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Panama sees more than seven-fold increase in number of migrant children crossing through Darien Gap

UNICEF — The number of migrant children crossing the Darien Gap, a jungled portion of land separating Colombia from Central America, increased more than seven-fold to nearly 4,000 in 2019 from 522 the year before – UNICEF announced today. Approximately 50 % of the children...

Green alert for the North Zone, Central Valley, North Pacific and Caribbean due to strong wind and waves

The National Meteorological Institute - Instituto Meteorológico Nacional (IMN) - points out that a system of high pressure on the Atlantic Ocean has been affecting the weather in the Central American region which causes pressure on the Caribbean Sea generating accelerated winds in addition...

Latin America and the Caribbean experience slight increase in unemployment, which could get worse in 2020

ILO News – The labor markets of Latin America and the Caribbean are going through a moment of uncertainty, which can be seen in a slight rise in the regional unemployment rate and these signs of instability could get worse in 2020. These key...

Is Costa Rica a Caribbean country?

Is Costa Rica a Caribbean country? In a way, yes. It’s mostly a matter of semantics…what does it mean to be a “Caribbean Country” anyway? Does Costa Rica border the Caribbean Sea? Yes. Natives and residents often refer to Costa Rica in terms of regions —...

2014-2020 period will mark the lowest growth in the last seven decades for Latin American economies

The economic overview for Latin America and the Caribbean in 2019 is occurring in a particularly complex context, reports the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). The region is exhibiting an economic deceleration that is widespread and synchronized among countries and sectors,...

Vogue: “Goodbye Costa Rica, Nicaragua is the new great destination”

"Goodbye Costa Rica, Nicaragua is the new great destination of Central America", is the headline in various publications, referring to the article (but not the title as it is inferred) published in Vogue magazine, Mexico and Latin America edition. The prestigious magazine dedicated an extensive...

Costa Rica Announces US$158 Million Dollar Investment in Airports

The Costa Rican government announced that in the remainder of 2019 and next year, it plans to invest about À90 billion colones (US$158 million dollars) in the modernization of international and regional airports. The Consejo Técnico de Aviación Civil (CETAC) and the Dirección General de...

Costa Rica has a $400 million casino coming, but it’s already an interesting spot for poker fans

Gamers looking for poker in the beautiful tropical setting of Costa Rica are in luck. It’s a popular pastime in the country with a long history of legal gambling, unlike some other territories. Online gambling is, relatively speaking, underdeveloped in Costa Rica, meaning that locals...

Blockades raged against a depressed Caribbean

Limón, a province urged by work and economic reactivation, was the most affected by the blockades by truckers, students, trade unions and even residents of the various Caribbean communities. Port activities for international trade and tourism, key factors in the economy of the region, are...

Latin-America and the Caribbean are surfing the ride-hailing wave

Remember what trying to get a cab used to be like? Not long ago, you would have to step into the street, wave your arm in hopes of being noticed and sometimes wrestle another would-be passenger for the coveted spot. And that was only...

Devastating Epidemic of Crime & Insecurity in Latin America & Caribbean

(IPS) - Development is a very uneven process, accompanied by heterogeneity in outcomes across sectors, across regions and across income groups. Such process, Albert Hirschman elegantly established about 60 years ago, constantly generates tensions and demands for redistribution of resources and power. In this...

600 Children In Limon Missed School On Monday Due To Flooding From Downpours

The downpours since Sunday night in Limón left kept some 600 children in La Colina away from school on Monday because of flooding. The same thing happened with the students at the school in Limoncito. Other "barrios (neighborhoods) such as Envaco and Juan Pablo Segundo were...

Rains will arrive late to the Central Valley, Guanacaste and North

It's almost April and that means getting ready for the rains that traditionally start by mid-May. However, for this 2019, the "rainy season" will arrive "late and uneven" for the Central Valley, Guanacaste and Zona Norte (northern region). Also, temperatures this year are expected to...

4 Costa Rica Beaches In To 50 Beaches In Central America and Caribbean

Often touted as the Mecca of lust-worthy beaches, Central America and the Caribbean beaches provide ample reasons to pack your bagas and book a flight. To ensure your vacation doesn’t disappoint, Flight Network has developed one of the most extensive lists of Central American and...

Costa Rica named as a host nation for Gold Cup 2019

Costa Rica's Estadio Nacional (National Stadium) will be the site of the first two Group B matches for next summer's edition of Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) championship. Costa Rica's first match in the 2019 Gold Cup will be played...

Declining Export Competitiveness: Latin America Urgently Needs a Quality Leap

BUENOS AIRES—In the first quarter of 2018, the value of exports from Latin America and the Caribbean grew at a year-on-year rate of 9.7 percent in comparison with the same period in 2017, according to a new report from the Inter-American Development Bank...

JetBlue Brings EatUp Café Fresh Food to More Latin America & Caribbean Routes

JetBlue announced Thursday (September 20) that starting this month it will now offer fresh food on select Latin America and Caribbean routes for the very first time. Popular on domestic long-haul flights, EatUp Café menu items are now available for purchase on international flights longer...

Colombians Told ‘No Sex’ In The Afternoon. It’s Too Darn Hot!

It’s been a sweltering summer in many parts of the world, with millions scrambling for ways to cool off. On Wednesday, the 600,000 residents of Santa Marta, Colombia, were given one interesting suggestion: Stop having sex in the afternoon. Santa Marta is known as La...

Costa Rica Struggles To Adapt As Beach Retreats Inch By Inch

PLAYA COCLES, Costa Rica (Reuters) - A s towering waves smashed onto Costa Rica’s Cocles Beach, sucking away much of its sand, surf instructor Leo Downer was scared that the coastal road, along with his Toyota car, would be washed into the Caribbean by...

Disney Cruise Ship Docked in Costa Rica After 7 Year Absence

The Disney Wonder docked in Costa Rica this April 15, at the Muelle de Cruceros (Cruiship pier) in Puntarenas, after a 7-year absence in the country. The ship reached the Tica Pacific coast at 7:00 a.m., arriving from Cartagena, Colombia with 2,003 passengers and left...

Proposed Development Would Turn Limon Into The Cancun of Costa Rica

An ambitious project of the Cámara de Comercio, Industria y Turismo de Limón (Limon Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Tourism) aims to turn the province into a Costa Rican version of Cancun, through a major hotel development along the coast. La Zona Hotelera del Caribe...

Venezuelan Dictatorship Considers Breaking Economic Ties with Caribbean Islands, Colombian Cities

Nícolas Maduro’s regime is threatening to suspend all communication and trade with neighboring Caribbean countries such as Aruba, Curaçao, Bonaire — as well as the Colombian border regions of Cúcuta and Maicao — due to supposed organized crime that is, he said, “tearing (Venezuela)...

Costa Rica: Why some love it, why others hate it

Costa Rica is a country that seems to polarize travellers. When I told people who had already been there about my upcoming trip, I found they organized themselves into two distinct camps: the “Ohmigod, I looooooove Costa Rica!” group and the “Ugh, I was...

The Roots of Exodus: Why Are People Compelled to Leave their Homes?

(IPS) - Facts are facts, and one of them is that while everybody talks about the growing forced movement of people –be they migrants or refugees—decision-makers haven’t seriously acted on the root causes of why millions of humans are compelled to leave their...

Mexican Immigrants Help Sustain Two Economies – and Are Discarded

(IPS) - They work for years to bolster the economies of two countries. For one, the United States, they provide labour and taxes; for the other, Mexico, they send remittances that support tens of thousands of families and communities. Then they are deported, and...

Corruption On The Rise in Latin America and the Caribbean

Corruption is a scourge that hurts ordinary people every day across the Americas. And when they speak out about it, far too often they face retaliation, according to a report released by Transparency International (TI) on Monday October 9. Almost two thirds of people surveyed...

Hurricanes Drive Immigration to the US

In the last few weeks, hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Katia have cut paths of destruction in the Caribbean, Mexico and the U.S. While recovery and reconstruction will be an immense effort in Houston and Miami, it will likely be slower in poorer and smaller countries...

Venezuela Asylum Requests Soar in Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico

The number of Venezuelans seeking asylum in Costa Rica,  Panama and Mexico has jumped dramatically because of the crisis in that country, a new report by the UN migration agency and the Organization of American States (OAS) said Tuesday. In the first half of this...

Having A Blast In The Land of Volcanoes and Jungle

It was the elegant Costa Rican footballers in the 2014 World Cup that first got me thinking about a holiday in Central America. I knew Costa Rica was famous for its geographical diversity – it has active volcanoes alongside misty rainforests – but I also...

Costa Rica Outplayed U.S. In Historic Defeat

Costa Rica is one step closer to Russia next year, defeating the United States in their home Friday night. The final score was 2-0. Costa Rica's win last night means the national soccer (futbol in Spanish) team maintains its second place, behind Mexico, who has...

What is the cost of violence against women for their health, their children, and their work?

  (Q24N) Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) suffers disproportionately from the impact of violence against women compared to other regions. The vast majority of victims are men, and especially young people. But the impact on women is also high, and manifests itself in many...

Castro’s conundrum: finding a post-communist model Cuba can follow

TODAY CUBA - When US President Donald Trump imposed new restrictions on Cuba in June 2017, he professed his administration’s aim was to “encourage greater freedom for the Cuban people and economic interaction”. Raúl Castro, who took over from his brother Fidel in 2008, has...

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