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El Salvador: Hotels at Risk of Bankruptcy

Managers of the Salvadoran Association of Small Hotels of El Salvador (Hopes) claim that hotels and the tourism sector were among the first to receive the economic impact of the crisis resulting from the health emergency, and will be among the last to recover. Leonor...

Los Angeles, El Salvador are mirror images of poverty

(QREPORTS) As the signposts we call civilization decrease in frequency, cars accelerate. Speeds rise as storefronts and suits taper off — at the point where the asphalt begins to crack. From her perch on 6th Street, one of the invisible watches the cars pass by...

El Salvador’s population fails to comply with economic reopening plan

(Prensa Latina) The Salvadoran Minister of Health, Francisco Alabi, regretted on Friday the population is failing to comply with the plan for economic reopening, by going out in a pandemic. 'There has been no compliance in the planning of the economic reopening phases,' acknowledged Alabi,...

Tropical Storm Amanda: At least 14 dead in El Salvador

Tropical Storm Amanda has killed at least fourteen people in El Salvador as heavy rains made rivers overflow, flooded city streets, and produced landslides, Interior Minister Mario Duran said on Sunday. “We’ve seen people asking for help, asking for the government. We haven’t deployed everywhere,...

El Salvador’s Millennial President Says He Takes Hydroxychloroquine

(Q24N) Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele said May 26 he uses hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malarial drug touted by U.S. President Donald Trump as a potential cure of CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as novel coronavirus. Some health experts in the United States have questioned its...

El Salvador revives the issue of the ferry with Costa Rica in the face of land border blockade

(QCOSTARICA) The control established by Costa Rica at land borders, as part of a measure to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and the response by the government of Nicaragua, causing more than 1,600 trucks to be stranded, has led businessmen in the sector to...

UN: Violence, COVID-19 Create Displacement Crisis in Central America

The U.N. refugee agency UNHCR reports worsening violence and hardship caused by COVID-19 are pushing people in Central America to flee their homes in droves, creating a displacement crisis in the region. By the end of last year, escalating violence and instability had displaced some...

El Salvador Begins More Restrictive Lockdown

El Salvador began a more restrictive lockdown Thursday, May 7, to curtail the spread of the coronavirus, with an emphasis on the densely populated capital region of San Salvador. In a national address late Tuesday, President Nayib Bukele said residents will only be permitted to...

Central American migrants: The tragedy in the midst of the pandemic

Those who stayed face a precarious reality, with job losses, overcrowding, without access to medical. Those who return, deported, were in many cases exposed to contagion risks in prisons, detention centers and on the journey back. The Donald Trump administration has been - in fact...

Minister Daniel Salas prescribed Nayib Bukele “ubicatex”

(Rico's Digest) Costa Rica's Health Minister, Daniel Salas, prescribed a good dose of "ubicatex" to the President of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, without even mentioning his name, with a free lesson on epidemiology. Minister Salas, who is a medical doctor with a Master's in Public...

El Salvador’s president says Costa Rica applies less tests to appear fewer cases of covid-19

The president of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, took advantage on his country's national network Tuesday night to say that Costa Rica "gives the impression of having flattened the curve, but all they are doing is that the number of daily tests has decreased ”,...

Who’s Afraid of Coronavirus? (¿Quién teme al coronavirus?)

We are living in a period of time that seems to be taken out of a science fiction book. A pandemic that has paralyzed the planet and a good part of humanity locked up in our homes, while the economies of an unsustainable global...

El Salvador Suspends 2020 Government Investments

In order to redirect public resources due to the covid-19 outbreak, the government of El Salvador decided that investment projects will be suspended. A letter signed by the Minister of Finance, Nelson Fuentes, and sent to the heads of state institutions, explains that the programs...

Will Bukele lift violent El Salvador out of its slump?

Colombia did it twenty-five years ago. At that time, one of the world’s most violent countries found a way to reinvent itself. Today, another Latin American country aims to do the same. Can it work? That’s the question weighing on the shoulders of President Nayib Bukele,...

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...

El Salvador puts payment of utility bills, mortgages, loans and credit cards on hold

El Salvador will take steps to limit the economic impact for people and businesses affected by the coronavirus outbreak, including suspending charges for some services, the government said on Wednesday. Despite the best efforts of Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele to prevent the covid-19 from entering...

El Salvador confirms its first positive case of coronavirus

The President of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, confirmed on Wednesday night the first positive case of the new coronavirus (Covid-19). The Salvadoran president assured that it is a patient who allegedly entered the country illegally. El Salvador has been on lockdown, one of the first countries...

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...

El Salvador accuses Mexico of sending it 12 coronavirus patients

El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele on Monday accused Mexico of allowing a dozen confirmed coronavirus cases to board a flight due to leave Mexico City for San Salvador, and said he had suspended all passenger air travel with immediate effect. Bukele, who made the assertion...

Coronavirus threatens Central America textile industry

In Central America, where 200 million pounds of yarn thread and fabric are imported monthly to produce apparel, manufacturers are facing US$300 million worth of feedstock delays, said Alejandro Ceballos, president of top trade lobby Vestex in Guatemala. The coronavirus outbreak is causing supply-chain disruptions...

Coronavirus: Nicaragua has not established protocol or will quarantine

Nicaragua’s Minister of Health, Carolina Dávila Murillo, informed through the official media, that the government of Daniel Ortega will not interpose any quarantine to those who enter Nicaragua, including from countries that have positive cases of the new coronavirus, covid19. “Nicaragua has not established or...

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,”...

SKECHERS Launches New Subsidiary in Latin America

SKECHERS USA, a global leader in the lifestyle and performance footwear industry, announced that the Company is transitioning its business in Latin America from a third-party distributor to a wholly-owned subsidiary, SKECHERS Latin America LLC. The subsidiary will oversee more than 30 countries in the...

Trump’s son-in-law trying to raise money for Central America

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner is organizing an investment conference in Mexico City, aiming to pair private money with foreign aid for Central America that his father-in-law President Donald Trump froze as punishment for the region’s high level of migration to the U.S. Planners...

El Salvador Eyes Deal to End Political Crisis

Nine days after El Salvador President Nayib Bukele sent troops into congress, his finance minister says they are seeking a deal with opposition lawmakers to end the political crisis in the Central American nation. Finance Minister Nelson Fuentes said the government expects lawmakers to approve...

Troops storm El Salvador’s parliament

Armed soldiers and police officers accompanied El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele as he stormed the nation's parliament on Sunday afternoon. The president demanded that opposition lawmakers vote to approve his plan to secure a US$109 million loan that he says would be used to better...

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...

At least 18 killed, 16 injured in Honduras prison after gang fight

At least 18 people were killed and 16 injured after a brawl between rival gangs inside a prison in Honduras, authorities said late on Friday. The riot, once of the worst outbreaks of prison violence in the country, came just two days after the government...

CAFTA Diet May Be Bad For Health, Say US Experts

A study on a trade deal between the U.S. and smaller, developing countries in Central America and the Caribbean - the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) - highlights how free trade agreements impact diet and health The study analyzes the availability of non-nutritious food...

El Salvador expels Venezuelan diplomats, recognizes Juan Guaido

El Salvador announced late Saturday that Venezuelan diplomats serving under embattled President Nicolas Maduro had 48 hours to leave the country. He added that El Salvador would welcome a future diplomatic corps sent by opposition leader Juan Guaido. Caracas responded in kind on Sunday when...

Central America suffers massive power outage

A major power outage hit Central America on Monday that left Nicaragua and Honduras without power for over an hour, according to Nicaragua's state-owned Empresa Nacional de Transmisión Eléctrica (ENATREL), blaming the problem to "technical failures". In Nicaragua, the power failure lasted from 30 minutes...

Latin America, a continent of discontent

Crime, weak economies and corruption are pushing Latin Americans to move abroad. Among them are citizens of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala who are emigrating en masse. They are fed up with poverty and violence, and people-smugglers have become adept at transporting them. This exodus...

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