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Brazil’s Sao Paulo State Building Thousands of Vertical Cemetery Plots

Brazil's Sao Paulo state is building thousands of vertical funeral plots in order to meet the demand caused by the surge in coronavirus victims. Heber Vila, director of Evolution Technology Funderaria, the company that manufactures these vertical cemeteries, said the plots being constructed of recyclable...

Coronavirus pandemic: Is Brazil the new epicenter?

Since Monday, only half of the automobiles registered in Sao Paulo — Brazil's largest city — have been allowed to drive on its streets. Car owners with license plates ending in an even number are allowed to drive on even-numbered calendar days, and vice...

Waiting to get back to Costa Rica; Anxious in Brazil

Rico's Digest - One of the thousands of Costa Ricans waiting to get back home is my friend, who is in Brazil with his wife, along with several dozens others anxiously waiting for Sunday's flight back to the land of Pura Visa. Antonio Alexandre and...

Brazil’s Bolsonaro Orders Journalists to Shut Their Mouths

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro lost his head on Tuesday morning and told reporters to shut up after they asked him about his interference in the Federal Police, of which he was accused by Sergio Moro, his former Justice Minister and political ally. As the far-right...

Bolsonaro Heads Anti-Democratic Rally Amid Brazil’s Political Crisis

Far-right Brazilian leader Jair Bolsonaro took to the streets Sunday to attack Congress and the courts in a speech to hundreds of his supporters, mentioning once again the backing he continues to have with the armed forces. “We have the armed forces at the people’s...

Just like Trump, Brazil’s Bolsonaro puts the economy ahead of his people during coronavirus

The COVID-19 coronavirus has infected more than two million people and killed more than 150,000 in almost 200 countries — figures that will be outdated by the time you read this article. Different countries have responded to the crisis by imposing national strategies that...

Latin America Surpasses 100,000 Infections From COVID-19

Latin America, with population of more than 653 million, has more than 100,000 people infected with the new coronavirus, and almost 5,000 deaths, with Brazil being the country most affected by the pandemic. Topping the list is Brazil, with a population of almost 210 million,...

Chile and Argentina Report First Confirmed Cases of the Coronavirus

Chile confirmed on Tuesday the first positive case of the novel coronavirus in the country: a 33-year-old man who traveled for about a month to Singapore, Health Minister Jaime Mañalich confirmed. "We have to confirm that we have the first case for coronavirus in our...

First Case of Coronavirus in Latin America Confirmed in Brazil

A 61-year-old man who traveled to Italy earlier this month is the first confirmed case of the new coronavirus in Latin America, Brazil's government confirmed on Wednesday. "We will now see how this virus behaves in a tropical country in the middle of summer, how...

Coronavirus: What are the Impacts for the Region?

Business people in Central America agree that because of the Coronavirus that has been spreading from China, global supply chains have been disrupted and commodity prices have fallen. An analysis by the Guatemalan exporters' union states that among the risks identified as a result of...

Uber’s Success: The Real Story

Since it went public last May, much of the investor debate surrounding Uber has understandably revolved around how quickly the company can pare its still-massive losses. Less attention has been given, however, to Uber's ride-hailing share losses in the U.S. and Latin America, where Lyft...

Brazil Poll Shows Growing Rejection of Bolsonaro

The far-right government’s positive rating had already declined in Ibope’s four previous polls this year, falling from 35 percent in April. Its negative rating has risen from 27 percent in April. The approval rating of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s government is dropping steadily and its...

Surge in prices of top quality coffee

A shortage of high-quality arabica coffees has boosted spot prices in Central America, Colombia, and Brazil, catching speculators who bet on falling futures prices by surprise. Traders and analysts say the shortage is a major factor behind the surge in arabica prices on ICE Futures...

Brazil sees spike in same-sex marriage ahead of Bolsonaro presidency

The number of same-sex marriages soared 61.7% between 2017 and 2018, according to data released this week by IBGE, Brazil's government statistics agency. While the survey data indicated a 1.6% drop in the country's total number of civil marriages, same-sex marriages jumped from 5,887 to...

U.S. renews tariff threat on Brazil and Argentina

(From CNN) U.S. President Donald Trump announced Monday that the US will "restore" steel and aluminum tariffs on Brazil and Argentina, citing a "massive devaluation of their currencies." "Brazil and Argentina have been presiding over a massive devaluation of their currencies. which is not good...

Costa Rica defers to Chile, U.N. on rescheduling climate change summit

Costa Rica’s government said it defers to Chile, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and member states on how to proceed with the United Nations global climate change summit, COP25. Chile’s President Sebastian Pinera said the country will not be able to host...

The Latin American left isn’t dead yet

Argentina, Bolivia and Uruguay will all hold presidential elections in October. And, for now, leftists are strong contenders in all three countries. This is a somewhat unexpected development. Beginning in 2015, conservatives toppled major leftist strongholds, including in Brazil, Argentina and Chile. The socially progressive...

Unrest across Latin America over mining projects

Latin America's mineral wealth is a magnet for global mining investors. The region is home to Chile, the world's leading exporter of copper; Brazil, the third-largest producer of iron; Mexico, the largest producer of silver; and Peru, a leading exporter of silver, copper, gold,...

Amazon Leaders Agree To Protect The Rainforest

Seven South American countries - Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru and Suriname - on Friday signed the "Pact for the Amazon" to protect the world's largest tropical forest, which has been been burning in its Brazilian region for weeks. "What happens in the Amazon...

Savannah Strife: Brazil’s Combustible Border with Venezuela

The 2,199-kilometres frontier between Venezuela and Brazil – a sparsely populated stretch of jungle and bush – has been transformed by the political and economic crisis wracking Venezuela into a region scarred by transnational crime, displacement and violence. The potential for bloodshed became real in...

Amazon fires are destructive, but they aren’t depleting Earth’s oxygen supply

Fires in the Amazon rainforest have captured attention worldwide in recent days. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who took office in 2019, pledged in his campaign to reduce environmental protection and increase agricultural development in the Amazon, and he appears to have followed through on...

Brazilian President tries to ease worries about Amazon fires

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Saturday that the Amazon rainforest now "is not burning as people say," in a bid to assuage global concerns over raging fire in the region. "Our units have started working in the region. Now, the forest is not burning...

Brazil gang leader dresses up as daughter in jail escape bid

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A Brazilian gang leader tried to escape from prison by dressing up as his daughter when she visited him behind bars and walking out the penitentiary’s main door in her place, authorities said Sunday. But prison officials said the nervousness...

Brazil’s supreme court votes to make homophobia a crime

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s supreme court officially made homophobia and transphobia crimes similar to racism on Thursday, with the final justices casting their votes in a ruling that comes amid fears the country’s far-right administration is seeking to roll back LGBT social...

Consensus coming closer on taxing digital economy

(BNamericas) Nearly 130 countries have agreed on a global roadmap proposed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which could lead to an international consensus to level out the taxation of internet giants by the end of 2020. The 129 members of OECD’s...

42 inmates found dead in Brazil’s Amazonas prisons

At least 42 prisoners have been found dead at four prisons in the northern Amazon jungle city of Manaus on Monday, authorities said. The deaths came one day after 15 inmates were killed in clashes between rival prison gangs in the same city. The Amazonas state...

Venezuela opens borders with Aruba and Brazil; Colombia remains closed

The government of Nicolas Maduro is seeking to ease the country’s isolation, reopening borders with Aruba and Brazil after shutting off sea and land access in February to block the opposition from delivering humanitarian aid. Venezuela’s land and sea links with Colombia and two other...

Brazil’s Bolsonaro shocked by high number of penis amputations

While Brazila's President Jair Bolsonaro did not name the exact source of the number of penis amputations that he mentioned, a spokeswoman for the Brazilian Urology Society told Reuters that the figure is "based on official data for penis amputations". Bolsonaro appeared to be distressed...

Best buddies? Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro tries to woo Donald Trump.

Are United States President Donald Trump and his Brazilian counterpart, Jair Bolsonaro, about to become best buddies? And does this mean Trump is developing a soft spot for the South American country? There certainly are signs that seem to suggest this. Bolsonaro has been wooing...

Brazil’s Bolsonaro points to Carnival excesses and triggers Twitter controversy

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro has provoked controversy by posting an obscene video of two revelers at Carnival, saying he wanted to reveal the truth about the festival. The clip posted on Twitter shows two men engaging in sex acts on top of a taxi shelter...

Guaido Says He’ll Return Home After Ecuador Visit; Risks Arrest

Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed “interim” president, Juan Guaido, on Saturday said he will go home after his visit to Ecuador, raising the prospect of a showdown with the Maduro government that he is trying to force from power and risking arrest. Ecuador’s President Lenin...

Rio de Janeiro Carnival Begins With Bolsonaro Backlash

 Rio de Janeiro’s world-famous Carnival officially began with street parties and revelry Friday amid expectations the first such celebration since Jair Bolsonaro took office would target the far-right president known for offending the LGBT community and minorities. At Carmelitas, one of Rio’s most traditional street...

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