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Which are the favorite Cell Phone brands in Costa Rica and Central America?

Although Samsung and Apple mobile phones represent more than half of the devices used in the region's markets, there is an upward trend in the preference for devices from the Chinese brand Huawei. An analysis of the Trade Intelligence Area at CentralAmericaData provides interesting data...

Tosferina (Pertussis) outbreak in Panama: 11 Deaths reported

Panamanian health officials report an outbreak of tosferina (pertussis, or whooping cough) in the Comarca Ngäbe Buglé region since mid-December. To date, 95 confirmed cases have been reported, of 84 are recovering and 11 fatalities in children under two years of age. According to the head...

Nicaraguan Pilgrims Await Support From Pope Francis

Catholic pilgrims in Panama attending World Youth Day want  to “tell the world” about Nicaragua’s drama, and they are campaigning on social networks to encourage the Pope Francis to “promote a new dialogue.” Nicaraguans in Panama for World Youth Day proudly wave their country’s flag,...

5 things to know about World Youth Day 2019

(CNA) The 15th international World Youth Day is beings today, Tuesday, Jan. 22 in Ciudad de Panama, Panama. The massive gathering of Catholic youth, which takes place every two or three years, this year will be held for the first time in Central America. Pope St....

Pilgrims must pay the international land transport tax into Panama

The Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT) - tourism board - reminded pilgrims and all others who travel through Costa Rica to Panana City to attend the World Youth Day 2019, that every ticket sold in Costa Rica for international land transport must pay a...

Young Koreans arrived in Cartago, their journey to World Youth Day 2019 begins

A group from South Korea arrived in Costa Rica this week ahead of the World Youth Day event that will begin in Panama on January 22. The group from the Archdiocese of Seoul, led by the auxiliary bishop Msgr. Pietro Chung Soon-taek arrived in Cartago for...

715 Pligrims Headed To World Youth Day in Panama To Get Police Escort As They Pass Through Costa Rica

On their way to Panama cityr for the World Youth Day 2019 through Costa Rica, 715 pilgrims will be under the watchful eyes of the different police forces of the Ministerio de Gobernación y Policía and the Ministerio Seguridad Pública (Ministry of the Interior...

Abuse survivors request meeting with Francis in Panama over Costa Rica archbishop

(NCR) Rome — Pope Francis began 2018 with a trip to a Latin American country where the focus was on his response to clergy sexual abuse. It appears 2019 will start in a similar way. Two abuse survivors are asking the Pontiff to meet with...

19,000 Pilgrims Will Leave Costa Rica To Meet the Pope Francis in Panama

To meet Pope Francis, some 19,000 pilgrims will leave Costa Rica, crossing the border into Panama during XXXIV World Youth Day being held between January 22 and 27. The event is a gather of young people from all over the world with Pontiff, in a...

The United – Avianca – Copa Alliance

After a process that took two years, on November 30, the airlines Avianca  (Colombia), United (U.S.) and Copa (Panama) signed a commercial alliance, will allow the three to share revenue from flights and coordinate schedules. Avianca, Copa and United are already tied through a code-sharing...

Panama Vs. Costa Rica: The Real Scoop, Part 1

I have lived in Central America for almost 40 years and have had ample opportunity to observe expat retirement trends. During that time I have written retirement guides about Costa Rica, Panama, and Nicaragua, all of which have been best-sellers at one time or...

First Lady Takes Active Role In Bringing The Metro (Subway) To Costa Rica

Claudia Dobles is more than just the wife of President Carlos Alvarado and the First Lady, she is also the force to bring the metro (subway) to Costa Rica. To that end, the First Lady is studying the Panama experience and in three months will...

The Volcanos Of Central America (By Country)

Among the things most loved by travelers to Central America is the volcanos. Ok, the beaches are great. The rivers, the forests, the lakes, all nice. But a volcano trumps them all. The isthmus is located along the Ring of Fire and that has meant...

Panama new car sales bonanza is history

New car sales in Panama continue to plunge with a drop of 11.3 percent in the first quarter of the year, compared to 2017 which was the worst year for the industry in five years and could help explain why two major dealerships have...

Panama’s President Begins Procedure to Change Country’s Constitution

President of Panama Juan Carlos Varela on Saturday launched the consultations on changes to the country’s constitution. The presidential administration on Monday will begin meeting with political parties about the possibility to convene the special panel, which would be authorized to introduce amendments to the...

“Common Visa” Proposed For Tourism In The Region

The organization of the Central American Council of Tourism recently held a meeting in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, to continue the search for concrete actions in favor of greater integration and cooperation, such as a common visa, which will result in the growth of...

Venezuela, Panama Discuss Re-establishing Bilateral Relations

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro announced Thursday that he has spoken with his Panamanian counterpart, Juan Carlos Varela, to establish a commission of foreign ministers to resolve the diplomatic issues between their respective nations. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza and his counterpart...

Where Is The Border Between North and South America?

The Panamanian border with Colombia is the demarcation between North and South America. The boundaries between the continents of Earth are generally a matter of geographical convention. Several slightly different conventions are in use. The number of continents is most commonly considered seven but may...

The Panama Canal’s Forgotten Casualties

It was the greatest infrastructure project the world had ever seen. When the 77 kilometre-long Panama Canal officially opened in 1914, after 10 years of construction, it fulfilled a vision that had tempted people for centuries, but had long seemed impossible. “Never before has man...

Panama – Venezuela Conflict Worsens

In response to actions taken by the Maduro government, Panama will suspend cargo and passenger transport activities of Venezuelan airlines operating in the country for three months. Venezuela forces Copa Airlines to suspend flights… Airline says it will refund passengers Immediately after the retaliation measures that...

Panama withdraws ambassador from Venezuela

Panama’s spat with Venezuela intensified on Thursday, April 5 with the announcement that it is withdrawing its ambassador from Venezuela and has asked the authorities of that country to to remove their representative from Panamanian soil says the Foreign Ministry. Panama Foreign Minister Isabel Saint...

Panama puts Venezuela’s Maduro on money laundering watch

Panama has placed Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and other top officials on a watch list for money laundering. The National Commission Against Money Laundering published a resolution naming 55 people and 16 Venezuelan companies “considered high risk for money laundering” and financing terrorism. Source: Today Panama

Panamanian ‘Profe’ Hiding Out In Costa Rica To Be Extradited

Panamanian mathematics professor Roberto Moreno Grajales, arrested in Costa Rica, for being the main suspect in the attack of fellow professor Diosita Martinez, may soon be on his way to his native land. The Panamanian newspaper El Siglo reports documents have been delivered to Costa...

Costa Rican Dies In Panama When Car Falls Of Fourth Floor Building Parking Lot

The Costa Rican, identified as 19-year-old Abel Sandí, died on Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Panama in a very strange manner, when the car he was traveling with two friends and their father fell from the fourth floor parking lot of the PH Breeze...

Inchcape Buys Rudelman in Costa Rica and Panama

(Reuters) – UK Car dealership chain Inchcape Plc announced on Monday it would buy family-run Grupo Rudelman, an automotive distribution business in Central America, as it looked to strengthen its presence in the emerging markets. Inchcape, which trades in more than two dozen countries, will...

Presidents of Costa Rica and Panama Promote Bilateral Long-term State Policy

With the vision of strengthening the bilateral long-term State policy, the President of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera, and the President of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela Rodríguez, generated agreements on security, migration, trade and customs modernization. The bilateral meeting, which took place this Wednesday,...

David Sovka: In Costa Rica, a jungle farm welcomes cyclists

A small lizard is doing a slow-motion dance just off my starboard bow. That is to say, three feet from where my hammock nearly scrapes bottom, a tiny reptile is slowly lifting one leg, then another, then another, through a dance-like cycle aimed at...

Protest Over Infrastructure Turns Violent in Panama

COLON, PANAMA —  A protest over infrastructure and insecurity turned into violent clashes with police Tuesday in Panama’s second biggest city, which is home to a strategic port at the northern end of the Panama Canal. Residents stand next to a barricade on fire as...

Top U.S. Diplomat in Panama Leaves In Protest

In a farewell video, the U.S. ambassador to Panama, John Feeley, filmed a scene at a tin-roofed barbershop that sits in a graffiti-tagged neighborhood here under a clattering elevated highway. Feeley, 56, seen in an image from one of his videos, left Panama on March...

Panama seeks to attract investment from UAE sovereign wealth funds

President Juan Carlos Varela of Panama wants to boost UAE sovereign wealth investment in real estate and infrastructure and presented proposals to funds this week while visiting Dubai, the leader said. “We had a meeting with the main sovereign wealth funds here and we presented...

Chinese Railroad in Panama?

A rail line connecting Panama City and David is the first of several joint infrastructure projects to be studied, as part of a cooperation agreement between Panama and China. Technical discussions over the rail link, which would include both passenger and cargo operations, were held...

The Never Ending Tariff Conflict between Panama and Colombia

The Panamanian government has decided to increase, in some cases by up to 30%, import tariffs on several products, including flowers, cement and bituminous coal, most of which are imported from the South American country. According to a Cabinet Decree published on January 10 in...

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