Jos Buttler and Sam Curran are in line to receive Test central contacts from England at the end of the month after proving instrumental in the 4-1 series win over India. England have split their annual deals into red- and white-ball cricket since the end of the 2016 season, the former continuing as straight replacements for county contracts and the latter paying salaries to short-form players on top of their domestic arrangements. Buttler has been on an England white-ball deal for the past two years but after Ed Smith, the national selector, called him up for Test duty at the start of the season following a dominant display in the Indian Premier League, he has become central to Joe Root’s side. The 28-year-old was England’s leading batsman against the red Dukes ball this summer, with 510 runs at an average of 46. He compiled four half-centuries and a maiden hundred through his impressively watchful 106 against India at Trent Bridge. Buttler was also appointed to the … [Read more...] about England to reward Jos Buttler and Sam Curran with central contracts
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The rural city of Elorza, in the southwestern state of Apure, is known as the "capital of Venezuelan folklore" and on Monday, it inaugurated its yearly festivities for the patron Saint Joseph with a fresh new currency. Locals and out-of-towners will be permitted to use the city's namesake currency, "the elorza," to buy artisanal goods, food, drinks, to attend traditional music concerts and bet on cockfights, among other activities. Money will flow on the city's yearly festival, despite the deep economic crisis that plagues the South American country. Read more: Venezuelan exodus is Colombia's burden The mayor of Elorza, Solfredis Solorzano, a member of the governing PSUV party, introduced the currency measure so that the country's hyperinflation and shortage of bolivares, Venezuela's official currency, would not be an impediment to carrying out the celebrations. The local press announced that 50,000 and 100,000 elorzas would be available to exchange for bolivares. The controversial … [Read more...] about Venezuelans launch new currencies amid economic crisis
The popularity of the avocado in the US and rising prices for the “superfood” are fuelling deforestation in central Mexico. Mexican farmers can make much higher profits growing avocados than from most other crops and so are thinning out pine forests to plant young avocado trees. Such is the size of the market that it has become a lucrative business for Mexico’s drug gangs, with extortion money paid to criminal organisations such as Los Caballeros Templarios (The Knights Templar) in Michoacán – the state that produces most of Mexico’s avocados – estimated at 2bn pesos ($109m) a year. Mario Tapia Vargas, a researcher at Mexico’s National Institute for Forestry, Farming and Fisheries Research, told the Associated Press: “Even where they [the farmers] aren’t visibly cutting down forest, there are avocados growing underneath [the pine boughs], and sooner or later they’ll cut down the pines completely.” Farmers in the … [Read more...] about Rising avocado prices fuelling illegal deforestation in Mexico
Venezuelans head to the polls on Sunday, where President Nicolas Maduro hopes to be re-elected to a second term. But far from the chaos and crises of their homeland, a growing number of Venezuelans are forging new lives abroad, as part of a diaspora that has spread all over the globe. Read more:Venezuelan exodus is Colombia's burden Marisabel Lara (32) and Andrea Biaggi (31) are skilled migrants who left it all behind to begin new lives in Germany, a country they knew little about. The exact figure of Venezuelan emigration has been difficult to compute. Since government figures are not available, NGOs have had to do the work. The UN estimates Venezuelan emigration at 1.5 million worldwide. Watch video 05:06 Share Venezuelans flee to Brazil Send Facebook Twitter google+ Whatsapp Tumblr linkedin stumble Digg reddit Newsvine Permalink https://p.dw.com/p/2xPQu Venezuela’s crisis spills over to Brazil Tomas Paez, sociologist at Venezuela's … [Read more...] about Can Germany be a new home for young Venezuelans?
As the sun sets in the sizzling border town of Cucuta, Colombia, Jesus Campos and his wife Gabriela, leave their humble home with several purses hanging from their necks. The couple, from neighboring Venezuela, walks through a local market and a public square, trying to sell a bunch of colorful handbags and wallets they've carefully stitched together throughout the day. Read more: Venezuelans launch new currencies amid economic crisis But these are not your regular accessories: Each purse is made out of 800 Venezuelan bolivar bills that have been tightly folded and woven together into a large rectangular pocket. Each wallet is made with 200 pieces of Venezuela's increasingly worthless currency. Campos says that the bolivar bills he uses to make one purse couldn't even buy him a large soft drink in Venezuela. In Colombia, he sells his large handbags for around $10 (€8.40), enough to buy a kilo of beef, a loaf of bread, some vegetables and the soda bottle he couldn't cover afford … [Read more...] about Venezuela’s worthless currency turns into bags of money