18 January 2021 Edition - 01/21
Venezuela refuels its territorial dispute with Guyana in area with massive offshore oil find

Political tensions between Guyana and Venezuela are escalating in a longstanding border dispute over an area that comprises two-thirds of the smaller English-speaking South American country..... 
YPF to sell flagship office tower to keep shale dream alive

YPF SA plans to sell its iconic office tower in the heart of Buenos Aires as Argentina's state oil company looks to boost  resources to continue drilling amid an industry slowdown, according to a person familiar with the matter.....
2021 must be the Year of Caricom — Dr Keith Rowley

The incoming chairman of the Caribbean Community (Caricom), Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley of Trinidad and Tobago, is challenging the regional integration movement towards stronger outcomes in the year ahead....
Ford shares rise after South America restructuring announcement
Shares of Ford are up following the auto company’s announcement that it will shutdown a manufacturing plant in Brazil as part of a South America restructuring plan.

Colombia’s ‘cocaine hippos’ must be stopped, scientists warn

Pablo Escobar’s hippos are taking over the marshlands of Colombia — and need to face the same fate as their late owner before they become impossible to control, scientists have warned.....  

Latin American Real Estate investments to protect your future

Gateway to South America has had to reinvent themselves many times to take advantage of the different opportunities brought about by the challenges in the Latin American real estate markets they operate in.

CEO of the e-commerce platform Mercado Libre, Marcos Galperin says bitcoin is a better store of value than gold although he believes it will not replace fiat currency due to what he terms the high “energy cost required to process its transfers.”

President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Antony Blinken to head the Department of State.  Blinken has been lauded for his pledge to restore aid to the Northern Triangle countries—Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador - the funds for which were largely cut during the Trump administration......

The NZ Government’s 2019 Tourism Strategy calls for “value over volume” which Tourism Minister Stuart Nash told the Tourism Industry Aotearoa Conference in November was the way out of the COVID-19 downturn....  Click Here or Image for Article
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro said on Friday that a plane would be sent to India to pick up COVID-19 vaccines in two or three days at most, after the government had announced the flight would leave earlier.....

A surge in COVID-19 cases is hitting nearly all countries in the Americas, the PAHO head has commented, adding that the pandemic's toll in 2021 could be worse than 2020 if containment efforts are relaxed.....
Argentina Takes A Shot With Russia's Sputnik Vaccine

As nations around the world scramble to start vaccinating against COVID-19, many countries are finding it difficult if not impossible to get the vaccines they want.  Case in point — Argentina. President Alberto Fernández promised to start vaccination campaigns in the South American nation before the end of 2020....

Mexico hits another record for COVID-19 cases

Mexico posted a record spike in coronavirus cases on Friday, with 21,366 newly confirmed infections, about double the daily rate of increase just a week ago. The country also recorded 1,106 more deaths.  It was unclear if the spike was due to the presence of the U.K. virus variant.....


The Maya Civilization's Religion Was More Than Just Ritual Sacrifices

For many people in the Western world, Maya culture has been reduced to sacrificial rituals, disfigurement, bloodletting and other dark depictions of an ancient Mesoamerican civilization.

But this narrow fixation on ritualistic murder — a lurid gloss on a complex, shifting theology — obscures a great deal about the Maya and their gods. While the macabre undeniably played a part in this spirituality, it was only a small portion of a larger, dynamic belief system still held by Maya people today....
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