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El Salvador: Lightning Kills Olympic Surfing Hopeful While Training

Q24N - El Salvador's top women surfer and Tokyo Olympics hopeful, Katherine Diaz Hernandez, has been killed by lightning on a beach. She was preparing for May’s International Surfing Association (ISA) World Surf Games, which will serve as a qualifier for the Tokyo Olympics. The 22-year-old...

Country by Country Guide to Covid Vaccines in Central America

QCOSTARICA - Covid vaccination in Central America is well underway. Here’s an updated country guide to how they’re doing, as of March 18, 2021. The topic of vaccines is controversial, stirring up strong feelings on both sides of the debate. Just look at the Q's...

Nayib Bukele devastated and opened a fear: what will the “millennial populist” do with absolute power in El Salvador

Q24N - Nayib Bukele entered the legislative palace surrounded by military personnel carrying long weapons. He walked in front of the benches before the incredulous gaze of the handful of deputies who were present in the room and sat in the chair of the...

Bukele is on track to obtain a majority in the Congress of El Salvador

Q24N - The Nuevas Ideas (NI) party of President Nayib Bukele and partner Gran Alianza Nacional (GANA) party would obtain at least 56 of the 84 seats in the Congress of El Salvador, which would give them a qualified majority and great strength to...

El Salvador gets its first batch of covid-19 vaccines

Q24N - On Wednesday, El Salvador, received its first batch - 20,000 doses - of the AstraZeneca vaccines, allowing the country to begin immunizing health personnel at a time when the pandemic is showing a decline, Health Minister Francisco Alabí reported. From India, the vaccines...

Biden and Central America’s Anti-Corruption Crusade

(InsighCrime) There are high hopes that the new US administration of President Joe Biden will provide a shot-in-the-arm to anti-corruption efforts in Central America, perhaps even leading to the creation of a regional commission that helps local prosecutors investigate major corruption cases. But launching such...

Loan Sharks Circle as Latin America Reels From Pandemic

Insightcrime.org - As workers across Latin America struggle to stay afloat amid economic strain caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, loan sharks offering abusive interest rates have cornered the market, forcing workers seeking financial assistance into untenable cycles of debt. On January 13, authorities arrested members...

Costa Rica will continue to allow flights from the United Kingdom without the need for a covid-19 test

QCOSTARICA - While several countries in Latin America are banning the arrival of UK flights, Costa Rica will not suspend flights with the United Kingdom nor will it ask travelers from the UK for a negative covid-19 test. This was confirmed this Sunday afternoon by...

El Salvador offers help to Costa Rica with ICU beds

QCOSTARICA - At a time when the hospital system in Costa Rica is about to collapse due to the increase in hospitalizations from Covid-19, the president of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, offered up about 100 intensive care (IUC) beds. Bukele made the offer through his...

Avianca reopens travel to Central and South America

QCOSTARICA - Avianca, the Colombian airline, announced that it will resume its operations to Costa Rica with options for travel to Central and South America, regions that are currently practically without services on flights as a result of the pandemic. Avianca said Monday, October 26,...

Government of El Salvador wants to reform the Constitution and adapt it to ‘new realities’

(Q24N) San Salvador. The government of El Salvador asked this Thursday to open a national debate to reform the Constitution and adapt it to the "new realities", without touching key articles such as the alternation in power. "A debate that allows updating the Constitution of...

El Salvador to give immunity passport to those who recovered from COVID-19

(Q24N) President Nayib Bukele on Monday announced that El Salvador will give immunity passports to people who have recovered from COVID-19. Bukele added that they would allow them to be employed by the government and give them social privileges not enjoyed by the rest of...

El Salvador to postpone second phase of economic reopening

(REUTERS) Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele said on Sunday that he would postpone the second phase of the country’s economic reopening, slated to begin Tuesday, after evaluating inputs from experts and the Salvadoran health ministry. Just on Saturday, the president had reiterated his intention to move...

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...

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