The BL News—Across Latin America-02-25-2019

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The BL news-across Latin America-02-25-2019

-Blockade of humanitarian aid at the Colombia-Venezuela border leads to violent clashes
- Mexico elevates video games to the category of professional sport
-40% of Chile's water reserves plundered in 30 years
- Peru seeks to position itself in the Mexican publishing market

Blockade of humanitarian aid at the Colombia-Venezuela border leads to violent clashes.

The first attempt to bring international humanitarian aid into Venezuela generated violent confrontations that resulted in several deaths and dozens of wounded.

The riots occurred at several points along the Colombian-Venezuelan border, where members of the Venezuelan security forces fired tear gas at the crowd, which responded by throwing stones.
On the Venezuelan side of the Francisco de Paula Santander border bridge, two trucks loaded with humanitarian aid that attempted to enter Venezuela caught fire.
The government of Nicolás Maduro and the Venezuelan opposition led by Juan Guaidó, recognized as interim president of Venezuela by some 50 countries, accused each other of the fire.
Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosello announced that the humanitarian aid ship he sent to Venezuela had to stop because the Venezuelan Navy threatened to open fire
Colombia decreed the closure of border crossings with Venezuela until Tuesday to assess the damage caused.

Mexico elevates video games to the category of professional sport.

Mexico announced that video games, known as E-Sports, will be elevated to the category of professional sports and there will be international tournaments.

The initiative has sparked controversy as digital games are not related to physical exercise.
Parents, educators, and doctors also noted that the proposal appears to be the work of the multi-billion dollar video game industry.
They pointed out that video game companies want to expand the market by generating expectations of fame and wealth among the youngest.
The professionals also warned that video games had become a concern as they lead to isolation, and reduce creativity, affective capacity and reasoning of players.
They warned that these games produce severe mental and physical disorders.

40% of Chile's water reserves plundered in 30 years

A report by the General Water Directorate warned that Chile had lost nearly 40 percent of its water reserves in the last 30 years.

Rodrigo Mundaca, leader of the Movement for Access to Water, reported that the dramatic fall is due to the appropriation and irrational use of natural resources, which has led the Chilean government.
He pointed out that Chile is the only country in the world that has had its sources and water management privatized since the 1980s when the problem began.
It should be stressed that water is a crucial factor determining the economic and social development of a nation, and at the same time, it is a fundamental element for the protection of ecosystems.

Peru seeks to position itself in the Mexican publishing market.

Peru installs its first business center abroad, specifically in Mexico, to export various services.

The Foreign Trade and Tourism Minister, Edgar Vásquez, said they would start exporting books, for which he sent a container with 30,500 publications from 14 Peruvian publishers.
Vasquez explained that in this way Peru seeks to enter the Mexican publishing market, one of the largest in the world, where hundreds of millions of dollars are traded annually.
He also noted that Mexico became a strategic market for Peruvian exports since it signed the new trade agreement with the United States and Canada.

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