Costa Rica Becomes First Central American Country to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Costa Rica became the latest country to legalize same-sex marriage early Tuesday when a ruling from its supreme court went into effect ending the country’s ban. Couples held ceremonies – mostly private due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but some that were broadcast – to celebrate their unions before judges and notaries right after the ban … Read more Costa Rica Becomes First Central American Country to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Disease Is Ravaging the World’s $25 Billion Banana Industry

The world’s most popular fruit is under siege. How it adapts now could be crucial to understanding the post-pandemic era. n the banana plantations of the tropical lowlands of Ecuador, workers are being issued with protective clothing and disinfectant is provided for their tools. The safety precautions implemented in the farms that stretch between the … Read more Disease Is Ravaging the World’s $25 Billion Banana Industry

Ecuador: Families desperate to find relatives’ remains

In Ecuador, families of coronavirus victims are desperately searching for their loved ones’ remains. Hundreds of bodies have never been identified, as hospitals, morgues and cemeteries become overwhelmed. In the city of Guayaquil, bodies have not been stored properly, and have started to decompose. Al Jazeera’s Lucia Newman reports. WARNING: Some viewers may find some … Read more Ecuador: Families desperate to find relatives’ remains

First coronavirus case detected in Ecuador’s Amazon tribe

The COVID-19 pandemic is hitting the Amazon region in several countries throughout South America. Ecuador has reported the first case among its indigenous Amazon tribes. The patient is a pregnant 17-year-old. In neighboring Colombia, six patients in a remote province have been transferred to the capital of Bogota. #Coronavirus #COVID19 #Amazon Subscribe to us on … Read more First coronavirus case detected in Ecuador’s Amazon tribe

Why are some OPEC nations struggling to make any money right now? | Counting the Cost

Not all OPEC nations are rich and can weather a storm like the coronavirus pandemic with oil prices also sliding into negative territory, however briefly. OPEC cartel leader Saudi Arabia is cutting subsidies and raising taxes but it also has massive foreign currency reserves that can see it through the crisis. But that is not … Read more Why are some OPEC nations struggling to make any money right now? | Counting the Cost

Celebrating Mother’s Day in Latin America amid coronavirus

Mother’s Day in Latin America was celebrated in spite of social distancing and lockdowns to protect against the growing death toll in the region due to the coronavirus pandemic. Brazil, Ecuador and Chile have been particularly hard hit by COVID-19. But in spite of that, people still found novel ways to show their appreciation. Al … Read more Celebrating Mother’s Day in Latin America amid coronavirus

Should big money give poor nations debt relief to fight COVID-19? | Counting the Cost

May 1 was an important day for the world’s poorest nations. It was the day the rich club of G20 nations gave debtors a payment holiday until the end of the year, giving developing nations more headroom to pay for healthcare during the pandemic. Despite more than 100 countries applying to the International Monetary Fund … Read more Should big money give poor nations debt relief to fight COVID-19? | Counting the Cost

Ecuador Indigenous community fears extinction from coronavirus

Ecuador has reported more than 30,000 cases of the coronavirus, so a tiny Indigenous tribe, Siekopai nation, has retreated into the Amazon jungle to escape it. There are only about 700 members of their clan and two elderly men from their community have already died from the disease. Al Jazeera’s Lucia Newman reports. – Subscribe … Read more Ecuador Indigenous community fears extinction from coronavirus

Latin American criminal gangs ‘helping’ battle COVID-19 outbreaks

In Latin American countries like Brazil, Ecuador, Peru and Mexico, it is not just governments which are battling the coronavirus. Organised crime gangs have been quick to publicise their efforts in combating the spread. Al Jazeera’s John Holman reports. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe – Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish – Find us on … Read more Latin American criminal gangs ‘helping’ battle COVID-19 outbreaks

Policy Brief on COVID-19 and persons with disabilities & other topics – Daily Briefing (6 May 2020)

Noon briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General of the United Nations. Highlights: Disabilities policy brief Security Council Ecuador Brazil UNODC/Trafficking ICAO Bay of Bengal Yemen/UNFPA SECRETARY-GENERAL/PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES Today, we released the Secretary-General’s new Policy Brief on COVID-19 and persons with disabilities. The brief shows that the world’s one billion people with disabilities … Read more Policy Brief on COVID-19 and persons with disabilities & other topics – Daily Briefing (6 May 2020)

Impact of COVID-19 on people with disabilities & other topics – Daily Briefing (5 May 2020)

Noon briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General of the United Nations. Highlights: COVID/disability Displaced children Global Compact Libya Brazil DRC Ecuador Yemen Burundi Afghanistan Honduras Plastics/Asia SECRETARY-GENERAL Tomorrow, the Secretary-General will launch his latest COVID-19 policy brief. This one will look at the impact of the virus pandemic on the world’s 1 billion … Read more Impact of COVID-19 on people with disabilities & other topics – Daily Briefing (5 May 2020)

Coronavirus: Bodies were ‘left to rot’ on streets in Ecuador

Sky’s Dominic Waghorn reports on the health crisis in Ecuador as the novel coronavirus strikes an unprepared country. WARNING: This report contains footage of a dead body. SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube channel for more videos: http://www.youtube.com/skynews Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/skynews Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/skynews Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/skynews For more content go … Read more Coronavirus: Bodies were ‘left to rot’ on streets in Ecuador

Ecuador woman learns sister is alive after cremating wrong body

Health workers in Ecuador have apologised for telling a woman her sister had died of the coronavirus, only to find out she was alive and recovering in a hospital. Ecuador’s number of confirmed cases has almost doubled over just two days. And the strain on the health system has begun to show in disturbing ways. … Read more Ecuador woman learns sister is alive after cremating wrong body

Worst of COVID-19 pandemic | Bodies of loved ones lost & cemeteries run out space in Ecuador

Guayaquil is one of the cities hardest-hit by #COVID19 in #Ecuador. Desperate relatives search for bodies of loved-ones amid coronavirus chaos, with mortuaries overwhelmed & cemeteries running out of graves. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/aehs Subscribe to RT! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpwvZwUam-URkxB7g4USKpg?sub_confirmation=1 RT LIVE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFAcqaNzNSc Check out http://rt.com Like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/RTnews Follow us on VK https://vk.com/rt_international Follow us … Read more Worst of COVID-19 pandemic | Bodies of loved ones lost & cemeteries run out space in Ecuador

Coronavirus in Latin America: How bad could it get? – BBC News

Compared to Asia, Europe and North America, the coronavirus pandemic came late to Latin America. But now the region is feeling the full effect on its already stretched healthcare systems and economy. Here’s the latest from our reporters from Brazil, Ecuador, Venezuela, Colombia and Nicaragua. Produced by Mohamed Madi Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog