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No, Capitalism Is Not Ruining Your Christmas

By Bill Wirtz. Glowing Christmas lights fill the cold streets of medieval European cities with little wooden booths selling steaming hot wine and cinnamon biscuits. However, the traditional look and idyllic atmosphere seem to be threatened by the evil of modern-day capitalism. That is, at...

Electric Vehicles Exemptions Bill Obtains Approval

With electrifying speed, the Legislative Assembly has approved, in a second and final debate, the law on incentives and promotion of electric transport in the country. In a vote of 37 in favor and one opposed, the bill now goes to Casa Presidencial for the...

Judges in Nicaragua learn to see the world through the eyes of vulnerable women

ESTELI, Nicaragua – At only 19, Michelle Zeledón, from the north of Nicaragua, has been through a lot. She watched her father beat her mother, and endured years of his verbal abuse. District family court judge Yorlin Matamoro has received a UNFPA-supported master’s degree in...

Opened In Costa Rica First Clothing Store Accepting Bitcoins

On Thursday, December 14, the first clothing store that will accept bitcoins opened in Costa Rica. Felipe Kirsch, representative of the Brazilian UV.Line franchise in Costa Rica, explained that it is the first company in Latin America to produce sunscreen and the first in our...

Festival of Lights Saturday, Dec. 16 At 6:00 pm

The annual "Festival de la Luz" (Festival of Lights) takes place Saturday, December 16, 2018, starting at 8:00 pm in La Sabana Park, San Jose. The holiday tradition is the biggest of all festivals for the year-end celebrations. Preparations for the end of the year annual...

Homer Takes Marge To Poas, Canopies La Fortuna With Bart

Though the Poas Volcano is closed to regular tourists, the national park was open to Homer and Marge Simpson. "Homer read the recommendations sent him and decided to invite Marge to know the incredible Poás Volcano in Costa Rica," explained the Tweet. Homero leyó las recomendaciones...

Volaris Costa Rica confirms new flights to Los Angeles, New York and Washington

The low-cost airline Volaris Costa Rica confirmed the opening of new routes between San Jose (SJO) and Los Angeles (LAX), New York (JFK) and Washington D.C. (IAD). The flights cost US$99 one-way (sencillo in Spanish), including taxes on advance purchase. The routes are: San Jose -...

Álvarez Desanti Unintentionally Picks A Fight With Lady Gaga

Presidential candidate Antonio Alvarez Desanti unintentionally charged a Lady Gaga fan club for misuse of public resources in Costa Rica. The Partido Liberacion Nacional (PLN) candidate had intended his message for President Luis Guillermo Solis. The not so happy Desanti made his complaint over whether...

Specialists of the Hospital Mexico Achieve New Formula to Treat APL

A treatment that is used in very few Latin American countries and that orally less than ten countries in the world administer it, is in Costa Rica, a formula that is managing to change the life prognosis of patients suffering from promyelocytic leukemia. In Acute...

What Did Homer Tell Keylor?

  ¡Pura vida maes! The Simpsons are in Costa Rica, continuing with their #TravesíaSimpson in Central America. ¡¡Bienvenido al mundo amarillo @NavasKeylor !!#TravesíaSimpson pic.twitter.com/TSxOGjT500 — Simpsonized (@realsimpsonized) December 12, 2017 In Costa Rica, Homer and his family pay honor to the most beloved goalkeeper of Ticos: Keylor Navas. In...

From Romania to Costa Rica: The Persuasive Power of Green Mortgages

There are two homes across the street from each other and both are for sale. They look the same, except one costs more than the other. As a buyer, which would you choose? Obviously, you would choose the less expensive one. Now look more closely....

Canal Future Could Rest On Going Green

The future of the Panama Canal in the face of accelerating climate change may depend on innovative green initiatives including floating solar panels. A solar project has a minimum life of 25 years, which means that the strip of land where the solar panels are...

Castro’s Shallow Economic Reforms Keep Suppressing the Dreams of Cubans

Following the economic and immigration openings between the United States and Cuba during the Obama administration, the Raúl Castro regime reportedly began timid economic reforms that placed more responsibility in the hands of private entities — but have they worked? Castro has cultivated an economic...

Honduras’s election crisis is likely to end in violence

The violent election crisis in Honduras, where both incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernández and challenger Salvador Nasralla are claiming victory in the country’s Nov. 29 presidential race, has now entered its second chaotic week. Official results from the Supreme Electoral Tribunal ultimately gave Hernández a...

Star Wars’ Last Jedi May Use the Force of Quantum Science

As Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in theatres (Dec. 14 in Costa Rica) and its heroine Rey seeks to learn the ways of the Force from an aged and isolated Luke Skywalker, it raises some obvious and ongoing questions: Is there anything in science...

Janucá (Hanukkah) In Costa Rica

In case you don’t know Costa Rica has a Jewish population. The first Jews in Costa Rica were probably "conversos" (converts) who arrived in the 16th and 17th centuries with Spanish expeditions. In the 19th century, Sephardic merchants from Curaçao, Jamaica, Panama and the Caribbean...

Costa Rica Expands Marine Areas under Conservation Program

Costa Rica has expanded its Protected Marine Areas and other conservation lands by 92,000 hectares (227,160 acres) to protect sea turtles, coral reefs, whale migration routes, shore birds and biological corridors, a non-governmental organization said in a report. Despite “difficulties and lack” of resources, “important...

Costa Ricans Are Very Polite

(By Galya Gerstman) Costa Ricans are very polite. Very, very polite. We from the USA think we’re polite. The English think they’re polite. (The French and the Israelis don’t have any illusions that they are polite. Or at least they shouldn’t). But Costa Ricans...

Flight Deal: U.S. to Costa Rica from $216 Round-Trip

The premier travel site Condé Nast Traveler reports round-trip flights to San Jose, Costa Rica from eight U.S. cities including Houston, Miami, and Pittsburgh, are as low as US$200, according to Scott's Cheap Flights. The full list of fares below: Fort Lauderdale from $216 Houston...

Costa Rica’s San Ramon Road Project Turns Into Marathon

Costa Rica’s long-running San Ramon road project is costing more than originally expected while taking longer to build than planned. The work on the 29.7 kilometer stretch between San Ramon and San Carlos was planned initially to cost US$185 million dollars, but has so far...

Surge in US immigration comes from Northern Triangle

The number of immigrants in the United States from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras rose by 25% from 2007 to 2015, in contrast to more modest growth of the country’s overall foreign-born population and a decline from neighboring Mexico. During these same years, the total...

Generation Z Opts for Personalization Over Privacy

Security is of great concern for anyone who uses the Internet. Whether you’re creating sites or just visiting them, security is always top of mind. Large breaches can make you think twice before buying something online. However, the way people view online security changes with...

Costa Rica Retail Sector to Grow 2.8% in 2018

The Cámara de Comercio de Costa Rica (CCCR) - Costa Rica Chamber of Commerce - expects retail activities for this year (2017) to close with a relatively low growth of just 3.3%, driven in particular by sales of the subsectors of electronics, household products,...

Cold Front Leaves Theee Dead, 35 Houses Roofless, Thousands Without Electricity

A cold front that has gripped the entire country since Saturday has caused three death, the closure of Ruta 32 (San Jose - Limon), 35 houses to lose their roofs and numerous electrical power cuts in various areas, leaving thousands in the dark. At 4:00...

Costa Rica Paves the Way for Climate-Smart Agriculture

In Costa Rica, using isotopic techniques scientists have found that applying fertilizer on the leaves of pineapple plants is much more efficient than spreading it on the soil. 'The plants take in more fertilizer through the leaves than they do through their small roots,' Pérez...

Picnic in paradise? Don’t mind if we do.

The Papagayo Peninsula's First New Residential Development In Over A Decade, The Eco-Chic Four Seasons Private Residences Prieta Bay Collection Is Part Of The Destination's $100 Million Re-Imagination. Picnic in paradise? Don't mind if we do. A post shared by Peninsula Papagayo (@peninsulapapagayo) on Nov 22,...

Is It San Jose or San Jose?

You've booked your flight. You're pumped. The dream vacation to Costa Rica is all you could think about lately. You've arrived at the airport, but, wait there is something wrong, your flight is headed for California and not the San Jose you had been...

The Dance Of The Little Mare

On December 12th of every year, a centuries-old folkloric celebration of the Virgin of Guadalupe and la Yegüita (the Little Mare) takes place in Nicoya, Guanacaste. This festival marks the culmination of a long, complex, and highly structured community effort, supervised by a religious brotherhood,...

Doctor and Businessman Found Guilty of Trafficking of Organs and Illegal Transplants

A doctor and a pizzeria owner were found guilty and sentenced on Monday for the trafficking of human organs and illegal transplants. The two targeted poor people to sell their kidneys for transplants to foreigners, mainly Isreali nationals. The Tribunal Penal del Primer Circuito Judicial de...

Immigtation Will Use Face Verification and Fingerprints At Airports

In the not too distant future, arriving at the Juan Santamaria International airport in San Jose (SJO), Costa Rica, will be a breeze,  checking you in 30 seconds, thanks to a new system that could be in place by the end of next year. The...

Woman Killed In Costa Rica Shark Attack Was New York Financier

The woman who was fatally attacked by a tiger shark on Thursday in the Isla del Coco has been identified as Rohina Bhandari, 49. She was a Wall Street private equity manager, a senior director at WL Ross & Co. LL, a firm founded...

85% of Gas Cylinders In Points Of Sale Non Conforming

Propane gas or LPG cylinders can be found in many homes and restaurants across the country, many preferring gas of electricity mainly due to cost. But how safe are those cylinders? The safety aspect falls on the shoulders of the Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios...

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