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Holy Days of Film! Movies Not To Miss On Semana Santa

Holy Days of Film! Movies Not To Miss On Semana Santa

COSTA RICA EXTRA – It’s Samana Santa and that means ¡Días santos de película! (Holy Days Of film), when Costa Rica’s national television broadcast include the “not to be missed” movies about Easter. The Easter movie lineup is a tradition in the country, that includes Ben Hur, The Passion of Christ, Quo Vadis, The Ten […]

‘Hacking Challenge’ Competition Will Be On May 15 In Costa Rica

‘Hacking Challenge’ Competition Will Be On May 15 In Costa Rica

Q TECH – For the first time in Costa Rica and for the second consecutive year in Panama, computer security fans will compete to breach a corporate website in a simulated environment during the Hacking Challenge competition. The largest cybersecurity competition, that will be held in Costa Rica on Monday, May 15, at the Hotel […]

Airline Wars: Southwest Airlines Objects to Volaris Costa Rica’s FACP Application

Airline Wars: Southwest Airlines Objects to Volaris Costa Rica’s FACP Application

Q COSTA RICA – Southwest Airlines has lodged an objection against the application by Volaris Costa Rica for a Foreign Air Carrier Permit (FACP) and Exemption Authority from the United States Department of Transportation (DOT). The US carrier contends that Volaris Costa Rica is not a Costa Rican company but is wholly owned by a […]

USA, Canada & Mexico Declare Intention To Host 2026 FIFA World Cup

USA, Canada & Mexico Declare Intention To Host 2026 FIFA World Cup

Q SPORTS – The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), member nations the United States, Canada and Mexico on Monday declared their intention to submit formally a unified bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup. The historic effort, which would represent the first time that three nations jointly hosted a […]

Incest Case Attests That, in Costa Rica, Abortion Is Legal In Name Only

Incest Case Attests That, in Costa Rica, Abortion Is Legal In Name Only

Q COSTA RICA (by Larissa Arroyo Navarrete, University of Costa Rica) In Costa Rica, women have had the right to abortion since 1970. Well, more or less. The concept of the “unpunished abortion”, established in article 121 of the penal code, permits the termination of a pregnancy as long the procedure is consensual, performed by […]

Costa Rica Looking To Reactivate Deportation of Cubans

Costa Rica Looking To Reactivate Deportation of Cubans

Q COSTA RICA – From Casa Presidencial, the government of Luis Guillermo Solis is looking to reactive, as soon as possible, the deportation of Cubans who, in their eagerness to reach the United States, entered Costa Rica illegally. The Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería (immigration service) is said to be analyzing the possibility of […]

Are Electric Bikes The Solution To San Jose Traffic Congestion

Are Electric Bikes The Solution To San Jose Traffic Congestion

Q COSTA RICA – The electric bicycle may be the solution for many to the ever-growing traffic congestion that has gridlocked the greater metropolitan area of San Jose (GAM). travelling to up three hours a day to and from work on bus can easily be done in less than an hour on a bicycle. Such […]

Latin America Again Dominates World’s 50 Deadliest Cities Ranking

Latin America Again Dominates World’s 50 Deadliest Cities Ranking

Q24N (via Insightcrime.org) Venezuela’s capital Caracas has been ranked as the world’s deadliest city for a second year in a row, while Latin America still dominates the annual list with 43 of the 50 most violent urban centers. According to the yearly ranking by the Citizen’s Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice (Consejo Ciudadano […]

‘Synthetic Marijuana’ Causes First Major Intoxication in Costa Rica

‘Synthetic Marijuana’ Causes First Major Intoxication in Costa Rica

Q COSTA RICA – Although the synthetic marijuana, known as K2, has been in Costa Rica for the past year, it wasn’t until Thursday that it caused the first major intoxication in the country. Prior to Thursday, there have been occasional reported cases  of persons being affected by the K2, found alone, naked and in […]

The Face of Latin American Migration Is Rapidly Changing

The Face of Latin American Migration Is Rapidly Changing

A fundamental shift in U.S. immigration patterns is well underway. Recent rhetoric from President Donald Trump and the focus of U.S. immigration policies suggest that Mexicans entering the U.S. without authorization are the principal challenge facing policymakers. That is no longer the case. The era of Mexico as the primary source of immigrants to the […]

What happened when the Donald Trump of Costa Rica demonized neighboring Nicaraguans?

What happened when the Donald Trump of Costa Rica demonized neighboring Nicaraguans?

Costa Rica is often thought of as the “Switzerland of the Americas.” With a stable democracy and no standing army, the small Central American country of 4.8 million is often referred to as the “exception” to the conflict, violence and poverty faced in other Latin American countries. In particular, Costa Ricans pride themselves on their […]

Supermarket Chains Ready With Discounts For Semana Santa Shopping

Supermarket Chains Ready With Discounts For Semana Santa Shopping

Q COSTA RICA – Supermarket chains in Costa Rica are ready for Semana Santa, stocking their aisles and gondolas (shelves) with a wide assortment of seasonal products in order to meet the needs of their customers during Easter week. Although Semana Santa officially (shopping wise) starts this weekend, some supermarket chains have been promoting seasonal  […]

San Jose With No Vehicular Restrictions For Semana Santa

San Jose With No Vehicular Restrictions For Semana Santa

Q COSTA RICA – The vehicular restrictions of San Jose will be suspended for Semana Santa (Easter Week). The Policia de Transito (Traffic Police) will not be monitoring license plate restrictions from Monday, April 10 to Friday, April 14 says the director of the police body. Mario Calderón said the priority will be to assign […]

No Major Changes in US Cuba Policy: Business Licenses Issued

No Major Changes in US Cuba Policy: Business Licenses Issued

TODAY CUBA – The United States government, headed by Donald Trump, has promised to review its policy on Cuba, but Cuba has not yet enjoyed the expected results from Obama’s thaw. One example is that Cuba International Network (CIN), which specializes in television production and audiovisual material, received a license to operate in the Caribbean […]

Costa Rica Financial Institutions Victim Of North Korea Hack?

Costa Rica Financial Institutions Victim Of North Korea Hack?

Q COSTA RICA – North Korea’s hacking operations are growing and getting more bold, increasingly targeting financial institutions worldwide, now linked to attacks on banks in 18 countries, including Costa Rica. According to a new report from Russian multinational cybersecurity and anti-virus provider Kaspersky, the same hacking operation (cyber-heists) – known as “Lazarus” –  attempted […]

The Poas Acting Up Again

The Poas Acting Up Again

Q COSTA RICA – After several months of relative calm, the Poas Volcano is acting up again, with a small groundwater and ash discharge. Volcanologists Gino González and Yemerith Alpízar of Volcanes Sin Fronteras (Volcanos Without Borders) visited the colossus over the weekend and reported the reactivation after the volcano had remained relatively calm for […]