Costa Rica News 6-16-16 posted by on June 16, 2016
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Burger King reopens Costa Rica operations

The first restaurant of the new operation of Burger King in Costa Rica opened June 15 across the street from Parque de la Paz, south of downtown San …
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Escaping Mud Season: Two weeks in Costa Rica by Motorcycle

After some frantic Google searches and emails at the airport on the way to Costa Rica, I had secured a spot for the two of us through a local company …
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Hotel Grano de Oro

… heritage hotel is a favourite with international visitors looking for a characterful place to stop over in the capital before or after a tour of Costa Rica.
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Bronco basketball headed to Costa Rica for international competion

BOISE — The Broncos are headed to Costa Rica! On Wednesday, Boise state announced the men’s basketball team will travel to Costa Rica for five …
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Nayara Springs

The adults-only Nayara Springs is one of the most intimate and luxurious hotels in the country. It has exuberant tropical gardens full of exotic birds and …
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Boise State men’s basketball team to play in Costa Rica

The team will travel to Costa Rica from Aug. 11-16, playing against teams from Costa Rica and Canada in preparation for the 2016-17 season.
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Boise State Men’s Basketball Headed to Costa Rica

Boise State men’s basketball will travel to Costa Rica for a foreign tour Aug. 11-16, in preparation for the 2016-17 season. The trip will include …
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Government prioritizes projects to reduce pensions

The motion approved this Wednesday to prioritize discussion of three projects that intend to reform excessive pensions in the public sector is the first …
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Pacuare Lodge

Pacuare Lodge is a luxury rainforest escape with a memorable twist: the only way in and out is by whitewater rafting down Costa Rica’s most scenic …
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Arenas Del Mar

This five-star resort is set on forested cliffs close to the popular Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio. Two pools, two restaurants and 38 well-appointed …
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Ironman Announces New 70.3 In Costa Rica

Ironman announced today the addition of a new licensed race in Central America with Ironman 70.3 Costa Rica.
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Cold War, Cold Beers: How an Abandoned Iran-Contra Plane Ended up a Bar in Costa Rica

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Costa Rica News 6-15-16 posted by on June 15, 2016
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This Is How You Pura Vida! in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is the land of “pura vida,” not just because it’s renowned for its biodiversity and exotic animals but also because ticos y ticas (or Costa …
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What is yoga? International Yoga Day on The Horizon

As International Yoga Day approaches The Costa Rica News will be doing extensive coverage on the discipline so stay tuned to learn about the vast …
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President Solís demands explanation for spike in traffic jams

MOPT is considering improvements to public roads, including building more lanes and modifying 25 intersections to alleviate congestion. (Via MOPT).
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Driving Courtesy In Costa Rica. Or Not.

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MOPT Wants To See Staggered Work Hours For Public Employees To Solve Costa Rica’s Traffic

Typical traffic congestion on the autopista General Cañas. In what used to be only in the area of the Virilla bridge (puente platina) and in peak morning …
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Such Was The “Amigo”, A Car Made in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA – Costa Rica is known around the world for coffee, bananas, pineapples and flowers among other agricultural products, that have been …
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Costa Rica adds hydroelectric dam to clean energy grid

Siquirres, Costa Rica: A giant cement structure rises from the river in the middle of Costa Rica’s Caribbean tropical forest, and its turbines spin, each …
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Costa Rica adds hydroelectric dam to clean energy grid

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BBC’s Hardtalk With President of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solis

QCOSTARICA – HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur talks to the President of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solis. In the 23 minute interview, President Solis talks …
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Tragedy In Santa Ana: 3 Dead In Construction Accident

QCOSTARICA – A work accident left three dead at a Santa Ana construction site Tuesday when a crane lifting a concrete slab to be placed on beams, …
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Costa Rica News 6-14-16 posted by on June 14, 2016
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Costa Rica’s Top 5 Expat Havens

As one of the most peaceful and environmentally friendly countries on the planet, Costa Rica is known for “pura vida”. A new report from International …
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The Top Five Expat Havens of Costa Rica

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Costa Rica’s best coffee was grown by a newbie farmer

said Mena, who had managed Finca Sumava for just under two years when he won Costa Rica’s Cup of Excellence prize last month. The prestigious …
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Costa Rica deports arrested fugitive convict back to US

An escaped American inmate convicted of sex crimes has been arrested in Costa Rica after a year on the run and returned to the United States, …
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Costa Rica Is Coming To Amsterdam With Latin House Vibes

Coming to Amsterdam straight from the tropical paradise that is Costa Rica are Puchero Records label owners Meli Rodriguez & Macho Iberico.
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Expat Career Lies You Need to Overcome

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Go Out On A Limb – Costa Rica Tree Houses

Lately a lot of places around the world are seeing renewed interest in tree houses, and Costa Rica – with its vast stretches of primary forest and …
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Costa Rican families open up homes to UGA students

When students from the University of Georgia pack their bags and travel to study abroad in Costa Rica, they are a long way from the comforts of home.
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Costa Rica News 6-11-16 posted by on June 11, 2016
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Costa Rica puts finishing touches on hydroelectric power dam

SIQUIRRES DE LIMON, Costa RicaCosta Rica is putting the finishing touches on the largest hydroelectric power project in Central America, as the …
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Costa Rica to start-up largest hydroelectric power project in Central America

SIQUIRRES DE LIMON, Costa RicaCosta Rica is putting the finishing touches on the largest hydroelectric power project in Central America, as the …
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USA vs. Costa Rica, Copa America 2016: Tactical Breakdown and Analysis

Costa Rica continued with their 5-2-2-1 set up from the draw with Paraguay and named just two changes, both forced, with Francisco Calvo and …
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Costa Rica’s Legislature Takes a Step Toward Gender Equality

According to the Global Gender Gap report, which ranks gender equality in the realms of health, education, economy and politics, Costa Rica ranked …
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Video Game Developed in Costa Rica Now Available On Xbox

In 2015, a video game corporation registered the word “rage” in Costa Rica, and after careful consideration of all our legal options, we were forced to …
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The Unraveling of Latin America’s 21st Century Socialism

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thank you – Costa Rica Forum

We would to thank everyone on the CR forum for all the advice we had received. Our holiday was filled with loads of animals,birds,reptiles and a few …
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Saborío and Costa Rica eliminated from Group A

Costa Rica have been eliminated from Group A in the Copa América Centenario after Monday’s 4-0 loss to the United States with one game remaining …
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Costa Rica not ready to depart Copa

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Costa Rica int’l Navas undergoes surgery

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Escaped Inmate, Once Seen in GB, Busted in Costa Rica

HOUGHTON, MI (WTAQ) – An inmate who escaped from a jail in Upper Michigan and once spotted in Green Bay has been arrested in Costa Rica.
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Costa Rica News 6-10-16 posted by on June 10, 2016
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Migrants flowing through is likely Costa Rica’s new normal, minister says

Since November 2015, Costa Rica has found itself in the path of an unprecedented northbound flow of migrants from Cuba, Africa, South Asia, Haiti …
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Arts and culture in brief: the week ahead in Costa Rica

Lebanese dancer, choreographer and former international belly dance champion Estelle Zaghloul will join Costa Rican actors Nancy Banard and Tito …
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Saatio captured in Costa Rica

Saatio was arrested in Costa Rica last week. The Houghton County Sheriff’s Office and Houghton County Prosecutor Michael Makinen are working …
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Breaking Down Barriers: Costa Rica campus works to grow opportunities for local students

Education is at the heart of Fabricio Camacho’s daily life in his job as the general manager of the University of Georgia’s satellite campus in Costa Rica …
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US Bounces Back and Routs Costa Rica

Hours after U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati raised the job security of the national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann, Klinsmann’s team scored three …
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Costa Rica puts finishing touches on hydroelectric power dam

SIQUIRRES DE LIMON, Costa Rica (AP) — Costa Rica is putting the finishing touches on the largest hydroelectric power project in Central America, …
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Escaped UP prisoner arrested in Costa Rica after year on the run

HOUGHTON, Mich. (WLUK) — A man who escaped from a jail in Upper Michigan and was later spotted in Green Bay has been arrested in Costa Rica.
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Chinchilla: Costa Rica Must Export People’s Talents, or Export People Themselves

Former President of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla, gave a rousing speech at Nexus 2016 in San Francisco, highlighting her country’s potential to …
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US Biotech Firm Chooses Costa Rica as Central America HQ

PHOENIX, AZ / ACCESSWIRE / June 9, 2016 / BioNovelus, Inc. is pleased to announce the creation of BioNovelus-CostaRica, a legal entity that will …
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Phasing out Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs) in Costa Rica

The small Central American country of Costa Rica has one of the highest intensities of pesticide use in the world, despite its renown for being a …
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Costa Rica da toques finales a hidroeléctrica

SIQUIRRES, Costa Rica (AP) — Costa Rica da los toques finales al proyecto hidroeléctrico más grande de Centroamérica, mientras los últimos …
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Costa Rica Unplugged July 9-July 20

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Costa Rica Liberation Party: Jack Cole, Justin Dolan

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Costa Rica: Byron & Katie Nichelson help build an orphanage.

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Costa Rica News 6-9-16 posted by on June 9, 2016
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US rebounds, shuts out Costa Rica

AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast United States’ Geoff Cameron, right, and Costa Rica’s Alvaro Saborio battle in a Copa America Centenario Group A …
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Learn to Surf the Luxe, High-Tech Way in Costa Rica

So when I finally found myself looking up at the sneering lip of an incoming wave while learning to surf at Costa Rica’s Surf Simply school and resort, …
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Legislative Assembly passes bill to jumpstart electric train system

Costa Rica’s publicly-owned rail company has been given the green light to contract with private companies to create an electric rail system that the …
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USA batters Costa Rica in Copa América

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SUNY Delhi culinary team wins international competition in Costa Rica

DELHI, N.Y. (WBNG) — SUNY Delhi’s culinary team won the Copa Culinaria Mundial Junior representing the United States in Costa Rica last week.
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USA vs. Costa Rica, Copa America 2016: Stock up, stock down

The game against Costa Rica was a clear reversal from the debacle against Colombia. In the opener, almost nobody performed very well. The team …
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Eric Nam, Sam Kim, And Song Yu Vin Fly To Costa Rica For Variety Show

Eric Nam, Sam Kim, and Song Yu Vin boarded a plane to Costa Rica on June 8 for the show. What connects these singers together is the fact that …
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Dollar Exchange in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA – After more than two years of virtual immobility, the dollar started a rise (more than 5 colones since Monday) this week, which has …
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The “Americanization of Costa Rica” Spills To The Family Courts

TICO BULL – One of the more frequent complaints I hear from foreigners living for some time in the country is the “Americanization of Costa Rica”, the …
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Campbell: Costa Rica slip to defeat

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Apply now: Youth Encounter on Sustainability YES Costa Rica 2016

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Costa Rica looks for turnaround against Colombia

Bryan Ruiz (white jersey) and Costa Rica need to be beat Colombia in the last Group A game to have any chance of advancing in the Copa America …
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USA routs Costa Rica 4-0, behind 3 goals in first half

The United States kept their hopes of advancing in the Copa America Centenario alive with a 4-0 rout of Costa Rica.
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CAA Live@Meridian with the Ambassador of Costa Rica to the United States, Dr. Roman Macaya

The guest for this three-part interview is Dr. Roman Macaya, the current Ambassador of Costa Rica to the United States. Ambassador Macaya has …
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Costa Rica News 6-11-15 posted by on June 11, 2015

Update: Missing US tourist found dead in Costa Rica

Update Tuesday, 4:30 p.m.: Richard Jean-Georges was found dead off the coast of Jacó on Tuesday afternoon, according to Red Cross spokesman Freddy Roman. Costa Rican authorities are preparing to collect the body. 

A missing U.S. swimmer in the central Pacific Costa Rican beach town of Jacó has been identified as Patrol Officer Richard Jean-Georges, from Bristol, Rhode Island, in the United States.

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Private-sector employers offer 0.94 percent wage increase for second half of 2015

Business leaders on Monday filed two salary increase proposals for private-sector employees for the second half of this year. Employers submitted to the Labor Ministry’s National Wages Council a 0.94 percent increase proposal, which is lower than figures requested by unions last week. Union leaders on June 1 submitted proposals ranging from 1.46 to 5 percent.

Luis Mesalles, director of the Union of Private-Sector Chambers and Associations (UCCAEP), said the employer proposal is based on projected inflation for the second half of this year plus a compensation for variations registered in inflation during the same period in 2014.

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Legendary oceanographer Sylvia Earle releases first interview filmed at depth off Cocos Island

“Most of the ocean is cold and dark. Most of what is known about the ocean is in that upper 1,000 feet or so. You look at a spot on the map and if you only know what’s at the surface you don’t really know what’s going on, any more than you would know about New York City if you just looked at the tops of the buildings. It’s really important to have information about what’s in the deep sea,” said world-renowned oceanographer and explorer Sylvia Earle during an interview shot 1,000 feet underwater at Cocos Island, Costa Rica’s most remote territory located in the Pacific Ocean.

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Marvin Camacho’s musical mission: ‘One does not choose, it’s a need you feel’

Marvin Camacho began his musical career at the age of 9 when he sang at a community event in his hometown of Barva, Heredia. Four decades later, he’s a renowned composer whose instrumental music has circled the globe, earning him honors including the National Arts Award and National Composition Award.

I have had the good fortune to know Camacho for the past several years, and sat down with him recently at his University of Costa Rica office to discuss his life and caree

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Costa Rica starts aid distribution to Guanacaste farmers stricken by drought

Officials from the Agriculture and Livestock Ministry (MAG) and the National Emergency Commission (CNE) began distributing animal feed and other supplies to help nearly 4,000 farmers affected by a lack of rainfall in the country’s northwestern province of Guanacaste.

MAG officials will distribute aid throughout this month and into July, including seed, bales of hay, minerals, molasses, dried orange pulp, corn and concentrated food. Later this month, MAG also will begin distributing sugar to beekeepers.

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Costa Rican sets milestone upon reaching summit of Yosemite National Park’s notorious El Capitán alone

Alejandro Soto on Tuesday became the first Costa Rican to climb alone to the summit of El Capitán, an iconic rock formation in Yosemite National Park in the U.S. state of California, according to media reports. Soto climbed 550 vertical meters over six days along the Zodiac route to reach the peak.

One of Costa Rica’s most decorated climbers, Soto made the climb alone with ropes, a first for a Central American, reported the daily La Nación. Sleeping along the climb involved securing a hanging sleeping bag from the granite face and dangling several hundred meters off the valley floor.

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In Guatemala, anti-establishment presidential candidate benefits from corruption scandals

GUATEMALA CITY – In the wake of two major corruption scandals that have led to seven consecutive weeks of anti-corruption demonstrations, a new poll in the run-up to general elections in September shows right-wing populist Manuel Baldizón still leading. But his popularity has stagnated due to a widespread perception that his administration is likely to be as corrupt as that of current President Otto Pérez Molina’s.

Conducted by Costa Rican polling firm Borge y Asociados and published by Contrapoder magazine and Canal Antigua TV channel on June 5, the poll shows 34.5 percent of those surveyed would vote for Baldizón, while 12.9 percent would vote for center-left National Unity of Hope party candidate and former First Lady Sandra Torres, and a surprising 10.4 percent would vote for comedian Jimmy Morales, of the minuscule and under-funded FCN party.

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Hiring outlook in Costa Rica up 3 percent over last quarter, survey finds

Employers in Costa Rica reported slightly optimistic hiring plans for the next three months, according to the latest Employment Outlook Survey released Tuesday by consulting firm Manpower.

The country’s Net Employment Outlook increased from 11 to 14 percent from the previous quarter, although it decreased by 2 percent compared to the same quarter last year

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Costa Rica News 6-10-15 posted by on June 10, 2015

“Marijuana is a plant of God,” says Costa Rica’s Lutheran Church

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June 8th, 2015 (InsideCostaRica.com) Gilberto Quesada, president of Costa Rica’s Lutheran Church described marijuana as a “plant of God” in a recent interview with the daily tabloid, Diario Extra.

Quesada, expressing his approval for the medicinal use of the plant, said that “[marijuana] should not be demonized, the plant itself is harmless and can have a proper use.”

 

For his part, Monsignor Angel Sancasimiro of the Diocese of Alajuela expressed the view of the Catholic Church, telling Diario Extra that the use of marijuana leads to the use of harder drugs as one of the reasons his church opposes legalization.

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AyA to borrow $130 million to fix leaking water system

June 8th, 2015 (InsideCostaRica.com) The Costa Rican Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (AyA) is in the final stages of securing $130 million in financing in order to repair leaks in its distribution network.  More than 600 kilometers of aqueducts would be completely replaced, while nearly 5,000 kilometers will be inspected and repaired.

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U.S. citizen missing in waters of Jaco beach

Rescuers continue the search for a missing U.S. citizen at Jaco Beach. (Photo courtesy of the Red Cross)

June 8th, 2015 (InsideCostaRica.com) A U.S. citizen who’s identity has not been officially released remained missing early Monday morning after disappearing into the waters of Jaco Beach on Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast on Saturday.

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Costa Rica News 6-4-15 posted by on June 4, 2015

FIFA: Blazer details bribe taking; Warner says he “fears for his life”

June 4th, 2015 (VOA) U.S. court records unsealed Wednesday revealed that Charles Blazer,  a former FIFA executive committee member admitted to accepting bribes in connection with the 1998 and 2010 World Cups in November 2013.

Blazer, a U.S. citizen who spent two decades as one of the world’s most powerful sports officials, secretly pleaded guilty to 10 criminal counts in New York as part of an agreement with U.S. prosecutors, according to the partially redacted transcript of the hearing.

Blazer told a U.S. judge that he and other members of the global football governing body’s executive committee accepted bribes in conjunction with the choice of France as the host of the 1998 World Cup host.

The American said he also accepted bribes over the 2010 event awarded to South Africa.

Warner makes explosive allegations

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Route 27 closed after major landslide; engineers had warned of danger

June 4th, 2015 (InsideCostaRica.com) Route 27, which connects the western suburbs of San Jose to the Pacific port of Caldera, remained closed Thursday morning after a major landslide Wednesday afternoon.  The highway is an important route connecting San Jose to the country’s Pacific coast.

The landslide occurred at kilometer 45 after heavy rains Wednesday afternoon.

The National Laboratory of Materials and Structural Models (LANAMME) has repeatedly warned of the risk of landslides on the highway, including on May 24th when engineers specifically warned of the hazard on the stretch between kilometers 38 and 48 where yesterday’s landslide occurred.

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Costa Rica’s best coffee comes from this hillside in Alajuela

LOURDES DE CIRRÍ, Alajuela – Large burlap sacks of coffee, green and roasted, covered the kitchen floor in Antonio Barrantes’ home in Lourdes de Cirrí, north of Naranjo, Alajuela.

He opened one bag to sift the jade-colored unroasted beans through his hands. These pale green beans, known as “oro” in Spanish, or gold, might well be worth their weight in the precious metal. They were ranked as the best coffee in Costa Rica in May. A trophy saying so sat on the dining room table.

Barrantes, still wearing his floppy canvas hat from outside, apologized for the mess and cleared some room to sit in his living room looking out over Costa Rica’s Central Valley below. Two small dogs, Choco and Tonkey, flitted in and out the door as Barrantes explained what makes his coffee so special. To start, he lives in Lourdes de Cirrí.

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Costa Rica reports fewer cases of dengue this year

The number of dengue cases in the first five months of this year in Costa Rica dropped by 50.4 percent compared with figures from last year, the Health Ministry reported.

From Jan. 1 to May 23 the ministry registered a total of 1,254 cases, compared to 2,528 cases during the same period last year.

Coastal areas are the most affected, with Guanacaste registering 448 cases, Puntarenas with 303 and Limón with 145. San José and Alajuela saw 132 cases, followed by Heredia with 72 and Cartago with 18.

The number of dengue cases usually spikes during Costa Rica’s rainy season, which begins in May and lasts until November. Health officials are continuing to ask residents to remove tires, vases, bottles and any other objects that collect stagnant water. These objects are the main breeding habitat for the Aedes aegypti mosquito, a carrier of the dengue virus, and the Aedes albopictus, which transmits both dengue and the Chikungunya virus, a disease that causes symptoms similar to dengue, but more severe, and that can last for up to 10 months.

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ICE to stop printing monthly bills

Aug. 1, customers of the state-owned Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE-kölbi) will no longer receive printed bills for landline phone service, Internet and cable TV.

Instead, ICE will send electronic invoices, and the company is asking customers to register email addresses at its website: kolbi.cr or at any kölbi store, ICE location or via the customer service hotline 1193. Customers also can call ICE’s automated system at 1187.

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President Luis Guillermo Solís confirms new culture minister

After his weekly Cabinet meeting on Tuesday President Luis Guillermo Solís confirmed Sylvie Durán Salvatierra as the new culture and youth minister and appointed current Film Center Director Max Valverde Soto as the new vice minister.

Durán has been filling in as temporary minister since May 12 following the scandal involving the failed edition of this year’s International Arts Festival (FIA 2015), which cost ex-minister Elizabeth Fonseca and vice ministers Alfredo Chavarría and Luis Carlos Amador their posts.

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Costa Rica News 6-3-15 posted by on June 3, 2015

Transnica Invests US$4 Million in Managua

QCOSTARICA) Costa Rica’s transport company providing daily service between Costa Rica and Nicaragua, TRANSNICA, announced the construction of a new bus terminal, hotel and shopping centre, in the centre of Managua.

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Sharks and Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA TRAVEL Via National Geographic) Sharks are an essential part of the oceans. Their presence is an indicator of the good health of an ecosystem; their absence is representative of an overfished and out of balance

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Closings in Barrio Amon and Barrio Otoya (San Jose)(QCOSTARICA)

 

(QCOSTARICA) By Michale Miller – In the past few months, a surprising number of establishments in San José’s Barrio Amon and Barrio Otoya have closed. Some have closed for good, and some just temporarily.

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Costa Rica Sees ‘Intel Effect’ Ending as GDP Poised for Pickup

(QCOSTARICA Via Bloomberg) — Costa Rica should see accelerating economic growth in the second half after the country struggled to recover from Intel’s closing of export facilities last year, Central Bank (Banco Central) President Olivier Castro said.

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President Luis Guillermo Solís confirms new culture minister

After his weekly Cabinet meeting on Tuesday President Luis Guillermo Solís confirmed Sylvie Durán Salvatierra as the new culture and youth minister and appointed current Film Center Director Max Valverde Soto as the new vice minister.

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Costa Rica lawmaker to promote bill improving sex workers’ rights

Broad Front Party lawmaker Ligia Fallas Rodríguez has offered to assist a group of sex workers in Costa Rica draft and submit legislation to improve sex workers’ rights at public health agencies.

Fallas on Monday met at the Legislative Assembly with representatives of Asociación La Sala, a group that requested her assistance in submitting a bill to allow sex workers to apply for insurance with the Social Security System, or Caja, and a special regime at the Labor Ministry for regulating vacation and sick leave.

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Residents Erect Sign in Protest of CONAVI’s Failure To Build Their Community A New Bridge

(QCOSTARICA) It is not known who put up the cardboard sign, but there it was, signed on behalf of the national roads council, the Consejo Nacional de Vialidad (CONAVI), saying “disculpe, este puente no es importante” (sorry, this bridge is not important).

The message is clear: the sign was a protest against the CONAVI not giving much importance in erecting a permanent concrete structure, rather maintaining a one lane Bailey bridge, in the communities of La Trinidad and Paracito, in Moravia, on the north side of San Jose.

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Market with international flair offers goods in Santa Ana

A group of 50 women will be selling their handcrafted goods at the Zoco Bazaar market, which takes place today starting at 10 am at Villa Maori in Santa Ana.

The Tico Times spoke to Rosanna Modenesi, organizer of the event. The idea of Zoco Bazaar started about two years ago, beginning as a small bazaar made up of friends and family members who sold various products.

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Costa Rica takes New York: Gala evening supports new expat mentoring program

On the streets of midtown Manhattan, another cloudy, muggy mid-week work day was wrapping up.  Inside one event space, however, a very colorful Tico scene was just getting started. “De Verde a Gris” (“From Green to Gray”), the first-ever fundraising gala organized by the Costa Rican Networking Group (CNRG), took place at the Art Director’s Club in midtown Manhattan on May 28. The gala was not an isolated event, but rather one component of a relatively new, multi-city effort to connect expatriate Costa Ricans, empowering them to support each other and the country they left behind.

Founded in 2013 by Carol Guzowski, 26, a Costa Rican who has been living in the United States off and on since her teens, the Networking Group’s core mission is to unite Costa Rican professionals in the United States in order to strengthen ties among the relatively small but growing population. The group has amassed 215 members thus far, and has now launched a mentoring component so that members can share their expertise with younger Costa Ricans.

According to Guzowski, who runs the group pro bono and has sponsored the group through the company she created, Coral Communications and Design, the group’s mission is “to become … continue reading

Is The Costa Rica Wastewater Treatment Problem Going to Be Addressed?

Costa Rica News – The Ministry of Health has a big project on its hands, as the Comptroller General of the Republic has requested that it exercise much better control over industries that have wastewater treatment systems.

One of the concerns that Costa Rica’s CGR has is that the residues generated from these wastewater treatment processes could be being mixed with waste in open dumps, vacant lots, or worse, rivers.

The Comptroller made a report between January and December 2014.

It stated that the Ministry of Health exercises “insufficient control” over the process of collection, treatment and disposal of the sludge generated from treating industrial wastewater.

The Ministry of Health hasn’t established any protocols for this matter.

It has not even requested that companies with these systems present a report of the management of the waste. Ensuring safe waste disposal is essential to protecting the health of citizens.

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Jairo Mora murder case: Costa Rica prosecutor seeks new trial

A prosecutor requested a new trial in the 2013 killing of Costa Rican sea turtle conservationist Jairo Mora on Tuesday morning at an appeals court in Cartago, east of the capital, local media reported.

The prosecutor, Julián Martinez, called for a new trial with new judges after the seven accused killers of Mora were found not guilty, the daily La Nación reported.

Three of the suspects were acquitted of all charges on Jan. 26. The remaining four defendants were found guilty of raping and robbing a Costa Rican couple and their young nephews nearly two weeks before Mora’s murder.

Mora was killed on May 31, 2013 while patrolling Moín Beach north of the Caribbean city of Limón to protect nesting turtles from poachers.

The prosecutor argued that the trial in Limón illegally excluded important evidence, including telephone recordings that were ruled inadmissible. Rodrigo Araya, a lawyer for Mora’s family, told the news site CRHoy.com that the family requested the appeal in February, citing missing evidence and constant delays in the proceedings, among other technical errors in the trial.

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Is Pilsen’s Costa Rican Billboard The Most Obscene Ever?

Costa Rica News – Look up in the sky…….It’s a Bird……it’s a plane……….no it’s a penis………..

Costa Rican drivers are getting an eyeful when they pass this billboard for Republica Parrillera Pilsner beer. Looking at the front of the billboard, nothing seems amiss. But when viewed from behind … well, yeah, that does look like a giant penis, doesn’t it?

As always with such placements, there’s debate over whether this was intentional or a mistake.

Proponents of the former say it’s brilliant marketing, as drivers who approach the ad from the back are probably fairly likely to check out the front of the ad as they pass—behavior that precious few billboards provoke.

Those who think it’s a mistake can’t fathom the kind of balls it would take to put a giant wiener on a billboard.
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