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Sen Cardin Places a Hold on a Nomination Over TPS

WASHINGTON - Democrat Sen. Ben Cardin said Thursday he will place a hold on the nomination of Carlos Trujillo to be U.S. ambassador to the Organization of American States until State Department provides him with information regarding the decision process to end a temporary protected status for immig


La Quinta Holdings Inc. Common Stock Quote & Summary Data

Our system-wide portfolio, as of December 31, 2016, consisted of 888 hotels representing approximately 87,200 rooms located predominantly in 48 states across the U.S., as well as in Canada, Mexico, Honduras and Colombia, of which 322 hotels were owned and operated and 566 were franchised. We also ha


Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk seizes more than 3 tons of cocaine, rescues sea turtle

A sea turtle entangled with a life ring that the Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk crew rescued during a 53-day Eastern Pacific counter drug patrol. (Coast Guard photo) KEY WEST, Fla. - The Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk returned to homeport in Key West Wednesday following a 53-day Eastern Pacific counter drug p


Revisiting Voluntourism

During winter recess, I embarked on a five-day trip to Estel, Nicaragua with a group of Harvard undergraduates as part of a Global Medical Brigade. On the first day, we contributed to a long-term effort to build a distribution system for clean water. On the following four days, we prepared medicines


CONCACAF's best battle for France 2018 berths

Trinidad and Tobago will be the setting for the ninth edition of the 2018 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship, which begins on Thursday. Eight teams will compete for the regional title in this age group, as well as three qualifying berths for the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup France 2018. The tourname


A Small Village On The Edge Of The Earth In Nicaragua

It’s very hard to capture the whole village in one picture as it’s spread along the coastline under the trees. This is a rare construction for this area – a house made of wood; plastic and palm leaves are the most common construction material. Locals are using solar panels and batteries to provide t


Magnitude 5.8 earthquake hits Nicaragua: USGS

(Reuters) - An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.8 struck Nicaragua about 50 miles (80 km) southwest of Rivas on Tuesday, the United States Geological Survey said. An initial alert from the USGS put the magnitude at 6.0 but it revised it some minutes later. It said the tremor had a depth of 24.4 mile


Salvadorans in L.A. Brace for Change

Revoking immigration protections on L.A.'s TPS holders could have a dramatic impact on the city's workforce, communities, and neighborhoods. LOS ANGELES, CA - Evelyn Hernandez told her husband that even if she dies, she doesn't want to leave the United States. "I want to get buried here," she said s


Costa Rica to become Latin American electric-car pioneer?

Costa Rica isn't what you'd call a bastion of automotive sales. The Central American country ,wedged between Nicaragua and Panama, is home to 4.8 million people who buy just 154,000 vehicles annually-less than 1 percent of the sales in the United States. But that won't deter the Costa Rican governme


Nicaragua piles on Trump criticism after slur

Managua (AFP) - Nicaragua on Monday joined the international chorus of criticism directed at US President Donald Trump over his reported slur against some poor nations. Trump's reported description of African state, Haiti and El Salvador as "shithole countries" in a meeting on migration was "racist.


Venezuela government, opposition conclude talks without agreement

(In this January 13 story corrects title of Borges in paragraph 9 to former national assembly president) SANTO DOMINGO (Reuters) - Members of Venezuela's leftist government and opposition leaders concluded a round of talks in the Dominican Republic on Saturday, failing to reach a deal to address t


Venezuela asks other countries to adopt oil-backed cryptocurrency

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has called for other countries to adopt the oil-backed cryptocurrency Petro, tipped as a way out of the country's economic crisis. SaaS has set off a revolution in the way companies consume services on-demand. We look at how it's spreading to other IT services and


Salvadorans Digest End Of TPS Designation

HARRISONBURG - Jose Carlos Ramos has lived in the United States for the last 17 years. Ramos, 47, met his wife here. They had a daughter here. He bought a home here. And he has a job working at the Cargill poultry plant near Dayton. But the life he and his family built in Harrisonburg may soon be en


Strangers at home, Salvadoran deportees welcomed at call centers

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - Alexander Ramos was deported to El Salvador from the United States seven years ago, forced to leave jobs as a gardener and at McDonald's after getting caught driving without a license. Back in his native San Salvador, the 31-year-old brushed up on his English and landed a j


Watch: Drones give closer view of active volcano

With the help of drones, researchers are investigating an active Nicaraguan volcano that could pose a hazard to millions of people. Masaya volcano is located in an active volcanic and seismic zone and is nearby Managua, Nicaragua's capital. The researchers are using many methods, including drones, t


Commentary: This is how ignorant you have to be to call Haiti a 's---hole'

The president had no respect for Haiti. He could see as well as anyone following the news that the country was a basket case - racked by political unrest, filthy, incapable of handling its own affairs. There was no doubt his opinion of the black republic was informed by his blatant racism, which in


Artist Bio: Javier Yasir Fajardo

Javier Yasir Fajardo was born in Managua, Nicaragua. He is a freelance illustrator and editorial cartoonist for a newspaper daily. At an early age, he drew on the wall of his house, but later he ended up drawing for magazines and newspapers, "I like draw comics, sometimes play guitar if i have time,


Julio Rocha, Jailed FIFA Official From Nicaragua, Dies at 67

MANAGUA, Nicaragua - Julio Rocha, a former president of the Nicaraguan soccer federation who was convicted in the United States in a corruption scandal at FIFA, died on Saturday. He was 67. Manuel Quintanilla, the federation's current president, said his predecessor died after an illness he had had


U.S. Panama ambassador resigns over differences with Trump

The U.S. Ambassador to Panama, John Feeley, has resigned over differences with the Trump administration, according to published reports.What happened? Feeley spent much of his time working on issues impacting Latin American nations, and some of Trump's policies are viewed as hostile to those countri


Venezuela government, opposition resume talks in Dominican Republic

SANTO DOMINGO (Reuters) - Members of Venezuela's leftist government and opposition leaders resumed talks in the Dominican Republic on Friday, seeking to reach an agreement to ease a deep political and economic crisis in the OPEC country. The two sides failed to come to terms in a prior round of tal