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Agency Brief: Easter Burgers, bathwater and Ad Age news

We're starting this week's brief with some exciting news of our own. Ad Age has hired Lindsay Rittenhouse (below) to be our new agency reporter. Many of you already know Lindsay from Adweek, where she was a staff writer covering agencies and their clients. Along the way, she has worked at The Times of Trenton (a fellow New Jerseyan), TheStreet and its sister paper the Deal Pipeline. She brings a lot of enthusiasm and some fresh ideas about how to cover the beat and elevate our coverage. "I’m ...


Colombians stage kiss-a-thon in support of LGBT rights

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Dozens of same sex couples kissed simultaneously outside an upscale shopping mall in Colombia’s capital, in the latest demonstration calling for LGBT rights in the South American country. The “kiss-a-thon” was held just days after two gay men in their early 20s were harassed at the Andino shopping center. The incident […]
Tags: News, Colombia, Nation, Bogota, Colombia AP


How to tap into Colombia's rhythm

Y ou can think of every place as having its own rhythm — the attitudes local people inhabit as they move through their day, the symphony of sounds and smells that define the larger cities, the chorus of endemic flora and fauna infusing natural landscapes. In Colombia, that rhythm is the one you feel pulsing through the streets with a cumbia beat. It’s the Colombian version of joie de vivre evident in the people here, a kind of stubborn optimism born out of hard times, manifest in the genuine f...
Tags: Travel, Food, Music, Time, Colombia, Nature, Things To Do, Cano Cristales, Bogota, All, Trip Planning, Cartagena, Cali, Ciudad Perdida, Tayrona, Boyaca


Car-free Sundays are the norm in Colombia's capital city, Bogot

Imagine your city without cars — every single Sunday. At first, you might be frustrated by the inconvenience and inability to complete errands, but once you embrace the throngs of bikes, recognize your friends and neighbors among the people out for a stroll or attend a Zumba class at what was once a congested intersection, it’s likely to become one of your favorite traditions. For 45 years, the Colombian city of Bogotá has closed its major roads for Ciclovía, a weekly event where cyclists and p...
Tags: Design, France, La, Features, Colombia, Public Health, Bicycles, South Africa, Cycling, Bicycle, Cape Town, Community, Vox, National Geographic, Bogota, Green Transportation


WTA roundup: Anisimova, 17, claims first title in Bogota

American teenager Amanda Anisimova rallied from a set and a break down to defeat Australia's Astra Sharma 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 for her first career title Sunday at the Claro Open Colsanitas in Bogota, Colombia. The championship match began with five straight breaks of serve. Sharma broke the 17-year-old for a fourth time to take a 5-4 lead and then took the opening set with four winners, including an ace, in the next game.
Tags: News, Australia, Bogota, Sharma, Anisimova, Amanda Anisimova, Astra Sharma


Teen Anisimova Takes First WTA Title Over Sharma In Bogota

Amanda Anisimova's first title will always be . [Author: [email protected]]
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Colombian football rocked by allegations girls were sexually abused

Bogota (AFP) – A scandal is brewing in Colombian football as allegations of discrimination and sexual abuse targeting teenage girls has shocked the nation. Colombia’s own #MeToo movement is emerging following painful testimony from a former physiotherapist who worked with one of Colombia’s national age group teams. Carolina Rozo, 38, disclosed she had fallen into depression after she was personally targeted by an alleged sexual predator, the coach of the women’s Under-17 team, Didier Luna. In a...
Tags: France, Sport, Colombia, Soccer, Luna, Bogota, Afp, Rozo, Carolina Rozo, Didier Luna, Alejandro Pino


A safe place for Venezuelan refugees in Colombia

Venezuela (MNN) – 3.4 million Venezuelan citizens, about ten percent of the population, have fled the country because of the economic crisis and political turmoil.  The United Nations estimates that the number of people fleeing will continue increasing and that there may be as many as 5.3 million Venezuelan refugees and migrants by the end of 2019. The Largest Migration in Latin America “It’s actually the largest migration in the modern history of Latin America,” Bethany Christian Services...
Tags: Colombia, Chile, United Nations, Brazil, Argentina, Un, Venezuela, Ecuador, UNHCR, Latin America, Bogota, Bethany, GLEASON, Bethany Christian Services, Kristi Gleason, Cucuta


UNICEF: Venezuelan children on the move need help

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Across Colombia’s capital, Venezuelan children, including infants, spend hours at busy intersections while their migrant parents sell candy or ask motorists for a few coins to get through another day after fleeing their homeland in search of a better life. The impact of Venezuela’s devastating economic, social and political problems has […]
Tags: News, Colombia, Nation, Venezuela, Unicef, Bogota, Colombia AP


Cities that are banning cars

According to the US Census Bureau, about 80 percent of Americans now live in urban areas. Globally, that number is 54 percent and on the rise. City centers are more clogged than ever. Inrix, which releases an annual Global Traffic Scorecard, found that traffic congestion costs the average American more than $1,300 per year — along with 97 hours of their time. Many cities, including London, San Diego, and Brussels, have implemented congestion tolls of varying forms and with varying degrees of su...
Tags: Travel, Cars, Spain, Barcelona, Colombia, Paris, Mexico City, Belgium, Norway, Brussels, Madrid, BICI, Hamburg, Ghent, Inrix, Car-free


So, I Got Stabbed in Colombia

Posted: 4/2/2019 | April 2nd, 2019 Editor’s Note: I wavered on writing about this for a long time since I didn’t want to put people off on Colombia or perptuate the myth that danger lurks around every corner. As you can tell from my posts here, here, here, and here, I really love the country. I mean it’s awesome. (And there will be plenty more blog posts about how great it is.) But I blog about all my experiences – good or bad – and this story is a good lesson on travel safety, the importance o...
Tags: Travel, Colombia, South America, Bogota, Don, Best Insurance, La Candelaria, Common Travel Insurance Questions, Apple Watches, Forget Travel Insurance Travel, Dar Papaya


20 Things to See and Do in Bogotá

Posted: 03/25/2019 | March 25th, 2019 The capital of Colombia, Bogotá was the home to the region’s indigenous people, the Muisca, when the Spanish came around plundering gold and resources, and it’s been the country’s main city ever since. Before I went, everyone told me Bogotá wasn’t anything special: dirty, crowded, hard to get around, and lacking the charm of the other big cities in Colombia. “Spend a few days there and move on,” they all said. Well, I spent a few days there — and then a f...
Tags: Travel, Colombia, South America, Carrera, Latin America, Bogota, Carmen, Andes, Calle, Monserrate, La Puerta Falsa, Naples Italy, CRA, Fernando Botero, Simon Bolivar, La Candelaria


Venezuelan power struggle creates diplomatic duel abroad

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — When Lorena Delgado approached the Venezuelan consulate in Colombia’s capital on a recent afternoon hoping to extend the life of her expiring passport, she found the metal gates to the languishing building shuttered. Days earlier, Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro had severed ties with the neighboring Andean nation where over a million […]
Tags: News, Colombia, Nation, Nicolás Maduro, Bogota, Colombia AP, Lorena Delgado


Magnitude 6.1 quake rattles nerves in southwestern Colombia

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A magnitude 6.1 earthquake that struck in Colombia shook buildings and frightened residents, but does not appear to have caused any damage. The U.S. Geological Survey reports the mid-afternoon quake Saturday took place near El Dovio, about 200 miles (325 kilometers) south of Medellin. Colombians reported feeling the quake as far […]
Tags: News, Colombia, Nation, Medellin, Bogota, U S Geological Survey, Colombia AP, El Dovio


Ex Colombia soccer star arrested for drug shipments

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Former Southampton and Portsmouth midfielder Jhon Viafara has been arrested in his native Colombia on a U.S. drug warrant, officials said Wednesday. Colombia’s chief prosecutor’s office said that prosecutors in Texas believe Viafara was part of a criminal network tied to the nation’s feared Gulf cartel, which for a decade moved […]
Tags: Texas, News, Sports, Colombia, Soccer, Nation, Southampton, Portsmouth, Bogota, Gulf, Colombia AP, Jhon Viafara, Viafara


This is Not Your Parent’s Colombia

Posted: 3/14/2019 | March 14th, 2019 Colombia’s troubled past – cartels, paramilitaries, poverty, petty crime — casts a long shadow that still reaches to today. The country is still viewed by many as a place where danger lurks around every corner.* Having grown up hearing stories of Colombian drug lords, kidnappings, murders, and muggings, these ghosts haunted the back of my mind as prepared to visit the country. Was the country going to be safe? Should I bring my electronics? The stories and...
Tags: Travel, Google, Europe, Colombia, United States, South America, Medellin, Bogota, Cartagena, Don, Cali, National Liberation Army, San Agustin, Popayan, United States Colombia, Tatacoa


This is Not Your Parents’ Colombia

Posted: 3/14/2019 | March 14th, 2019 Colombia’s troubled past – cartels, paramilitaries, poverty, petty crime — casts a long shadow that still reaches to today. The country is still viewed by many as a place where danger lurks around every corner.* Having grown up hearing stories of Colombian drug lords, kidnappings, murders, and muggings, these ghosts haunted the back of my mind as prepared to visit the country. Was the country going to be safe? Should I bring my electronics? The stories and...
Tags: South America, Colombia


AP Explains: What's behind Venezuela's historic blackout?

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A massive blackout that left millions of Venezuelans without power has triggered one persistent question: How could a country with the world's largest proven oil reserves go dark?
Tags: Science, Ap, Venezuela, Bogota, Colombia AP


An urban wetland springs to life among Bogotas high rises

An open plaza in Bogota’s northeastern business district has been radically transformed from a place of pure pavement to a vibrant urban wetland. Colombian architecture firm Obraestudio completed the project in 2016 in the Santa Barbara business center to revitalize the outdoor common space shared by the Torres Unidas Building, Scotia Bank, Samsung, AR and W Hotel towers. Covering an area of over two acres, the architects injected a lush aquatic landscape into the public-facing plaza, creating ...
Tags: Garden, Design, Colombia, Gallery, Urban Design, Wetlands, Santa Barbara, Bogota, Public Plaza, Landscape Architecture, Landscape Design, Green Roofs, Rainwater Recycling, Native Species, Bogotas, Natural Habitat


Colombia: Even Maduro’s relatives seeking relief from outage

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The blackout engulfing Venezuela is forcing many to seek refuge — even, as it turns out, President Nicolas Maduro’s own relatives. Authorities in neighboring Colombia said the leader’s cousin, Argimiro Maduro, along with his spouse, children and extended relatives, approached a border checkpoint leading into Colombia on Monday seeking relief from […]
Tags: News, Colombia, Nation, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Bogota, Maduro, Colombia AP, Argimiro Maduro


Colombia: Even Maduro's relatives seeking relief from outage

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The blackout engulfing Venezuela is forcing many to seek refuge — even, as it turns out, President Nicolas Maduro's own relatives.
Tags: News, Colombia, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Bogota, Maduro, Colombia AP


Colombia’s female soccer players fight for level field

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — On a recent weeknight, Sara Pulecio dribbled a soccer ball gracefully through a set of orange cones, and jumped repeatedly over small obstacles placed by coaches along a field, to develop more strength in her legs. The soccer clinic, organized by a global sports apparel brand, gave Pulecio and several professional […]
Tags: News, Sports, Colombia, Soccer, Bogota, Colombia AP, Sara Pulecio, Pulecio


Solo Female Travel in Colombia — Is It Safe?

Is it safe for a woman to travel alone in Colombia? I wanted to find out for myself. One of the main reasons why I traveled to Colombia alone was to report for you, dear readers, on what it was like to experience the country as a solo female traveler. I visited Colombia for just under three weeks and explored Cartagena, Medellín, Guatapé, El Peñol, Salento, the Valle de Cocora, Bogotá, and Zipaquirá. In a single trip I hit up most of the major tourist destinations in the country. Tell your fami...
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Venezuela blackout caused by 'US attack', defence minister claims

Two-day power cut is worst in country’s recent history‘This is an aggression designed to destabilise’ A man stands on a dark corridor at Miguel Pérez Carreno hospital, in Caracas, during the worst power outage in Venezuela’s history, on Friday. Photograph: Matias Delacroix/AFP/Getty Images Venezuela’s defense minister has accused the United States of masterminding a crippling power cut that has left virtually the entire South American country without electricity and stirred fears that its cri...
Tags: News, Obama, Washington, US, Colombia, Britain, United States, Venezuela, Associated Press, Nicolás Maduro, Bogota, Caracas, Zarate, Maduro, Hugo Chavez, Lara


Colombia's teenage ballet dancer with international hopes

Jhojan is 14 from Bogotá and wants to be "the best dancer in the world".
Tags: News, Colombia, Bogota


Colombians await One Hundred Years of Solitude screen adaptation with joy and fear

Can Netflix’s screen adaptation capture the richness of Gabriel García Márquez’s landmark novel?Like the cloud of yellow butterflies which follows one of the characters through the fantastical world of One Hundreds Years of Solitude, the legacy of Gabriel García Márquez hovers restlessly over Colombia – a country which has often seemed poised between beauty and tragedy.“It’s hard to overstate how important and masterful One Hundred Years of Solitude is,” said Andrés Camilo Ramírez, the young own...
Tags: Books, Americas, Colombia, Netflix, Bogota, Gabriel García Márquez, Andrés Camilo Ramírez, Maestros Grandes


In Bogota, You Have Two Four Seasons Hotels to Choose From

There are very few cities in the world that have two Four Seasons hotels and they are mostly cities with a flood of BP and C-level business travelers, such as Boston, New York, and London. You can add a city from Latin America to that list though: Bogota, Colombia. Four Seasons Casa Medina A while back we had a correspondent write a whole new review of Casa Medina in Colombia, which we've had in our listings from the start. We needed to start over to reflect all the changes that have come th...
Tags: Travel, London, Colombia, Four Seasons, Latin America, Cuisine, Bogota, Santo Domingo, Luxury Latin America, Top Hotels, Colombia Travel, Luxury Colombia Travel, Luxury Hotels Colombia, Spas, Casa Medina, Seasons Hotel Bogotá


FIFA, CONMEBOL condemn alleged sexual abuse of Colombian women players

Bogota (AFP) – World football’s governing body FIFA and CONMEBOL, South America’s top body, hit out on Tuesday at accusations of sexual abuse and harassment in Colombian women’s football. The two bodies said in a... Visit http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com for the rest of the story.
Tags: Sport, Soccer, Fifa, South America, Bogota, Afp, FIFA CONMEBOL


'Let's go Venezuela!': Juan Guaidó calls for nationwide protests as he announces return to the country

Venezuela was yesterday in a state of anxious expectation as the country braced for the return of Juan Guaidó, the self-declared president locked in a deepening leadership standoff with Nicolas Maduro. Mr Guaidó has vowed to re-enter the country after slipping out to neighbouring Colombia to lead the attempted passage of aid just over a week ago. In violation of a travel ban, he risks arrest upon his return, a move that could tip the South American nation further into chaos after weeks of deadly...
Tags: News, Eu, Colombia, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Panama, Nancy, Bogota, Caracas, Maduro, Hugo Chavez, Juan Carlos Varela, Chacao, Barcroft Media, Sabana Grande, Juan Guaido


Colombia peace tribunal lawyer accused of taking bribe

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Authorities say they caught an attorney with Colombia’s special peace tribunal taking money to influence the controversial decision of whether or not to extradite a top rebel peace negotiator detained on drug charges. The office of Colombia’s chief prosecutor announced Friday that Carlos Bermeo and four other suspects were captured at […]
Tags: News, Colombia, Nation, Bogota, Colombia AP, Carlos Bermeo