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

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…

Amazon Announces 700 New Jobs

Amazon Announces 700 New Jobs

QCOSTARICA – Amazon is looking to hire 700 people in the coming three months, new positions in customer service and vendor support, among others, during…

Uncertainty Looms Over Aeropostale’s Future in Costa Rica

Uncertainty Looms Over Aeropostale’s Future in Costa Rica

QBUSINESS – The fate of Aeropostale’s store in Costa Rica remains unclear after the U.S. teen apparel retailer filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday (May 4).…

Rooster For Good Luck?

Rooster For Good Luck?

QCOSTARICA – Our friend, Evan Luck from Radio Dos, posted this photo on his Facebook page, captured while walking Avenida Central (the Boulevard) in downtown…

Scotiabank Offers Cardholders 50% Discount At Restaurants

Scotiabank Offers Cardholders 50% Discount At Restaurants

QCR – Customers of Scotiabank and Scotiabank Transformándose (Citi) can get a 50% discount when using their credit cards or debit cards at 15 San…

Famous Brands “Tico” Style

Famous Brands “Tico” Style

Following are some famous brands said “A Lo Tico”  – Tico style.           For more visit Mae! on Facebook.    …

Trekkers Take A Costa Rica Hike for Marie Curie

Trekkers Take A Costa Rica Hike for Marie Curie

(Q24N) In November 2017, trekkers from across Scotland will take on the challenge of hiking through tropical rainforest in Costa Rica. This epic trek, hiking…

Google Brings Nexus 6P to Costa Rica

Google Brings Nexus 6P to Costa Rica

QCR TECH – The Nexus 6P, the first high-end smartphone of Google designed by Huawei, is available for consumers in Costa Rica, reports Estrategia y…



Costa Rica Among The 40 Countries With The Worst Internet Connection Speeds

QCOSTARICA – Not surprising, Costa Rica finished 2015 among the 40 countries with the worst internet Internet connection speeds, this according to the latest global report by Akamai Technologies. According to Akamai’s State of the Internet Report, Costa Rica had a significant drop in ranking, dropping from position 94 in 2014 to 102 in 2015. […]…

Costa Rica Central Bank Publishes First “Effective  Rate in Dollars”

Costa Rica Central Bank Publishes First “Effective Rate in Dollars”

QCOSTARICA FINANCIAL  – The Central Bank (Banco Central de Costa Rica – BCCR), starting on May, is publishing the Effective Rate in Dollars (TED), as…

Grandmother Empties Out House of Matapalo Massacre Victims

Grandmother Empties Out House of Matapalo Massacre Victims

QCOSTRICA – The national child welfare agency, the Patronato Nacional de la Infancia (PANI), has file a case against the grandmother of the two surviving…

Gallito Ends 107 Years Of Production in Costa Rica

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…

72% Of Road Deaths In April Were Traveling On A Motorcycle

72% Of Road Deaths In April Were Traveling On A Motorcycle

QCOSTARICA – Riding a motorcycle in Costa Rica can be deadly. And the numbers prove it: seven out of ten people who died on the…

Tax Man Seeks US$20 Million From Collapsed Costa Rican Scheme

Tax Man Seeks US$20 Million From Collapsed Costa Rican Scheme

(Q24N) The liquidator of four UK-based companies, one of which promoted investments in Costa Rica and ran an ethical investment scheme has told investors that…

Pfizer Announces Costa Rica Expansion And Hiring Of 200

Pfizer Announces Costa Rica Expansion And Hiring Of 200

QCOSTARICA – The American pharmaceutical Pfizer has announced the consolidation and expansion of its Global Shared Financial Services Centre in Costa Rica. On Tuesday, Pfizer…

Legislator Proposes Rehabilitating San Lucas Island To Solve Costa Rica’s Prison Overcrowding

Legislator Proposes Rehabilitating San Lucas Island To Solve Costa Rica’s Prison Overcrowding

QCOSTARICA – Costa Rica has a prison overcrowding problem. And while lawmakers debate a solution, from building more prison to the current practice of releasing…

Government and Gangs Claim Credit for Sharp Drop in El Salvador Murders

Government and Gangs Claim Credit for Sharp Drop in El Salvador Murders

Q24N – El Salvador’s government has claimed credit for a dramatic drop in homicides last month, but the country’s powerful criminal gangs say they are behind the decrease in violence. April saw 352 people murdered in El Salvador at an average of approximately 11 homicides per day, according to police statistics. Overall, this represents a […]…

Panama Spends Millions to Control The Zika Virus

Panama Spends Millions to Control The Zika Virus

Q24N (Prensa Latina) To US$8 million dollars is the amount already spent by Panamanian health authorities to address the Zika epidemic, said the minister of…

Sinaloa Cartel Has the Biggest Air Fleet in Mexico

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…

Number of Hondurans Displaced By Violence Close to 175,000

Number of Hondurans Displaced By Violence Close to 175,000

Q24N (Prensa Latina) Around 175,000 Hondurans have been displaced by violence recently in this country, said today the representative of the Office of the UN…

It’s Easier to Do Business In Nicaragua

It’s Easier to Do Business In Nicaragua

TODAY NICARAGUA The time it takes to open a business has reduced from 36 to 13 days, and the number of procedures required to do…

Legalizing Pot Gains Speed In The Americas

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…

Nicaragua Introduces Electronic Banking

Nicaragua Introduces Electronic Banking

TODAY NICARAGUA – As of April 21, 6 Nicaraguan banks began offering services for making electronic money transfers. The six banks are part of the…

Panama Builds Shelters for Cubans Stranded In Border With Costa Rica

Panama Builds Shelters for Cubans Stranded In Border With Costa Rica

(Q24N) Panamanian authorities announced the building of shelters for some 2.500 Cubans stranded in the border with Costa Rica, who intend to keep their journey…

Colombia leads, US lags, in global drug policy reform

Colombia leads, US lags, in global drug policy reform

TODAY COLOMBIA – Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos is a world leader in trying to reform global drug policy. But when he spoke at the recent United Nations drug summit and tallied his supporters, the US delegation was nowhere to be seen. Indeed, the top official for US drug policy, Assistant Secretary of State William […]…

Brazil WhatsApp Ban Highlights Tech Controversies in Crime Probes

Brazil WhatsApp Ban Highlights Tech Controversies in Crime Probes

(Q24N) A drug trafficking investigation in Brazil has exploded in a row over internet privacy and civil liberties after a judge ordered the temporary freezing…

‘Prostitution Ring’ or ‘Gringo’ Recruiting Women for Sex at Colombia University

‘Prostitution Ring’ or ‘Gringo’ Recruiting Women for Sex at Colombia University

(TODAY COLOMBIA) Flyers inviting young female students into prostitution have been circulating around Medellin’s top universities. Numerous students at the University of the Pontificia Bolivariana…

How to get a 16% sales tax cut when visiting Colombia

How to get a 16% sales tax cut when visiting Colombia

TODAY COLOMBIA – Foreign visitors to Colombia no longer have to pay the country’s 16% sales tax for certain items. Here is how a visitor…

Latin American Gafi Supports Panama

Latin American Gafi Supports Panama

(Q24N) Amid the controversy generated by the Panama Papers, the Financial Action Task Force in Latin America has recognized the efforts made by the country…

Argentina President Linked to More Companies in Panama

Argentina President Linked to More Companies in Panama

Q24N (Prensa Latina) Argentine President Mauricio Macri, his father, Franco, and other relatives are not only directors of a dozen ghost companies, but they are…

At least 77 dead and tsunami alert as ANOTHER huge earthquake rocks Pacific

At least 77 dead and tsunami alert as ANOTHER huge earthquake rocks Pacific

(Q24N) A huge earthquake struck off the coast of Ecuador late on Saturday – sparking fears of killer waves along the coasts of the Ecuador,…

Evo Morales: Pope is Worried about Political Issues in Latin America

Evo Morales: Pope is Worried about Political Issues in Latin America

Q24N (Prensa Latina) Pope Francis is concerned about the political issues experienced by some Latin American countries, Bolivian President Evo Morales said, denouncing attacks against…

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