Coronavirus | Russia wants to vaccinate against COVID-19 throughout Latin America

Russia intends to vaccinate against COVID-19 throughout Latin America, region that is a priority in the development and production of the Sputnik V vaccine, assured Kiril Dmitriev, head of the state fund in charge of signing sales and distribution contracts with other countries.

“We want to save people in Russia, in Latin America and around the world,” said Dmitriev, director of the Fund for Direct Investments of Russia (FIDR), by videoconference.

Since the Russian president, Vladimir Putin will announce the registration of the first coronavirus vaccine in August, Latin American countries, which are among the most affected in the world by the coronavirus pandemic, were more interested than anyone in receiving the first doses.


In response, Russia opted for Latin America as a platform not only for the sale of Sputnik V, but also for clinical analysis, technology transfer and joint production. “Latin America is a priority. First because its countries are friends of Russia and second because Latin America is open to an honest analysis of the Russian vaccine”, explains Dmitriev.

He recalled that the appearance of the vaccine aroused “great enthusiasm” in Latin America, Asia and the Middle East, while some countries in what he called the “Western world” reacted with “great envy.”

He was referring to statements such as that of the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who assured that in the field of health, “there should be no ideologies” and that, if the efficacy of the Russian vaccine is confirmed, he would be the first to put it on.

Dmitriev believes it was crucial the fact that Russian medicine is based on human adenoviruses, making Sputnik V an “organic vaccine”, and not mono or mRNA adenovirus vectors, which “are poorly studied”.

“It is a vaccine that lived in our ancestors 100,000 years. When they understood what differentiates our approach (…), we saw great interest on the part of Latin American countries,” he said.

Now other countries have jumped on the Russian vaccine bandwagon, but the senior official emphasizes that Latin American countries are “a very important partner”, contributing to the fact that “historically” relations between governments and peoples have always been “very good”.


As an example, Dmitriev advanced that the demand for the Russian vaccine on the continent today amounts to 400 million doses, about half of the world total. “That figure of 400 million doses is very significant compared to the more than one billion in demand worldwide,” he said.

Explained that 100 million doses correspond to the agreements signed in recent days with Brazil and Mexico, but that new contracts with countries in the region will be announced next week. “There is great interest from Venezuela, but also from other countries. Some countries say it publicly and many others do not, but they are working closely with us,” he said.

Dmitriev stressed that “almost all Latin American countries” have contacted Moscow, which has provided them with the results of phases one and two of the vaccine to clear up doubts.

According to the Russian press, they are also very interested in cooperating with the Russian sovereign wealth fund Argentina and Peru, countries also hit hard by the pandemic.


Russia has set its sights on the two most populated countries on the continent: Brazil, the third country in the world with the most cases of coronavirus (more than 4.2 million), and Mexico, the seventh on the list (more than 650,000) behind from Russia, Peru and Colombia.

“Brazil is a strategic partner for Russia. We do not propose to produce the vaccine and also carry out clinical analyzes” in its territory, he stressed and specified that the corresponding agreements have already been signed.

On Friday the agreement with the Brazilian State of Bahia for the supply of 50 million doses after the FIDR signed a similar one with Paraná.

The one signed with Paraná, which has also engaged with Russia and China to experiment with the vaccine in humans, contemplates the transfer of technology.

In the case of Mexico, he admitted that there is still no definitive agreement for joint production, although Moscow has signed a contract with the pharmaceutical company Lansteiner Scientific for 32 million doses, which will allow it to supply a quarter of the country’s population.


Dmitriev is optimistic about timing and predicts that “some Latin American countries” will receive Sputnik V already “in November.”

He specifies that everything is at the expense of the approval of the regulators of each one of the countries, although he believes that, by December at the latest, “many countries” will be able to vaccinate their population.

“That is why we are increasing the pace of work, to increase production and be able to distribute large volumes of doses” before the end of the year, he says.

The head of the FIDR, who has received orders from thirty countries with half the planet’s population, estimates that this year more than 200 million doses of the Russian vaccine will be produced abroad, a figure that in 2021 will exceed 500 millions.

In addition, he stressed that the 40,000 volunteers needed to complete the third phase of clinical analysis have already been recruited, the first results of which will be known in October.


He believes that the Cold War that was unleashed with the Russian vaccine registration is coming to an end. “We see a very important change in the position of the countries. For the whole world it is evidence that the attacks against the Russian vaccine did not result successful and many of our rivals have had to recognize that the Russian vaccine is one of the best, “he says.

It highlights that Western experts have been able to verify in the scientific journal “The Lancet” that the Russian drug has no “side effects” and generates a “very high” immune level.

Dmitriev believes that Russia’s rivals have realized that the monkey adenovirus was not a good start and now Chinese and American companies have also opted for the human adenovirus, a much “safer” and “studied” platform.

“They have understood the difference. Here in Russia, a combination of factors was produced: great scientists and the Ebola vaccine that we were able to quickly modify and develop a vaccine against the coronavirus,” he stresses.

In his opinion, Russia “was in the right place at the right time.” “For this reason, we have, from our point of view, the best vaccine in the world,” he said.



Poblano doctors and nurses die more from Covid than in Argentina or Spain

The entity also surpasses countries recognized as economic powers such as France and Germany

With 104 doctors and nurses dead from covid-19, Puebla surpasses countries like Ecuador, Argentina, Spain and even Guatemala.

The Puebla entity also surpasses countries recognized as economic powers such as France and Germany.

The 104 deaths reported by the Puebla Health Secretariat (SSA) represent 2.3 percent of the 4,408 healthcare professionals who have had a contagion in the Puebla state until the second half of August.

High incidence in Puebla

According to data from the local agency updated up to September 3, deaths among health personnel due to covid-19 They amount to 104, of which 72 correspond to doctors, 13 to nurses and 19 to workers from other areas.

The figure is equal to the one reported Nicaragua, according to the report presented last week by the organization International Amnesty, and which accounts for the deaths of doctors, nurses, camilleros, ambulance operators and administrative staff.

The figure registered by the Puebla entity exceeds those of countries of Latin America how Ecuador, which reported 83; Argentina, which registered 80; and even Guatemala and Venezuela, which lost 47 and 46 hospital employees.

Figure Colombia and Chile, where the deaths of 47 and 25 health workers were reported, which are less than half of those that occurred in the state.

Puebla also surpasses other countries considered first in the world for its economic, technological and academic capacities such as Spain (63), France (27) and Canada (17).

Doctor who donated thousands of masks passed away

One of the local cases was that of the doctor Juan Jose Callejas Esponda It happened at the beginning of August, which when seeking care at the IMSS was not received, despite having previously donated five thousand protective masks.

As well as Lorenzo N. who died at the end of May in the city of Puebla, as he acquired the virus while performing his duties, since although he was advised to request a license because he suffered from asthma, he continued to care for patients.

At the beginning of August, nurses and doctors fired their partner “Toñito”Who worked as a nurse in the IMSS of The daisy and died after acquiring the virus.

It should be remembered that the first death due to the virus in Puebla was a retired worker from the University Hospital from BUAP who was employed as a stretcher in the Angeles Hospital.

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The dumbbell between GGTech and Riot Games points to a new era of competitive in LATAM

GGTECH Entertainment is a technology company that started, a few years ago in Spain, to propose different projects that unified videogames with the educational sector.

After how well the competitive student leagues turned out IESports and University Sports now they will expand and reach Latin America.

The projects will be tested in 15 countries of the continent in secondary and upper secondary education institutions, which will be measured in the competitive one to show who is the best in the region.

Jose Parrilla, the CEO and founder of GGTECH, explained that the focus of this project goes beyond just a competitive platform, and will also focus on aspects that are related to educational issues.

In this regard, it was noted that in LATAM Efforts have been directed at the growth of professional leagues, however, there is a little worked area that are the amateur and student areas.

In Spain these programs have been a success.

Esports players who will learn the necessary of the professional field

This is where the dumbbell will come in GGTECH y Riot Games, with the aim of nurturing the competitive of better prepared players.

Those who have previous experience working in a team and who know how to handle themselves as public figures, for example, in interviews.

Caesar Roses, the CEO of GGTECH in America, commented that they plan to use the gaming as a way to strengthen and branch out this aspect of the educational branch of the leagues in the different regions where they will have a presence.

Part of the plans is to have face-to-face events (in the possible future), high-level teams, professionals at the service of students, and everything necessary to create an environment at the height.

Leagues for everyone: From high school to college

As we told you, GGTECH bet on two projects:

University sports, focused on universities, and IESports, for high schools, with the aim of covering the spectrum of students and players from 14 to 25 years old.

Among other novelties, the calendar will be adapted to the educational model of Latin American countries for the school years.

And there will be scholarships, awards and different incentives within the programs.

In 2020 the University project will start in different countries such as Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Peru, Argentina, and Uruguay. While IESports is projected for 2021.

How will it work?

For universities, the organization will rely on student leaders within each institution, who will help in planning the competitions.

Another important part is the unification of the image of the universities, so that they fit the style of program design and advertising.

In the same way, within the circuit there will be prize bags, activities and mini tournaments in the universities themselves.

From clashes in internal tournaments the winning team will represent their university and will go on to a national phase.

The final round will be decided from the top 32 teams.

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Minors will be protected by schools and their guardians

In the case of IMPORTS Those in charge of registering and taking the reins will be the teachers, considering that they are minors, this year for the moment it will only be applied in Mexico.

Throughout the press conference and the question and answer session, those involved in the project were in charge of emphasizing that there will be special care with minors.

Always interacting with them through the schools and their tutors.

GGTech y Riot Games.

Finally, at least for the moment, it will only be involved League of Legends from among the titles of Riot Games.

However, the future perspective could include other games if the possibility occurs.

Apparently Riot He is very happy with this collaboration, and he did see Martin Blanquier, he Sports Manager of Riot Games Latin America:

In recent years we have seen in Latin America an increase in the interest of various key players to get involved and promote the esports industry.

Dat Riot Games we always applaud any efforts to support this growth and we are confident that UNIVERSITY Esports and IESports will undoubtedly be key pieces of the League of Legends competitive scene for generations to come.‘.

If you want to participate with your university team you are still on time.

You only have to be registered in the current semester or year and register from the official website of University Esports Mexico, by here.


Release date of season 2 of The Mandalorian in Spain and Latin America

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It’s official now. The Mandalorian returns very soon with its second season, but it will not arrive at the same time in all territories. Disney and Lucasfilm have announced the debut date of the new episodes of the first series live action of Star Wars, and it will arrive first in the United States and Spain than in Latin America.

In November 2019 the first season of The Mandalorian, which consisted of a total of eight episodes, which debuted week by week on Disney +. This year, the first episode of season 2 will arrive on October 30 in both the United States and Spain, of course, through the Disney + platform.

However, in the case of Latin America it will be necessary to wait a little more than two weeks for the arrival of the second seasonda de I send. The release date in this territory will be November 17, as confirmed by official Disney + sources.

The brief delay in the premiere for Latin America coincides with the fact that the Mickey Mouse company has already announced that Disney + will arrive in the territory during the month of November, specifically on the 17th of that month. This means that the day of the premiere of Disney + in Latin American territory, including countries such as Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Argentina and many others, will be the same day that the entire season 1 of The Mandalorian like the first episode of season 2, or perhaps more than one episode, if Disney’s idea is to premiere simultaneously The Mandalorian with the rest of the territories.

As for season 2 of the series, it is expected that new characters will be added, perhaps even Ahsoka Tano from the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, while Command and Baby Yoda face the new bearer of that fearsome black lightsaber.[via[víaStar Wars]


Iberia foresees a flight program slightly lower than August in September | Companies

Iberia plans to offer a program in September of flights “slightly lower” than in August, which was barely represented 27% of its planned capacity before covid-19, according to company sources have indicated to Efe.

The airline has explained that it has to make almost daily adjustments given the changing evolution of the pandemic and the restrictions travel is being imposed again in many countries to stop the second coronavirus wave.

In fact, some Latin American countries, its main market, that they had closed passenger traffic until September 1, they are expanding it for several more weeks or months, the company added, who tries to be “very in the day” and adjust his schedule accordingly as necessary.

Iberia thus joins many other airlines that have announced cuts capacity due to lack of demand, exacerbated by new restrictions travel, such as Ryanair, EasyJet, Vueling or Air Europa, which has canceled scheduled flights to Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Paraguay and Peru for September due to the closure of traffic.

According to the European Organization for the Safety of Navigation Air, Eurocontrol, the constant rise in traffic, which began in the mid April, it has “clearly” stopped since August 7 and has increased uncertainty with respect to September and October, as a result of these capacity cuts, the end of the summer break and the absence of restarting long-haul flights.

On August 26, 16,804 flights were made in Europe, a 4% more than two weeks before, 47% of those of 2019, and on Friday 21 August was the day with the highest traffic, with 18,365 operations, exceeding 50.2% of last year’s levels for the first time since 18 March.

The number of flights in the first 26 days of August has stabilized 52% below 2019 levels and in line with the scenario of traffic recovery in Europe presented by Eurocontrol on 24 of April.

Up to 21,000 flights could be reached on some peak days during September, a lower outlook than those presented by Eurocontrol in previous weeks and which is likely to be further lowered, as it largely depends on the evolution of restrictions.

Ryanair, the airline with the most flights in Europe

Ryanair, which is by far the airline with the largest number of flights, with 1,370 last Wednesday, a slight decrease compared to August 12, will reduce its scheduled offer for September and October by 20%.

EasyJet in second place with 922 flights on August 26, an increase of 1% versus the volume of two weeks ago, will close three bases in the UK and suspend some services, while Vueling will cut 20% your offer in September compared to August.

Domestic traffic in China just 13% below pre-pandemic level

Internal flows continue to be the most active both in Europe, where they are 8 out of 10, and in other markets, especially China, which reached a maximum of 12,168 flights on August 25, only 13% below the levels prior to the coronavirus (internationals are still 70% below).

In Europe, the traffic between the United Kingdom and Spain is the busiest, remaining stable, with a slight increase of 1% compared to two weeks before.

Flows between the UK and Greece and Italy grew by 10% and 18%, respectively, compared to an 18% decline between Germany and Spain.

The low-cost segment registered a faster recovery and is at the level of charter flights, with a decrease of 51% compared to 2019 in both cases, while traditional companies are 64% below. By contrast, business aviation is 1% above 2019 levels.


Coronavirus News | Coronavirus and the impossible quarantines in Latin America | Economy

Every day, the domestic employee Joseane Santos takes risks in the midst of a pandemic in a journey of more than two hours on public transport in Sao Paulo to clean the homes of her employers, who have teleworked since March and are not exposed to that risk.

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Since the start of the coronavirus emergency in Latin America six months ago, this 46-year-old woman he had to choose between losing his rent or continuing to work under the imminent threat of the virus. For her, as well as for tens of millions of other informal workers in the region, the quarantine turned out to be impossible. “If I could, I would have stayed at home, especially in the most critical phase of the pandemic.
But since I was never given this choice, I had to work, “says Santos, who lives with her 13-year-old son and her husband in the impoverished Cidade Tiradentes neighborhood, about 40 kilometers from downtown Sao Paulo.

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Despite the quarantine decreed in March in the city, the hardest hit in South America by covid-19 and the most populated, with 12 million inhabitants, several of Santos’ wealthy employers did not want to be left without their domestic services. “One of them is a lawyer and is working from home, in addition to having a 6-year-old son. She told me that she could not do her usual work and also take care of the house,” she says.

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Unlike the residents of the five homes where she performs weekly cleaning, all located in affluent areas of the São Paulo capital, her situation as an informal worker does not allow Santos to have the labor rights established by law, such as sick leave, vacation or health insurance.

Like Santos, some 38 million Brazilians live from informality, which represents 41% of the employed population, a situation that is repeated in other Latin American metropolises, such as Mexico City, Bogotá and Caracas.

With about 60% of the population in the informal sector and immersed in an economic, political and social crisis that has dragged on for years, Venezuelan citizens can no longer stay at home and must go out to find a livelihood, despite the quarantine which has been in force in the country since March 16.

In the capital Caracas, there are many places that already recognize that they have had to start doing “clandestine” work in the fight for survival. “Now working in Venezuela is a crime. If you work on days that there is no flexibility, they take you prisoner, they give us fines. I know we have to take care of ourselves, but it is too much,” explains Emilsen, owner of a workshop in the Sucre municipality, one of those that make up the metropolitan district of Caracas and that has been particularly hit by covid-19.


Unlike Venezuela, Brazil and Mexico, two of the countries most affected by the pandemic in Latin America, have been experiencing their “new normal” since June and July, respectively, while in Colombia the government allowed non-essential trade to open its doors two months ago.

In common, the four countries share the fact that, for many, quarantine has been a luxury they have never been able to afford, despite the fact that America is the epicenter of the pandemic, with almost 450,000 deaths and some 12.5 million cases.

In Mexico, more than 25 million people, 53% of the entire employed population, work informally and the street vending of food, clothing, utensils or furniture is very common.

Aware of this situation, the Government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador ordered the closure of the non-essential economy at the beginning of the pandemic but established a voluntary quarantine so as not to leave people like Antonio Carrillo without sustenance.

For four decades, this 68-year-old tinsmith and painter has been waiting from Monday to Sunday in a corner of the Tepito neighborhood, a few meters from his house, for the arrival of a client. And the pandemic has not removed him from the place. “You have to be here. I am from Monday to Sunday, every day,” says this man, who emphasizes that in the neighborhood he is known as Riquense. The situation worsened when his wife, who worked at a restaurant chain, was fired for quarantine. “Everything fell apart,” says the man, who now has to support his four grandchildren with hardly any customers left. “The economy scares me more than the disease”, synthesize.

The Colombian saleswoman and mother head of the family Ivón López was also forced to return to the streets of the populous La Alquería neighborhood, in the south of Bogotá, in order to ensure the livelihood of her daughter and father. “One must be aware that this virus is killing many people, that we must take care of ourselves, but we go to the issue of ‘stay home’, which is to stay at home starving (…) to be thrown out where you live, that you cannot work, that you cannot get your daily livelihood. It’s terrible, “says López, who works in a neighborhood fabric store, declared a permanent preventive care area due to its daily crowds.

In Sao Paulo, Santos also saw his income plummet from 3,500 reais (about $ 635) to 1,000 reais ($ 180) a month, as some of his employers told him “not to work anymore, for fear of getting infected, and they just stopped paying. ”

The domestic worker and her husband, a truck driver who has diabetes, but who did not have the option to confine himself at home despite being a risk group, even asked for financial assistance of 600 reais ($ 108) granted by the Brazilian government, but the help never came.

And the fact is that to the health emergency is added the strong economic crisis that hit Latin America, so many workers had to reinvent themselves to guarantee food. The Venezuelan bricklayer Carlos Salazar, turned into a seller of homemade masks, sewn by his wife, now walks the streets that lead to the Petare favela, the largest in Venezuela. There, as in the rest of the popular sectors of Caracas, they do not know about flexibilization days and days of radical quarantine: “We all last until 10 in the morning, nothing more, and in what the police tell us to leave, we we go”.


Although the coronavirus has reached Latin America “by plane” along with wealthy people, as recently admitted by Mexico’s Undersecretary of Health, Hugo López-Gatell, authorities and scientists agree that the disease quickly spread to impoverished suburban areas.

According to a study carried out by the University of Sao Paulo (USP) -reference in Latin America-, the risk of death from covid-19 is 50% higher among people residing in the poorest areas of Sao Paulo than in neighborhoods central and rich, a reality that is also felt in other Latin American countries.

Thus, while residents of the wealthiest regions seclude themselves in their homes and apartments, the inhabitants of poorer areas have the fear of the virus and in survival the heads and tails of the same coin. “They can stay locked up for as long as possible because they have money, because they have a way to (survive without leaving). We do not, because we have children, we are mothers head of the family, we have to answer for our rent, our food, for the food of our children, “reflects the Colombian vendor.

In some areas, even citizens cannot respect the isolation but also the hygienic measures requested by the authorities, a trend that is repeated in Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia or Mexico and exposes the deep social abyss that marks the region . “Water is conspicuous by its absence, we are in bad shape in Venezuela not only because of the pandemic but because of all that it entails,” explains Emilsen about the basic supply to be able to wash his hands and prevent contagion in the metropolitan area of ​​Caracas, which reaches him once a week or every 15 days. “We don’t have water, we take it from the cistern. We don’t have a bathroom either,” says Mexican Antonia Castro, who lives with her four daughters and 11 grandchildren in a shack in the Tepito neighborhood.

Barely seven kilometers separate the street food stalls of Tepito from the opulent restaurants of the affluent Polanco neighborhood, where residents can choose between taking refuge in their comfortable residences for a strict quarantine or gradually returning to normality. María Torres, a neighbor of the neighborhood, has taken advantage of the sunny day to walk with her son and Lucy, the housekeeper who lives with them. “We did quarantine,” he assures, “right now, little by little, returning to work and coming back to life. We are no longer going to be locked up.”



Argentina’s debts are $ 66 billion … and negotiations with creditors

Fernandez Have “Millennium” that “The new offer will be announced today. It will be open until the end of August. We are making a tremendous effort”.

The negotiations that started on April 20 have been extended several times and were scheduled to end on July 24, but the government extended them until August 28 to reach an agreement.

Sorry, 3 groups of creditors are negotiating with Argentina On rescheduling $ 66 billion in debt, end-June “To the absence of a serious commitment” I’m on the side Buenos Aires “To avoid the repercussions of a long default”.

The negotiations deal with bonds dating back to 2005 and 2010 resulting from previous rescheduling, in addition to new financial bonds issued from 2016. The first offer was made in May, but most creditors rejected it, and stipulated a three-year payment deadline, 62 percent reduction in interest and 5.4 percent of Origin of religion.

According to a government source, the official offer rose to “About $ 53” Per $ 100, whereas the previous bid was $ 39 per $ 100.

Argentina has defaulted since May 22, and had to pay on that date $ 500 million in interest on 3 bond issues being negotiated, but the negotiation continues nonetheless.

Alberto Fernandez confirmed that the negotiations “In an advanced stage”First, publish a proposal Argentine government In the Official Gazette and then presented to the New York Stock Exchange and Securities Commission.

But the government’s margin for maneuver is narrow, and stagnant The Argentine Economy Since 2018, the poverty rate has reached 35 percent, and inflation recorded 53 percent in 2019, in addition to the repercussions of the Covid-19 epidemic.

The president condemned the conditions accepted by the government of his predecessor, Maurizio Macri, and said “If we analyze all of this rationally, (we will find that we) are not asking the creditors to lose, but rather to stop collecting an additional profit.”.


وقال Fernandez To Millennium Radio, “The new show will be announced today. It will be open until the end of August. We are making a tremendous effort.”

The negotiations that started on April 20 have been extended several times and were scheduled to end on July 24, but the government extended them until August 28 to reach an agreement.

Sorry, 3 groups of creditors are negotiating with Argentina On the rescheduling of $ 66 billion in debt, at the end of June for a “lack of serious commitment” on one side Buenos Aires “To avoid the repercussions of a long default.”

The negotiations deal with bonds dating back to 2005 and 2010 resulting from previous rescheduling, in addition to new financial bonds issued from 2016. The first offer was made in May, but most creditors rejected it, and stipulated a three-year payment deadline, 62 percent reduction in interest and 5.4 percent of Origin of religion.

According to a government source, the official offer increased to “about 53 dollars” for every 100 dollars, while the previous offer was 39 dollars for every 100 dollars.

Argentina has defaulted since May 22, and had to pay on that date $ 500 million in interest on 3 bond issues being negotiated, but the negotiation continues nonetheless.

Alberto Fernandez affirmed that the negotiations are “at an advanced stage”, and that a proposal must be published Argentine government In the Official Gazette and then presented to the New York Stock Exchange and Securities Commission.

But the government’s margin for maneuver is narrow, and stagnant The Argentine Economy Since 2018, the poverty rate has reached 35 percent, and inflation recorded 53 percent in 2019, in addition to the repercussions of the Covid-19 epidemic.

The president condemned the conditions accepted by the government of his predecessor, Maurizio Macri, and said, “If we analyze all this rationally, (we will find that) we are not asking creditors to lose, but rather to stop collecting additional profit.”


Open call to intervene alleys of the Historic Center

The Barranquilla Center Management and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) launched a call to select a project that develops a comprehensive urban intervention strategy for the Historic Center of the city.

Through this recovery, the reactivation of a set of alleys is sought as meeting places, economic activity and vital nucleus of the development of the Atlantic capital, as a contribution to the revitalization and enhancement program of the Historic Center.

In this call, which will be open until September 25 and will deliver $ 5,000 in prizes, a detailed urban-architectural proposal will also be chosen for the 42C race between 30 and 33 streets, also known as ‘callejón del meao’, as an intervention Illustrative for the plot of alleys in the Historic Center.

“This contest gives the opportunity to show the cultural and architectural wealth of the Historic Center of Barranquilla. The transformation of the center is one of the flagship programs of the Mayor’s Office and this reorganization of the alleys allows us to revitalize these spaces as heritage and culturally ”, stated Angelo Cianci, manager of the Center.

The Mayor’s Office of Barranquilla stated that the urban intervention strategies and the proposals for public space that result from the competition will add to the lessons learned from previous IDB initiatives in the city.

One of them is the Program for Fiscal Strengthening and Public Investment Expenditure, which financed the improvement and construction of public spaces and urban facilities to increase the supply and quality of urban infrastructure in the capital of Atlántico.

This university contest is aimed at young people from all over Latin America through the IDB Cities Lab initiative, which seeks creative solutions and innovative ideas to urban problems in Latin America and the Caribbean, in the hands of students, university professors and young professionals from all over the region.

This exercise has the objective of serving as a seedbed and incubator for young talent in urban issues from a network of work with universities, offering direct experience to promote real plans and projects, as well as promoting a participatory space that puts into discussion the paradigms of the discipline.

This project has already been carried out in five other cities in the region: Curundú, Panama (2015), Santa Marta (2016), Mendoza, Argentina (2017), Santiago de Chile (2018) and Buenos Aires (2019).

In this edition of the contest, students from any of the member countries of the Inter-American Development Bank, who are studying the last two years of university or postgraduate studies, or students and / or collaborators of a university in a country in America, may participate. Latin America and the Caribbean.

Recovery of the historic center

The district administration has bet on an “ambitious” project to recover the city’s public and heritage space.

This intervention begins with the master market plan, which includes, in turn: remodeling of traditional plazas (there are two works in progress: EPM and Grains), new markets such as the Grand Bazaar and satellite markets.

The Mayor’s Office of Barranquilla points out that, through this project, there will be a major reorganization of formal and informal merchants and recovery of architectural heritage, which will stimulate real estate projects and, therefore, more employment in the future.

In addition, the District seeks to rescue the heritage of buildings such as the old Dugand Bank, the National Bank of Commerce, the Caja Agraria building, the Plaza Concordia, the Volpe, Robertico building, the San Nicolás square and the Fedecafé building, among others.

In addition, it has contemplated that the original names be returned to the streets of this area of ​​the city, in order to regain their identity.


Covid-19: 393,769 infected and 10,723 deaths in Chile

Based on the latest data released by the Johns Hopkins University, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Health of Chile, we show a series of data, graphs and maps to follow the evolution of Covid-19 in the world .

From this week the live transmission of the daily report of Covid-19 from La Moneda will be on the days: Wednesday – Friday – Sunday.

The new report on the progress of Covid-19 in Chile, the undersecretary of Healthcare Networks, Arturo Zúñiga reported that in the last 24 hours 1,920 new cases were registered, of which 1,328 cases with symptoms, 496 asymptomatic and 96 Positive PCR tests that they were not notified.

With this, the total number of infected was located at 393,769, of which 93% have recovered (367,897 patients), and 15,149 are listed as active cases.

As for the deceased, in the last 24 hours 52 people were registered according to the information from the DEIS, with which the fatal victims counted total 10,723 until today.

In addition, it was reported that 28,669 PCR tests were performed during the last day. Thus, the total number of coronavirus detection exams amounts to 2,142,301.

For her part, the Undersecretary for Crime Prevention, Katy Martorell pointed out that the curfew in the whole country is shortened by one hour, from 11:00 p.m. Regarding the communes that pass or go back in the phases of “step by step”, in the middle of the process of deconfinition, they are the following:

They go to Stage 2

– The Andes
– Curicó
– Peñalolén
– San José de Maipo
– Father Hurtado
– Peñaflor

Go to Stage 4

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American saxophonist Hal Singer dies at age 100

Saxophonist Hal Singer, figure of American jazz who played with Ray Charles and Billie Holiday, died Tuesday at the age of 100 in the Paris region, announced Thursday the town hall of Chatou (Yvelines) where the musician had resided for 20 years.

“We regret to inform you of the death of Hal Singer on August 18, 2020 at the age of 100. Weakened in recent years, Hal Singer has passed away peacefully surrounded by his wife and his family, ”announced the town hall of this suburb of Paris in a statement, without specifying the causes of death.

During his 70-year career, the musician born October 8, 1919 in Tulsa in the United States, recorded nearly a hundred records, first across the Atlantic and then in France where he put his bags in 1965, according to the biography of his site.

It was in 1942, in the famous “52nd Street” of New York that he played alongside Don Byas, Roy Eldridge, Red Allen or even Billie Holiday after debuting in the black orchestras of the American Southwest.

His international tours will take him to Latin America, Africa and Asia, after having scoured American concert halls, in the company of the greatest like Ray Charles.

In 1989, he played his own role in “Taxi Blues” by Russian director Pavel Lounguine, which won the director’s prize at the Cannes Film Festival the following year.

“He was an extraordinary witness to his time, he is a history broker. He was born in an America very marked by racial segregation, he suffered from it, but at the same time, he was able to transcend this state of affairs, ”the mayor of Chatou, Éric Dumoulin, told AFP.

“He was an extraordinarily positive man, beyond his exceptional musical qualities. I will retain from him this joy of living, this optimism, ”added the city councilor.

Married to a Frenchwoman, Hal Singer decided to settle in Chatou in 2002. He was promoted to Commander of Arts and Letters in 1999.

The burial will take place on Saturday morning, in the strictest privacy, the town hall told AFP.