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Costa Rica real estate market stabilizes

The Costa Rica real estate market was booming for years prior to the global financial crises and took a major hit as did the rest of the world. Currently the market is recovering, prices have stabilized, and future outlook is extremely positive. Joshua Kanter of Dominical Property, S.R.L. discusses the current Costa Rica real estate trends and investment opportunities in the Southern Zone. Read Article

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Costa Rica: fire in Ecuador’s embassy, no injuries

San Jose. A small fire affected today the Embassy of Ecuador in Costa Rica without causing casualties, because the fire was quickly controlled, the Fire Department confirmed. Read Article

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Puntarenas Costa Rica: U.S. tourist dies in fall down stairs at condo

An American woman, identified as Debra Ann Sines, 59, died after falling down the stairs of the condo where he was staying according to Nacion.com. Authorities said the incident occurred at 3 am in one of the condos Tulemar Hotel in Manuel Antonio de Aguirre, Puntarenas. Carlos Martinez, head of the security forces in the […]

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Costa Rica: Authorities receive at least 80 phone calls daily regarding phone scams

Insidecostarica.com report: The text messages offer trips, cash and even the latest new vehicles. According to the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE), these types of frauds increase as we approach the holiday season. According to ICE, most of the messages are sent from correctional facilities, while others come from countries such as Ecuador and Guatemala. […]

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Costa Rica Alert: significant increase in number of dengue cases in Guanacaste

The emergence of 200 cases of dengue fever in the past three weeks in Guanacaste has the Ministry of Health asking residents to be on alert, especially in the areas of Liberia, Santa Cruz, Abangares, Nicoya and Carillo, where most of the infections have occurred. Mary Ethel Trejos, Director of Health Surveillance, said that the […]

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Costa Rica: large public march planned against “Gag Law”

Ng the “gag law” that silences journalism are carried preventing corruption investigations in the field policy, the country’s unions would be joining to form in the next few days a massive march and rally in an effort to unite all sectors of society and thus require the Government to repeal this law. This was expressed […]

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Isla Uvita Costa Rica, authorities seize 905 kilos of illegal drugs

The National Guard and the Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ) of Costa Rica reported today about the seizure of 905 kilos of drugs, which were hidden in an island located in the Caribbean region of the country. The seizure, which took place yesterday in Isla Uvita (150 kilometers from San José), is a result of “intelligence […]

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Shootout at hospital in Cartago Costa Rica

Nacion.com reported a shooting occurred in front of the Emergency Service Max Peralta Hospital in Cartago, caused damage to the building and panic among patients.The incident occurred when two individuals were faced with bullets outside the medical center with two men walking down the street. The incident occurred yesterday at around 11 am and, at […]

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Medellin Colombia: Two passengers detained coming from Costa Rica, $80,000 in their stomachs

Elpais.com.co reported that in one embodiment little known Colombian drug authorities, two men were arrested at the airport in Medellin, while carrying on their small stomachs latex wrappers with a total of $ 80,000. “The money was not counterfeit and the two passengers on seperate flights from Costa Rica claimed they were businessmen. He explained […]

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5.6 earthquake Costa Rica, September 8, 2012

He was moderate in Santa Cruz, and Nicoya Cóbano. In San José was weak. An earthquake of 5.6 degrees on the Richter scale shook Costa Rica on Saturday afternoon, causing no casualties or damage, with epicenter in Nicoya, on the Pacific coast, which occurred on Wednesday a 7.6 magnitude earthquake , according to the national […]

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Costa Rica: 4.5 earthquake recorded 09-08-12

Laprensa.com.ni reported an earthquake with 4.5 magnitude on the Richter scale occurred on Saturday morning in Costa Rica, but without leaving damage or casualties, an official said. The quake at 06:01 local time (12H01 GMT) was centered in Playa Buena Vista Nicoya, near where the earthquake occurred on Wednesday of 7.6 degrees, reported the Volcanological […]

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Risk of heat stress and possible health effects in sugarcane harvesters in Costa Rica

Sugarcane harvesting in Costa Rica is a labor-intense job that is done during the hottest part of the year. Harvesters are often migrants and/or face extreme socio-economic situations. This study aimed to quantify the heat stress risk and the possible health effects experienced by harvesters. Read Article

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Costa Rica: Hospitals in San Jose move stable patients to make room for earthquake emergency protocol

Hospitals Calderon Guardia, San Juan de Dios, Mexico and the National Children today gave out to patients in stable condition to receive patients Monsignor Sanabria Hospital in Puntarenas, requiring specialized care. CCSS reported damage Puntarenas Hospital ‘oxygen tanks rolling on the ground’ metropolitan medical centers report few problems Remover collapse in Zarcero take three weeks […]

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Costa Rica: first hour after earthquake, 13 million phone calls registered

The first 60 minutes after the quake of 7.6 degrees this morning, users of the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) made ​​13 million calls. Chinchilla serious damage rule and calls for calm ICE reported involvement in GSM and 3G telephony and areas near the quake without light CNE ruled Pacific tsunami warning for rural Neighbors […]

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Red Alert Costa Rica: 170 aftershocks recorded so far September 5, 2012

170 aftershocks of the strong earthquake in Nicoya Costa Rica on September 5, 2012, Experts said aftershocks could continue for days or even weeks. The National Emergency Commission (CNE) declared a red alert on the entire national territory, in order to have greater capacity to repair damage from the quake. Read Article

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7.6 earthquake Costa RIca second largest in country’s history

Earthquake today, measuring 7.6 Mw (moment magnitude), is the second strongest in the country’s history. The quake, whose epicenter was located five miles northeast of Samara, Nicoya, share the position with the 7.6 magnitude earthquake that was felt in San Estanislao (Carthage) on May 7, 1822. First, the earthquake is located Limón, of April 22, […]

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Colombia: Tourist from Australia drowns in Tayrona National Park

Eltiempo.com reported that an Australian tourist drowned in Tayrona Park Pirl Michael, 48, entered the park at 2 in the afternoon on Friday with his wife. A native of Australia tourist drowned Friday afternoon on the beaches of Canaveral in Tayrona Park, where there have been more than 200 drownings. The foreigner, identified as Michael […]

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Strong earthquake shakes Costa RIca September 5, 2012

Nacion.com reported a strong earthquake struck the country this morning, with an epicenter at 8 km. northeast of Samara, Guanacaste. The National Seismological Network reports a preliminary magnitude of 7.6 on the Richter scale. The quake occurred at 8:42 am and is reported with great force throughout the Central Valley and the Pacific coast. It […]

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Costa Rica: fourteen police officers accused of operating illegal gang

Five counts of aggravated robbery, abuse of authority in July, three drug trafficking, falsification 4, 5 illegal searches, 7 embezzlement and one offense of conspiracy are part of the charges for which is judged from yesterday to 14 policemen. All are linked to a series of blows that apparently occurred in 2010 in Goicoechea and […]

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Costa Rica: police with assistance of U.S. Coast Guard seize 725 kilos cocaine

Antidrug authorities of Costa Rica, with the support of the Coast Guard of the United States on Monday seized 725 kilos of cocaine coming in a boat whose four crew escaped to a mountainous area. A ministry statement said Public Safety officers found the drugs in the boat, which, after being chased, ran aground on […]

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Costa Rica steps up strugle against drug trafficking by targetning money laundering

The great “quantum leap” in the fight against drug trafficking and organized crime in Central America must be the money laundering investigation rather than the use of force against members of criminal gangs, said today Costa Rican authorities. Security Vice Minister Costa Rica , Celso Gamboa said in a press conference with foreign correspondents that […]

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Director of medical school in Costa Rica claims medical graduates from cuba, serious deficiencies

The director of the School of Medicine of the University of Costa Rica (UCR), Ricardo Cordero Boza, said doctors with college Latin American School of Medicine in Cuba (ELAM), have “serious deficiencies “in their education, reports the Costa Rican El País. Boza Lamb gave a press conference after 26 doctors Island graduates approval to conduct […]

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Guanacaste Costa RIca: Alarming rate of young agriculture workers with kidney failure

Prensalibre.com reported most chronic kidney patients with congestive farm work as cane harvest. These employees experience great physical effort and are exposed to high temperaturas.Foto: Illustrative. To Social Security Fund (CCSS) yesterday confirmed a large increase in patients with congestive kidney disease in the province of Guanacaste, reaching 112.9 per 100 thousand inhabitants, so that […]

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Nearly two tons of cocaine seized in the Caribbean region over weekend

Nearly two tons of cocaine were seized in the Caribbean in two operations during the August 18, 2012 weekend. The first operation took place near San Blas Islands, Panama. According to Fox News Latino, a go-fast type boat was found by Colombian officials carrying 1,362 kilos of cocaine hydrochloride. No arrests were reported. The second […]

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Heredia Costa Rica: at least 100 children working informally on streets

101 children, aged between 14 and 17 years working in public spaces in the Central district of Heredia, workshops, shops and markets-and in the National Distribution Center Fund (CENADA) in Barreal.This was revealed by a study on child labor conducted by the National University (UNA). The analysis notes that the causes that lead young people […]

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Costa Rica: detection of chemical (MMT) in gasoline distributed, can damage health and vehicles

The Public Services Regulatory Authority (Aresep) revealed that gasoline distributed here by the Costa Rican Oil Refinery (Recope) contains an additive that causes damage to cars and health of users. The chemical detected is methylcyclopentadienyl manganese tricarbonyl (MMT in English) and is present in gasoline plus super and distributing Recope since January, threw a Aresep […]

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Costa Rica: 7 Nepalese nationals arrested, suspected of being trafficked

Costa Rica authorities arrested seven Nepalese immigration papers and a Costa Rican who was apparently a smuggler, official sources said today.The incident occurred Sunday in southern Costa Rica near the border with Panama, when security forces stopped a vehicle driven by a Costa Rican named Ledezma and carrying the seven Nepalese. “Coming under these conditions […]

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Singer, Chavela Varga dead age 93,

Chavela Vargas, a preeminent interpreter of the music of loss and longing known as ranchera, who defiantly shattered gender stereotypes and blazed a legendary path through 20th-century Mexican popular culture, died Aug. 5 at a hospital in Cuernavaca, Mexico. She was 93. Read Article

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Costa Rica suspends government minister over post on Youtube

COSTA Rica has suspended a junior-level minister after she appeared in a video posted online wearing only her underwear and delivering flirtatious messages. Deputy Minister for Youth Karina Bolanos lost her job after a video showed her lying in bed, pointing at her chest and inviting a man she refers to as “little one” to […]

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Costa Rica: intense rains cause hundreds to be evacuated, two banana workers missing

Two workers in a banana plantation disappeared Sunday in Costa Rica, where the Red Cuz had evacuated hundreds of people affected by the flood of rivers after the rains that hit the country since Friday night. The most affected area is the province of Limon, the Caribbean, where several rivers overflowed and some communities were […]

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Missing student from Nicaragua found in Costa Rica brothel, victim of trafficking

Karla, 26, and Psychology student, disappeared from her rural community in the western province of Chinandega, Nicaragua, and was found in a local commercial sexual exploitation in Costa Rica, to where her mother came to investigate what happened. At the site, some subjects told the woman that her daughter would not leave there until he […]

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Several arrested in Romania recieving parcel packages of cocaine from Costa Rica, Paraguay (Video)

Part of shipment of cocaine hidden in speakers. (Video) Two teenagers were arrested July 13, 2012 in Targu Jiu, Romania while they picked up a package containing 300 grams of cocaine. The package was mailed from Paraguay. Three others were arrested with 600 grams of cocaine from Costa Rica, street value of 100,000 euros. Read […]

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Nicaraguan woman carrying drugs shot and killed in Costa Rica

A Nicaraguan woman in possession of drugs died after being shot three times in the head in  Lomas del Río, Pavas, Costa Rica. She was identified as Nora Estrella Zúñiga Piña (43), La Nacion reports. The shooter was identified only as a man on a motorcycle, who was riding with another male. The victim had […]

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Costa Rican authorities seize shipment of drugs en route to Europe

National drug enforcement police in Moin, Costa Rica discovered and seized a shipment of drugs that arrived in the city’s port. According to Infosur Hoy, the drugs arrived from Colombia and were to be shipped to Europe after stops in Costa Rica and Puerto Rico. The exact final destination in Europe is unknown. The shipment […]

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Fishermen from Ecuador traffick cocaine to Costa Rica; Caught by U.S. Coast Guard

Four fishermen from Ecuador were captured by members of the United States Coast Guard with 360 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride. The drugs were found on board a boat named “Santa Martha,” La Hora reports, and was headed toward Costa Rica. The vessel had departed from the Esmeraldas province. The suspects claimed they were hired to […]

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629 kilos of drugs stopped in Costa Rica along route to the Pacific

Police in Costa Rica intercepted a shipment of 629 kilos of cocaine that was being transported from the capital to the port in Puntarenas. According to a El Nuevo Diario report, the drugs were in a car hidden inside a cooler used for seafood. Investigators continue to look into the case to determine the origin […]

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Four Costa Ricans arrested in Colombia with one ton of cocaine on lobster boat

The Armed Forces in Colombia detained four citizens of Costa Rica in waters near San Andrés with one ton of cocaine. The arrestees had been sailing in a lobster boat, La Nacion reports. They were intercepted after officials detected a boat moving at high speed toward Central America. 81 bags of cocaine were found on […]

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Costa Rica: Canadian expatriate found dead with three bullets to the chest

One Quebecois was found dead three days in a rented room on the west coast of Costa Rica. The death of Serge Gravel, 60 years old, is now a mystery. He had three shots in the chest. local authorities and ruled out the hypothesis of theft and police believe rather that it may be a […]

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Costa Rica Deaths of U.S. citizens by Non-Natural Causes – 2011

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE REPORTED DEATHS NON-NATURAL FOR COSTA RICA 2011 Date City Cause of Death 12-25-2011 Golfito, Puntarenas, Costa Rica Drowning 12-11-2011 Cahuita, Limon, Costa Rica Suicide 11-03-2011 San Jose, Costa Rica Homicide 10-28-2011 Santa Cruz, Guansacaste, Costa Rica Drowning 09-19-2011 Cobano, Putarenas, Costa Rica Drowning 08-15-2011 Jaco, Puntarenas, Costa Rica Other Accident 08-07-2011 […]

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Central America main route, warehouse for drug trafficking; Creole groups emerge

Countries in Central America are increasingly being used as drug warehouses and routes toward Mexico. From Mexico, drug traffickers transport their merchandise into the United States. This increase in activity in Central America has led to the emergence of native “Creole” organizations that participate in local trafficking, 24 Horas reports. Colombian narco-traffickers are mainly responsible […]

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Colombia, Costa Rica to install network of radars to fight crime

The presidents of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla, and Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, agreed to install a radar network in the Pacific to combat organized crime, including joint security initiatives discussed at the bilateral summit June 15 in the Costa Rican capital. In high school foreign ministers, Colombia and Costa Rica reiterated its interest in joint […]

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Costa Rican drug organization uses San Juan river as trafficking route

A drug trafficking organization led by the Costa Rican Alejandro González Jiménez, known as “The Palidejo,” has been reported to utilize the San Juan river in Nicaragua as a drug route between Costa Rica and Guatemala. According to Nuevaya, shipments of drugs  enter Nicaragua stored in backpacks carried by mules along the river until vehicle […]

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Costa Rica: Home invasion, assailants take 39 million in cash

Five armed assailants entered a fuertementemente vivienta and stole ¢ 39 million. The incident occurred yesterday at 7:58 pm in the Linda Vista area of ​​La Union, Cartago. Nils Ching, regional director of the security forces of Carthage, said individuals posing as policemen and forced the homeowner and their parents to drop to the ground. […]

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Car carrying marijuana crashes while fleeing from police in Costa Rica

A Costa Rican citizen identified as Gibb and a Jamaican identified as Owens caused a car accident at an intersection in La Suiza de Turrialba, Cartago after attempting to flee from police. Upon seeing the police checkpoint, the two attempted to escape, but crashed their car into an oncoming truck shortly after, La Nación reports. […]

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Costa Rica: approximately 31 out of a million banknotes are counterfeit

An estimated of 31 tickets per million units of paper money circulating in the country are false, according to official Central Bank of Costa Rica (BCCR). The data, as explained by the Central, correspond to the new family of banknotes in denominations of ¢ 2 000 (blue ticket) and ¢ 20 000 (orange ticket). In […]

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Cocaine seized in Limón, Costa Rica; final stop on route to Europe

522 kilos of cocaine were found hidden in four containers at the Moin port in Costa Rica. The Ministry of Public Security confirmed that the shipment was intended to be sent to Europe, La Nación reports. The seizure occurred after receiving confidential information regarding a ship arriving from Colombia that was carrying the drugs. 129 […]

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Italian attempts to fly from Costa Rica to Spain with cocaine-stuffed shampoo bottle

Drug control police arrested Italian citizen Pironti (35) at the Juan Santamaría airport in Costa Rica on May 4, 2014. The suspect was arrested when officials discovered a plastic bag of cocaine stuffed into an empty shampoo bottle inside his suitcase. The cocaine weighed 724 grams, according to Telenoticias. Pironti had been flying from San […]

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Costa Rica: Politician loses bid for presidency of congress due to “cockfighting”

An opposition MP had to resign his aspiration to chair the Congress of Costa Rica because of his passion for cockfighting that, after being revealed by the press, earned strong reviews and the withdrawal of support from several colleagues. Danilo Cubero, candidate to lead the Legislature by an alliance of opposition parties, announced he would […]

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Government orders homes businesses destroyed, Limón Costa Rica

Thirteen homes and businesses built on the southern Caribbean coast near Puerto Viejo and found to be in violation of the Maritime Zone Law must be destroyed by Nov. 30, according to an order by the Comptroller General. Residents are horrified. “It will devastate this area,” said Niki Chapman, co-owner of the Lazy Mon Bar […]

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Alert: Costa Rica advises caution when visiting volcanoes, recent activity Aprill 2012

Last Friday night, a vapor release at least 300 meters high at the Poás Volcano, in the northwestern province of Alajuela, deposited a large quantity of ashes and rocks in the southeastern sector of the volcano’s crater. National Seismological Network (RSN) experts on Monday visited the crater to collect water samples from the volcano’s lagoon […]

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Costa Rica: Gas prices may rise in May 2012

The Public Services Regulatory Authority (ARESEP) is reviewing a new fuel-rate hike at the request of Costa Rica’s National Oil Refinery. The hike would increase by ₡22 the per-liter cost of “super” gasoline and diesel, and by ₡29 for “plus” gasoline. If the increase is approved, it would take effect later this month, and drivers […]

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Costa Rican police officer under investigation, Facebook picture shows picture of officer in Nazi garb, salute

Authorities are investigating a Costa Rican police officer whose Facebook profile shows him posing in a Nazi salute with a Nazi flag and other symbols of the defunct German fascist party. Murdock Ronald Herrera, 26, has been a member of the National Police since 2009, and according to Public Security Vice Minister Celso Gamboa, an […]

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Costa Rica: Domestic bus fares to increase next week

The Public Services Regulatory Authority announced this Wednesday that a rate increase for all domestic bus routes will go into effect next week. The hikes will apply to 3,557 fares in 696 routes, and only 104 (15 percent) will remain the same. The variation is due to the new method for automatic fare calculation. The […]

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Costa Rica to begin digital platform for foreign trade

Government launches centralized digital platform for foreign trade Posted: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 – By Tico Times Automated system aims to reduce permit process time by 90 percent Export and import processing time will be significantly reduced in the coming months with the implementation of the new platform for Foreign Trade Single Window 2.0 (VUCE), […]

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Former Venezuelan magistrate flown on DEA plane to U.S. from Costa Rica

The Venezuelan exmagistrado Eladio Aponte Aponte, dismissed for his alleged connection with a suspected drug dealer and who entered the country on April 2, left yesterday on Costa Rican soil in a plane of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA, for its acronym in English). Read Article

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Costa Rican hospitals to suffer 30 percent budget cuts

Clinics and public hospitals will provide consultation and handle emergencies between 4 pm and 7 am from July. This as a result of budget cuts of up to 30% that the Social Security Fund applied to these health centers. The services most at risk are those that require payment of specialists such as pediatricians, surgeons, […]

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Costa Rica: Telephone companies barred from charging for caller ID services

Telephone companies can not charge users for services Caller ID or private number. The Superintendency of Telecommunications (Sutel) determined that these services are a right of user and should be free. Currently, each of these facilities costs ¢ 250. Also, the 202 freed Sutel tariff schedule services so now is at the discretion of the […]

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Costa Rica: Alert to vacation plan scams

The Office of the Ministry of Economy Consumer alert the public about scams vacation plans. Cynthia Zapata, head of the unit, said that his client receives numerous complaints of people affected, who claim to have signed contracts with terms unclear or nonexistent. Even regretted that there are “companies” that perform advanced billing for services not […]

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Costa Rica: Rincón de la Vieja Volcano erupts

A preliminary report of the National Volcano Observatory reports a new phreatic eruption in the lake of Rincón de la Vieja volcano, today at 2 pm. The statement said the neighbors Olman and Oscar Alvarado informed the OVSICORI a strong boom and a phreatic eruption that spewed water and sediments to the north side of […]

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Costa Rica: 224 kilos of cocaine seized in cargo of candy

The Drug Control Police of Costa Rica (PCD) seized 224 kilos of cocaine hidden in a shipment of candy transported in a truck, whose driver was arrested is from Guatemala, officials said. The discovery was made late on Tuesday in Peñas Blancas border with Nicaragua during a routine inspection conducted by the PCD’s truck license […]

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Costa Rican diplomat kidnapped Venezuela, April 8, 2012

William Cholele was stopped by several armed men late on Sunday as it moved up the La Urbina in a vehicle owned. The M inistry Public investigating the kidnapping of Diplomatic Attaché, Embassy of Costa Rica to Venezuela, William Cholele, who had been kidnapped on the night of Sunday in Sucre Municipality of Miranda State. […]

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Emergency Commission Costa Rica urges caution during visits to volcanoes

INSIDE COSTA RICA reported – The Comision Nacional de Emergencias (CNE) – Costa Rica’s National Emergency Commission is asking visitors to volcanoes to observe safety precautions to prevent accidents and ensure a safe stay. Some volcanoes are currently under watch by authorities, with the Rincón de la Vieja, Arenal, Poás, Irazú and Turrialba considered the […]

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Costa Rica, Guatemala fail to reach first ring of financial transparency under OECD guidelines

Costa Rica and Guatemala today joined the list of twelve nations, including Panama and Uruguay already, who have not passed the first filter of the Global Forum on Financial Transparency, under the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD .) Costa Rica and Guatemala suspended the consideration to which they subjected their peers for not […]

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Costa Rica: Five Ecuadorians rescued from human trafficking ring

The Costa Rican police rescued four children and a young Ecuadorian who were victims of a trafficking network and that were in the custody of a Colombian and Dominican, said the judiciary. The children, two sisters aged 7 and 8, and two cousins ​​aged 11 and 16 and an 18, were rescued by police officers […]

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Cubans using Ecuador as transit route to US, 160 arrested Costa Rica this week

Authorities in Costa Rica in a week arrested about 160 illegal Cuban migrants who traveled from Ecuador to the United States who sought refuge, said Thursday the Director General of Immigration, Kathya Rodriguez. The Cubans, who entered into several groups, were arrested mostly in areas near the southern border of Costa Rica and Panama, said […]

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Costa Rica Chirripo National Park: high winds prevent fire fighting helicopters from operating

Strong winds and low cloud Chirripo National Park prevented the two helicopters available for fire fighting flew over the area yesterday. As reported by the National Meteorological Institute (IMN), the gusts were up to 60 km / h, so the pilots maneuvered their aircraft as a precaution. The Guatemalan helicopter arrived in the country since […]

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6.0 earthquake hits most of Costa Rica February 13, 2012

An earthquake of 6.0 magnitude on the Richter scale struck early this morning most of the territory of Costa Rica, especially the central Pacific, but until now are reported casualties or damage, reported the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory (OVSICORI). The quake occurred at 04:55 and its epicenter was located off the coast, 44 km south […]

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Panama prices squeezing stores in southern Costa Rica

Happy shoppers can buy Costa Rican products in Panama at much lower prices than in Costa Rica, reported the leading Spanish-language newspaper La Nacion this week. The competition is strangling some Costa Rican stores in the southern Zone immediately across the border from Panama, the paper added. This condition exists not only with home appliances, […]

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Costa Rica: Entire southern border very porous

Deputy Minister of Finance Why is there no control on the southern border? For December, operating as part of Nicholas, reinforce the Fiscal Police presence there. In the second half of last year, established a series of measures to improve the operation. He appointed a new manager of the customs for the contest. Fiscal Police […]

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Costa Rica: Workers protest and request government amend the amount provided in salary raises

Nearly a thousand people rallied yesterday afternoon at the Ministry of Labour to amending the salary increase a few days ago decreatado 5 000 colones. Piszk Minister is firm in saying that “the issue is closed.” (Photo: Luis Morales). Some unions yesterday held a picket outside the Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MTSS) in […]

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Nicaraguans detected working with fraudulent papers in Costa Rica

he Directorate General of Immigration warning to all employers for the use of false work permits, which have been putting the final days by foreign persons who are seeking work in the country. According to migration, these permissions consist of a sheet of paper with a purported signature and stamp of the institution, indicating a […]

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Colombia and Costa Rica take meausres to end shark finning

Central fight the profitable business of removing shark fins with a regional regulation aimed at protecting the species in its 5570 km of coastline in the Caribbean and the Pacific, a source said Monday the fishing industry. “First of wrongdoing, this month of January began to prohibit the practice of shark finning is to prevent […]

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Pavones Costa Rica: U.S. surfers attacked by man with machete

A man attacked two expat surfers with a machete in an incident caught on videotape in the southern Pacific beach town of Pavones. A U.S. family on vacation recorded the attack by a man in a kayak against two stand-up paddle surfers at 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 1. The attack took place on the beach […]

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Yellow alert lifted for Turrialba Volcano, but National Park remains closed to tourists

Before the Turrialba Volcano back to a state of relative normality, according to technical and scientific centers, the National Emergency Commission (CNE) today lifted the state of yellow alert. The CNE left a green alert status (prevention) for the National Park area and the cantons of Turrialba, Alvarado, Jiménez and Oreamuno, due to the colossal […]

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German tourist assaulted by group of five in San Jose Costa Rica

Man assaulted by five suspects near Morazán Park reported to be in stable condition.Police are looking for five suspects in relation to a robbery that a sent a German man to the hospital early Saturday morning with stab wounds, according a report issued by the Judicial Investigation Police. Read Article

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Costa Rica and border with Nicaragua new drug route

The border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua has become the new drug route. They loaded buses and trucks traveling from south to north, in the strategic post of Peñas Blancas, billed as the first (or last) border between Colombia and the United States. That is, one point that connects the north and south America. The […]

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Costa Rica: Average length of marriage at time of divorce, 13 years

According to research by sociologist Sergio Reuben average of marriages end in divorce have a duration of 13 years and 5 months. For the analysis of the research were considered divorce in 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2004 and 2005. As for the age of spouses at the time of divorce is 30 to 34, with […]

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Costa Rica: Two Spanish tourists die in vehicle accident on way to airport

Two Spanish tourists and the driver of a minibus Costa Rica in Costa Rica died when the vehicle they were riding fell off a cliff, officials said. A spokesman for the Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ) confirmed the accident and identified the Spanish and Canduena Daniel Garcia and Enrique Castro Martín and Manuel Guillén Rican and […]

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140,000 youths in Costa Rica not studying or working

A 140 000 686 Costa Rican youth aged 12 to 24 years, representing 12.3 percent of the total population this age, neither work nor study revealed the seventeenth State of the Nation. The study, released Sunday in the local press, warns that these young people “are doubly excluded, because they lack access to knowledge and […]

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Iberia flight diverted from San Jose Costa Rica to Managua Nicaragua due to weather problems

Madrid-San Jose flight diverted to Managua by weather problems A Spanish airliner Iberia with 355 passengers on board, and from Madrid to the capital of Costa Rica, where there were weather problems, was diverted to Managua, where he made a time scale on Sunday an official source. This is an Airbus 340-600 on Saturday night […]

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Mexican Drug Cartel Threat in Central America

Guatemalan President-elect Otto Perez Molina told Mexican newspaper El Universal on Nov. 9 that he plans to engage drug cartels in a “full frontal assault” when he takes office in 2012. The former general said he will use Guatemala’s elite military forces, known as Los Kaibiles, to take on the drug cartels in a strategy […]

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Central America, agricultural losses pose food security risk

The heavy rains this year have left Central America for a loss $ 172 million and more than 1.6 million people affected, putting in “grave risk” food security, said today the humanitarian organization Oxfam. The international NGO said in a statement that Guatemala, El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua and Honduras are the countries most affected. The […]

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Telefonica has begun commercial operations in Costa Rica

Telefónica will start commercial operations in Costa Rica starting this Tuesday with a service offering prepaid, postpaid and business, ending the state monopoly mobile Latin American country. Mobile penetration in Costa Rica, which currently has 4.5 million inhabitants, around 65%, which means “large” opportunities for growth of new companies that will participate in the telecommunications […]

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Man from the United States arrested for hydroponic marijuana lab, Costa Ricao

Costa Rica U.S. stops hydroponic marijuana laboratory A Costa Rican court issued four months of preventive detention for an American arrested on suspicion of maintaining an advanced laboratory hydroponic marijuana production, reported local media on Thursday. The American, identified by the surname Sage-Rodger by the authorities, operated the laboratory in a house located in a […]

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Costa Rica: police break up drug trafficking group

Judicial officers raided a house Thursday night in Guápiles Pococí, in order to dismantle a drug trafficking group operating in the canton of Limón. Although officials sought to capture three men, in the end they only arrested one because the other two escaped. Read Article

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Costa Rica, CNE holds a green alert for the remainder of the rainy season

The National Emergency Commission (CNE) decided today to keep the green alert (ask all institutions to be on the lookout for any need) to all the cantons of the Pacific coast and Central Valley, for the remainder the rainy season. The decision was taken because the activity will continue with heavy rain showers in the […]

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Costa Rica: cases of meningitis investigated

The detection of at least six patients with meningitis in Rio Claro de Golfito yesterday prompted intervention by the Ministry of Health. Eduardo Cedeño, chief of the local emergency committee of Rio Claro, said the initial information was that all those affected were students at the Central Leader School in that community. Read Article

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National Children’s Hospital, Costa Rica: Higher than global average for post operative deaths for children’s surgeries

The National Children’s Hospital (HNN) for “aspects of agreement” between his analysis of the cardiac surgery mortality and study on the same subject, made the Institute for Research and Education on Nutrition and Health (incense).Both tests show a high postoperative mortality in heart minors. According to the HNN, died in 2010 15.4% of children with […]

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Central America, risk of disease increases after devastating rains

On October 19, health authorities warned of outbreaks of viral diseases and lack of food in Central America, while the death toll due to heavy rains, floods and landslides consequential continues to rise. The death toll has reached 97. 10 days ago, it rains non-stop, which affects hundreds of thousands of people. Authorities have reported […]

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Costa Rican fishing vessel apprehended by U.S. officials in Pacific waters off of Costa Rica

An entrepreneur of 27 years, resident of San Jose, is the owner of the fishing vessel Miss Jacky Guard that the United States on Friday seized 250 kilos of cocaine in Pacific waters. Mojica’s wife name, is adjacent to the citadel of Puntarenas November 20 and owner of three other boats.The Miss Jacky was captured […]

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Rain smashing Central America, at least 12 dead

The storm in the last 24 hours has plagued most of Central America has killed nearly two dozen people in Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador, and floods and landslides in Costa Rica and Honduras. The phenomenon is caused by a low pressure system began to affect the region on Monday and yesterday became Tropical Depression […]

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Online fraud tops the list of bank’s fraud in Costa Rica

At least 98 out of the 166 complaints for fraud in this year’s first semester come from online banking deductions in credit cards, chequings and savings accounts, La Nacion reports. According to statistics from the Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ), this offense is followed by counterfeit cards, with 54 complaints, alteration or “twin” checks and the […]

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30 Costa Ricans in Spanish prisons for transporting illegal drugs as mules

Thirty Costa Ricans remain detained in prisons in Spain, after being captured by police in that European country because the drug drawn off from here. Ubaldo Garcia, Consul of Costa Rica in Spain, said most of those Ticos, who served as “mules”, fell at the airport Barajas, Madrid, between the clothes bring cocaine into the […]

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Panama takes steps to stop illegal border crossings with Costa Rica

The Governor of Chiriqui and the security sectors of the province ordered the closure of hundreds of illegal steps on the border of Panama with Costa Rica, to curb smuggling, trafficking in arms and persons, to give more security to the area, confirmed the governor of the province, Aixa Santamaría. Read Article

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Costa Rica, 8 out of 10 drivers speeding, new laws placed including fines and jail

Starting today, if you drive too fast, ie above 120 k / h, you could be fined up to ¢ 411 000, or even fall behind bars. The Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MOPT) announced the launch of digital system cameras. Read Article

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Dengue warning in Limón, Costa Rica

A real emergency exists in the province of Limón, which is being hit by an epidemic of dengue, because so far this year have gone to the Tony Facio Hospital Consultation, 5 000 people, of whom 2006 tested positive , 547 discarded and 2285 are to be confirmed or suspected cases. The activation of the […]

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Costa Rica, diabetes study

Beans and rice are a classic combination throughout the western hemisphere, but a study in Costa Rica finds that the bean half of the equation may be better for health. Among nearly 2,000 men and women, researchers found that people who regularly swapped a serving of white rice for one of beans had a 35 […]

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Costa Rica, possible UFO sighting

A series of lights in the night sky caught the attention of several people on an weekend outdoor activity in Moravia, east side of San José. One person took out his camera to record the strange event which continued for several minutes around 8pm Saturday night. Read Article

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Mexico and Costa Rica Negotiate Agreement to Fight Drug Trafficking

The presidents of Mexico and Costa Rica have signed an extradition treaty as well as an official agreement to exchange information and intelligence to better combat drug trafficking, El Informador reports. The agreements were signed at the beginning of a two day state visit to Mexico by Costa Rican president Laura Chinchilla. Additionally, a cooperation […]

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Costa Rica, under threat of drug gangs

Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla says increased international help is vital to tackle the drug cartels operating in Central America. President Chinchilla told BBC Mundo that Mexican gangs were present in her country, working with local cartels.Ms Chinchilla was speaking during a visit to Mexico focused on boosting co-operation against organised crime. Read Article

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