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National Dish of Costa Rica Goes Global With New Campaign Standard

Costa Rica Gallo Pinto

Adding a sexy, healthy spin to our familiar breakfast menu of pancakes, eggs and cereal is now easier than ever with Costa Rica’s “gallo pinto.” A recent study published by Nutrition Journal found that the pairing of any type of beans with rice can help stop unhealthy blood sugar spikes in adults with type 2 diabetes. With 25.8 million people in the U.S. living with this condition, Costa Rican “gallo pinto” is both a healthy and creative alternative to the mundane breakfast menu.   A side dish traditionally served in Costa Rican breakfasts, the typical mix of rice and beans,…

Exploring Costa Rica on a Triumph Motorcycle Standard

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Kaycee Landsaw (@kaycee_landsaw) is a renowned photographer based out of Salt Lake City, Utah whose work has been featured in a number of respected motorcycle and adventure lifestyle publications including Iron & Resin.       His work blends a unique candid snapshot feeling with a richness of color and perspective that allows the viewer to fall into the photograph and feel for a moment as if they were there and a part of the story being told. Some of his most intriguing and engaging photographs include shots done with British Customs in Portland, Oregon featuring their first-in-the-scene Triumph Street…

Rio 2016: A 16-Year Olympic Medal Drought for Costa Rica Standard

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Now that all athletes who represented Costa Rica at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics have returned, organizers are reflecting on the country’s long-running medal drought. Costa Rica has participated in 19 Summer Olympics and 10 Winter Olympics. The historic medal count stands at four: one gold, one silver and two bronze. The last time Costa Rica brought back hardware was in 2000, when the Olympics were hosted in Sidney, Australia. For the Rio 2016 Olympics, Costa Rica sent 11 athletes. History was made with the first Women’s Beach Volleyball team to qualify; alas, the best efforts of Natalia Alfaro and…

Political Cartoons: An Endangered Journalism Practice Standard

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Since the 18th century, news readers have found some of the most incisive, acerbic and brutally honest commentary about current affairs in the form of political (editorial) cartoons. Regrettably, political cartoons in the 21st century have been in a state of demise that many believe is related to the death of printed newspapers; however, the death of editorial cartoons in English language media has more to do with what U.S. cartoonist and columnist Ted Rall describes as “corporate slacktivism,” an aversion to rocking the boat with satire. In recent years, political cartoonists have dealt with the closure of newspapers, cost-cutting,…

Costa Rica Police Rescued Baby Horse from Caiman-Infested Waters Standard

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A young colt that was about to become a meal for hungry caimans is happily galloping today thanks to a daring rescue by Border Police officers in Costa Rica. Earlier this week, a Border Police aquatic unit was navigating the Agua Dulce bayou of the Colorado River, located in the northern Caribbean region of Costa Rica, when they noticed a group of caimans paying close attention to something splashing in the water. According to a press release by the Ministry of Public Security, the Border Police officers maneuvered their small boat towards the splashing to get a closer look. It…

Google Duo: A New Video Calling App in Costa Rica Standard

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Google Duo, a new communications app that greatly simplifies video calling, is now available for iPhone and Android device users in Costa Rica. The app can be installed from Google Play and from the iTunes App Store. Following is the announcement by Google about this new calling app, which includes social networking features: Video calling is the next best thing to being with someone in person, but too often it can be a frustrating or complicated experience. You shouldn’t have to worry about whether your call will connect, or if your friend is using the same type of device as you…

Drunk Pilot Incidents on the Rise in 2016 Standard

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A Sri Lankan Airlines pilot intended to fly from Germany to Sri Lanka despite arriving drunk to his flight, announced Frankfurt Airport on Sunday. The plane he was due to fly carried 259 passengers and 15 crew members. The crew were forced to stop the pilot from launching the plane, and the flight, which was supposed to leave on Friday, was delayed until Saturday. The airline apologized profusely and gave all passengers a refund, and the pilot was immediately suspended. Berlin, Aug 21 (EFE) The incident above is one of various situations that have involved inebriated pilots in 2016. According…

English Teacher Crowned Miss Costa Rica Amidst Controversy Standard

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Carolina Rodriguez, a 27-year old English teacher and linguist from Alajuela, is the new Miss Costa Rica. The crowning of the 2016 Miss Costa Rica was celebrated on Friday at the Children’s Museum, located in the northern sector of Downtown San Jose. The pageant, which was mired in controversy from the beginning, featured an unusual second round of interview questions to surmount a three-way tie between Miss Rodriguez, Elena Correa and Andrea Castro. Early upheaval in the pageant started a few weeks ago with a searing Facebook update posted by 2015 runner-up Nicole Carboni Renault, a beautiful and outspoken fitness…

Vielen Dank! German University Opens Costa Rica Research Center` Standard

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Universität Osnabrück, part of the Lower Saxony state of northwestern Germany, recently inaugurated a unique collaboration program with seven universities in Costa Rica. The Costa Rica Zentrum at Universität Osnabrück aims to promote international and intercultural academic and scholarly exchange between Costa Rica and Germany. The Costa Rica Center’s research profile and activities are geared towards innovation and cooperation. The associates of the center come from different disciplines and fields including biology, educational studies, geography,catholic theology, psychology, literary and cultural studies, athletics, science, and economics. The intercultural research at the Costa Rica Center is concerned wit value-based and future-oriented issues and debates in the…

Suspected Tomb Raider Gets Raided in Costa Rica Standard

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On Friday afternoon, agents from the Office of Judicial Investigations (Spanish initials: OIJ) raided a home in San Miguel of Naranjo, a coffee-producing region located in the province of Alajuela. The raid was the culmination of a week-long investigation related to crimes against the archaeological record of Costa Rica. According to an official press release issued by OIJ, agents were notified about suspicious sales of pre-Columbian artifacts advertised for sale on Internet social networks. The notification came from officials at the National Museum of Costa Rica; who noticed social media updates related to ancient pottery and other archaeological items on sale. An…

Sexy Former Legislator Will Host Gossip TV Show in Costa Rica Standard

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Andrea Morales Diaz, a former Costa Rica legislator whose short political career was filled with controversy, will be the host of a new tabloid-style television show. According to a news report filed by Laura Morales of online news daily La Prensa Libre (the oldest news publication still running in Costa Rica), Ms. Morales will abandon her current occupation as an attorney to lead “Contámelo Todo” (Tell Me Everything), an upcoming program on the Repretel national television network. Ms. Morales was elected legislator for the Citizen Action Party (Spanish initials: PAC) in 2006 at the age of 25. Though she only…

Saprissa Sets Costa Rica Club Record at CONCACAF Champions League Standard


SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — Rolando Blackburn scored a pair of goals to lead Saprissa to a 6-0 win over visiting Dragon on Thursday in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League campaign. Francisco Calvo, Marvin Angulo, Mariano Torres and Ulises Segura also scored to complete the most lopsided victory in the the Monstruo Morado’s 33-game SCCL history. Its previous largest margin of victory came in last year’s group stage-opener, a 4-0 home against DirecTV W Connection. Angulo also set up two early goals via his corner kick service, and Segura provided the cross for Blackburn’s second as the host won for…

Costa Rica is the First Nation to Ratify Convention Against Racism Standard

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Washington, D.C. — The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) welcomes Costa Rica’s ratification of the Inter-American Convention against Racism, Racial Discrimination and Related Forms of Intolerance, on August 5, 2016. With this step, Costa Rica becomes the first country to ratify the Inter-American Convention against Racism, which was approved by the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) in June 2013. The IACHR congratulates the State of Costa Rica for its critical contribution towards enabling the entry into force of this treaty, which requires two OAS member countries to deposit instruments of ratification or accession. The Inter-American…

Man Gunned Down at Sexual Tourism Hotel in Costa Rica Standard

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A 45-year old man survived a shooting that took place just outside of the Del Rey Hotel, a major sexual tourism hotspot in Costa Rica. According to a news report filed by Esteban Mora of daily tabloid Diario Extra, the man was identified by the last name Fonseca. He is reportedly a taxi driver whose workday often includes parking at the Hotel Del Rey and driving prostitutes along with their clients to hotels and nightclubs in and around San Jose. A Red Cross paramedic who responded to the shooting explained that Mr. Fonseca was hit by gunfire twice in his…

New Container Shipping Service Between the U.S. and Costa Rica Standard

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As part of Crowley Maritime Corporation’s goal to help customers increase the velocity of their supply chains, and in doing so reduce their overall landed costs, the company announced today that it is launching a new, weekly, fixed-day container shipping service between Jacksonville and Costa Rica. “We are pleased to bring this new service to the market beginning today from Jacksonville,” said Steve Collar, Crowley senior vice president and general manager, international liner services. “We are confident this service enhancement will add a new dimension to our portfolio of Latin America services and bring increased efficiency and savings to our…

Ritz-Carlton Investor Closes Major Real Estate Deal in Costa Rica Standard

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MIAMI- Gencom, a leading U.S.-based international luxury hospitality and residential real estate investment and development firm, today announced the acquisition of Peninsula Papagayo Resort by a Gencom affiliate. The ownership acquired the 1,400-acre luxury master development in Costa Rica’s famed Guanacaste province for an undisclosed sum. Anchored by the award-winning, 182-key Four Seasons Papagayo, Peninsula Papagayo includes such luxury amenities as an 18-hole Arnold Palmer-designed golf course and clubhouse, the 180-slip Marina Papagayo, and the 38,000 square foot Prieta Beach Club – all of which are recognized for offering best-in-class service via the more than 700 employees. The Four Seasons…

Human Rights Commission Praises LGBT-Friendly Laws in Costa Rica Standard

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Washington, D.C. – The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) welcomes the progress made in recent months with regard to the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and intersex persons (LGBTI), particularly in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, the United States, and Uruguay. With regard to non-discrimination within the family sphere, the IACHR welcomes Costa Rica’s decision in June 2016 to extend survivor’s benefits to widows or widowers of same-sex partners across all retirement systems under the national budget. In terms of prevention of discrimination, the IACHR takes note of a circular (No. 003-2016)…

Government Buildings Evacuated in Costa Rica After 2 Earthquakes Standard

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Two earthquakes shook Costa Rica on Wednesday morning, prompting the evacuation of at least two public buildings in San Jose. The first seismic event registered a 4.7 magnitude with an epicenter located near San Carlos, a small town in the Tarrazú region of the province of San Jose. That initial earthquake took place at 10:06 in the morning, and it was followed by a 4.6 magnitude quake in Laurel, part of the Corredores canton of the Puntarenas province. According to the Observatory of Seismology and Volcanology of the National University of Costa Rica (Spanish acronym: OVSICORI), the first quake struck at…

Four Seasons Resort in Costa Rica Prepares for the Holiday Season Standard

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With festive season fast-approaching Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica invites guests to enjoy an exclusive holiday season on Peninsula Papagayo filled with memorable experiences and festive celebrations. From eco adventure to relaxing beach gatherings with rum tastings and Costa Rican sunsets, create a festive tradition between the Resort’s two beaches. From the moment one’s plane lands at the Daniel Oduber Airport, the celebration begins. Allow the Resort’s talented Concierge team to assist in creating a dream getaway by planning culinary experiences at one of the five food and beverage outlets, the award winning Spa, and two pristine beaches. Artisan Market…

100 Percent of Soybeans in Costa Rica Are Imported from the U.S. Standard

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ST. LOUIS (August 12, 2016) – The U.S. soybean industry is a multi-faceted, global business, and 10 U.S. soybean farmers just got a closer look at how their soy checkoff works in that marketplace to all U.S. soybean farmers’ benefit. Sponsored by the United Soybean Board’s Audit and Evaluation (A&E) Committee, the See for Yourselfprogram connected these farmers with their checkoff investment, providing transparency into the soy checkoff and allowing farmers to find out more about the many end uses for U.S. soy. “The See for Yourself program was an eye-opening experience,” said Sam Showalter, an Iowa soybean farmer and…

Costa Rica Ranked 45 in World’s Most Innovative Economies Standard

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Costa Rica is the second most innovative economy in Latin America, and it is ranked  45 in the world according to the Global Innovation Index. The index gave Costa Rica a 78.5 score in political stability and safety but only 50.1 in terms of government effectiveness. Moreover, Costa Rica’s ease of doing business received a score of 81. The country is ranked 64 in the world with regard to human capital and research. China joins the ranks of the world’s 25 most-innovative economies, while Switzerland, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Finland and Singapore lead the 2016 rankings…

Talented Center Forward from Costa Rica Joins U.S. College Team Standard

Gaby Alfaro. Source: NSU

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Only days after announcing 29 new players, NSU women’s soccer coach John Constable has decided to add one more for the 2016 season. Constable makes it an eighth international signing with the capture of former Costa Rica U17 national team captain, Gaby Alfaro Alvarado. Gaby Alfaro Alvarado Hometown: Costa Rica Position: Center Defender/Center Forward Previous School: Manhattan College Constable on Alfaro: “Gaby is a quality player. We had her training with us in the spring and there was no doubting her quality but at the time I did have major reservations about her fitness. However, she…

15% of Foreign Visitors in Costa Rica Are Medical Tourists Standard

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Affordable healthcare isn’t a myth. In fact, healthcare systems in other countries can be equally as good—if not better—than that in the U.S.—and charge far less for their services. As more and more U.S. retirees learn that better and faster healthcare is available abroad at a fraction of the cost they’re accustomed to paying at home, a growing number of them are opting to take advantage of what’s called “medical tourism.” It’s not uncommon for these medical tourists to save tens of thousands of dollars—or even more—on medical treatments without sacrificing quality. A new report from International Living highlights three…

After Bronze Medal, Costa Rica Looks Forward to Olympic Surfing Standard

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After eight days of world-class Surfing competition at the 2016 INS ISA World Surfing Games in Playa Jacó, Costa Rica, Team Peru has emerged victorious and earned the Team Gold Medal and coveted Fernando Aguerre World Team Trophy. The Gold Medal was the second for Team Peru in three years, having won the Team Gold Medal at the 2014 ISA World Surfing Games in Peru. Rounding out the Team Medal was Team Portugal with the Silver Medal, Team USA with the Bronze Medal and Team France with the Copper Medal. ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, expressed his excitement after watching the Finals…

Characteristics of a Great Private School in Costa Rica Standard

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The success of a private school in Costa Rica can be thought of as a recipe in the sense that it requires certain ingredients and careful preparation. Let’s take a look at the main ingredients of Pan-American School, a private learning institution located near the upscale sections of Santa Ana and San Antonio de Belén in Costa Rica: History Philosophy Accreditation Campus School Life The history of Pan-American school dates back to the Primary School (Escuelita) of the Interamerican Institute of Agricultural Sciences (IICA) in Turrialba, Costa Rica. A teacher at that school in Cartago, founder James Genis implemented an…

More Tourists Struck by Lightning in Costa Rica Standard


Two weeks after eight people were rushed to the hospital due to lightning strikes at the main airport of Costa Rica, tourists visiting the Fraijanes lakes sector of Alajuela were also affected by a strong discharge of atmospheric electricity. The incident, which was reported on Saturday by Roger Soto of daily tabloid Diario Extra, took place in the early afternoon hours. A man and a woman were enjoying the view at a scenic lake and forest spot that is very popular among domestic tourists in Costa Rica. Witnesses explained that the ground lightning strike was sudden and without warning; the…

The Problem With Cheap Pay-Per-Head Services in Costa Rica Standard


When choosing a back office and support solution for their business, one of the most important aspects that sports advisors should remember is that cheaper is never better. In fact, cheaper will often mean that a disaster is just waiting to happen. There is no doubt that the best solution for sports advisors these days can be found in Costa Rica, the country where the concept of Pay-Per-Head was originally developed. In essence, Pay-Per-Head (PPH) can be described as an offshore Sportsbook-as-a-Platform solution for sports advisors; a back office service that handles all the mechanics of wagering and even casino-style…

Picking a Costa Rica Pay-Per-Head Service for the NFL Season Standard

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For most sports bookmakers, the NFL season is always their busiest and most profitable time of the year. The market size of the global online gambling and wagering industry is greater than $40 billion per year, and a good portion is handled in Costa Rica through offshore sportsbooks. Since the late 20th century, Costa Rica has gained a strong reputation of providing offshore and outsourcing services, which also extends to online wagering and Internet casino gaming. Costa Rica is a pioneer of what has come to be known as Pay-Per-Head (PPH) services, which can be described as an offshore Sportsbook-as-a-Platform…

Protecting Sportsbooks from Cyber Attacks in Costa Rica Standard

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Over the last couple of years, a major online poker and casino firm based in Costa Rica was targeted by hackers who threatened to take down the website unless a sizable amount of cash was transferred to a bitcoin wallet. While analyzing the ransom demand, the IT security staff of the online poker firm noticed that the cybercrime crew was not making idle threats. The servers had already been pinged, and those making threats knew that there were major tournaments underway on the day the attack was planned; there were $1 million payout guarantees and hundreds of players had already…

Redundancy Technology for Sports Betting Operations in Costa Rica Standard

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Many offshore sportsbooks based in Costa Rica manage to stay open for their clients 24 hours a day and seven days a week; this high rate of availability is achieved despite power and Internet outages caused by earthquakes, extreme weather conditions and business challenges. How do they manage to remain operational? Costa Rica is one of the major international hubs for offshore sportsbooks in the world, and there are a few reasons why this industry has developed in our country. Unlike other jurisdictions that prohibit sports betting, Costa Rica does not impose such restrictions on companies that want to offer…

Costa Rica and Portugal Lead World Surfing Games in Jaco Beach Standard

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On Day 5 of the 2016 INS ISA World Surfing Games Team Portugal and Costa Rica surged into the lead of the overall team points standings, the only two teams that have five of their six competitors remaining in the competition. Main Event and Repechage Rounds ran and the Open Women Semifinal heats of the Main Event were decided. After the closing of the fifth day of competition, 11 National Teams had been eliminated from the competition, leaving just 15 to vie for the Gold Medals heading into the highly anticipated final weekend of the event. Round 3 of the…

Costa Rica Yoga Academy Supports Low-Income Teens in Guanacaste Standard

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Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy, located in Nicoya, Costa Rica, is proud to support Las Divinas, an empowerment effort geared towards teen girls who are impoverished. The group is organized by Associacion CREAR, which aids these girls in self-esteem and education. To promote knowledge of the cause, and to support the group, the school held a yoga class for them. All CREAR teens who attended the yoga class, which took place on June 20, 2016 reported that the experience was positive and fun. Everyone who took part was new to yoga, and described the experience as comfortable and engaging….

Music Conductor from Costa Rica Will Lead U.S. Concert Band Standard

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The Boulder Concert Band, a nonprofit, premier adult community band, today announced that Rafael Antonio Rodriguez has been selected as its conductor and musical director. “I am honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to make music with the wonderful musicians of the Boulder Concert Band as their new conductor,” commented Rodriguez. “I look forward to many joyous musical experiences as we celebrate the band’s 40th birthday and work to proudly represent our hometown of Boulder.” Rodriguez is currently attending the University of Colorado in Boulder as a teaching assistant in pursuit of the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in…

International Calling Bonus for Mother’s Day in Costa Rica Standard

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Costa Rican expats worldwide will receive a gift of $3 Voice Credit on every purchase of $20 minimum on before August 13, 2016 (EST). The Bonus consists of calling minutes to both mobiles and landlines in Costa Rica using The Bonus balance never expires. In order for the Bonus to be added automatically, one needs to have a free account and use the coupon code 4MYMTH3R when placing his or her order of $20 minimum on: The Mother’s Day Bonus is addressed to all those celebrating Mother’s Day this month, and it is a way to support…

FIFA Ranking: Costa Rica Climbs Six Spots to Position 21 Standard

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The new FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking has been released, and Costa Rica is the 21st best national football team in the world. Since the last ranking, Costa Rica has improved by six positions, which puts La Sele just below the national teams of Turkey and Hungary and one position above Austria.   Costa Rica will return to the qualifying rounds for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which will be played in Russia, in a few weeks. La Sele will travel to Port Au Prince for the next match against the national team of Haiti.   Argentina, with 1,585 points, continues to…

How to Choose a Private School in Costa Rica Standard

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As the next academic year approaches, many parents in Costa Rica are concerned about the educational futures of their children. In choosing the best private school in Costa Rica for your children, there is one golden rule and three mistakes to avoid:   The Golden Rule of Choosing a Private School in Costa Rica   In the minds of parents, there are no perfect schools because they only think in competitive terms. The million-dollar question should never be “Is this a good school?” Instead, the question to ask is: “Is this a good school for my child?” Before taking into…

Tantric Massage in Costa Rica: Therapy or Prostitution? Standard

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In Costa Rica, there is a place where men and women, individually or as couples, can be gently touched and fondled in their erogenous zones for the purpose of inciting pleasure and relaxation. This place, which is located in the mountains of Escazu, has a jacuzzi and offers wine to guests. The above may sound like a description of a brothel, but it is actually a Tantric massage spa operated by a woman named Nubia Salas. In a recent interview with Sergio Jimenez of online daily La Prensa Libre (the oldest news publication still operational in Costa Rica) Ms. Salas…

Does Costa Rica Have the Highest Electricity Rates in the World? Standard

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One grumbling commonly expressed by North American expats residing in Costa Rica is related to their monthly electricity bills. Not only do they assert that they pay more in Costa Rica than they used to pay in Loafers Glory, North Carolina or in Dildo Harbour Newfoundland; they also assume that their new monthly bill has to be the most expensive in the world. The dubious reasoning that accompanies this expat nagging usually goes along the lines of “Why should I pay so much in a Third World country that mostly gets its electricity from renewable sources?” In extreme cases, some…

Migrants Bound for the U.S. Continue Arriving in Costa Rica Standard

IOM Costa Rica Chief of Mission Roeland de Wilde explains the options to stranded migrants. Photo: IOM / Jorge Gallo

Between April 21 and August 3, Costa Rica registered the arrival of over 5,600 irregular migrants. The number has continued to rise over the past week and at least 2,500 migrants remain in the small Central American country, overwhelming the government’s limited response capacity and leaving migrants highly vulnerable. The migrants, who continue to arrive at the rate of 100 to 150 a day, are mostly Haitian, many claiming to be from Africa. Nonetheless there are people from African and Asian countries – including the Congo, Senegal, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Togo, Nepal, Bangladesh, Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq. While Costa Rica…

Rio 2016: Tennis Odds After Shocking Defeat of Serena Williams Standard

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The world’s women tennis number one Serena Williams was disappointed by her defeat to Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina (6-4, 6-3) and regretted the missed opportunity at the Rio 2016 Olympics. “It was a great opportunity. It didn’t work out the way I wanted it to be, but at least I was able to make it to Rio. That was one of my goals,” the reigning Olympic gold medalist said. Serena, nevertheless, enjoyed the experience. “It was awesome and fun, but it’s over now,” said the 35-year-old tennis superstar. About the match, the world number one said “Obviously I am very disappointed….