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Smuggling Ring From Pakistan and Afghanistan to United States Through Latin America Exposed

Smuggling Ring From Pakistan and Afghanistan to United States Through Latin America Exposed

Q24N – A human smuggling ring that helped people from Pakistan and Afghanistan illegally enter the United States by way of Brazil and South and Central America was publicly revealed as the ring’s Brasilia contact pleaded guilty in federal court in Washington on Wednesday. Sharafat Ali Khan, 32, who U.S. authorities said is a Pakistani […]

‘Hacking Challenge’ Competition Will Be On May 15 In Costa Rica

‘Hacking Challenge’ Competition Will Be On May 15 In Costa Rica

Q TECH – For the first time in Costa Rica and for the second consecutive year in Panama, computer security fans will compete to breach a corporate website in a simulated environment during the Hacking Challenge competition. The largest cybersecurity competition, that will be held in Costa Rica on Monday, May 15, at the Hotel […]

Incest Case Attests That, in Costa Rica, Abortion Is Legal In Name Only

Incest Case Attests That, in Costa Rica, Abortion Is Legal In Name Only

Q COSTA RICA (by Larissa Arroyo Navarrete, University of Costa Rica) In Costa Rica, women have had the right to abortion since 1970. Well, more or less. The concept of the “unpunished abortion”, established in article 121 of the penal code, permits the termination of a pregnancy as long the procedure is consensual, performed by […]

What happened when the Donald Trump of Costa Rica demonized neighboring Nicaraguans?

What happened when the Donald Trump of Costa Rica demonized neighboring Nicaraguans?

Costa Rica is often thought of as the “Switzerland of the Americas.” With a stable democracy and no standing army, the small Central American country of 4.8 million is often referred to as the “exception” to the conflict, violence and poverty faced in other Latin American countries. In particular, Costa Ricans pride themselves on their […]

Is Costa Rica a Health Care Haven for Expats?

Is Costa Rica a Health Care Haven for Expats?

Q24n (edited) – Costa Rica has a lot to offer expats. Are you looking for a low cost of living? Check. Are you looking for fabulous beaches and beautiful weather? Check. Need some cheap real estate? Check. The list can continue for days. However, one of the biggest benefits that are not talked about often […]

US Migration Policies To Dominate Mexico-Central America Summit To Be Held in San Jose

US Migration Policies To Dominate Mexico-Central America Summit To Be Held in San Jose

San José (AFP) – US President Donald Trump’s hardline anti-immigrant policies are likely to dominate a summit of leaders of Mexico, Central America and Colombia this week meant to focus on regional infrastructure, analysts said. The gathering, officially the 16th Tuxtla Summit, named after the Mexican city where the first took place in 1991, will […]

PriceSmart Santa Ana To Open in Late 2017

PriceSmart Santa Ana To Open in Late 2017

Q BUSINESS – PriceSmart, the largest operator of membership warehouse clubs in Central America and the Caribbean, says it will invest more than US$12 million dollars in its new point of sale to be located in Santa Ana. The new store, the 7th in Costa Rica and 40th globally, to be located about on the […]

Mexico Faces A Great Opponent In Costa Rica’s Sele

Mexico Faces A Great Opponent In Costa Rica’s Sele

Q SPORTS, CUERNAVACA, Mexico – Costa Ricans are euphoric as the national team, the Seleccion Nacional or “Sele” readies to face Mexico, in a World Cup qualifying match today in Mexico City. As these top two teams in the CONCACAF’s Hexagonal table square off, the home team is expecting a strong showing from the visitors. […]

My Half Minute With “El Presidente”

My Half Minute With “El Presidente”

A selfie with El Presidente, Saturday, March 11, Parque Viva in La Guacima RICO’S JOURNAL – Sporting a goatee, a white Guayabera shirt and dark sunglasses, Luis Guillermo Solis walked among the crowd taking in, like me, the 1st semi-final Paella Valenciana contest. It was Saturday morning. My friend Scott called, insisted I get out […]

Costa Rica Considers Higher Taxes On Foreign Truckers

Costa Rica Considers Higher Taxes On Foreign Truckers

Q COSTA RICA – The Costa Rican Government is to consider hiking taxes on foreign haulers. Meetings were held with domestic companies after protests concerning competition from other neighboring countries. The Government and local firms reached an agreement that lawmakers will consider hiking the current 15 percent income tax rate charge to 20 percent and […]

First Lady of the Revolution: The Henrietta Boggs Story

First Lady of the Revolution: The Henrietta Boggs Story

Q COSTA RICA  – While visiting an aunt and uncle in the exotic countryside of Costa Rica, a young Southern Belle from Alabama accepted a ride on the back of a motorcycle belonging to a charismatic local farmer. That ride would propel her into history-literally. Henrietta Boggs (b. 1918), originally from Birmingham, Alabama fell in […]

Mexico Files WTO Complaint Against Costa Rica Over Avocado Imports Ban

Mexico Files WTO Complaint Against Costa Rica Over Avocado Imports Ban

Q COSTA RICA – On Wednesday Mexico launched a trade complaint at the World Trade Organization (WTO) over Costa Rica’s restrictions on imports of fresh avocados from Mexico, the WTO said in a statement. The request for consultations formally initiates a dispute in the WTO. Consultations give the parties an opportunity to discuss the matter […]

There’s no such thing as gender equality if you’re a woman in politics

There’s no such thing as gender equality if you’re a woman in politics

By Virginia García Beaudoux, University of Buenos Aires – In my work as a gender and communications specialist I have met – and in some cases professionally advised – female ministers, legislators, mayors, community leaders and judges across the world, from the Dominican Republic and Honduras to the Netherlands and Sweden. I’m Argentinean, so the […]

March 8, International Women’s Day: Yes, We Still Need To Protest

March 8, International Women’s Day: Yes, We Still Need To Protest

Q COSTA RICA – Once again women around the world will take to the streets on March 8, International Women’s Day in support of women’s rights and gender equality around the world. While it may seem that we women should be content with the gains that we’ve made, there are still gender based major problems […]

Costa Rica Living In… The World’s Most Welcoming Countries

Costa Rica Living In… The World’s Most Welcoming Countries

Q TRAVEL (By Lindsey Galloway, BBC.com) Costa Rica is among five spots, according to BBC.com, expats will likely be greeted with a warm welcome, a helping hand and a friendly smile. The BBC.com reports says that for many expats, finding new friends can ease the often overwhelming task of adjusting to a new life abroad. […]

We’re ‘In Love’, Claims Scott Disick’s Costa Rica Mystery Woman

We’re ‘In Love’, Claims Scott Disick’s Costa Rica Mystery Woman

COSTA RICA EXTRA (Hollywoodlife.com) The jig is up! Bella Banos claims she’s the mystery woman who joined Scott Disick during his Costa Rican trip with the Kardashians. The bikini model says they’re ‘in love’ and have known each other for two years! Here’s all the juicy details! Bella Banos in Costa Rica from Instagram. It […]

Costa Rica’s Paraside Setting Wasn’t Enough For Scott Disick’s Proposal To Kourtney Kardashian

Costa Rica’s Paraside Setting Wasn’t Enough For Scott Disick’s Proposal To Kourtney Kardashian

Us Weekly  magazine reported that Scott didn’t have a ring and simply told her ‘let’s get married,’ to which she responded with ‘no;’ seen on January 31 in Calabasas, CA COSTA RICA EXTRA – Kourtney Kardashian reportedly rejected a marriage proposal from Scott Disick on her family vacation in Costa Rica. “Scott proposed to Kourtney,” […]

Is Costa Rica The World’s Happiest, Greenest Country?

Is Costa Rica The World’s Happiest, Greenest Country?

(Q24N) Costa Rica was the most environmentally advanced and happiest place on earth last year, followed by Mexico, Colombia, Vanuatu and Vietnam. That was the conclusion of the World Economic Forum’s Happy Planet Index, which recently released its 2016 ranking of “where in the world people are using ecological resources most efficiently to live long, […]

Costa Rica Among The 12 Best Countries for Americans Who Want to, Y’Know… Live Abroad All of a Sudden

Costa Rica Among The 12 Best Countries for Americans Who Want to, Y’Know… Live Abroad All of a Sudden

(Q TRAVEL via Thrillist.com) America’s classic shut-down line is “Love it or leave it,” which, strictly speaking, is a false choice. You can love your country and leave it. Now might be one of those times. Where to go, though, is an open question. Americans are much better at welcoming immigrants than emigrating themselves, but […]

Costa Rica No. 4 Of The World’s 10 Best Places to Retire in 2017

Costa Rica No. 4 Of The World’s 10 Best Places to Retire in 2017

From International Living – For just over a quarter of a century, International Living has ranked, rated, and named the best retirement destinations in the world. Each year we’ve refined and improved the process, bringing new categories and considerations into play, gathering new data, and asking more and better questions of a greater number of […]

Costa Rica Among The Countries With The Best Healthcare In The World

Costa Rica Among The Countries With The Best Healthcare In The World

(Q24N )From International Living – One of the main concerns of any person looking to retire overseas is the quality of healthcare. Is it possible to get medical treatment as good as what’s available in the U.S. and Canada? The answer…a resounding yes. Sometimes it’s even better than what’s on offer at home, and at […]

People Renting Houses and Apartments For Less Than A Month Must Pay Sales And Income Tax

People Renting Houses and Apartments For Less Than A Month Must Pay Sales And Income Tax

Q COSTA RICA – Rentals of houses, apartments and condominiums for a period of less than one month is subject to sales and income tax, indicates the Ministry of Finance (Ministerio de Hacienda) in a clarification of the new law to improve the fight against tax fraud, published in La Gaceta on December 20, 2016. […]

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