‘Hubs of infection’: how Covid-19 spread through Latin America’s markets

Authorities have struggled to enforce social distancing at the trading centres. At one Lima market, 79% of vendors had coronavirus Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage Four out of five merchants at a major fruit market in Peru have tested positive for coronavirus, revealing shocking levels of infection – and prompting fears that Latin America’s traditional trading centres may have helped spread Covid-19 across the region. Seventy-nine per cent of stall-holders in Lima’s wholesale fruit market tested positive for Covid-19, while spot tests at five other large fresh food markets in the city revealed at least half were carrying the virus. Continue reading… Original Article : HERE

Global report: Brazil and Mexico record deadliest day from Covid-19

Prediction 147,000 in US could die from coronavirus; China releases more details of plan to test 11m in Wuhan; doctors infected in Peru Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage Brazil and Mexico have both seen deaths from Covid-19 spike on their deadliest days yet as the coronavirus pandemic threatened to worsen throughout the Americas. The health ministry in Brazil on Tuesday reported 881 fatalities from the disease in 24 hours, taking its total to 12,400 and making it the world’s sixth worst-affected country for deaths, according to figures from John Hopkins University. Brazil’s total of 177,589 confirmed cases is the seventh highest in the world. Continue reading… Original Article : HERE

Uber Eats exits seven markets, transfers one as part of competitive retooling

Uber Eats is pulling out of a clutch of markets — shuttering its on-demand food offering in the Czech Republic, Egypt, Honduras, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Uruguay and Ukraine. It’s also transferring its Uber Eats business operations in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Careem, its wholly owned ride-hailing subsidiary that’s mostly focused on the Middle East. “Consumers and restaurants using the Uber Eats app in the UAE will be transitioned to the Careem platform in the coming weeks, after which the Uber Eats app will no longer be available,” it writes in a regulatory filing detailing the operational shifts. “These decisions were made as part of the Company’s ongoing strategy to be in first or second position in all Eats …

A deadly cycle of destruction: how greed for land is fuelling Amazon fires

The Guardian investigates fire in the state of Pará – to reveal the loopholes that allow deforestation to be legitimised We found the first fire without looking, crackling and roaring on farmland beside the busy Amazon highway, the flames consuming a road sign with its name – BR-163 – lying in the grass. Trucks thundered past, ferrying soya and corn from the agricultural heartlands of Brazil’s central-west to the ports of Santarém and Miritituba. Nobody was around. Every year fires roar across the Amazon, and in just a few months they will be here again. But last August the number of blazes reached a nine-year high, and sparked an international crisis for Brazil’s far-right president Jair Bolsonaro. Months later, their …

Coronavirus spreads further as WHO expert warns world ‘not ready’ for pandemic

More cases in South Korea while first suspected infection is recorded in Latin America Latest developments Coronavirus has spread further around the world as a World Health Organisation expert warned that countries outside China are “simply not ready” for a pandemic. The virus has proliferated in parts of Asia, Europe and the Middle East in recent days, with the death toll rising in Iran, infections in South Korea passing 1,000 and the first suspected case recorded in Latin America – even as the number of deaths and fresh cases decline at the disease epicentre in China. Covid-19 has now reached dozens of countries with Austria, Croatia and Switzerland the latest to declare cases. Continue reading… Original Article : HERE

Rio Carnival takes a stand against Bolsonaro’s divisive rhetoric

As Rio de Janeiro prepares to kick off Carnival, Mangueira is one of several samba schools using the world’s biggest festival as a platform for protest, with their theme of a Jesus of the favela returning to a land with prophets of intolerance Packed into the brightly lit samba rehearsal hall, in the Mangueira favela of Rio de Janeiro, hundreds of revellers dressed in pink and emerald threw their arms towards the sky and burst into song. As they sang, some wiped tears from their eyes. Couples drew closer, clutching one another’s hand. “My name is Jesus of the people,” the crowd chanted. “I am found in love which finds no boundary; search for me in the ranks who fight …

Thatcher and Reagan week is latest skirmish in Bolsonaro’s culture wars

A Brazil government-funded research institute is to celebrate the 80s conservative icons a move denounced as pure propaganda Conservatives and culture warriors in Brazil have expressed delight after one of the countrys most celebrated research institutes announced plans to host a Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan week later this year. But critics view the event as yet another attempt by the government of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro to impose conservative and Christian influences on the countrys top academic and cultural institutions. In May, thewho believes climate change is a Marxist plot will participate. Admiration for Thatcher and Reagan runs deep within the Bolsonaro government. Margaret Thatcher in South America: visiting British troops on the Falkland Islands in 1983. Photograph: taken …

‘We’re afraid’: the queer Brazilian sex artists targeted by Bolsonaro

After the far-right president tweeted a video of their transgressive street performance, the two queer artists fled So Paulo but now theyre pushing back Queer people have been afraid since the president was elected, says Paulx Castello. He has been demonising us from the start but this was different. Here we were personally under attack. The artist, who has a mohican, is now instantly recognisable to most Brazilians. In March, he featured in plunged the country into a culture war. Numerous art exhibitions and theatre performances, many with queer themes, have been forced to close, either through direct political interference or from concerns about the safety of performers. Most recently, a show featuring nudity by the Rio de Janeiro collective …

The shock of the nude: Brazil’s stark new form of political protest

In a defiant riposte to president Bolsonaro and intolerance, performers at So Paulos international theatre festival are reclaiming the rights to be seen and to be different If ever there were a city where disrupting traffic felt like a political act, it would be So Paulo. Its 15 million inhabitants routinely take an hour to drive across town and can per year just getting to and from work. So when the dancers of Banksys kissing coppers) as hooting taxis squeeze past. We love the fight between the public and the traffic, performer Carlos Canhameiro tells me later, remarkably uninjured. The street belongs to you. The street belongs to you (See[]Have) Adrift. Photograph: Guto Muniz If there are politics even in …

Netflix drama ‘Coisa Mais Linda’ explores Bossa Nova clubs and women’s rights

Coisa Mais Linda The show follows Maria Luiza (MariaCasadevall), a young rich woman who moves to Rio de Janeiro from So Paulo to open a restaurant with her husband. But upon arrival, she discovers he ran off with a mistress and all their money. Instead of returning home to her parents in So Paulo, Maria Luiza turns her heartbreak into an opportunity to pursue her dream of opening a music club called Coisa Mais Linda thats welcoming to everyone. Coisa Mais Lindas Coisa Mais LindaBecause is a Brazilian TV series, the show was filmed in Portuguese. Netflix offers a variety of lip-dubbed versions, but the English version feels unnatural and awkward. Watch the show in Portuguese with subtitles to get …