed by the Mexican rock band Mana and front-row seats to the GIGANT3S international tour Anthony is undertaking along with Marco Antonio Solis and Chayanne.

Gutierrez and actor Luis Guzman were among the personalities invited to the fund-raising event in Chicago.

The Dominican orphanage is the first beneficiary of the non-profit foundation established in November 2011 to support organizations that work with needy children in Latin American countries.

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Tropical Storm Isaac Kills 19 in Haiti, 2 in Dominican Republic

Tropical Storm Isaac Kills 19 in Haiti, 2 in Dominican Republic

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The number of people who died when Tropical Storm Isaac swept through Haiti has risen to 19, while six people are still missing, the government said Monday.

Until that report, Isaac was believed to have caused eight fatalities when it hit Haiti over the weekend with strong winds and heavy rains, before heading across the Gulf of Mexico on Monday to threaten Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

Haiti’s emergency management chief Alta Jean Baptiste said that 14,375 people had to be evacuated, of whom 13,561 are in shelters.

The two provinces hit hardest by Isaac were Ouest and Sud-Est, which together account for 11 de las 19 deaths.

Among the victims were three minors - a 10-year-old girl who died when a wall collapsed onto her home in Thomazeau, a boy struck by a falling tree in the capital suburb of Carrefour, and another boy who was electrocuted in the northern city of Gonaives.

In terms of infrastructure, the road across the Grand-Goave River in Ouest province was swept away by the waters, while bridges over the swollen Grise River on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince are under close watch.

Authorities also said the storm has inflicted considerable damage on housing and agriculture, while tearing the roofs off a good many homes in the Ouest, Sud-Est and Nord-Ouest provinces.

Isaac was blamed for at least two deaths in the Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti.

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It’s a Boy! ‘Jersey Shore’ Firecracker, Snooki and Fiancé Welcome Son

It’s a Boy! ‘Jersey Shore’ Firecracker, Snooki and Fiancé Welcome Son

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Known for her crazy behavior and often bewildering remarks, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and her fiancé Jionni LaValle welcomed son Lorenzo Dominic LaValle into the world.

Earlier this year, an expectant Snooki, reportedly traveled to Peru to have her womb blessed by a local shaman.

Baby Enzo was born around 3 a.m. Sunday, weighing 6lbs, 5oz. Both mom and baby are said to be doing well.

The pint-size momma may identify as a “guidette”, but Baby Snooki was actually born in Chile and adopted by Italian-American parents who brought her to the U.S.

And baby Snooks is not a baby anymore. Now it’s all about being Momma Snooki.

Shortly after giving birth, the new mom tweeted:

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Fellow Jersey Shore cast mates took to Twitter to share their excitement over the baby news.

Paul “DJPauly D” DelVecchio tweeted:

Congrats @snooki And @JLaValle !!!! I’m Officially Uncle Pauly !!!#MyMeatballHadAMeatball.


Jenni “JWoww” Farley:

So proud of @snooki and @JLaValle! Lorenzo is the cutest baby I ever seen. Love him already


Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino:

Congrats to Nicole and jionni on their healthy baby boy! All the best! @snooki

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STUDY:  Minority Fifth Graders Face Greater Health and Safety Risks than General Population

STUDY:  Minority Fifth Graders Face Greater Health and Safety Risks than General Population

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Black and Latino fifth graders in the U.S. are more likely than white students to be obese, to get too little exercise, to witness violence and to ride without seatbelts and bike helmets, all signs of significant disparities that could put their health and safety at risk, a new study finds.

Yet, despite what researchers characterize as “striking” differences in how black and Latino children are faring compared to whites, their report gives clues about what may lie at the heart of it—and it’s largely not race or ethnicity itself.

Instead, the analysis showed that when household income, family education level and the schools the children attended were taken into account, some of those disparities disappeared.

In other words, a black or Latino child from a similar economic background, attending a similar school and whose parents had an equal level of education did about as well as a white child from the same demographic on many health measures.

The study is published in the Aug. 23 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Researchers measured 16 aspects of health and health-related behavior, and found significant differences between black and white children on all 16 indicators, and significant differences between white and Latino children on 12 of the 16 indicators.

For Latino children, taking into account those other socioeconomic factors, seven health disparities were eliminated. Others were substantially reduced, and on three measures, Latino children fared better than white kids from similar backgrounds. (Those included the likelihood of being victimized by a peer and of perpetrating physical or nonphysical aggression.)

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World Artists to Turn Rio de Janeiro into One Large Work of Art

World Artists to Turn Rio de Janeiro into One Large Work of Art

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Next month, six of the world’s most famous artists will begin turning Rio de Janeiro, Brazil into a giant work of art.

In a project named OiR (Other Ideas for Rio), artists Robert Morris, Brian Eno, Juame Plensa, Andy Goldsworthy, Ryoji Ikeda, and Henrique Oliveira will create various works in their own individual styles.

The art installations will turn Rio into one big art gallery.

OiR curator Marcello Dantas recently told The Rio Times, ‘The challenge of contemporary art is to increase your audience. And how to do this? Bringing great works to public spaces.’

Each artists’ work will be revealed to the public on September 7 and the art will be up/displayed until November 2nd. OiR is a public art project and is expected to run every other year until 2016.

This year, Brazilian artist Henrique Oliveira will work in Rio’s Madureira area. Catalonian artist Juame Plensa will have his human head sculpture displayed at Flamengo Beach. Plensa is the artist responsible for the interesting LED screen art that shot water onto Chicago’s streets. Japanese artist Ryoji Ikeda will have his work in Arpoador. Andy Goldsworthy of England will be in the Rio harbor area or Zona Portuaria. Minimalist Robert Morris is creating a glass maze for Cinelândia, and Brian Eno, an English musician, composer, and visual artist, will have his audio installation art “77 Million Paintings” set up at the Arcos da Lapa. The arches are also known as the Carioca Aqueduct.

 

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Places of Interest: Madrid’s Atocha Railway Station is Also Indoor Botanical Garden

Places of Interest: Madrid’s Atocha Railway Station is Also Indoor Botanical Garden

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Built in 1851, Madrid, Spain’s Atocha railway station is easily one of the world’s most beautiful and unique stations in the world.

While Atocha is Madrid’s largest railway station it has additional features that set it above all the rest.

When stepping inside Atocha, one is greeted by a surprising site – more than 7,000 plants calling 4,000 square meters of the station home.

The original Atocha train station building was mostly destroyed by fire in the early 1890s. Alberto de Palacio Elissagne was the architect responsible for the old building’s new design, which incorporated a style that was predominantly of wrought iron. Gustave Eiffel, better known for the tower bearing his name in Paris, also collaborated on the project.

In 1992, Atocha added a nightclub and a number of café’s. The station also has a pond, which 22 species of fish and turtles call home.

The 7,200 plants are made up of 260 species and include subtropical and tropical plants from India, Austrailia, and Asia.

A large banana tree, dubbed “The Traveler’s Tree”, sits at the entrance to the path into the urban jungle. It is said that if a visitor stops in front of the tree and makes a wish that wish will come true.


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Former ‘Cheetah Girl’ Sabrina Bryan Takes Final Spot on ‘DWTS: All Stars’

Former ‘Cheetah Girl’ Sabrina Bryan Takes Final Spot on ‘DWTS: All Stars’

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Will Sabrina Bryan please return to the dance floor.

As fans fought for their all-time favorite Dancing With the Stars contestants it became a battle between Carson Kressley (Queer Eye for the Straight Guy), Kyle Massey (That’s So Raven, Corey in the House), and Sabrina Bryan (The Cheetah Girls) fans.

In the end, Bryan (born Reba Sabrina Hinojos) won the final spot for the Dancing With the Stars: All Star season.

On Good Morning America Monday, Bryan stated she was “so excited” to be given another chance to compete.

The singer/actress had trained as a dancer before appearing on season 5 of DWTS. Though she had performed very well with partner Mark Ballas and received the show’s first 30 out of 30 score from the judges.

In week 6, after receiving their lowest judges’ score of the competition– a 25 – Bryan and Ballas were sent home when the fans failed to ring/text in the votes. An AOL poll at the time saw voters select the pair’s elimination as ”2007’s Most Shocking TV Moment”.

The upcoming all-star season, with be DWTS’s 15th season. This time, Bryan will be partnered with Louis Van Amstel.

Check out the Mexican-American dynamo’s second chance when the new season premieres September 24.

Also coming back for the all-star season:

Apolo Ohno
Helio Castroneves
Kirstie Alley
Pamela Anderson
Joey Fatone
Bristol Palin
Emmitt Smith
Shawn Johnson
Gilles Marini
Kelly Monaco
Drew Lachey,
Melissa Rycroft

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Latin Love:  Former SC Governor Mark Sanford Engaged to Argentine ‘Soul Mate’

Latin Love:  Former SC Governor Mark Sanford Engaged to Argentine ‘Soul Mate’

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CNN is reporting that the former Governor of South Carolina Mark Sanford has proposed to his Argentine mistress, Maria Belen Chapur in Buenos Aires.  Argentine media is reporting the engagement happened last Wednesday at the Bella Italia Grill.

This Latin love affair cost the high-profile, married Republican his political career back in 2009, an affair that reportedly started in 2001 in Uruguay.

This relationship broke the former Governor’s marriage to Jenny Sanford, when in June of 2009, Sanford left the state for five days and told his staff he was hiking the Appalachian Trail, but he was really in Argentina visiting Chapur. He returned and held a press conference at which he confessed “I have been unfaithful to my wife.” The couple, parents of four children, divorced soon after.  In later interviews he identified Chapur, 43, as his ‘soul mate’.

Sanford, 52 also faced impeachment hearings after the state’s legislature investigated the use of public assets for his travels.  The hearings resulted in the former Governor having to reimburse the state $74,000 for travel and personal expenses.

Chapur is an Argentine divorced mother of two who works in Buenos Aires as a commodity broker.  The State newspaper published the star-crossed lovers emails when the scandalous love affair broke, emails that spoke of a deep connection between the two.

“My heart cries out for you, your voice, your body, the touch of your lips, the touch of your finger tips and an even deeper connection to your soul,” said Sanford in one of them.

 

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Rare Crocs Once Owned by Fidel Castro Give Birth in Sweden

Rare Crocs Once Owned by Fidel Castro Give Birth in Sweden

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Sweden is now the home of baby crocodiles from the rarest breed in the world.

Once owned by Fidel Castro, Cuban crocodiles at Sweden’s Skansen zoo in Stockholm laid eggs which hatched into 16 baby crocs last week.

Jonas Wahlstrom, the director of the aquarium at the zoo called the Cuban crocs “the rarest” and “most beautiful crocodile species in the world.”

It is believed that only a few hundred still exist in the world, with very few existing in the wild.

Castro reportedly gave the croc parents to a Russian cosmonaut in 1977 when he was still the leader of Cuba. When the crocodiles grew too large, they were donated to the Moscow zoo. One year after their arrival, the zoo was remodeled and the Cuban crocs were smuggled into Sweden in Wahlstrom’s luggage.

The Swedish zoo is said to be the only in the only in the world that breed this rare species.

Interestingly, the U.S. has shown great interest in the crocodiles, but the babies are the only ones that can be sent to the states, as the parents are “Cuban-made” and cannot be sent to the U.S. due to the embargo.

The new crocs can be viewed in Stockholm for now, but will be sent to various zoos around the world after 6 months.

According to Sweden’s The Local, “the Cuban crocodile (Crocodylus rhombifer) is an endangered species that typically grows to around three metres. They are only known to exist in the wild in Cuba’s Zapata Swamp and the Isle of Youth.”

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7.4 Earthquake Hits Coast of El Salvador, Tsunami Warning for Portions of Latin America

7.4 Earthquake Hits Coast of El Salvador, Tsunami Warning for Portions of Latin America

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The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting a 7.4 earthquake off the coast of El Salvador, 110 miles southeast of the country’s capital of San Salvador, occurring late Sunday with early Monday morning aftershocks.

The strong quake occurred 33 miles under the sea between the Cocos and Caribbean plates.  This plate boundary region has experienced over 20 earthquakes of magnitude 6 or greater over the past 40 years; three of these had magnitudes greater than 7.

There have been no reports of injures or damages though the earthquake was felt in El Salvador. There have also been reports of a 5.4 aftershock in El Salvador with no injuries or damages.

There are now tsunami warnings for portions of Central and Latin America that include Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama.

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Immigration Raid in Paul Ryan Country Nets 28 in Northeastern Wisconsin

Immigration Raid in Paul Ryan Country Nets 28 in Northeastern Wisconsin

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28 convicted criminal aliens, immigration fugitives and immigration violators were arrested during a five-day operation in northeastern Wisconsin which ended last Tuesday.

This operation was conducted by ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Fugitive Operations teams in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Of the 28 arrested, 26 had prior convictions for crimes, such as: sexually assaulting a minor, theft, possessing cocaine, domestic abuse, carrying a concealed weapon, battery, criminal trespass and drunken driving.

Four of the 28 were immigration fugitives who had been previously ordered to leave the country but failed to do so. Four of the 28 – also all convicted criminals – had been previously deported and illegally re-entered the United States, which is a felony.

There were 27 men and one woman arrested: Mexico (23), Laos (3) and Honduras (2). The arrests were made in the following northeast Wisconsin communities: Appleton (3), Bailey’s Harbor (1), Casco (4), Fond de Lac (1), Gillette (1), Green Bay (6), Manitowoc (5), New London (1), Oshkosh (1), Reedsville (1), Sheboygan (2), Two Rivers (1) and Wrightstown (1).

The immigration raid includes:

• A 25-year-old Laotian national was previously convicted of two counts of sexually assaulting a minor, fleeing an officer and theft. He was arrested Aug. 17 in Oshkosh and is currently in ICE custody pending removal proceedings.

• A 21-year-old Mexican national has an extensive criminal history that includes convictions for carrying a concealed weapon, battery using a dangerous weapon, criminal damage to property, domestic abuse and resisting law enforcement. He was arrested Aug. 21 in Sheboygan and remains in ICE custody pending removal proceedings.

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Death Toll Keeps Climbing in Venezuela Refinery Explosion, 41 Now Dead

Death Toll Keeps Climbing in Venezuela Refinery Explosion, 41 Now Dead

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Two of the people injured in the explosion at Venezuela’s Amuay refinery over the weekend have died while being treated at Coromoto Hospital in the western city of Maracaibo, raising the death toll from the industrial accident to 41, officials said.

The two victims arrived at the hospital with burns over 100 percent of their bodies, hospital spokesman Jesus Valdes said.

The blast and subsequent blaze at the refinery injured 80 other people, officials said.

The fire at the refinery is still burning, but officials expect that it will be extinguished in the next few hours, Oil and Mining Minister Rafael Ramirez said Monday.

President Hugo Chavez visited the Amuay refinery, which is in northwest Venezuela, on Sunday and said some members of the National Guard security detail were still unaccounted for.

“Very painful, I am full of feelings of pain, I am focusing on the dead, on their families, on the injured and their care, like we’re doing ... on the ones we still don’t have,” Chavez told reporters on arrival in the Paraguana peninsula.

“I was talking with the National Guard general commander about some guards who have still not appeared, we’re searching. That’s my main concern at this time,” the president said.

Opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles, meanwhile, suspended his campaign in the wake of Saturday’s blast at Venezuela’s largest refinery.

The Amuay refinery is one of three that make up the Paraguana Refinery Complex, or CRP, the largest in this South American country and one of the largest in the world.

The fire at the energy complex is confined to two fuel tanks, which firefighters are trying to cool and covering with foam, Ramirez told VTV.

“That’s a despicable version,” the oil and mining minister said in response to a question about reports that gas had been leaking at the complex for days.

Ramirez also rejected speculation that lack of maintenance was to blame for the accident.

Some $4.8 billion was spent on maintenance at the refinery over the past five years, with 500 stoppages ordered for upkeep, the oil and mining minister said.

A commission is being formed to investigate the source of the gas leak suspected of causing the blast and “to totally clear up the incident,” Ramirez said.

Operations can resume at the refinery as soon as the fire is extinguished, the oil and mining minister said, adding that the accident would not affect domestic or foreign fuel supplies.

The refinery has 680 tanks and only nine were affected by the blast, Ramirez said.

“There are going to be no supply problems of any kind either on the domestic market or with the exports, we have not halted any shipments and we are soon going to extinguish (the fires at) these tanks in the next few hours,” the oil and mining minister said.

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MondayAugust 27, 2012