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CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Down to Six

CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Down to Six

World Cup qualifying for teams from North American, Central America and the Caribbean started with 35 countries. Now there are only six teams battling for 3.5 berths to earn a spot in Brazil in 2014. continue reading »

Costa Rica Starts Crack Down on Undocumented Workers, Large Fines for Employers

Costa Rica Starts Crack Down on Undocumented Workers, Large Fines for Employers

Starting this week Costa Rica will implement new regulations that will heavily fine employers that hire undocumented workers. The initiative is meant to discourage the hiring of the estimated 60,000 foreigners living in the country and work undocumented. continue reading »

Latino Groups Call Out Kennedy Center’s Neglect to Honor Latino Artists

Latino Groups Call Out Kennedy Center’s Neglect to Honor Latino Artists

In letters to Kennedy Center executives, Caroline Kennedy, President Obama, and members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts (NHFA) and the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA) are calling for major changes in the process by which Kennedy Center Honorees are selected and asking why there is a constant pattern of exclusion of Latinos. The groups' demands follow the recent announcement of the 2012 Honorees, none of whom are Latino artists. continue reading »

INFOGRAPHIC: Pollution in Latin America

INFOGRAPHIC: Pollution in Latin America

Globally, outdoor urban air pollution kills 2 million people annually and indoor air pollution causes 2 million premature deaths. In Latin America, 100 million people in are exposed to levels of air pollution that exceed the recommended standards. With these rates it is important to look at the health and environmental issues connected to pollution. HS-News takes a look at which countries are culprits and which are taking strides towards environmental protection. continue reading »

Immigration Rates Decrease, Proportion of Latinos Among Immigrants Drops in 2011

Immigration Rates Decrease, Proportion of Latinos Among Immigrants Drops in 2011

Immigration to the United States last year had its smallest increase in a decade, and the proportion of Latin Americans among immigrants fell, according to calculations published Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. continue reading »

Today’s Latin Americans Living 45 Years Longer than Those in 1900

Today’s Latin Americans Living 45 Years Longer than Those in 1900

The average life expectancy in Latin America has risen from 29 years in 1900 to 74 years in 2010, according to a study presented by the Pan American Health Organization, or PAHO. continue reading »

Costa Rica Estimates 7.6 Magnitude Earthquake Left $45 M in Damage

Costa Rica Estimates 7.6 Magnitude Earthquake Left $45 M in Damage

The magnitude-7.6 earthquake that rocked Costa Rica on Sept. 5 caused damage estimated at $45 million, President Laura Chinchilla said Tuesday. She told a press confer continue reading »

¡Felicidades! Costa Rica on Your 191st Year of Independence

¡Felicidades! Costa Rica on Your 191st Year of Independence

Today, all of Costa Rica is celebrating and rejoicing its 191-year old independence from Spain. The Spanish arrived in the 1500's and stayed for nearly 300 years as it colonized the region, enslaved native populations and decimated the island with smallpox. continue reading »

President Obama Denies Neglecting Latin America During First Term

President Obama Denies Neglecting Latin America During First Term

U.S. President Barack Obama denied Thursday - contrary to what many of his critics contend - that he has neglected Latin America and said that his administration has been "very aggressive" in trying to broaden relations with the region. continue reading »

INFOGRAPHIC: Economic Competitiveness in Latin America

INFOGRAPHIC: Economic Competitiveness in Latin America

The 2012-2013 Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) covers 144 major and emerging economies. The report assesses the ability of countries to provide high levels of prosperity to their citizens. Scoring a variety of indicators out of a possible 7 points, below is a sampling of where LatAm ranked globally. continue reading »

Costa Ricans Targeted by Thieves with False Reports of More Earthquakes and Tsunami

Costa Ricans Targeted by Thieves with False Reports of More Earthquakes and Tsunami

As Costa Rica recovers from a 7.9 earthquake that occurred on September 5, 2012 and numerous aftershocks, people are also having to contend with heartless thieves preying on their fear. continue reading »

Former President Carter Calls For Greater U.S.-LatAm Relations

Former President Carter Calls For Greater U.S.-LatAm Relations

As the XVI Annual CAF Conference came to a close, former U.S. president Jimmy Carter called for stronger relations between the U.S. and Latin America, and regretted that the U.S. "is not doing enough as a major country to bring peace and harmony, trade and commerce, and understanding and basic human rights to the people in Latin America." continue reading »

LatAm Hopes to Boost Regional Development by Focusing on Cultural Identities, Tradition

LatAm Hopes to Boost Regional Development by Focusing on Cultural Identities, Tradition

Latin American culture ministers are promoting an agenda based on strengthening their countries' identities and restoring their traditions as a fundamental element of regional development. continue reading »

7.9 Earthquake Strikes Costa Rica, Tsunami Warning for Most of the Americas

7.9 Earthquake Strikes Costa Rica, Tsunami Warning for Most of the Americas

A 7.9 earthquake has rattled Costa Rica, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), this morning with the epicenter occurring some 5 miles from the Costa Rican coast line and some 95 miles west of the capital city of San Jose. continue reading »

Today’s WTF Moment - Surprise Guest Drops in on Costa Rican Classroom (VIDEO)

Today’s WTF Moment - Surprise Guest Drops in on Costa Rican Classroom (VIDEO)

A classroom at Costa Rica's University of Peace received a surprise visit from an interesting guest. Who (or what) could it be? What would you do if this happened? * continue reading »