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Source: Pixabay Commons Lawyer Who Swindled Expats in Costa Rica Travels to Jail

Source: Pixabay Commons The Criminal Division Tribunal at the Pavas Courthouse has sentenced attorney Moises Vincenzi to a five-year prison term for his role in a scheme to defraud an elderly Canadian couple in Costa Rica. According to a report by Evelin Andino of daily tabloid Diario Extra, the amount of money scammed by Mr. Vincenzi is close to $8 million. The expats who were ripped off b...

Screenshot of INS webpage Insurance Giant From Costa Rica Gets Excellent Ratings

Screenshot of INS webpage MEXICO CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A.M. Best has affirmed the financial strength rating of A- (Excellent) and the issuer credit rating of “a-” of Instituto Nacional de Seguros (INS) (San Jose, Costa Rica). The outlook for both ratings is stable.   The ratings reflect INS’ favorable operating performance in conjunction with strong capitalization, sound reinsuranc...

Flickr Commons Simple Productivity Tips for Organizing Work Life

Flickr Commons What is productivity really about? It essentially refers to doing more and more things in less time. Productivity is very important in this contemporary age of hectic work schedules. As we all know, time management is the most important and most talked about aspect of increasing productivity. As unexpected and unimportant tasks consume time, it is good to abstain from them by al...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Global Ecotourism Network Reorganizes in Costa Rica

SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA--(Marketwired - February 26, 2015) - The entire Advisory Committee of the TIES program of the International Tourism Collective (ITC) has resigned from the ITC and is calling for global participation from members within the international ecotourism and sustainable tourism community to join in a transition to a new, positive, transparent and accountable global association to sup...

Source: Pure Hospitality Online Travel Booking Engine Being Developed in Costa Rica

Source: Pure Hospitality LAS VEGAS, Feb. 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Pure Hospitality Solutions, Inc., (OTC: PNOW) announced today, that the Company has made stronger relationships, to ensure that its FROL booking engine is given new life as Oveedia, the anticipated Central-America-Caribbean Online Travel Agency (OTA) to be launched in Costa Rica later this year. "Take a serious look at the OT...

Source: EFE Coca-Cola Centennial Celebration Will Come to Costa Rica

Source: EFE Atlanta, Feb 25 (EFE).- Beverage giant Coca-Cola will celebrate the centennial of its iconic "hobble-skirt" glass bottle with art exhibitions, a global media campaign and a commemorative song composed for the occasion, company representatives said. Atlanta, where the company has its headquarters and Coca-Cola, considered one of the most profitable creations of modern industry, was b...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Sunwing Wants to Fly More Canadians to Costa Rica

Source: Wikimedia Commons Canadian airline Sunwing intends to offer more connections between North American cities and Costa Rica. As reported by The Costa Rica Star, Sunwing has previously announced flights from Toronto and Edmonton to the Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport (LIR), which is conveniently located near the Gold Coast beaches of Guanacaste. According to a report by Juan...

File photo Canadian Firm Borrows Money to Fight Costa Rica

Alleged Greenwashing by Infinito Gold A mining company with a controversial track record in Costa Rica recently announced its acceptance of a loan from a major shareholder, and this temporary provision of funds is expected to float this embattled Canadian firm as it pursues a claim against Costa Rica. Readers of The Costa Rica Star are likely familiar with the saga of Infinito Gold in our c...

Source: Pixabay Commons Two Things U.S. Dollar Earners in Costa Rica Should Know

The Greenback If the way you make a living in Costa Rica consists of getting paid in United States dollars (USD), there a couple of things you should know about what your financial future might hold now that the greenback is no longer tied to currency exchange bands. As recently reported by The Costa Rica Star, the Central Bank decided to get rid of the currency exchange bands, which had a min...

Pali in Quepos. Source: Wikimedia Commons Convenience Store Sector Expands in Costa Rica

Super Mora During 2014, grocery retailers in Costa Rica continued to focus on offering attractive value relations to consumers, which were mainly represented by discounts and offers in the case of supermarkets (even in the case of the high- end players), hypermarkets and discounters, while convenience stores remained committed with offering time-saving, differentiated items and product availa...

Wikimedia Commons A Very Slow Valentine’s Day for Retailers in Costa Rica

Wikimedia Commons Costa Rica has been eager to adopt some of the so-called Hallmark (or commercial) holidays created in the United States; a good example in this regard is Black Friday, a shopping extravaganza that our country has expanded into Black November. Such has not really the case with Valentine's Day, which is mostly known as día del amor y la amistad (Love and Friendship Day). Whe...

HSBC HSBC Scandal in Costa Rica: A Courier and a Dead Cop

News media outlets in Costa Rica are beginning to provide details on the highly controversial Swiss Leaks scandal involving millions upon millions of dollars stashed away in deposit and investment accounts at the controversial HSBC bank in Switzerland. Allegations about the involvement high-profile business people and politicians were reported by the press in Costa Rica, but initial investigations...

Cafe Britt Shop Coffee Giant from Costa Rica Chooses Predictive Marketing

Cafe Britt MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- (Marketwired) - AgilOne, the predictive marketing cloud company, announced in December that the Costa Rica based gourmet, hand-roasted coffee and hand-made chocolate retailer Café Britt became a new customer. Café Britt is a company that prides itself on the unique, authentic and personalized experience each customer has with the brand. They plan to use AgilOne ...

Wikimedia Commons Sustainably-Grown Pineapples From Costa Rica

Wikimedia Commons One of the most lucrative crops in Costa Rica has come under heavy criticism from environmental activists and farmers who are concerned about the sustainability of their soil and ecosystems. Pineapples are one of the most enticing cash crops in Costa Rica thanks to heavy demand from developed markets such as Europe. Unfortunately, the mass and indiscriminate farming of pineap...

Source: Pura Vida Bracelets Bracelets Made in Costa Rica Featured by Forbes Magazine

Source: Pura Vida Bracelets An enterprise previously featured by The Costa Rica Star is now being recognized by the prestigious business magazine Forbes. Paul Goodman and Griffin Thall are the cofounders of Pura Vida Bracelets; in the past, we described their entrepreneurial spirit as follows: When Griffin Thall and Paul Goodman traveled to Costa Rica in 2009 after graduating from San Diego S...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Costa Rica’s Credit Rating Suffers; Banks Improve

Source: Wikimedia Commons Despite a recent decision by the Central Bank of Costa Rica to allow the United States dollar (USD) to float freely against the colon (CRC), the country’s sovereign debt remains very high while the deficit becomes tougher to manage. As a result, The Costa Rica Star has recently published press releases from Fitch Ratings, which indicate that the sovereign debt outlook...

Partial Endocrine System Major Endocrinology Science Symposium in Costa Rica

Partial Endocrine System February 02, 2015 12:21 PM - JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) will convene the first-ever, Pan-American Scientific Symposium: Clinical Endocrinology in Latin America on February 26-28 in San Jose, Costa Rica. “It’s a transcultural opportunity for us to share and adapt our AACE guidelines and educationa...

Passport and money Say Hello to the Floating US Dollar in Costa Rica

The Greenback Starting this Monday, February 2nd, the strongest international currency in the world will no longer be subject to the caps and limits imposed by the Central Bank of Costa Rica over the last eight years. Since October 2006, the value of the United States dollar (USD) against the colón (CRC) was controlled by “bandas cambiarias” (exchange bands), which established a floor and ceil...

Source: Johnny Rockets There’s No Stopping Johnny Rockets in Costa Rica

Source: Johnny Rockets A new Johnny Rockets restaurant opened in Costa Rica during January, and the California fast-food chain is not planning to slow down its expansion in our country. The new franchise location is situated in the heart of Downtown San Jose, precisely in the Plaza Universal food court on the Avenida Central pedestrian boulevard. According to a news report filed by Nancy Al...

Source: Pure Booking Engine from Costa Rica Plans Expansion

Source: Pure LAS VEGAS, Jan. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Pure Hospitality Solutions, Inc., (OTC: PNOW) announced today, that the Company has moved to engage the services of the Sabre Travel Network, potentially adding 125,000 base hotels to the Oveedia platform. Aside from Pure's Central American-Caribbean niche, Sabre brings an affiliate network of over 400 airlines, 16 cruise lines and more tha...