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The Train Didn’t Stop!

The Train Didn’t Stop!

Q COSTA RICA  – In the ‘hard to believe but true’ department, in a report by Elguardian.cr, the driver of white SUV involved in a…

5 Reason You Should Travel Alone (At Least Once!)

5 Reason You Should Travel Alone (At Least Once!)

Q TRAVEL – This past summer I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Costa Rica to do volunteer work. Through this journey I was…

Full Moon Cabalgata

Full Moon Cabalgata

Q COSTA RICA by Jack Donnelly – Costa Rican love horses, even if they live in the midst of dense urban sprawl and wouldn’t know…

Costa Rica’s First Lady Waiting On Results of ‘Nationality’ Exams

Costa Rica’s First Lady Waiting On Results of ‘Nationality’ Exams

Q COSTA RICA – Living in the country for the past 27 years, Costa Rica’s First Lady, Mercedes Peñas, has finally decided to apply for…

Will Citizenship Add Coolness to My Already Astonishing Life in Costa Rica?

Will Citizenship Add Coolness to My Already Astonishing Life in Costa Rica?

Q COSTA RICA – The following article in the ‘A Dull Roar’ answers questions face by many foriegners living in Costa Rica, especially from North…

Finding My Missing Brother in Costa Rica (Or Panama)

Finding My Missing Brother in Costa Rica (Or Panama)

UPDATE (10:47am) – Thank you Carolyn Barker, who posted on QCR’s Facebook post of knowing the Kapil (the missing brother) and called the worried sister. …

The 20 Most Dangerous Places To Drive In The World

The 20 Most Dangerous Places To Drive In The World

Q TRAVEL – The 20 most dangerous places to drive in the world. If after reading the title you thought Costa Rica must in the…

How Costa Rica Used Overprint On 1922 Stamps To Promote Its Coffee

How Costa Rica Used Overprint On 1922 Stamps To Promote Its Coffee

Q24N via Classic Stamps of the World –  Costa Rica, in Central America next to Nicaragua, Panama, Ecuador, and the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea,…

Expomovil 2017 Opened Thursday

Expomovil 2017 Opened Thursday

Q COSTA RICA – Expomovil 2017, the annual new car sales under one roof event, kicked off Thursday at the Centro de Eventos Pedregal, in…

Dairy Queen Free Cone Day in Costa Rica

Dairy Queen Free Cone Day in Costa Rica

Q COSTA RICA – Head on over to Dairy Queen for a free cone today. Each year, Dairy Queen hosts their Free Cone Day where…

Air France Annouces Increase In Weekly Frequency of Direct Flights to Costa Rica

Air France Annouces Increase In Weekly Frequency of Direct Flights to Costa Rica

Q TRAVEL – Air France on Wednesday announced it will increase the number of direct flights to Costa Rica from two to three weekly for…


San Jose Announced Plans For “Tech” Business Park

San Jose Announced Plans For “Tech” Business Park

Q COSTA RICA – While the growth of business parks has been mainly to the west of San Jose, in areas like Heredia and Alajuela, the mayor of San Jose is betting that he can lure tech companies to his city. On Wednesday, Johnny Araya, unveiled plans to develop, in an area of ​​18,000 square […]…

PriceSmart Santa Ana To Open in Late 2017

PriceSmart Santa Ana To Open in Late 2017

Q BUSINESS – PriceSmart, the largest operator of membership warehouse clubs in Central America and the Caribbean, says it will invest more than US$12 million…

Costa Rica Beer Market Growing: Genessee Beer Joins The Growing List Of Beer Brands

Costa Rica Beer Market Growing: Genessee Beer Joins The Growing List Of Beer Brands

Q COSTA RICA  – Costa Rica’s Florida Ice & Farm Co (FIFCO) has started selling the Genesee beer brand in the country, which is produced…

Costa Rica Soccer Fans Stranded At San Jose Airport When Travel Agent “Deal” Fell Apart

Costa Rica Soccer Fans Stranded At San Jose Airport When Travel Agent “Deal” Fell Apart

Q COSTA RICA – We’ve all fallen into a ‘deal to real to believe’. That was the case of a group of Costa Rican soccer…

Costa Rica Detains Suspected ‘International Terrotist’ At Border

Costa Rica Detains Suspected ‘International Terrotist’ At Border

Q COSTA RICA – Fingerprinting of African migrants daily entering Costa Rica at the Panama border helped detect the arrival to country of a suspected…

Mexico Faces A Great Opponent In Costa Rica’s Sele

Mexico Faces A Great Opponent In Costa Rica’s Sele

Q SPORTS, CUERNAVACA, Mexico – Costa Ricans are euphoric as the national team, the Seleccion Nacional or “Sele” readies to face Mexico, in a World…

Father Suspected of Raping His 8-year-old Daugther in Escazú

Father Suspected of Raping His 8-year-old Daugther in Escazú

Q COSTA RICA – A man has been arrested on suspicion of raping his own 8-year-old daughter, Organismo de Investigacion Judicial (OIJ) agents making the…

Is Canadian Woman A Victim Of A Cult in Costa Rica?

Is Canadian Woman A Victim Of A Cult in Costa Rica?

Q COSTA RICA – Kayla Jean Reid went missing in February, a possible victim of a “cult” in Costa Rica, says the mother of the…

Dream Of First Costa Rican Satellite In Orbit Closer To Reality

Dream Of First Costa Rican Satellite In Orbit Closer To Reality

Q COSTA RICA – The donations made by more than 800 people to the Proyecto Irazú (Irazú Project) has helped in the purchase of components…

Costa Ricans In London Terrorist Attack Report Being Ok

Costa Ricans In London Terrorist Attack Report Being Ok

Q COSTA RICA – In spite of the terrorist attack on Wednesday in front of the London Parliament, that resulted in the death of two…

Haunted by the mystery deaths in Nicaragua’s brutal sugarcane fields

Haunted by the mystery deaths in Nicaragua’s brutal sugarcane fields

Two young boys in rural Nicaragua, photographed by Australian photojournalist Josh Mcdonald. The sugarcane-growing community in which they live is blighted by a renal disease whose cause remains unclear. Photograph: 2017 Wellcome Image Awards TODAY NICARAGUA (Theguardian.com) – Two brothers stand in a dusty alley in the town of Chichigalpa in Nicaragua. They stare with […]…

Nicaragua Tourism Revenues Up 10%

Nicaragua Tourism Revenues Up 10%

Hotel Yemaya Island Hideaway and Spa en Little Corn Island. TODAY NICARAGUA – Companies in the tourismt sector expect to generate US$660 million in revenue…

Central America, Colombia and The Needle Trade

Central America, Colombia and The Needle Trade

Q BUSINESS – Two Colombian companies in the textile and apparel sector are expanding in Central America, with the expectation of some new 1,700 jobs,…

The Peasant Farmer Who Stood Up to the President of Nicaragua

The Peasant Farmer Who Stood Up to the President of Nicaragua

Francisca Ramírez, the head of the peasant movement that is leading the fight against the construction of an inter-oceanic canal in Nicaragua, which has made…

Why Salvadorian Teens Join Brutal Gangs and How Courts Makes Things Worse

Why Salvadorian Teens Join Brutal Gangs and How Courts Makes Things Worse

Q24N – There were 30 murders in El Salvador on March 15 in El Salvador. Just on March 15. Afterward, Justice and Security Minister Mauricio…

Cuban Hospitals Begin Telling Patients There Is No Such Thing as Free Healthcare

Cuban Hospitals Begin Telling Patients There Is No Such Thing as Free Healthcare

Cuban hospitals have begun to issue “symbolic” bills to their patients (Cubanet). TODAY CUBA – A report from Cuban television noted that Cuban medical institutions…

Why Cuban Schoolteachers Are Quitting their Jobs Massively

Why Cuban Schoolteachers Are Quitting their Jobs Massively

Teachers claim their main reason for leaving is low salaries. (Flickr) TODAY CUBA, MAYABEQUE, CUBA — Teachers and other education professionals started leaving their jobs…

Street Harassment Is A Public Health Problem: The Case of Mexico City

Street Harassment Is A Public Health Problem: The Case of Mexico City

(Q24N) “I actually don’t remember when I was first harassed on the street, but I do remember when I first experienced it as an abusive…

New Cuban Documentary Highlights Struggles of Political Prisoners’ Families

New Cuban Documentary Highlights Struggles of Political Prisoners’ Families

TODAY CUBA – A short documentary was shown this Thursday in Miami to raise awareness of struggles of the residents on neighboring Cuba. The 29-minute…

Panama Toughens Immigration Policies To Prevent Permanent Tourists

Panama Toughens Immigration Policies To Prevent Permanent Tourists

TODAY PANAMA – There appears to be a lot of confusion , that affects expats living in Panama preferring and their ‘visitor’ status, as Panama…

The Regions of Colombia Playing the Biggest Role in the Coca Boom

The Regions of Colombia Playing the Biggest Role in the Coca Boom

A coca farmer in Columbia with his crop. Photo Phil Chan/Flickr TODAY COLOMBIA – InSight Crime takes a closer look at shifts in coca cultivation trends in 19 of Colombia’s departments based on the most recent US estimates, shedding light on the different dynamics on the ground as the country’s cocaine production hits a historic […]…

Foreign Journalists Not Welcome in Venezuela

Foreign Journalists Not Welcome in Venezuela

Without a free press there is dictatorship TODAY VENEZUELA (Paris, France) – Reporters Without Borders (RWB), or Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF) has called on President…

‘Child-gang’ Killings Shock Venezuela

‘Child-gang’ Killings Shock Venezuela

TODAY VENEZUELA – Authorities say they have arrested six children in connection with the killing of two soldiers. The soldiers, two sergeants from the national…

Venezuelan Gov’t Seizes Immigrant-Owned Bakeries

Venezuelan Gov’t Seizes Immigrant-Owned Bakeries

The Venezuelan government has been closing or expropriating bakeries throughout Caracas (Twitter). TODAY VENEZUELA – More than 20 closed bakeries, 2 occupied by the government…

Alternatives To Reduce Poverty in Venezuela

Alternatives To Reduce Poverty in Venezuela

Poverty at record high in Venezuela. A woman waits in line to check out at the Dia a Dia supermarket in the Propatria neighborhood of…

Why Coca Leaf, Not Coffee, May Always be Colombia’s Favourite Cash Crop

Why Coca Leaf, Not Coffee, May Always be Colombia’s Favourite Cash Crop

A peasant walks among coca crops in Cauca, Colombia. Picture taken January 27, 2017. REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga – RTSXUBA TODAY COLOMBIA – Colombia’s current peace process…

Why Did US Blacklist Most LatAm Countries for Money Laundering?

Why Did US Blacklist Most LatAm Countries for Money Laundering?

Q24N via Insightcrime.org – The United States has blacklisted nearly all Latin American countries for money laundering in 2017. InSight Crime explores why this is…

Mass Grave in Venezuela Prison Signals Authorities’ Lack of Control

Mass Grave in Venezuela Prison Signals Authorities’ Lack of Control

(TODAY VENEZUELA via Insightcrime.org) The recent discovery of a mass grave in a Venezuela prison highlights the dangerous conditions that prevail in the country’s penitentiary…

CIA Pays ‘Traitors’ to Say We Traffic Drugs: Venezuela’s Maduro

CIA Pays ‘Traitors’ to Say We Traffic Drugs: Venezuela’s Maduro

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. | Photo: Reuters TODAY VENEZUELA – “The evidence will give them cold sweats and diarrhea,” said Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Maduro…

Monuments Made of FARC Guerrillas’ Weapons to Be Erected at UN Headquarters

Monuments Made of FARC Guerrillas’ Weapons to Be Erected at UN Headquarters

Photo: Oleg Yasinsky TODAY COLOMBIA – Members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have been handing their weapons over to the United Nations…

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Q BLOGS – Once again President Luis Guillermo Solis is on a mission, or a jaunt to raise money for Costa Rica, celebrate St. Patrick’s…

My Half Minute With “El Presidente”

A selfie with El Presidente, Saturday, March 11, Parque Viva in La Guacima RICO’S JOURNAL – Sporting a goatee, a white Guayabera shirt and dark…

Dairy Queen Free Cone Day in Costa Rica

Q COSTA RICA – Head on over to Dairy Queen for a free cone today. Each year, Dairy Queen hosts their Free Cone Day where…

Toyota FJ40 Landcruiser: A Car You Should Drive Before You Die

Ready to go anwyhere, rain or shine, My FJ40 Landcruiser, 1975 RICO’s JOURNAL – The original Toyota FJ40 Landcruiser, predecessor to the FJ Cruiser or…

Put it Under the Mattress – Or Spend it!

Q BLOGS – It is really hard not to join the global news outlets and write something about the Trump Administration if there is such…

What The F**k Happened To The Sabana Lake?

An aerial view of the La Sabana lake TICO BULL by Rico – Any who has spent any time in San Jose will have visited…

The Alternative Fact” Of The ‘Platina’

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