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Pacific Alliance, under Chilean presidency will speed closer links with Mercosur

Q24N - The Pacific Alliance under the helm of Chile, beginning next July first will reach out for closer links with Mercosur, particularly since Argentina's decision to join the block as an observer. “The Argentine decision to join the Pacific Alliance as an observer fully...

Tyco Ventures Into the Central American Market

QBUSINESS - The multinational security solutions company has acquired the Costa Rican firm Circuito, with a plan to expand its business in the region, focu From a statement issued by Tyco: Tyco announced today that it has acquired Circuito SA, a leading firm in electrical design...

Organized Crime Profits from Modern Slavery in Latin America

Q24N - A new report sheds light on how vulnerable populations subjected to slave-like conditions line the pocketbooks of organized crime networks across Latin America. The 2016 Global Slavery Index (pdf) published by Walk Free Foundation estimates that 2.2 million of the world's 45.8 million enslaved people...

One Year Since Costa Rica Banned Mexican Avocadoes

QCOSTARICA - A year ago last week, Costa Rica took the unilateral decision to stop importing the Hass avocado from Mexico after claiming that it had a plague that could endanger the country. Now, avocado prices have almost doubled, the smuggling of Mexican avocados from...

Cinco de Mayo Is Not A Costa Rica Holiday. Or Mexican Independence Day

  QCOSTARICA LIFE - Today, Cinco de Mayo (May 5th) is a day of margaritas and cervezas (beers), but not in Costa Rica: it is a Mexican holiday, but not what most people think. In fact,  most people don't know the real story behind the Cinco...

Gallito Ends 107 Years Of Production in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - After 107 years, the Gallito plant in Costa Rica will close, moving from Heredia to Puebla, Mexico, laying off 300 people, the company said in a press release. The official closure of the facility, which produces powdered drinks, desserts, candies and chocolates, will...

Sinaloa Cartel Has the Biggest Air Fleet in Mexico

(Q24N) If the Sinaloa cartel was an airline, it would be the largest in Mexico, because it has more airplanes than Aeroméxico, the largest airline in the country, with 127, stated El Universal Tuesday, taking into account that the number of confiscated airplanes from...

Legalizing Pot Gains Speed In The Americas

(Q24N) MEXICO CITY - With a swipe of his pen this week, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto proposed that Mexican citizens could legally possess up to an ounce of pot. The day before, Canada's health minister stood at a United Nations podium and announced that...

Mexico: A president in hiding

Q24N via Fusion.net - “Where’s the restroom where Peña Nieto hid?” I asked a group of students upon my arrival at my alma mater, the Universidad Iberoamericana, here in Mexico City. They all knew what I was talking about—and a few pointed me in the...

Andres Sepulveda, Colombian Hacker, Admits To Rigging 2014 Elections In Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica will be investigating whether hackers interfered with its 2014 presidential elections, following revelations by jailed hacker Andrés Sepúlveda that he rigged elections throughout Latin America for almost a decade. Sepulveda, who grew up poor in Bucaramanga, Colombia, eight hours north of...

Trump Responds To Mexican Ex-President: “The Wall Just Got Ten Feet Taller”

The battle of words between Donald Trump and former President of Mexico, Vicente Fox, continues. Donald Trump responded to former Mexican President Vicente Fox's statement today that Mexico is "not going to pay" for Donald Trump's "fuc*ing wall", Trump said "The Wall Just Got Ten...

Costa Rica Announces Direct Flights To Mexico For Stranded Cuban Migrants

QCOSTARICA - Good news for the Cuban migrants stranded in Costa Rica, at a press conference Friday at Casa Presidencial, Costa Rica's President, Luis Guillermo Solis, Foreign Minister, Manuel Gonzalez and the Director of Immigration, Kathya Rodriguez,  announced that next week direct flights to...

Five Reasons Sean Penn Failed as a ‘Journalist’ in ‘Chapo’ Interview

  Q24N by Steven Dudley (Insightcrime.org) Sean Penn’s exclusive interview with Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán may have gotten Mexico’s drug kingpin captured, but that is only one mistake the intrepid, self-described “journalist” made when he traveled deep into the Sierra Madre. A few caveats. First, I...

The First Group of 180 Cuban Migrants To Leave Costa Rica Has Been Selected

QCOSTARICA - The first 180 of the Cuban migrants stranded in Costa Rica since November has been selected and will be travelling by air to El Salvador on Tuesday, confirmed the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Manuel Gonzalez. The Director of Immigration, Kathya Rodriguez, in charge of...

Lindsay Lohan: I Just Wanted To Start The Year With Peace and Love

COSTA RICA EXTRA- Using her Instagram profile, actress and singer Lindsay Lohan, made it clear she did not consufe Costa Rica with Mexico, as published in Vanity Fair. The confusion occurred because Lohan, while vacationing in Costa Rica, posted photos of "Cabo San Lucas in...

250 Stranded Cuban Migrants To Leave Costa Rica Next Week

QCOSTARICA - 250 is the number of Cuban migrants in Costa Rica that will be leaving for El Salvador next week, as part of a plan to end the crisis that has left almost 8,000 of the islanders stranded in the country. The first group,...

Costa Rica Avocado Prices To Increase

(qCOSTARICA) - Randall Benavides, president of the Chamber of Exporters and Importers of perishable products, confirmed that Costa Rica had imported 15 containers of avocado from Peru, which are priced 50% higher than the ones imported from Mexico, during the past seven weeks. Thus, he...

Gold Cup Quarter Finals: “Concacaf 1- 0 Costa Rica”

(QCOSTARICA SPORTS) After the Mexico - Costa Rica quarter finals Gold Cup game last night, Mexican journalist David Faitelson for ESPN Deportes tweeted about the serious referee error that Costa Rica the game and out of the Gold Cup, advancing Mexico to the semi-finals. The...

Did EL Chapo Escape Or Deliberately Released From Prison?

(Q24N) To the world outside Mexico the elaborate escape of the mos-wanted criminal from a maximum security prison is a like a crime thriller, slipping down a 10 metre shaft to a 1,500 metre (almost one mile) tunnel - equipped with lighting and ventilation...

Mexico Favourite Against Costa Rica Today

  (QCOSTARICA SPORTS) CONCACAF heavyweights Mexico and Costa Rica will go head-to-head for a place in the Gold Cup (Copa de Oro) semi-finals when they meet at the MetLife Stadium today, Sunday. La Seleccion (La Sele), Costa Rica's national team, has yet to win one single...

“Chapo” In Chepe?

(QCOSTARICA) Costa Rica's immigration service is on high alert for the possible arrival of Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, who escaped from a Mexican prison on Saturday. Authorities in Costa Rica fear that Chapo, who Mexican authorities have not been able to recapture,...

Costa Rica Steps Up Border Security

(QCOSTARICA) The prison break of Mexico's most notorious drug lord, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán, after stepping into a shower and slipping into a tunnel of the maximum-security prison in that country, authorities in Costa Rica have stepped up security at the country's borders. According to the...

Mexico Takes Costa Rica To WTO Over Avocado Import Ban

(QCOSTARICA) Mexico and Guatemala have brought Costa Rica's import ban on avocados (aguacate in Spanish) before the World Trade Organization (WTO).  The case will be heard on July 15th in the committee in charge of Sanitary Measures in Geneva, Switzerland. The ban was issued by...

Costa Rica’s Absense In The Miss Universe Is Being Echoed Around The World

(COSTARICA EXTRA) Phrases like "the misses of each country are not to blame for what happened", and "they should not be pay for the sins of others" are some of the comments echoed by experts and director of Miss Universe franchises around the...

How the U.S. ‘Solved’ the Central American Migrant Crisis

(Via Alernet.org) La Bestia 'Train of Death' is running empty now. For years, the freight trains collectively known as “The Beast” carried Central American migrants north through Mexico on their quest to reach the U.S. border, fleeing extreme poverty and violence in their home countries. Hundreds...

35 Women Rescued from Mexican Sex Trafficking Ring

(Q CENTRAL AMERICA) Mexico's southern border region is a hot spot for sex traffickers who target migrants traveling from Central America. Thirty-five women were rescued from a sex-trafficking ring, with six suspects arrested in Mexico's southern state of Chiapas, authorities announced Wednesday. According to the National...

Costa Rica Bans Avocado Imports Due To Sun Blotch Virus

QCOSTARICA - The Phytosanitary Service (SFE) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAF) closed off all imports of avocados (aguacate in Spanish) to Costa Rica from eight countries and the State of Florida, due to a virus called Sun Blotch (Mancha del Sol...

Low-Cost Mexican Airline Will Offer Flights to Cancun and Guadalajara From San Jose

QCOSTARICA - Starting September 10, 2015, the low-cost Mexican airline will begin weekly flights between Cancun and Guadalajara from San Jose. The direct flights will be on Thursdays and Sundays on an Airbus 320. Last month, Volaris applied to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (Dirección...

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