Tuesday, 7 July 2020

ALL the latest on the coronavirus covid-19 in Costa Rica

(QCOSTARICA) About 60 old, unsanitary foams are piled up in a dilapidated building in San José. Sleeping there costs ¢1,000 a night. For many it is little, for others, it is much and more...

Neither more deaths nor growth of COVID-19 infections slow down the “fiestas”

(QCOSTARICA) In just six days in July, seven deaths...

In chase of asymptomatics, Alajuelita targeted first

(QCOSTARICA) A total of 1,850 people are the target...

HEADLINES

Escazú Municipal Police calls on residents to stay at home

(QCOSTARICA) It was around 6:00 pm Monday, an hour before...

San José Municipal offices will close this Monday by sanitary order

(QCOSTARICA) The Municipality of San José...

How much are you willing to pay for a mask?

(QCOSTARICA) A study by the Ministry...

The iPhone 12 arrives in September but without headphones or charger

(QCOSTARICA) Apple's new flagship, the Phone...

Ruta 27 tolls increased today, July 1

(QCOSTARICA) Users of the Ruta 27...

Expert: “there is no going back with community transmission”

(QCOSTARICA) Epidemiologist Guiselle Guzmán warned that it is necessary to...

Number of COVID-19 patients doubled in two weeks of disobedience

(QCOSTARICA) on Father's Day, Sunday, June 21, and with 15...

Alajuelita: Life on “Orange Alert”

(QCOSTARICA) That a town is on orange alert means that...

COVID-19 Costa Rica: 310 new cases Saturday, country reaches 4,621 infections

(QCOSTARICA) The Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, reported Saturday, July...

Central Bank defines maximum interest rate for credit cards

(QCOSTARICA) The Banco Central de Costa Rica (Central Bank) published...

24 patients with COVID-19 who have received convalescent plasma

(QCOSTARICA) Amid the bad news of the sharp increase in...

Blogs, Opinion & AnalaysisPERSPECTIVE

My continuing saga with the AyA…

Rico's DIGEST - In May I wrote about my outrageous water bill, a whopping...

A meme that can’t offend anyone?

Finally, I found a meme than can't offend anyone.  

Minister’s scarf casues online shitstorm. Don’t we have more important issues at the moment?

Rico's TICO BULL - Now this is worrisome. In six days when we've had...

There are still those who don’t get it…

Rico's TICO BULL - Browsing social networks I still am amazed at how some,...

Finca ParaisoPura Vida, Mae!

Road paving in Costa Rica

Auditor's report: road asphalt deteriorates in 90 days of paving.

Robotic Spy Sea Turtle Crawls Up Costa Rican Beach to Lay Camera Eggs For Vultures to Steal

In a terrapine clip narrated by David Tennant from the PBS/BBC series ‘The Tropics: Spy in the Wild 2’, an incredibly realistic robotic spy...

Behind the scenes of the Bomberos Challenge

For the past month, there are those who wait for Friday to arrive to enjoy a video that changes their mood, to see their...

When can you drive?...

Updated April 29. The vehicular restrictions have been extended to...
(QCOSTARICA) The United States Embassy in Costa Rica has scheduled...

Couple who lied about COVID-19 to hospital staff to be fined ¢2.2 Million

(QCOSTARICA) The Ministry of Health reported that it is in...

Basic basket, rentals, water and electricity would be exempt from VAT for six months

(QCOSTARICA) With the aim of helping Costa Ricans who suffer...

BAC layoffs 373, closing 11 branches and 79,789 credit card accounts

(QCOSTARICA) BAC Credomatic announced this Thursday, July 2, the layoff...

Every colon counts for the 1.2 million Ticos hit by the VAT

(QCOSTARICA) The entry into force of the 1% of the...

Rico's COVID-19 Digest

21 new cases of Covid-19 in 24 hours!

Rico's Covid-19 Digest - Without the usual fervor, one could...

Waiting to get back to Costa Rica; Anxious in Brazil

Rico's Digest - One of the thousands of Costa Ricans waiting to get back...

WHAT OTHERS ARE READING - TOP 10

Hydroxychloroquine: the drug Costa Rica uses successfully to fight covid-19

Used in the world for decades in the treatment of...

10 Countries Reputed As The Ultimate Place For Sex Tourism (Guess Who Isn’t?)

QCOSTARICA - Normally, tourists travel abroad to visit famous landmarks,...

The Best Place to be in the world before, during and after COVID-19

While COVID is devastating New York, California, and Washington State...

Nude Hotels & Beaches in Costa Rica

Doing what we all think about – going nude in...

Argentina: 128-Year-Old Man Claims He’s Hitler

Q JOURNAL - An allegedly 128-year-old man in Salta, Argentina...

Who Are The Richest Men in Central America and Why

As is usual every year, Forbes magazine has released its...

Crack Down On Prostitution In San Jose

Q COSTA RICA / Many living and visiting Costa Rica's...

American Tourist Dies In Isla del Coco Shark Attack

The National Coast Guard Service of the Ministry of Public...

10 Reasons Why Black Men Should Visit Costa Rica (List)

(By Tarik Pierce, Expatkings.com) What’s up fellas! I’ve shared a...

14 in Costa Rican Have Changed Their Color Of Their Eyes

If having blue eyes is a dream of yours, you...

Let's Keep This Going!

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Latin America

El Salvador: Hotels at Risk of Bankruptcy

Managers of the Salvadoran Association of Small Hotels of El Salvador (Hopes) claim that hotels and the tourism sector were among the first to receive the economic impact of...

Ortega regime denies entry to 120 Nicaraguans from Panama

(QCOSTARICA) A group of Nicaraguans are stranded in no man's land, between Costa Rica...

Nicaragua organizes massive activity in the border area with Costa Rica

(QCOSTARICA) The regimen of Daniel Ortega continues to deny the seriousness of the coronavirus...

Most Russians stranded in Latin America repatriated, says diplomat

(TASS) Most Russian citizens who applied to return home from Latin America have been...

El Salvador’s population fails to comply with economic reopening plan

(Prensa Latina) The Salvadoran Minister of Health, Francisco Alabi, regretted on Friday the population...

Brazil coronavirus infections surpass 1 million; no end in sight

Brazil's confirmed coronavirus case count has passed 1 million, with 48,954 deaths, according to...

It’s Now “Official” Costa Rica’s Pain In The Arse, Eden Pastora, Has Died

(TODAY NICARAGUA) There is really no end as to how far the dictator Daniel...

Peru exceeded 10,000 deaths from coronavirus

(Q24N) Deaths from coronavirus in Peru exceeded the 10,000 on Thursday, according to data from the country's Ministry of Health, after registering 185 deaths...

Brazil registered almost 48,000 new cases of coronavirus and exceeded 1.5 million infections

(Q24N) Brazil this Thursday registered the second highest number of daily coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic, with 47,984 new infections, bringing...

The macabre calculations of Daniel Ortega with the COVID-19

(TODAY NICARAGUA) Nicaraguan economist Enrique Sáenz analyzed in his blog the management of dictator Daniel Ortega in the face of the health crisis in...

Nicaragua lifts blockade of its citizens at Peñas Blancas

(QCOSTARICA) It was at 2:00 pm Saturday when Nicaraguan authorities lifted the blockade to the passage at Peñas Blancas northern border, after denying for...

Reports

Coronavirus: Wealthy nations compete for remdesivir supplies

Zolgensma, a gene therapy medicine for treating spinal muscular atrophy in children under the age of two, is now available...

Coronavirus: US facing ‘big problem’ as COVID-19 cases surge

(Q REPORTS) The United States appeared on track to set a new daily record for COVID-19 cases on Thursday, with...

The Mexican men who want to end violence against women

(Q REPORTS) Since stay-at-home and social distancing measures were announced in Mexico to slow the spread of COVID-19, Saturdays have...

They Want to Kill Me’: Many Covid Patients Have Terrifying Delirium

The New York Times - Kim Victory was paralyzed on a bed and being burned alive. Just in time, someone...

Restrictions leave US travelers high and dry

(CNN) — In downtown Buffalo, New York, crossing the border into Ontario, Canada, used to be as easy as driving...
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TRAVEL

US Embassy schedules flights to repatriate its citizens in Costa Rica

(QCOSTARICA) The United States Embassy in Costa Rica has scheduled flights so that its citizens can return to their country in the coming days,...

Costa Rica is fertile land for “revenge tourism” by Americans

(QCOSTARICA) Betting on the sense of "revenge" that Americans have for having to postpone their travels, should be one of the strategies of Costa...

EU “Safe Countries” From List Excludes Costa Rica

(QCOSTARICA) On Monday, the European Union (EU) excluded Costa Rica from the list of 15 countries from where people should...

Coronavirus and flights: Which airlines are arriving and departing from Costa Rica and which are not?

(QCOSTARICA) In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, we've updated the list of which airlines have flights to and from...

ICT calls to resume tourist flights on July 1 with Europe and Canada

(QCOSTARICA) The Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT - Costa Rican Tourism Board -  reported on Wednesday, June 24, that it...

Living In Costa RicaExpat Focus

How does it feel being Costa Rican?

(QCOSTARICA) How does it feel being Costa Rican? The question came up recently in my Quora feed. Reading through some of...

Is Costa Rica really as good as its press releases?”

Ten years ago I wrote a short ebook with this title. But I think...

Let’s talk about Costa Rica instead of ranting about how bad it is “back home.”

(EXPAT FOCUS) Let’s talk about Costa Rica instead of ranting about how bad it...

“Costa Rica is going to hell in a handbasket!”

One of the smartest guys I know told me this last week. Given that...

One important reason Costa Rica is a better retirement choice than Panama

(QCOSTARICA) After the U.S. pulled out of Panama on December 31, 1999 a gap...

“When I woke up, my neighborhood was in flames…”

“When I woke up, my neighborhood was in flames… we had rioting and looting...

Photos

It’s not Europe, it’s Cartago, Costa Rica

It's not Europe,it's Cartago, Costa Rica. "Linda y bella nuestra tiquicia". Photo from Fotos antiguas de Costa Rica (Facebook)  

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Entertainment, Fashion & Beauty, Food & Drink, Night Life

Costa Rica Setting For Fake Adam Sandler Movie Taking The Internet By Storm

(Indie Wire) The internet is often a hellscape, but...

Kim Kardashian promotes Costa Rica again on her social networks

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

Ben Affleck’s Kids Pull the Ultimate Prank

Ben Affleck’s kids prank their famous dad by posting...

National

Escazú Municipal Police calls on residents to stay at home

(QCOSTARICA) It was around 6:00 pm Monday, an hour before the complete vehicular restrictions went into effect and commerce was to shutter, officers from...

Cuarterías for ¢1,000 a night: a “time bomb” that strips COVID-19

(QCOSTARICA) About 60 old, unsanitary foams are piled up in a dilapidated building in San José. Sleeping there costs ¢1,000 a night. For many...

Neither more deaths nor growth of COVID-19 infections slow down the “fiestas”

(QCOSTARICA) In just six days in July, seven deaths were reported in Costa Rica, associated with COVID-19, the week prior there were 4, for...

In chase of asymptomatics, Alajuelita targeted first

(QCOSTARICA) A total of 1,850 people are the target of the massive random testing that the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) will be...

Expert: “there is no going back with community transmission”

(QCOSTARICA) Epidemiologist Guiselle Guzmán warned that it is necessary to pass all four phases of a pandemic for COVID-19 to become a seasonal coronavirus...

Business & Economy

Central Bank defines maximum interest rate for credit cards

(QCOSTARICA) The Banco Central de Costa Rica (Central Bank) published early Friday morning the maximum interest rates for credit operations in colones, dollars, and...

How much are you willing to pay for a mask?

(QCOSTARICA) A study by the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Commerce (MEIC) detected “significant” differences in the prices of facemasks to protect against COVID-19:...

Basic basket, rentals, water and electricity would be exempt from VAT for six months

(QCOSTARICA) With the aim of helping Costa Ricans who suffer the economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, legislators hastened the passage of a bill...

BAC layoffs 373, closing 11 branches and 79,789 credit card accounts

(QCOSTARICA) BAC Credomatic announced this Thursday, July 2, the layoff of 373 employees, the closing of 11 branches or points of service and will...

Every colon counts for the 1.2 million Ticos hit by the VAT

(QCOSTARICA) The entry into force of the 1% of the Value Added Tax (VAT) in the basic basket (canasta basica) items, as of this...