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Costa Rican - Nicaraguan Border Crossings Why is Costa Rica Issuing Tourist Visas to Migrant Workers?

When President Luis Guillermo Solis was on the campaign trail against former candidate Johnny Araya from the majority National Liberation Party (Spanish initials: PLN), he presented a single pronouncement on the topic of immigration: He strongly believed that employers should be responsible for handling the required paperwork to assist foreign workers get the proper visa in Costa Rica. More tha...

Source: MSP Coast Guard in Costa Rica Arrests Tour Operator for Murder

Source: MSP Officers from the National Coast Guard Service of Costa Rica recently arrested a fugitive tour operator who was wanted on a murder charge. According to official press release CP-1518-2015 from the Ministry of Public Security (MSP), the arrest took place in the coastal community of Quepos earlier this week. The MSP press release explains that officers assigned to the Coast Guard ...

EFE/File Bank Manager Accused of Scamming Elderly Expat in Costa Rica

A corporate officer from Banco Popular, one of the major banks that enjoy fiscal support and backing from the government of Costa Rica, has been accused of defrauding an elderly expat with a convoluted scheme to slip away with about $200,000. The officer has been identified as a woman who goes by the last name of Barahona, and her father has also been implicated in this alleged swindle. Accordi...

Wikimedia Commons Beachfront Tragedy: Couple Found Dead in Costa Rica

Wikimedia Commons Two nursing professionals were found dead inside a vehicle parked in front of Playa Uvita, located in the southern Pacific region of Costa Rica. According to a news report filed by Daniel Chinchilla Salazar of daily tabloid Diario Extra, the deceased have been identified as Jonathan Granados Ureña and Fiorella Castro Flores. Preliminary reports by forensic agents from the Off...

Dental Tourism Costa Rica Amazing Facts About Dentistry and Oral Health in Costa Rica

Here are eight things you probably did not know about oral health and dental care in Costa Rica: The prevalence of caries in preschool age children in Costa Rica is 43.7 percent, slightly lower than in the United States; however, early caries is a health condition that is more likely to be found in rural areas. The use of fillings to treat cavities (caries) dates back to pre-Columbian, Meso...

"Turtle golfina escobilla oaxaca mexico claudio giovenzana 2010" by Claudio Giovenzana - Claudio Giovenzana www.longwalk.it. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - Costa Rica Sea Turtle Incident Calls for Reduced Use of Plastics

By Maria Jose Brenes San Jose, Aug 20 (EFE).- The plight of a Kemp's Ridley sea turtle that biologists in Costa Rica rid of a plastic straw stuck in its nose highlights the need to reduce the use of the synthetic material, since 8 million tons of plastics are dumped in the oceans each year, biologist Nathan Robinson told EFE. Robinson and Christine Figgener, of the Leatherback Trust, posted ...

Source: Flickr Commons Gynecologist Accused of Raping Inmate’s Wife in Costa Rica

Source: Flickr Commons A male doctor employed by La Caja, Costa Rica's public healthcare system, is currently taking safety precautions after being accused of rape by the wife of an inmate serving a prison sentence at La Reforma, the nation's largest correctional facility. According to a report filed by Manuel Estrada of daily tabloid Diario Extra, a woman by the last name of Zeledon has filed ...

Source: Zoo Ave Injured Toucan from Costa Rica Featured on the Discovery Channel

Source: Zoo Ave An infamous case about cruelty against wildlife in Costa Rica will be the subject of a future documentary, which will be produced in association with the Discovery Channel cable television network.   The heartbreaking history of “Grecia,” a juvenile toucan that lost most of its upper beak after a savage attack by a group of youths in Costa Rica, has drawn lots of att...

Source: OVSICORI New Eruption of Turrialba Volcano in Costa Rica (VIDEO)

Night vision imaging of a previous Turrialba eruption Earth scientists from the Observatory on Volcanology and Seismology of Costa Rica (Spanish acronym: OVSICORI) reported a new eruption at the Turrialba volcano, located in the province of Cartago. The geologic event was detected at 1:46 am on Saturday, and it took place after a period of relative calm for this colossus, which had been very a...

Wikimedia Commons U.S. Expat Gets 5 Years in Prison for Massive Costa Rica Scam

Department of Justice Press Release -- A U.S. citizen charged in connection with the operation of a series of fraudulent business opportunities based in Costa Rica was sentenced to prison today in Miami, the Justice Department announced. John White, aka Gregory Garrett, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Patricia A. Seitz of the Southern District of Florida to serve 70 months in prison ...

Source: Pixabay Commons Electricity Production in Costa Rica Remains Pretty Clean

San Jose, Aug 13 (EFE).- Clean energy sources were used to generate 100 percent of the electricity in Costa Rica for 94 straight days, breaking the old record of 75 days set between January and March of this year, the state-owned Costa Rican Electricity Institute, or ICE, said. No fossil fuels were burned between May 8 and Aug. 9 to generate electricity, cementing Costa Rica's "world leadership...

Source: Flickr Commons BREAKING: Two Female Tourists Disappear in Costa Rica

Source: OIJ Agents from the Office of Judicial Investigations (Spanish initials: OIJ) are currently looking for two female tourists in the Caribbean region of Costa Rica. According to a wire report published by online news daily CRHoy.com, the two women were last seen two nights ago at bar in the downtown district of Limon. One of the tourists has been identified with a last name of Martine...

Surfing Costa Rica Surf Camp in Costa Rica Announces Annual Conservation Contest

Uvita, Costa Rica (PRWEB) August 12, 2015 -- Bodhi Surf School, a community-engaged surf and yoga camp in Uvita, Costa Rica, is proud to announce its 2015 My Ocean Guardian Journey Contest. The contest is an environmental essay and photo contest that aims to recognize individual actions that promote conservation and impact-reduction; moreover, it aims to give momentum to the grassroots movement to...

Source: Wikimedia Commons U.S. Expat Gets 10 Years in Prison for Costa Rica Scam

2U.S. Department of Justice Press Release - A California woman was sentenced to 130 months in prison for her role in a half-million dollar Costa Rica-based “sweepstakes fraud” scheme that victimized hundreds of U.S. residents. Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and Acting U.S. Attorney Jill Westmoreland Rose of the Western District of Nor...

Source: UNED Ombudsman: “Costa Rica is Racist”

Source: UNED During a press conference that followed the delivery of a report to the United Nations, the Ombudsman of Costa Rica openly stated that our country is racist. Ombudsman Montserrat Solano explained that Costa Rica has improved in terms of racial equality, but she also added that there is a great deal of denial among many spheres of society, and that those who are the most affecte...

Wikimedia Commons U.S. Traveler Arrested in Costa Rica with Fake Passport Stamps

Immigration officers stationed at the Peñas Blancas border crossing checkpoint between Costa Rica and Nicaragua detained a male traveler from the United States on Thursday. According to a news report broadcast by national television network Teletica Channel 7, the 30-year old man was coming from Nicaragua in what seemed to be a “visa run” to extend his status as a perpetual tourist. The U.S. ma...

Pixabay Public Domain Taking Your Children to the Dentist in Costa Rica

Pixabay Public Domain For many children in Costa Rica and around the world, the first dental appointment is an event fraught with anxiety and fear, but it does not need to be that way. Dental care experiences can be turned into positive experiences for a child, but this requires the collaboration of parents and dentists. A child's fright of a dental visit is not unfounded; it is essentially...

Source: Christopher Gillette Facebook Discovery Channel’s Crocodile Chris Returns to Costa Rica

Source: Christopher Gillette Facebook The charismatic biologist and wildlife photographer Christopher Gillette is currently on his sixth visit to Costa Rica. Mr. Gillette, better known as Crocodile Chris, has appeared on various television programs broadcast by the Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, History, and E! Entertainment. According to a report by Teletica Channel 7 News, Mr. Gillette a...

Miss Costa Rica 2015 Brenda Castro Dazzling Caribbean Woman Crowned Miss Costa Rica

Miss Costa Rica 2015 Brenda Castro Thus far in 2015, judges at beauty pageants in Costa Rica have been swooned by contestants from the Caribbean region. Earlier this year, The Costa Rica Star reported on the crowning of Shakira McDonald, an Afro-Costa Rican beauty queen who is currently Mrs. Costa Rica. Last night, television network Teletica (Channel 7) aired the grand finale of Miss Costa Ri...

Source: Flickr Commons Serial Killer in Costa Rica Targeting Female Victims

Source: Flickr Commons A woman who has not yet been identified is believed to be the seventh victim of a serial killer who seems to be operating in the southern suburbs of the capital city of Costa Rica. According to metro reporter Manuel Estrada of daily tabloid Diario Extra, the latest victim was found naked and bruised in an empty lot in the Sagrada Familia district, a working-class neig...

Wikimedia Commons U.S. Expat Convicted in Costa Rica Telemarketing Swindle

United States Department of Justice Press Release -- An Ohio man was convicted yesterday after a two-day jury trial in the Western District of North Carolina for his role in a Costa Rican telemarketing scheme. Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and Acting U.S. Attorney Jill Westmoreland Rose of the Western District of North Carolina made ...

Flickr Commons Rawlings Plays Hardball and Lays Off 200 in Costa Rica

Flickr Commons The most iconic brand of sporting equipment in Major League Baseball (MLB) will trim down its operations in Costa Rica. Rawlings, the official provider of baseballs to the MLB since the late 1970s, has announced that it will shut down its uniform manufacturing operations in Costa Rica and will move them to El Salvador, where cheaper labor and lower overhead expenses await. Ac...

Wikimedia Commons Costa Rica Provides Solace for U.S. War Veterans

For many decades, hundreds of military veterans from the United States have made Costa Rica their second home, and many of them have experienced the horrors of war. In Costa Rica, they hope to start a new life and alleviate their traumatic combat experience; this is a primary goal that they hope to accomplish even if they do not intend to live out the rest of their lives in our country. Costa ...

«Romería 2011» de ArquiWHAT - Trabajo propio. Disponible bajo la licencia CC BY-SA 3.0 vía Wikimedia Commons Nearly 400 Pilgrims in Costa Rica Treated by Red Cross

A replica of La Negrita. Source: Flickr Comons At the Romeria, a very important Roman Catholic pilgrimage in Costa Rica that takes place every year, Red Cross medical personnel have treated 397 faithful pilgrims over the last couple of days. According to a news report filed by Jason Torres for online news daily Costa Rica Hoy, 267 cases are related to heat exhaustion, dehydration, respirato...

Wikimedia Commons “Blue Moon” Over Costa Rica Happens Every Three Years

Wikimedia Commons Washington, Jul 30 (EFE).- On Friday, July 31, a rare so-called "blue moon" will be seen in the sky, an event that occurs only once every three years or so and which will not recur until January 2018. As the U.S. Naval Observatory says on its Web page, a so-called "blue moon" is a second full moon within the same calendar month. Each lunar cycle between full moons lasts...

UEI Costa Rica Costa Rica Participates in PANAMAX 2015

Story by Lt.j.g. Victoria Einbinder, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command & U.S. Fourth Fleet MAYPORT, Fla. - More than 75 military personnel, including 54 members of partner-nation navies, assembled July 27 on Naval Station Mayport for PANAMAX 2015, an exercise aimed at developing strong working relationships between multinational forces to ensure the defense of the Panama Canal. The exer...

Wikimedia Commons Health Officials Plan “Anal Sex Drug” Raids in Costa Rica

Wikimedia Commons A recent investigation by a tabloid publication in Costa Rica into a club drug used to facilitate anal intercourse has attracted the attention of public health officials. According to a news report filed by Daniel Chinchilla Salazar of daily tabloid Diario Extra, the Ministry of Public Health is preparing to shut down sex shops and other establishments in Costa Rica that sell...

Dog Humane Society Rescues Dogs from Puppy Mill in Costa Rica

Source: Wikimedia Commons HSI Media Release -- The Court of the Union of Tres Ríos made a major ruling in favor of animal welfare in Costa Rica after convicting a person for breeding dogs in an illegal breeding facility, or puppy mill. Humane Society International /Latin America applauded the court for its historic ruling, the first against a puppy mill. HSI worked with the National Animal Hea...

"El chapo Guzmán" por Fabrizio León Diez - Obra do próprio. Licenciado sob CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons Escaped Drug Lord’s Soldiers Could Flee Prison in Costa Rica

Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman. Source: Wikimedia Commons Prison officials in Costa Rica are on high alert as intelligence reports suggest that associates of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán, leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel, could be plotting a daring escape. Such was the report published this morning by daily tabloid Diario Extra, which includes statements by Reinaldo Villalobos, Director of Social Integr...

Wikimedia Commons Use of “Anal Sex Drug” on the Rise in Costa Rica

Wikimedia Commons At electronic music clubs and bars that cater to LGBT crowds in Costa Rica, revelers and couples are increasingly using a drug that enhances their sensorial experience while facilitating anal intercourse. Amyl nitrite, a vasodilator that in the early 20th century was often prescribed in the treatment of angina pectoris, is currently undergoing a resurgence in Costa Rica, a...

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