December 13, 2017

Young LatAm, Caribbean entrepreneurs get mentoring here often lacking at home

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From WLRN Thais Pinheiro runs a unique Rio de Janeiro tourism company,Conectando Territórios, or Connecting Territories. It gives guided, historical tours of Afro-Brazilian communities likequilombos – settlements founded by the descendants of slaves. “I think it’s really important to show how we exist in Brazil as black identity, because we are really strong,” says Pinheiro. […]

IDB launches fund to assist early childhood development in the Caribbean

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From Jamaica Observer WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has launched the ECD Innovation Fund, a partnership to foster early childhood development (ECD) in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). The ECD Innovation Fund is a partnership with FEMSA Foundation and Open Society Foundations at a regional level, and with Fundação […]

Safecap

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Ford made a trucker hat that might save drivers’ lives By David Lumb From engadget Truck driving is an exhausting job that requires constant attention to the road. Falling asleep during long stretches is an occasional — and sometimes lethal — concern. That’s why Ford helped develop the SafeCap, a hat that senses head movements […]

Another reason to not smoke, drink: These habits may ruin your dental fillings

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Indo Asian News Service From hindustantimes US researchers have found that fillings failed more often in patients who drank alcohol within two years of the dental procedure, while the overall filling failure rate was higher in men who smoked. If you drink or smoke you are not only damaging your teeth but also your dental fillings. […]

Latin America is a leader in attracting investments to combat climate change, says report

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The region has become an attractive market for investment in infrastructure and sustainable urban transport, and is expected to reach more than $ 1 trillion in investments by 2030. The report identifies seven areas of enormous potential to attract private investment: renewable energy, energy storage and solar off-grid, agribusiness, green building, urban transport, water supply […]

ECLAC & ILO release joint publication on Employment Situation in Latin America and the Caribbean

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Urban unemployment will keep rising in Latin America and the Caribbean and is seen reaching 9.4% in 2017 In a new joint report, ECLAC and the ILO indicate that labour conditions deteriorated in a context of low regional economic growth, although some signs of recovery exist. (October 19, 2017) The low economic growth experienced by […]

Officials: GMO mosquitoes aren’t ‘Drugs,’ need EPA oversight

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AP From WLRN U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials say genetically modified mosquitoes are not “drugs” and should be regulated by environmental authorities. According to guidelines posted online Wednesday, federal officials have decided that mosquitoes engineered by the biotech firm Oxitec will be regulated from now on by the Environmental Protection Agency. The guidelines clarify […]

China announces 235 investment projects in Brazil between 2003 and 2017

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From MACAUHUB A total of 235 direct investment projects in Brazil were announced by China between 2003 and 2017, involving US$103.6 billion, according to a study by the Office for International Affairs of the Ministry of Planning, Development and Management. The study, quoted by Brazilian daily newspaper O Globo, said that of that total there […]

New super-airline

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A new super-airline wants to dominate South America — here’s what it’s like to fly on its new planes By Benjamin Zhang From Business Insider In operation since 2015, LATAM is one of newest international airline brands in the world. Yet it’s one backed by nine decades worth of history and experience. The brand is […]

Caribbean ups reparations pressure on Europe

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By Bert Wilkinson From Amsterdam News Caribbean governments are stepping up the pressure on Europe to pay reparations for the brutal transatlantic slave trade, adding Norway and Sweden to the list of countries they have identified as culpable players. The bloc of 15 nations headquartered in Guyana said in the past week that a decision […]