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More European Countries Halt Use of AstraZeneca Vaccine

(VOA News) LONDON - Venezuela says it will not authorize use of the COVID-19 vaccine jointly developed by Oxford University and British-Swedish drugmaker AstraZeneca. Vice President Delcy Rodriguez cited unspecified “effects on patients” for the government’s decision, according to Reuters. "The decision today is purely precautionary," Spahn said,...

Hotels in Costa Rica join the ‘pet friendly’ trend to attract travelers

QCOSTARICA - As the number of people who consider pets as a member of the family grows, the possibility of taking them on trips and not leaving them alone at home or in an animal hotel, entices travelers. For that reason, several hotels in Costa...

Tourist travel expected to return in the second semester: airlines

Q TRAVEL - European airlines and local tourism agencies predict that Costa Ricans could resume tourism travel to the European Union starting in June. This estimate stems from the fact that by then there would be greater control of the pandemic thanks to ongoing vaccination...

Drug Trafficking, Politics and Power: The Age of Drug Lords

How a new generation of global drug lords emerged at the end of the 1970s, in want of both money and power,  changed the face of politics as their influence and control expanded. Drug lords, wealth and power – episode two of this three-part series...

Europe launches mass vaccination program

(CNN) A pilot took to the skies above Germany using his flight path to draw a syringe, ahead of the launch of the Covid-19 vaccination campaign across Europe, according to data from FlightRadar24. The pilot, Samy Kramer, invited people on his Instagram account to follow...

EU to start vaccinations on December 27

(DW) In just 10 days, the first people across the European Union will be able to get vaccinated against COVID-19, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced on Thursday. "It's Europe's moment. On 27, 28 and 29 December vaccination will start across the EU,"...

Dictator Daniel Ortega reappears without any plan to face the Covid-19 pandemic

After 34 days of being absent from public and sparking speculation about his health, even rumors of his death, and his administration’s handling of the new coronavirus, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega reappeared on Wednesday in public and assured that the country is fighting “patiently”...

Costa Rica to captivate Scandinavians with its volcanoes, mountains and warm sea waters

From November 7 to 11, Costa Rican entrepreneurs from the tourism sector will visit Denmark, Sweden and Holland, where seminars will be held and seek to create connections with local tourism agents. The business tour is organized by Asociación Grupo Futuropa Costa Rica for a...

Travelers Will Have Direct More Routes To And From Costa Rica

More flights to North America and Europe will be available to travelers at the end of the year due to the increase in both frequencies and routes. Meanwhile, there will be fewer flights with connections in the region due to the reorganization of Avianca, while...

European Airlines Say “Yes” To Costa Rica

The Dutch airline, KLM, says it aims to again operate flights permanently between San Jose and Amsterdam, while Edelweiss and Air France announced the increase in flights before the end of the year, all with direct service between Costa Rica and the "old continent"...

446 Direct Flights Connect Juan Santamaria (SJO) With Europe and The Americas

With the start of the flight from Frankfurt, Germany by Lufthansa, Costa Rica now has a record 446 direct flights a week between San Jose, Europe and the Americas. Of the total, 423 are commercial and 23 chartered. Only in 2017 and the start of 2018,...

Colombian Narco cryptocurrency laundering network busted in Spain

Spain said Monday it has shut down a complex cryptocurrency network that used digital currency to pay for shipments of cocaine from Colombia to Europe. “Operation White Tulip”, which was coordinated by Europol and involved the Spanish Civil Guard and the Customs Service of the...

Half Of Travel Destinations Preferred By Ticos Are In The United States

When Costa Ricans (Ticos) search the web for travel, half of the destinations they prefer are in the United States. That was the revelation by the fare aggregator and travel metasearch engine, Kayak, on Tuesday (Nov. 14) at the Wyndham Garden Hotel, in San...

Costa Rica Tourism Big Business

Costa Rica tourism, foreign travel to the country,  generated US$4 billion dollars in income between July 2016 and June of this year. Expenditures of dollars for trips abroad from Costa Rica have also increased. Between July last year and June 2017, an accumulated amount of US$885...

Why Savvy Fliers Fly To The Canadian North To Go To Europe or Asia

Q TRAVEL - One of the best ways and at times more economical to go east to Europe or west to Asia now is to go north. Air Canada, the Canadian airline, revived after years of turbulence and bankruptcy, has turned its hubs in...

Nicaragua Economic Activity Up 4.9% up to April 2017

TODAY NICARAGUA – From a report by the Central Bank of Nicaragua, in April, the monthly index of economic activity (IMAE) grew by 4.9 percent compared to April 2016. Meanwhile, the annual average variation was 4.9 percent and accumulated growth in the January-April period resulted...

Former Costa Rican VP : ‘Window of Opportunity Can Close’ on Latin America-EU Relations

Q COSTA RICA - The head of the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB) has insisted that an alliance between Latin America and Europe is crucial to achieving “ambitious agendas” like the Paris Agreement and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, EURACTIV Spain reports. SEGIB Secretary General Rebeca...

Is the world finally waking up to intersex rights?

Q24N - "The surgeon’s approach was that I didn’t identify as a woman because I didn’t have a vagina,” says Mauro Cabral. After growing up in Argentina being treated as a girl, he discovered at the age of 14 that he didn’t have any...

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...

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