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Source: Facebook U.S. Divers Failed to Find Sunken Catamaran in Costa Rica

Source: Facebook A team of experts from the United States Coast Guard (USCG) returned to their duty stations after an unsuccessful underwater search for the Pura Vida Princess catamaran. As previously reported by The Costa Rica Star: Three elderly tourists from Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom lost their lives at sea while enjoying a catamaran cruise off the Pacific Coast of C...

Turrialba at dawn, Source: OVSICORI Airport in Costa Rica Reopens as Volcanic Activity Continues

Turrialba at dawn, Source: OVSICORI Despite incandescent volcanic matter being ejected from the crater of the Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica, the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO), located in the Alajuela province, resumed operations during the early hours of Friday. Officials from the Directorate of Civil Aviation and from Aeris, the management firm in charge of SJO, had shut down ...

Source: MSP Indigenous Girl in Costa Rica Gets Airlifted Home

Source: MSP An 8-year old girl from an indigenous tribe in Costa Rica was elated to learn that her stay at the hospital would culminate with an exciting helicopter ride over the green mountains of Talamanca. Officers from the Air Surveillance Service, a specialized unit serving the Ministry of Public Security (Spanish initials: MSP), flew a humanitarian mission to get a little girl and a relat...

Screenshot of cached US Marshals webpage Costa Rica Was Hideaway for US Expat Featured on CNN

Screenshot of cached US Marshals webpage Concord, NH - April 15 (U.S Marshals Press Release) – Scott Kelley, 50, a former Whitefield, New Hampshire, resident wanted by law enforcement since November 2004 for non-custodial kidnapping and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, was arrested upon his return to the United States by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force at an Atlanta-area airport. Mi...

The rescued French tourists. Source: MSP French Tourist Dies in Offshore Fishing Accident in Costa Rica

The rescued French tourists. Source: MSP An offshore fishing charter expedition in Costa Rica turned deadly for a French tourist who was on vacation with friends and relatives. According to a press communication by the Ministry of Public Security (Spanish initials: MSP), officers from the National Coast Guard Service identified the victim as Huberts Nicolle. The tragic accident took place a...

yoga retreat Amatierra wellness center costa rica Choosing Your Style of Yoga in Costa Rica

This informative and comprehensive article was kindly provided to The Costa Rica Star by Jill Ruttenberg, yoga instructor and wellness director at the AmaTierra Retreat and Wellness Center. Once upon a time, when it came to physical practice, there was just Hatha Yoga from which all other modern-day styles emerged. Those who are new to yoga can get very confused by the many types that are offer...

Source: Wikimedia Commons US Expat Indicted for Ghastly Costa Rica / Panama Murder

Source: Wikimedia Commons WASHINGTON (DOJ) —Brian Karl Brimager, 37, prior boyfriend of murdered Los Angeles woman Yvonne Baldelli, was indicted by a federal grand jury in San Diego, California, today on first degree murder charges. Brimager was arraigned in court on the superseding indictment and pleaded not guilty. Brimager has been in U.S. custody since June 2013 on charges of obstructio...

Source: Flickr Commons Former U.S. Soldier Killed and Burned in Costa Rica

Source: Flickr Commons San Jose, Apr 17 (EFE).- A former U.S. soldier named Robert Lemon was found dead on the private Ojo de Agua Ranch in Puriscal County, San Jose province. He had been shot several times and half of his body was charred, a police spokesperson told Efe Friday. The body was found Thursday next to the stables, together with two dead dogs, by a woman who works on the ranch a...

london British Embassy in Costa Rica Updates Travel Advice

In light of the recent eruptions and increased activity at the Turrialba volcano in the province of Cartago, the British Embassy in Costa Rica has updated its advice to travelers. The Costa Rica Star has been closely following the announcements by our country's geologists and emergency officials with regard to this active colossus, which has been compared to a “pressure cooker.” The following u...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Mystery Surrounds Shooting of US Expat in Costa Rica

Source: Wikimedia Commons Agents from the Office of Judicial Investigations (Spanish initials: OIJ) in Costa Rica believe that a businessman from the United States, who was shot multiple times in a shopping center located in the upscale community of Escazu, may have been targeted for assassination. As reported by The Costa Rica Star in March: An expat from the United States is in the intensiv...

Source: OWC The Offshore World Championship in Quepos, Costa Rica

Source: OWC Sportsfishing teams from around the world are getting ready for the 2015 edition of the Offshore World Championship, which takes place in Quepos, one of the best offshore fishing spots in our planet. The press release below was issued by a Caribbean team that is very serious about winning this year’s championship: Christiansted, USVI (PRWEB) April 12, 2015 - Cane Bay Partners VI...

A baby volcanic rock in Costa Rica from the Turrialba volcano. Source: RSN Lava Rising at the Turrialba Volcano in Costa Rica

A baby volcanic rock in Costa Rica from the Turrialba volcano. Source: RSN Earth scientists at the National Seismology Network (Spanish initials: RSN) of the University of Costa Rica issued a statement yesterday that underscores the need for emergency planning and disaster preparedness in the communities near the Turrialba volcano, in the province of Cartago. Magmatic levels at this active col...

OECD member nations as of mid-2015. Wikimedia Commons Costa Rica Receives Formal Invitation to Join OECD

OECD member nations as of mid-2015. Wikimedia Commons The Republic of Costa Rica may soon be shedding her “Third World” geopolitical label and join the ranks of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). As you can glean from the official OECD press release below, Costa Rica is getting closer to joining a forum of nations that are committed to uphold democracy as well a...

Source: Facebook Memorial Service for Matthew Kritzer in Costa Rica

Source: Facebook On the same day that Jewish and Christian faithful in Costa Rica were celebrating their respective religious holidays of Passover and Good Friday, a tragic accident claimed the life of Matthew Kritzer, an expatriate from the United States who resided in the Southern Pacific coast, specifically in the town of San Josecito in the Osa Peninsula. As recently posted by Nicole Hi...

Wikimedia Commons New Job Listing at the US Embassy in Costa Rica

Wikimedia Commons Source: Unites States Embassy in San Jose, Costa Rica Please note that the US Embassy will be closed on Friday, April 10th 2015 in observance of Juan Santamaria Day ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER: 2015-014 Open to: All Interested Candidates Position: Telephone Operator, FSN-5; FP-9* Opening Date: March 25, 2015 Closing Date: April 15, 2015 Work Hours: Full-time; 40 hour...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Suspected US Fraudster Extradited from Costa Rica to Miami

Source: Wikimedia Commons (US Department of Justice Press Release) - A U.S. citizen charged in connection with the operation of a series of fraudulent business opportunities was extradited from Costa Rica to the United States, the Justice Department announced today.   John White was charged in a Nov. 29, 2011, indictment in the Southern District of Florida with conspiracy to commit ...

Source: Facebook Matthew Kritzer: 1947, New York – 2015, Costa Rica

Source: Facebook Author's Note: Regrettably, The Costa Rica Star did not know about the life of Matthew Kritzer, a gentleman from the United States, until it was too late. We first learned about his tragic demise from a report filed by the medical examiner. While conducting research for the news article, we came across Mr. Kritzer's digital footprint, which paints the picture of an amazing hum...

File photo Tragic Accident Claims Life of US Expat in Costa Rica

File photo According to field reports filed by the forensic section of the Office of Judicial Investigations (Spanish initials: OIJ), a 67-year old man from the United States passed away from massive trauma sustained after a tragic road traffic accident in Costa Rica. The crash reportedly took place in the Osa Peninsula, which is located in the southern Pacific region of Costa Rica. More sp...

Red Cross Red Cross in Costa Rica: 130 Years of Honorable Service

On April 4th, 1885, the international Red Cross and Red Crescent movement formally inaugurated operations in Costa Rica. On this Holy Saturday, Red Cross staff and volunteers in Costa Rica would certainly like to take a moment to celebrate their 130th anniversary of providing a most noble service in our country; alas, they are very busy rendering emergency medical service to residents and visitors...

Source: OVSICORI Good Friday Earthquakes Scare Travelers in Costa Rica

Source: OVSICORI Various seismic events in Costa Rica scared churchgoers and tourists across the country, who were either preparing for the solemn Good Friday ceremonies or enjoying time off at crowded vacation spots. The first earthquake took place at 12:32, in the midst of lunchtime; it was recorded with a magnitude of 4.7 on the moment magnitude scale (MMS), and its epicenter was located...

Wikimedia Commons Canada Participates in US War on Drugs off Costa Rica

Wikimedia Commons OTTAWA (Division of National Defence Press Release) - Her Majesty's Canadian Ship Whitehorse, in collaboration with the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy, assisted with the interception of more than 5200 kg of cocaine in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean off the coast of Costa Rica as part of Operation CARIBBE in early March. Quick Facts The crew of a coasta...

Intensity map by RSN (UCR) Aftershocks Rock Earthquake Cluster Region in Costa Rica

Intensity map by RSN (UCR) UPDATE: The 11:05 earthquake, magnitude 4.2 with an epicenter north of San Ramon in the province of Alajuela, is not part of the Cinchona cluster. It is important to keep in mind that Costa Rica is a seismic country. Three strong earthquakes followed by more than 70 aftershocks rudely awakened residents of a seismic region of Costa Rica on the final day of March. ...

Source: RSN Turrialba Volcano in Costa Rica: 14 Eruptions in 2 Weeks

The magnificent Turrialba in April 2012. Source: RSN A nighttime period of gaseous exhalation followed two minor ash eruptions from the Turrialba volcano, which is currently the most active colossus of Costa Rica. The first of the two eruptions, which took place over the weekend, was registered at 2:45 pm on a Saturday afternoon. That volcanic event mostly consisted of fine ash being expelled,...

Nicoya Municipality Liquor License 30% of Costa Rica Under Dry Laws for Easter Celebrations

Three out of ten municipal councils in Costa Rica have resolved that they will not allow the sale or consumption of alcoholic beverages in the most solemn days leading up to Easter. As of Palm Sunday, only a handful of municipalities had not yet issued a decision on whether they should apply “dry laws” in their communities, and the total number of cantons and districts that will go dry this Thursd...

Source: Pixabay Commons Costa Rica is Not Alone in Producing 100% Clean Energy

Source: Pixabay Commons One of the most talked-about headlines coming from Costa Rica in recent days is an announcement from the Ministry of the Environment and the national electricity monopoly ICE. The announcement explains that electricity generation thus far this year has been realized without resorting to fossil fuels, which means it mostly came from hydroelectric plants and wind turbi...

Source: Facebook HBO’s Entourage Star is Diving With Sharks in Costa Rica

Source: Facebook Adrian Grenier, the star of the hit series Entourage, which is soon to be released as a feature film, arrived in Costa Rica this past Sunday for the purposes of swimming with sharks. That much can be gleaned through a series of social media updates posted by the famous actor, producer and musician on his Facebook and Instagram accounts. The famous actor is diving off Isla d...

Source: Wikimedia Commons US Citizens Warned About Traveling to Costa Rica

Source: Wikimedia Commons In the wake of a terrible shooting that sent a United States expat to an intensive care unit in Costa Rica, the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) of the United States has issued a security message warning to travelers. As previously reported by The Costa Rica Star, the recent shooting took place in Escazu, an affluent municipality that serves as an upscale sub...

Source: Facebook Star NFL Quarterback Tom Brady on Vacation in Costa Rica

Source: Facebook It's official: The Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XLIX is currently relaxing and having a great time with his family in Costa Rica. Tom Brady of the New England Patriots is probably one of the most recognized professional athletes within the National Football League (NFL), and his connection to Costa Rica dates back a few years. As previously reported by The Costa Rica ...

Source: PriceSmart PriceSmart in Costa Rica Warns About Kraft Mac & Cheese

Source: PriceSmart A batch of boxed instant meals sold at PriceSmart stores in Costa Rica may contain dangerous metal fragments. Such was the message recently communicated by the Risk Management division of PriceSmart in Costa Rica by means of an online document  (PDF) that has also been posted in the company's store locations in our country. The alert issued by PriceSmart to its members in...

Irazu Volcano Crater Costa Rica Landslides at Irazu Volcano Could Restrict Travel and Tourism

The Irazu crater First there was the Poas, then  the Turrialba and now the Irazu. These three volcanoes are located in the Central Mountain Range of Costa Rica, and they are among the most visited in our country. Unfortunately, these three volcanoes have been presenting increased volcanic activity recently, which often leads to closures and restricted access to tourists. Readers of The Cost...

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