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For The Second Year No Carnaval In Puntarenas

For The Second Year No Carnaval In Puntarenas

Q COSTA RICA – For the second year in a row, Puntarenas will not have its “Carnaval” (festival). Danilo Chavarria, president of the Puntarenas city…

An Intro to “Blue Zones”

An Intro to “Blue Zones”

(Q24N) Dan Buettner was born in Minnesota and spent time enjoying the outdoor adventures that Minnesota has to offer. As he grew up, he trekked…

From Costa Rica to Mars: Sandra Cauffman’s NASA Journey

From Costa Rica to Mars: Sandra Cauffman’s NASA Journey

Q COSTA RICA – A great video first published on March 2015 and updated on September 2016, the Sandra Cauffman TEDx PuraVidaJoven talk she gave…

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…

Bikini-Clad Hilary Duff in Costa Rica Tropical Getaway (Photos)

Bikini-Clad Hilary Duff in Costa Rica Tropical Getaway (Photos)

COSTA RICA EXTRA – Hilary Duff, 29,  in a s tunning in white bikini bottoms and a matching tank top tied up tight to show…

Meet The Costa Rica Photographer Behind Your Favorite Beyoncé Photos

Meet The Costa Rica Photographer Behind Your Favorite Beyoncé Photos

(Remezcla.com) On Wednesday, February 1, Beyoncé notched another collective internet meltdown when she unexpectedly posted an Instagram photo announcing her pregnancy. The next day, she…

U.S. to Costa Rica For Under $200 Round-Trip

U.S. to Costa Rica For Under $200 Round-Trip

Q COSTA RICA TRAVEL- FLIGHT DEALS (Cntraveler.com) Sun, sand, beach. Sun, sand, beach. After winter storms on the East Coast, we have a new mantra…

Tamarindo Goes For Ecological Blue Flag

Tamarindo Goes For Ecological Blue Flag

Q COSTA RICA (Tamarindo News) The Chamber of Commerce and Tourism of Tamarindo (CCTT) will soon present the application for the Ecological Blue Flag Award,…

We Quit Our Jobs and Moved to Costa Rica Before Turning 30

We Quit Our Jobs and Moved to Costa Rica Before Turning 30

Q COSTA RICA – At the ripe age of 28 years old, my wife (then girlfriend) and I quit our jobs. We hopped on a…

6 Magical Places To Watch The Sunset In Latin America

6 Magical Places To Watch The Sunset In Latin America

(Q TRAVEL) By Simon Williams – Latin America boasts some of the worlds most postcard worthy beaches, particularly in Brazil and Costa Rica. As top…

Journey to a Costa Rican Food Forest

Journey to a Costa Rican Food Forest

(Q COSTA RICA) Pura Vida! Journey To A Costa Rican Food Forest. Filmmaker and Great Big Storyteller Ben Brown heads into the jungles of Costa…


Security Ministry Investigating Alleged Coup in Police Force

Security Ministry Investigating Alleged Coup in Police Force

Q COSTA RICA – The Ministerio de Seguridad Pública (MSP) is investigation the origin of an alleged coup threatening the police force, arising from a disagreement of some unionized police officials with the change in work schedule. “A coup is possible…we are the police…we can do everything…”, says the audio the MSP released on Tuesday […]…

Guanacaste Becomes A Magnet For Supermarkets in Costa Rica

Guanacaste Becomes A Magnet For Supermarkets in Costa Rica

Q COSTA RICA  – The arrival of large numbers of tourists in Guanacaste is one of the factors supermarket chains have been increasing their presence…

Canadian Drowns in Playa Hermosa

Canadian Drowns in Playa Hermosa

Q COSTA RICA – Canadian Peter Scouras died tragically in a tragic drowning accident in Costa Rica over the weekend. Scouras, 33, was the co-owner…

Demobilization of FARC In Colombia Could Threaten Costa Rica Security: Minister

Demobilization of FARC In Colombia Could Threaten Costa Rica Security: Minister

Q COSTA RICA (Insightcrime.org) Authorities in Costa Rica are worried that the dismantling of Colombia’s main guerrilla group could threaten the country’s stability, as a…

Bureaucracy Has No Limits in Costa Rica

Bureaucracy Has No Limits in Costa Rica

Q COSTA RICA – The order to start a major road project has been temporarily suspended because of “a change of offices and misplacement of…

352 Costa Ricans Have Been “Deported” From or “Denied” Entry To The U.S. In The Past Year

352 Costa Ricans Have Been “Deported” From or “Denied” Entry To The U.S. In The Past Year

Q COSTA RICA – Although the news of ‘denials’ and ‘deportations’ of Costa Ricans from the United States went viral on the social networks following…

Costa Rica Irazu Volcano Covered in Frost

Costa Rica Irazu Volcano Covered in Frost

Q COSTA RICA – It may sound strange to hear of frost in Costa Rica, but it is a fact, the low temperatures last week…

In 2016, On Average, There Were 5 Cases Daily Of Sexual Abuse Of Minors

In 2016, On Average, There Were 5 Cases Daily Of Sexual Abuse Of Minors

Q COSTA RICA – On average, every day in 2016, five children in the country; authorities received more than 2,000 calls of alert. Of the…

Bureaucracy is Killing the Gulf of Nicoya

Bureaucracy is Killing the Gulf of Nicoya

Q COSTA RICA (Vozdeguanacaste.com) President Luis Guillermo Solís inaugurated the Interinstitutional Surveillance Station in Puerto Níspero de Cañas on July 19, 2016. That’s where the…

“There Is No Beach in Costa Rica That Drug Traffickers Have Not Penetrated”, Security Minister

“There Is No Beach in Costa Rica That Drug Traffickers Have Not Penetrated”, Security Minister

Q COSTA RICA – Costa Rica’s Ministerio de Seguridad Publica (minister of Security), Gustavo Mata, has denounced an increase in drug trafficking in the country,…

How Life Has Changed For These Cuban Women Over 20 years

How Life Has Changed For These Cuban Women Over 20 years

Norma Guillard. Credit: Matt Rogers (TODAY CUBA) Cuba had a big year in 2016 — beginning with a visit by President Barack Obama and ending with the death of Fidel Castro. As visa restrictions eased for Americans, many US tourists visited the island nation for the first time. For decades, Americans have had very little […]…

Arizona Family Moving to Nicaragua To Get Away From Trump’s America

Arizona Family Moving to Nicaragua To Get Away From Trump’s America

The Krump family is shown here in Granada, Nicaragua, in 2016. Photo Credit: Krump family (TODAY NICARAGUA) Since Kristina Krump and her husband, Nicholas, started…

Nicaragua Backs Climate-change Proof Coffee

Nicaragua Backs Climate-change Proof Coffee

Photo Nguyen Huy Kham / Reuters TODAY NICARAGUA – Climate change has forced governments around the world to make tough decisions to guarantee their long-term…

Closing of Private School in Honduras Linked to Extortion

Closing of Private School in Honduras Linked to Extortion

(Q24N) Insightcrime.org – The temporary closing of a private school in Honduras may have been due to the imposition of what administrators are calling a…

Panama Crackdown on Human Trafficking

Panama Crackdown on Human Trafficking

Panama’s Deputy Director of the Judicial Investigation Department, Manuel Bonome TODAY POANAMA (Prensa Latina) The present strategy against human trafficking has allowed Panama to rescue…

Did The Simpsons Just Predict Mexico’s Next President?

Did The Simpsons Just Predict Mexico’s Next President?

(Q24N) Panampost.com – The new season of The Simpsons is about to start and an image has been spreading around social media showing Andrés Manuel…

Cuban Hotels Among Best All-Inclusives of the Caribbean

Cuban Hotels Among Best All-Inclusives of the Caribbean

TODAY CUBA (Varadero, Cuba)  Two hotels in this resort, the largest and most important in Cuba, stand out today in the All-Inclusive Resorts in the…

Meet Leo Canosa, Founder of Cuba’s First (Sort of) Legal Tattoo Studio

Meet Leo Canosa, Founder of Cuba’s First (Sort of) Legal Tattoo Studio

TODAY CUBA – As tattoo art has exploded in Cuba over the last few years, artists have grown accustomed to operating in a legal grey…

El Salvador to Extend ‘Extraordinary’ Anti-Gang Measures until 2018

El Salvador to Extend ‘Extraordinary’ Anti-Gang Measures until 2018

Q24N (InSight Crime) Officials in El Salvador agreed to extend “extraordinary measures” to fight organized crime despite doubts about their effectiveness and alleged threats to…

Havana Art Contest Censors Photo of Cuban Daily as Toilet Paper

Havana Art Contest Censors Photo of Cuban Daily as Toilet Paper

TODAY CUBA – A picture of a woman using Cuba’s national newspaper Trabajadores as toilet paper was censored in a Havana art contest this weekend,…

Fact Checking Venezuelan Passports-to-Terrorists Allegations

Fact Checking Venezuelan Passports-to-Terrorists Allegations

Venezuela may have given passports to people with ties to terrorism – CNN.com TODAY VENEZUELA – Over the past two weeks, a familiar narrative has been resuscitated: the threat of “Islamic terrorism” emanating from Latin America, through the revival of one of its most important sub-narratives: the threat posed by Venezuelan authorities illegitimately granting passports […]…

Nicolas Maduro Warns Trump to Back Down from Venezuela

Nicolas Maduro Warns Trump to Back Down from Venezuela

I do not want to fight with Donald Trump, Venezuela wants respectful relations,” Maduro said, “but if they attack us, we are not going to…

Brazil to Acquire Vietnamese Robusta Coffee

Brazil to Acquire Vietnamese Robusta Coffee

(Q24N)  Prensa Latina – Brazil will import robust coffee from Vietnam as part of purchases to meet the demand of the domestic industry of that…

El Chapo, Story Of A Kingpin

El Chapo, Story Of A Kingpin

(Q24N) Luis Gómez Romero, University of Wollongong – Infamous Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera – aka “El Chapo” – currently faces 17 drug…

Italian Wine With Coca From Bolivia

Italian Wine With Coca From Bolivia

(Q24N) Bolivian Minister of Development Planning, Mariana Prado, informed here that representatives of the enterprise Vino Mariani of Italy, are interested in elaborating their products…

Legislator Charges CNN with Conspiracy Against Venezuela Sovereignty

Legislator Charges CNN with Conspiracy Against Venezuela Sovereignty

Legislator Tania Díaz TODAY VENEZUELA – National Assembly (AN) deputy Tania Díaz accused CNN today of leading a media propaganda to the service of the…

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Rejects Statements by Argentine President

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Rejects Statements by Argentine President

Venezuelan Minister of Foreign Affairs Delcy Rodríguez TODAY VENEZUELA – Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez has rejected statements by Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri, considering them…

Inflation in Venezuela in 2016 estimated at 404%

Inflation in Venezuela in 2016 estimated at 404%

Torino Capital argues, however, that “whether Venezuela was in hyperinflation last year is of course a different question of whether it will eventually end up…

Trump calls on Venezuela To Release Jailed Opposition Leader

Trump calls on Venezuela To Release Jailed Opposition Leader

Donald Trump took to Twitter to call on the Venezuelan government to release political prisoner Leopoldo López. Alongside his message he posted a picture of…

War and Drug Trafficking in Colombia Prison System

War and Drug Trafficking in Colombia Prison System

La Picota prison in Bogota, Colombia TODAY COLOMBIA (Insightcrime.org) Colombia’s prisons are a reflection of the multiple conflicts that have plagued the country for the…

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