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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 dollars in its new point of sale to be located in Santa Ana. The new store, the 7th in Costa Rica and 40th globally, to be located about on the […]

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 in the U.S. by North American Breweries (NAB). NAB, headquartered in Rochester, New York was formed in 2009 and since 2012 is owned by FIFCO. NAB owns and operates four […]

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 fans who at the gates of the Juan Santamaria (San Jose) airport, ready to board, were told, the deal was off. They were the lucky ones. It was Wednesday morning, […]

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 ‘international terrorist’. The man, a Somali national, identified as Mohamed Ibrahim Qoordheen, 25, was detained Wednesday night after the Ministerio de Seguridad Publica (MSP) received an alert from the United […]

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 Cup qualifying match today in Mexico City. As these top two teams in the CONCACAF’s Hexagonal table square off, the home team is expecting a strong showing from the visitors. […]

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 capture Wednesday in Bajo Los Anonos, Escazú/ As reported by the press office of the Fiscalia (Prosecutor’s Office), the events that led to arrest of the suspect, identified by his […]

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 21-year-old from Corner Brook, Newfoundland. In an article published by CBC.ca on Friday, March 17, 2017, the family says Kayla has been seen in Costa Rica in a video posted […]

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 for the first Costa Rican satellite. The donations amounted to US$80,000 dollars, which added to the sponsorship of five private companies, each donating between US$30,000 and US$60,000, will make the […]

INS Announces Expansion To Trauma Hospital

INS Announces Expansion To Trauma Hospital

Q COSTA RICA – The increase in demand and the possibility of diversifying the insurance business, the State insurer Instituto Nacional de Seguros (INS), announced a second tower to the Hospital del Trauma (Trauma Hospital). The plan was recently approved by the INS Board of Directors. With this second tower the INS expects initially to […]

Former Costa Rican VP : ‘Window of Opportunity Can Close’ on Latin America-EU Relations

Former Costa Rican VP : ‘Window of Opportunity Can Close’ on Latin America-EU Relations

Q COSTA RICA – The head of the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB) has insisted that an alliance between Latin America and Europe is crucial to achieving “ambitious agendas” like the Paris Agreement and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, EURACTIV Spain reports. SEGIB Secretary General Rebeca Grynspan, who was also vice-president of Costa Rica between 1994 […]

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 Costa Rican nationality. Although she has lived more than half of her life in Costa Rica, she says she has long felt a strong attachment to the country, and now […]

Traffic Police Gets Tough On Illegally Parked Vehicles in Downtown San Jose

Traffic Police Gets Tough On Illegally Parked Vehicles in Downtown San Jose

Q COSTA RICA – Drivers insist on parking in areas such as boulevards and any space to squeeze into rather than pay for space in a lot. The illegally parked vehicles no doubt add to San Jose’s inner-city traffic congestion. The Policia de Transito (Traffic Police) with its limited resources of manpower, has done what […]

Nicoyan Farmers Harvest Rainwater to Survive the Summer

Nicoyan Farmers Harvest Rainwater to Survive the Summer

Q COSTA RICA, by David Bolaños, Vozdeguanacaste.com -El Jobo and Cerro Verde are two small villages boxed in by Nicoya’s mountains. In order to get there you have to travel over narrow dirt roads that rise and fall in the foothills. Once you arrive, quiet reigns while the inhabitants are out working in the fields. […]

Bike Lanes Begin to Gain Traction in Guanacaste

Bike Lanes Begin to Gain Traction in Guanacaste

Q COSTA RICA, by Wilberth Villalobos wilberth, vozdeguanacaste.com – Residents of Liberia, Nicoya, and Santa Cruz have already started pedaling in search of their own bike lanes on freeways and highways. These residents have presented projects asking each canton’s municipal councils to invest in these structures. This movement has been occurring throughout the country, with […]

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 Ramírez Landaverde came out saying the country will have to face some rough days and hard times if it is ever going to win against the country’s widespread problem with violence. […]

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 America and Europe, who after living in Costa Rica for some time decided to trade in their ‘residency’ for ‘citizenship’. The decision is a personal one. From A Dull Roar […]

Government Wants To Raise Marchamo And Road Tolls To Finace The Commuter Train Service

Government Wants To Raise Marchamo And Road Tolls To Finace The Commuter Train Service

Q COSTA RICA – Getting the train moving is no easy task, financially. For many, the commuter train is the only hope to not get stuck in traffic, for authorities to reduce the nightmare traffic congestion of the Greater Metropolitan area (GAM). But it costs. And the Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles (Incofer) – the state […]

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.  See FB post here.   Q COSTA RICA – The following letter was sent to the Q by Anjali Hariyani in the hopes of finding her missing brother, Kapil Hariyani […]

It’s Open, The South Half of the ‘Platina’!

It’s Open, The South Half of the ‘Platina’!

Q COSTA RICA – As promised last week, the three lanes of the south half of the ‘platina’ bridge – officially known as the “Alfredo González Flores” – opened to traffic this morning. With television news cameras grabbing the action, President Luis Guillermo Solis at 6:00am this morning donned the role of traffic cop and […]

From Chile to Mexico, The Best and Worst of Police in Latin America

From Chile to Mexico, The Best and Worst of  Police in Latin America

Q COSTA RICA, via Insightcrime.org who has put together a selection of some of the region’s best — and worst — police forces. In the report, Costa Rica is among the countries with the best police force. Insightcrime.org says Costa Rica has one of Latin America’s most trusted police forces. And compared to other Central […]

US Occupation Disguised as Humanitarian Aid: Southern Command in Costa Rica

US Occupation Disguised as Humanitarian Aid: Southern Command in Costa Rica

Q COSTA RICA – From the top of the great Talamaca mountain range in southern Costa Rica, you can see the Caribbean Sea and the houses of the Bribri and Cabécar Indigenous groups. According to their cosmology, their ancestors are in every tree, in every river and in every living being found in this reserve […]

Who Would Marry A Serial Killer?

Who Would Marry A Serial Killer?

Q COSTA RICA – Before moving back to Canada, Leanne Bordelais lived with her new husband Thierry Bordelais, the brother of her lawyer, and their children, in Costa Rica. Since her release from prison in 2005, after serving 12 years, Leanne, now 46, has lived the suburban life in the Montreal suburb of Chateauguay. By […]

Trump Administration Upholds Obama Donation Offer To Costa Rica To Combat Drug Trafficking

Trump Administration Upholds Obama Donation Offer To Costa Rica To Combat Drug Trafficking

Q COSTA RICA – Washington, with Donald Trump at the helm, is keeping its pledge for police equipment to deal with drug trafficking that Barack Obama offered Costa Rica last August. President Luis Guillermo Solis on Friday received confirmation by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence during a meeting at the White House. The day before, […]

Photos Show Driver That Killed Three Cyclists in Curridabat Was Drinking Heavily In A Bar in Alajuela Before The Incident

Q COSTA RICA – It was 4:11am Sunday, January 29th last, in front of the Walmart store in Curridabat, on the old road to Tres Rios, on the east side of San jose, when a speeding car ended the life of three cyclists and seriously injuring a fourth, and then flees the scene. A fifth […]

Panama’s Acces To Internet Increases, Costa Rica’s Slows Down

Panama’s Acces To Internet  Increases, Costa Rica’s Slows Down

Q TECH – The Akamai report for the fourth quarter of 2016, notes that compared to the previous quarter, there was an increase of 10% on the average internet connection speed in Panama and a reduction of 1.2% in Costa Rica. Although average internet access speed (IPv4) remains very low compared to other Latin American […]

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