EU re-opens borders to visitors from 18 countries.Uruguay is the first Latinoamerican country in the approved a draft list
According to diplomatic sources, EU Committee of Permanent Representatives yesterday approved a draft list of 18 countries, to whom the European Union’s borders will start re-opening on July 1. The list includes Argelia, Australia, Balkanes states, Canada, China, Georgia, Japan, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zelannd, Ruanda, Serbia, South Korea, Uruguay, Vaticano. However, according to the sources, the consultations with China were still ongoing.
Russia and the United States were not included into the list, in line with epidemiological criteria. The document is yet to be formally agreed by the Council of the European Union next week. The list of countries that is currently being drafted by the EU will be reviewed regularly and will be expanded later. Earlier, the European Commission called on all member states to reopen all domestic borders by June 15. Moreover…

Uruguay turns its airport into a drive-in

As the pandemic cancels flights, Uruguay turns its airport into a drive-in
Entertainment-starved Uruguayans can enjoy a socially distanced movie from their own vehicle with snacks just a WhatsApp away
With commercial flights cancelled around much of the world because of the coronavirus pandemic, one country has adapted its main airport to a new use: as a drive-in cinema. Instead of planes flying in and out of Uruguay’s Carrasco international airport, cars are now arriving nightly for Uruguayans to enjoy a socially distanced movie in the safety of their own vehicle. “It was fantastic,” said dentist Cecilia Muttoni who recently went to a screening of Sonic the Hedgehog with her 29-year-old daughter. “It was the chance to have a communal experience but with each car being its own private universe.” Uruguay closed all entertainment venues, including cinemas, when it went into lockdown on 13 March. The country also closed its borders for all air traffic except chartered repatriation flights…
Why Is Uruguay Beating Latin America’s Coronavirus Curse?
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- As the novel coronavirus cyclones through Latin America, it has staggered almost every nation. So how to explain Uruguay? Its infection rate of 2.1 cases per million inhabitants is the second lowest in South America and already falling, with just 22 fatalities by May 27. Ahead of many of its neighbors, Uruguay is already glimpsing a safe return to economic normalcy. 

It might not have turned out this way. The nation of 3.5 million people is rife with risks. It is the Latin American nation with the largest share of elderly, and all but 4% of the national population lives in cities. Those are the kind of demographics made for contagion. Uruguay is wedged between ailing giants: Brazil is the pandemic’s new epicenter, while Argentina was already nearing economic collapse when it defaulted on its debt last week.
And yet — stricken neighbors take note — Uruguay has not only contained the outbreak, it has done s…
“Gracias Uruguay”: stranded “Greg Mortimer” Australian cruisers will be back on Easter SundayUruguay has safely repatriated 734 cruisers from 41 different nationalities.
With a large improvised banner reading “Gracias Uruguay” (Thank you Uruguay) on starboard the COVID-19 infected “Greg Mortimer” finally docked in the port of Montevideo on Friday and at 22:00 Uruguay hour started the medical evacuation of over a hundred cruisers from Australia and New Zealand who are to be charter flown to Melbourne, and expected to arrive on Easter Sunday. The evacuation operation is the culmination of several days of coordination discussions between Uruguay, Australia, with the cooperation of the cruise ship operator Aurora Expeditions and their local agent in Montevideo, Universal Shipping Agency, which helped with the overall operation to end the two-week ordeal of the “Greg Mortimer”, passengers and crew members. The Greg Mortimer, purpose-built for expeditions to the most remote places on earth,…

Uruguay: The world’s marijuana pioneer

Uruguay: The world’s marijuana pioneer

Uruguay was the first country in the world to legalise recreational cannabis. Five years after its pioneering law was passed, how's the industry getting on? "We sold a lot of cannabis on the first day," says Esteban Riviera, who owns a large, modern-looking pharmacy in Montevideo, Uruguay's capital. "We sold 1,250 packages in six hours. There was a two-block queue to get marijuana." The legal sale of cannabis had been much anticipated. Sales began on 19 July 2017, more than three-and-a-half years after Uruguay's marijuana law had been passed. "It took them time, the government said, because they want to do it precisely and step by step," explains Guillermo Draper, a Uruguayan journalist who's co-written a book on his country's pioneering experiment.

Marijuana can only be sold in Pharmacies. Customers queue outside a pharmacy to buy cannabis But this assiduous approach to implementing the marijuana law wa…
Uruguay makes history in Rugby World Cup defeating Fiji 30/27

Uruguay inflicted one of the great Rugby World Cup shocks on Fiji, holding out for a famous win over the supremely talented Pacific islanders. A first-half blitz saw the Uruguayans run in three tries inside the opening 25 minutes. Santiago Arata, Manuel Diana, and Juan Manuel Cat all dotting down in a back-and-forth affair. The boot of Felipe Berchesi helped them take a 12 -24 half-time lead.

And though Fiji ran in five tries in the contest, their second-half scores went unconverted and two penalties from Berchesi kept them out of reach. Uruguay had only ever won two games at the World Cup and are ranked nine places below Fiji, but they capitalized on an error-strewn performance by John McKee’s side, whose hopes of qualifying for the knock-out stages above Wales or Australia are now dashed. The thrilling game had a much deeper significance as it was played in Kamaishi, one of the towns hardest-hit by the 2011 earthquake and…
A Twelve-Year Night

At first sight, La noche de 12 años (A Twelve-Year Night) could pass as a story of survival. The real story of three political prisoners in Uruguay who, in 1972, were taken from their prison cells in a secret military operation that lasted twelve years. Among them is Pepe Mujica, who would later become president of Uruguay.

But the Uruguayan Golden Globe entry, co-produced with Spain and Argentina, is also a story of integrity. How long can a person fight and maintain their integrity? And above all La noche de 12 años is a descent into the abyss to witness the brutality of those in power versus the imagination and the will to live of those who ultimately won.

This is the third feature film by the Uruguayan, Madrid-based director Alvaro Brechner. The movie is inspired by the book Memorias del Calabozo, written by Mauricio Rosencof and Eleuterio Fernández Huidobro, who, along with José "Pepe" Mujica, were secretly moved between more than 40 jails d…