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Italian Wine With Coca From Bolivia

Italian Wine With Coca From Bolivia

(Q24N) Bolivian Minister of Development Planning, Mariana Prado, informed here that representatives of the enterprise Vino Mariani of Italy, are interested in elaborating their products using Bolivian coca leaf. Prado declared to local media that in a meeting of that enterprise with president Evo Morales in Rome, commented the possibility of producing the wine in […]

“There Is No Beach in Costa Rica That Drug Traffickers Have Not Penetrated”, Security Minister

“There Is No Beach in Costa Rica That Drug Traffickers Have Not Penetrated”, Security Minister

Q COSTA RICA – Costa Rica’s Ministerio de Seguridad Publica (minister of Security), Gustavo Mata, has denounced an increase in drug trafficking in the country, and asked legislators to accelerate the approval of the bill on “Annulment of Ownership” in order to strengthen the fight against organized crime. The minister made the remarks during his […]

Central Bank Hikes Interest Rates

Central Bank Hikes Interest Rates

Q COSTA RICA – After last week’s decline,  Thursday  morning  (February 16) the Banco Central de Costa Rica (BCCR) –  Central Bank of Costa Rica hiked the Passive Base Rate (Tasa Básica Pasiva or TBP in Spanish) from 4.50% to 4.55% in Colones and the Eeffective Rate in U.S. Dollars (Tasa Efectiva en Dólares or […]

New Union for Health Companies

New Union for Health Companies

Q COSTA RICA – Pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, medical tourism companies, laboratories, pharmacies and research centers are part of the new Costa Rican health chamber, the Cámara Costarricense de la Salud. The chamber arose from the previously the  Consejo para la Promoción Internacional de la Medicina de Costa Rica (Promed) – Council for the International Promotion […]

Tax Incentives Could Lure Migrants Back Home, Says OECD

Tax Incentives Could Lure Migrants Back Home, Says OECD

Q COSTA RICA – Migrants could be tempted to return home if exempted from paying taxes on their savings and given opportunities to build on their foreign experience, an intergovernmental think-tank said in a major report on Friday (February 17, 2017). The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) urges poor countries to invest in […]

Quake Helped to Discover a New Geological Fault in Costa Rica

Quake Helped to Discover a New Geological Fault in Costa Rica

Q COSTA RICA – The analysis of the 5.5-magnitude earthquake occurred last November 30, in Capellades, enabled scientists Lepolt Linkimer and Gerardo J. Soto to discover a new geological fault in Costa Rica. Linkimer explained that the fault lies between Turrialba and Irazu volcanoes, five kilometers away from each other, is about six kilometers long […]

U.S. Citizens Who Owe The IRS Money May Have Their Passport Revoked or Denied Renewal

U.S. Citizens Who Owe The IRS Money May Have Their Passport Revoked or Denied Renewal

Q COSTA RICA – Americans residing in or visiting Costa Rica, may be in for a surprise from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), as U.S. tax man is on the prowl for people who have been living abroad but not paying their U.S. taxes each year. In short, Americans owing more thanUS$50,000 dollars in Federal […]

Costa Rica Continues With Highest Gasoline Prices In The Region

Costa Rica Continues With Highest Gasoline Prices In The Region

Q COSTA RICA – The volatility of international prices of fuels in the oil market persists, being the main factor affecting prices in Central America. Despite the instability of oil prices and their fluctuations are permanent factors, predictions about future prices is unpredictable, however, in the recent weeks trends in international prices have been caused […]

Arsenic Levels in Bagaces Drinking Water Improving, But Still a Concern

Arsenic Levels in Bagaces Drinking Water Improving, But Still a Concern

Q COSTA RICA (by Wilberth Villalobos Castrillo, vozdeguancaste.com) There’s good news and bad news for central Bagaces residents regarding the arsenic levels in their drinking water. The good news is that thanks to processing plants that remove arsenic from potable water, average arsenic levels decreased from 13 micrograms per liter (ug/L) in 2014 to 9 […]

Trump’s Plan to Tackle Latin America’s “Bad Hombres” Bluster, No Substance

Trump’s Plan to Tackle Latin America’s “Bad Hombres” Bluster, No Substance

Q24N (Insighcrime.org) Donald Trump has targeted organized crime and drug cartels in a new executive order, but beyond the tough talk and bluster there is little to suggest the new US president has any serious strategy to tackle Latin America’s “bad hombres.” On February 9, Trump signed three law and order executive orders, one aimed […]

El Salvador to Extend ‘Extraordinary’ Anti-Gang Measures until 2018

El Salvador to Extend ‘Extraordinary’ Anti-Gang Measures until 2018

Q24N (InSight Crime) Officials in El Salvador agreed to extend “extraordinary measures” to fight organized crime despite doubts about their effectiveness and alleged threats to citizens’ rights, raising questions about the motives for the government’s decision. The Commission for Public Security and the Fight against Drug-Trafficking (Comisión de Seguridad Pública y Combate a la Narcoactividad) […]

Costa Rica’s Attorney General Says Mexico Cartels are Recruiting, Training Local Groups

Costa Rica’s Attorney General Says Mexico Cartels are Recruiting, Training Local Groups

Q COSTA RICA (Insightcrime) Costa Rica’s Attorney General said local criminal groups are being recruited and trained by Mexican drug cartels, further indication of the evolving relationship between drug trafficking networks in these two countries. In an interview with El Universal, Costa Rican Attorney General Jorge Chavarría said that the cartels are recruiting local criminals […]

Oscar Arias: “To Kill A Person Is Homicide, To Kill All In A Town Of Hunger Is Called Chavismo”

Oscar Arias: “To Kill A Person Is Homicide, To Kill All In A Town Of Hunger Is Called Chavismo”

Q COSTA RICA – Costa Rica’s Former President and Nobel Peace Prize Winner Oscar Arias had strong words for Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro and his administration. “To kill a person is homicide, to kill en entire town from hunger is called chavismo,” he said. In an interview with NTN24, Arias criticized statements made by Uruguayan […]

Costa Rica Unemployment Remains at 9.5%

Costa Rica Unemployment Remains at 9.5%

Q COSTA RICA – Costa Rica’s unemployment rate remained at 9.5% at the end of the last quarter of 2016 and an annual increase was recorded of nearly 2% in informal employment. Highlights of the Fourth Quarter Continuous Employment Survey 2016 from a statement issued by the Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos (INEC) – […]

Turrialba Volcano Spews ‘Juvenile Rocks’

Turrialba Volcano Spews ‘Juvenile Rocks’

Q COSTA RICA – The Turrialba volcano on Saturday spewed newly erupted material that is being delivered to the surface for the first time – called juvenile rocks, in a small eruption at about 7:12pm. According to the volcanologist, Marino Protti, of the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (Ovsicori), the cameras the institution […]

Public Transit Appears To Be The Solution To The Congestion Caused By The ‘Platina’

Public Transit Appears To Be The Solution To The Congestion Caused By The ‘Platina’

Q COSTA RICA – Although it can take two times or more that it took a few weeks ago, travelling by bus to and from Alajuela and San Jose is still faster than by car. This according to transport authorities. This because public transit – buses, taxis and ‘tourism vehicles’ are given priority travel on […]

Costa Rica Bans American From Entering The Country

Costa Rica Bans American From Entering The Country

Q COSTA RICA – Is it ‘extreme vetting’ or just revenge by Costa Rica authorities in issuing a ban for Daniel Fowlie from entering to Costa Rica, an American who was convicted of drug trafficking in the United States. On Thursday, February 9, Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería – Costa Rica’s immigration service, issued […]

6 Magical Places To Watch The Sunset In Latin America

6 Magical Places To Watch The Sunset In Latin America

(Q TRAVEL) By Simon Williams – Latin America boasts some of the worlds most postcard worthy beaches, particularly in Brazil and Costa Rica. As top honeymoon destinations, they wouldn’t be complete without some truly magical sunsets, and both offer them almost every night of the year. However, these aren’t the only two places to consider […]

Costa Rica Motorcycle Sales Slow Down

Costa Rica Motorcycle Sales Slow Down

(Q COSTA RICA) The union of importers of motorcycles has reported that in 2016 sales grew by 19%, lower than the 23% increase achieved in the previous year. Figures from the Association of Motorcycle Importers (Aima) indicate that last year 67,736 units were sold, 19% more than what was sold in 2015, but lower than […]

Costa Rica Breaks Record In Banana Exports

Costa Rica Breaks Record In Banana Exports

Q COSTA RICA – Costa Rica is breaking records. Earlier this week we learned of the record 2.9 million tourist arrivals for 2016. On Friday, the Corporación Bananera Nacional (Corbana) – National Banana Corporation, says 2016 was a record year for what was once Costa Rica’s main economic engine, banana exports. According to Corbana, the […]

Costa Rica Records First Conviction For Shark Finning

Costa Rica Records First Conviction For Shark Finning

Q COSTA RICA – The Tribunal Penal de Juicio de Puntarenas (Puntarenas Criminal Court) on Monday sentenced a Taiwanese businesswoman to six months prison, finding her responsible for ordering the unloading of 652 shark fins, destined for sale abroad. Shark finning is illegal in Costa Rica under Article 139 of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Law […]

Is The Turrialba Readying To Blow?

Is The Turrialba Readying To Blow?

Q COSTA RICA – A video posted Friday morning by the Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico de Costa Rica (Ovsicori) – Volcanology and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica – shows how, besides the vapor coming from the crater, a reddish glow could be observed. According to the Ovsicori, the glow comes increased incandescence in the crater […]

History Shows President Trump Will Face Legal Challenges To​ Detaining Immigrants

History Shows President Trump Will Face Legal Challenges To​ Detaining Immigrants

(Q COSTA RICA) OPINION – Practically everyone I talk to these days shows an air concern of what will be their future in Trump’s America. And without fail, ask my opinion of what will happen. As if I have the answer. I don’t. This past week’s news reports of Costa Ricans being turned away by […]

Cuba’s Flying Pizza

Cuba’s Flying Pizza

RICO’S JOURNAL – Watching this video brought back memories of my recent trip to Cuba. I didn’t try the two Marta’s pizza, however, I did at a food stand near  the apartment I was staying in the Vedado neighborhood, some 10 blocks from the fancy tourist hotels and the malecon. Nothing special in presentation, both […]

Journey to a Costa Rican Food Forest

Journey to a Costa Rican Food Forest

(Q COSTA RICA) Pura Vida! Journey To A Costa Rican Food Forest. Filmmaker and Great Big Storyteller Ben Brown heads into the jungles of Costa Rica, to answer the question, “Where does my food actually come from? In the words of Brown, “Everyday we consume products from around the globe with no thought as to […]

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