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Insight: How Venezuela turns its useless banknotes into gold

(Reuters) With the country’s economy in meltdown, an estimated 300,000 fortune hunters have descended on this mineral-rich jungle area to earn a living pulling gold-flecked earth from makeshift mines. Their picks and shovels are helping to prop up the leftist government of President Nicolas Maduro....

Andrea Vargas gets the first gold for Costa Rica in the Central American and Caribbean Games

Andrea Vargas won the first gold medal for Costa Rica at the Central American and Caribbean Games (Juegos Centroamericanos y del Caribe 2018) in Barranquilla, Colombia, on Tuesday afternoon. The native of Puriscal stopped the clock in 12:90 in the final of the 100 yards...

Illegal Gold Mining in Costa Rica Suggests Diversifying Criminal Landscape

Q COSTA RICA (Insightcrime.org) Recent reports suggest illegal gold mining and the associated trafficking of mercury are increasing in Costa Rica, providing evidence that organized crime groups in the country may be diversifying their revenue streams as they increase in sophistication. Twenty-five illegal extraction points...

Now That Bitcoins Are Worth More Than Their Weight in Gold, Is It Time For Central Banks To Make Their Own?

(Q24N) The history of gold trading can be traced back hundreds of years while bitcoin, a digital currency that uses encryption and works independently of central banks, has been around for less than ten. But the cryptocurrency is now starting to challenge gold as...

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