Latin America

Latin America
Saturday, November 15th 2014 - 08:20 UTC

Almost 30% of teenagers (15 to 19) are mothers in Latin America

Early maternity in Latin America and the Caribbean means 17.5 % of all infants are born to adolescents, a higher rate than the global average (11.2 %).

Nearly 30 % of young women in Latin America are mothers before they reach 20 years and the majority of them are underprivileged, which fosters the reproduction of poverty, hinders women's autonomy and their life projects, and underscores the need for public sex education and reproductive health services.

Saturday, November 15th 2014 - 01:13 UTC

Parlasur dialogue with Kelpers: a great opportunity lost

“Taking into account the interests of the Islands population”, many of whose ancestors have been living there since the 1850s, is basic for any resolution.

By Jaime Trobo (*) - Parlasur, acronym for Mercosur Parliament, decided to approve a declaration relative to the Malvinas Islands situation, and more specifically on the sovereignty conflict between the Argentine Republic and Great Britain, which has been ongoing for over 180 years with no reasonable accord.

Friday, November 14th 2014 - 19:04 UTC

When Germany promised 'the return of Texas' if Mexico declared war on US

On Jan 1917 the British intercepted a message from German foreign minister Zimmerman with the promise to help Mexico recover the 'lost territories'

The United States of America entered World War I in April 1917 and it is widely believed that turned the tide of the conflict. The wartime leader was Woodrow Wilson, whose progressive accomplishments were significant between 1912 and his re-election in 1916.

Thursday, November 13th 2014 - 06:18 UTC

Unasur member Guyana 'suspends' parliament for up to six months

Mr Ramotar executed his decision as MPs returned for their first day of work after a two-month recess.

The president of Guyana has suspended the national parliament to avoid MPs passing a vote of no confidence in his government. Donald Ramotar invoked an obscure constitutional procedure to carry out the maneuver.

Tuesday, November 11th 2014 - 21:54 UTC

An estimated 28.5m from Latam and Caribbean population live overseas, 70% in USA

The 28.5 million Latin American and Caribbean emigrants represent 4% of the region's population

An estimated 28.5 million Latin American and Caribbean people live outside their birth countries, 70% of them in the United States, while a majority of the immigrant population of 7.6 million originated from other countries in the region, according to a new study by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

Tuesday, November 11th 2014 - 04:34 UTC

Minister Swire underlines business opportunities for UK companies in Paraguay

Swire recalled British engineers helped transform Paraguay into one of the leading industrial powers in the region: railways, shipyards, a foundry and an arsenal.

UK Minister for Latin America, Hugo Swire, spoke of the growing presence of UK in Latin America and more specifically on the expanding links with Paraguay. Minister Swire said UK was determined to deepen its commercial ties with a rising Latin America and described Paraguay as a perfect trade and investment partner for UK, particularly since British oil industry has struck oil in the Chaco region.

Monday, November 10th 2014 - 08:54 UTC

Cable & Wireless acquires major Caribbean telecoms company

C&W now doubles in size and increases its Caribbean and Central American footprint with the addition of Columbus’ 700,000 residential customers in the region.

Columbus International Inc., the fiber-based telecoms company which operates in the Caribbean as Flow, has been acquired by LIME parent company, Cable & Wireless Communications Plc. (CWC), in a 3bn dollars buyout deal announced last Friday.

Monday, November 10th 2014 - 07:34 UTC

Latam Energy Organization approves statement on “Malvinas sovereignty”

OLADE was created in 1973 and has been ratified by 27 countries of the Latin America and the Caribbean, and there is an annual ministerial meeting.

Energy ministers from the Latin American Energy Organization, OLADE, meeting in San Salvador approved last Friday a statement on “Malvinas Islands sovereignty” referred to the “illegal hydrocarbons exploration and exploitation undertaken in the Islands surrounding waters”, points out a release from the Argentine Foreign ministry.

Sunday, November 9th 2014 - 11:01 UTC

Uruguay leads the 'prosperity index' in Latin America and ranks 30 worldwide

Uruguay excelled in Personal Freedom, having ranked eight worldwide; however in Education the country stood at position 68.

Uruguay is ranked in position 30 at global level among 'high prosperity' countries, according to the 2014 Legatum Prosperity Index, and remains at top position regarding Latin America. It's the same ranking as in 2013 and confirms Uruguay in the leading position for the region for several years running.

Sunday, November 9th 2014 - 10:23 UTC

Plaque dedicated to English soldiers in Cartagena triggers strong controversy

During an official visit last week, Charles unveiled the black marble plaque dedicated to English soldiers, which was later destroyed by a Colombian citizen  (Pic PA)

A Colombian engineer smashed a plaque commemorating the death in 1741 of thousands of English soldiers in the coastal city of Cartagena just days after it was inaugurated by Prince Charles, said the mayor of the city who has now ordered its removal.

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