It’s not often that a city known for its 7 a.m. breakfast meetings and workaholic residents also gains renown as a premier party town. Yet in Medellin, Colombia, the paradox begins to make sense very late on a raucous Friday night, when I find myself in a packed nightclub discussing the finer points of entrepreneurialism and urban planning between shots of 60-proof aguardiente. And that’s before I’m hugged by a mustachioed dwarf in a mariachi outfit.
At a makeshift camp outside a Drummond Co. coal mine in northern Colombia, roughly 200 strikers played cards as fellow-worker and evangelical pastor Jehiz Castrillon urged them to stand fast in their fight for more pay.
Isagen SA, operator of Colombia’s largest hydropower plant, rose the most in four years after President Juan Manuel Santos said the government was boosting by 12 percent the minimum price for the stake it’s selling.