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[BLOG] Costa Rican Electric Company – General Maintenance Procedures

During my fifteen plus years of living in Costa Rica, I have always wondered why the Electric Company (Fuerza y Luz) regularly schedules general maintenance of electric cables, transformers, poles, etc., where entire neighbourhoods are left without electric power for periods of eight hours,...

Heliport, Money and Weapons in Costa Rica

Following reports by residents of Las Asturias de Pococí about flyovers by a helicopter, the Ministerio de Segurida Pública on Sunday discovered a heliport, fuel, cash and guns presumed belonging to a drug trafficking organization. Las Asturias de Pococí is located in the Province of ...

Costa Rica And France Sign Extradition Treaty

In France, Costa Rica's Presidenta Laura Chinchilla signed an extradition agreement during a meeting in Paris with her counterpart, François Hollande. According to Communications minister, Carlos Roverssi, who is accompanying the Presidenta on her Eurpean tour, the two leaders also signed cooperation agreements to strengthen...

Costa Rica Aims to Sell 16 Million Tons Carbon Credits On New Exchange

(Reuters) - Costa Rica expects to sell 16 million tonnes of carbon credits over eight years on its new carbon exchange -  BANCO2, Latin America's first, a venue that allows polluters to offset their emissions with permits they can buy. Launched last month, the exchange...

Costa Rica Soccer Clubs Can Lose Standing For Unruly Fans

In a decision sounding very much like something the world soccer organization (FIFA) would come up with, the maximum body of Costa Rican soccer, the Federación Costarricense de Fútbol (Fedefutbol) , has decreed that First Division fans can lose their team its place in...

Work On Cirncunvalacion Progresses

The foto by CRHoy.com shows the work progress on the Circunvalación that has been closed between Hatillo 8 an Pavas since September. The road, with temporary Baily bridges is expected to re-open within a couple of weeks - November 17 is the target date, when...

Panama Celebrates Independence

International News from QPanama - On Sunday Nvember 3 and Monday November 4, parades across the Panamanian Isthmus will mark the 110th anniversary of Panama as an independent republic. The principal routes in Panama City will be Via Espana and Calle 50, with thousands of...

Venezuela Ratifies Claims to U.S. Internet Firm Twitter

International News from QVenezuela - Venezuela ratified today its claim to the American company Twitter after thousands of accounts belonging to ministers and pro-government media and supporters were simultaneously suspended Wednesday. The Minister of Communication and Information, Dercy Rodriguez, reported that it was a massive...

OIJ Arrests 4 Members of The FARC in Costa Rica

Costa Rican authorities report the arrest of four members of Colombia's Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia— People’s Army (Spanish: Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia. Last night, the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) said it conducted a series of raids on three houses in Sabana Sur,...

Rainy Season Not Over Yet. Almost.

Although the last couple of days are been pretty throughout most of the country weather wise, there is still no official start date for the transition period from the rainy to dry season. The National Meteorological Institute - Instituto Meteorológico Nacional (IMN), is forecasting at...

ICE Can Market 4G

The state telecom, the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE), got the green light to market its 4G cellular service, following a court decision rejecting the appeal filed by competitor Movistar. Through a press release, ICE confirmed that it will start promoting the 4G LTE network...

Long Lines At Registro Nacional For Plate Changeover

Leaving the mandatory change of license plates to the very last day meant long lines for owners of vehicles trying to beat today's deadline for plates ending in "1". Usually, the process takes an hour, but in the last couple of days the time was...

Amazon Announces Expansion in Costa Rica, Creating 700 New Jobs

Amazon Support Services in Costa Rica announced it will be hiring 700 new workers, in its customer service centres located in Calle Blancos (Tibas) and Lagunilla (Heredia), as part of its expansion in the country. Amazon currently employees 1.500 in Costa Rica, opening its doors...

Scapegoats: The Children of Xenophobia in Costa Rica

PanamPost - Costa Rica is well marketed — and thus internationally well known — for its stunning natural beauty. What isn’t so well marketed is the ugly undertone of xenophobia that exists in the small but opinionated Central American nation. While discrimination is normally associated...

Leaving It To The Last Minute, Long Lines For Plates Changeover

In typical Costa Rican fashion, owners of vehicles with license plates ending in "1" left it to the last minute to make the mandatory changeover, enduring long lines at the National Registry (Registro Nacional) the avoid fines starting on Friday. The deadline for the number...

ICE Allows Switch Between “Postpay” and “Prepaid” Cell Service

Cellular telephone customers of the state telecom, Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE), can beginning on Friday switch from "postpay" to "prepaid" and back without having to change their phone number. The move is anticipation of the "number portability" that will, starting at the end of...

Presidenta Chinchilla Calls Legilslators Two Month Vacation Plans a “Vaganbunderia”

Presidenta Laura Chinchilla described the intended two month vacation by the country's legislators as "vaganbunderia" (vagrancy). Doña Laura made the comment following a government cabinet meeting Tuesday. Some legislators dismissed the Presidenta's comments saying that no agreement (on the leave) has yet been accorded. See the videos...

Ireland Supports Costa Rica Entry To OECD

Presidenta Chinchilla (right) stands with the president of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, and his wife, Sabina Coyne, outside of Casa Presidencial in San José Higgins is in Costa Rica to strengthen trade and investment ties, taking advantage of the recent entry into force of the ...

Facebook Tries To Predict When Your Relationship Will End

It’s not in the stars after all. The Verge - A Cornell professor and a senior Facebook engineer are claiming to have developed a Facebook algorithm that can accurately identify who you're dating and, especially for new relationships, whether you're in danger of breaking...

Germany Donates 9M Euros To Costa Rica For Climate Change

The government of Germany donated nine million euros  (US$12.4 million) to Costa Rica so it can fight climate change and strengthen biocorridors program. Biological corridors involve connectivity between protected areas and areas of high biodiversity to counter habitat fragmentation, currently being proposed as a new...

Costa Rica Has A “Moving” Weekend

The National Seismological Network -  Red Sismológica Nacional (RSN) - reports some 15 eartquakes were registered in Costa Rica over the weekend, ranging from 3.9 to the strongest at 5.3 on the Richter scale. The two strongest tremors were: in Corredores, on the South Pacific...

Costa Rica’s Shark Whisperer

The coastal waters of Costa Rica are teeming with sharks. Many species of the Elasmobranch subclass swim in the waters off Guanacaste, Puntarenas, Cocos Island, Limón, and many other coastal communities in Costa Rica. This rich selachian biodiversity suits Brett McBride, captain of the Research...

Irish Prez In Costa Rica

Ireland's President Michael D. Higgins is in Costa Rica on his final leg of his Latin America tour. Flying in from El Salvador, Higgins arrived on Saturday of his four-day visit to Costa Rica, marking one of his quieter days of his busy 12-day trip. In...

Edgy fashionistas: Latina celebs who take chances with their style

It’s no secret that Latinas tend to have a spicy flair and showcase their own sense of style. From the curve-hugging, bodycon dresses worn by Sofia Vergara to the fun, surfer-babe style of Cameron Diaz, Latina celebs seem to enjoy creating a trademark style...

5.4 Quake Shakes Costa Rica Sunday Morning

A 5.4 earthquake shook Costa Rica Sunday morning at 9:30am, the epicentre 123 kilometres southeast of Corredores in the Southern zone, at a depth of 21.4 kms, according to the Laboratorio de Ingeniería Sísmica de la Universidad de Costa Rica. The quake was felt throughout...

Villalta Denies Ties To Nicaragua’s Sandinisa Youth

The presidential candidate for the Frente Amplio (FA), José María Villalta, denies any links to Nicaragua's Sandinista Youth movement. In a CNN's iReport, the youth group close to Nicaragua's president Daniel Ortega, is asking Costa Ricans to support Villalta. Villalta said that the report was made...

U.S. Biologist Donates Insect Collection To Costa Rica University

(AP) A U.S. biologist has donated 4,000 insects he collected over 62 years to Costa Rica. Richard Whitten has donated his collections of giant scorpions, tarantulas, grasshoppers, butterflies, beetles and other insects to the Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR) - University of Costa Rica,...

Guanacaste Woman First Death From Dengue This Year

A Guanacaste woman is the first fatailty of dengue since 2010, this was confirmed by the Ministry of Health (Ministerio de Salud) on Thursday. Health officials say the lady died several weeks ago -though the news was made public yesterday - from internal bleeding caused...

Europe Turns Clocks Back This Weekend; U.S. and Canada Next Weekend

Since Costa Rica does not subscribe to Daylight Saving Time (DST) - the practice of advancing clocks during the lighter months so that evenings have more daylight and mornings have less - there is always confusion when dealing with family members or business associates...

Sexual Diversity: 35% In Costa Rica Recognize To Have A Gay Member In The Family

The United Nations report, National Human Development Report 2013, reveals that one in three people in Costa Rica recognize having a gay or lesbian family member, while six in ten claim to have friends who are sexually diverse. The report released on Thursday did no...

[BLOG] What in the heck is the Farándula?

If you listen to the news in Spanish or know enough Spanish to read the Diario Extra you may have seen or heard the word "farándula." La farándula" is the nightlife scene consisting of figures from business, sports, politics, modeling, entertainment and beautiful people. I guess you could say it is...

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