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145,000 Thousand Without Water Today (Friday)

QCOSTARICA - If you live in Santa Ana, Escazú, Alajuelita or Desamparados and there is not water coming out of your faucet, The Acueductos y Alcantarillados (AyA) - the water and sewer utility - is carrying out its annual maintenance work at the Puente...

Costa Rica Doctors Reconstruct Man’s Penis Using Tissue From His Forearm

QCOSTARICA - Using tissue from an arm, Costa Rican doctors were able to reconstruct a man's penis after losing most of his male organ in an accident. According to the statements of the Quepos resident, who requested anonymity, this now gives him a change at...

President Solis Called A Liar For Backtracking On Promise To Fire Lacklustre Ministers

QCOSTARICA  - "Ministers who do not meet the expectations will be gone on 1 May,"  were the words of President Luis Guillermo Solis on November 24, 2014, his death sentence to ministers of his cabinet who did not perform in controlling spending,  promising an...

Costa Rica’s Fire Fighters in Action (Photos)

  QCOSTARICA - It was minutes after 8:00am Thursday when the alarm was called, the second floor of a downtown building, above the Paragüería Rego (umbrella store) on Avenida 4, was on fire. On the second floor, a few metres (yeards) from a cuarteria (illegal rooming house...

No, There Was No Eartquake. No Emergency. It Was All A Simulation.

QCOSTARICA - "I came for some (medical) tests and I'm sitting here, waiting for the start of the simulation," Doña Eugenia Bremes, 76 years old, a resident of Los Guido (Desamparados) and who haS never before seen a drill of the like, told the...

CNFL Requests a 35% Hike In Electricity Rates For 2016

QCOSTARICA - The Compañía Nacional de Fuerza y Luz (CNFL) - national power and light company, a division of the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) - is looking for a 35% increase in electricity rates. The company made its request to the regulating authority, the...

UFO Visits Costa Rica After Turrialba Volcano Eruption

QCOSTARICA - The Turrialba Volcano in Costa Rica’s Cartago Province violently erupted on March 12, 2015. Numerous explosions over the next several days sent ash clouds into the air. On March 15, a camera recording the eruptions picked up a UFO darting through the clouds....

Costa Rica Has One Of The Top 10 Pools In The World To Rent

QCOSTARICA - Do you love pools? If so, right here in Costa Rica there is one of the 10 best pools in the world for rent on Airbnb. AirBnB may be best known for its myriad of affordable apartment listings, but the site is also...

“Nightly Closures of Pavas Airport Is A Stepback In Aviation”

QCOSTARICA - In an effort to save ¢180 million colones a year in operating costs, the Dirección General de Aviación Civil (DGAC) last week announced nightly closures of the Tobias Bolaños (Pavas) international airport, from 6:00pm to 6:00am, starting October 1. However, the decision has...

Costa Rica’s Drought May Continue Into Next Year

QCOSTARICA- The drought conditions in the Greater Metropolican Area (GAM) of San Jose and Guanacaste, influenced by El Niño, has caused average temperatures to rise by up to 4 degrees Celsius. According to the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional (IMN) - the national weather service - the...

Government: No Decree To Ban Old Car Imports Planned

  QCOSTARICA - There will be no decree that would ban the import of cars into Costa Rica six years older or more, said Edgar Gutiérrez and  Irene Cañas, the minister and deputy minister of the Environment respectively. The announcement Tuesday followed a comment by the...

Drop in Fuel Prices In Effect On Thursday

QCOSTARICA - Whatever you do today,  DO NOT FILL UP YOUR GAS TANK, as the price of fuel takes drop effective at midnight tonight. On Thursday, the price of a litre of super gasoline will drop ¢44 colones, ¢39 for regular and ¢28 for diesel. At...

Avianca Cuts Prices To Colombia From San Jose Up to 50%

QCOSTARICA TRAVEL - Colombia’s largest airline, Avianca, said on Tuesday that it will cut prices of international tickets to 25 destinations within the South American country by 15 to 50%. A flight from San Jose to Bogota, Medellin or Cali is now US$429. The price...

The World Through Expat Eyes – Expat Insider 2015

QCOSTARICA - Where do expats enjoy the best quality of living? Which countries are ideal for raising children? Where can expats make the most of their budget? Just released: Expat Insider 2015 lets you compare expat life in 64 countries all across the globe. Find out...

Is El Chapo’s Son In Costa Rica?

QCOSTARICA - A Tweet by Jesús Alfredo Guzmán Salazar - son of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán - where he seen with two other people, with their faces covered and whose location is indicated as Costa Rica, has the Organismo de Investigacion Judicial (OIJ), scurrying...

Ultrafast Internet To Hit Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - Some 105,000 households could be surfing the world wide web (the internet) in ultrafast (ultraveloz in Spanish) next month, with the entry of the next generation of fibre optice network. The Red de Accesso de Nueva Generacion (RANGE) by the state telecom ICE...

Brothers Suspected of Human Trafficking (Trata de Personas)

QCOSTARICA - Two brothers owners of bars were arrested Friday night on suspicion of white slavery (trata de personas in Spanish) for sexual exploitation. According to the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ), the men were arrested in Zapote and Guapiles. Authorities say the suspects contacted...

Maikol Yordan Takes New York!

QCOSTARICA - Maikol Yordan (Mario Chacón) has made it all the way to New York, in the first screening of the "Maikol Yordan de viaje perdido" film outside of Costa Rica. Last week some 750 Costa Ricans living in New York and New Jersey were...

One Visa For Central America

QCOSTARICA - The Central American Parliament (Parlamento Centroamericano - PARLACEN) is calling on Central America and the Dominican Republic to implement a regional visa, such as Europe, to promote multi-destination tourism in the area. The implementation of a regional visa would boost economic relations and...

The Nutella Lock: German Gadget Clamps Down on Nutella Thieves

QCOSTARICA EXTRA - If you hate sharing your Nutella and want to make sure no one gets their grubby hands on it, there's finally some protection. Be aware that it doesn't prevent you from having your key stolen or even getting beaten up, and being...

Bayer Inaugurates New Costa Rica Plant

QCOSTARICA  - Bayer on Thursday inaugurated its new plant in Costa Rica where it plans to make its Essure permanent contraception device. The  1,400 square metre (15,000-square foot) facility located in Barreal de Heredia will initially add about 75 employees to Bayer’s 350-member workforce in...

Is Burger King Leaving Costa Rica?

QCOSTARICA - Earlier this year, in March, the Burger King franchisee in Costa Rica, BK Centroamérica, closed four restaurants in the country: Plaza Real Cariari, Paseo Metrópoli, Heredia Centre and Santo Domingo, due to low profitability. The closure put 39 people out of work. At the time,...

Saharan Dust Cloud Inhibits Rainfall in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - The national weather service, the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional (IMN), reported Tuesday a mass of dry air from the Saharan desert, now over Costa Rica, is inhibiting seasonal rainstorms at bay across the country, while maintaining a stable and very dry atmosphere. The dust...

More Security at New Mega Bus Terminal

QCOSTARICA  by Roberto Acuña Ávalos, Vozdeguanacaste.com - Including tourists, workers and Costa Ricans who journey to Guanacaste and other destinations, more than 10,000 people cross paths daily at the new 7-10 mega bus terminal located on the north side of downtown San Jose. The central station began operating on August 3rd and is now where the Alfaro bus company, which makes trips from Guanacaste to San Jose, makes its...

When Sports Unites a Neighborhood

QCOSTAIRCA by Wilberth Villalobos Castrillo, Vozdeguanagaste.com - It is Tuesday afternoon and for Steven and his friends, it is time for the soccer game. The place is not important: the gravel road with a few rocksstacked up five paces apart to mark the improvised...

Fighting the future is futile, the future always wins

QCOSTARICA - In an editorial by the ElFinancieriocr.com of August 22, the newspaper says it is a bad decision of the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes (MOPT) - Ministry of Public Works and Transport - to ally itself with the taxi and porteadores...

She Was Going To Bury Her Dead Husband In The Yard For Lack Of Funeral Money

QCOSTARICA -  From the it could only happen in Costa Rica and found only in the Diario Extra, we have the story of a man who dies in his home, police responding to the wife's call do nothing, she has no money to bury...

Thousands Of Costa Ricans Daily Line Up For Scarce Jobs

QCOSTARICA - Submitting applications, attending job fairs and knocking on doors are all part of the looking for work some 218,000 people who daily are out of work in Costa Rica. According to the  Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos (INEC) - National Institute of...

Taxi Mob Attacks Uber Driver

QCOSTARICA - It was just minutes before midnight Friday, just eight hours after the Uber service began operations in Costa Rica, amid opposition by taxi drivers and the government repeating that service is illegal, a group of taxi drivers pursued and damaged the vehicle...

President Solis Considers Uber “Illegal”

QCOSTARICA - "On what Don Otto Guevara (legislator for the Movimiento Libertario) says about using the (Uber) service, it must be made clear that if Transit authorities stop a vehicle in which he is travelling, the driver will be fined," said President Luis Guillermo...

Foreign Ministers of Asia-Latin America Meet in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica was the site for the 7th Meeting of Ministers of the Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation (FEALAC), focusing on strengthening ties between these regions. During the two days, from August 19 to 21, representatives of the 36 nations of the...

Alien Invasion of Costa Rica?

QCOSTARICA  via TICO BULL - An impressive sight, the cloud formation Sunday afternoon (Agusut 16), over Escazu. At first glance it looked like a hovering UFO mothership. The photos were taken with my iPhone5, while travelling on the rotonda in front of Multiplaza, looking north. I...

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