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Central America and Its Economic Recovery from the Pandemic

To date, Panama and Costa Rica seem to be doing a good job in recent weeks in reducing the number of deaths from COVID-19, as well as in the percentage of the population vaccinated, compared to the rest of the countries in the Central American region.  However, it is expected that the same region will have 80% of its population vaccinated between the third quarter of 2021 and the second…
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North and Central America are driving a hemispheric coronavirus surge, the W.H.O. says.

While the spread of new coronavirus cases is steady or slowing in much of the world, it is accelerating in the Western Hemisphere, where new case reports rose by 20 percent in the past week, the World Health Organization warned on Wednesday. North America, where new case reports are up by one-third, is the chief driver of the new infections. New cases doubled in the Canadian province of Alberta, “where…
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Bicentennial of Independence in Central America – Mirage News

Bicentennial of Independence in Central America  Mirage News US marks bicentennial of independence in Central America  Breaking Belize News Taiwan president thanks Central America on 200th anniversary of independence  Taiwan News El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica commemorate Bicentennial of Independence of Central America  Global Times The Other Americans: Guatemala’s Indigenous Communities Are Still Fighting for Their Rights  Progressive.org View Full Coverage on Google News…
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NHC says 50% chance of cyclone in Central America

(Reuters) – A tropical wave located over Central America has a 50% chance of becoming a cyclone in the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Friday. “A tropical depression is likely to form on Sunday or Monday before the system moves near or onshore of the western Gulf of Mexico coast,” the NHC said. (Reporting by Swati Verma in Bengaluru; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)…
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Mexico’s López Obrador says U.S. has done “nothing in years” for Central America – The Rio Times

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Thursday (8), before the High-Level Economic Dialogue (HLED) being held in Washington, that the U.S. government has done “nothing in years” to help Central America and Central American migrants, “That is what is going to be raised again today with the U.S. government, that work is done immediately in Central America because there has been nothing in years.…
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What aspiring bankers can learn from microfinance in Central America

To teach the basics of commercial banking — and to instill some idealism in the next generation of lenders — one U.S. university is making Central American microfinance a part of its curriculum. Marquette University’s commercial banking program is partnering with a microfinance organization that works with banking cooperatives in Panama, Honduras and Nicaragua. One goal is to give students up-close experience in raising capital and making loans. But Kent…
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UNHCR warns of unprecedented displacement in Central America and Mexico

Central America and Mexico are facing “unprecedented pressure” as the number of people seeking international protection rises and access to asylum and territory is being limited through troubling new border restrictions, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said on Thursday.  Wrapping up a two-week mission to Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador, Gillian Triggs, UNHCR’s Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, said she had seen “the tremendous strain the region is under because…
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Unprecedented displacement in Central America and Mexico calls for urgent regional responsibility sharing

UNHCR’s Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, Gillian Triggs, visits a refugees service centre in the southern Mexican city of Tapachula.  © UNHCR/Tito Herrera SAN SALVADOR – Central America and Mexico are facing unprecedented pressure as the number of people seeking international protection rises at a time when access to asylum and territory is being limited through troubling border restrictions, said Gillian Triggs, UNHCR’s Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, on wrapping…
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Central America and Mexico Operational Update, June 2021 – Mexico

Regional context People from Central American countries forced to flee are vulnerable to violence and abuse during their journeys to seek safety according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime report “Abused and Abandoned”. The report also notes that women are more likely to be targeted for sexual abuse and assault, with many resorting to taking birth control prior to their journeys to avoid unwanted pregnancies. Persistent violence…
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Guatemala central America’s worst affected country by pandemic – La Prensa Latina Media

Guatemala City, Aug 27 (EFE).- With a 97% hospital occupancy rate, Guatemala is Central America’s worst affected country by the Covid-19 pandemic, in part due to a slow vaccination scheme with less than 6% of its population jabbed. With high levels of poverty and deficient health systems, the six Central American countries, home to some 48.5 million people, have accumulated 1.78 million confirmed coronavirus cases and 36,000 deaths. Some 18…
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