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Water Treatment Plant Los Tajos, La Uruca (San José)

The Acueductos y Alcantarillados (AyA) water treatement plant in La Uruca, San José, is one of three to be build in the Central Valley within the next decade. The other two are to be loated in Heredia and Cartago.

Legislator Proposes Restaurant Chains Add Nutrition Information on Menus

COSTA RICA NEWS - An initiative presented by Antonio Álvarez Desanti of the PLN party in Costa Rica aims to force all restaurant chains to include nutrition information on their food menus. The measure would apply only to franchise operations with five or more locations...

Toucan ‘To Get Prosthetic Beak’

COSTA RICA NEWS - The toucan in Costa Rica which lost the upper part of its beak after being attacked by youths looks set to be fitted with a prosthetic replacement. Four Costa Rican companies that have volunteered their help say they possess the skills...

Politics and Its Politicians in “Ticolandia”

TICO BULL - This is a true tale of Costa Rica politics and its politicians. It's not made up and still unfolding. I'll keep you posted. Last week, now a former legislator, Ronal Vargas Araya, of the Frente Amplio (FA) party stood up in the...

Costa Rica Selling Milk That Isn’t Milk?

COSTA RICA NEWS - Costa Rican dairy farmers have denounced the fact that in the region regulations are not met nor are specifications on labeling and product features. The Chamber of Milk Producers (Spanish: Cámara de Productores de Leche - CPL)) argues that there are...

Costa Rica Maintains Confidence in Commercial Real Estate

COSTA RICA NEWS - Over the next few months 17 local fast food and 'casual' restaurants will be opened as well as 35 cafes and 4 supermarkets. Despite announcements of the closure of several companies in recent months, the commercial sector seems to have not...

Public Demanded More Dollars in Banks in First Week of Managed Float

COSTA RICA BUSINESS NEWS - In the first week of the managed float, Central Bank (Banco Central de Costa Rica - BCCR) authorities observed a varied behaviour in the exchange market: participants trading only with financial institutions, were demanding more dollars, while participants in...

Import of New Cars Reaches A Record High

COSTA RICA NEWS - The import of new cars hit a record 34.000 units last year, the highest in ten years. The Ministry of Finance (Ministerio de Hacienda) says the accelerated rate of imports began five years ago. By contrast, the import of used vehicles...

Costa Rica Requests Help Of U.S. For Submarine To Reach Sunken Catamaran

COSTA RICA NEWS - A U.S. submarine will attempt to reach the catamaran EcoQuest, lying 150 metres deep in the Pacific Ocean that sank on January 8. The ship is in waters too deep for the Costa Rican Coast Guard divers to reach. The objective...

Jamaica to Help Costa Rica Set Up Local Government System

COSTA RICA NEWS - Jamaica has agreed to assist Costa Rica to establish a local government system, according to the Jamaica Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) in a release last week. As part of the agreement, the Jamaica will facilitate visits by Costa Rican...

Ross Denny Appointed New British Ambassador to Costa Rica

COSTA RICA NEWS - Ross Denny has been appointed British ambassador to  Costa Rica. Denny will take up his appointment in September this year, replacing Sharon Campbell, the current Ambassador since 2011. Denny will also serve as Non-Resident Ambassador to Nicaragua. Denny joined the Foreign Office (FCO)...

Government Can’t Find A Vice Minister Because of “Low” Salary

QCOSTARICA - "Unattractive" salary or professional commitments is the reply President Luis Guillermo Solis is getting from potential candidates for the Deputy Minister of the Presidency (Viceministerio de la Presidencia). Solis, on Monday afternoon, after officially inaugurating the start of the 2015 school year at...

Neither Rain Nor Cold Diminished The Excitement of First Day of School

QCOSTARICA - Neither rain nor cold diminished the nervous laughter, tears and emotions experienced by almost one million students on their first day back to school. For many students and their parents, the start of the 2015 school year was a new adventure. At the famous...

Slight Decrease in Migration From Nicaragua To Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - The number of Nicaraguans entering Costa Rica in 2014 fell slightly compared to 2013. Nicaragua's Immigration Service -  the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería (DGME) - told La Prensa in Nicaragua, that in 2014 a total of 467.410 Nicaraguans entered Costa Rica,...

International Court Spat Between Costa Rica and Nicaragua Winding Down

QCOSTARICA - The long, bitter International Court dispute between Costa Rica and Nicaragua is winding down with the presentation Monday of Costa Rica's side of the dispute. The trial began at The Hague in 2011 with charges of invasion of Costa Rica's territory by...

New Guide Book for Downtown San José

COSTA RICA TRAVEL - A new guide book that focuses on downtown San José, Costa Rica was released this month. Titled "The Real San José: Michael Miller's Guide to Downtown San José, Costa Rica" aims to introduce new arrivals to Costa Rica's capital city. It...

Minors Alone Cross The Costa Rica – Nicaragua Border

COSTA RICA NEWS - More than one minor, travelling alone, is found by Costa Rican officials to cross the Costa Rica - Nicaragua border. Some cross at Los Chiles, others by boat on the San Juan river. The Patronato Nacional de la Infancia (PANI) -...

Shucking Cacao in Mastatal, Costa Rica

Shucking roasted cacao beans in Mastatal, Puriscal, part of the process of chocolate making in Costa Rica. The difference between cacao and cocoa: cacao is the bean, cocoa is the product that is made from it. In this small farm in the hills of Puriscal...

Teleperformance Acquires Its Competitor Aegis

Paris-based outsourcing firm Teleperformance has agreed to acquire Aegis,  the business process management arm from India's Essar Group. Both companies have a presence in Costa Rica. Teleperformance, located in the FORUM 1 business complex in Santa Ana, on its website says it employs 300 in the...

French Tourist First Confirmed Case of Chikungunya In Costa Rica

COSTA RICA NEWS - A French tourist is the first confirmed case of the Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) in Costa Rica, announced Friday the Ministerio de Salud (Health). The woman arrived in Costa Rica with her mother on May 10. She visited areas in San José,...

Pumped to Play With The Champions!

COSTA RICA SPORTS - Costa Rica faces an uphill battle in confronting the three former champions. But coach Jorge Luis Pinto said Friday he remains confident his team's focus, motivation and speed will help in overcoming rivals. Only eight countries have ever won the World...

UFO’s Regular Visitors To Costa Rica?

Unidentified Flying Objects, or UFOs  (Objetos Voladores No Identificados or OVNIs in Spanish) appear to be regular visitors to Costa Rica, this according to a website dedicated to UFO phenomenon and its possible extraterrestral origin in Costa Rica. The website and Facebook page includes photos...

Costa Rica Sex: U.S. Trafficking in Persons Report 2013

Every year the U.S. Department of State produces a report for Congress on how countries are addressing trafficking, including the United States. The 2013 Trafficking in Persons report concludes that Costa Rica is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children subjected...

About 800 U.S. Expats in Costa Rica Could Have Their SS Benefits Interrupted

PRESS RELEASE, US EMBASSY, SAN JOSE - The Social Security Administration (SSA) regularly contacts beneficiaries with addresses on their SSA record that shows they reside outside the United States to verify their current status. This year, questionnaires were sent to beneficiaries receiving their own benefits...

Public Banking in Costa Rica

In Costa Rica, publicly-owned banks have been available for so long and work so well that people take for granted that any country that knows how to run an economy has a public banking option. Costa Ricans are amazed to hear there is only...

IMF publishes new fiscal transparency assessment for Costa Rica

Costa Rica is approaching best practice in fiscal reporting and forecasting, according to a new report published by the  International Monetary Fund (IMF). The Fiscal Transparency Assessment (FTA) report notes that, following a number of significant reforms in recent years, the country meets the basic...

[FOTOS] Canada’s Governor General Visit To Costa Rica

On December 12 2009, Canada's Governor General, Michaelle Jean, accompanied by her husband Jean-Daniel Lafond,  made an official visit of Costa Rica. During her three day visit, the GG got a glimpse of Costa Rican life.

[FOTOS] Quepos – Matina

It wasn't too many years back when traveling to one of Costa Rica's most visited tourist destination of Quepos/Manuel Antonio was an adventure. The bridges between Matina and Quepos would leave many foreigners shaking their heads. The photos here were taken on  in 2005.    

[FOTOS] 2009 Costa Rica Earthquake

The 2009 Costa Rica earthquake (also known as Cinchona Earthquake), occurred at 1:21:34 pm local time (19:21:34 UTC) on January 8, 2009. The epicentre of the 6.1 Mw earthquake was in northern Costa Rica, 30 kilometres (19 mi) north-northwest of San José. The earthquake...

[FOTOS] Costa Rica Way Back In 2005

Costa Rica in 2005 remembered in this exclusive photo collection by the Q.

[FOTOS] Costa Rica Way Back In 2004

Costa Rica in 2004 remembered in this exclusive photo collection by the Q.

[FOTOS] Costa Rica Way Back In 2003

Costa Rica in 2003 remembered in this exclusive photo collection by the Q.

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