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Costa Rica Vs. USA in Women’s Soccer 2015

QCOSTARICA SPORTS - In their first match since reclaiming World Cup glory, the U.S. women’s national team begin their victory tour against Costa Rica at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Sunday, for what will be largest-ever crowd for a US women’s standalone friendly, with...

The Story Behind The “Sex Motel ” Tax

QCOSTARICA JOURNAL - As legislators continue their work on "modernizing" the tax on motels that was established 43 years ago, let's look back at how this tax came to be. It was in November 1972, in the middle of the last government of Don Pepe...

Uber Challenges MOPT, Plans To Operate in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - Is Uber looking for a fight in Costa Rica? It may appear so, given the most recent statement by company's director of communication of Uber Mexico and Central America, Luis de Uriarte: "We are a private service; it is a contract between private...

Narco Paloma Gets Life Behind Bars

QCOSTARICA - Nervous, without an appetite and minor burns is the condition of the pigeon allegedly used to deliver illegal drugs into the La Reforma prison. The pigeon, discovered on Wednesday by officials at the La Reforma prison, is now in the care of experts...

A Casado Without Meat Or Egg For Many If Tax Plan Is Approved

QCOSTARICA - A casado without meat or eggs would be the meal for many if the government's new tax reform is passed as presented to the Legislative Assembly. The casado is a traditional Costa Rican dish of rice, beans, platano, egg and a piece of...

120,000 Already Connected To New San Jose Water Treatment Plant

QCOSTARICA -  For the last couple of weeks the residues of 120,000 residents of Tibás, Moravia, part of Guadalupe (Goicoechea) and La Uruca (San Jose), no longer end up in the Torres, Maria Aguilar and Tiribi rivers, rather, is processed at the new treatment...

Uber Announces The Hiring Of A General Manager in Costa Rica; MOPT Postpones Meeting

QCOSTARICA - The announcement of a general manager for Costa Rica confirms Uber's plan for the start of operations in the country. Uber spokesperson Rocio Paniagua confirmed Monday afternoon the appointment of Humberto Pacheco Ortiz as the general manager of Uber Costa Rica. Pacheco is a...

“You Have To Moderate Spending” Abel Pacheco Tells Luis Guillermo Solis

QCOSTARICA - Former president Abel Pacheco de la Espriella (2002 - 2006), in a meeting with President Luis Guillermo Solis this afternoon, voiced the sentiment of many Costa Ricans, the government must curb public spending before advocating higher taxes. Solis, like he did last with...

Is Costa Rica Racist? Yes, Admits Ombudsman

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica is racist, the Defensoría de los Habitantes (Ombudsman) recognizes in a report presented to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination  of the United Nations (CERD). In theory Costa Rica advances in equality, but in practice there are obvious traits...

Costa Rica Colon The Most Stable Currency In Latin America

QCOSTARICA - While devaluations are occurring all around, the Costa Rica Colon, the country's currency, remains stable with the least variation against the U.S. dollar in the last 12 months. In August (10) last year, the dollar exchange was ¢545, while today it is ¢541,...

McDonald’s in Costa Rica Will Not Be Following International Guidelines Of Restructuring

QCOSTARICA - Despite international guidelines that include staff cuts, restructuring and changes to regain market share, the McDonald's franchisee in Costa Rica has plans to continue to grow. In a recent interview with La Nacion, Édgar Muñoz de la Cruz, director in Costa Rica, said...

Cats In A Hospital: Eight Cats Roam The San Juan de Dios

QCOSTARICA - Eight beautiful and fat cats roam the Bansen park, one of the oldest area of the San Juan de Dios hospital in San Jose. Machito and Cara de Perro (blondie and dogface in Spansih) are two of the older felines standing out from...

QTOON: President Solis’ Visit To Dr. Pacheco

QCOSTARICA - In this caricature by Crhoy.com we see what might be the real reson behind President Guillermo Solis' visit to the home of former president Dr. Abel Pacecho (2002-2006). Pacheco is a medical doctor who graduated from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México with a...

The Cultural Center and Eugene O’Neill Theater are Costa Rican Treasures

QCOSTARICA-  If you are a North American with a middle-class income, you probably do not go to the opera very often. It is even less likely that you would fly off to England to watch one of the London Theater's top-notch theatrical works. And...

“Informal” Taxi Drivers To Take To The Streets After Today

QCOSTARICA - It won't be today, but starting tomorrow any day is fair game, say the "informal" taxi drivers leaving an "open door" to continue their protests. Thus, starting as early as tomorrow (Tuesday) the members of the Cámara Costarricense de Servicio Especial Estable de...

Senasa Prohibits Pork Exports Of Three Chile Plants To Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - Authorities of the National Animal Health Service (Servicio Nacional de Salud Animal - SENASA) of the Ministry of Agriculture (MAG), concluded this week the inspection of six plants exporting pork to Costa Rica and took the decision to prohibit exports from three,...

The “Oldest Man In The World” Could Be Living Right Here in Costa Rica

(QCOSTARICA) - After the death of Japanese educator, Sakari Momoi(July 7th) who at 112 years of age held the title of Oldest living man; Costa Rican José Uriel Delgado Corrales, who is 115, could be the next holder of the title. Guinness has not designated...

Legislator Warns Of Government’s Plan Of Additional Tax on Vehicles To Finance Electric Train

(QCOSTARICA) - The legislator for the Alianza Demócrata Cristiana, Mario Redondo, warns of a plan by the government to introduce a new (and additional) property tax on vehicles, to "finance" the urban electric train system. Redondo commented on Thursday the provision included in the “Ley...

Costa Rica: Crisis of Confidence In The Commercial Sector

(QCOSTARICA) - The index measuring confidence in the commercial sector in the second quarter of the year recorded the lowest level registered since it began in 2008, during the global financial crisis From a statement issued by the Chamber of Commerce in Costa Rica: The Business...

Alcatel-Lucent Agrees to Pay ICE US$10 million Out-of-Court Settlement in Costa Rica

(QCOSTARICA) - The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) reports accepting a settlement of US$10 million dollars from Alcatel-Lucent, after reaching a settlement for damages following the case known as the ICE-Alcatel scandal. On June 8 of this year, the ICE Board of Directors authorized the...

The British Are Coming!

(QCOSTARICA TRAVEL) - British Airways announced it wills start direct flights to Costa Rica from May 4, 2016, the first airline to fly nonstop between Gatwick and San Jose. The airline will be offering two flights weekly, on Wednesday and Saturday during the summer season...

New Motel (Sin) Tax Law Gets First Approval

  (qCOSTARICA) The approval of the law changing the taxation of motels is expected to generate between ¢800 and ¢900 million colones in tax revenue, that will be administered by the  Instituto Mixto de Ayuda Social (IMAS), for programs to support the needy, children and...

Rawlings Announced Closure of Costa Rica Plant, 200 Lay Offs

(qCOSTARICA) Operating in the country since 1987, Rawlings, the manufacturer of balls for Major League Baseball (MLB) in the U.S., announced Tuesday it is shutting down its uniform manufacturing plant in Turrialba. As a result 200 the 650 people the company employs in Costa Rica...

Costa Rica No. 2 in Annual Global Retirement Index 2015

(Qcostarica.com, by Internationalliving.com) According to International Living's Annual Global Retirement Index 2015, healthcare is one of the major  categories (8th)  taken into account to find the best retirement havens in the world. Access to affordable, high-quality healthcare is important to most, difficult situation given that...

Wine “Made In Costa Rica”

(qCOSTARICA) After 44 years of experimenting with grapes in his garden vineyard, a laboratory located in a the courtyard of his Curridabat home, Italian agronomist based in Costa Rica was able to harvest 4 hybrids with features to produce a competitive wine purely of...

The Tico Immigrant

(QCOSTARICA) - The number of Costa Ricans living the United States has almost doubled in the last decade, from 68.588 in 2000 to 126.448 in 2010, according to the latest U.S. census. Costa Ricans born in the United States are the major driver behind the...

Company May Be Forced To Remove Parabuses Due To Failure To Renew Contract With the Municipality of San Jose

(QCOSTARICA) - The parabuses (bus stops) that provide passengers in San Jose with a place to rest and shelter from the elements while waiting for a bus could soon be a thing of the past. The parabuses were erected by the Mexican- Costarican company, Equipamientos...

“The Walking Dead” Vacationing On The Beaches of Costa Rica

(qCOSTA RICA EXTRA) - Andrew Lincoln, Steven Yeun and Norman Reedus, the actors who annihilate zombies in the American series "The Walking Dead" television series, are enjoying the beaches of Costa Rica. According photos of various users of Facebook, the actors are on vacation in...

Former President Laura Chinchilla Upset At Nicaragua’s Detention and Torture of Ticos

(qCOSTARICA) - Upset and indignant is the reaction by former President Laura Chinchilla following reports of Costa Ricans being held detained and even imprisoned in the infamous El Chipote by the government Daniel Ortega, in Nicaragua. The former president's reaction refers to a publication in...

AyA Says It Cannot Touch Employee Salaries Or Reduce Payroll

(qCOSTARICA) Unlike the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE), the state water and sewer utility - the Acueductos y Alcantarillados (AyA)  - had a different reaction to the publication of "gross" salaries by legislator Otto Guevara. AyA general manager, Jose Alberto Moya, says he does not...

Correos de Costa Rica Diversified Strategy Results In Growth

(qCOSTARICA) Despite the signigicant drop in Costa Rica in sending letters by mail, the Correos de Costa Rica (Post Office) has not thrown in the towel, to the contrary, implementing changes in strategy, leading to an 8% growth per semester. Through new services like home...

Utility Poles In The Middle Of The Street, A Common Practice In The Land of Pura Via

Not that this could happen only in Costa Rica, utility posts in the middle of the street, like this on in San Antonio de Escazú, it's that in Costa Rica it has been elevated to an art form. In the paving of roads, municipalities are...

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