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Alvarez Desanti The PLN Choice For 2018!

Alvarez Desanti The PLN Choice For 2018!

Q COSTA RICA – After a short but intense campaign, on Sunday the Partido Liberacion Nacional (PLN) held its convention to elect a candidate for the 2018 presidential elections. Although voting ended by 6:00pm Sunday night, the definitive, but not final, results weren’t available until a few minutes before noon on Monday, leaving both the […]

Married priests and female deacons? What the Pope’s politics look like from Latin America

Married priests and female deacons? What the Pope’s politics look like from Latin America

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at Monza Park in Milan, Italy, March 25, 2017. REUTERS/Max Rossi – RTX32OEJ Priests are Catholicism’s greatest figures: shepherds who manage the relationship with the divine. But their numbers have been dwindling worldwide since the 1930s. In Argentina, the Church lost 23% of its priests and nuns from 1960 to 2013. […]

Laura Chinchilla: From President to Pole Dancer?

Laura Chinchilla: From President to Pole Dancer?

Ok, before you get the wrong idea, no, our beloved Doña Laura has not hit financial hard times and having to take a job as pole dancer in a nightclub (strip club). But, we can understand why, this after the usually dry and restrained former president shared photos on Instagram a few days practicing her […]

Integration and Mesoamerica Project Strengthened in Costa Rica Summit

Integration and Mesoamerica Project Strengthened in Costa Rica Summit

The Presidents of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, Costa Rica’s, Luis Guillermo Solís, Guatemala’s, Jimmy Morales and Panama’s, Juan Carlos Varela, united in San José, for the XVI Cumbre de Tuxtla. Q COSTA RICA –  The commitment to integration and the Mesoamerica Project were strengthened by the 16th Summit of Heads of […]

Costa Rica Marriott Hotels Has New Owners

Costa Rica Marriott Hotels Has New Owners

Marriott Costa Rica. Photo 5starbed.com The Grupo Cuestamoras announced the sale of three of its hotel properties in Costa Rica, the Marriott Los Suenos, in Playa Herradura, the Marriott Costa Rica, in Belen, Heredia, and the Hyatt Place San Jose, in Pinares de Curridabat. In the announcement, Cuestamoras said the Marriotts were sold to CPG […]

Father Accused of Raping and Impregnating 14-year-old Daughter Avoids Prison On A Technicality

Father Accused of Raping and Impregnating 14-year-old Daughter Avoids Prison On A Technicality

Q COSTA RICA – A man accused of raping and impregnating his 14-year-old daughter will not be going to prison due to the statute of limitations. The accused, José Alberto Orozco Ramírez, on the run in the United States, a fugitive of Costa Rica law for the last 14 years before being caught, was in […]

Discovering Playa Naranjo, One of the Last Deserted Beaches in Guanacaste

Discovering Playa Naranjo, One of the Last Deserted Beaches in Guanacaste

Q TRAVEL by María Fernanda Cruz,Vozdeguanacaste.com – The tropical dry forest in Santa Rosa National Park has a stone-covered road that leads to Playa Naranjo, one of the last beaches in the province where you can spin around 360 degrees without finding a trace of buildings or construction projects. At the path’s entrance, a wooden […]

Where, when and how to recycle in Guanacaste

Where, when and how to recycle in Guanacaste

Q COSTA RICA by Amanda Zúñiga, Vozdeguanacaste.com – Seven municipalities in Guanacaste offer recycling-collection services in some communities. The other four municipalities have recycling collection centers and some pickup campaigns. Carrillo, which doesn’t have a special recycling-collection service, has the largest collection center in Guanacaste, located in downtown Filadelfia. The center was donated by the […]

Central Bank’s Intervention to Stabilize Exchange Rate

Central Bank’s Intervention to Stabilize Exchange Rate

Q MONEY – In the last several weeks we’ve seen the Dollar exchange rate go from 545/558 colones to one US Dollar in December to 555/568 to the beginning of this month and then in the last few days drop to today’s 552/565. But why, without asking why hasn’t the Colon/Dollar exchange shifter similar to […]

100 Convicts Currently With Ankle Bracelet Monitoring In Costa Rica

100 Convicts Currently With Ankle Bracelet Monitoring In Costa Rica

Q COSTA RICA – It started a month ago, with the first eight inmates, the project of outfitting convicts with electronic ankle bracelets (tobilleras electrónicas in Spanish) now is up to 100 inmates (11 of which are women), who are being monitored around the clock by 16 prison police officials, working out of monitoring centre, […]

Costa Rica Drops From Top Position After Loss To Mexico

Costa Rica Drops From Top Position After Loss To Mexico

Q SPORTS  – The pre-game hype said Mexico had to come out on the attack if they were to keep the Ticos (Costa Ricans) at bay in the CONCACAF World Cup qualifier in Mexico City on Friday night. And that they did. The first goal came in the seventh minute, when Javier Hernandez got one […]

Four Seasons Papagayo ‘Best Hotel in Central & South America’

Four Seasons Papagayo ‘Best Hotel in Central & South America’

Q TRAVEL – The Four Seasons Costa Rica Resort, located in the Papagayo Peninsula in the province of Guanacaste, was awarded ‘Best Hotel in Central & South America’ in the 2016 Gallivanter’s Guide. The Four Seasons Costa Rica is co-owned by Saudi businessman, Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal through his company Kingdom Holding Company (47.5%), Cascade […]

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 […]