Plus football, flowers and frog research – all hot off the international press.
Football’s coming home
Local fans were delighted by the South American Football Confederation news that the 2020 Copa America will be jointly hosted by Colombia and Argentina. The South American championship has historically changed the years it’s been held sporadically, but plans to move it to two years after each World Cup mean that the 2020 event will follow quickly on the heels of Brazil 2019.
If you can’t stand the heat….
Even Venezuelan strongman Nicolas Maduro’s own family were finding their own country too hot for comfort, according to Associated Press: ten of his close relatives were bounced out of Colombia after trying to escape the ‘unbearable heat’ of their power-outed homeland
Meanwhile, many media outlets were amused by Bogotá’s ‘pasty protests’ following the fining of a citizen for purchasing an empanada from a street stall, part of a clumsy campaign by cops to reclaim the streets from vendors, wrote Colombia Reports. After a rush of pasty-related crimes – including locals taunting
Overburdening bureaucracy was also foiling frog research in one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots, said Science Mag, quoting Colombian scientists who are hopping mad with years of red tape just to get permission for DNA samples from rare amphibians. Researchers are hoping common sense will prevail at the new Science Ministry.
Meanwhile, moving photos of homemade prosthetics featured in the UK’s Guardian. Many poor victims of landmines here in Colombia – 11,500 since 1992 – have turned to household materials to make their own artificial limbs from wood, leather, furniture, metal and plastic bottles.
Insights into Colombia’s cut flower industry came from Business Insider reporting on how 150 million roses were shipped worldwide for Valentine’s Day. Exports now top US$1.4 billion a year, just short of coffee and gold. More than 80% go to the US.
Also on a flowery note, Ozy charted the life of hip-hop gardener Luis Ramirez, aka AKA, a Medellin artist fusing music and the greening of gritty urban spaces to sow peace in the city’s troubled
Plants can lower crime rates, said the article. That said, it might depend on the sort of plant!