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Mili: The Magic Herb Woman

Mili: The Magic Herb Woman

COSTA RICA EXTRA (By Roberto Acuña Ávalos, Vozdeguanacaste)  — As she can’t fly around on a broom,…

Beach Blunder

Beach Blunder

QCOSTA RICA ( By Carol Jean Connolly)– I slathered the cream over all exposed parts before I…

Doña Ligia Serve Up Lunch  In Samara

Doña Ligia Serve Up Lunch In Samara

COSTA RICA EXTRA (By Ariana Crespo, Vozdeguanacaste) – Ligia Solis Lezcano came to the community of Samara…

Yesterday’s Costa Rica In The Crater Of The Turrialba

Yesterday’s Costa Rica In The Crater Of The Turrialba

Victor Emilio Ramirez Calderon shared this image in recent days with the Red Sismológica Nacional (RSN) –…

New Guide Book for Downtown San José

New Guide Book for Downtown San José

COSTA RICA TRAVEL – A new guide book that focuses on downtown San José, Costa Rica was…

Looking for the Most Beautiful Young Woman

Looking for the Most Beautiful Young Woman

COSTA RICA EXTRA (By Roberto Acuña Ávalos, Vozdeguanacaste.com)In terms of beautiful women, Nosara (Costa Rica) could easily…

Mobile Portability in Costa Rica To Take 48 hours

Mobile Portability in Costa Rica To Take 48 hours

COSTA RICA TECH NEWS – Changing cell companies and keeping the same number will take a maximum…

Oscar Arias Criticizes Luis Guillermo Solís’ Leadership Of Costa Rica

Oscar Arias Criticizes Luis Guillermo Solís’ Leadership Of Costa Rica

COSTA RICA POLICITS — Despite his hospitalization the past several days, following his pacemaker operation, former president Oscar Arias Sanchez has taken the time to…

Curves Continues To Expand in Costa Rica

Curves Continues To Expand in Costa Rica

COSTA RICA BUSINESS NEWS — The fitness chain, Curves, a brand designed for women, opened Monday its latest gym in Mango Plaza Alajuela, with seven…

Bird Strike Forced Emergency Landing At San José Airport Monday

Bird Strike Forced Emergency Landing At San José Airport Monday

COSTA RICA NEWS — It was at 2pm Monday when a pilot reported a problem with one of the engines, a possible explosion in a…

“Costa Rica Will Have A Refinery, Not Sure If It Will Be With China” Says Minister

“Costa Rica Will Have A Refinery, Not Sure If It Will Be With China” Says Minister

COSTA RICA NEWS — The Solis administration says that it is no longer an issue whether a new refinery will be built, but rather they…

“Bad English” Makes Costa Rica Less Attractive For Job-Creating Businesses

“Bad English” Makes Costa Rica Less Attractive For Job-Creating Businesses

QCOSTARICA — Once again Costa Rica has received a low score on the English proficiency index, which could make the country less appealing to foreign…

Why is Costa Rica A Very Happy Country?

Why is Costa Rica A Very Happy Country?

COSTA RICA JOURNAL — Are Costa Ricans satisfied with their government, standard of living, income, and society in general? How is the poverty level in…

Costa Rica Security Ministry Bans Import of Weapons With “Military Look”

Costa Rica Security Ministry Bans Import of Weapons With “Military Look”

COSTA RICA NEWS — Weapons dealers in Costa Rica have voiced their objection and criticize the directive by the Ministro de Seguridad Pública (MSP) –…

Matt Llano Wins Big In Costa Rica

Matt Llano Wins Big In Costa Rica

COSTA RICA SPORTS NEWS — The American defeated Olympians Abdi Abdirahman and Ryan Hall at the Gatorade Half Marathon in San Jose. On Sunday, Matt…

[OP-ED] “Fear” Might Be A Better Word

[OP-ED] “Fear” Might Be A Better Word

QCOSTA RICA OP-ED, By Juan Sebastian Campos — Happy adjective \ˈha-pē\: feeling pleasure and enjoyment because of your life, situation, etc. One really needs to…

Former President Rodriguez May Be Headed For Prison

Former President Rodriguez May Be Headed For Prison

COSTA RICA NEWS — Former president Miguel Ángel Rodríguez Echeverría (1998-2002) once again faces a prison term with Fridays decision by the Sala Tercera de…

How Well is English Spoken in Central America?

How Well is English Spoken in Central America?

CENTRAL AMERICA NEWS — According to Education First’s English Proficiency Index, in Costa Rica the English level is low, while in Guatemala, Panama and El…

Nicaragua: Bank Credit Up 21.5%

Nicaragua: Bank Credit Up 21.5%

TODAY NICARAGUA NEWS — At the end of June the credit portfolio of the banking system recorded an increase of 21.5%, with loans to the…

Panama: Increased Penalties for Tax Arrears

Panama: Increased Penalties for Tax Arrears

CENTRAL AMERICA NEWS — At the end of the December 31, deadline to qualify for the current moratorium, a 10% surcharge will be incurred by…

Guatemala: Compulsory Registration of Cattle

Guatemala: Compulsory Registration of Cattle

CENTRAL AMERICA NEWS — An announcement has been made that all animals born after 2015 must be registered so that, by 2020, the herd can…

Start Date For The Construction of Nicaragua Canal Is Dec. 22

Start Date For The Construction of Nicaragua Canal Is Dec. 22

NICARAGUA NEWS – The Chinese government and the concessionaire HKND have announced that on December 22 work will begin on the project with the construction…

Coffee vs Gangsters In Honduras

Coffee vs Gangsters In Honduras

CENTRAL AMERICA (The Daily Telegraph) — Young people in Honduras, one of the most dangerous countries in the world, are being coaxed away from criminal…

Valiant Effort to Save Blue Whale Stranded on South Nicaragua Beach

Valiant Effort to Save Blue Whale Stranded on South Nicaragua Beach

TODAY NICARAGUA NEWS — Locals and tourists bonded on Nicaragua’s Popoyo beach (near Rivas) as they attempted to rescue a stranded blue whale. But after…

Legal Vacuum Fuels Conflicts Over Water in El Salvador

Legal Vacuum Fuels Conflicts Over Water in El Salvador

CENTRAL AMERICA NEWS (IPS) –TACUBA, El Salvador: Rural communities and social organisations in El Salvador agree that the lack of specific laws is one of…

Wind Projects in Guatemala

Wind Projects in Guatemala

CENTRAL AMERICA NEWS — Of a potential of 1,000 MW of power generated through wind in the country, 101 MW will start to be generated…

Nicaragua v. USA (1986)

Nicaragua v. USA (1986)

NICARAGUA JOURNAL (Examiner.com) — The Republic of Nicaragua v. The United States of America (1986) is a public international law case decided by the International…

11 Year Old Girl Colombia’s ‘Youngest Ever Drug Mule’

11 Year Old Girl Colombia’s ‘Youngest Ever Drug Mule’

TODAY COLOMBIA NEWS — An 11-year-old girl thought to be the world’s youngest drug mule has been stopped in  Cali carrying more than 100 capsules…

Nearly 30% of Young Latin American Women Have Been Teenage Mothers

Nearly 30% of Young Latin American Women Have Been Teenage Mothers

LATIN AMERICA NEWS — Nearly 30 % of young women in Latin America become mothers before 20 years of age and the majority of them…

Uruguay’s “Superstar” President Bows Out To Spend Time With His Beetle and Three-Legged Dog

Uruguay’s “Superstar” President Bows Out To Spend Time With His Beetle and Three-Legged Dog

AFTERBIZLIFE   As I drive along the port at Montevideo in a government pickup on my way to interview Uruguay’s outgoing president, José Mujica, a striking…

Latin America is Living a new era, Says ALBA Executive Secretary

Latin America is Living a new era, Says ALBA Executive Secretary

LATIN AMERICA NEWS — “Latin America lives today new times and in this period, following 10 years of work with undeniable achievements, the Bolivarian Alliance…

Will Bogotá see bullfighting again?

Will Bogotá see bullfighting again?

TODAY COLOMBIA NEWS – A group of active and retired bullfighters, including Colombia’s Cesar Rincon and the Spaniard Julián López Escobar, known as ‘El Juli,’…

More Women Managers in Argentina, But They’re Still Doing the Chores

More Women Managers in Argentina, But They’re Still Doing the Chores

LATIN AMERICA NEWS (IPS) — BUENOS AIRES - In Argentina there are more and more women in management-level positions in the public and private sectors,…

ECLAC Reports 28.5 Million Latin American Emigrants

ECLAC Reports 28.5 Million Latin American Emigrants

LATIN AMERICA NEWS — Around 28.5 million Latin American and Caribbean people live out of their countries of origin, 70 percent of them in the…

PAHO helps Latin American nations prepare to fight Ebola

PAHO helps Latin American nations prepare to fight Ebola

LATIN AMERICA NEWS – Although there have as yet been no confirmed cases of the deadly Ebola virus in Latin America, the Pan American Health…

Drug Flights Down by 99% in Colombia

Drug Flights Down by 99% in Colombia

TODAY COLOMBIA NEWS — The number of drug flights detected in Colombia has dropped by 99 percent in the last decade, indicating that the country’s…

Brazil Arrests Narco-Plane Suppliers for Venezuela-Honduras Route

Brazil Arrests Narco-Plane Suppliers for Venezuela-Honduras Route

SOUTH AMERICA NEWS (InsightCrime) — In an operation that saw dozens arrested across four states, authorities in Brazil targeted a crime ring that allegedly provided…

From Our Bloggers

[BLOG] Electric Power Generation in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA – I come from British Columbia, where it is a given, that generation of electric power by swift moving river water (hydroelectric), is the cheapest and most efficient way to generate it. Costa Rica, in many ways, has similar topography to B.C., with mountainous terrain in the middle of the Country, and rivers, albeit […]…

[OP-ED] “Fear” Might Be A Better Word

QCOSTA RICA OP-ED, By Juan Sebastian Campos — Happy adjective \ˈha-pē\: feeling pleasure and enjoyment because of your life, situation, etc. One really needs to question how Costa Rica can be declared the “Happiest Country on the Planet,” by travel bureaus, pundits, the tourism board and the government itself. A sleepy sloth does assure feeling […]…

Always Check Supermarket Prices While in Costa Rica

TICO BULL – We all want to trust our favourite supermarket, trust them with giving us the lowest price.  But, a recent report by the MEIC confirms what I always knew, our trust is misplaced. When shopping we have to pay attention to prices, especially when it comes to “specials” (ofertas in Spanish). In the […]…

Next Time You Fly To Colombia, Head For Panama To Save $$$

[BLOG] TICO BULL — Every day AVIANCA and COPA are sticking it to us to fly around Central and South America. Ok, we all know that, but by how much? But can you believe that you can fly to and from San Jose – Miami for less than US$500, but it costs more than US$1,000 […]…

What Do Japan and Costa Rica Have in Common? Too Much!

[OP-ED] While we have always avoided this ugly word, it is called a RECESSION. Most call it with Tico polite, a “crisis”, but the fact remains we have a 23% drop in direct foreign investment, an immeasurable drop in domestic investments and the most recent release of data by Institute Nacional de Estadística y Censos […]…

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