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“Up Yours” Costa Rica’s Former Ombudsman Tells Security Minister

“Up Yours” Costa Rica’s Former Ombudsman Tells Security Minister

“Up Yours” was the message by former Exdefensora de los Habitantes (Ombudsman) Lisbeth Quesada to the ministro de Seguridad Publica, Mario Zamora. The former defender of the people made the profane gesture in front of the live television cameras during the noon broadcast of the protest by Telenoticias. The protest on Thursday was to denounce […]

Tico Brands Hoping To Hit US Markets

Tico Brands Hoping To Hit US Markets

Seven Costa Rican companies will offer their products this week at a trade fair in Chicago, through their participation in the exhibition PLMA 2012. This event is considered the largest private label division in the world and the Costa Rican participation was achieved through the coordination of the Foreign Trade Promoter (Procomer). It has been […]

Costa Rican Women Burdened with Responsibilities

Costa Rican Women Burdened with Responsibilities

Costa Rican women not only devote to household chores more than double the time men do, but also allocate more time to their professional training. According to surveys of Costa Rica’s National Statistics and Census Institute (INEC), women have less leisure due to their double responsibility at work and at home, but they study more […]

Costa Rica: new eyecare technology at CAJA

Costa Rica: new eyecare technology at CAJA

By Marel Evans, Costa Rica Star / QHealth New eye care technology at the universal health care system (Caja) means that patients unable to produce tears to bathe the eye have relief from this painful condition, reports the national newspaper La Nacion. And cornea transplants today have an unprecedentedly low chance of being rejected due […]

47% Of Pregnancies in Costa Rica Are Unintended

47% Of Pregnancies in Costa Rica Are Unintended

One of the concerns that exists today in Costa Rica, according to Oscar Valverde, reproductive health officer of the United Nationals Population Fund (UNFPA), is that 47% of Costa Rican women are having unintended pregnancies and 11.7% do not have adequate access to contraceptives. The UNFPA includes the statistics in its World Population 2012 report. […]

The Marchamo: Where to pay, How to pay and How Much to pay

The Marchamo: Where to pay, How to pay and How Much to pay

The 2013 Marchamo – the annual vehicular permit that includes the mandatory this party liability insurance, property and all type of others taxes and fees – is upon us and must be paid by December 31, after which late penalties and interest is piled on. Plus,  beginning Jan 1 drivers behind the wheel of a […]

Surviving a Snakebite in Costa Rica

Surviving a Snakebite in Costa Rica

For many people, no creature evokes the kind of disgust and horror that snakes do, and this country has an abundance of slithering serpents known to have deadly dentures. But the reality is that snakebites are few and far-between. On average, 504 people are bit per year in all of Costa Rica, according to a […]

Opinon of Chinchilla Still Low

Opinon of Chinchilla Still Low

If the Unimer public opinion poll of President Laura Chinchilla is accurate, then the citizen view of her performance hasn’t declined much, but that ain’t good, either. Positive evaluations went down a hair from 13%  in July to 12% — down in the range of U.S. polls measuring President Richard Nixon’s popularity just before his […]

Get Your iPhone5 Today In Costa Rica At Only US$1.100

Get Your iPhone5 Today In Costa Rica At Only US$1.100

Needing to have the latest in iPhone? Although not an official launch by Apple or the three major cellular operator in the country, the iPhone 5 – UNLOCKED – can now be purchased in Costa Rica. And at only US$1.100. Located in San Francisco de Dos Rios, on the east side of San José, Techmania […]

New Study Shows Tomatoes Cut the Risk of Strokes

New Study Shows Tomatoes Cut the Risk of Strokes

Whether you prefer sinking your teeth into the ripe, juicy fruit or savoring it as a thick, zesty sauce, there are many ways to enjoy tomatoes. But do they offer any benefit other than flavour? The Wall Street Journal is reporting that a new study based in Finland shows that men with the highest level […]

Perspective: Shutting Up the Media

Perspective: Shutting Up the Media

This image found on Facebook sums the recently enacted law against, “Ley de Mordaza’ (Gag Law), as presidenta Laura Chinchilla (left) shushes the outspoken noon time news television personality, Pilar Cisneros. The presidenta has said that the new law would not apply to journalists. See story Costa Rica Government Pledges Gag Law Will Not Apply […]

Local Televsion Station Offers Casting Call For Women 17 to 25

Local Televsion Station Offers Casting Call For Women 17 to 25

Teletica, the national television station, is making a casting call to all women between 17 and 25 who are outgoing and dynamic, with an aptitude for modeling, dancing, acting and cheerleading. Auditions will be held from November 12 and 15 at the Marco Picado studio at Teletica Channel 7 in Sabana park, across from the […]

Is Costa Rica Bailey-Dependent To Solve It’s Traffic Problems?

Is Costa Rica Bailey-Dependent To Solve It’s Traffic Problems?

Bailey bridges are here to stay. This pre-fabricated, truss bridge developed by the British during World War II for military use is the work horse of the Costa Rican transport ministry. In its history, the Bailey saw extensive use by both British and the American military engineering units. Today, in Costa Rica, civil engineers are […]

One Third of Car Thefts in Costa Rica Fake

One Third of Car Thefts in Costa Rica Fake

With the idea to cash in on insurance some vehicle owners in Costa Rica are taking to report fake thefts. In fact, according to the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ), almost one third of all reported car thefts was by the owner trying to defraud the national insurer, the Institutio Nacional de Segurod (INS). Between […]

Costa Rican Journalists Against Legislation

The Colegio de Periodistas de Costa Rica (Costa Rican College of Journalists) in an editorial published in the local Spanish language daily El Pais, rejected the so-called Ley Mordaza (Gag Law) and demanded the government to analyze the project presented. The reactions to the new law has had a wide repercussion among journalists, officials of […]

Starbucks Chooses Lincoln Plaza For Second Location in Costa Rica

Starbucks Chooses Lincoln Plaza For Second Location in Costa Rica

The U.S. coffee chain Starbucks chose Lincoln Plaza in Moravia for its second point of expansion in Costa Rica. Lincoln Plaza opened its doors to the public on November 10, 2012 with more than forty retail stores. The choice for Corporación de Franquicias Americanas (CFA) to open in Lincoln Plaza is not a surprise, as […]

Kepler Motors releases videos of its 800-hp hybrid supercar

Kepler Motors releases videos of its 800-hp hybrid supercar

Kepler Motors is gearing up to get its Motion hybrid supercar to customers. The California-based boutique automaker originally announced the 800-hp car in 2009 and should begin deliveries in the near future. In anticipation of the launch, it has released three new video clips showing the Motion … in motion. Autos usados Costa Rica – […]

Costa Rica Government Pledges Gag Law Will Not Apply To Journalists

Costa Rica Government Pledges Gag Law Will Not Apply To Journalists

The outcry that has followed the enactment three days ago of Costa Rica’s highly controversial cybercrime law has forced the government into a hasty about-turn. It announced today that the legislation, which provides for up to 10 years’ imprisonment for publishing “secret political information”, would not apply to journalists. The law is not confined to […]

Costa Rica’s Running Scene for Retirees

Costa Rica’s Running Scene for Retirees

Many baby boomers are health conscious and into running. The benefits which an individual can get from running on a regular basis have been touted in many publications and studies. There are some runners who run just for the joy of running but there are others including many seniors who run because they realize there […]

I am not really a Costa Rican!!!

I am not really a Costa Rican!!!

By Christopher Howard, Live in Costa Rica Blog Actually I have been a naturalized Costa Rican citizen for over ten years but……. About 27 years ago visited my dermatologist in downtown San José. We talked and he asked how long I had been living here. He knew I was originally from the States but nevertheless […]

Family Vacations In Costa Rica: A Huffington Post Travel Guide

Family Vacations In Costa Rica: A Huffington Post Travel Guide

Family vacations in Costa Rica can be rewarding experiences or absolute disasters — it all depends on pre-trip homework.  As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on traveling with children, here are recommended attractions for those planning Costa Rica family vacations. Arenal Volcano National Park Arenal Volcano was one of the most active volcanoes […]

Presidenta Takes on Banks over Interest Rate

Presidenta Takes on Banks over Interest Rate

Tuesday 06 November 2012 |QPura Vida President Laura Chinchilla took on the public banking system this week, drawing a sharp defense from Central Bank president Rodrigo Bolaños. She thinks Ticos are paying too high of an interest rate. Meanwhile, the Central Bank announced Wednesday that interest rates would remain unchanged at 20.25%, slightly lower than […]

More Than 130,000 Canadian Tourists Come To Costa Rica

More Than 130,000 Canadian Tourists Come To Costa Rica

Tuesday 06 November 2012 |QTravel 130,000 visitors from Canada entered the country this year, which makes them one of the main generators of tourism for Costa Rica. Furthermore, Canada is the second biggest foreign exchange generated by tourism in Costa Rica, with $142 million last year. Canadian airline WestJet opened direct service on Monday to […]

Madcap Ticos Want to Run an Ant Hill

Madcap Ticos Want to Run an Ant Hill

Tuesday 06 November 2012 |  QPura Vida Although you may be crazy about video games, are you crazy enough to think like an ant? That is the theme of a new video challenge from the Costa Rica-based Sabor Studios, the same crazies who brought you Pota-Toss that puts a preminum on throwing potatoes for survival. […]

It is not difficult for Retirees to be vegetarians in Costa Rica

It is not difficult for Retirees to be vegetarians in Costa Rica

Tuesday 06 November 2012 | QRetirement I have been a vegetarian for almost forty years. I am actually Lacto-ovovegetarian since I exclude meat, poultry, and fish but include dairy products and eggs. Most vegetarians in the US are lacto-ovovegetarians. The benefits of a vegetarian diet are obvious: the consumption of a diet of whole grains, […]