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Cuba Plane Crash: Company ‘Had Safety Complaints’

Solidarity and investigations after the accident. Cuban authorities are investigating the air crash, with 113 people on board, occurred Friday at noon in Havana, the Cuban capital. The domestic flight was going from Havana to Holguin, on the eastern side of the island, some...

The Volcanos Of Central America (By Country)

Among the things most loved by travelers to Central America is the volcanos. Ok, the beaches are great. The rivers, the forests, the lakes, all nice. But a volcano trumps them all. The isthmus is located along the Ring of Fire and that has meant...

The Most Important Greeting Of All

On his Twitter account, President Carlos Alvarado posted, that on his first day, after receiving more than 100 international delegations, among many greetings, that of his son, Gabriel, was the most important of all. Ayer recibimos más de 100 delegaciones internacionales, entre tantos saludos, este...

With an eye on the sky, Costa Rica’s farmers harvest rain to beat drought

HOJANCHA, Costa Rica, May 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Farmers everywhere know water means life, and a lack of it can spell ruin. In Hojancha, a canton that lies about 130 kilometres (80 miles) west of the Costa Rican capital San Jose, cattle farmer...

How Costa Rica Gets It Right!

With authoritarianism and proto-fascism on the rise in so many corners of the world, it is heartening to see a country where citizens are still deeply committed to democratic principles. And now its people are in the midst of trying to redefine their politics...

WORLD CUP: Sun never sets in a St. Petersburg summer

MOSCOW - Known as Russia's "Window on Europe," St. Petersburg is a city like no other. Imperial palaces line its network of canals, its stadium looks like a spaceship and some days the sun never sets. St. Petersburg is so far north that the last...

Microbes Living In Toxic Volcanic Lake In Costa Rica Could Hold Clues To Life On Mars

Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have discovered microbes living in a toxic volcanic lake that may rank as one of the harshest environments on Earth. Their findings, published recently online, could guide scientists looking for signs of ancient life on Mars. The team,...

On This Day: Reagan Announces Nicaragua Trade Embargo

On this day, on May 1, 1985, President Ronald Reagan banned trade with Nicaragua to try to undermine the Sandinista government which came to power in 1979. The embargo both forbade American products from entering Nicaragua (with exceptions for medicine and other humanitarian goods) and...

The internet is designed for corporations, not people

Urban spaces are often designed to be subtly hostile to certain uses. Think about, for example, the seat partitions on bus terminal benches that make it harder for the homeless to sleep there or the decorative leaves on railings in front of office buildings...

Nicaragua: Will Revoking Pension Reform Be Enough?

On Sunday, President Daniel Ortega revoked the controversial law to reform the Instituto Nacional de Seguridad Social (INSS) – national social security fund – but the demonstrations continue and businessmen call the government to dialogue. The revocation came Sunday afternoon, five days after the clashes...

Zoilamérica Ortega Murillo Speaks Out Of Her Stepfather: ‘Daniel Ortega Invents Conspiracy’

"The president comes out to invent that there is a conspiracy because he does not have the lucidity nor the audacity to admit that the people are claiming autonomy, without external political leadership. For his inability to accept mistakes, for that fundamentalism in the...

Could Costa Rica’s New Pro-LGBT President Represent a Change Throughout Latin America?

In its report dated April 15, 2018, the Hornet.com's by Matt Baume sees the election of Carlos Alvarado as fantastic news of the former cabinet minister (and novelist!) easily defeating rival Fabricio Alvardo, "a virulently anti-queer pastor who opposed the freedom to marry," in the...

5 Tips to Using Craigslist in Costa Rica

As one of the world’s most popular and well-known classifieds ads website, Craigslist attracts millions of people worldwide. A wide range of services that Craigslist offers include jobs and housing, among others. Many countries have their own local Craigslist websites while major cities in the...

Irish actor Stuart Townsend Selling Malibu Mansion For New Life in Costa Rica

  Irish actor Stuart Townsend is saying goodbye to California, putting up for sale his Malibu mansion after settling down in Costa Rica with his wife and two children. Townsend, most notable portrayals are of the characters Lestat de Lioncourt in the 2002 film adaptation of...

Arrival Of World Cup Tropy Awakens Emotion and Passion In Costa Ricans

The World Cup trophy that will be presented to the winner of the World Cup 2018 in Russia later this year landed in Costa Rica at 11 a.m. Saturday and after the ceremonial acts it was taken to the Estadio Nacional (National Stadium) where...

Costa Rica shows an admirable resistance to demagoguery

(OPINION) The Washington Post - THE HISTORY of North American attitudes toward Latin America is in part a story of serial infatuations with various revolutions and regimes. The left fell in love with Fidel Castro’s Cuba and Sandinista Nicaragua; many on the right hailed...

The Party’s Over!

Rico's TICO BULL - In less than two hours after the voting, it was clear that Fabricio Alvarado was not going to be, to the relief of many, the next President. Despite the polls, the rhetoric, the support of Evangelical ministers and followers, lots of...

The dark web: uncovering monsters (and myths) in the Net’s ‘evil twin

TSG Vice - The dark web has been described as the internet’s “evil twin”, a haven for drugs, paedophiles and contract killings. But as Melbourne journalist Eileen Ormsby tells Good Weekend, it is a whole lot more than that. What exactly is the dark web? It's...

Purchasing .cr Domain Names. Benefits, Payment and How to Use Them.

Costa Rican top-level .cr domains and second-level .co.cr, .fi.cr, .or.cr, .sa.cr, .ed.cr, ac.cr and .go.cr domains are managed by NIC Costa Rica (Nic.cr), a non-profit organization and an independent unit of the National Academy of Sciences. The unit operates under the regulations set forth by...

Q&A with Larry Crowder: Costa Rican Initiative Refocuses On Marine Issues

Costa Rica’s Osa and Golfito region, isolated on a peninsula in the country’s southwest corner, is home to colorful wildlife such as jaguars and toucans and to equally vibrant human communities with unique traditional customs. Like many biodiverse areas of the world, it faces...

It’s Time For A Change In Dealing With Traffic Accidents With Fatalities

TICO BULL by Rico - It's time Costa Rica's traffic police and/or the OIJ is allowed to come out of the dark ages when it comes to responding to the scene of a traffic crash involving a fatality. As it stands now a judge has...

Costa Rica’s Election Offers Fiscal Faith Test

(Bloomberg) With its open doors to tourists, no standing army since 1948, and proud claims as Central America’s oldest democracy, Costa Rica is not the place you’d look for a religious uprising. Yet this country of 4.9 million may be poised next month to...

Costa Rica: Could drug-law reform for women open door to wider change?

San José, Costa Rica—When Sandra was arrested for smuggling drugs into a men’s prison in 2015, she accepted it as part of the familiar cycle of her life. She’d been in and out of detention since she was 14, when she moved on to...

The Madness of Daylight Saving Time

If you were like me, you got by surprise in the start of daylight saving time (DST). I found ou Monday while watching CNN, they really screwed up, I thought, in comparing my time with the CNN's Eastern Time. Oh, wait, Pacific Time (PT)...

Top U.S. Diplomat in Panama Leaves In Protest

In a farewell video, the U.S. ambassador to Panama, John Feeley, filmed a scene at a tin-roofed barbershop that sits in a graffiti-tagged neighborhood here under a clattering elevated highway. Feeley, 56, seen in an image from one of his videos, left Panama on March...

Costa Rica Studies Its Land, to Keep from Losing It

(IPS) - Donald Vásquez points to the soil on a farm located in one of the most degraded basins on the Pacific Ocean side of Costa Rica. Below, where he points with his index finger, there is a huge layer of white earth, with...

Cyberbullying at an all-time high: Don’t be a bystander

Never in the history of humanity has bullying been so inventive and thus destructive. Cyberbullies exploit this digital age to spread hate. They intentionally and repeatedly use the internet to cause harm, fear or distress to people. Their behaviour includes harassing individuals they consider...

Migrants Up Against Nicaragua’s “Containment Wall”

(IPS) - Nicaragua’s “containment wall”, aimed at bolstering internal security, has been successful with regard to the fight against transnational crime. But its victims are migrants who are relentlessly blocked from passing through the country en route to their destination: the United States. A...

Valentine’s Day Special: ‘No, Opposites Do Not Attract’

Everyone seems to agree that opposites attract. Young and old people, happy and distressed couples, single folks and married partners – all apparently buy the classic adage about love. Relationship experts have written books based on this assumption. It’s even been internalized by people...

Automated Digital Tools Threaten Political Campaigns in Latin America

(IPS) - The use of technological tools in political campaigns has become widespread in Latin America, accompanied by practices that raise concern among academics and social organisations, especially in a year with multiple elections throughout the region. The use of automated programmes – known as...

Cults in Costa Rica: Searching For A Cult Leader (Video)

In the jungles of Costa Rica alternative communities have removed themselves from Western life attempting to create their paradise on earth. Ben Zand heads to meet some of these groups, and to search for a controversial cult leader called Nature Boy. Nature Boy runs a...

50 Ways to Wrest Control

As Costa Ricans ponder their vote over the next couple of days before heading to the polls in Sunday's presidential elections, this OZY encore article originally published March 12, 2015, may provide food for thought. Let’s get this straight: Democratic transfers of state power are...

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