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Covid Hit Colombia Hard. Now It Face Big Vaccine Bills

(Bloomberg) — Colombia has already paid a steep price in the pandemic with more than 61,000 deaths from Covid-19. Now the country faces another cost: about US$850 million to immunize its population. A healthcare workerr prepares a dose of the Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine at the...

Latin America Sees Rise in Vaccine-related Crimes

InSightcrime.org - As Latin American countries struggle to ramp up COVID-19 vaccination, crimes related to the illegal purchase of vaccines, including the sale of pilfered or fake doses, have surged, along with online scams. Mexico’s health agency has already warned citizens about vaccines being sold...

Alert in Colombia due to the start of the first rainy season

Q COLOMBIA – In less than two weeks, Colombia enters its first rainy season of the year, which will very possibly have an increase in rainfall between 10% and 40% compared to the historical record, due to La Niña phenomenon consolidating in the region. Due...

Bogotá, Medellín and Cali: the cities with the most violations of measures against covid-19

QCOLOMBIA – Since the mandatory isolation began in Colombia, 1,400,387 finess have been imposed throughout the country for failing to comply with the measures decreed by President Iván Duque, the mayors, and governors to contain the spread of covid-19. The sanctions were due to non-compliance...

Border runs in times of Covid

Q EXPAT FOCUS - March 2 is quickly approaching and many non-resident expats are looking at ways to be able to continue to live in Costa Rica without running afoul of immigration, the DGME. More, they will lose their driving privileges come March 3. Foreigners who...

Volaris looking to fly between Costa Rica and Colombia cities

Q TRAVEL - The low-cost airline, Volaris Costa Rica, a subsidiary of the Mexican Volaris, requested authorization from the Civil Aviation (Dirección Nacional de Aviación Civil) to fly between the Juan Santamaría or San Jose airport and Bogot and Medellin in Colombia. The data on the...

Colombia receives first batch of vaccines

QCOLOMBIA – Colombia advanced the start of the immunization campaign against the coronavirus to February 17, three days ahead of schedule, after receiving the first batch of 50,000 vaccines on Monday. Airport workers unload a refrigerated container with 50,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine against...

There’s A Good Chance Your Valentine’s Flowers Come From Colombia

QCOLOMBIA – If you send a bouquet of roses for Valentine’s Day, chances are they were grown in Colombia. It remains the No. 1 supplier of flowers to the U.S. even though the coronavirus pandemic at one point threatened to wilt the industry. An employee...

Costa Rica won’t be joining the Pacific Alliance

HQ - Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado ruled out to restart the inclusion of Costa Rica in the Pacific Alliance for the rest of his term, which will conclude in May 2022. 'I've kept my promise, because I believe that Costa Rica should not advance...

Loan Sharks Circle as Latin America Reels From Pandemic

Insightcrime.org - As workers across Latin America struggle to stay afloat amid economic strain caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, loan sharks offering abusive interest rates have cornered the market, forcing workers seeking financial assistance into untenable cycles of debt. On January 13, authorities arrested members...

Colombia: Dog steals food from the supermarket and even disinfects its paws when leaving

QCOSTARICA - A security camera at a D1 supermarket in Medellin, Colombia, captured the moment when a stray dog entered the supermarket and grabs a bag of food. In the images, the dog is observed wandering through one of the aisles, then stops at one...

Costa Rica will continue to allow flights from the United Kingdom without the need for a covid-19 test

QCOSTARICA - While several countries in Latin America are banning the arrival of UK flights, Costa Rica will not suspend flights with the United Kingdom nor will it ask travelers from the UK for a negative covid-19 test. This was confirmed this Sunday afternoon by...

Sinaloa Cartel ring leader in Costa Rica is sentenced to 12 years in prison

Antonio León Rojas, a Mexican national and member of the Sinaloa Cartel, was sentenced to 12 years in prison in Costa Rica, where he was accused of possessing, transporting, and commercializing (trafficking) cocaine. Authorities said he operated cocaine trafficking from Colombia to Mexico through Costa...

South America ignores Europe and reopens as virus peak nears

(AP) — South American countries on Monday began easing COVID-19 restrictions even as the region hurtles toward its viral peak, disregarding the example set by European nations that were battered earlier by the virus. Some of Brazil’s hardest hit cities, including the jungle metropolis Manaus...

All Bark, No Bite: How US Bungled Case of ‘Major’ Money Launderer

Insightcrime.org - US authorities alleged in 2016 that Nidal Waked and other members of his powerful and well-connected family in Panama were among “the world’s most significant drug money launderers and criminal facilitators,” with clients ranging from Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel to Colombia’s FARC rebels. But...

One Cuban Family’s Long And Risky Journey To A New Life In The U.S.

Currently, there are almost 2,000 migrants in Panama shelters from Cuba, Haiti, Bangladesh, Nepal, Congo, Cameroon and India, after crossing the border from Colombia through the dangerous Darien jungle. Prior to the pandemic, Panama had practiced what it called a “controlled flow,” which allowed migrants...

Costa Rica tells Panama that it will not receive the inter-continental migrants stranded by Covid-19

(QCOSTARICA) The director immigration, Raquel Vargas, clarified to Panama that she will not receive on Costa Rican soil some 1,900 inter-continental migrants who were stranded in that country by Covid-19, after crossing the Darien jungle. Vargas held a virtual meeting this Saturday with her Panamanian...

Displaced Venezuelans face poverty and pandemic in Colombia

According to official statistics, there are more than 3,200 cases of COVID-19 in Colombia and there have been at least 144 deaths. As the number of cases rises, President Ivan Duque has extended a nationwide lockdown to at least April 26. He has pledged...

Colombia’s ‘webcam’ models reinvent themselves in the face of pandemic demand boom

Eroticism and sex online are no longer enough. In isolation due to the pandemic, Colombian webcamers now spend more time listening and offering advice of all kinds to clients who do not know how to deal with quarantine. The demand for its services has not...

Why does Panama have many more cases of coronavirus than Costa Rica?

Panama registered its first case of the new coronavirus three days after Costa Rica, on March 9, but as of Friday, April 3, the neighboring country has four times more cases and 20 times more deaths. Why so much difference between the two countries? In Costa...

Costa Rica organizes virtual cheer tournament for Latin America

Sports has been hit by the coronavirus as all kinds of tournaments in gyms or open venues have been canceled for the moment. For this reason, the challenge of competing through virtual cheerleading was launched, a modality that arises as an option for athletes from...

Coronavirus exposes Latin American tourism to an economic earthquake

The llamas of Machu Picchu will be able to graze freely and without fear of selfies for at least 15 days. The coronavirus crisis has reached the heights of the busy Inca citadel, which this week has hung the closed sign. The tranquility of animals...

Colombia Closes All Land, Sea and River Borders!

All Colombian land and sea borders will be closed starting on Tuesday, March 17 and until May 30, by order of President Iván Duque. The decision is another of the measures that the National Government takes to contain the advance of the coronavirus in...

Panama sees more than seven-fold increase in number of migrant children crossing through Darien Gap

UNICEF — The number of migrant children crossing the Darien Gap, a jungled portion of land separating Colombia from Central America, increased more than seven-fold to nearly 4,000 in 2019 from 522 the year before – UNICEF announced today. Approximately 50 % of the children...

SKECHERS Launches New Subsidiary in Latin America

SKECHERS USA, a global leader in the lifestyle and performance footwear industry, announced that the Company is transitioning its business in Latin America from a third-party distributor to a wholly-owned subsidiary, SKECHERS Latin America LLC. The subsidiary will oversee more than 30 countries in the...

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...

Warren Buffett’s Son Is Spending $200 Million to Help Colombia Kick Its Cocaine Curse

(AP) — With Colombian military snipers in position, Howard Buffett descends from a helicopter and trudges through the wet grass in steel-toe boots chewed through by his dog’s teeth. In this Jan. 29, 2020 photo, Howard Buffett receives presents during a visit, with Colombia’s President...

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...

Colombia’s loathed tax reform passed Congress

A widely rejected tax reform that was approved by Colombia’s Congress in December may become President Ivan Duque‘s latest humiliation in court. Several senators and jurists have announced they will challenge the so-called “Economic Growth and Job Creation Bill” that has been rejected by economists...

Opinion: Latin America’s upheaval tips towards chaos

At first glance, the protests in Ecuador, Chile, Bolivia and most recently Colombia seem to have much in common. They were largely peaceful demonstrations, with occasional instances of violence and vandalism and security forces suppressing any mayhem with an iron fist. The protests have also...

First female mayor of Bogota marries girlfriend

The first female mayor to be elected in Colombia’s capital city of Bogota has married her female partner just ahead of taking office. Claudia López will become the first openly lesbian mayor in the traditionally conservative, Catholic country Claudia López, who will be sworn into office...

It’s snow joke: Colombia threatens to sue Walmart over sweater

The Colombian government agency, Agencia Jurídica de Defensa (Legal Defence Agency) has threatened to sue Walmart over a Christmas sweater that associated the country to cocaine. The sweater, offered by a third-party seller on Walmart’s Canadian website featured an image of a bug-eyed Santa Claus...

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