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Colombia Goes On LOCKDOWN!

Colombia will ban entering the country to everyone from abroad from midnight on Monday, including its own citizens, for a month, as the country struggles to enforce quarantine rules amid the accelerating coronavirus pandemic. The image of a ghost city:Bogotá in its first hours of...

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...

Colombia closes its borders to foreigners

On Monday, March 16, in an unprecedented action, Colombia closed its borders to all foreigners in response to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. The closing of the borders is to prevent an outbreak in the country with 54 confirmed cases: 28 in Bogota, 7 in Medellin,...

Colombia announces measures to reduce the effects of the coronavirus on the economy

In order to counter the negative effect of the coronavirus covid-19 on the national economy, ColombiaPresident Iván Duque announced several measures to alleviate the most affected sectors, including the creation of a US$250 billion Bancóldex credit line. In the speech, President Iván Duque (at the...

First Case of Coronavirus in Colombia

The Colombian Ministry of Health on Friday, March 6, confirmed the first case of coronavirus Covid-19 in the country. The patient is a 19-year-old girl who claims to have been in Italy, making it an imported case. The patient is isolated in Bogotá. The patient, a student, had...

Colombian President Meeting with Donald Trump

Colombian President Iván Duque met with U.S. president Trump n the Oval Office at the White House on Monday. In brief remarks, the two leaders reaffirmed the relationship between the countries and talked about humanitarian issues in Venezuela. Colombia and the United States have been...

Colombian On Death Row In China Asks To Be Executed Soon

Héctor Fabio Osorio, a 50-year-old Colombian convicted in China of the death penalty has asked the Colombian government to intercede to expedite the process of his sentence: to be executed as soon as possible. Hector Fabio Osorio is on death row in China, convicted seven...

Uber Back In The Streets Of Colombia

Uber restarted operations in Colombia on Thursday (February 20) after shutting down its app for almost three weeks. In a statement, the company said it had found “new alternatives” to work legally in Colombia. Uber returns to service in Colombia. The Ride-hailing app will operate...

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...

The High Cost of Protectionism

In Costa Rica, the Contentious Administrative Court ruled in favor of the companies who accused the government of damaging the local market, after the Solis administration banned the import of Mexican avocado in 2014. The conflict, which remains unsolved, dates back to several years ago,...

Less deaths on the road in January

January 2020 had the lowest number of deaths on the road in the last 5 months. The 28 fatalities were the lowest for a January month since 2013, according to reports by the Ministry of Transport. The number is the deaths occurring at the site of...

TransNica Adds Cuidad Quesada On New San Jose – Managua Route

As of March 1, Sancarleños will be able to travel to Managua, Nicaragua with a departure in Ciudad Quesada. The TransNica company will open this new route San José-Ciudad Quesada-Los Chiles-Tablillas-Managua. Currently, TransNica offers service to and from Managua and San Jose by way of Peñas...

Doesn’t mean you can ignore a red light

So it is, from 10 pm to 5 am, drivers cross an intersection even if the light is red. Yes, you read that right, even if the light is red. However, it doesn’t mean you just ignore the red light. The Traffic Law (Ley de...

If you carry 3 people in your car, you can drive during San Jose restriction without being sanctioned

A driver will not be sanctioned during the vehicular restriction day for the vehicle if carrying at least 4 people (including the driver). Construction and back to classes next week are expected to add to San Jose’s nightmare traffic conditions Facing growing congestion in the San...

Bilingual? Cinde will offer more than 3,000 jobs at fair

Those who are looking for work and speak at least two languages may participate in the Cinde Job Fair, which will offer 3,000 positions by more than 50 different leading companies and academic institutions. The Costa Rican Coalition for Development Initiatives (Cinde) announced that the...

Bogota, A Magnet For Foreign Investment

During 2019, Invest in Bogota, Colombia’s capital investment promotion agency, supported 48 greenfield Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) projects, its highest number for a calendar year since its institution in 2006. The U.S. was Bogota’s main ally in Foreign Direct Investment in 2019 Overall, Invest in Bogota supported the...

Protests to intensify this year, Colombia union leader says

(Reuters) – Protests against the social and economic policies of Colombian President Ivan Duque will restart with more intensity this year, a top union leader said. Marchers in Colombia held mass demonstrations in November and December last year to demand a varied laundry list of...

Uber to leave Colombia after regulatory crackdown

In the midst of a difficult legal battle and after six years in the country, Uber announced Friday that it will stop providing its mobility services in Colombia indefinitely. In its latest regulatory blow, Uber will end operations in Colombia on January 31, confirmed...

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...

Top 10 most Googled Travel Destinations of 2019, According To Google

Google Trends has come up with a list of top 10 destinations that were most searched (on Google) in the year 2019. Based on U.S. search data, the Maldives topped the list as one of the best travel destinations of 2019. The Maldives is every beach...

China makes big impact in Colombia: The year of Chinese transport infrastructure

2019 was the year in which Chinese companies finally made their way into Colombia, which had perhaps been most skeptical about investment from the region’s second-largest trading partner. Two weeks ago, headlines were full of the purchase of the gold mining company Continental Gold by...

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...

FARC Peace Deal a Smokescreen for Corruption

On Friday, 7th October 2016, we learned that after thirty-four years, a Colombian had won the second Nobel Prize in the country’s history. This time a less exciting and more political one because it is awarded by a committee delegated by the Norwegian Parliament. Former...

Colombia orders Uber to cease operation after unfair competition lawsuit

Colombia on Friday ordered Uber to cease its ride-hailing operations in the Andean country, effective immediately, after a judge ruled the company violated competition rules. Uber’s logo is pictured at its office in Bogota, Colombia, December 12, 2019 Following a lawsuit filed against Uber by COTECH...

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...

Tens of thousands march in third strike

Tens of thousands of protesters across Colombia took part in anti-government demonstrations Wednesday during the country’s third general strike in two weeks. Thousands of people — trade unionists, students, teachers, farmers and indigenous people among them — gathered to dance and sing in Bolivar Square...

Pots and pans ‘cacerolazo’ protests echo across Latin America

Medellin, Colombia – When 6 pm struck in Colombia, the sound of banging pots and pans – the “cacerolazo” – echoed across the country like they have since the mass anti-government protest kicked off more than a week ago. People bang pans and pots during...

Colombia Protests Press 0n

Widespread anti-government protests in Colombia continued for the fifth day on Monday, while the movement registered its first death. An 18-year-old high school student, who became a symbol of the movement, died from injuries he sustained from being hit by a teargas canister. Dilan Cruz was...

President Duque opens national dialogue after protests

President Iván Duque opened a national dialogue Sunday that he said will include citizens from all walks of life in tackling issues like corruption and inequality days after one of Colombia’s biggest protests in recent history. An anti-government demonstrator waves a Colombian flag after he...

3 Dead, 122 Injured In Protests Against Colombian President Ivan Duque

Colombia’s Defense Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo on Friday confirmed that three people died and 122 civilians were injured during the nationwide strike against President Ivan Duque held on Thursday, when some 622 massive marches, rallies or other forms of protest were held in 350...

Colombia is number one in Latin America

When the International Monetary Fund (IMF) ran the rule over Latin America last month, it decided it needed to be far less bullish about growth forecasts for all of the region’s biggest economies — except one. Colombia, the IMF said, was still on track to...

Uber pulls $40 million Colombia investment

(Reuters) – Ride-hailing mobile application Uber said on Thursday it will not be basing a $40 million support and safety center in Colombia after all, because of a lack of regulatory stability in the Andean country. Ride-hailing apps have drawn the ire of authorities in...

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