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For black and indigenous people in Central America, Black Lives Matter

(Global Voices) Indigenous and black Central Americans expressed solidarity online for the killing of George Floyd, a black man who was killed by four police officers in Minnesota, United States. In Central America, Afro-descendants and indigenous communities are raising awareness for their own suffering due to...

One Cuban Family’s Long And Risky Journey To A New Life In The U.S.

Currently, there are almost 2,000 migrants in Panama shelters from Cuba, Haiti, Bangladesh, Nepal, Congo, Cameroon and India, after crossing the border from Colombia through the dangerous Darien jungle. Prior to the pandemic, Panama had practiced what it called a “controlled flow,” which allowed migrants...

How coronavirus has halted Central American migration to the US

When Angelica turned 30, she realized there was no future for her in Honduras. Although she had a college degree, she was still living paycheck to paycheck and was stuck in a neighborhood of the capital Tegucigalpa ruled by violent gangs. So, after years contemplating...

Nicaragua Needs Massive Testing for COVID-19

Although the Nicaraguan government currently reports only 5 positive cases, the true number of COVID-19 cases remains unknown. Testing, along with social distancing and contact tracing has been the cornerstone of the strategy for combatting the pandemic. Thus, after only five days of the epidemic...

El Salvador President Concerned About Neglect of the Daniel Ortega Government of Coronavirus

The President of El Salvador Nayib Bukele expressed his concern about the negligence and inaction of the Daniel Ortega government in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, which shows that he is aware of the situation in Nicaragua it has endeavored to execute a...

NO Emergency Over Coronavirus In Nicaragua; ALL Tourists Welcome, Even From Countries With Confirmed Covid-19 Cases

While most of the world is in a pandemic over the coronavirus covid-19, in Nicaragua there is no “Emergency” and all visitors, even from countries with confirmed cases of covid-19 will have no restrictions for moving around in Nicaragua Fascade of the Fernando Velez Pais...

“In Central America, when it goes bad for the world, it goes worse for us.”

Univision(Leer en español) - Sherman Anderson has survived a category five hurricane and kept afloat during the global economic recession of 2008. But the impact of the coming crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic could be more severe, he says. “People are scared, they’re...

Panama Reports First Coronavirus Covid-19 Fatality

Panama. The Minister of Health of Panama, Rosario Turner, confirmed Tuesday afternoon the first coronavirus covid-19 death, a 64-year-old man school principal It is the first covid-19 death in Central America. The man, who had also suffered from diabetic complications and bacterial pneumonia, died on March...

Chile and Argentina Report First Confirmed Cases of the Coronavirus

Chile confirmed on Tuesday the first positive case of the novel coronavirus in the country: a 33-year-old man who traveled for about a month to Singapore, Health Minister Jaime Mañalich confirmed. "We have to confirm that we have the first case for coronavirus in our...

U.S. erects billboards in Central America telling would-be illegal immigrants to turn back

The U.S. State Department is stepping up an advertising campaign in Central America to warn would-be migrants against illegally traveling to the United States, Fox News reports. “The message that we’re sending is that the pathway to the United States illegally is a futile journey,”...

‘Bed bugs’ reappear in Costa Rica after 20 years

Four scientists from the University of Costa Rica (UCR) confirmed the reappearance of "bed bugs" (“chinches de cama” in Spanish) in the country and in the Central American region for the first time in the last 20 plus years. The bedbugs were obtained from crevices...

Forever 21 gets a new lease on life

Reuters - Forever 21 has a new lease on life after Simon Property Group Inc., Brookfield Property Partners LP and Authentic Brands Group agreed to acquire the bankrupt teen fashion retailer. Forever 21, which has 815 stores in 57 countries, will continue to operate in...

Graft-busting goes into reverse in Central America

(Bloomberg) Latin America's war on corruption is something to celebrate. In the last few years, 11 presidents have either been driven from office or forced to answer in courts of law for crooked dealings. In a virtuous feedback loop, citizen outrage over official transgressors...

“Open skies” policy would bring cheaper flights

The new president of Guatemala, Alejandro Giammattei, is suggesting that Costa Rica should extend the “open skies” proposal that the president of El Salvador has already agreed on. “The open skies policy is necessary for passengers to have the greatest benefit at the level of...

Crime has an economic cost of 16% of GDP in Central American Northern Triangle

The economic costs of crime in the Central American Northern Triangle of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador are the highest in the world, according to a study by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The report entitled Crime and Output: Theory and application to the Nothern...

The Panama Canal is running out of water

For over 100 years, the Panama Canal has been a staple of world trade, allowing cargo ships to avoid the long, tricky route around the southernmost tip of South America. Now things may have to change. Since it opened back in 1914, the canal has...

Recognition of the property rights of women in Central America: Mission accomplished?

It is hard to believe that only 70 years ago, in most Latin American countries, women could not vote. Or even more recently, women’s access to land under agrarian reforms depended on factors like the consent of the male head of household or being...

Central America and BREXIT

During the eleven months that will pass between the beginning of the exit process from the European Union and the entry into force of the association agreement with Central America, trade relations with the United Kingdom will follow the same rules that have been...

Central American Countries Rally To Protect Threatened Forests

Central American countries are teaming up to conserve the region’s five great forests as part of a regional climate action plan released at the United Nations’ international Framework Convention on Climate Change in Madrid last month, the alliance behind the effort said. The coalition of...

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,...

Surge in prices of top quality coffee

A shortage of high-quality arabica coffees has boosted spot prices in Central America, Colombia, and Brazil, catching speculators who bet on falling futures prices by surprise. Traders and analysts say the shortage is a major factor behind the surge in arabica prices on ICE Futures...

Trade turbulence weighs on Central America apparel

Central America's textile and apparel exports are on course to miss growth targets this year as Trump's impeachment concerns and rising political instability in Latin America cripple orders and freeze investments. "We were expecting double-digit growth of at least 10%, especially after how we did...

Central America Road Infrastructure Projects

In the first half of the year, 48 environmental impact studies were presented for projects of street rehabilitation, construction, and expansion of highways in Central American countries. The interactive platform "Construction in Central America", compiled by the Business Intelligence Unit at CentralAmericaData, includes an up...

Insurance in Central America: Optimism at the End of 2019

Except for Nicaragua, which projects a decline in revenues, Fitch Ratings estimates that by year-end the region's insurance markets will have grown from 3% to 8%. According to the report Perspectives of Insurance Industry in Central America, prepared by the rating agency Fitch Ratings, El...

Costa Rica Approves Trade Agreement with UK

Costa Rica's Legislative Assembly approved a trade agreement between Costa Rica and the United Kingdom that protects commercial conditions previously negotiated with the European Union (EU). The agreement ended months of high uncertainty for the national export sector. Under the agreement, the trade relationship between...

Migrant Children Trapped in Mexico Are Leaving Their Families and Crossing the Border Alone

Children of migrants, trapped in Mexico by the U.S. government’s so-called Migrant Protection Protocols, are leaving their parents and presenting themselves at the border alone. “Se están tirando,” people say about these children — Spanish for “they’re throwing themselves,” or “they’re launching,” and the phrase...

Doing Business in Central America: Have We Improved?

Guatemala was the only country in the region that improved its position in the global ranking monitoring businessmen's conditions for doing business, while the others went backwards. According to the World Bank "Doing Business 2020" report, which measures the regulations that favor or restrict the...

Costa Rica Glass Company Reduces Operations, Lays Off 254

Due to fall in sales and Costa Rica's economic slowdown, Grupo Vidriero Centromericano Vical announced the layoff of 254 employees working at its Vicesa de Cartago plant. In a statement, Vical said that in the last two years, their traditional markets have been characterized by...

Would ousting Trump rebuild the country’s faith in government? Lessons from Latin America

The House of Representatives has opened an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. But what happens if a president is impeached? The vice president would take his place, but other parts of the government continue unchanged. Partisan polarization can be magnified in the process. Many...

Costa Rica Continues With Highest Fuel Prices In The Region

While fuel prices in Central America show an increase, Costa Rica continues with the highest up to september 23. The per US gallon of regular gasoline: Costa Rica $3.97, Nicaragua $3.55, Honduras $3.40, El Salvador $3.09, Guatemala $3.09 and Panama $2.83. Click here for the...

Barrick Gold takes stake in Central America

Barrick Gold announced this past week that it made nearly $4.29 million after selling its stake of 22 million shares in Royal Road Minerals, a Central American junior. “Barrick completed the disposition in order to monetize its investment in Royal Road,” the miner said in...

Central America’s 10 best tours: Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Belize, Panama and beyond

If it’s volcanoes, colonial towns, Mayan ruins and abundant nature you’re after, head to Central America. From Belize to Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama adventure is guaranteed. Step back in time in Nicaragua Visit the rural backwaters and remote Caribbean islands of Nicaragua on this...

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