May 20th, 2019.
In Bolivia, a soccer referee collapsed on the field during a match of the local national championship, and died later in the hospital. The event rekindled the debate on whether soccer should be played at high altitudes. Bolsonaro’s gun decree may spark a backlash from foreign airlines and governments, reducing the number of flights to Brazil and increasing the price of plane tickets. At least 12 federal universities have already implemented quota systems for transsexual students. The measure is being questioned by jurists based on the equality of access to education established by the Constitution. Venezuelans flood back into the Roraima city of Pacaraima after the reopening of the borders between Brazil and Venezuela. The local economy is getting a huge boost, and people from the neighboring country have even been filling up their cars with local gas. Finally, the US president Donald Trump’s peace plan for the Middle East begins to get off the drawing board after the scheduling of an economic conference in Bahrain next month.
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Soccer referee collapses during game and dies at hospital in Bolivia
32-year-old Bolivian referee Víctor Hugo Hurtado died on Sunday after collapsing during a soccer match between Always Ready and Oriente Petrolero for the Bolivian national championship. The match was played at Villa Ingenio de El Alto Stadium, located at more than 4 thousand meters above sea level. The incident rekindled the debate on whether FIFA should ban matches at high-altitude locations.
Gun decree may cause foreign airlines to cancel flights to Brazil
Airlines and representatives of foreign governments have expressed their concern about the gun decree signed two weeks ago by president Jair Bolsonaro. To their understanding, the president could allow people carrying firearms to board commercial flights, which could lead foreign companies to cancel flights to Brazil and increase ticket fares. The issue will be discussed by government technicians next week at a meeting to be held with representatives of the International Civil Aviation Organization.
At least 12 federal universities have quotas for trans students
After Afro-Brazilians, indi
genous people, people with disabilities and the low-income population, federal universities have created a new quota policy for transsexual people. According to a survey conducted by Folha de S. Paulo, 12 out of the 63 public universities have specific quotas for such students. The measure, which is not mandatory by law, has been questioned by jurists for straying from the merit-based equality of access to education established by the Brazilian Constitution.
Venezuelans flood into Brazil after reopening of borders
The reopening of the Brazil-Venezuela border last week increased the inflow of Venezuelans crossing into the neighboring country to shop at Pacaraima, Roraima. In a curious turn of events, Venezuelans have crossed into Brazil even to fill up their cars with local gas. The movement of foreign customers not only shook up the local commercial, hotel, and service-provision scenes, but also boosted the local economy from R$ 500 thousand to R$ 2 million per day.
Trump’s Middle East peace plan begins to get off the drawing board
After more than two years of deliberation, the peace plan promised by US president Donald Trump to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict began to be drafted on Sunday. Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, announced an international economic conference in Bahrain in late June to “encourage investments in Palestinian sectors”. The “Peace for Prosperity” event will be held in Manama on June 25th and 26th; government representatives, business leaders and members of civil society from the Middle East will share ideas and discuss strategies for the future peace agreement.