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INFOGRAPHIC: Where is Innovation Happening in Latin America?

INFOGRAPHIC: Where is Innovation Happening in Latin America?

The Global Innovation Index (GII), a composite indicator that ranks countries/economies in terms of their enabling environment to innovation and their innovation outputs. Globally, Latin America ranked between 39 and 118 (out of 141). continue reading »

Ruben Blades 500,000 Comic Book Collection to Be Auctioned

Ruben Blades 500,000 Comic Book Collection to Be Auctioned

Panamanian singer and politician Ruben Blades has been collecting comics almost since he reached the age of reason, but now thinks enough is enough and plans to put them up for auction. continue reading »

Whoa! Check Out this Truck-Swallowing Sinkhole in Panama

Whoa! Check Out this Truck-Swallowing Sinkhole in Panama

Thanks to Telemetro we can see just how big sinkholes can get. The one shown below opened up on Wednesday in the parking lot of a Metro pharmacy in Panama City's Condado del Rey neighborhood and swallowed a large truck from the Autoridad de Aeso. continue reading »

3,500 Indigenous and Rural Households in Panama Will be Getting Water Service

3,500 Indigenous and Rural Households in Panama Will be Getting Water Service

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved a grant for $7.5 million from the Spanish Cooperation Fund for Water and Sanitation in Latin America and the Caribbean to provide drinking water and sanitation services to more than 3,500 rural and indigenous households in Panama. continue reading »

INFOGRAPHIC: How Does Latin America Rank in Happiness?

INFOGRAPHIC: How Does Latin America Rank in Happiness?

Latin America proves to be home to some of the happiest places on earth. While Costa Rica is the global leader, some other countries did not fare as well. continue reading »

Panama’s Portobelo-San Lorezno Port Added to World Heritage’s Endangered List

Panama’s Portobelo-San Lorezno Port Added to World Heritage’s Endangered List

Citing environmental factors, lack of maintenance and uncontrollable urban developments, the World Heritage Committee placed an historic Panamanian property on its list of endangered world heritage. continue reading »

“El Dia E” Unites Spanish Speakers Worldwide

“El Dia E” Unites Spanish Speakers Worldwide

For the fourth consecutive year the Cervantes Institute is celebrating "El Dia E" (The Day of Spanish), an event that marks the global consolidation and expansion of Spanish language and culture, with more than 50 cities joining in. continue reading »

INFOGRAPHIC: Latin America’s Struggle With Peace

INFOGRAPHIC: Latin America’s Struggle With Peace

With daily reports of homicides, violent crimes, and corruption occurring in Latin America it is obvious that Latin America is struggling with peace. Check out Hispanically Speaking News's Infographic to see the global rankings and scores of Latin American countries in terms of peace. continue reading »

Controversial Bills that Sparked Protests in Panama Are Withdrawn

Controversial Bills that Sparked Protests in Panama Are Withdrawn

President Ricardo Martinelli announced Tuesday that he is withdrawing two controversial bills that spurred disturbances in Panama's National Assembly and protests on the streets. continue reading »

U.S. Customs Seizes $7.3 Million Worth of Cocaine

U.S. Customs Seizes $7.3 Million Worth of Cocaine

On May 29, Customs and Border Protection officers at the Miami Seaport discovered approximately 459 pounds of cocaine hidden in a container at the Port of Miami. While inspecting containers at the Miami seaport CBP officers identified suspect suspicious boxes in a container which a CBP canine subsequently alerted to for the presence of narcotics. continue reading »

Panamanian Students to Benefit from IDB Loans

Panamanian Students to Benefit from IDB Loans

The Inter-American Development Bank approved a loan for $70 million to provide innovative educational infrastructure to 47 communities in Panama that will benefit more than 38,000 students. The goal is to expand educational opportunities and encourage students in marginal and indigenous areas to complete basic education. continue reading »

Latin America and Caribbean Face Close to $100 Billion in Damages from Global Warming

Latin America and Caribbean Face Close to $100 Billion in Damages from Global Warming

Latin America and the Caribbean face annual damages in the order of $100 billion by 2050 from diminishing agricultural yields, disappearing glaciers, flooding, droughts and other events triggered by a warming planet, according to the findings of a new report to be released at the Rio+20 summit. continue reading »

JLo Donates Medical Equipment to Children’s Hospital in Panama

JLo Donates Medical Equipment to Children’s Hospital in Panama

Jennifer Lopez delivered medical equipment to the Panama Children's Hospital that will help "improve health care" for the youngsters of this country, where this week she kicks off her new world tour. continue reading »

Panama to Reduce Vulnerability to Natural Disasters with $100 Million Investment

Panama to Reduce Vulnerability to Natural Disasters with $100 Million Investment

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved a loan for $100 million to help Panama reduce its vulnerability to natural disasters and the effects of climate change. continue reading »

Expanding Hispanic Population to Play Major Role in Texas Elections

Expanding Hispanic Population to Play Major Role in Texas Elections

While Latino organizations point to Texas as a state where election results will be determined by Hispanics, the two Democrats vying to represent El Paso in Congress say that what they believe most important are border issues, apart from any ethnic differences. continue reading »