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Crocodile attack, Tamarindo, July  2016. Crocodile Attack Prevention Underway in Tamarindo

By Wendy Anders With tourism generating $2.8 billion in revenue last year, according to the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT), and employing more than 1/2 a million Costa Ricans either directly or indirectly, crocodile attacks on tourist beaches are an issue of national concern. That’s why the Tamarindo Integral Development Association (ADIT) has been meeting intensively with a host of local a...

Drug bust off Cabo Blanco, courtesy of the Public Security Ministry. This Week’s Big Busts: Cocaine in Nicoya, Marijuana in Limón

By Wendy Anders In today's early morning hours off Cabo Blanco at the southernmost tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, the Costa Rican Coast Guard reported the seizure of nearly 2,300 kilos of cocaine. This latest illegal drug capture makes for nearly 10 tons of cocaine seized by police since January, according to office police sources. Twelve ships transporting illegal drugs from Jamaica and Co...

Source: UNLV U.S. Engineering Student Improves Recycling Center in Costa Rica

Source: UNLV By Greg Lacour Mario Verduzco knew only a couple of things as he flew to Costa Rica in January for a four-month study-abroad/internship experience: He’d be working at a recycling center, and the owners had a project for him. The project turned out to be one of the most challenging experiences of the Las Vegas native and electrical engineering junior’s life. It wasn’t so much...

An Uber driver in Bogota. Wikimedia Commons Uber Users Prefer Uber Over Official Taxis by 3-1, New Poll Finds

By Wendy Anders Official taxis have seen better days. A Costa Rica CID Gallup poll published today shows that official “red” taxis are the preferred choice for over half of Costa Ricans, but that Uber is chosen 3-1 over official taxis by those who have used Uber’s services at least once. The 52 percent of those polled who prefer red taxis tend to live outside of the Central Valley metropo...

Thousands of Cuban migrants remain in shelters across Costa Rica.  (CIDH/Twitter) Costa Rica Will Protect U.S.-Bound Refugees

Thousands of Cuban migrants remain in shelters across Costa Rica. (CIDH/Twitter) The U.S. government announced Tuesday that it will permit Guatemalans, Hondurans and Salvadorans living legally in this country to request asylum for their children and for people they are "caregivers" for - older siblings, parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents - and it will also cooperate with Costa Rica to all...

AHPPA Refugio Animal Shelter Costa Rica Animal Welfare Law Passes Costa Rican Legislature

By Wendy Anders The Costa Rican Legislative Assembly voted in favor of legislation to protect animal welfare yesterday. The President’s press office reported that the law, Ley #18,298 (Bienestar Animal), has received unconditional support from the executive branch, which has already started to implement actions along these lines The law stipulates sanctions against anyone who physically h...

Wikimedia Commons Missing English Teacher Found Dead in Costa Rica

The lifeless body of a retired English language educator, who had gone missing for more than two weeks, was recently found in a remote area of Costa Rica. According to a news report filed by rural reporter Eddis Gomez of daily tabloid Diario Extra, the departed teacher has been identified as Santiago Salguera Hernandez, who was 67 years old when he went missing in the village of Chimurria, part...

pacuare rainforest Plan for Local Volunteers to Aid in Nature Protection Takes Off

By Wendy Anders Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís signed into effect a citizen monitoring project to aid in protecting the country’s natural resources, stated the executive branch press office today. The volunteers will support the country’s national conservation area system (SINAC) in their work overseeing the country’s 160 protected areas of which 28 are national parks. Residen...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Child of Family on Vacation Drowns in Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast

Source: Wikimedia CommonsA 13-year old boy on vacation in Costa Rica was knocked down by a powerful wave and dragged out to sea by rip currents over the weekend. Officers from the National Coast Guard Service found his body floating off Playa Palmeras, located in the Caribbean community of Estero Negro. According to a recent news report filed by Allan Chacon Soto of daily tabloid Diario Extra,...

Ovsicori-UNA Huge Turrialba Eruption Underway

By Wendy Anders What might possibly be the largest of the recent Turrialba volcano eruptions started at 7:22 this morning, according to the National University's Volcanology and Seismology Observatory (Ovsicori-UNA). A photo on their site shows a cloud of ash reaching nearly 3,000m. The blast caused tremors that were felt by nearby residents. A Facebook follower in Alto de las Palomas, Es...

African immigrants from Costa Rica; OAS. Growing Immigrant-Related Tensions at CR Northern Border

By Wendy Andershttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cn91WdKhUmE Eyewitness accounts in and around Peñas Blancas on Costa Rica’s northern border with Nicaragua show growing desperation and also health concerns among hundreds of Haitian and African immigrants trying to journey to the U.S. Costa Rica’s national TV Repretel documented a thwarted attempt last Wednesday by a boisterous group of immigra...

Pizza Pizza, Yuca, Cocaine, and Costa Rica: Father and Son Found Guilty

Wikimedia CommonsThis afternoon, following a two week trial, a federal jury in Brooklyn, New York, returned a guilty verdict against Gregorio and Angelo Gigliotti for their operation of a transnational cocaine trafficking operation that stretched from Italy, to Queens and to Costa Rica. Gregorio Gigliotti was also convicted of possessing a stash of firearms in connection with the operation. Whe...

Source: OVSICORI Recent Costa Rica Volcano Eruption Could Form New Caldera (VIDEO)

Areli Arevalo FacebookA powerful mid-afternoon eruption of the Turrialba volcano, currently the most active in Costa Rica, opened new vents in the crater, which suggests that a new caldera could form in the future. According to geologists from the Observatory of Volcanology and Seismology of Costa Rica (Spanish acronym: OVSICORI), the eruption took place at 3:42 pm on a cloudy Friday afternoon...

Regl Sea Commerce Expands with Ferry Between CR and El Salvador

By Wendy Anders The Central American business magazine, Revista Mercados y Tendencias, reported July 19 on a commercial ferry service between Costa Rica and El Salvador that will open at the end of this month. The ferry will operate three weekly trips in both directions between the Costa Rican Pacific port of Caldera and El Salvador’s La Unión port, with a capacity of up to 85 trailers per t...

Source: ECSU U.S. College Students Learn About Biodiversity in Costa Rica

Source: ECSUIn the wee hours of May 22, 13 Eastern biology students and biology professors Patricia Szczys and Matthew Graham trekked to the rainforest of Costa Rica to experience a 12-day trip they had been preparing for since January. The students had spent the spring semester in groups of three and four students each reading scientific literature and preparing research proposals for studies...

Sloth Scientists Explain Why Sloths Are So Slothful in Costa Rica

Although most of the terrestrial world is covered in trees, there are precious few vertebrates that make the canopy their home and subsist solely on a diet of leaves. Tree sloths are among the most emblematic tree-dwelling mammals. However, they are best known for their pokey demeanor rather than the fact that they spend the majority of their lives in trees munching leaves. But the slow motion...

Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika are spread by the Aedes aegyptie mosquito (Wikimedia Commons) Another U.S. Tourist Infected With Zika Virus in Costa Rica

Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika are spread by the Aedes aegyptie mosquito (Wikimedia Commons)Bismarck, N.D.— The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has confirmed a second case of Zika virus illness reported in a North Dakota resident. The individual who tested positive for Zika virus is a man who traveled to Costa Rica. This case was not hospitalized for his illness. As reported by Th...

File photo Corporate Univ Founded by Catholic Apostolic Attracts US Company

By Wendy Anders Yesterday Costa Rican Foreign Trade Minster Alexander Mora announced the start of $2.5 million construction on the Invenio University campus in Guanacaste that will house the Illinois, U.S.-based Continuum Data Center, LLC. Continuum Data offers purpose built data centers and colocation solutions to businesses. Starting with a staff of 20 they plan to eventually grow to 300 a...

Escuela El Carmen in Escazú celebrates nutrition week, Facebook. Almost 20K Quit Classes After School Break: Officials Concerned

By Wendy Anders Every year public school administrators in Costa Rica face a troubling school drop-out reality, both at the start of the school year and mid-year. This year has been no different, reported Radio Monumental yesterday, with close to 20,000 kindergarten - university public education students failing to return after the two-week mid-year break that just ended. According to Son...

Source:  EurekAlert and University of Central Florida BREAKING: New Venomous Snake Species Discovered in Costa Rica

Source: EurekAlert and University of Central FloridaAn international team of scientists has solved a case of mistaken identity and discovered a new species of venomous snake, according to a recent press release by EurekAlert. The newly discovered Talamancan Palm-Pitviper is a striking green-and-black snake living in some of the most remote regions of Costa Rica. The coloring is a characterist...

Source: MSP Adorable Puma Cub Rescued by Police Officers in Costa Rica

Source: MSPA disarmingly cute newborn jaguarundi, sometimes called an eyra cat, was rescued by officers from Fuerza Publica (the national police force of Costa Rica) on Friday afternoon. The rescue took place in Gamalotal, a rural district of Nicoya in the province of Guanacaste. According to an official press released issued by the Ministry of Public Security, the wild kitten was actually fo...

Billy Geno and Christi Carr U.S. Tourist Saves Man from Drowning in Costa Rica (VIDEO)

Billy Geno and Christi Carr A visitor from the United States enjoying his honeymoon in Costa Rica made a daring water rescue to save a man from drowning. According to the Facebook Timeline of the Volusia Surf Lifesaving Association, the rescue took place recently while Billy Geno and Christi Carr, newlyweds from Florida, were celebrating their honeymoon at a beach resort in Costa Rica. A c...

costa rica war on drugs Criminal Court Round-Up from Around Costa Rica

By Wendy Anders The judicial branch in a press statement summarizing this week’s activity noted that the Alajuela Criminal Court found two men guilty of illegal drug dealing, and a woman guilty of money laundering. The court sentenced a Hungarian man by the last name of Halasz to 10 years in jail, and another man named Otárola to eight years. This same court sentenced a Mexican woman by ...

Wikimedia Commons Police Intercept Shipment of Pink Cocaine Bound for Costa Rica

Wikimedia CommonsDrug interdiction agents in Panama seized a major shipment of pink cocaine that was intended to reach Costa Rica before being repackaged and smuggled to the United States and Europe. According to a news report filed by Manuel Estrada of daily tabloid Diario Extra, the National Police of Colombia worked together with Panamanian law enforcement to arrest Alejandro Arboleda Uribe...

Epsy Campbell Barr, Citizen Action Party Legislator, from Facebook profile. Legislator Pushes for Equal Political Participation by Women

By Wendy Anders Source: UN Women Citizen Action Party (PAC) Legislator Epsy Campbell recently introduced legislation that seeks to further expand the participation of women in governance by establishing quotas. The law comes after a recent constitutional court ruling that requires political parties to include women in equal numbers on ballots, a measure also supported by Campbell. The new...

bicycle police Samara Beach Police Capture $5.5 Million Worth of Drugs in Eight Months

By Wendy Anders A 500-strong special police operations force set up by Public Security Minister Gustavo Mata last October has been working hard to make a dent in local illegal drug-related activities. The Costa Rican police has made over 25,000 illegal drug-related arrests throughout the country since then. These crimes, which include everything from drug possession and drug dealing to mo...

Source: UC Blue Ash College U.S. College Students Rescue Sea Turtle Nest in Costa Rica

Source: UC Blue Ash College By Pete Gemmer Saving a damaged sea turtle nest along the coast of Costa Rica was among a few of the life-changing activities students enjoyed this summer as part of two study abroad trips hosted by the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College. The Costa Rica Study Abroad trip was based on the Osa Peninsula, home to about 3 percent of the world’s biodiversity...

Wikimedia Commons Christiana Figueres from Costa Rica Will Debate at the UN

Wikimedia Commons 12 July 2016 – Continuing a series of ‘firsts’ regarding the selection of the next United Nations Secretary-General, candidates for the world’s top diplomatic post will this evening participate in a globally televised and webcast event in the UN General Assembly Hall, where they will take questions from diplomats and the public at large. Christiana Figueres, the candidate ...

Unknown Respiratory Virus Alert Still Active in Costa Rica

By Wendy Anders Costa Rican public health officials renewed a health alert put in place July 2 in response to a severe respiratory virus that is especially virulent in young children. The temporary extension of hours in peripheral clinics will remain in effect until August 8, or until the respiratory emergency wanes sufficiently, stated officials in a press statement today. The following ...

Passport and money 3-Year Sentence for U.S. Expat Who Used Stolen Passport in Costa Rica

William Albert Ulmer, aka “Bill Ulmer,” 49, of West Dickinson, North Dakota, was sentenced today to three years in prison for traveling with a stolen passport and aggravated identity theft charges, announced Jill Westmoreland Rose, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. U.S. District Judge Robert J. Conrad, Jr. also sentenced Ulmer to three years of supervised release after he i...

13584763_819817011451346_8522583045844605008_o European Film Festival On Until Saturday

By Wendy Anders Cine Magaly, in downtown San Jose’s California neighborhood, is hosting Costa Rica’s 6th Annual European Film Festival with pictures from 10 different countries. Here’s the schedule for the remainder of the festival: Sunday, July 10: El Olivo, 3:40pm, (Spanish) Terapia para Un Vampiro, 6:15pm, (Austrian) La French, 8:25pm, (French)   Monday, July 11: ...

Mujer Two Foreign Women Murdered in Guanacaste Yesterday

The subject wanted in the Villarreal, Guanacaste stabbing. By Wendy Anders This article has been updated to include new information from police sources: Yesterday, two separate murders of women in Guanacaste have kept police and investigators very busy, and the local community very concerned. The first, apparently a lover's quarrel between two Nicaraguans, occurred in the presence of ...

13615181_1070104416405527_3222878438408436894_n Unattended Candle Reduces 11 Homes to Ashes

from Costa Rican Firefighters' Facebook page. By Wendy Anders Early this morning firefighters reported putting out a fire caused by a candle in San Rafael, Alajuela that ravaged 11 poor homes and displaced 45 people. The Benemérito Cuerpo de Bomberos de Costa Rica on their Facebook site responded to comments throughout the morning in response to the news. One woman inquiring about any pets t...

Wikimedia Commons Caught on Video: Explosive Volcano Eruption in Costa Rica

Wikimedia Commons One of the most popular Costa Rica volcanoes in terms of tourism is going through a renewed period of activity to the delight of visitors. A recent time-lapse video captured by a camera near the crater of the Poas was posted to the Facebook Timeline of the Observatory of Seismology and Volcanology of the National University of Costa Rica (Spanish acronym: OVSICORI). In the...

Ministry of Justice and Peace exchanging violent toys. Push to Eliminate Toy Gun Sales Gains Momentum

Wikimedia Commons. By Wendy Anders This afternoon, Public Security Minister Gustavo Mata, addressed Costa Rica’s Legislative Assembly to push for the need to regulate the sale of violent toys in the country. The meeting came on the heels of an assault this morning in Limón in which a man used a toy gun to rob a woman while she was walking with her young son, said the ministry in a press ...

Source: Wooster Surfboards Costa Rica U.S. Surfers Rescue Stranded Baby Dolphin in Costa Rica

Source: Wooster Surfboards Costa Rica Surfers from the United States visiting Costa Rica rescued a dolphin calf that had become stranded on the beach and separated from its mother. The rescue was witnessed by a shaper from Wooster Surfboards Costa Rica, and it was also captured on video and posted to the Facebook Timeline of the National Surfing Federation. The surfers self-identified with ...

costa-rica-news-annual-survey-04 Annual Survey Focuses on Cost of Living, Child and Teen Labor

By Wendy Anders Every year in July, the National Census Institute (INEC) sends surveyors to a sample of homes throughout Costa Rica to provide updated demographic and economic data to policy makers. Starting today, the survey, known in Spanish as La Encuesta de Hogares, aims to reach an estimated 13,5000 homes with questions on income, poverty, equality, access to good and services, land use...

Source: U.S. National Museum of Health and Medicine Syphilis on the Rise in Costa Rica

Source: U.S. National Museum of Health and Medicine A common sexually transmitted infection that was substantially reduced in Costa Rica decades ago is showing signs of spreading, and societal trends related to the Millennial Generation seem to be at play. According to a news report filed by health journalist Angie Guerrero of online news daily Costa Rica Hoy, statistics compiled by the Min...

Source: Fuerza Publica U.S. Sex Offender Extradited from Costa Rica Escapes Again

Source: Fuerza Publica A sex offender from the United States is on the lam again after being extradited from Costa Rica. John Wesley Saatio, a fugitive facing several criminal charges in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, escaped from a van transporting prisoners in Florida on Saturday night. According to a news broadcast by WEAR, an ABC affiliate television station in Pensacola, Mr. Saatio h...

June 30, 2016, Central American Presidents meet in Roatón, Honduras. Costa Rica Rejoins Central American Integration System

Thousands of Cuban migrants remain in shelters across Costa Rica. (CIDH/Twitter) By Wendy Anders After months of behind the scenes meetings and dialogue, the eight Central American Integration System (SICA, in Spanish) members met last week on Roatán Island, Honduras and welcomed Costa Rica back. At the June 28-30 meeting, leaders agreed to a forward-looking agenda that convinced Costa R...

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