An accident in the Sao Paulo World Cup stadium left two dead due to a collapsed crane that destroyed the façade of the stadium. The Sao Paulo stadium, being rushed to be completed by December, will host the Fifa World Cup of 2014.
Brazilian authorities admitted that they were having some trouble meeting the deadline and getting the other 11 venues ready. According to local police, two people were killed instead of the three pushed by the local fire officials.
The crane operator was taken to the hospital and was released on account that the entire incident was an accident.
The contractor of the stadium, Odebrecht Infrastructure, said that the accident happened around 1PM local time. The crane was moving the last module for the metal roof of the stadium when the crane’s neck collapsed and the part of the east building fell along with the crane. However, the integral structure of the stadium was not damaged.
Fifa President Sepp Blatter said that he was deeply saddened by the accident. He stressed that Fifa is highly concerned and always prioritizes the safety of workers who build their stadiums. He added that the association’s thoughts are with the families of the accident’s victims.
Internet microblogging giant Twitter is said to be the culprit of a massive social media attacks against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and other 6,600 accounts in Latin America in order to suspend the Dec 8 elections in the country. According to Maduro, it was time Latin America had freed itself from multinational corporations capitalizing on social media.
According to Venezuelan Communications Minister Delsy Rodriguez, around 6,600 followers of the President’s account disappeared within 10 minutes. Maduro had 1.4 million followers previously.
However, the opposition and critics of the Venezuelan president said that he was fretting over something very petty but had failed to address the country’s economic problems effectively. Opposition figurehead Henrique Capriles asked the President at a public meeting why he was more concerned by Twitter rather than Venezuela’s 50% inflation rate.
Maduro has a long history of speaking about alleged plots against the Venezuelan government, including five attempts on his life that had not been backed by evidences and facts.
Social media such as Twitter and Facebook are highly popular in Venezuela and Latin American countries earning its position as third against Southeast Asia and Europe.
Maduro said that he will be working with Mercosur, Unasur and the ALBA in fighting against Twitter’s conspiracy.
The Financial Conduct Authority revealed that banks continue to unnecessarily delay customers mis sold payment protection insurance and it said that only 6 out of 18 financial institutions are doing their jobs properly based on their investigation in PPI claims handling. The FCA said one of the remainder of the firms is subject to enforcement action, while the rest might face fines.
The image of banks still playing foul on their customers is further supported by the Financial Ombudsman’s 26% increase in the number of PPI complaints. The FOS said it received 226,238 PPI complaints from customers dissatisfied with their banks’ decisions. Around 80% of these claims are upheld in favour of customers, signifying the failure of banks to take in important details.
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The FCA said that the common among the 12 includes the failure to consider the circumstances of the customer upon purchasing the insurance, taking note of the insurance’s inclusions and exclusions in its policies and the lack of a proper explanation to customers delayed their mis sold PPI refunds.
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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff denounced the United States’ NSA spying program, which was leaked by Edward Snowden. She made a speech with a strong and scathing tone against the United States. Other left-leaning Latin American leaders may also make their own speeches in the same tone this week.
Rouseff said that the activities of the United States is causing “indignation and repudiation” all over the world and she said that it was problematic in Brazil because they were targeted by the activities as personal information of some Brazilians were accessed and intercepted by the NSA without discrimination.
According to Gregory Wilpert, the founder of Venezuela Analysis, America will have trouble earning the trust of its Latin counterparts because of the NSA leak. Brazil is the closest Latin American partner the United States could have and losing the trust could weaken the US presence in Latin America.
Wilpert said that it is clear Obama might not be able to repair such actions. However, he might not ask for forgiveness because the liberalists criticise him greatly for apologising for US decisions.
Bolivian President Evo Morales discussed about filing a lawsuit against the American administration for its activities. Morales boldly stated that the US should be tried for acts of international terrorism and for arming opposition groups.
A protest of small scale farmers in Bogota, Colombia’s capital, received support from the people of Bogota as tens of thousands of people marched to the streets in support of the farmers’ cause. Potato growers, grain farmers and milk producers joined hand in hand with health workers, students and teachers in protesting against the government.
The protest is fighting against the Colombian government’s new agricultural policies that drove many farmers to bankruptcy. While the government recognizes the large protest as valid, they also ask the demonstrations to remain peaceful as some protesters have encountered clashes with the police.
The government had opened dialogue with the protesters two weeks ago. Today, the negotiations remain stagnant.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said that the farmers will be given better prices for their agricultural products, more access to financing and protection from countries with free trade agreements with Colombia. However, the farmers rejected the offer because import products from Europe and the United States had prices that the farmers couldn’t match with their own.
In addition, the rising fuel and production costs are decaying the activities of the agricultural sector of Colombia
Businesses in Bogota closed to avoid being looted by protesters in Plaza de Bolivar. So far, only 20 people have been injured in the demonstrations.
Latin America has a rich culture and music and performance is naturally a part of such culture. If it is your first time in the country, jamming through the nightlife requires you to know a few dances that only the locals could teach you. Here are a few dances that might interest you.
Bachata guitar music has always been upbeat and its engaging tempos had made it a popular form of genre and dance. Dancers usually perform in a four by four beat pattern and makes use of three-step dance moves. The dance focuses more on its style than its steps and footing.
2. Cha Cha Cha
The Cuban favourite dance all over the world is rightfully popular in Latin America as well. The Cha Cha Cha’s difference to the Mambo is that it adds three more steps after three previous steps of the dance, giving it its name.
Merengue was derived from Dominicans and is the easiest of all Latin American dances. Most dancers just need to go forward, back and sideways as couples dance Merengue together. The basic steps need you to step to the inside edge of your foot, then have the other foot meet the first foot. This simple dance step is popular with first-timers to Latin Dances.
Salsa is widely recognized as coming from Latin America, but the origins of the dance comes from Africa and the Caribbean. It utilizes four beat combinations of quick steps performed twice then a slight pause, then repeats. After a few repeats, the partners then make turns to spice up the performance.
Here are some videos of the Latin Cha Cha Cha and Salsa that you could try at home.
Sao Paulo is a favourite among many travellers in Brazil because of its great beaches, sights, sounds, culture and nightlife. However, as with any big city in the world, it has its own ring of criminals and swindlers. A traveller can be in danger easily if they do not watch out for the following.
Brazil is a crowded country and Sao Paulo is definitely teeming with a great population of pickpockets. Mind your belongings when you travel into the country and dress according to where you’re headed. Your protection is your inconspicuous appearance.
2. Hold Ups
The nightlife is rich in Sao Paulo, but with the night also comes isolated parkways and passages. Be sure that you do not travel alone during the night in Sao Paulo and always keep what you bring with you to a minimum. Avoid dark passages as hold-ups are very common in these areas.
While all top-notch hotels in Sao Paulo have reliable staff and crew, robberies are highly probable if you do not take care of your belongings in the hotel. Be sure to secure the following items before you leave your hotel room.
4. Be Mindful of Surroundings
When you walk outside the city, be wary of your surroundings and conscious of the people around you. A lot of eyes are on you especially when you look foreign or a traveller. Be sure to memorize local police and authority numbers or at least store them in your mobile phone.
When you travel, you are actually putting yourself in danger because you are staying in an unsecured area. It is important to ensure not just your health, but also the safety of your belongings. Here are a few things to remember to guarantee your security during your travels.
1. The Safe
When staying in your hotel, keep your belongings and documents showing personal information in a safe. Include here all your credit withdrawal receipts for proper riddance once you get home from your travel. You could have room service clean up your room and some of them might easily steal your identity if you’re not too careful.
2. Dress Accordingly
Avoid dressing too lightly. This can reveal where your wallet or your belongings should be. Just bring enough money for your trip and store your wallet in the safe along with your other expensive accessories, such as jewels or rings.
3. Avoid Looking Much of a Traveler
In many known places in every country, if you look like a traveller or a tourist, the local criminals can prey upon you. Avoid looking so much like a traveller; dress accordingly like the locals and be vigilant of your surroundings.
4. Know the Local Police Stations
Every vicinity of travel areas have police stations and it is important you know where to go when danger is about. Memorize or save their numbers on your mobile device.
Latin America is a land rich with business opportunities at every step. When starting a business at a foreign land, taking note of the market gaps is important. Here are a few things to remember when starting your own business in Latin America.
Regardless how many natives are actually providing tourism services to travellers, you could open a formal tourism service for travelers from your side of the country. Setting up an agency, visa clearance, accommodations, and a network of services to set up your itinerary is very profitable for Latin American tourism.
Starting a transportation service or chauffeur services for certain travelers, especially wealthy ones, may cost a fortune to start, but would do wonders in Latin America’s travel destination. You could also go for middle-class and cheap transportation services making use of small motor vehicles to transport travelers such as backpackers.
If you can comply with Latin America’s property ownership law and secure a residential property that could gain profit, you could actually do good business. Most travelers are looking for cheap accommodations and your property is a good place to start with such.
Tourists want memorabilia from their journeys and if you’re a professional photographer, you could earn big in Latin America. Taking pictures and giving quality outputs to your clients can earn you great profit and reputation too. You could even photograph and turn your pictures into postcards if needed.
You might know a few Latin American vacation destinations by now, but if you’re looking to dip in the water, you will want to see the best beaches the country has to offer. Here’s a list of Latin American beaches.
1. Roatan Islands, Honduras
Vacation cruise ships usually stop for twice a week in Roatan Island. The island has a great and gigantic beach area with tons of resorts and hotels that you could stay. If you’re feeling a bit wealthy, you could go for the five star hotels in these areas. Roatan Islands boasts a big coral reef that you could visit via snorkelling.
2. Mal Pais, Costa Rica
When you say beach, in Latin America, you first think of Costa Rica. Mal Pais has golden brown beach sands and surfing sports. Mal Pais has great waves and having a surf set or two is a great way to spend your vacation. You could choose to have a beginner’s course or if you’re an experienced surfer, take on the advanced levels.
3. Barra de Lagoa, Florianopolis, Brazil
Brazil’s beaches are plentiful and Barra de Lagoa is the best one. 20 minutes away from Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro, you could feel the relaxing, tropical and sunny vibe. It’s a great destination with white beach sands and good amenities. Any beach outside the city of Rio is a very beautiful destination and Barra de Lagoa is one of them.