Monday, 21 September 2020

Canadians flying to Costa Rica with Air Canada will have free COVID travel insurance

(QCOSTARICA) As part of its return to international flights, Air Canada will provide free travel insurance to its customers for new bookings made between...
(QCOSTARICA) President Carlos Alvarado called on Tuesday, September 15, during the celebration of Independence, to protect democratic institutions. "We do not want to have the...

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Which airlines are resuming flights to Costa Rica?

(QCOSTARICA) With the opening of borders, several airlines have resumed...

Expat Focus: Working in Costa Rica

EXPAT FOCUS - There reasons, why someone would want to...

Doctors took to the streets of San José to give away masks and teach how to use them

(QCOSTARICA) A group of some 15 doctors and helpers gave...

Immigration postpones re-opening to October

(QCOSTARICA) Costa Rica's immigration service, the Dirección General de Migración...

Juan Santamaría Airport received 97% fewer travelers in August than a year ago

(QCOSTARICA) Costa Rica's air borders re-opened to international tourists on...

WHAT OTHERS ARE READING

Repeating Seismic Events Offer Clues About Costa Rican Volcanic Eruptions

Repeating seismic events—events that have the same frequency content and...

Nosara’s High Season Brings Art Fair

By: Cesar Blanco Fajardo y Arianna McKinney, VozdeGuancaste -To establish...

Acoustic imaging reveals hidden features of megathrust fault off Costa Rica

Geophysicists have obtained detailed three-dimensional images of a dangerous megathrust...

Expropriations And Permits Are The Roadblocks To The San Carlos Road Project

(QCOSTARICA) Environmental challenges and lengthy expropriations are the dampers to...

Major Gas Price Hike Coming Our Way

Get ready for another gas price hike coming our way...

New Clinic To Benefit Thousands Of Women In Hatillos and Alajuelita

QCOSTARICA  - At 62, doña Virgina will become the first...

OIJ Continuing Its Exhaustive Search Of Missing Canadian

QCOSTARICA - It's been more than two days since Ryan...

Independence Day ceremonies in Cartago will be virtual

(QCOSTARICA) The Minister of Education, Giselle Cruz, received the torch...

Costa Rican woman died of COVID-19 without knowing that she had it, 17th death

(QCOSTARICA) Costa Rica registered Wednesday afternoon death number 17 of...

Former Guatemalan vice-president tells judge she’s innocent

(AP) — Guatemala’s former vice president has told a judge...

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LATIN AMERICA

Maskless Ortega receives the Torch of Independence and raises Nicaragua flag

(TODAY NICARAGUA) Amid a strong police deployment, riot police and private security, dictator Daniel...
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Government of El Salvador wants to reform the Constitution and adapt it to ‘new realities’

(Q24N) San Salvador. The government of El Salvador asked this Thursday to open a...

Peru begins trials on 6,000 volunteers of Chinese vaccine against covid-19

(Q24N) Lima, Peru - The clinical trial phase of a potential Chinese vaccine against...

America Crece, a new form of US dominance in Latin America

(Prensa Latina) America Crece is the new US mask to dominate the economy in...

REPORTS

Funeral homes in times of pandemic: the painful challenge of the last goodbye to the COVID-19 deceased

(QCOSTARICA) A young man observes crying from the gate of the cemetery the moment...

Panama confronts human traffickers where a major migration route bottlenecks

Cronkite Borderlands Project - Panama – A spike in migrants moving north through Panama...

TODAY COSTA RICA

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Banks warn about the proposed temporary tax on financial transactions

The government of Carlos Alvarado is proposing a set of new taxes, that include a temporary tax (4 years) on banking transactions, to obtain...
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CHAMUCO

I was in the hardware store recently when a small...

Ants of CR could use better PR

From HOWLER Magazine - According to The Encyclopedia Britannica, ants...

Surfing with a Jaguar in Costa Rica

A wild jaguar and a surfer exchange glances at the...

Banks warn about the proposed temporary tax on financial transactions

The government of Carlos Alvarado is proposing a set of new taxes, that include...

TRAVEL

Which airlines are resuming flights to Costa Rica?

(QCOSTARICA) With the opening of borders, several airlines have resumed flights, others have modified their flight schedules, while others are still not serving Costa...

Canadians flying to Costa Rica with Air Canada will have free COVID travel insurance

(QCOSTARICA) As part of its return to international flights, Air...

Juan Santamaría Airport received 97% fewer travelers in August than a year ago

(QCOSTARICA) Costa Rica's air borders re-opened to international tourists on...

The United States stops monitoring the temperature of passengers at airports

(QCOSTARICA) As of this Monday, September 14, the United States...

Expat Focus: Working in Costa Rica

EXPAT FOCUS - There reasons, why someone would want to become an expat and...

U.S. Citizens Living in Costa Rica Can Vote in This November’s General Election

(QCOSTARICA) In a press release from the United States Embassy in San Jose, Costa...

How do you find your way around with street names or numbered addresses?

(QCOSTARICA) As Costa Rica does not have street names or numbered addresses, how do...

Q MAGAZINE

Joe Exotic Series Starring Nicolas Cage Lands At Amazon Prime

Q MAGAZINE - If a film product is good, why not grab onto its...
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The end of an era: ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’...

Q MAGAZINE - Everything comes to an end, even the...

Costa Rican hot sauce conquers the palate of celebrities

(QCOSTARICA) "If it weren't for the Hot Ones program, I...

Tica model Juliana Herz is one of the faces of...

(QMAGAZINE) Costa Rican model Juliana Herz continues to make her...

Dating app says stay at home tough on the unfaithful

With the social distancing, many relationships that were just starting had to be put...

‘Miel Gibson’, A venture born of desperation

AFP - Chilean teacher Yohana Agurto is the living expression...

Kim Kardashian promotes Costa Rica again on her social networks

(Q MAGAZINE) "A memory from Costa Rica. When it is...
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NATIONAL

Neighbors support relatives of seven who died in an accident in Cartago: “Your pain is ours.”

(QCOSTARICA) The mourners of the family who died in the accident in Cartago are not alone. Around them are their neighbors giving them moral,...

Seven people die in a collision with a police car in Cartago

(QCOSTARICA) A collision between a Fuerza Publica (police) patrol and a microvan, left seven people dead. The fatal accident occurred late Wednesday night in Caballo...

Victim of sexual abuse in Cartago: “this has to stop”

(QCOSTARICA)  "I was walking and pushing my six-month-old son's stroller and my 11-year-old daughter was riding a bicycle. As I stop to get the...

Family waits days for Health to remove body from inside a house in San José

(QCOSTARICA) He had been dead for days, possibly since Friday. But it wasn't until Sunday night when family members called the COVID line, 1322,...

Allison Bonilla case: OIJ to search ‘downstream’ in search of the young woman’s body

(QCOSTARICA) The Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) will resume the search for the body of Allison Pamela Bonilla Vásquez along the Reventazón River. The idea...

BUSINESS

This is how the tax on ATM transactions would work

(QCOSTARICA) Costa Rica president Carlos Alvarado on Thursday outlined the proposed new taxes that would be imposed in order to obtain a US$2.25 billion...

Aresep: “Make payment arrangement and no cuts in water service meanwhile”

(QCOSTARICA) The Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos (Aresep) - Public Services Regulatory Authority - has spoken, ordering water utilities to enter into payment...

IMF disbursed US$521.7 million to Costa Rica

(QCOSTARICA) The International Monetary Fund (IMF) disbursed us$521.7 million Costa Rica, this September 15, of the fast loan approved by the Legislative Assembly on...

Hard Rock Café closes in Guanacaste

(QCOSTARICA) The Hard Rock Café located in Playas del Coco, Guanacaste, closed its doors for good on Tuesday, September 15, after a drastic drop...

Latin American airlines accelerate digital strategy to overcome pandemic

(Q BUSINESS) Latin American airlines are accelerating their digitization processes to reduce contact with passengers in various processes when traveling. During a forum organized by...

POLITICS

This is how the tax on ATM transactions would work

(QCOSTARICA) Costa Rica president Carlos Alvarado on Thursday outlined the proposed new taxes that would be imposed in order to obtain a US$2.25 billion...

Costa Rica at the gates of a tax on banking transactions

(QCOSTARICA) The economic stability proposal that the Government will present to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), to obtain financing of about USs$2.25 billion dollars,...

Reduction of fines for violating vehicle restrictions on the way

(QCOSTARICA) Lower fines for violating the vehicle restrictions are on the way, after a group of 33 legislators approved a motion, this Wednesday, to...

Transformation of bars into restaurants or sodas is not legal, say municipalities

(QCOSTARICA) The owners of bars and cantinas (taverns) who convert their business into restaurants or sodas could face serious legal problems, explained Luis Eduardo...

U.S. – China Dispute reaches company expanding the road to Limón

(QCOSTARICA) The dispute between the United States and China reaches the China Harbor Engineering Company (CHEC), which is in charge of the expansion work...

TECH

Chinese tech products the love of Costa Rican consumers

(QCOSTARICA) Tech products made in China have begun to gain the acceptance and taste of Costa Ricans, where it is increasingly common to see...

US company announces purchase of Telefónica (Movistar) in Costa Rica

(QCOSTARICA) Liberty Latin America announced the signing of a definitive agreement for the purchase of the operations of the Spanish company Telefónica (operating under...

Costa Rica puts off analog blackout’s second stage to July 2021

Due to the advance of the Coronavirus pandemic globally, the government of Carlos Alvarado made the decision to put off the deadline for...

The iPhone 12 arrives in September but without headphones or charger

(QCOSTARICA) Apple's new flagship, the Phone 12, is expected to arrive in September as usual, despite the Covid-19 pandemic. But it will not include EarPods...

iPhone SE Arrives In Costa Rica Tomorrow (April 29)

Starting tomorrow, April 29, the cheapest iPhone created by Apple, the iPhone SE (2nd generation) featuring the latest A13 Bionic chip, can be purchased...

HEALTH

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Some people infected with the virus have no symptoms. When the virus does cause symptoms, common ones include fever, body ache, dry cough, fatigue,...

Aftermath of COVID-19: the nightmare that survivors go through

(QCOSTARICA) Achieving the status of "recovered" from COVID-19 does not always mean that the person will be able to immediately return to their normal...

COVID-19 Costa Rica: 1,338 new cases for Saturday, Sept 19

(QCOSTARICA) The new norm for daily cases is 1000 plus daily and the number of deaths hovering near 20 almost every day. For Saturday, September...

Doctors took to the streets of San José to give away masks and teach how to use them

(QCOSTARICA) A group of some 15 doctors and helpers gave away masks and taught how to use them correctly to passes by on the...

COVID-19 Costa Rica: 1,556 new cases, deaths now reach 686

(QCOSTARICA.COM) The number of new cases reported by the Ministry of Health for September 17 is 1,556, for a total of confirmed cases since...

TRAVEL

Which airlines are resuming flights to Costa Rica?

(QCOSTARICA) With the opening of borders, several airlines have resumed flights, others have modified their flight schedules, while others are still not serving Costa...

Canadians flying to Costa Rica with Air Canada will have free COVID travel insurance

(QCOSTARICA) As part of its return to international flights, Air Canada will provide free travel insurance to its customers for new bookings made between...

Juan Santamaría Airport received 97% fewer travelers in August than a year ago

(QCOSTARICA) Costa Rica's air borders re-opened to international tourists on August 1. However, the opening of commercial flights has not yet brought the Juan...

The United States stops monitoring the temperature of passengers at airports

(QCOSTARICA) As of this Monday, September 14, the United States Government (USG) stopped monitoring the temperature of international travelers, reported the Center for Disease...

7 more states authorized for Sep 15; California for Oct 1

(QCOSTARICA) The Minister of Tourism, Gustavo Seguro, just announced the authorization of 8 more states, bringing the total to 20. Starting September 15, residents of...

PURA VIDA

Fire truck that was in the 9-1-1 attack is in service in Costa Rica

(QCOSTARICA) A fire truck that was in the 9-1-1 attack on the Twin Towers, in New York, is on Costa Rican soil and continues...

CHAMUCO

I was in the hardware store recently when a small item, well away from anybody in the store, fell off the shelf. The young...

Ants of CR could use better PR

From HOWLER Magazine - According to The Encyclopedia Britannica, ants are second only to human beings as the most social and communal animals on...

Surfing with a Jaguar in Costa Rica

A wild jaguar and a surfer exchange glances at the distance in Playa Potrero Grande, near the Santa Rosa National Park of Santa Rosa,...

Puntarenas invites tourists to appreciate the “phenomenon of bioluminescence”

(QCOSTARICA) On August 22, the phenomenon of bioluminescence will be enjoyed in Puntarenas, a spectacle generated by live microorganisms that, when the water moves...

WORLD

Funeral homes in times of pandemic: the painful challenge of the last goodbye to the COVID-19 deceased

(QCOSTARICA) A young man observes crying from the gate of the cemetery the moment in which his mother is buried. He is an only...

Panama confronts human traffickers where a major migration route bottlenecks

Cronkite Borderlands Project - Panama – A spike in migrants moving north through Panama has law enforcement officials worried the country will become an...

American tourists face bans and restrictions across the world amid shoddy pandemic response

(AOL - Yahoo Finance) The reputation and prestige once associated with a passport from the United States have suffered as a result of the...

Indigenous Mexicans turn inward to survive COVID-19, barricading villages and growing their own food

Zapotec farmers return from their ‘milpa,’ the garden plots that provide much of the communities’ food, in Oaxaca, Mexico. Jeffrey H. Cohen, CC BY-SA While the...

Era Of US Domination Of Latin America Is Coming To An End – OpEd

(Eurasiareview) Despite its failings at home, the United States intervenes in countries across multiple continents seeking to control their governments and resources. This week, we...

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