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Wikimedia Commons Why Some Families Observe Memorial Day in Costa Rica

The United States today celebrates Memorial Day, and in Costa Rica the expat community often gathers to observe the men and women who gave their lives while serving in the dear Armed Forces of their country. Author’s Note: The use of the noun and adjective “American” in this Article conforms to the definition in Princeton’s WordNet: (A native or inhabitant of the United States), and the recomme...

Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika are spread by the Aedes aegyptie mosquito (Wikimedia Commons) U.S. University Chooses Costa Rica as Zika Virus Research Lab

Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika are spread by the Aedes aegyptie mosquito (Wikimedia Commons) By Michele McDonald George Mason University researchers are on the front lines of Costa Rica’s defense against the Zika virus. Bordered by Panama and Nicaragua, the Central American country could be a natural laboratory for George Mason researchers, who have partnered with their counterparts at Co...

Source: GoFundMe Florida Professor Stuck in Costa Rica After Waking from Coma

Source: GoFundMe Florida Atlantic University Media Release - After suffering a ruptured aneurysm during a conference in Costa Rica in April and later being put in a coma after several surgeries, a professor is stranded without the means to return to the United States. Associate professor of Science and Environmental Education Julie Lambert has spent the last six weeks in Hospital Clinica Bi...

Source: Wikimedia Commons US Expats Move to Costa Rica to Live Healthy Lives

Scarlet Macaw BALTIMORE, MD (PRWEB) MAY 23, 2016 - When people consider retiring abroad, they most often cite as motivation the lower cost of living, escaping the worst of the North American winter, finding a more adventurous life, access to excellent, affordable healthcare. But many expats report that, once abroad, they discover a benefit they hadn’t considered in advance: a healthier lifestyl...

(Archive image for illustrative purposes. OIJ photo) Nine Costa Rica police officers arrested for multiple violent home invasions

(Archive image for illustrative purposes. OIJ photo) Nine Costa Rica police officers were arrested in a series of 17 coordinated raids by the Judicial Investigative Police (OIJ) on Thursday, accused of conducting multiple, violent home invasion robberies throughout the greater San Jose metro area. According to investigators, the officers are suspected in at least 10 violent home invasions, ...

Flickr Commons Benvenuti! Costa Rica Seeks Italian Investments

Flickr Commons Rome, May 26 (EFE). - Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis on Thursday called on Italian investors to strengthen bilateral trade ties and touted the Central American country's services and medical technology sectors as areas with great potential. Solis met in Rome with Italian business leaders and later gave a press conference in which he stressed that "trade relations ...

Flickr Commons Massive U.S. Raid Related to Costa Rica Sportsbook; 46 Arrests

Flickr Commons Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal announced today the arrests of forty-six (46) individuals, the execution of forty-six (46) search warrants in three states (New Jersey, New York, and Florida), as well as the seizure of approximately $2,000,000 in U.S. currency. The arrests, search warrants, and seizures are the result of an investigation into a large-scale, multi...

(OIJ Photo) Former Costa Rica ports official arrested with 2 tons of cocaine in Osa de Puntarenas

(OIJ Photo) A former official of the Costa Rican Pacific Ports Institute (INCOP) along with three other men were taken into custody after a police raid on a farm in Mogos de Sierpe in Osa, Puntarenas Tuesday afternoon that led to the discovery of some two tons of cocaine, according to the Ministry of Public Security (MSP). Agents from the Judicial Investigative Police (OIJ) raided the prope...

Stock/Archive (Pixabay Commons) More than half of Costa Rica’s young, educated workforce want to leave: Gallup poll

Stock/Archive (Pixabay Commons) More than half of Costa Rica’s young and educated workforce wishes to emigrate to another country in search of better opportunities as well as to flee the country’s high cost of living and unemployment, according to the latest opinion poll by CID Gallup. More concerning, according to the poll, is that the largest segment of those wishing to emigrate is compri...

(Courtesy) Cody Dial’s passport found amongst human remains in Costa Rica

(Courtesy) COSTA RICA STAR BREAKING NEWS The passport belonging to Cody Roman Dial, a 27-year-old Alaska man who went missing in Costa Rica nearly two years ago, was found amongst human remains discovered in the Corcovado National Park on Friday, authorities in Costa Rica announced shortly before noon on Monday. Cody Roman Dial had been missing since July 22, 2014. The discovery of the r...

(Photo courtesy of the MSP) Costa Rica authorities begin destroying clandestine airstrips used by drug cartels

(Photo courtesy of the MSP) Authorities in Costa Rica have begun destroying a number of clandestine airstrips used by drug traffickers that were identified during overflights by Costa Rica’s Air Surveillance Service (SVA) over the last several months. The SVA said in April that it had managed to locate 33 such airstrips over a 5-month period alone, most of which authorities said are linked ...

(Archive / Delta Airlines) Arrivals to Costa Rica’s Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia up 30.5 pct year-on-year

(Archive / Delta Airlines) Some 534,000 foreign visitors arrived at Costa Rica’s Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR) in Liberia during the first four months of this year, an increase of 30.5 percent compared to the same period last year, according to information released by Coriport, the company which manages the airport. The significant increase represents the fastest growth in arriv...

Wikimedia Commons JetBlue Suspends Flights to Costa Rica Due to Volcanic Ash

The following alert was recently posted on the flight operations webpage of U.S. budget airline JetBlue: Due to volcanic ash in the San Jose, Costa Rica area, we will waive change/cancel fees and difference in airfare for customers traveling on Friday, May 20, 2016 through Saturday, May 21, 2016 to/from the following airports: -San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO) Affected customers may rebook their ...

Source: Zoo Ave Adorable Coyote Cubs Rescued in Costa Rica

Source: Zoo Ave Field officers from the Ministry of the Environment (Spanish initials: MINAE) rescued a pair of baby coyotes that were found separated from their mother and pack in Guacimo, a farming community in the Caribbean region of Limon. The two cubs were transported to the Zoo Ave Wildlife Rescue Center in La Garita, province of Alajuela. According to a news report filed by Alejandro...

LGBT flag Costa Rica’s social security system considering survivors’ pensions for same-sex couples

Costa Rica’s public health and social security system, known as CCSS, will discuss the possibility of extending survivors’ pensions to same-sex couples in the coming weeks, the daily La Nacion reports. CCSS in May 2014 made a landmark decision to grant gay couples health insurance on the same terms as heterosexual couples, a move that was praised by the United Nations. “This is the next natu...

Source: US SOUTHCOM Costa Rica Participates in U.S.-Sponsored Military Competition

Source: US SOUTHCOM Lima, May 13 (EFE; additional reporting by The Costa Rica Star).- Colombia has won a competition involving 20 special operations teams from across the Americas, with Honduras and Peru coming in second and third place, respectively, military officials said. Despite a Constitutional abolishment of her military that dates back to 1949, Costa Rica has been sending tactical p...

Illustrative image. (Flickr Commons) All-Time High Murder Rate in Costa Rica Eclipsed by El Salvador

Illustrative image. (Flickr Commons) San Salvador, May 10 (EFE; additional reporting by The Costa Rica Star).- El Salvador's murder rate so far in 2016 exceeds 38 per 100,000 inhabitants, well above the rate in several neighboring Central American countries, such  as Costa Rica, for all of 2015, according to official figures released on Tuesday. According to information provided by police d...

Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika are spread by the Aedes aegyptie mosquito (Wikimedia Commons) Outbreak: Zika cases in Costa Rica’s Playa Jaco soars to 28, including pregnant woman

Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika are spread by the Aedes aegyptie mosquito (Wikimedia Commons) The number of patients confirmed to be infected with the Zika virus in the popular coastal resort city of Jacó, on Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast, has soared to 28 this week in the most serious outbreak of the Zika virus in Costa Rica to date. A total of 17 additional cases have been confirmed si...

Starbucks Costa Rica Agronomist Gets Special Recognition by Fast Company

Source: Starbucks NEW YORK, May 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Fast Company today announced its annual ranking of the 100 Most Creative People in Business for 2016, honoring an influential and diverse group of leading thinkers around the globe. Each year, the magazine's editors present an all-new list of 100 visionaries chosen according to a proprietary methodology (honorees can't repeat, and any...

A municipal health worker fumigates the restroom area of a shopping mall as part of the city's effort to prevent the spread of Zika virus' vector, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, in this January 26, 2016 file photo.   REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera/Files Detained Foreigners Fear Malaria in Costa Rica

A municipal health worker fumigates the restroom area of a shopping mall as part of the city's effort to prevent the spread of Zika virus' vector, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, in this January 26, 2016 file photo. REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera/Files A spray fumigation team from the Ministry of Public Health (Spanish initials: MSP) rushed to the Temporary Detention Center for Fo...

Black Star Line before the fire. Wikimedia Commons Rebuilding Marcus Garvey’s Legacy in Costa Rica

Black Star Line before the fire. Wikimedia Commons Late April was an unkind time for Afro Caribbean culture in Costa Rica. On April 29, a structural fire consumed the Black Star Line building in Limón, destroying an important symbol of the legacy left by Marcus Garvey in our country. Starting today, the good people of Limón will conduct a series of cultural and family events for the purpose...

Source: Red Cross Costa Rica Costa Rica: How the Migrant Crisis Affects Visa Runs

Source: Red Cross Costa Rica The livelihood of foreigners who choose to live as perpetual tourists in Costa Rica is highly dependent on the stability of the land borders. It so happens that in recent months both the northern and southern borders of Costa Rica have been afflicted by the global migrant crisis; how is this affecting the lives of perpetual tourists? "Visa runs" are those trips ...

Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika are spread by the Aedes aegyptie mosquito (Wikimedia Commons) Costa Rica: Dengue and chikungunya up 600 percent this year

Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika are spread by the Aedes aegyptie mosquito (Wikimedia Commons) Costa Rica has witnessed a significant surge in the number of cases of both dengue and chikungunya so far this year, according to the latest statistics by Costa Rica’s Ministry of Health. The number of cases of dengue had spiked nearly 600 percent while cases of chikungunya had increased nearly seven...

Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika are spread by the Aedes aegyptie mosquito (Wikimedia Commons) Costa Rica health officials report serious Zika outbreak in Jacó

Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika are spread by the Aedes aegyptie mosquito (Wikimedia Commons) In the most serious outbreak in the country to date, Costa Rica’s Ministry of Health confirmed on Monday that 11 individuals tested positive for the Zika virus in the central Pacific resort city of Jacó, Puntarenas, which had until now been unaffected by the virus. The patients include four children:...

The Italian man's vehicle was left with its doors wide open in a Walmart parking lot after police officers allegedly  abducted the man. (OIJ photo) Costa Rica police officers are suspects in bizarre disappearance of Italian man

The Italian man's vehicle was left with its doors wide open in a Walmart parking lot after police officers allegedly abducted the man. (OIJ photo) An Italian man remained missing in Costa Rica on Monday and authorities are releasing few details in the strange case of the man’s disappearance and suspected kidnapping from the parking lot of a Walmart in San Francisco de Heredia on Saturday. T...

(ICR-CRS Archive) Former Costa Rica president calls Trump anti-immigrant rhetoric “dangerous”

(ICR-CRS Archive) The former President of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla (2010-2014) described U.S. Republican presidential candidate, Donald’s Trump campaign rhetoric as “dangerous” even if the billionaire does not win the general election, in an interview published Friday by the Mexican newspaper, Reforma. The biggest risk that Trump represents to Latin America is not that he is likely to w...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Costa Rica and The Global Popularity of Reptiles

Fer-de-lance snake, found in the jungles of Costa Rica By Carol Blair Vaughn We should care about the Reptilian Top Ten. Here's why: Scientists from Oxford University (U.K.) and from Tel Aviv University (Israel) have created a top ten list of the world’s most popular reptiles. You call this science? It turns out, that it actually IS science. The research team discovered valuable in...

Swansea University British Researcher Works With Orphaned Sloths in Costa Rica

Swansea University Swansea University Media Release - Becky Cliffe, a PhD researcher from the College of Science, has spent the past five years researching sloths at the world-famous Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica. During her time there, Becky has compiled data on a number of poorly and orphaned animals suffering from limb deformities and albinism. These are genetic problems she believes are...

The quake's epicenter was 14 km southeast of Santa Maria de Dota, acording to OVSICORI. (OVSICORI) Friday quake rattles Costa Rica’s Central Valley and Perez Zeledon

The quake's epicenter was 14 km southeast of Santa Maria de Dota, acording to OVSICORI. (OVSICORI) A moderate earthquake struck central Costa Rica at 11:59 a.m. on Friday, producing light to moderate shaking in many areas of the country’s Central Valley as well as the southern Pacific canton of Perez Zeledon.   According to the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory (OVSICORI)...

Smithsonian Institute Destructive Beetle from Costa Rica Detained by U.S. Customs

Smithsonian Institute PHILADELPHIA — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) confirmed on Monday that a scarab beetle that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists intercepted in a shipment of Costa Rican pineapples is the first recorded find of this species in Philadelphia. CBP discovered the beetle March 11 in a container of 1,500 cases of fresh pineapples. CBP s...

Authorities confiscated multiple marijuana plants as well as specialized lighting and ventilation systems. (PCD Photo) Police raid marijuana grow house in Escazu

Agents with Costa Rica’s Drug Control Police (PCD) raided a marijuana grow house in Escazu on Thursday and arrested a 55-year-old Cuban national identified by the last name Ruiz. Agents said that the suspect was growing a highly potent variety of genetically modified marijuana plants, known in Latin America as “crippy.” The raid occurred around noon on Thursday. PCD agents confiscated nu...

Workers at the Miravalles geothermal plant in the province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica, March 14, 2016. TRF/Fabíola Ortiz Costa Rica and Mexico look to lead Latin America in clean geothermal energy

Workers at the Miravalles geothermal plant in the province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica, March 14, 2016. TRF/Fabíola Ortiz By Fabiola Ortiz MEXICO CITY/SAN JOSE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Mexico and Costa Rica aim to build on their position as Latin America's leading producers of geothermal power to help meet the challenges they face of curbing planet-warming emissions and making their ene...

Nelson Sanderson was returned to the United States in Wednesday in the company of agents of the U.S. Marshals service.  He faces two life sentences if convicted. (Handout) Accused U.S. child molester captured after 4 years on the run in Costa Rica and Nicaragua

Nelson Sanderson was returned to the United States in Wednesday in the company of agents of the U.S. Marshals service. He faces two life sentences if convicted. (Handout) A 75-year-old Florida man who had been on the run since a warrant for his arrest was issued in July 2012 on charges of child molestation was returned to Florida in the company of U.S. Marshals agents on Wednesday after being ...

Source: Wikimedia Commons FBI May Investigate Death of U.S. Policeman in Costa Rica

Source: Wikimedia Commons The family of a 63-year old man from the United States, who passed away under mysterious circumstances in April, are asking that Federal Bureau of Investigation agents become involved in the case. According to a news report filed by Luke Roberts of the Douglas Enterprise earlier this week, Mitch McCrimmon did not survive a coma that placed him in the hospital from ...

Wikimedia Commons U.S. Navy Seal Killed by ISIS Spent Time in Costa Rica as a Teen

Wikimedia Commons Washington, May 3 (EFE; additional context by The Costa Rica Star).- A U.S. Navy Seal who was advising and supporting Kurdish Peshmerga troops in Iraq died Tuesday in an attack by Islamic State fighters north of the city of Mosul. U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter confirmed the death from Stuttgart, Germany, where he is on an official visit, initially without providi...

Illustrative image. (Flickr Commons) German Tourist Found Dead in Costa Rica Beach Town

Illustrative image. (Flickr Commons) Oliver Meißner, a 30-year old German tourist who checked into a small beachfront in Costa Rica two weeks ago, was found dead in his cabin on Monday morning. According to a recent news report by Alexander Mendez of daily tabloid Diario Extra, hotel staff had seen Mr. Meißner alive for the last time on Saturday night. Mr. Mendez explained that hotel sta...

Source: News.co.,cr archives Average Airfare to Costa Rica is Down 31 Percent

File photo BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired) - It's a perfect storm for summer travelers, and it has nothing to do with the weather. A combination of a strong dollar, lower fuel prices and more competition from discount airlines has conspired to create the lowest airfares we've seen in the past five years. Cheapflights.com, the online leader in finding and publishing travel deals, took a look at ai...

Source: OVSICORI Activity Increases at the Turrialba Volcano in Costa Rica

Source: OVSICORI Residents of the Turrialba canton in the province of Cartago woke up this morning to find a white steam column atop the summit of their eponymous volcano. According to an early morning press conference given by the Observatory of Volcanology and Seismology of Costa Rica (Spanish acronym: OVSICORI), seismic activity has been on the rise at the Turrialba Volcano since the early ...

President Luis Guillermo Solis Mother of All Strikes (MOAS) Paralyzes Costa Rica

San Jose, Apr 26 (EFE).- A major strike launched Tuesday with a huge march by union groups in defense of labor rights and public institutions paralyzed classes at Costa Rica's public schools and assorted health services. "It's been a success. President (Luis Guillermo) Solis should understand that the people are not happy with his administration," the president of the ANDE teachers union, Gilbe...

Source: York University Canadian University Inaugurates Rainforest Campus in Costa Rica

Source: York University TORONTO, April 25, 2016 – The Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University opened its new Lillian Meighen Wright Centre and EcoCampus today in southern Costa Rica, offering students hands-on experiential learning from deep within a rainforest. The 400-square-metre Lillian Meighen Wright Centre overlooks the Peñas Blancas River from its prime location on York U...

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