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Cross-Border Investigation: Tracking the Covid-19 Money

Q REPORTS - Central American governments allocated millions of dollars to attend the pandemic. In what and to whom did the money go? This is the question asked by various media in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico in coordination with the Centro Latinoamericano de...

Three Volcanoes Increase Their Eruptive Activity in Guatemala

Q24N - Guatemala's National Institute of Volcanology (INSIVUMEH) on Wednesday informed that the Pacaya, Fuego, and Santiaguito volcanoes intensified their eruptive activity and warned about volcanic material that could fall on nearby communities. "Moderate and strong eruptions are registered in the Pacaya volcano, about 50...

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...

Guatemala receives 200,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine donated by India

Q24N - Guatemala on Tuesday received 200,000 doses of the vaccine against covid-19 donated by India, which it will use to complete the immunization of health personnel attending the pandemic, which has left almost 6,500 dead in the country. The shipment of the Covishield vaccines...

Border runs in times of Covid

Q EXPAT FOCUS - March 2 is quickly approaching and many non-resident expats are looking at ways to be able to continue to live in Costa Rica without running afoul of immigration, the DGME. More, they will lose their driving privileges come March 3. Foreigners who...

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...

The US, Mexico and Guatemala agree to prevent the passage of migrant caravans

Q24N (Guatemala city) The governments of the United States, Mexico and Guatemala agreed on Friday to prohibit the passage of migrant caravans through their territory due to the pandemic, days after one from Honduras was forcibly dissolved at the Guatemala border with Honduras. "Regarding any...

Protesters set fire to the Guatemalan Congress

Q24N - Hundreds of Guatemalans burned Congress headquarters on Saturday in protest at the approval of the budget for 2021, the highest in the country's history, and called for the resignation of President Alejandro Giammattei for endorsing it. The flames in the Legislative Palace were...

Hurricane Iota moves towards a devastated Central America

QCOSTARICA - Hurricane Iota strengthened this Monday and rose to category 4 on its way to Central America, where authorities evacuated thousands of people to minimize risks. The region was recently devastated by the passage of Eta, just two weeks ago. The U.S. National Hurricane Center...

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...

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...

Guatemala Relaxes Curfew, Extends Travel Restrictions

The government of Guatemala decided to extend the travel restrictions until April 27, but related the vehicular restrictions to only between 6 pm and 4 am the following day. Supermarkets, grocery stores and corner stores will be able to adjust to the new restricted hours,...

Discrimination Against Domestic Workers Rises in Guatemala

Guatemalan domestic personnel are more vulnerable to the COVID-19 economic and social impact than other workers due to their livelihood and labor conditions. According to the Union of Domestic, Maquila and Related Workers’ (Sitradom) president, Floridalma Contreras, domestic workforces are predominately women who are under...

Long Road To Justice: CIA’s Allies In Guatemala On Trial For Indigenous Tribes Genocide

During the Cold War the CIA was obsessed with keeping communism out of Latin America. In the 1970s and 1980s, the agency backed right-wing regimes in Guatemala which carried out genocidal attacks in indigenous groups that supported left-wing rebels. Three retired officers in the Guatemalan...

Guatemala reports first coronavirus death

Reuters - Guatemala has registered its first fatality from coronavirus infection, an elderly man who had recently visited Madrid, Health Minister Hugo Monroy said on Sunday, in one of the first deaths from the outbreak to hit Central America. Monroy told a news conference the...

Guatemala Confirms Its First Case of the Coronavirus

Guаtеmаlаn Рrеѕіdеnt, Аlејаndrо Gіаmmаttеі tоdау соnfіrmеd Guаtеmаlа’ѕ 1ѕt саѕе оf соrоnаvіruѕ. Тhе раtіеnt іѕ а Guаtеmаlаn mаn whо аrrіvеd frоm Іtаly with two of his relatives аnd іѕ аt thе Vіllа Nuеvа hоѕріtаl, reported the Prensa Libre. Gіаmmаttеі received a call prior to an activity...

Government Wants Answers From Guatemala For Restrictions On passengers from Costa Rica

After the first case of Covid-19 coronavirus was confirmed in Costa Rica on Friday, March 6, the Guatemalan Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance (MSPAS) issued a statement indicating that an “epidemiological clinical evaluation” will be required of all passengers arriving in Guatemala...

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...

Guatemala Declares Covid-19 Yellow Alert

Due to the rapid expansion of the coronavirus in Latin America, the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (Conred) of Guatemala established a yellow alert to the potential risk of the Covid-19. According to the Conred, the alert establishes continuous surveillance and monitoring of the threat...

Guatemala children forced to work six days a week

An investigation carried out by Britain's Channel 4 shows children working on six farms in Guatemala, the largest coffee producer in Central America. The TV documentary, which will air on Monday (in the UK), appears to show Guatemalan children picking beans, lifting heavy loads...

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...

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...

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...

Guatemala Proposes Tax Incentives to Encourage Tourism

In Guatemala, Congress is discussing a bill that seeks to increase the arrival of flights to the country through tax incentives for airlines, which would be coupled with the elimination of improper tax charges. On August 14, 2019, the President of the Legislative Branch, Álvaro...

Guatemala remittances hit record US$1 Billion a month

For the first time in its history, Guatemala received $1 billion (7.7 billion Quetzales) from its emigrants in remittances in a single month. The record was set last month. And from January through October remittances totaled $8.7 billion, a year-on-year increase of 13.8%. The trend in...

Namaste India, All About Business In Guatemala

For the first time almost top 20 Indian companies are participating in the first Indian Festival — `Namaste India’ in Guatemala. This event is being hosted by the Indian mission in the upmarket neighbourhood of the city – Cayala. The Indian companies are from different...

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...

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...

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...

Central American Firefighters Sharing Operational Knowledge with U.S. Counterparts

The Joint Task Force-Bravo’s 612th Air Base Squadron will be hosting a multinational firefighting exercise at Soto Cano Air Base, August 19-23, with the participation of 25 firefighters from Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Costa Rica. The Central America Sharing Mutual Operational Knowledge and...

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