Every Friday, Viva Travel Guides combs the presses to round up the most relevant and recent Latin America news stories. Here are the Latin American news stories our office talked about during the week of July 3rd to July 9th.
Total Solar Eclipse to Occur on Sunday
[Chile, Argentina] A total solar eclipse will track across the South Pacific on Sunday, and will be visible in Chile and Argentina during sunset. The eclipse can be seen during the day on Easter Island, the Cook Islands, and Wellington Island, among others.
Read more about the Solar Eclipse on www.timeanddate.com.
Watch a video of a harpy eagle attacking a film crew, Courtesy YouTube.com
Harpy Eagle Attacks BBC Film Crew
[Venezuela] When documentary filmmakers attempted to install a camera near a giant harpy eagle nest, a female bird repeatedly dive bombed the crew. Although the crew left unscathed saved for tears in their protective layers, they have now requested riot gear from local police for the rest of filming.
Read more about Harpy Eagle on www.asylum.com.
More than 150 Sought in Puerto Rico Drug Operation
[Puerto Rico] What is being described as the largest drug bust on American territory went down this morning on the west coast of Puerto Rico. According to AP, police “planned to arrest about 170 people and seize more than $1 million in property.”
Read more about the Puerto Rico drug bust on news.yahoo.com.
Tungurahua Volcano in 2004, Courtesy Wikimedia Commons
Tungurahua Volcano Continues to Erupt
[Ecuador] After two weeks of silence, Tungurahua Volcano is again spewing gas and ash. Activity began on Wednesday, and in the last 24 hours there have been eight emissions that have risen up to three miles high. The Geophysical Institute of the National Polytechnic School has classified the explosions as “moderate” in intensity.
Read more about Tungurahua Volcano at www.hoy.com (in Spanish).
52 Political Prisoners Freed, Dissident Ends Hunger Strike
[Cuba] After 135 days, a Cuban dissident named Guillermo Farinas agreed to end his hunger strike when Havana agreed to free 52 ill political prisoners. Farinas has conducted 23 hunger strikes as protests to different elements of the Cuban regime. The strike was mediated by the Catholic Church.
Read more about the hunger strike at www.bbc.co.uk.
Ecuadorian Drug Submarine, Courtesy the DEA via Fox News
Drug Submarine Seized in Ecuador
[Ecuador] With help from the U.S. DEA, authorities in Ecuador seized a 30-foot submarine intended to carry multiple tons of cocaine. The submarine had been constructed in the remote jungle near the Ecuador-Columbia border.
Read more the submarine bust on www.foxnews.com.
Panama Strikers Seize Four Cops in Labor Clash
[Panama] Four police officers are being held hostage by striking banana workers in Panama. Workers have been upset since the Panamanian President signed a law last month that lessens the power of unions and gives companies power to suspend the contracts of striking workers to hire replacements. On Friday, one man was killed and 102 people were treated for injuries after police fired tear gas and buckshot at strikers who had blocked roads with trees.
Read more about the labor clash over Bananas on www.alertnet.org.
12 Inmates Die in Uruguay Prison Fire
[Uruguay] A short-circuiting heater is believed to be the cause of a prison fire in Uruguay that left twelve inmates dead and eight hospitalized with serious burns. The overcrowded prison built for 60 houses twice as many inmates.
Read more about the prison fire on www.comcast.net.
Paul (or Pablo?) the Octopus, Courtesy Wikimedia Commons
Spaniards Wish to Rechristen Paul the Octopus as Pablo
After a psychic sea creature predicted Spain as the winner of the World Cup, the Spanish team declared their love for the octopus and wants to rechristen him “Pablo.” All the predictions Paul the Octopus has made in the World Cup have come true.
Read more about Paul the Octopus on www.sify.com.