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Sugar cane worker killed in protest: police patrol detained

News from Nicaragua | Thursday, 23 January 2014

The San Antonio refinery, owned by the Pellas family, produces sugar, rum, and biofuels for local and international markets. According to the NGO La Isla Foundation, the company’s working conditions have been linked to an epidemic of chronic kidney disease (CKD). In the most affected communities, 68% of all men, read more



CELAC and 2014 elections likely to consolidate regional integration

News from Nicaragua | Monday, 13 January 2014

Tortillaconsal reports on elections taking place in Latin America this year that are likely to consolidate support for governments and political movements committed to regional integration and further distancing from the US. February 2 read more



Nicaragua canal construction 'will not begin until 2015'

News from Nicaragua | Monday, 13 January 2014

According to the head of the canal authority, Manuel Coronel Kautz, the delay is to allow more time for feasibility studies to be completed. A concession was granted in June of 2013 to the HKND Group of Chinese businessman Wang Jing to build a canal, a railroad, an oil read more



ALBA and PETROCARIBE approve new economic zone

News from Nicaragua | Monday, 13 January 2014

Member countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) and PETROCARIBE met in Venezuela in December, and approved this economic zone that would include the members of both alliances and could potentially be expanded to incorporate the South American economic alliance MERCOSUR. PETROCARIBE is composed read more



Get involved locally in Fairtrade Fortnight 24 Feb – 9 March

NSC News | Thursday, 9 January 2014

Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fairer terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. Norma Paiva Gadea from the Union of Co-operatives Soppexxca in Nicaragua visited UK in 2012 as a guest of NSC and Equal Exchange. Norma commented: ‘I am read more