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Costa Rica With 16% Consumption of Contraband Cigarettes: Study Reveals

(Q24N) Revealing figures from a detailed analysis of studies paint a panoramic picture of a surging global trade in illicit cigarettes funding groups as varied as Hezbollah and Hamas to the Central American cartel of Los Zetas. The study titled "From Ant Smuggling to an...

Costa Rica Examples Of Money Laundering Highlighted In IRS Reports

QCOSTARICA - The United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) highlights Costa Rica cases in its annual examples of Money Laundering Investigation reports. "The following examples of Money Laundering Investigations are written from public record documents on file in the courts within the judicial district where...

What’s it Really Like to Live in the Costa Rican Jungle?

(Q24N) by Camille Willemain, This American Girl - When we see beautiful photos and dreamy stories on travel and lifestyle blogs, it’s easy to create fantasies about the life of the blogger. Perhaps seeing someone live in a way that we’ve always dreamed of gives...

President Solis Throws In The Towel, Says Will Never Seek Re-Election

QCOSTARICA - President Luis Guillermo Solis seems to have thrown in the towel, looking to complete his mandate as President and then close the door to politics. And although he believes it beneficial for a small country such as Costa Rica to "recycle" (re-elect) political...

Rincon de la Vieja Volcano Eruption Poses No Danger, Says OVSICORI

QCOSTARICA - The eruptions of the Rincón de la Vieja volcano, Liberia, in the northern part of the country poses no danger, says Javier Pacheco, scientist at the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico de Costa Rica - OVSICORI). The...

PHOTOS: SVA In Action

Costa Rica's police at work. Photos of the special air surveillane unit (Servicio Vigilancia Aerea - SVA) of the Fuerza Publica. Photos from MSP - Ministerio de Segurida Publica

New animal safari tour delights Costa Rica travelers

QTRAVEL - Feeding carrots to giraffes and zebras in Costa Rica? Don’t be ridiculous. They don’t live in this part of the world. But wait. Now they do, thanks to the efforts of entrepreneur David Patay and his new Africa Safari Adventure Park. Visitors to...

Construction Of New Costa Rica – Panama Bridge To Begin In June

QCOSTARICA - The construction of a new Costa Rica - Panama bridge over the Sixaola river, is expected to start in June, announced Panama's Ministerio de Economía y Finanzas (Ministry of Economy said and Finance - MEF). At a cost of US$15 million dollars,...

Costa Rica Rescue Center Begs Justin Bieber NOT To Buy Another Monkey!

QCOSTARICA - With the objective that he learn the importance of letting wild animals live free and stop buying monkeys, the Rescue Center in Tilaran, Costa Rica, has invited Justin Bieber to visit. "What concerns me is that he has millions of fans who may...

Pregnant Tica Could Be First Indigenous Case of Zika In The Country

QCOSTARICA - A pregnant women with 36 weeks gestation could become the first autochthonous case of the Zika virus in Costa Rica, reports Chrhoy.com According to the report, the Minister of Health, Dr. Fernando Llorca, confirms this is a woman in Guanacaste with a "very...

From Bristlr to TrekDating: Find Love On A Niche Dating Site

QDATING - We’ve all heard of match.com, OKCupid and Tinder. But where do you go if you’re looking for a very tall vegetarian who likes silent movies? As increasing numbers of us go online to find love – match.com alone now has 59 million...

Agencies Facilitate Hiring Of Domestic Workers (Maids)

QCOSTARICA | Looking for a maid in Costa Rica can seem an easy thing, whether for full-time or part-time, in reality can be stressful and costly. While there many small and informal agencies to help employers and domestic workers connect, several have built a reputation,...

Minister of Security Recommends Ticos Avoid Travel to Nicaragua

QCOSTARICA - The Minister of Seguridad Publica (Public Security), Gustavo Mata, is recommending Costa Ricans NOT travel to Nicaragua. The recommendation was made over the radio program, Nuestra Voz, following the alleged abuse suffered by Costa Rica's women's soccer coach, Jaqueline Alvarez, a case the...

Paradise in Crisis: In Santa Teresa Tourists Sexually Assaulted At River Crossing

QCOSTARICA - A travel advisory post on TripAdvisor warns of not driving the coastal route between Santa Teresa and Coyote. On the this route drivers have to literally driving into the Rio Ario and Rio Bongo to make the crossing, where antisocials have been known...

Costa Rica Authories Warn Of Extortion Scams Against Men On Facebook

QCOSTARICA - Married men who engage in a simple and innocent conversation on the social media like Facebook could enter a world of hurt and become a victim of a new form of extortion, warns Costa Rica's judicial police, the Organismo de Investigacion Judicial...

Independence Day Torch To Arrive in Costa Rica Sunday Night

QCOSTARICA - Some 2,000 students will be carrying the Antorcha de la Independencia (Independence Torch) from Peñas Blancas, at the Nicaragua border, to its final destination in Cartago for the independence day celebrations on September 15. The torch will arrive in Costa Rica on Sunday,...

Uber and MOPT Meeting A Bust!

QCOSTARICA - It finally happened, Uber representatives and officials of the Ministry of Transport (MOPT) met on Tuesday. But nothing changed. In fact the MOPT used the meeting to remind Uber that the service they are providing, that began on August 21, is illegal. The meeting,...

What a Nightmare. Americans Attacked By Protestors In Liberia, Costa Rica.

QCOSTARICA - It was last week, around 4:30pm, when a protestors were still in full demonstration in the area of the Liberia airport in Guancaste. It was also at the same time that Bruce, his brother Ricky, Daniel and Lily were on their way...

In Costa Rica A Narco Dies Every Two Days In The War For Territory

QCOSTARICA - Being involved in the drug trade in Costa Rica decreases one's life span, less during a drug war, as is the case currently going on in the country and mainly centred in the Greater Metropolitan Area of San Jose. According to numbers by...

Big Drop In Gasoline Prices Expected For Next Month

QCOSTARICA - Get ready for a big drop in gasoline prices, coming this way next month. The  Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos (Aresep) - regulator of public prices and services - confirmed on Monday that it will on September 11 start the process of...

An “Arribada” In Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - The beach of Ostional is the scenery for a rarely-seen biological wonder. In rainy season, the week before new moon, hundreds - and sometimes hundreds of thousand sea turtles take part in the "arribada" (the Spanish word for arrival), which is a...

Catholic Church Weddings Losing Ground in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - In 2013, 27% of the marriages in Costa Rica were in a Catholic church, while in 2000 the number was 43%. In real numbers, the drop went from 10,500 Church weddings in 2000 to just a little over 7,000 thirteen years later. Meanwhile, civil...

Marihuana Medicinal (Medicinal Marijuana)

QCOSTARICA - Looking to pass the Medical Marijuan bill 19256 in Costa Rica, and with the aim of helping thousands with medical conditions and start a whole new industry in Costa Rica, Cannabis Industry Association Costa Rica (CIAC) and Marihuana Medicinal Costa Rica (MMCR)...

Nervousness Got The Better Of Drug Mule At San Jose Airport

QCOSTARICA - Nerves got the better of an Italian tourist in Costa Rica, found carrying some 370.55 grams of cocaine on his person, at the San Jose airport, ingested to avoid detection. According to the Minsiterio de Seguridad Publica (MSP), the detection was made when...

In Costa Rica, No Need To Stop For Red Light At Night

  QCOSTARICA - From 10:00pm and until 5:00am drivers DO NOT have to wait for a green light, that is, you can pass at a red light and not get fined. This thing of being able to cross a red light at night is little known. According...

40 Development Projects Stalled, Waiting Access Permits

QCOSTARICA - Gas stations, condominiums, shopping centres, banks, business parks, convention centres and supermarkets are among the 40 projects waiting, waiting for the Consejo Nacional de Vialidad (Conavi) to approve access permits. The projects are all located on one of the 12 national roads regulated...

Johnny’s Back!

QCOSTARICA POLITICS - After failed bid to become president in last year's election, Johnny Araya, wants his old job back as mayor of San Jose. Blacklisted the Partido Liberacion Nacional (PLN) for having dropped out of the 2014 presidential race, Johnny, on his Facebook page,...

American Arrested In Costa Rica For Promoting “Sex Tourism”

QCOSTARICA- In what is believed to be the first case of its kind, Friday the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) arrested a U.S. citizen at the San Jose airport on the crime of  "Promoting Sex Tourism". The OIJ press office says the 65 year-old man,...

What Time Is It? It’s Tico Time!

TICO BULL - Ha, (Ja in Spanish, not to be confused with Ya, which has totally different meaning) Tico Time! If a party starts at 1. The first guest will arrive no earlier than 2. Or 3. Or 4. If you're supposed to have your...

2015 El Nino Can Become One of the Four Strongest in 65 Years

QCOSTARICA - This year's El Niño phenomenon can become one of the four strongest since 1950, said a recent report by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The peak strength of this El Niño is expected sometime during October 2015 to January 2016. Its impacts are...

“El Chap” Wanted Mexican Drug Lord Could Be in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - A photo released by a Twitter account last month of Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar, the son of drug lord Joaquin "ELpo"Guzman who escaped from a Mexican prison earlier this year, suggests that the chief of the Sinaloa cartel could be in Costa Rica. The picture shows Alfredo sitting at a...

It Turns Out “Unjustly” Convicted Park Ranger Is Also Being Investigated For Drug Trafficking and Murder

QCOSTARICA - The park ranger (guardaparques in Spanish), Mauricio Steller, convicted this week by the Osa Criminal Court to 12 years in prison for the attempted murder of a poacher, may not be so clean after all. His lawyer, criminal lawyer Juan Diego Castro, who...

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