Impact of hurricanes in Central America infographic

November 26, 2020 – The destruction caused by hurricanes Eta and Iota raises fears of a new wave of mass migration from Central America as the region is already facing an economic crisis linked to the coronavirus pandemic.

Eta made landfall on November 3 in Nicaragua, leaving a path of death and destruction from Panama to Mexico. Two weeks later, Iota hit the same stretch of Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast, pouring more rain on still flooded countries. At least 150 people were killed and more than 100 remain missing.

The same day Eta landed, U.S. voters elected Joe Biden amid a pandemic that has devastated the continent for more than eight months. The Democrat has promised a more compassionate approach to immigration even as desperate families weigh their options inside mud-filled Central American homes.

Among the hardest-hit areas was Honduras’ north, the country’s most productive agricultural region. The Sula Valley reported massive crop losses raising fears of food shortages.


Green Climate Fund approves financing for environmental restoration in the Caribbean of Nicaragua

Since 2007, in the second stage of the revolution, our GRUN has been working with our indigenous communities and Regional Governments of the Nicaraguan Caribbean Coast, Today, Friday, November 13, the Bio Clima program that was formulated with financing from CABEI and technical assistance from FAO aimed at reducing deforestation, environmental restoration, increasing resilience and improving the population’s livelihoods.

There are 64.1 million dollars approved from Green Climate Fund (GCF), plus 51,598 million of national counterpart for a total of 115 million dollars that will be implemented to reduce 47 million tons of carbon dioxide that will be captured by the forests of the Caribbean, with a step forward in climate actions at the international level.

It is important to mention that in the voting process we had the support of developed countries such as Spain, Germany, Japan, Italy, France and the United Kingdom, with 22 votes in favor of 24, abstaining Canada and United States against.

In the area of ​​incidence are located BOSAWAS Biosphere, the Cayos Miskitos Biological Reserve and the Río San Juan Biosphere, where richness and ecosystems of high ecological value are concentrated for all the Americas.


Green Finance Summit concludes in London

The Government of Nicaragua, through its Embassy in the United Kingdom, concluded on November 11 its attendance at the Green Finance Summit, organized virtually by the Financial District of the City of London, which closed with an urgent call to action, with thoughtful ideas and practical recommendations from speakers such as His Royal Highness Charles, Prince of Wales; the Prime Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon; Bill Gates and Michael Bloommberg, among others.

The Summit concluded that the world has the capital necessary to achieve a transition to zero emissions now and to ensure that the recovery from the crisis is green, provided that each financial decision takes into account Climate Change and accelerates the transition of plans and commitments to action.

The Summit’s cast of global leaders and the participation of more than 100 Speakers and 3,000 Delegates, from all sectors and from different parts of the world, is proof that global collaboration to advance the fight against Climate Change is possible. .

During the presentation by Mr. Yannick Glemarec, Executive Director of the Green Climate Fund, Comrade Ricardo Carioni from the Nicaraguan Embassy, ​​commented in writing on the coherent, responsible and ambitious climate strategy of the Sandinista Government and on cooperation with the Green Fund of the Climate for the protection of the biosphere reserves, Bosawás and Indio Maíz, and other protected areas equivalent to 25% of the national territory, emphasizing that the effort and investment to recover and protect nature is not only to save the planet, but to save the future of humanity.

Greeting and written comment from comrade Ricardo Carioni from the Nicaraguan Embassy, ​​during a presentation by the Executive President of the Green Climate Fund Mr. Yannick Glemarec and reaction: “Well done Nicaragua. An example that the world must follow ”.





Eta Storm: Multilateral Banks Will Support Central American Countries | The most important news and analysis in Latin America | DW

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank (WB) and the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) committed this Tuesday (11.10.2020) to support in a coordinated manner the Central American countries affected by the effects of the tropical depression Eta.

In a joint statement, the multilateral banks indicated that their commitment will materialize in a “plan of action in the short, medium and long term” to finance humanitarian aid and reconstruction tasks in Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Representatives of the IDB, World Bank and CABEI met virtually to “catalyze humanitarian aid” to the three Central American countries.

The joint assistance will support the efforts of the Governments of the three countries in assessing the damage left by the cyclone, delivering aid to affected people and planning the interventions necessary to rehabilitate damaged infrastructure through lines of credit and technical assistance, the statement added.

“One of my priorities is to achieve a closer collaboration with the rest of the multilaterals, in order to prioritize actions and maximize resources,” said IDB President Mauricio Claver-Carone who assured that “emergencies like this, in an already extremely complicated context Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a coordinated and agile response by international organizations is especially necessary. “

“We are going to give the countries affected by And all the necessary support, so that they can quickly assist the affected families, repair the damage and what is very important in the medium term, rebuild better, “said the Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean of the World Bank, Carlos Felipe Jaramillo and pointed out that the “quick and effective response is, as always in these cases, the highest priority.”

For his part, the executive president of CABEI, Dante Mossi, affirmed that for this Central American bank it is a “priority to be able to attend quickly and effectively” the needs of the countries of the region affected by a double crisis, first of all the pandemic of COVID-19 and now the damages of the natural phenomenon.

Photo of a flooded gas station in Guatemala

“The joint work between the multilateral banks and the governments of the region will be key to attracting additional and complementary resources from the international cooperating community and optimizing their allocation,” Mossi underlined.

Multilateral organizations indicated that, although it is “too early to know the exact damage, it is estimated that thousands of victims have been affected in the region, as well as damage to infrastructure and private property.”

ama (efe, Reuters)


Johnson and Von der Leyen agree to “redouble efforts” toward a post-Brexit deal

The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and the president of the European Commission (EC), Ursula von der Leyen, they agreed ‘Redouble efforts’ towards a post-Brexit deal in a telephone conversation held this Saturday, a British government spokesman said.

The source noted that during the call, planned to Taking stock of the negotiationsJohnson noted that, while progress has been made, “significant differences persist in several areas” of common concern, including competition and fisheries.

The two leaders agreed that their respective teams will continue negotiations next Monday in London in order to “Redouble efforts to reach an agreement”, which would enter into force at the end, on December 31, of the post-Brexit transition period, which was formally executed on January 31.

For their part, Johnson and Von der Leyen “will remain in contact,” the spokesman said. If they fail to negotiate a bilateral pact, as of January 1, 2021, the United Kingdom and the European Union (EU) will start trading based on the generic, less beneficial regulations of the World Trade Organization (WTO).


Tropical storm Eta leaves a trail of death and destruction in Central America

Tropical Storm Eta leaves a trail of death and destruction in Central America. The magnitude of the tragedy caused by the cyclone grows as the hours pass. Dozens of people have died and hundreds are missing. Eta showed up in the area Tuesday as a hurricane, wiping out everything in its path.

“It hurt us because everyone lost something. The houses filled with water and, despite that, we are recovering from the catastrophe,” says José Izaguirre, a resident of Colonia Alemania.

“I am part of a group of families that have lost absolutely everything because the government did not even have the dignity to send someone to control the river and come to warn people of the danger,” says Patricia Cáceres, from the San José village .

In countries like Guatemala, Honduras, Panama or El Salvador, immersed in a tough battle against the coronavirus, the weather phenomenon has caused innumerable damage.

Thousands of citizens have suffered floods, landslides, destruction of crops, roads, power lines failures … in short, endless adversities that have wreaked havoc in one of the regions of the world most vulnerable to natural disasters.

The area has appealed to the international community to provide humanitarian and financial assistance so that hundreds of thousands of victims can return to normalcy as soon as possible.


Nicaragua obtains an outstanding grade in the Green Climate Fund that will allow support of more than 100 million dollars

The Panel of Independent Experts of the Green Climate Fund issued an outstanding note for Nicaragua to receive a fund of 115 million dollars that will benefit the two forest reserves in the Nicaraguan Caribbean.

This was announced this Friday on Minister of Finance and Public Credit, colleague Iván Acosta, after holding a work session with the Production, Consumption and Trade SystemO.

The head of public finances of Nicaragua that those funds (which will be approved next week by the board of the Green Climate Fund) the country will receive them due to the bioclimate project that it presented to that international organization.

He said that the amount of this project will be financed in part with a loan from Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI), a donation from Green Climate Fund and one with financing that will complete the total of the aid.

This project has to do with the need to create resilient capacities in the face of climate impact and has to do with the good forest management of the two reserves of the country that are located in the Caribe Bosawás and the Indio Maíz Reserve ”he added.

He added that this support for Nicaragua will have an impact on the restoration in light of the damage caused by the Hurricane Eta.

Acosta specified that the program is on the path to restoring the damage caused by Hurricane Eta and supporting the community families of the North Caribbean and South Caribbean.

He added that during the work session with the Commission of the Production, Consumption and Trade System “We have evaluated the progress of the bovine project financed by the European Union that has a total of 20 million dollars”.

The good news is that 75 percent of this program has already been carried out, with encouraging results in this bovine program and what remains for us in 2021 is the insemination of approximately 19 thousand cows inseminated in Río San Juan, Zelaya (Nueva Guinea and Muelle de los Bueyes) and the South Caribbean Region and the Rama, said the official.

Acosta indicated that “We have already managed to certify 93 percent of the farms and the goal was approximately 6 thousand certified farms free of tuberculosis and brucellosis, which shows the work of guaranteeing clean production”.

He announced that in this project additional resources will be incorporated to strengthen this bovine program financed by the European Union.

He added that in this program there are 90 appropriate segregated farms to ensure that the quality “Of our production of meat that goes to the international market mainly to the United States and Europe”.

Acosta also reported that the Ticuantepe Porcine Genetic Improvement Center It is already delivered by the IPSA and strengthening the national reference centers for the improvement of the quality and production of pork.

The instruction that the president of the Republic commander Daniel Ortega and companion Rosario Murillo ands have a Genetic Centeror quality that increases productivity and ensure 100 percent of the consumer demand that our country has “, he indicated.

Finally, Acosta reported that with the Production, Consumption and Trade Commission It was discussed this Friday to define policies around cocoa that in recent years has increased by 40 percent.
The area planted with cocoa in Nicaragua It ranges from 18,000 to 26,000 hectares, and INTA and Mefcca are working on this.

He said that d6,250 and technological bonuses are being delivered to producers and thus increase productivity and the strategy proposed for this sector and that is to have more sticks per apple and “We hope to strengthen the cocoa management chain and that is why the Mefcca has been capitalizing more ventures “.

The cocoa quality school has already been created in six municipalities of the country, which will allow “Our producers and the nascent industry guarantee to provide the national market with high quality products and that will open the way for international trade”.


▷ Meghan Markle’s vote in the US elections

Meghan Markle’s vote in the US elections.


In these last American electionss  Meghan Markle has been encouraged to vote in its public comments. ‘Page Six’ has been confirmed by sources close to the Sussex that the Duchess voted days before by post, and they go further by adding that she would also have exercised her right as an American citizen if she continued to live in the United Kingdom.


▷ The new virtual BlizzCon will be free for everyone: Blizzard says goodbye to the classic ticket in this edition

BlizzConline will be the event to learn more about Overwatch 2, Diablo 4, and other games.

Blizzard It has been holding a face-to-face event for 15 years where it announces news for its video games, and where fans can meet to participate in all kinds of activities related to their favorite titles. As we already knew, the 2020 pandemic has caused this BlizzCon to become “BlizzConline“an exclusively digital edition destined to maintain tradition from a safer perspective. And with this new format, they also arrive monetization changes.

In a video reviewing Blizzard-related news, products and services, President J. Allen Brack announces that BlizzConline, dated to February 19 and 20, will be free for all viewers. This is, in part, a first for the event: although the opening ceremony has always been free to watch, the rest of the tournaments, contests and collectibles were part of a virtual ticket of 40 dollars / euros.

In spite of everything, a good part of the activities which WoW parents are accustomed to, including competitions, cosplay contests or the fun march of the murlocs, where fans interpret these tribal fish with greater or lesser visual fidelity. Of course, we will also have ads.

In this edition, we will have to closely track Overwatch 2 Y Diablo IV, among other novelties. The former will add campaign heroes and PvE content to Blizzard’s cooperative shooter, while the latter will take a more sinister and traditional approach to the loot progression-based RPG series. Neither has a release date for now.

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Flanders wields a 1666 treaty to fish in British waters even if Brexit fails

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Charles II of England had a hectic life. A woman he married in two separate ceremonies, no legitimate children, but a minimum of 12 with his lovers, a beheaded father, and himself spending nine years in exile before taking the thrones of England, Scotland and Ireland after the Cromwell’s death. He spent three of his years in exile in the Flemish city of Bruges and, grateful for their hospitality, in 1666 he awarded them the Privilegie der Visscherie, the privilege of fishermen who gave 50 boats from that city rights …

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