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The Best Mobile Phone You Can Buy

The Best Mobile Phone You Can Buy

(From The Verge) It’s been a wild year in the smartphone world, we’ve seen everything from modular phones, to exploding phones, even an iPhone that…

I’m Spartacus! One Hundred Years Ago Today

I’m Spartacus! One Hundred Years Ago Today

“I’m Spartacus!” – “I’m Spartacus!” – “I’M SPARTACUS!” Every film buff knows that moment, every panel-show comedian riffs on it. A mob of defeated slave…

How Many Languages does Costa Rica Speak?

How Many Languages does Costa Rica Speak?

Costa Rica’s official and predominant language is Spanish*. The variety spoken is Costa Rican Spanish, is a form of Central American Spanish. A Creole-English language,…

Costa Rica’s Big Movie Dreams

Costa Rica’s Big Movie Dreams

Abrázame como antes,(Costa Rica) COSTA RICA EXTRA – Costa Rica may be best known for its dense rain forests and a competitive soccer team, but…

Where Expats Are Met with Open Arms

Where Expats Are Met with Open Arms

Q COSTA RICA – Even if all the other factors — healthcare, work-life balance, international schools, etc. — are excellent, if expats and their families…

Please, Please Drive Careful This Holiday Season.

Please, Please Drive Careful This Holiday Season.

Q HUMOUR – Please, please this December drive safely. Remember that there are those waiting for you.  Accidents like this can affect many. More than…

The Spirit of the Season in “Chepe”

The Spirit of the Season in “Chepe”

Getting into the holiday spirit in “Chepe” (San Jose). This photo is going viral on the social media in Costa Rica. No No Simplemente NO…

The Best Places To Be An Expat: Costa Rica Is Sixth In The World

The Best Places To Be An Expat: Costa Rica Is Sixth In The World

Q COSTA RICA – Due to certain recent news in the United States (the election of Donald Trump), a large numbers of Americans have expressed…

Living Healthier in Costa Rica

Living Healthier in Costa Rica

Q LIVING – One comment that I often receive from those who visit Costa Rica is that they feel healthier when they are here. I…

Doña Dona: The Small Business That Started With One Store And Now Has 17

Doña Dona: The Small Business That Started With One Store And Now Has 17

Q COSTA RICA – At only 24 years of age, Javier Becerra Kriebel, with the financial support of a silent partner, acquired Doña Dona, a…

Costa Rican Beaches To Ease Your Winter Blues

Costa Rican Beaches To Ease Your Winter Blues

Q TRAVEL – The winter blues sets in shortly after the cheer of the holidays has passed. But you can beat those feelings of hatred…



The National Theater of Costa Rica, The Nation’s Cultural Treasure

The National Theater of Costa Rica, The Nation’s Cultural Treasure

Q COSTA RICA, by Michael Miller – If you ask the average Costa Rican, what feature of San José is he or she most proud, you will get two possible answers. Some will point to the national football (soccer) stadium, which is located in Sabana Park, about two miles west of the Downtown area. Others […]…

Costa Rica Industrialists’ Complaints

Costa Rica Industrialists’ Complaints

Q COSTA RICA NEWS – High electricity and fuel costs, outdated and inefficient border posts, and an educational system which is not aligned with market…

4 Filmmakers On the Rise From Costa Rica

4 Filmmakers On the Rise From Costa Rica

Q24N – Costa Rica may not be known as a haven for filmmaking talent, but with the development of its film commission and the Costa…

Seasonal Influenza Claims Nine Lives (So Far) In Costa Rica

Seasonal Influenza Claims Nine Lives (So Far) In Costa Rica

Q COSTA RICA NEWS – The Ministry of Health confirmed Thursday night that in the last six weeks nine people died of influenza in different…

Upholding The Law Wasn’t Their Best Suit

Upholding The Law Wasn’t Their Best Suit

Q COSTA RICA NEWS- A total of 115 police officers have been sacked or in the process of being sacked for (allegedly) committing serious crimes,…

Police Report The Arrest Of Suspect In The Murder of Frenchwoman In Limon

Police Report The Arrest Of Suspect In The Murder of Frenchwoman In Limon

Q COSTA RICA NEWS – Authorities report the arrest of a 21-year-old man suspected of the murder of Estelle Marie Clare Jeanne, a 50-year-old French…

Guanacaste Real Estate Market Finally Bouncing Back From 2008 Crisis

Guanacaste Real Estate Market Finally Bouncing Back From 2008 Crisis

Q COSTA RICA, by César Brenes Quirós, Vozdeguanacaste.com – In 2007, Guanacaste witnessed a boom in real estate and tourism, prompting Costa Rican developers DWL…

More Bureaucracy For Costa Rica Tourism

More Bureaucracy For Costa Rica Tourism

Q COSTA RICA NEWS – Arguing that they would “give muscle” to the state in managing the sector, a bill, presented by several legislators, aims…

Hard Struggle for Costa Rica’s Commercial Sector

Hard Struggle for Costa Rica’s Commercial Sector

Commercial activity grew in 2016 driven by subsectors such as automobiles, although brakes were still encountered such as growing informality, smuggling and bureaucracy in health…

Turrialba Blew Its Stack This Morning After 5 Days Of No Activity

Turrialba Blew Its Stack This Morning After 5 Days Of No Activity

Q COSTA RICA NEWS – Following days of none and weeks of little activity, this Wednesday morning (Dec. 7), the Turrialba volcano made its presence…

Costa Rica Legal Firm Offers Legal Services Online For Entrepreneurs

Costa Rica Legal Firm Offers Legal Services Online For Entrepreneurs

Q COSTA RICA – The Costa Rica legal firm Pacheco Coto is changing the way small to medium business entrepreneurs uses legal services and interacts…

Nicaragua Orange Exports are Growing

Nicaragua Orange Exports are Growing

TODAY NICARAGUA NEWS – In the first ten months of the year orange exports were up 35% in value and 54% in volume compared to the same period in 2015. The improved results, thanks to better crop productivity, have created an opportunity to increase export sales of this fruit in larger markets, for which reason […]…

Three Generations of Cuban Women, Three Different Opinions of Castro (Video)

Three Generations of Cuban Women, Three Different Opinions of Castro (Video)

Q24N – Three generations of Cuban women, three different opinions of Castro. The leader’s death highlights a divide between Cubans young and old. Some of…

It’s A Wonderful Life… Without Fidel Castro

It’s A Wonderful Life… Without Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro, Cuba’s communist revolutionary, died on November 25, 2016, at age 90. TODAY CUBA – As Fidel Castro was laid to rest in Cuba…

Staying Safe In Central America

Staying Safe In Central America

Q TRAVEL – As the cold begins to grip the northern hemisphere, many start thinking about southern climates, be it for a week’s vacation in…

The Legacy of Fidel Castro: A Millionaire Military Caste in Perpetual Power

The Legacy of Fidel Castro: A Millionaire Military Caste in Perpetual Power

TODAY CUBA By Dr. Hilda Molina – Fidel Castro has died at 90 years of age. He ruled Cuba until his last breath. Since his…

United States Presses Sale of Panamanian Newspapers

United States Presses Sale of Panamanian Newspapers

TODAY PANAMA –  The pressures by the U.S. government on two Panamanian newspapers to sell their shares to third parties as the only way to…

Cargo Robberies in Northern Triangle Hamper Regional Commerce

Cargo Robberies in Northern Triangle Hamper Regional Commerce

Q24N – Criminal groups are stealing commercial shipments transiting Central America’s Northern Triangle, illustrating how insecurity in the region is negatively impacting regional trade. A…

Drug War Makes Mexico World’s Third Most Dangerous Country

Drug War Makes Mexico World’s Third Most Dangerous Country

  Q24N – Mexico was ranked the third most dangerous country in the world recently due to the violence created by drug-related organized crime. The Crime Rate Index for…

Despite a Week of Ceremony in Cuba, Dislike for Fidel Castro Still Shines Through

Despite a Week of Ceremony in Cuba, Dislike for Fidel Castro Still Shines Through

Many have stayed quiet over the death of the Cuban dictator. TODAY CUBA – Despite that Cuba has said goodbye to Fidel Castro, paying tributes…

French Government Corrects Minister: Cuba is not a Democracy

French Government Corrects Minister: Cuba is not a Democracy

The French government was forced to clarify controversial comments made by Ségolène Royal, Minister of Ecology, who, on December 5, while representing France at Fidel…

Billionaire Carlos Slim Sees Big Potential for Mexico in Trump Era

Billionaire Carlos Slim Sees Big Potential for Mexico in Trump Era

Q24N – Mexico business magnate and President of Grupo Carso, Carlos Slim, said he sees good opportunities for revitalizing Mexico’s economy in President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign…

Colombia, A Country Divided For Peace

Colombia, A Country Divided For Peace

The government’s pragmatic decision not to call a second referendum comes at a cost (From The Economist) THE announcement that Juan Manuel Santos, Colombia’s president, had won the 2016 Nobel peace prize came just as his effort to end the country’s long-standing conflict faced an unexpected test. In a referendum five days earlier, voters had […]…

Why the Chapecoense Football Team’s Plane Ran Out Of Fuel

Why the Chapecoense Football Team’s Plane Ran Out Of Fuel

TODAY COLOMBIA NEWS – MUCH remains unknown about LaMia Airlines flight 2933, which crashed into the hills of Medellin on November 28th, killing 71 of…

Too Much Trump and Too Little PISA

Too Much Trump and Too Little PISA

(Q24N) Central Americans and other Latin Americans are feeling more concerned about what Trump can say or do, than over the only thing that can…

How Will Trump’s Pick for U.S. Homeland Security Chief Impact Latin America?

How Will Trump’s Pick for U.S. Homeland Security Chief Impact Latin America?

(Q24N) United States President-elect Donald Trump has chosen retired Marine Gen. John Kelly to lead the US Department of Homeland Security. InSight Crime analyzes what…

Caracas Named the World’s Most Violent City. Again.

Caracas Named the World’s Most Violent City. Again.

TODAY VENEZUELA – Yet another report has named Caracas, Venezuela the world’s most dangerous city. Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, outranked San Pedro Sula in Honduras…

Cream Cocaine Latest Innovation by Drug Traffickers In Latin America

Cream Cocaine Latest Innovation by Drug Traffickers In Latin America

(Q24N) Cream cocaine appears to be the latest novelty used by traffickers to help their drugs avoid detection, adding to a long list that has…

Bodies Piling Up in Caracas: Venezuela’s  High Cost of Burials

Bodies Piling Up in Caracas: Venezuela’s High Cost of Burials

Burying their dead relatives puts families heavily into debt. The cheapest burials cost VEB 180,000, including only the grave and a body bag TODAY VENEZUELA…

More than 2,000 Venezuelans die every year due to HIV

More than 2,000 Venezuelans die every year due to HIV

The Stop HIV organization estimates that 19,000 children have been orphaned by this disease TODAY VENEZUELA NEWS – The latest official statistics about HIV and…

Venezuela Massacre Highlights Sweeping Security Force Violence

Venezuela Massacre Highlights Sweeping Security Force Violence

TODAY VENEZUELA NEWS – The recent massacre of 12 youths in Venezuela is widely suspected to have been perpetrated by military officials as part of…

Obstacles Remain After Colombia Ratifies New Peace Deal

Obstacles Remain After Colombia Ratifies New Peace Deal

In 150 days, all FARC weapons will be in the hands of the United Nations: President Santos, speaking in Bogota on November 30. TODAY COLOMBIA…

Questionable New Security Index Gives Latin America Low Score

Questionable New Security Index Gives Latin America Low Score

Q24N – A new index measuring the competence of countries’ security forces has its flaws, but nevertheless offers insights into the fundamental issues in government…

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