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The Data Sleuths of San José

The Data Sleuths of San José

(Via ForeignPolicy.com)  The real estate agent was angry. She had spent weeks helping her well-heeled client shop around for the house of his dreams —…

Bomberos At Work (Photos)

Bomberos At Work (Photos)

Costa Rica’s fire department (Benemérito Cuerpo de Bomberos de Costa Rica) used a drone to capture images of their intensive work Tuesday afternoon to fight…

Are You A “Fofisano”?

Are You A “Fofisano”?

(TICOBULL) – “Fofisano” is the Spanish term for “Dad Bod”, a new male tendency growing (no pun indented) in the social networks, burning up with…

Costa Rica’s Amador Third in Giro d’Italia

Costa Rica’s Amador Third in Giro d’Italia

(QCOSTARICA) Costa Rican cyclist Andrey Amador reached third overall in the Giro d’Italia, one of the principal bike races in the world, with his Movistar…

Sunday Afternoon Downtown Heredia In The Rain

Sunday Afternoon Downtown Heredia In The Rain

From Facebook post. The Central Valley woke up Sunday morning overcast and with a cool breeze. By 10:00am it was raining, a rain that has…

Minister of the Environment: Costa Rica Thrives on Biodiversity

Minister of the Environment: Costa Rica Thrives on Biodiversity

(QCOSTARICA) — Although its territory accounts for only 0.03 percent of the planet’s surface, Costa Rica is home to almost 5 percent of the world’s…

Costa Rica’s Editus and La Media Docena Pay Homage To Argentina’s Les Luthiers

Costa Rica’s Editus and La Media Docena Pay Homage To Argentina’s Les Luthiers

  (COSTA RICA EXTRA) The national musical and comical groups Editus and La Media Docena stage three concerts to pay homage to the classic Argentine…

Miss Costa Rica 2015 Has Its Finalists

Miss Costa Rica 2015 Has Its Finalists

(COSTA RICA EXTRA) Miss Costa Rica 2015 has its ten finalists, says the pageant’s organizer, local television channel Teletica. They are in alphabetical order: Nicole…

San Lucas Island: Dreaded prison converted to wildlife refuge

San Lucas Island: Dreaded prison converted to wildlife refuge

If it was not long ago (less than 30 years ago), you wouldn’t want to go to San Lucas Island. The small, forested island in…



Weatherman Confirms Presence of El Niño Affecting Costa Rica

Weatherman Confirms Presence of El Niño Affecting Costa Rica

(QCOSTARICA) — Costa Rica’s national weather service, the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional (IMN) confirmed today (Wednesday) that the country is under the influence of the El Niño. Werner Stolz, head of forecasts for the IMN, said the phenomenon has been an evolution that started last year and consolidated in the first months of this year. He […]…

Consurmer Confidence in Costa Rica Fell 10 Points In The Last Year

Consurmer Confidence in Costa Rica Fell 10 Points In The Last Year

(QCOSTARICA) —  pomers in Costa Rica continue pessimistic, according to the Consumer Confidence Index (ICC – Índice de Confianza del Consumidor in Spanish). The ICC…

Decline of Agriculture in Costa Rica

Decline of Agriculture in Costa Rica

Data from the last official survey indicates that the number of jobs in the sector fell from 285,076 in 2010 to 213,155 in 2014. Agricultural…

Hacienda Insists On Seizures  Without a Court Order

Hacienda Insists On Seizures Without a Court Order

(QCOSTARICA) —The government insists on authorizing the Directorate of Taxation (Dirección de Tributación Directa) to seize assets and bank accounts of delinquent taxpayers, despite the…

Li Among FIFA Officials Arrested in US Federal Corruption Investigation

Li Among FIFA Officials Arrested in US Federal Corruption Investigation

(QCOSTARICA) — Eduardo Li, president of the Federación Costarricense de Fútbol (Fedefútbol) – Costa Rica’s Soccer Federation –  is among the FIFA officials arrested on…

Three of Four Radials On The Route 27 Require Immediate Reconstruction: LANAMME Report

Three of Four Radials On The Route 27 Require Immediate Reconstruction: LANAMME Report

(QCOSTARICA) — The annual report by the Laboratory of Materials and Structural Models of the University of Costa Rica (LANAMME) on the Ruta 27, the…

Costa Rica And Mexico Share Experiences On Tax Info Exchange

Costa Rica And Mexico Share Experiences On Tax Info Exchange

(QCOSTARICA) — Officials from Mexico’s Tax Administration Service (SAT) last month met with Costa Rican tax administration officials, to share their experiences in the area…

Walmart Announces It Will Be Investing US$100 Million Dollars in Costa Rica This Year

Walmart Announces It Will Be Investing US$100 Million Dollars in Costa Rica This Year

(QCOSTARICA) — Walmart Mexico and Central America announced that it will be investing US$100 million dollars in Costa Rica this year, that includes the opening…

Panama: Changes its Immigration Policy

Panama: Changes its Immigration Policy

(TODAY PAMANA) — It has been announced that there will be an end to liberality in granting residence permits in the so-called melting pot, and the revision of the immigration status of resident foreigners whose papers have expired. From a statement issued by the Presidency of Panama: The Government of the Republic of Panama has […]…

Guatemala: Chaos in Customs Offices

Guatemala: Chaos in Customs Offices

(Q24N) — The crisis in the tax administration department has created delays of up to 15 days in release of containers and serious lack of…

Nicaragua: Shortage of Meat for So Many Slaughterhouses

Nicaragua: Shortage of Meat for So Many Slaughterhouses

(TODAY NICARAGUA) — The commissioning of the plant belonging to the Mexican SuKarne has once again brought to the fore the problem of smuggling of…

Nicaragua Needs More Ports

Nicaragua Needs More Ports

(TODAY NICARAGUA) The growth of the Nicaraguan economy is making clear the disadvantage of the country’s current dependence on the ports of neighboring countries. Although…

Central America Can Not Make Long-Term Energy Contracts

Central America Can Not Make Long-Term Energy Contracts

(QCENTRAL AMERICA) Businessmen have denounced the impossibility of signing contracts to buy power for terms larger than 12 months, because there is still no regional…

35 Women Rescued from Mexican Sex Trafficking Ring

35 Women Rescued from Mexican Sex Trafficking Ring

(Q CENTRAL AMERICA) Mexico’s southern border region is a hot spot for sex traffickers who target migrants traveling from Central America. Thirty-five women were rescued…

Nicaragua Government Wants Complete Control Over The Internet

Nicaragua Government Wants Complete Control Over The Internet

(TODAY NICARAGUA) The Nicaraguan government is seeking approval of a bill that would allow it to control the Internet; creating a state entity that will…

Panama Bans Birds from Costa Rica

Panama Bans Birds from Costa Rica

(TODAY PANAMA) Due to the presence of the outbreak of the Newcastle avian disease in the north of Costa Rica, health alerts were activated at…

Is Colombia Headed Back to the Bad Old Times?

Is Colombia Headed Back to the Bad Old Times?

(TODAY COLOMBIA) — In Sunday’s El Tiempo, the coincidence of two headlines sent a disturbing message about the danger of bad old times returning. In the upper left-hand corner, a report about the end of the informal truce between the government and the FARC guerrillas. The peace negotiations in Havana, Cuba look to be in […]…

Colombia commemorates women victims of sexual violence

Colombia commemorates women victims of sexual violence

  (TODAY COLOMBIA) — Colombia celebrated its first National Day for the Dignity of Women Victims of Sexual Violence on Monday in an attempt to…

China, Colombia Launch Free Trade Talks

China, Colombia Launch Free Trade Talks

(TODAY COLOMBIA) –– China and Colombia have expressed an interest in signing a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA). Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visited Bogotá, Colombia,…

Venezuela’s Young Choose Parallel Economy Over Higher Education

Venezuela’s Young Choose Parallel Economy Over Higher Education

(TODAY VENEZUELA) — Venezuelan public high education institutions have recorded a decline in the number of students enrolled in undergraduate programs. Professors at the Gervasio…

The Battle over Black Freedom in Colombia

The Battle over Black Freedom in Colombia

(TODAY COLOMBIA) What the Afrocolombian leaders of La Toma are doing is taking matters in their own hands to resist the agents of death. The…

At least 62 killed in northwest Colombia flash flood, more missing and feared dead

At least 62 killed in northwest Colombia flash flood, more missing and feared dead

(TODAY COLOMBIA) A flash flood caused by heavy rains has killed at least 45 people in a town in northwest Colombia, local authorities said Monday,…

How Soccer Fans and Violence Mix in Sao Paulo, Brazil

How Soccer Fans and Violence Mix in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Among soccer fans worldwide, Argentina’s “barras bravas,” Italian “ultras,” and British hooligans are the fan groups best known for perpetrating violence. However, soccer aficionados know…

The Obama Decree

The Obama Decree

TODAY VENEZUELA– Ever since last March 9, when US President Barack Obama issued an Executive Order declaring Venezuela an “unusual and extraordinary threat” to the…

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Are You A “Fofisano”?

(TICOBULL) – “Fofisano” is the Spanish term for “Dad Bod”, a new male tendency growing (no pun indented) in the social networks, burning up with…

“Autosandwich”

(TICO BULL) It’s Sunday morning, the sun is not shining yet, there is a cool breeze blowing. Perfect weather ahead of the hot sun and…

Let’s Think Hard About Two Things…..

One, kill our, obliterate our system of universal health that is the Caja, simply because it is costly, inefficient, corrupt and has a license to…

What’s On The Other Side?

(TICO BULL) There you are sitting, lying, swimming, on a beach in Costa Rica and have ever wondered what’s on the other side? There is…

Do As I Say, Not As I Do!

(TICO BULL) We’ve all seen them, in Costa Rica and am sure in other cities of the world, cops breaking the law. Lets focus a…

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Minister of the Environment: Costa Rica Thrives on Biodiversity

Minister of the Environment: Costa Rica Thrives on Biodiversity

(QCOSTARICA) — Although its territory accounts for only 0.03 percent of…

Costa Rica’s Editus and La Media Docena Pay Homage To Argentina’s Les Luthiers

Costa Rica’s Editus and La Media Docena Pay Homage To Argentina’s Les Luthiers

  (COSTA RICA EXTRA) The national musical and comical groups Editus…

Miss Costa Rica 2015 Has Its Finalists

Miss Costa Rica 2015 Has Its Finalists

(COSTA RICA EXTRA) Miss Costa Rica 2015 has its ten finalists,…

Ice Hockey Heating Up in Costa Rica

Ice Hockey Heating Up in Costa Rica

PURA EVENTS COSTA RICA – Ice hockey has been played in Costa…

Education Against Animal Abuse To Be In Classrooms By Year End, Says Minister of Education

Education Against Animal Abuse To Be In Classrooms By Year End, Says Minister of Education

QCOSTARICA – Sunday’s march brought together hundreds of people and their…

Farmer’s Market of San José Displays the Abundance of Costa Rica

Farmer’s Market of San José Displays the Abundance of Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA – By Michael Miller. Every Saturday, starting about 7 in…

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