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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.- Endeavour Silver Corporation (NYSE:EXK) : Zacks Investment Research ranks Endeavour Silver Corporation (NYSE:EXK) as 3, which is a Hold recommendation. 1 research analysts consider that the stocks fundamentals point to a bright future, hence they rate the stock as a Strong Buy. A total of 2 analysts believe that the stock has a limited upside, hence they advise a Hold. The average broker rating of 3 research analysts is 2.33, which indicates as a Buy.

Endeavour Silver Corporation (NYSE:EXK) stock is expected to deviate a maximum of $1.04 from the average target price of $2.83 for the short term period. 3 Street Experts have initiated coverage on the stock with the most promising target being $4 and the most muted being $2.

The shares have received a consensus rating of Sell for the current week Also, Major Brokerage house, Rodman & Renshaw maintains its ratings on Endeavour Silver Corporation (NYSE:EXK). In the latest research report, Rodman & Renshaw raises the target price from $2.5 per share to $3.4 per share. According to the latest information available, the shares are now rated Buy by the analysts at the agency. The rating by the firm was issued on April 12, 2016.

Endeavour Silver Corporation (NYSE:EXK): stock turned positive on Tuesday. Though the stock opened at $3.73, the bulls momentum made the stock top out at $3.86 level for the day. The stock recorded a low of $3.7 and closed the trading day at $3.82, in the green by 1.33%. The total traded volume for the day was 1,852,513. The stock had closed at $3.77 in the previous days trading.

Endeavour Silver Corp. (Endeavour) is a Canada-based mining company. The Company is engaged in silver mining in Mexico and related activities, including property acquisition, exploration, development, mineral extraction, processing, refining and reclamation. The Company is also engaged in exploration activities in Chile. Its producing mines include Guanacevi Mine, which is located 260 kilometers northwest of the city of Durango, Mexico; Bolanitos Mine, which is located 10 kilometers northwest of the city of Guanajuato, Mexico, and El Cubo Mine, which is located six kilometers southeast of the city of Guanajuato. Its exploration projects include Guadalupe y Calvo, an advanced silver-gold exploration project; Parral Mine, which is located around 210 kilometers south of the city of Chihuahua, Mexico; Terronera, a project is located 40 kilometers northeast of Puerto Vallarta in the state of Jalisco, Mexico, and Lourdes, an early-stage exploration silver and gold property.







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A New York City resident saved a struggling waitress from eviction with a $3,000 tip for his bill of $43.50 — all because of a lovely pay-it-forward campaign started by the man’s eighth grade science teacher.

Mike, who asked to remain otherwise anonymous, described his generous impulse to ABC News.

“This woman had been serving us for almost a year now. She’s a lovely individual, and she talked about how she was served an eviction notice last month. I just had also been constantly thinking about for quite some time my teacher’s project and this foundation, and I thought it was an appropriate time.”

The foundation, ReesSpecht Life, was founded by Rich Specht after the death of his 22-month-old son. The pay-it-forward organization is named after the boy, Richard Edwin-Ehmer Specht, who was nicknamed Rees.

Specht and his wife continue to encourage others to do good deeds for others. On the back of the receipt, the restaurant patron wrote, “My teacher in middle school had such a difficult experience a few years ago, which sparked me [sic] to do this.

My only requirements are:

  1. Go to Reespecht.com and learn!
  2. Don’t let ‘pay it forward’ end with you.
  3. Since it is about the idea and now about you, or me, if you decide to share this, please don’t use either of our names!

Thank you for being around for all of my shows off and on Broadway. I hope that one day someone gives as much love and happiness into the world as you do.”



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Caught in the crossfire: Miss Universe Paulina Vega is being urged to give up her crown to protest organization owner Donald Trump's harsh remarks about Mexicans

  • Miss Universe Paulina Vega, 22, of Colombia, criticized Trump's remarks but refuses to step down
  • Vega called the presidential hopeful's remarks 'unjust and hurtful'
  • Brunette stunner says she wants to continue to work in the pageant for the 'common good'

The reigning Miss Universe says Donald Trump, the beauty pageant's owner, was 'hurtful and unfair' in his comments about Mexican migrants. 

But Paulina Vega has been under pressure at home and from abroad to renounce her title over Trump accusing Mexico of sending rapists and drug traffickers into the U.S.

In her first public comments, Vega said Thursday that she wanted to join in the chorus of rebukes to Trump. 

miss1Besieged beauty: Miss Universe Paulina Vega refuses to give up her crown despite the controversy surrounding the pageant owner, Donald Trump

However, she said she didn't plan to resign her crown because the Miss Universe organization does meaningful social work in communities around the world.

Many Colombians were outraged by Trump's remarks, and the city government of Bogota withdrew its support for a bid to host the Miss Universe pageant.


Trump has been under fire since he began bashing Mexicans during his announcement seeking the Republican presidential nomination, saying they were bringing drugs and crime to the U.S. and are 'rapists.'

Univision, the world's largest Spanish-language network announced it would not air the Miss USA pageant in light of his remarks. 

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Trump reportedly subsequently sued the company for $500 million.

NBC has also announced it would not air either the Miss Universe or Miss USA pageants.

Miss USA hosts Cheryl Burke and Thomas Roberts announced they would step down as hosts. 

The pageant is to air July 11, but it's unclear who will host the show. 

Macy's, which carried a Trump menswear line, also ended its relationship with the reality star and entrepreneur known as The Donald. 

The famous store released a statement saying: 'We have no tolerance for discrimination in any form,' according to CBS Los Angeles

Trump has been busy bashing Macy's on Twitter ever since. 

Though he has somewhat backtracked on his remarks, he still remains unrepentant about his thoughts on Mexico in general, recently tweeting:

'We MUST have strong borders and stop illegal immigration. Without that we do not have a country. Also, Mexico is killing U.S. trade. WIN!'



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PUERTO VALLARTA – The sound of heavy machinery scraping against rocks and an overwhelming smell of diesel fuel invade an otherwise serene desert beach where Mexico will spend roughly $100 million building its first cruise ship home port.

The Mexican government chose to build the port in this sleepy beach town — better known as Rocky Point — because of its proximity to the United States and potential to become an international tourism destination.

“It is the most important project the city has ever had,” said Miguel Guevara, director of promotion and international affairs for the city.

Construction workers spend their days dumping rocks, making concrete blocks and placing them along the breakwater to prepare the port for a January 2017 opening.

Officials said they hope the roughly mile-long port will tap into the growing cruise ship industry by offering passengers an opportunity to explore the Sea of Cortez.

Supporters said the port could attract 3,000 new weekly visitors and transform the city’s economy.

However, critics said the port could have a harmful impact on local residents, wildlife and biodiversity.

Why Rocky Point?
Rocky Point is about 200 miles southwest of Phoenix and Tucson in Sonora, Mexico, along the Gulf of California. Some have nicknamed the town “Arizona’s beach” because it’s a three and half hour drive from both cities.

Tourism in the town, historically driven by fishing, is increasing with a majority of the town’s visitors coming from Arizona.

Rosie Glover, a co-founder of the Rocky Point Tourism and Visitor Assistance Office, said the increase in tourism has been “surprisingly dramatic and not gradual at all.”

Guevara said tourism dropped after the 2009 recession and although the city has not fully recovered, some have seen impressive gains.

“For the last six months or more, we’ve been busy every single week,” Glover said.

Residents said there’s been talk around the town about the home port for decades, but many people didn’t take it seriously until recently, after construction began in December 2013.

The government has already spent roughly $40 million on the port, which is about 50 percent completed, Guevara said.

Mexican authorities support the project because it will benefit the entire country’s economy, said Jose Luís Castro, director of port operations for the Sonoran government’s tourism department.

Castro said money would flow into cities situated on the cruise ships’ routes, like San Felipe, Cabo San Lucas and Mazatlan.

Joe Houchin, who has followed the cruise industry for decades, said the cities have opportunities for repeat visitors because 80 percent of cruise goers choose land vacations based on the destinations they visit on a cruise trip.

Castro said millions of the country’s residents want to take a cruise, but don’t have visas – leaving that market largely untapped.

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In addition, officials hope to attract millions of international visitors annually.

“Our main market is and will always be Arizona, but the home port will bring people from other states to come and start their trip on the Sea of Cortez,” Guevara said.

The proximity to the U.S. made the town an ideal location for the home port, said Gustavo Brown, owner of Sandy Beach Resorts.

“With half a tank full of gas, you’ve got a whole family at the destination,” Brown said of Arizonans.

Brown donated 12 acres of land for the construction of the home port and terminal on Sandy Beach, just west of the tourist strip.

“Our dream is to create a mega tourist resort in which we could have people from all around the world to come see us,” Brown said.

Port will open up new cruise route
Hotels and condominiums line a strip of oceanfront property, distinguishing the town as a tourist destination except Rocky Point is on a much smaller scale compared to cities like Cancun and Acapulco.

Although other resort towns serve as popular ports of call for cruise ships, Rocky Point’s home port will serve as a departure and arrival point for passengers.

It will start small and eventually host 3,000-passenger ships. Officials said they brought in the best contractors in the world for the project, which will include a state-of-the-art terminal and convention center.

Guevara said he hopes the port will provide a catalyst for new projects in the town.

“We’re like 20 years behind (Puerto) Vallarta and 30 behind Cancun, but yeah, why not?” Guevara said. “We are closer to the U.S. than anywhere else, so why not? That’s a good dream.”

He said this is the first test to see what Mexico can do with the cruise industry.

“There’s a need for new routes for cruises,” Guevara said.

Passengers would get a unique view of the uncharted waters of the Sea of Cortez, Castro said.

“The cruise liners also suggested (the home port) because it’s an area where they haven’t exploited,” Project Administrator Wendy Winzer said.

Houchin said some cruise goers have seen the same routes dozens of times and the growing industry needs to offer new destinations.

In 2009, about 17.8 million people took cruises. In 2013, that number grew to 21.3 million passengers, according to Cruise Lines International Association, an industry association.

Last year, major cruise lines added 22 new ships, which made room for 20,000 more beds, according to the association’s website.

Houchin, who lives in Puerto Peñasco, said cruise liners are building bigger ships to accommodate the increasing passenger volume.

“They will send the smaller ones to more exotic destinations, such as Puerto Peñasco, we hope,” Houchin said.

Houchin writes a monthly economic impact blog about the home port for the Sandy Beach Resort. He said people should expect major airlines to begin applying for landing rights at the Puerto Peñasco International Airport.

Major cruise liners did not respond to requests for comment but Castro said authorities are in contract negotiations with several liners – including XYZ.

However, some cruise liner officials expressed concerns over the small town’s ability to accommodate an influx of visitors.

If tourism swells to the level officials hope, the city will need to improve hotels, roads and airport accesses, Castro said.

“I think the city is not ready yet,” Guevara said.

However, Guevara said the infrastructure and supplies would be ready by the time the port opens.

“We can bring all the components together really fast,” he said.

Home port brings jobs, potential development
Those involved with the project said the port will have an economic impact on both sides of the border and bring in much-needed jobs to the area.

“(Puerto) Peñasco is the closest beach to El Paso, Texas,” Brown said.

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He said the home port presents economic opportunity for Arizona because tourists would drive through the state to get to the port.

“We are in the same region. What’s good for Arizona is good for Sonora, what’s good for Sonora is good for Arizona,” Guevara said.

Once the home port opens, it will generate about 2,500 direct jobs and 5,000 indirect jobs in the first two years of operation, Guevara said.

And the project has brought construction jobs as well.

Winzer said there are nearly 100 people working on the port.

“It’s been a good thing because a lot of people really needed the work,” Winzer said.

She said many are working around the clock, in two shifts, making the concrete cubes that are the foundation of the structure. There’s a possibility of more 24 hours shifts if they need to increase production, she said.

Mary Snyder, director of sales and marketing for Puerto Privada Luxury Waterfront Condominiums, said when it opens, the port would send property values soaring in the town of 60,000 people.

She said this would be a good thing for the thousands of Arizonans who own properties in the area.

Guevara and Snyder said the hikes would not affect local residents because increases would apply to beachfront properties, which many locals already can’t afford.

Critics fear changes to culture, environment
Officials delayed the project early on because cruise liners had concerns about the depth of the port, Castro said.

Winzer said they have overcome industry concerns and workers have been back at it since November 2014.

However, the delay heightened skepticism among the doubtful locals.

Unfinished projects — vacant condominiums and hotel renovations — dot the landscape. Locals said it’s not unusual to see construction come to a halt.

Guevara said because the port is federally funded, it would be finished.

Critics said the home port will amplify inequality in the town.

“The line is that the economy is going to boom, but there are an awful lot of people that it’s not going to boom for,” resident Beth Hill said. “It is going to increase the cost of living, and I think it’s going to be really sad.”

Everyone sees the islands of luxury surrounded by a sea of poverty. Condos and high-rise hotels tower over the shacks of the disenfranchised.

Residents are also worried about the effects the port will have on fisherman.

“Traditional users, landowners and fishers who depend on marine and coastal resources for their livelihoods, are often not consulted during these processes,” the Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans said in a statement.

The Tucson-based nonprofit organization initiated a project with local fishers and government agencies to develop a 10-year plan for coastline use to reduce conflicts and sustain fisheries.

The research center said the environmental changes the port will cause would affect important fishing grounds. The center also expressed concerns about the hazards the port would pose to a nesting site sea turtles occasionally use.

Winzer said they are trying to mitigate ecological disruptions.

“We have a biologist here 24/7 and he dives before the jetty to relocate sponges and reefs,” Winzer said. “The structure of the jetty has created housing for schools of fish.”

Hill said there was a noticeable change in the wildlife in the area.

“There’s a lot of wildlife that’s actually coming in that wasn’t in that area,” Hill said. “But will that stay there when the ships actually come in, and there’s traffic in that area?”

Workers have spotted many whales, dolphins, seals and locals watching construction on the port.

Everyone is curious to see what happens on Sandy Beach.

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Republican president hopeful Donald Trump, who said Thursday he would sue Univision for breach of contract, now plans to go after the network for defamation after an executive compared the mogul to the man accused of murdering nine black people in Charleston, South Carolina.

Trump, who on Friday called for a boycott of Univision, said he would still participate in a presidential debate hosted by the Spanish-language network.

Trump said Thursday on Fox News' The Kelly File that he plans to sue Univision for defamation after the Spanish language media giant's president of Programming and Content sent out a photo on Instagram photo comparing the presidential candidate to 21-year-old alleged Charleston shooter, Dylann Roof.

“Well, I think it’s disgraceful," Trump said." I think he should be ashamed of himself. He immediately deleted it and the lawyers are going to have a field day."

“They put a picture of me up next to that horrible human being who killed nine people," Trump said in an interview with The Daily Caller. “You know what that picture’s going to cost them? It’s going to cost them a fortune.” Trump went on to tell the Daily Caller that the Instagram post will "play very prominently" in his lawsuit against Univision.

The outspoken billionaire mogul also told Fox News' Megyn Kelly Thursday that despite his plans to sue Univision, he would still take part in the TV company's Republican presidential candidates' forum scheduled to take place before the March primaries in 2016.

"I guess, I would probably go because I would just have to go and defend myself," Trump said. "They may be much tougher on me than anybody else."

Trump said on The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson Thursday that he plans to sue media giant Univision for "hundreds of millions of dollars" for severing ties with him and the Miss Universe pageant organization. Univision had said earlier Thursday that because of offensive comments Trump made about Mexico and Mexicans when he launched his campaign, it was breaking off with the pageant organization – of which Trump is an owner – and that it would not air the event on July 12. Trump said Univision was breaching its contract to air the pageant for five years, an agreement worth $13.5 million.

On Friday Trump said in a statement that “Ciurana issued an apology to me late last night. Apology not accepted. I call for his resignation as president of Univision, and Univision should not be allowed to host the Presidential debate. It is a total conflict of interest.”

The billionaire also said on The Kelly File Thursday that he believed Univision severed ties with him because of pressure from Mexico's leaders.

"A tremendous amount of pressure was put on Univision – by Mexico and the leaders of Mexico – because they didn’t like about what I was saying about trade," Trump said. "All I have to do is be silent and Mexico would continue to rip us off for many years to come, but that’s not what our country needs to be great again."

He went on to laud how his frankness and willingness to speak straightforwardly about issues such as immigration is what makes him a better candidate than Republican presidential candidate frontrunner, former Governor Jeb Bush.

"Jeb Bush does not speak this way, that I could tell you," he said. "If Jeb Bush, was in my position he would have folded, which I could have done very easily."



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PUERTO VALLARTA— National Guard troops fanned out through the city, shield-bearing police officers blocked the streets and firefighters doused still-simmering blazes early Tuesday as a growing area of Baltimore shuddered from riots following the funeral of a black man who died in police custody.

The violence that started in West Baltimore on Monday afternoon — within a mile of where Freddie Gray, 25, was arrested and placed into a police van earlier this month — had by midnight spread to East Baltimore and neighborhoods close to downtown and near the baseball stadium. The streets were calm Tuesday morning.

Monday's rioting was one of the most volatile outbreaks of violence prompted by a police-involved death since the days of protests that followed the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black man who was shot and killed during a confrontation with a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, last summer.

At least 15 officers were hurt, including six who were hospitalized, police said. There were 144 vehicle fires, 15 structure fires and nearly 200 arrests, according to numbers provided Tuesday morning by Howard Libit, a spokesman for the mayor's office.

Aerial footage Tuesday morning from Baltimore station WJZ-TV showed a firefighter spraying the burnt out shell of a large building as an American flag fluttered nearby on an untouched building.

State and local authorities pledged to restore order and calm to Baltimore, but quickly found themselves responding to questions about whether their initial responses had been adequate.

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Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was asked why she waited hours to ask the governor to declare a state of emergency, while the governor himself hinted she should have come to him earlier.

"We were all in the command center in the second floor of the State House in constant communication, and we were trying to get in touch with the mayor for quite some time," Gov. Larry Hogan told a Monday evening news conference. "She finally made that call, and we immediately took action."

Asked if the mayor should have called for help sooner, however, Hogan replied that he didn't want to question what Baltimore officials were doing: "They're all under tremendous stress. We're all on one team."

Rawlings-Blake said officials believed they had gotten the unrest that had erupted over the weekend under control "and I think it would have been inappropriate to bring in the National Guard when we had it under control."

But later on, Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts made it clear events had become unmanageable. "They just outnumbered us and outflanked us," Batts said. "We needed to have more resources out there."

Police certainly had their work cut out for them: The rioters set police cars and buildings on fire in several neighborhoods, looted a mall and liquor stores and threw rocks at police with riot gear who responded occasionally with pepper spray.Batts said authorities had had a "very trying and disappointing day."

"I understand anger, but what we're seeing isn't anger," Rawlings-Blake said. "It's disruption of a community. The same community they say they care about, they're destroying. You can't have it both ways."

Gov. Hogan was temporarily moving his office to Baltimore on Tuesday. A spokeswoman for the governor said Hogan would be visiting sites around the city and planned to work out of state offices in downtown Baltimore with cabinet members and senior staffers.

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, in her first day on the job, said she would send Justice Department officials to the city in coming days. A weeklong, daily curfew was imposed beginning Tuesday from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., the mayor said, and Baltimore public schools announced they would be closed Tuesday.

Maj. Gen. Linda Singh, adjutant general of the Maryland National Guard, said up to 5,000 troops would be available for Baltimore's streets.

"We are going to be out in massive force, and that just means basically that we are going to be patrolling the streets and out to ensure that we are protecting property," Singh said at a news conference Monday night.

Singh said they will be acting at the direction of Baltimore police.

Col. William Pallozzi, the superintendent of the state police, said a request for up to 500 additional law enforcement personnel in Maryland had been sent. Pallozzi added that the state is putting out a request for up to 5,000 more law enforcement personnel from around the mid-Atlantic region.

Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings and about 200 others, including ministers, tried unsuccessfully to quell the violence at one point Monday night, marching arm-in-arm through a neighborhood littered with broken glass, flattened aluminum cans and other debris. As they got close to a line of police officers, the marchers went down on their knees. They then rose to their feet and walked until they were face-to-face with the police officers in a tight formation and wearing riot gear.

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But the violence continued, with looters later setting a liquor store on fire and throwing cinder blocks at fire trucks as firefighters labored to put out the blazes.

Monday's riot was the latest flare-up over the death of Gray and came amid a national debate over police use of force following the high-profile deaths of several black men in encounters with police — from the Brown death in Ferguson to the deaths of Eric Garner in New York and Walter Scott in North Charleston, South Carolina.

Gray was black. Police have declined to specify the races of the six officers involved in his arrest, all of whom have been suspended with pay while they are under investigation.

While they are angry about what happened to Gray, his family said riots are not the answer.

"I think the violence is wrong," Gray's twin sister, Fredericka Gray, said late Monday. "I don't like it at all."

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The attorney for Gray's family, Billy Murphy, said the family had hoped to organize a peace march later in the week.

Gray was arrested on April 12 after making eye contact with officers and then running away, police said. He was held down, handcuffed and loaded into a van without a seat belt. Leg cuffs were put on him when he became irate inside.

He asked for medical help several times even before being put in the van, but paramedics were not called until after a 30-minute ride. Police have acknowledged he should have received medical attention on the spot where he was arrested, but they have not said how he suffered a serious spine injury. He died April 19.





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The fight over ownership of a giant 752-pound emerald isn't over.

On Thursday, a federal court in Washington D.C. issued a restraining order that prevents anyone from transferring, selling or otherwise disposing of the so-called "Bahia Emerald" until a Brazilian criminal case involving it is settled.

The emerald was pulled from a mine in the jungles of Bahia state. It is one of the world's largest uncut emeralds with about 180,000 carats.

Brazil contends the gem cluster — which has been appraised at $372 million — was illegally mined and smuggled out of the country. It has criminal proceedings pending against two alleged smugglers and contends the emerald is subject to forfeiture under Brazilian law.

The restraining order stands until the Brazilian case ends and any forfeiture judgment is presented to the U.S. court. It also requires the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department — which has been storing the emerald since 2008 — to keep custody.

The United States has a mutual legal assistance treaty with Brazil and the order was sought by the U.S. Department of Justice.

The restraining order comes about a month after Los Angeles County Superior Court Michael Johnson tentatively ruled that FM Holdings Inc. had established clear title to the gem.

That followed six years and millions of dollars in legal and other costs. At the time, Andrew J. Spielberger, an attorney for FM Holdings, said the ruling was expected to be finalized in a month or two. Spielberger said nobody was expected to object to the decision because other claimants had either lost in court or settled with the holding company.

Johnson earlier had refused Brazil's request to dismiss or stay the proceedings.

An emailed request to Spielberger seeking comment on the federal restraining order was not immediately returned Thursday. However, the lawyer previously said that his clients were willing to work with Brazil but would want to be paid for the unique specimen.

The emerald came into the U.S. in early 2005 and was kept in San Jose, California. It was the subject of a torturous series of agreements that shifted ownership to various people and involved various moneymaking schemes.

The emerald was said to have been stored at a warehouse in New Orleans that was flooded during Hurricane Katrina, then supposedly was stolen from another warehouse in the Los Angeles suburb of El Monte. It was sighted briefly in Idaho before gem trader Kit Morrison, now a partner in FM Holdings, handed it over to Los Angeles County sheriff's officials in 2008 in Las Vegas, where he was trying to sell it.



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A magnitude-7.8 earthquake shook Nepal's capital and the densely populated Kathmandu Valley on Saturday, the worst quake in the Himalayan nation in over 80 years

The world's strongest earthquakes since 1900:


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May 22, 1960: A magnitude-9.5 earthquake in southern Chile and ensuing tsunami kill at least 1,716 people.


March 28, 1964: A magnitude-9.2 quake in Prince William Sound, Alaska, kills 131 people, including 128 from a tsunami.


Dec. 26, 2004: A magnitude-9.1 quake in Indonesia triggers an Indian Ocean tsunami, killing 230,000 people in a dozen countries.


March 11, 2011: A magnitude-9.0 quake off the northeast coast of Japan triggers a tsunami, killing more than 18,000 people.


Nov. 4, 1952: A magnitude-9.0 quake in Kamchatka in Russia's Far East causes damage but no reported deaths despite setting off 9.1-meter (30-foot) waves in Hawaii.


Feb. 27, 2010: A magnitude-8.8 quake shakes Chile, generating a tsunami and killing 524 people.


Jan. 31, 1906: A magnitude-8.8 quake off the coast of Ecuador generates a tsunami that kills at least 500 people.


Feb. 4, 1965: A magnitude-8.7 quake strikes Alaska's Rat Islands, causing an 11-meter (35-foot) -high tsunami.


March 28, 2005: A magnitude-8.6 quake in northern Sumatra in Indonesia kills about 1,300 people.


Aug. 15, 1950: A magnitude-8.6 earthquake in Tibet kills at least 780 people.


April 11, 2012: A magnitude-8.6 quake off the west coast of northern Sumatra in Indonesia triggers tsunami warnings in more than two dozen nations.


March 9, 1957: A magnitude-8.6 quake strikes the Andreanof Islands in Alaska triggers a 16-meter (52-foot) -high tsunami.


Sept. 12, 2007: A magnitude-8.5 quake near Sumatra in Indonesia kills at least 25 people.


Feb. 1, 1938: A magnitude-8.5 quake in Banda Sea, Indonesia, generates a small tsunami.


Feb. 3, 1923: A magnitude-8.5 quake in Kamchatka in Russia's Far East triggers a tsunami.


Nov. 11, 1922: A magnitude-8.5 quake along the Chile-Argentina border triggers a tsunami that causes damage along Chile's coast.


Oct. 13, 1963: A magnitude-8.5 quake in the Kuril Islands triggers a tsunami.


Source: U.S. Geological Survey.


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Brazil Pollution Surfing

PUERTO VALLARTA– A sewage-filled Rio de Janeiro beach has been removed from the list of venues for an upcoming surfing competition in the city, the World Surf League said Wednesday.

Spokesman Dave Prodan said in an emailed statement that São Conrado beach had to be removed as a competition site "due to pollution issues."

São Conrado had been a backup for the May 11-22 Rio Pro event, to be used in case of sub-par waves or other issues at the primary venue, nearby Barra da Tijuca beach.

Wedged between the high-rent Barra da Tijuca and Leblon neighborhoods and two "favela" hillside slums, São Conrado is among Rio's most polluted beaches. Much of the sewage from the slums flow untreated directly into the water. A ruptured sewage main has added to the problem in recent days, unleashing a malodorous fountain of untreated waste that is cascaded down a rocky outcropping and into the water, creating a huge brown stain.

The result of spotty infrastructure and chaotic urban planning stretching back decades, Rio's water pollution is in the spotlight ahead of next year's Olympics in the city.

An extensive cleanup of Rio's beaches, lakes, lagoons and its big Guanabara Bay, sites where Olympic aquatic events from sailing to rowing to open-water swimming are to be held, was marketed as one of the main legacies of the games. But with little progress on the promised cleanup, and with local and state authorities acknowledging the Olympic goals won't be met, athletes have begun to voice health and safety concerns about competing in the polluted waters.

In its statement, the World Surf League said it was confident that Barra da Tijuca beach "will deliver excellent conditions" as the primary site for next month's surfing event.

However, biologist Mario Moscatelli, an environmentalist who has been denouncing the state of Rio's waterways for decades, said water quality during the surfing competition will likely depend on wind and tides. Barra da Tijuca is near the spot where the sewage- and trash-filled Jacarepagua lagoon flows into the Atlantic. During low tide, wind can spread the brown patch of contaminated water to Barra da Tijuca.

"You could have a situation where most of the beach is awash in this putrid water," Moscatelli warned in a phone interview.



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Cirque du Soleil confirmed Monday its sale to a group of international investors headed by U.S. private-equity firm TPG for an amount not revealed but that is estimated at around $1.5 billion.

Though the details of the sale have not been made public, sources close to the famed circus told Efe-Dow Jones last week that TPG will acquire the majority holding of Cirque du Soleil while the Chinese investment group Fosun and the Canadian financial institution Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec will have minority stakes.

At the same time, the current majority owner of Cirque du Soleil and one of its founders, Guy Laliberte, will hold onto a minority share "and will continue to provide strategic and creative input to the company," according to a communique issued by Cirque du Soleil.

"After 30 years building the Cirque du Soleil brand, we have now found the right partners in TPG, Fosun and the Caisse to take Cirque du Soleil forward to the next stage in its evolution as a company founded on the conviction that the arts and business, together, can contribute to making a better world," Laliberte said in the communique.

Meanwhile TPG partner David Trujillo said that "we are excited about the opportunity to bring our global platform of resources and know-how to propel the growth of Cirque's unique brand, content and capabilities around the world."



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