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Mónica Vargas

Distrito de Lima, Peru
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About Mónica
Mónica Vargas is a freelance journalist based in Lima, Peru.
Mónica worked as a Reuters correspondent for Peru and then Chile and as a latam news editor.
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Peruvians combat economic crisis with neighborhood fairs

25 Nov 2022  |  Voz de América
Peruvians are turning to neighborhood fairs as a means to combat the economic crisis exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the war between Ukraine and Russia. These fairs, often organized by local governments and residents, offer a direct connection between producers and consumers, allowing for more affordable prices. The fairs have become a lifeline for small entrepreneurs like Régulo Vargas, a 48-year-old farmer and veterinary technician, and Rocío Valderrama, a cosmetologist, who use these events to sell their products. The fairs also provide a social space and have gained popularity during the pandemic. Despite their success, there is a lack of clear and lasting regulations regarding the fairs. A recent Ipsos Peru survey indicates that 84% of Peruvians feel the cost of living has significantly increased over the past year. Official estimates suggest a slowing economy for Peru, with emerging economies at risk of a prolonged recession according to the World Bank.

What happened to the iconic Chilean pension model?

14 Nov 2022  |  Voz de América
Chile's pension system, once a model for Latin America, is facing demands for reform. The proposed changes include ending the AFP system, introducing public and private investment managers, creating a non-profit public entity to collect contributions and pay pensions, and establishing a new collective savings pillar funded by employers. The reforms aim to increase the guaranteed universal pension amount and add a 6% additional employer contribution to enhance current pensions. The system, initiated in the 1980s under Augusto Pinochet, was based on mandatory individual savings managed by AFPs. However, low pensions and inefficiencies led to reforms by Michelle Bachelet and Sebastián Piñera's governments, and massive protests in 2016. President Gabriel Boric has now proposed ending the AFPs, with the decision pending in Congress. The impact of these changes is being watched across Latin America, where countries like Argentina and Bolivia have already nationalized private pension funds, and Colombia and Peru offer a choice between private and state systems.

The problems behind the imposing Machu Picchu in Peru

07 Nov 2022  |  Voz de América
Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage site, faces challenges due to increased visitor limits, nearly doubling the number approved by Peru's Ministry of Culture in July 2020, despite UNESCO's recommendations to safeguard the site. Disagreements arise among tour operators, authorities, and locals over visitor numbers, with some advocating for a return to pre-2020 levels. The potential increase to 5,044 visitors per day risks UNESCO declaring the site endangered. Former officials and experts warn of the impacts of climate change and mass tourism on the site's preservation. Meanwhile, tourists express concerns over train services and fraudulent travel agencies, and local protests demand better management of archaeological site revenues and infrastructure improvements following a river overflow in Aguas Calientes.

The lessons that Latin America did not learn from the pandemic

29 Oct 2022  |  Voz de América
Latin America's healthcare systems remain largely unimproved despite the lessons that could have been learned from the COVID-19 pandemic. Official figures from the Pan American Health Organization report over 2.8 million deaths in the region. The pandemic exposed the fragility and mismanagement of healthcare systems in countries like Peru, Colombia, and Venezuela, with promises of reform and strengthening largely unfulfilled. The return to in-person work has also been a challenge, with increased traffic congestion in major cities and a slow adoption of telework and hybrid work models. The article includes perspectives from healthcare professionals and citizens who express disappointment and concern over the lack of progress.

Peruvians and Colombians excited about entering the United Kingdom without a visa

21 Oct 2022  |  Voz de América
Peruvians and Colombians are enthusiastic about the announcement that they will be able to enter the United Kingdom without a visa starting November 9th. The news was well-received on social media, especially given the complex political situations in both Latin American countries. Peru is facing a political crisis, while Colombia is adjusting to a new left-wing government. The UK's decision is seen as a sign of trust and a step forward in bilateral relations, expected to increase trade and investment. Guyana will also benefit from the visa exemption. The UK ambassadors in Colombia and Peru highlighted the importance of this decision for business opportunities, particularly as Peru has increased its natural gas exports to the UK amidst the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

Blinken in Peru to Participate in OAS General Assembly

06 Oct 2022  |  Voz de América
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is in Peru for the OAS General Assembly, addressing common regional interests and reaffirming U.S. commitment to democracy, sustainable development, and security cooperation. Discussions with OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro, Peruvian President Pedro Castillo, and Foreign Minister César Landa will cover regional security, democratic strengthening, and inclusive economic development. Blinken's South American tour included praising Chile's leadership and supporting Colombia's holistic approach to drug trafficking. Peru's political instability and economic challenges are backdrop to the assembly, with conservative sectors rejecting the OAS's 'progressive agenda'. Resolutions against Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Nicaragua's political and human rights crisis, and Haiti's security crisis are expected.

Secretary Blinken Arrives in Chile to Strengthen Ties Beyond Trade

05 Oct 2022  |  Voz de América
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is on a five-day tour of Latin America, having visited Colombia and set to conclude in Peru at the General Assembly of the Organization of American States. In Chile, Blinken's visit aims to strengthen collaboration beyond trade, as the U.S. is Chile's second-largest trading partner. Discussions with Chilean President Gabriel Boric and Foreign Minister Antonia Urrejola will cover democratic governance, trade, investment, regional security, migration management, climate change, and social inclusion. Blinken will also visit the Chilean National Electric Coordinator, where U.S. companies are involved, and meet with alumni of the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative. The tour demonstrates U.S. engagement in the region amid China's growing influence.

California Secures Two FMAGs to Assist Agencies Battling SQF Complex in Tulare County, Bobcat Fire in Los Angeles County

13 Sep 2020  |  news.caloes.ca.gov
The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services secured two Fire Management Assistance Grants from FEMA to support the suppression of the SQF Complex and Bobcat Fire in Tulare and Los Angeles County, respectively. The SQF Complex threatens approximately 1,900 homes and the Bobcat Fire threatens about 28,000 homes, both also threatening critical infrastructure. The SQF Complex is 12% contained after burning over 75,000 acres, and the Bobcat Fire is 6% contained with over 32,000 acres burned. Cal OES, federal, state, and local agencies are responding to the fires, which have been exacerbated by recent heat and winds, leading to Red Flag Warnings in Northern California. The FMAGs allow for a 75% reimbursement of eligible fire suppression costs.

DMV Extends All Expiring Driver Licenses

14 Apr 2020  |  news.caloes.ca.gov
The California Department of Motor Vehicles has extended the validity of expiring driver licenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Licenses for drivers under 70 expiring between March and May 2020 are now valid through May 31, 2020, while all commercial licenses expiring between March and June 2020 are valid through June 30, 2020. This does not apply to medical certificates for commercial drivers. Drivers 70 and older will receive a 120-day extension automatically. The DMV encourages eligible drivers to renew online and has implemented additional measures to assist Californians with expiring licenses during the pandemic.

Update on the Grand Princess from HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness & Response and the California Office of Emergency Services

09 Mar 2020  |  news.caloes.ca.gov
The State of California, in partnership with the federal government, is managing the safe return of passengers from the Grand Princess cruise ship, ensuring health protection measures. The ship is expected to dock at the Port of Oakland for disembarkation, with a focus on those needing emergency medical care. California residents will be transferred to military bases for testing and quarantine, while non-residents will be taken to out-of-state facilities. The crew will remain quarantined on the ship, which will leave Oakland after disembarkation.

Update on Grand Princess Cruise Ship

08 Mar 2020  |  news.caloes.ca.gov
The State of California, in partnership with the federal government, is facilitating the safe return of passengers from the Grand Princess cruise ship. The operation, which includes local support from the City of Oakland and the Port of Oakland, aims to protect public health by quarantining passengers, with Californians going to a federally run isolation facility within the state and non-Californians to facilities in other states. The crew will be quarantined on the ship, which will dock only for the duration of disembarkment at the Port of Oakland, chosen for its suitability for the task. Governor Gavin Newsom, Mayor Libby Schaaf, and other officials have emphasized the importance of community safety and the commitment to helping those affected by COVID-19.

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