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Huawei-Costa Rica “will continue to provide security updates” of its brand of smartphones

Are Huawei smartphones the most favorite brand in Costa Rica? But more important, will the hundreds of thousands of users of Huawei samrtphones in Costa Rica be affected by the recent ban in the United States? According to Centralamericadata.com, Huawei and Apple brands represent around...

Government inaction allowed1.6 tons of cocaine pass through Moin megaport

APM Terminals confirmed that the container loaded with bananas with 1,600 kilograms of cocaine that were seized in a port in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, hidden in a shipment of bananas from Costa Rica, passed through the Terminal de Contenedores de Moín (TCM) - Moín...

Home Invasion, Everyone’s Worst Fear: Reflections of a victim

Home invasion. We were victims of a professional, well-planned home invasion. It is everyone’s worst fear of any crime because it happens in your home while you are there. The criminals were in our home for over an hour looking for a safe and...

The Birds of Sierpe

This is a “snake” that birds love. Birds and snakes are generally not a good mix. Some birds prey heavily on smaller snakes (e.g. the Laughing Falcon, Guaco in Spanish). A variety of tree boas (béqueres) and bird snakes return the favor by feasting...

When Is Too Many Pets Too Many? When Does It Become Animal Hoarding?

Last year the National Animal Health Service - Servicio Nacional de Salud Animal (SENASA) -  attended 69 cases of people who hoard pets in their homes; so far this year 19 complaints are recorded. Why do situations like these happen and what should be done? The...

Top Eco Tourism Destinations in the World

If you consider yourself to be a fan of ecotourism, the involvement of fragile and pristine lands and touring these natural areas, you may be interested to know which areas have been ranked as the top eco-tourism destinations in the world. The revelation may fascinate...

Extortion in Central America

Insightcrime.org - Extortion in Central America comes in many forms and targets different victims. The actors behind it also vary, as does the way in which these illicit earnings exchange hands. In the Northern Triangle nations of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, mass systematic schemes...

Pocora, Limón, Costa Rica

No, this is not a scene from Jurassic Park, is one of the many treasures our country hides deep in the jungle. Photo from Top 10 Costa Rica

Why you shouldn’t ignore Costa Rica’s capital

(CNN Travel) San José is the capital and most populous city of Costa Rica, but it tends to be treated as little more than a way station where travelers arrive and pick up rental cars before heading to the beach or into the cloud...

Costa Rica is the second country with the least violence in Central America

Despite the fact that the homicides have worried the population and authorities in the country, Costa Rica is the second with the least violence in Central America, only behind Panama. The data was announced at the XIV Central American Security Conference (XIV Conferencia de Seguridad...

The 40-year itch: Populism and polarization threaten Latin America

It was one of the greatest waves of democratization ever. In 1977 all but three of the 20 countries in Latin America were dictatorships of one kind or another. By 1990 only Mexico’s civilian one-party state and communist Cuba survived. Several things lay behind the...

Claudia Dobles: ‘I have no other plans at this moment’

Costa Rica's Primera Dama (First lady), Claudia Dobles, says she is grateful to those who think she has the potential for a political career and aspire her to a presidential candidacy, but says she has no plans beyond the next three years. "I thank the...

Sykes announces “hundreds of job cuts” in Costa Rica

Sykes acknowledged Monday afternoon (May 6) that since last Thursday it has cut "several hundred" jobs in its operations in Costa Rica. However, the company claimed that 80% of that personnel will be relocated to other areas of the company's services. The measure is due to...

Conservation charity honors campaign to save Costa Rica’s hammerhead sharks from illegal fishing

A conservationist striving to protect hammerhead sharks in Costa Rica has been honored with a prestigious Whitley Award* by HRH The Princess Royal on May 1. Ilena Zanella, Co-founder of marine conservation organization Misión Tiburón (Shark Mission), is working to protect scalloped hammerhead sharks from...

ICD: “The law has not changed, selling marijuana is illegal”

(QCostarica.com) The director of the Instituto Costarricense sobre Drogas (ICD) - Costa Rican Institute on Drugs - Guillermo Araya, raised his voice and reminded the people who are behind the business of selling marijuana, that this activity is still illegal in Costa Rica. Araya made...

Hotel in which Carla Stefaniak stayed closed its doors

Villas Le Mas, the last place where Carla Stefaniak spent her last night alive, stopped functioning as a hotel after the death of the American-Venezuelan tourist, last November. Federico Campos, a lawyer for the business owners, said that his clients decided to close the doors. This...

A year into sociopolitical crisis, thousands of Nicaraguans continue to flee

Despite having little interest in politics, Manuel* found himself caught up in the violence and persecution that erupted in Nicaragua a year ago, after the government cracked down on street protests. Andrea, a pregnant asylum-seeker from Nicaragua, used an improvised kitchen after arriving in Costa...

Costa Rica has the fourth most expensive city in Latin America

Only three cities in Latin America are more expensive than San José, according to an analysis of the El Orden Mundial (EOM) - World Order. Costa Rica's capital city as positioned behind the capitals of Puerto Rico, Uruguay and Panama. The ranking includes 15 cities and...

Venezuela Revokes Diplomatic Accreditation of Costa Rica’s Charge d’Affaires

Venezuelan authorities withdrew diplomatic accreditation of Danilo Gonzalez, Costa Rica's charge d'affaires in Caracas. In a statement, Venezuelan government said the decision followed Costa Rica allowing Venezuelan opposition to take control of the Venezuelan embassy in San Jose. In February, Maria Faria, the ambassador designated by...

Tips for Ticos – Book a Serviced Apartment When Visiting the UK

When traveling to the UK from Central or South America, it’s like stepping off the plane into another dimension. Even with the Internet and Satellite television, the way of life is literally worlds apart. If this is your first holiday to the UK from Costa...

Armenian parliament established friendship group with Costa Rica

ARMENPRESS. The Armenian parliament will have an Armenia-Costa Rica friendship group as the foreign relations committee approved the initiative at a April 15 session. "The objective of establishing a parliamentary friendship group with Costa Rica is to strengthen Armenia’s positive image in Latin America, and...

KLM Will Begin Flying To Liberia Starting October 29

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will, starting October 29, offer four weekly flights connecting Amsterdam with the Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR) in Liberia, Guanacaste. The service includes a two-hour intermediate stop at the Juan Santamaría International (SJO) airport in San Jose. Flights are scheduled for Tuesdays,...

Panama, A Market for Costa Rica

For Costa Rican businessmen, the neighboring country is a very important market, since it is dedicated to logistics, trade and financial intermediation, and demands different types of goods produced by Costa Rica. In 2018 Costa Rican exports to the Panamanian market totaled US$606 million, which...

Pepsico Launches New Initiative to Boost Recycling in Latin America

The new program involves an alliance with recycling incentives technology provider ecoins, an initiative founded in Costa Rica designed to increase the collection of PET bottles and other materials. In an initiative founded in Costa Rica designed to increase the collection of PET bottles and...

What Numbers Tell, and Don’t About Solo Travel By Women

Solo travel by women has grown in popularity year after year, but there are no clear data on the scale of violence against female solo travelers. Hostelworld, an online hostel-booking platform, found in a 2018 study that bookings by solo female travelers increased by 45%...

More Women Are Travelling Solo

Recent headlines about the deadly violence inflicted on women traveling alone have raised questions about how the world is greeting the documented rise in female solo travelers and about the role of social media in promoting the idea that far-off lands are easily accessible...

Nicaraguan boy, aged two, struck in throat by bullet, seeks asylum at U.S. border

MATAMOROS, Mexico (Univision News) – William Gonzalez, Meylin Rugama and their two-year-old son William, have spent weeks living in a makeshift camp at one end of the international bridge in Matamoros. William González (r), Meylin Rugama (l) and their infant son, William, aged two. Photo:...

Victoria’s Secret Angel Josephine Skriver flaunts her incredible bikini body in Costa Rica

Victoria's Secret Angel Josephine Skriver jetted out to Costa Rica ahead of her 26th birthday next week, and certainly seemed to be making the most of the sunny climes as she took to Instagram on Wednesday to post a series of sizzling pictures for...

International arrivals by air grew 7.8% in the first two months of the year

International arrivals by air grew by 7.8% in the first two months of the year compared to 2018, as confirmed by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute, the Instituto Costarricense de Tursimo (ICT). Between January and February, 499,693 arrivals to Costa Rica by both international airports,...

WeWork Starts Operations in Costa Rica

Press Release (Cinde)-  New York-headquartered WeWork announces the opening of operations in San Jose, Costa Rica and is expected to be operational by the end of 2019. The company, with over 101 locations globally, aims to transform the local business while leveraging Costa Rica as...

Avianca announces reorganization and layoffs in its Costa Rica operation

The Colombian airline, Avianca, confirmed on Monday that it will make layoffs in its operation in Costa Rica, without detailing the number of workers that will be affected The company attributed the decision to a corporate transformation plan that "adjusted its route network and reorganized...

Central America: Fuel Prices For The Week Of March 17-23

The increase in reference prices for this fortnight is because gasoline inventories have experienced their largest decline since February until the last weekly report provided on Wednesday March 20 by the International Energy Agency (IEA). During the last five consecutive weeks, gasoline reserves have decreased...

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