The BL News-—across Latin America-02-26-2019


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The BL News—across Latin America-02-26-2019

-Mike Pence urges leaders to take a position with Venezuela
-López Obrador announces the approval of Thermoelectric plant in Huexca
-28,000 kiosks closed in the last two years in Argentina
- A whale is found in the Brazilian jungle

Mike Pence urges leaders to take a position with Venezuela.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence urged the international community to freeze the assets of Petróleos De Venezuela.

With this measure, the United States intends to cut one of the central sources of income of the government of Nicolás Maduro.

It will also impose new sanctions on the socialist leaders of the South American country, including those named as responsible for the weekend riots on the Colombian-Venezuelan border, which resulted in at least five deaths.

He promised 56 million dollars to the countries of the region to help overthrow Maduro, whom he described as a usurper.

And he called on the global community to support opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who has been recognized as Venezuela's interim president by some 50 countries.

He also announced that the United States is looking for new places on the Colombian-Venezuelan border to try to get in humanitarian aid.

López Obrador announces the approval of Thermoelectric plant in Huexca.

The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, said the Citizen Consultation approved that the thermoelectric plant in Huexca starts operating.

The project, which remained stalled and unfinished, was supported by nearly 60 percent of the 56,000 participants.
The president said that Mexico will produce energy and will no longer have to buy it from foreign countries at high prices.

the residents of Huexca protested because they assure that the thermoelectric plant will affect their lands and the water they use for consumption and irrigation of their crops.

In the construction of the thermoelectric plant in the state of Morelos, which also includes a 170-kilometer pipeline, Mexico invested more than one billion dollars.

28,000 kiosks closed in the last two years in Argentina

A report revealed that in the last two years 28,000 kiosks have closed in Argentina.

The “Unión de Kiosqueros de la República Argentina” denounced that the closures are because public service tariffs increased while salaries and pensions fell, which has ended up affecting the sales of SMEs and retailers.

They also attributed the closures to the difficulty of accessing credit, and to the banking cost of using credit and debit cards.

The kiosk guild warned that casualties would continue to occur if no action is taken.

A whale is found in the Brazilian jungle.

Authorities in the Brazilian state of Pará found the body of a humpback whale in the jungle.

The dead cetacean, which was 15 meters from the shore of Araruna beach in a forest area, corresponds to a one-year-old calf about eight meters long.

Scientists at the local Maura Elisabeth Moraes institute stated that the whale could have died at sea and that later a heavy tide would have swept it inland.

To determine the cause of death, the specialists, who confirmed that there were no visible wounds, will perform an autopsy.

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