Wednesday 19 February 2020

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We Haven’t Hit Bottom Yet

Jobs are in short supply in Costa Rica as a result of low levels of investment while sales of goods and services are dwindling;...
In less than a month, the new COVID-19 could be detected in the country without the need for the sample to be sent to...

REDAQTED

Green alert for the North Zone, Central Valley, North Pacific and Caribbean due to strong wind and waves

The National Meteorological Institute - Instituto Meteorológico Nacional (IMN) -...

Big Drop In Gasoline Prices Expected

The Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo (Recope) - Costa Rican Petroleum...

Coronavirus Fears Make Toilet PaperThe Hot New Currency in Singapore and Hong Kong

In the risky world of gifts in Asia's financial axes,...

Taxistas abandon traditional service and join Beego platform

If you can't beat them, join them. That is the...

President Alvarado defends lifting bank secrecy, that “it does not affect honest people”

President Carlos Alvarado said earlier this week that lifting bank...

WHAT OTHERS ARE READING

SUTEL Not Providing Sufficient Info For Rate Change

COSTA RICA  NEWS -- The Constitutional Court or Sala IV...

Taking Action For Wildlife!

Let's learn to coexist and take care of the wildlife...

City Mall Will Bring Snow To Costa Rica!

QCOSTARICA - For 70 days starting November 21, Snow Fun,...

Legislators Agree On Draft Law To Ban Dog Fights

Costa Rica's legislators making up the Legislative Assembly's Agricultural Affairs...

Anti-Groping Squad Goes To Work In Colombia’s Capital City

TODAY COLOMBIA NEWS - It's early in the morning and...

Puntarenas Ferry to Paquera will be suspended starting Friday

Ferry service to Paquera - on the Nicoya Peninsula -...

It’s Time Limón To Awaken!

QCOSTARICA - A free zone (Zona Franca), two hotel developments...

No Intervention of Truckers Blockade at Paso Canoas

The government of Laura Chinchilla has said it will not...

Uncertainty surrounds payment of the Marchamo

November is here, but the 2019 Marchamo is not ready,...

Costa Rica Woman Cries Describing Miracle Cure

Floribeth Mora Diaz holds up a magazine featuring Pope John...

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LATIN AMERICA

Graft-busting goes into reverse in Central America

(Bloomberg) Latin America's war on corruption is something to celebrate. In the last few...
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Warren Buffett’s Son Is Spending $200 Million to Help Colombia Kick Its Cocaine Curse

(AP) — With Colombian military snipers in position, Howard Buffett descends from a helicopter...

Virus halts Panama beef exports to China

Panama’s beef exports which were helping to re-energize the agricultural industry and reached US$10...

Mexico sets a date for the inauguration of its ‘new capital city airport’

Only a short time ago, a headline like that above would have referred to...

REPORTS

Coronavirus Fears Make Toilet PaperThe Hot New Currency in Singapore and Hong Kong

In the risky world of gifts in Asia's financial axes, Montblanc pens and leather...

This is how ancient Rome’s republic died – a classicist sees troubling parallels at Trump’s impeachment trial

The U.S. Senate has made its judgment in the impeachment trial of President Donald...

TODAY COSTA RICA

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The Battle of Tamarindo: How Two Dance Music Festivals Are Vying For the Same Costa Rican Beach Town

(Billboard) Deep in the jungles of Costa Rica, the origami stage of Ocaso Festival shimmers in fractal explosions of color. More than 20,000 LEDs...
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Former President Pacheco: “I am a little old but well”

Three former presidents were caught on camera voting in Sunday's...

13 Spanish words and expressions used in American English

Languages can be very generous. They usually lend words to...

Climate Change: This is what some places in Costa Rica may look like in 2080

Costa Rica will not escape the effects of climate change...

President complains because he inherited a “mortgaged” country

  In the CRhoy.com caricature, we see President Carlos Alvarado (left) painting the typical Costa...

Though President Proclaimed Cuts In Electricity Rates, 2020 Will Bring Increases

Though President Carlos Alvarado publicly announced cuts in electricity rates, we will see increases...

TRAVEL

3 New Tented Camps That Amp Up Glamping

A tent with a skylight? These new camps in Costa Rica, Canada and the American Southwest range from simple and modern to borderline decadent....

“Open skies” policy would bring cheaper flights

The new president of Guatemala, Alejandro Giammattei, is suggesting that...

TransNica Adds Cuidad Quesada On New San Jose – Managua Route

As of March 1, Sancarleños will be able to travel...

Vegan Guide to Costa Rica

Looking for some travel inspiration? Costa Rica should be top...

How is a real relocation/retirement tour different than a relocation/real estate tour?

When I started my relocation tours during the early 1990s they were more  ‘tourist-oriented'...

Is Costa Rica a Caribbean country?

Is Costa Rica a Caribbean country? In a way, yes. It’s mostly a matter...

US Embassy San Jose Closed Monday

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the U.S. Embassy and Consular Section...

Q MAGAZINE

Natalia Carvajal on Karina Ramos: “We Couldn’t Be More Different”

They couldn't be more different, like water and oil, but that does not stop...
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Inanna Sarkis Rocks A Snakeskin-Print Bikini In Costa Rica

Inanna Sarkis showed off her incredible bikini body during a...

Lucía Jiménez leaves Costa Rica’s name high and wins world...

The Costa Rican dancer Lucía Jiménez proved to be one...

Trudeau returns to Canada with “serious look” after trip to...

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is sporting a new, more...

Nicole Carboni

Nicole Marie Carboni Renault (better known as Nicole Carboni) is a well known model...

Girls and Their Horses Of The Tope Nacional 2019

Given as the weather was cold in San José during...

Debi Nova In Concert On Feb 14, 2020 At Teatro...

Don't miss the opportunity to spend this Valentine's Day (February...
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NATIONAL

Green alert for the North Zone, Central Valley, North Pacific and Caribbean due to strong wind and waves

The National Meteorological Institute - Instituto Meteorológico Nacional (IMN) - points out that a system of high pressure on the Atlantic Ocean has been...

Big Drop In Gasoline Prices Expected

The Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo (Recope) - Costa Rican Petroleum Refinery, on Friday presented a request for a reduction in fuel prices to the...

GUILTY! Guard Sentenced To 16 Years For Murder of Carla Stefaniak

Bismark Espinoza Martínez, the security guard at the hotel where American-Venezuelan tourist spent her last night alive in Costa Rica, has been found guilty. Espinoza,...

How Much Does It Costa To Hire A Hitman In Costa Rica?

How much does it cost to hire someone to have someone killed in Costa Rica? The Organismo de Investigacion Judicial (OIJ) has determined that...

Record Durg Seisure: 5 tons of cocaine found in container at Limon Terminal

Almost six tons of cocaine headed for the European market were found in a container in the APM Terminal facilities in Moín, Limón. The cocaine...

BUSINESS

We Haven’t Hit Bottom Yet

Jobs are in short supply in Costa Rica as a result of low levels of investment while sales of goods and services are dwindling;...

Unclear Future for Costa Rica’s Commercial Sector

In Costa Rica, the commercial sector faces major challenges such as informality and unemployment; and the country's fiscal situation does not improve the picture....

Taxistas abandon traditional service and join Beego platform

If you can't beat them, join them. That is the decision of some 380 taxi drivers "taxistas" in Heredia, signing an agreement with Beego...

Costa Rica Usury Rate Defined

Legislators of the Legislative Committee on Tax Matters negotiated to establish a ceiling of a 55% interest rate on loans of less than ¢675,000...

Bankers Oppose Lifting of Bank Secrecy

The Costa Rican Banking Association expressed its opposition to the proposal of the Minister of Finance, Rodrigo Chaves, to lift bank secrecy as one...

POLITICS

President Alvarado defends lifting bank secrecy, that “it does not affect honest people”

President Carlos Alvarado said earlier this week that lifting bank secrecy should not be a concern for honest people or for any business person...

Who is affected by the lifting of bank secrecy?

The decision of the Ministry of Finance to once again discuss the lifting of bank secrecy (banking privacy) once again raised voices of support...

Costa Rica Usury Rate Defined

Legislators of the Legislative Committee on Tax Matters negotiated to establish a ceiling of a 55% interest rate on loans of less than ¢675,000...

Minister of Finance: ‘The Mortgage Is Killing Us’

In an interview with La Nación, the Minister of Finance (Ministro de Hacienda), Rodrigo Chaves, answers why his diagnosis of public debt differs from...

Costa Rica’s Finances on Treacherous Terrain

(Bloomberg) Costa Rica’s fear of protesters is proving to be greater than its fear of credit ratings agencies, putting its public finances back on...

TECH

Twitter launched AI filter to block cyberflashing

(Naked Security) It seems strange to report, yet a small but determined group of Twitter users think it is a good idea to direct...

5 Android Apps You Shouldn’t Miss This Week

Mobile technology has evolved over the years. Many people use smartphones to communicate or play games. App developers build hundreds of Android apps each...

Digital Marketing Techniques to Attract New Customers

There are a number of digital marketing techniques that can be used to help attract new customers online. There are over 4 billion internet...

Costa Rica’s Telecable offers clients double speed at no extra cost

Costa Rica's Telecable has gotten into the spirit of Christmas giving by doubling the speed --at no extra cost-- to its residential Internet clients. The...

Brother Of Pablo Escobar Has Made a Folding Smartphone And Says It’s Unbreakable

The brother of Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar has launched a foldable gold smartphone, the "Escobar Fold 1" and is aiming his sights on...

HEALTH

In less than a month Costa Rica will have the test to determine suspecious cases of coronavirus

In less than a month, the new COVID-19 could be detected in the country without the need for the sample to be sent to...

Ministry of Health insists there is no need to prevent travel with China

Costa Rican airports have a coordination and contingency plan in case someone from China (especially Wuhan) arrives in the country with respiratory symptoms. There...

Central American countries limit entry from China to fight coronavirus

The Central American governments of El Salvador and Guatemala have imposed travel restrictions to try to keep out the coronavirus, including barring travelers who...

Costa Rica rules out banning people from China from entering the country

Costa Rica's Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, ruled out that Costa Rica will ban the entry of people coming from China, due to the...

Costa Rica Rules Out That Six Engineers Who Were in China Have Coronavirus

The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) - Costa Rican Social Security - said Monday afternoon that six engineers who were in a training...

TRAVEL

3 New Tented Camps That Amp Up Glamping

A tent with a skylight? These new camps in Costa Rica, Canada and the American Southwest range from simple and modern to borderline decadent....

“Open skies” policy would bring cheaper flights

The new president of Guatemala, Alejandro Giammattei, is suggesting that Costa Rica should extend the “open skies” proposal that the president of El Salvador...

TransNica Adds Cuidad Quesada On New San Jose – Managua Route

As of March 1, Sancarleños will be able to travel to Managua, Nicaragua with a departure in Ciudad Quesada. The TransNica company will open this...

Vegan Guide to Costa Rica

Looking for some travel inspiration? Costa Rica should be top of your list. The small Central American country is home to stunning beaches, volcanoes,...

Coming to Costa Rica? Make Sure to Taste These Foods

While it may hurt our feelings to say this, Costa Rica is not one of the top food tourism destinations in the world. And...

PURA VIDA

The Battle of Tamarindo: How Two Dance Music Festivals Are Vying For the Same Costa Rican Beach Town

(Billboard) Deep in the jungles of Costa Rica, the origami stage of Ocaso Festival shimmers in fractal explosions of color. More than 20,000 LEDs...

Former President Pacheco: “I am a little old but well”

Three former presidents were caught on camera voting in Sunday's municipal elections: Abel Pacheco (2002-2006), Miguel Angel Rodrigues (1998-2002) and Laura Chinchilla (2010-2014). Pacheco, who...

13 Spanish words and expressions used in American English

Languages can be very generous. They usually lend words to each other. For example, in Spanish, we use many English words such as email,...

Climate Change: This is what some places in Costa Rica may look like in 2080

Costa Rica will not escape the effects of climate change and, if the trend continues, by 2080 many parts of the Ticolandia will look...

Palmares Festival Costa Rica 2020!

After Zapote, the next big entertainment venue on tap is "Palmares", a carnival-style celebration that takes place this year between January 17 and 26,...

WORLD

Coronavirus Fears Make Toilet PaperThe Hot New Currency in Singapore and Hong Kong

In the risky world of gifts in Asia's financial axes, Montblanc pens and leather wallets are outdated: toilet paper and surgical masks are, without...

This is how ancient Rome’s republic died – a classicist sees troubling parallels at Trump’s impeachment trial

The U.S. Senate has made its judgment in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, acquitting the president. Fifty two of 53 senators in...

To mask or not to mask: confusion spreads over coronavirus protection

(Reuters) - “Do not wear a mask if you are well” read a warning plastered across the front of Singapore’s main newspaper on Friday,...

Countries evacuate citizens from China as coronavirus infections rise

Japan and the US were the first to evacuate their citizens from Wuhan on Wednesday as the death toll from a coronavirus outbreak in...

Latin America and the Caribbean experience slight increase in unemployment, which could get worse in 2020

ILO News – The labor markets of Latin America and the Caribbean are going through a moment of uncertainty, which can be seen in...