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Latin America held back by lack of a middle class and middle-sized companies

By June Webber and Frederica Cocca Once the world’s most prosperous emerging region, Latin America has fallen behind in recent years — due in part to its missing middle: a lack of medium-sized companies, and a shortage of middle-class consumers, according to recent research. Although emerging economies’ contribution to global growth has risen from 37 […]

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Government walks back plan to block Uber and other online taxi apps

After saying it would consider blocking Uber and Cabify taxi apps to Ecuador internet users, the government said Monday that such a blockage was not possible. When he met with striking taxi drivers last week in Quito, Deputy Minister of Transport Iván Carvallo said he would ask the Ministry of Telecommunications to investigate the possibility […]

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Triclosan and increased risk for osteoporosis: Study warns of an association

Women who have high levels of the antibacterial agent triclosan in their urine have worse bone health than other women, new research indicates. Triclosan, which was recently banned in hand sanitizers, is used in a variety of “consumer goods and personal care products including soaps, hand sanitizers, toothpaste, and mouthwash,” Shaofang Cai, the Second Affiliated Hospital of […]

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Pompeo says U.S. will provide $35 million to Ecuador to support assistance to refugees

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pledged $35 million Saturday to support Ecuador’s aid programs for Venezuelan and Colombian refugees. Meeting in Guayaquil with President Lenin Moreno, Pompeo also said the U.S. would provide assistance to combat drug trafficking and for border security. “We understand that Ecuador has received thousands of Venezuelans migrants and refugees […]

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Dental Vacations are the New Normal for Getting Dental Work Done

Exploring new places and lands is an exhilarating experience. What if someone told you that it’s possible to see a new region while also getting affordable dental services? Wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t have to spend tens of thousands of dollars on dental procedures?? Well, in our modern world of everything now being […]

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Gen Xers are hot on Baby Boomers’ heels in considering moving abroad; affordable living, increased opportunities are biggest draws

Although the oldest Generation Xers are only 58, the Gen X population is hot on the heels of the baby boomer generation exiting North America seeking a better life abroad. The Baby Boomers, Gen Xers, Gen Ys, and Millennia’s are familiar terms that reflect popular beliefs of differences among North American generations. Demographers, historians, and […]

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Support for Guaido may be dropping among Venezuela opposition leaders

By Alex Vasquez and Ben Bartenstein If Venezuelan politics weren’t convoluted enough, they just got a bit more complicated this week. The opposition-aligned Progressive Advance party hired Ari Ben-Menashe, a Montreal-based lobbyist, to “pursue Henri Falcon’s election as President of Venezuela,” according to a contract filed with the U.S. Justice Department. Days after the public […]

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