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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 1,187 new cases of the COVID-19, and six deaths. It took the country almost three months to reach that number of cases (from March 6 to June 4) and one...

Why doesn’t Costa Rica join Panama?

Rico's Digest - As many of you who follow me know I am an avid reader of Quora. I enjoy the daily digest that pops up in my email in the wee hours of the norming. For the most part, the questions are interesting, the...

Security Minister wanting a border wall? WTF?

(RICO'S DIGEST) - I couldn't believe what I was hearing the other day watching the live press conference from Casa Presidencial on the coronavirus in Costa Rica. Here was this bald man saying: "Suddenly in this moment and in this circumstance, we would like to have...

Whom to believe, hackers or your BCR bank?

(Rico's Digest) “To our great regret, executives, employees, regulators, Visa and Master Card are not interested in the data breach that we talked about for a month. "We apologize to all Banco BCR clients and all those who were using its services to publish their...

“I didn’t think it would happen to me”

Rico's Digest - "I Didn't think it would happen to me" is a phrase I have not yet heard and hope never to hear from of any of my family or friends, especially the few who are taking the pandemic in stride, even one...

AyA has not read meters since March 20 and charged an estimated fee each month

Rico's TICO BULL -  Have you checked your water bill lately, other than just paying it? If you haven't do so. If you dd you must have noticed that despite your lowered water consumption, the bill still high? That is because the  Acueductos y Alcantarillados...

Waiting to get back to Costa Rica; Anxious in Brazil

Rico's Digest - One of the thousands of Costa Ricans waiting to get back home is my friend, who is in Brazil with his wife, along with several dozens others anxiously waiting for Sunday's flight back to the land of Pura Visa. Antonio Alexandre and...

What about the tourists? Will they will be allowed to come soon?

Rico's Digest - As of now, borders are restricted until June 15. In today's announcements, neither President Carlos Alvarado nor Health Minister Daniel Salas talked about the borders, a date when tourists are allowed to return. Monday's announcement was all about what businesses and activities...

Minister Daniel Salas prescribed Nayib Bukele “ubicatex”

(Rico's Digest) Costa Rica's Health Minister, Daniel Salas, prescribed a good dose of "ubicatex" to the President of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, without even mentioning his name, with a free lesson on epidemiology. Minister Salas, who is a medical doctor with a Master's in Public...

Please Extend Driving Permit for Tourists During National Emergency

Rico's Tico Bull - "Please Extend Driving Permits for Tourists during Quarantine" is the call to Costa Rica President Carlos Alvarado, in a Change.org petition started by Outlier Legal Services. At the time of posting this article, 683 people (including yours truly), have signed the...

Price of Oil Dropped Below US$0 on Monday, But Don’t Worry Fuel Prices In Cosa Rica Will Continue High

OPINION - Rico's Digest - On Monday, vendors of contracts for crude oil were paying buyers to get it off their hands. After fumes settled Monday, the West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude, a benchmark for Costa Rica, closed at US$-37.63 dollars for delivery in...

Costa Rica Needs To Work, Work, Work (Trabajar, Trabajar, Trabajar)

Rico's Digest - It's been some time since I've heard the words "trabajar, trabajar, trabajar" (work, work, work). They were made famous by President Carlos Alvarado during his presidential campaign and then in the first part his presidency that in a few weeks, May 8,...

Why did Ortega praise Costa Rica for COVID-19?

Rico's Digest - Daniel Ortega, President of Nicaragua, reappeared on Wednesday, April 15, after more than a month (34 days to be exact) of being seen in public, supposedly hiding out from his people, the world and the covid-19 coronavirus. The leader of the Sandinista...

Feeling Worried In Costa Rica, While In Nicaragua …

Rico's Digest - I dare say that Nicaragua could become the New York or Italy in Central America, and not in the good way. The country to the north is in chaos, it's people have been abandoned by its leader, Daniel Ortega, who has not...

Infected or Contaminated, What’s The Difference?

Watching the television reports, reading the online reports and social network posts, I notice the use of infected and contaminated interchangeably. I don't you about you, but the use of the term 'contaminated' for a person sick of the coronavirus covid-19 really bothers me. So much...

Effects of Costa Rica’s Physical Distancing According to Google

Rico's Covid-19 Digest - There is no doubt that the national emergency due to the coronavirus covid-19 pandemic has affected life in Costa Rica. The government has put in place measure to slow contagion, among them physical distancing, known more widely as social distancing. But...

Practical Plate Guide: Can You Drive Today?

UPDATE: Plates ALLOWED to circulate today, Sunday, April 12, from 5 am and 5 pm, only for local shopping (supermarket/pharmacy) are: Since Friday, April 3 at 5:00 pm and in effect until Sunday, April 12, at 11:59 pm, strict vehicular restrictions have been put in...

Lockdown A La Tica (Costa Rican Style)!

Rico's Digest - Costa Rica has joined the other countries of the Americas, Colombia, Panama, El Salvador, many of the states in the US and Europe issuing  "stay-at-home" orders or lockdown, but Costa Rica's is a little different, "a la Tica" (Costa Rican style),...

Rico’s Covid-19 Digest: Yes, Costa Rica IS An Island Country. And There Is Proof.

Rico's Covid-19 Digest - A team of researchers from the Universities of Costa Rica has made a stunning discovery, Costa Rica is an island country. Usually, when we talk about islands in our country the first ones that come to mind are Del Coco, Tortuga,...

Will the covid-19 lead to the bring back “La Carreta”?

Rico's DIGEST - Will the national emergency due to the coronavirus covid-19 and the mobility restrictions to stop the spread of the contagion lead to the return of "La Carreta" in Costa Rica? The carreta or ox cart today is a symbol of Costa Rica...

What’s Up With This From The Diario Extra?

Rico's Digest - Was it an April Fools headline? "COSTA RICA CON MAS CONTAGIOS QUE CHINA" (COSTA RICA WITH MORE INFECTED THAN CHINA). Due to my self-imposed isolation, I did not go out to get the print edition of the self-billed "most sold newspaper in...

Rico’s Covid-19 Digest: Vehicular Restrictions For Semana Santa

The sanctions for violating the vehicular restrictions are no longer a joke, so listen up, unless you really need to be driving, stay home. Go out if and only it is absolutely necessary. The sanctions for violating the restrictions will, by the weekend, be ¢107,000...

Rico’s Covid-19 Digest: The pandemic by the numbers, where’d you rather be?

By the numbers in the Americas, perhaps, the best place to be during the covid-19 pandemic is in Latin America. Using the numbers from the United Nations official population and Worldometer and John Hopkins University on the Coronavirus COVID-19 cases, in Latin America, the countries...

Rico’s Covid-19 Digest: Coronavirus, why are the death rates different?

Many of us are tracking the daily coronavirus infection and death rates. You may have noticed that the death rates differ greatly from country to country. Here are some of the main reasons. In Costa Rica, the number of deaths from coronavirus is relatively low...

People don’t understand, everyone it seems was in the streets on Friday

Rico's Covid-19 Digest - Despite the call from the Minister of Health and the plea by President Carlos Alvarado to stay home, it seems that people do not understand and rather took to the streets this Friday afternoon. The three major routes - Ruta 27,...

Rico’s Covid-19 Digest: Are We Headed For Lockdown?

With some 30 new cases of the coronavirus confirmed on Thursday and I am expecting a similar number to be announced today at the noon covid-19 briefing, that could see the number of positive cases reach 300 by the Sunday, if not sooner, will...

Rico’s Covid-19 Digest: “Be Like Ortega,” The Viral Message in Nicaragua

The situation in Nicaragua is at its worst, a people that are slowly coming out of the April 2018 crisis, now embattled by the coronavirus pandemic. And where is its leader, the man that for decades Nicaraguans and loved and hated? I published this article...

Rico’s Covid-19 Digest: Threatening to take away residency is ‘mala vibra’

Yesterday, the President of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, announced that as of today, March 24, any foreigner resident in the country that leaves will lose their migratory status, that is their legal residency. Although I am still working on getting the full details, the loss...

“No One Checked Me Out”

Rico's TICO BULL - Several arrivals, foreigners, into Costa Rica's Juan Santamaria (San Jose) international airport the last week had a similar answer: no one checked me out. I had each one, how was the line inside (the immigration and customs line), what were you...

Why are people stockpiling toilet paper?

Rico's TICO BULL - As the new coronavirus (covid-19) has spread in Costa Rica, and around the world, in the past month many people are seeking supplies and essential items to cope with the pandemic. One of those items is toilet paper! Perhaps the worst...

Costa Rica Cable Television Drops CBS From Channel Line Up

Rico's TICO BULL - It's official, no U.S. television networks are on now Costa Rica's cable television. CBS was the only holdout. NBC was the first go. Then ABC went quietly into oblivion. And on February 21, CBS went too. In an short statement on...

The 9 Provinces of Costa Rica

Rico's TICO BULL - Costa Rica issues national id, the Cédula de identidad, commonly known as the "cedula", to its citizens based on the physical provinces they were born, San Jose, Alajuela, Heredia, Cartago, Limon, Puntarenas, and Guanacaste. The identity card number is designed to...

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