Scientists Uncover a Shady Web of Online Spider Sales

More than 1,200 species of arachnids are part of a largely unregulated global marketplace, according to a new study.

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Russian Hacking Cartel Attacks Costa Rican Government Agencies

Experts who track the hackers’ actions said the group had recently begun to shift its focus to countries in Central and South America, perhaps as retaliation against nations that have supported Ukraine.

#chaves-rodrigo, #costa-rica, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #international-relations, #politics-and-government, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

A DHL Cargo Plane Breaks in Two Landing at a Costa Rica Airport

No one on board was injured, a spokesman for the delivery company said, adding that it was working with the authorities to remove the plane.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #costa-rica, #dhl, #freight-cargo, #san-jose-costa-rica

Costa Ricans Choose President Amid Discontent and Apathy

A former president faces an upstart economist as the future of a political system that turned Costa Rica into a model of stability is cast in doubt.

#chaves-rodrigo, #costa-rica, #figueres-jose-maria, #politics-and-government, #sexual-harassment, #world-bank

Costa Rica’s Close Election Tests Women’s Rights 

In Costa Rica’s runoff on Sunday, voters will decide between a candidate found to have sexually harassed junior employees at the World Bank and a former president once accused of corruption.

#alvarado-quesada-carlos, #arias-sanchez-oscar, #central-america, #chaves-rodrigo, #costa-rica, #elections, #figueres-jose-maria, #sexual-harassment, #womens-rights, #world-bank

U.S. Men’s Soccer Team Clinches World Cup Berth

Five years after a calamitous night cost them a World Cup berth, the United States took the field in Costa Rica and, by merely avoiding a calamitous defeat, earned a place in Qatar.

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Nicaragua Seizes Universities, Inching Toward Dictatorship

Many see the move as President Daniel Ortega’s latest effort to clamp down on dissent, after persecuting political opponents and extending his time in office.

#colleges-and-universities, #costa-rica, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #murillo-rosario, #nicaragua, #ortega-daniel

The U.S. Needs a Hemispheric Migration Strategy

The U.S. should move from a border policy approach to a truly regional and collaborative plan of action.

#brazil, #central-america, #chile, #colombia, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #costa-rica, #cuba, #darien-gap, #haiti, #immigration-and-emigration

U.S. Rallies to Beat Costa Rica in World Cup Qualifier

Sergiño Dest scored one goal and set up another as the United States regained its stride with a dominant performance in World Cup qualifying.

#costa-rica, #soccer, #united-states

Some Bat Pups Babble Just Like Human Babies

Pups of one bat species show a remarkable similarity to infants of our own species in the way they emit complex streams of syllables.

#animal-behavior, #bats, #costa-rica, #museum-of-natural-history-berlin-germany, #panama, #your-feed-science

What Digital Nomads Need to Know About Taxes Abroad

Working remotely while abroad has obvious appeal. But the tax consequences vary depending on where you go. Here’s what to know.

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Why Medical Tourism Is Drawing Patients, Even in a Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has devastated medical tourism, but pent-up demand remains for affordable treatment in foreign lands.

#budget-travel, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #costa-rica, #istanbul-turkey, #medical-tourism, #medicine-and-health, #mexico, #pandemic, #surgery-and-surgeons, #thailand, #travel-and-vacations, #travel-warnings, #united-states

House Hunting in Costa Rica: A Slice of Oceanside Paradise for $1.1 Million

Beloved as a haven for tourists, Costa Rica’s housing market has been hit hard in this year of limited travel, with damaging effects rippling out to some, but not all, of its provinces.

#costa-rica, #puntarenas-costa-rica, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

Ready to Mate? Take Off Your Mask, One Bat Says

Wrinkle-faced bats incorporate whistles, wing flaps and furry masks into their mating rituals, researchers have found.

#bats, #biology-and-biochemistry, #costa-rica, #public-library-of-science-plos, #reproduction-biological, #research, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

As Tropical Destinations Reopen, Here’s What Travelers Need to Know

Hoping short flights and outdoor appeal will lure visitors, countries in the Caribbean and Latin America are taking different approaches to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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My Family Had Suffered Loss After Loss. Then Came the Dragon Fruit.

In an area devastated by droughts and erratic rainfall, I took a chance on a bright little magenta ball of hope.

#agriculture-and-farming, #cattle, #costa-rica, #drought, #fruit, #rural-areas

‘A Hail Mary’: Psychedelic Therapy Draws Veterans to Jungle Retreats

Ayahuasca, a vomit-inducing hallucinogenic brew, draws thousands of people each year — including former soldiers — to jungle retreats that have become an unlicensed and unregulated mental health marketplace.

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