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Nicaragua’s South Caribbean Coast Improves Readiness for Climate Change

Nicaragua’s South Caribbean Coast Improves Readiness for Climate Change

BLUEFIELDS, Nicaragua (IPS) – The effects of climate change have hit Nicaragua’s Caribbean coastal regions hard in the last decade and have forced the authorities and local residents to take protection and adaptation measures to address the phenomenon that has gradually undermined their safety and changed their way of life. Bluefields, the capital city of […]

Slow-Strengthening Tropical Depression Expected To Convert To Hurricane And Hit Costa Rica On Wednesday

Slow-Strengthening Tropical Depression Expected To Convert To Hurricane And Hit Costa Rica On Wednesday

Q COSTA RICA NEWS – Tropical Depression Sixteen will become a Hurricane Otto on Wednesday heading into the northeastern part of Costa Rica and southeastern Nicaragua, says the U.S. based National Hurricane Centre (NHC). The almost-stationary storm is about 282 kilometres (175 miles) east-southeast of the San Andres island,  with maximum sustained winds of 80 […]

Costa Rica Issues “Green Alert” For Caribbean and South Pacific For Hurricane Matthew

Costa Rica Issues “Green Alert” For Caribbean and South Pacific For Hurricane Matthew

(QCOSTARICA) The National Emergency Commission (Comisión Nacional de Emergencias – CNE) issued a “green alert” for the province of Limon and the South Pacific for possible high waves and heavy rains, as a result of a indirect impact of Hurricane Matthew. According to a press released by the CNE, the alert is preventative. The University […]

President Castro Calls for Solutions at 7th Summit in Havana

President Castro Calls for Solutions at 7th Summit in Havana

 June 5, 2016  Cuba’s President Raul Castro (Front) takes part in the 7th Summit of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) in Havana (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Raul Castro Ruz called today in this capital to find new and feasible solutions as for all the territories of the Caribbean could face regional challenges, such as […]

Panama Papers Highlight How Latin America’s Elites Hide Wealth

Panama Papers Highlight How Latin America’s Elites Hide Wealth

(Q24N) A massive leak of confidential documents from a Panamanian law firm shines a light on how elites across the world use offshore shell companies in order to hide their assets, in some cases facilitating corruption and money laundering. Investigative journalists from fifteen countries in Latin America and the Caribbean — as well as Puerto […]

Holiday Guide to Costa Rica: Beaches and Adventures

Holiday Guide to Costa Rica: Beaches and Adventures

QCOSTARICA TRAVEL – The essential itinerary for Costa Rica was defined long ago: Manuel Antonio for the beach, Monteverde for cloud forest, Tortuguero for turtles, and Arenal volcano for outdoor adventure. Add in the area of sandy beachfront in Guanacaste that has also been set aside for large hotels and you have all the elements […]

Director of CNE Dismissed In The Middle of Emergency Efforts In The Caribbean

Director of CNE Dismissed In The Middle of Emergency Efforts In The Caribbean

(QCOSTARICA) Few details were available when President Luis Guillermo Solis confirmed this morning the dismissal of the director of the National Emergency Commission (Comisión Nacional de Emergencias – CNE), Edgar Ruiz, knee-deep in the midst of the emergency caused by the heavy rains in the Caribbean. The CNE has been busy coordinating and involved in […]

National Emergency Declared in the Caribbean, Turrialba and Sarapiqui Areas

National Emergency Declared in the Caribbean, Turrialba and Sarapiqui Areas

(QCOSTARICA) President Luis Guilldermo Solis yesterday declared a state of emergency in eight cantones of the Caribbean coast and Northenr Zone to due the extensive damages caused by the heavy rains in recent days. The cantones to benefit from the declaration are Limón, Talamanca, Matina, Pococí, Siquirres, Guácimo, Sarapiquí and Turrialba. The emergency declaration allows […]

145 Communities and 458 In Shelters Due To Heavy Rains in Northern Zone and Caribbean

145 Communities and 458 In Shelters Due To Heavy Rains in Northern Zone and Caribbean

  (QCOSTARICA) The rain in the Northern Zone and north Caribbean coast since late Saturday night, caused the Sarapiquí, Puerto Viejo and Tigre rivers to overflow their banks, flood homes and force more than 400 people to shelters. The national weather service, the Institutio Meteorologico Nacional (IMN) reports that in six hours between Saturday night […]

Weatherman Confirms Presence of El Niño Affecting Costa Rica

Weatherman Confirms Presence of El Niño Affecting Costa Rica

(QCOSTARICA) — Costa Rica’s national weather service, the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional (IMN) confirmed today (Wednesday) that the country is under the influence of the El Niño. Werner Stolz, head of forecasts for the IMN, said the phenomenon has been an evolution that started last year and consolidated in the first months of this year. He […]

Bad Weather Cause Of Drop In Banana and Pineapple Exports

Bad Weather Cause Of Drop In Banana and Pineapple Exports

(QCOSTARICA) — The gross volume of banana exports fell 13%, while pineapple exports are down 15% in the first trimester of the year compared to the same period in 2014. The decline reflected in the data provided by the Promotora del Comercio Exterior (Procomer) – Costa Rica’s Foreign Trade Promoter, is due to the impact […]

Heavy Weekend Rain Flooded 120 Homes In Caribbean

Heavy Weekend Rain Flooded 120 Homes In Caribbean

(QCOSTARICA) The downpoursbetween Saturday and Sunday in the Caribbean and northern area of the country caused the flooding of at least 120 homes in the province of Limon. According to the Comisión Nacional de Emergencias (CNE) – national emergency commission – they responded to 24 incidents: 13 in Pococi, two in Guacimo, two in Siquirres, […]

Airbnb and Cuba: a match made in capitalist heaven

Airbnb and Cuba: a match made in capitalist heaven

TODAY CUBA – The home-rental company Airbnb has opened for business in Havana, bringing the sharing economy born in capitalism to communist Cuba as relations thaw with the United States. Following President Obama’s move to relax cold war-era travel restrictions in January, the company sent teams to meet with Cuba’s many hosts who have long […]

Banana Workers’ Strike Highlights Abuses by Corporations in Costa Rica

Banana Workers’ Strike Highlights Abuses by Corporations in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA (IPS) – A strike that has brought activity to a halt since January on three major banana plantations on Costa Rica’s southern Caribbean coast, along the border with Panama, has highlighted the abuses in a sector in the hands of transnational corporations and has forced the governments of both countries to intervene. More than […]