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Costa Rica Rice Importation: The “Blessing” Unveiled

Costa Rica Rice Importation: The “Blessing” Unveiled

OPINION – On September 26, 2015, I published an article on the Q entitled: “Costa Rica Rice Crop Failure Due To Drought: Could This Be A Blessing in Disguise?”. Today (Monday) in La Nacion, I note an article where the Government, due to the rice crop failures and consequential rice shortages, brought about by the […]

Ali, Remembering The Day I Had Breakfast With Him

Ali, Remembering The Day I Had Breakfast With Him

QCOSTARICA  – The Internet is literally full of stories and personal relationship with Muhammad Ali, perhaps the greatest sports figure ever and a man, strong, tall man who had many insights into life itself. I’m not going into the history of Muhammad Ali and anecdotes with journalists, just my own time memory of his presence. […]

[OP-ED] How to Drive Away Business Without Really Trying

[OP-ED] How to Drive Away Business Without Really Trying

QCOSTARICA – When the government officials, all economists and institutional directors say that Costa Rica is expensive; it is! After all, they are the major contributors to costs. Business, each and every chamber has complained out-loud, that we are chasing away investors, losing economic ground to neighboring countries and admitting that it is, in many […]

The Impossible Costa Rica

The Impossible Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA – The unemployment rate now reaches 10% in a population where 60% of workers did not complete high school, but teachers refuse to be evaluated on their ability in subjects they teach. An article in Nacion.com cites statements by Victor Morales, Minister of Labour, on the rising unemployment levels in Costa Rica: “…There is […]

Politicos Sniffing The Toxic Weed?

Politicos Sniffing The Toxic Weed?

QCOSTARICA Opinion by Rod Hughes, iNews.co.cr – There are times when one wonders if the salad the politicos eat for lunch is made up of lemon, mayonnaise and locoweed. So it is with Kattia Martin, president of the Citizen Action Party (PAC) , who called Friday for a party boycott of the press on her […]

[OP-ED] Getting Ready For the Competition

QCOSTARICA OP-ED- Pristine white beaches, torques waters, all-inclusive destination hotels, plenty of fresh drinking water, lots of sun….Cuba. For sure we are not looking at the next few years, but within eight to ten Cuba might well cut into some of Costa Rica’s tourist traffic and we simply cannot afford that. After all, for years […]

Nicoya is Proof that Soccer Isn’t Just for Men

Nicoya is Proof that Soccer Isn’t Just for Men

COSTA RICA NEWS (Vozdeguanacaste) — Luckily, the days when it was frowned upon for women to play soccer have past, and we have to be thankful. But the fact that the canton of Nicoya is becoming a driving force of female soccer is worthy of praise. In Nicoya, like many of the country’s cantons and […]

[OP-ED] Why so Quiet?

COSTA RICA OP-ED — While indeed volatile, the price of oil has plummeted about 23% since June of this year. But not a peep from RECOPE, ICE or the Administration. According to La Republica, Costa Rica will save us$117 million dollars as result of the fall in crude prices over the last four months. A […]

OP-ED: Country Braces for Ebola

OP-ED: Country Braces for Ebola

COSTA RICA NEWS (Opinion by Rod Hughes , iNews.co.cr) — After earlier in the week the announcement that the Social Security (Caja) universal health care system in this country was braced to deal with any Ebola cases, La Nacion Saturday published doubts that the country’s health care providers had either the equipment or the proper […]

[OP-ED] Close to….

[OP-ED] Close to….

COSTA RICA (OP-ED) — Tis the season to be jolly,” or sad. Usually to celebrate but too often a time to commit suicide. In Costa Rica this all starts right after September 15, which is the day of independence. (Not from Florida, nor the U.S. but rather Spain. It only seems as if Miami governs […]

OP-ED: Where Are We Now?

OP-ED: Where Are We Now?

COSTA RICA OP-ED – Bottom line is that I have an opinion that Costa Rica is on the road to deep, a very deep international financial crisis unless we modify the constitution, the thousands of mundane, often repetitive regulations and those laws that are next to impossible to comprehend. Most importantly, we have adopted the […]

[OP-ED] SO FAR….???

[OP-ED] SO FAR….???

OP-ED – In 2010 I wrote a strong defense of the newly elected president, Laura Chinchilla and in that discourse I said that she was sort of hoodwinked by the Oscar Arias administration who handed the then president a “red herring”, so to speak. I was wrong. The Arias brothers did not ride in on […]

OP-ED: Where Do We Go From Here?

Most certainly it is correct that our new president elect, as announced on Monday, will research the “state of the nation” before making any substantial decisions. I would have thought his political party, PAC, had already done this prior to making all those campaign promises; apparently not. Furthermore, I personally do not believe the Araya […]

[OP-ED] Why Always The Poor?

[OP-ED] Why Always The Poor?

Early in the morning, around 5:00AM, I am in the office to read hundreds of news articles. Some in English, some in Spanish but those that concern me the most are always reflective about Costa Rica. This is more than I can say about the Web-media news outlets which need to fill space in order […]

[OP-ED] Tourism & Transparency

Tourism is supposedly 5% of the national GDP. But who really knows? The numbers are so skewed and come from five so called reputable sources: We have no idea of truth. Maybe the problem is that tourism funds, along with all the other worthy tax causes are derived from events such as a percent of […]

[OP-ED] Costa Rica Pura Vida Seduction!

Openly, I have no evidence except “intuition” to justify my position. However, I believe that most American and Canadian expats who live and invest in Costa Rica are seduced and logical thinking is mostly absent until they run out of money or patience. The 90 day perpetual tourist or semi-resident is a risk taker and […]

[OP-ED] Let’s Gamble, Okay?

The Central Bank (BCCR) took steps Wednesday night to devalue the U.S. dollar. And, it worked. “Yes,” the USD dropped down in value compared to the colon. On Thursday, national banks valued the dollar to colon at 537 to 558:1. down from 570. Is the USD dropping in value? Is Costa Rica ready to devalue […]

[OP-ED] AND NOW WHAT?

More recently I have been following the case of a young lady, a student from the U of Massachusetts Amherst, who was raped in Costa Rica. Not so unusual except the young lady was attending studies at the Monteverde Institute (MVI) at the time and was on only a brief vacation for the Thanksgiving break. […]

[OP-ED] And Let The Rumors Go Forth!

[OP-ED] And Let The Rumors Go Forth!

Searching for witches in the dark, provocateurs of evil, and indeed publishing innuendos absent of fact and names are like taking two Tylenol or ½ bottle of Cacique to reduce the pain of living in Costa Rica. In short, this escape goat strategy pretty much is similar or perhaps exact to the Ortega strategy which […]

[OP-ED] The Johnny Araya That I Know

[OP-ED] The Johnny Araya That I Know

As is often the case in Costa Rica nothing is simple nor is it totally comprehensible. Presidential candidate, Johnny Araya, former mayor of San José has not really dropped out of the presidential race since that would violate Article 138 of the constitution, he has simply quit campaigning which is tad amount to a “withdrawal”. […]

[OP-ED] And the Beat Goes On

Heavily reported in the Spanish language press, only mentioned in the English speaking news outlets, and yet still a lot of mumbo jumbo begs the question, “Why did the 26 day old baby die on the operating tale while in surgery at Hospital de Los Ninos (HNN)?” Equally important, how is it that if you […]

[OP-ED] “Who me?” Says Costa Rica

[OP-ED] “Who me?” Says Costa Rica

If there is any doubt that Costa Ricans are up to their pura vida eyeballs in international drug trafficking and in specific the Sinaloa cartel, that misconception needs to be laid to rest. Certainly most of the western hemisphere is giddy that once gain, after escaping from prison in a laundry basket the first time, […]

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