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Source: MSP Endangered Hawksbill Sea Turtle Slaughtered in Costa Rica

Source: MSP Five men were arrested earlier this week after police officers found them in possession of a butchered sea turtle from a virtually extinct species that is just starting to return to Costa Rica. According to an official communication from the Ministry of Public Security, the incident occurred in Moin, a coastal district of the Caribbean province of Limon.   Officers from ...

Source: Sea Shepherd Coast Guard in Costa Rica Increases Operation Jairo Patrols

Source: U.S. Embassy The National Coast Guard Service of Costa Rica will be augmenting its marine and shore patrols in the Pacuare sector of the Caribbean province of Limon. According to a news report filed by Angie Guerrero of online news daily CRHoy.com, four to five Coast Guard officers per shift will be assigned to patrol Pacuare in light of the attacks on volunteers from the Sea Shepherd ...

Wikimedia Commons New U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica Highlights Business Potential

U.S. State Department Stafford Fitzgerald Haney was formally introduced as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Costa Rica on Tuesday afternoon at the San Pedro office of the Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano. He arrived in our country over the weekend. During his press conference, Ambassador S. Fitzgerald Haney, an econo...

Source: Fuerza Publica Police Patrol the Beach to Protect Sea Turtles in Costa Rica

Source: Fuerza Publica Since March, officers from Fuerza Publica (the national police force of Costa Rica) assigned to the Caribbean port city of Limon have been conducting nighttime beach patrols for the purpose of bringing protection to the sea turtles that massively arrive during nesting season. When the officers working the night shift attend roll call and receive their patrol briefing,...

They miss Jairo. Source: Sea Shepherd Sea Shepherd Volunteers Violently Attacked in Costa Rica

Source: Sea Shepherd SEA SHEPHERD Media Release -- A group of 11 volunteers working with Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s Sea Turtle Defense Campaign Operation Jairo were physically attacked by poachers last night during a peaceful patrol of Costa Rica’s Pacuare Beach to locate and protect nesting endangered turtles and their eggs. Two volunteers sustained minor injuries. Upon spotting t...

The R/V Martin Sheen. Source: Sea Shepherd Sea Shepherd Research Vessel Arrives in Costa Rica

The R/V Martin Sheen. Source: Sea Shepherd Sea Shepherd Media Release -- Fresh off the successful first leg of its vaquita porpoise defense campaign Operation Milagro in the Sea of Cortez, Sea Shepherd USA’s sailing research vessel the R/V Martin Sheen has arrived in Costa Rica, where Sea Shepherd has begun an ocean research and public awareness campaign. Now sailing under the command of Ca...

Carlos Arredondo Boston Marathon Hero from Costa Rica Opposes Death Penalty

Carlos Arredondo Peace activist Carlos Arredondo, known for his heroic actions to assist victims of the terrible Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, is not in agreement with the capital punishment imposed on convicted terrorist Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Speaking to daily tabloid La Teja a few weeks ago, Mr. Arredondo explained that: “I was hoping for life in prison. What will happen now that he has bee...

Isla del Coco Invasive Rats Devour Native Birds in Costa Rica Island

Coco Island. Source: Wikimedia Commons Rare avian species are being decimated by voracious rodents in the pristine Costa Rica island that inspired Jurassic Park. According to a recent news report filed by science journalist Michelle Soto of national newspaper La Nacion, four bird species in Isla del Coco (Cocos Island) are easy prey for rats that arrived on pirate ships nearly 500 years ago. ...

Wikimedia Commons Costa Rica Ranked Second in Global Well-Being

WASHINGTON & NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Global well-being improvement leader Healthways, Inc. (NASDAQ: HWAY) and world-leading management consulting firm Gallup have released their comprehensive analysis of well-being around the world, the Gallup-Healthways State of Global Well-Being: 2014 Country Well-Being Rankings Report. According to the report, Panama was the nation with the highe...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Scientists Oppose GMO Biocolonization of Costa Rica

SEED FREEDOM Press Release -- Personalities from the eco-scientific and organic agriculture environments are speaking up against the letter from the American Embassy, in which the Costa Rican government is put under pressure to adopt transgenic seeds. Vandana Shiva has joined the International Alliance for monitoring transgenic bio-colonialism in centers of origin of biodiversity and countries ...

GPS Tracking US Expat’s Car Helps to Discover Crime Ring in Costa Rica

A tracking device installed in a vehicle stolen from an expat resident from the United States helped law enforcement agents take down a den of thieves located in the southern suburbs of San Jose. According to a news report filed by Patricia Duran of daily tabloid Diario Extra, a 37-year old man is in custody for his alleged role in this larcenous ring. As previously reported by The Costa Rica S...

Source: Flickr Commons U.S. Expat Shot During Carjacking in Costa Rica

Source: Flickr Commons UPDATE: Daily tabloid Diario Extra reports that the 46-year old expat resisted the carjacking and was shot during a struggle that occurred outside the vehicle. An expat from the United States by the last name of Morehead sustained a gunshot wound and was rushed to the hospital after an apparent carjacking in Costa Rica.  According to a news report published by online ...

Source: OIJ Three US Tourists Terrorized by Rogue Agent in Costa Rica

Source: OIJ A top law enforcement agent in Costa Rica has been arrested under suspicion of being involved in a bizarre intimidation scheme that resulted in the wrongful detention of three visitors from the United States, one of them a former police officer. Early reports on this strange situation indicate that the strong-arming may be tied to unethical practices in the lucrative real estate ma...

Source: Sea Shepherd Sea Shepherd Volunteers Report Dangerous Threats in Costa Rica

They miss Jairo. Source: Sea Shepherd (Sea Shepherd Press Release) -- Volunteers from Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s Operation Jairo campaign, currently protecting sea turtles and their nests in Pacuare, Limon, Costa Rica, have warned that poachers in the area are planning actions against their personal safety. Operation Jairo Ground Leader for Costa Rica, Brett Bradley reports that he...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Costa Rica Scores High in 2015 Global Peace Index

LONDON, June 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Escalating civil strife and the consequent refugee crisis have been among the key drivers in increasing the cost of global violence containment, according to the 2015 Global Peace Index published today by the global think-tank, the Institute for Economics and Peace. Since 2008 the total economic impact of violence has increased by US$1.9 trillion (+15.3%). ...

Source: Marta Castro Facebook Surfers Save Deer from Drowning in Costa Rica

Source: Marta Castro Facebook Three surfers waiting for sets at a prime spot in the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica this past weekend were surprised to see a deer rush out of the forest and jump right into the water, whereupon it walked on the shallow reef section before swimming out to meet the breakers. According to a news report filed by Marcela Cantero of national newspaper La Nacion, the...

counterfeit jeans INTERPOL Cracks Down on Counterfeit Goods in Costa Rica

Flickr Commons LYON, France – (INTERPOL Press Release) -- Car parts, fuel, food, detergent, cigars, shampoo and steel were among fake goods worth nearly USD 60 million seized in a two-week operation across the Americas and the Caribbean. Codenamed Maya II, more than 2,000 interventions by police, customs, investigators and Intellectual Property (IP)...

Jurassic World Jurassic World Draws More Tourists to Costa Rica

One of the most lucrative film enterprises in history features Costa Rica as a fictional backdrop; alas, our country has not been able to profit from this sci-fi relationship -until now. The buzz created by the release of Jurassic World could translate into a Jurassic perk for Costa Rica in the form of increased tourism. Reviews for the long-awaited summer blockbuster are in, and for the most p...

University of Costa Rica Campus Naked University Coeds Shock Commuters in Costa Rica

University of Costa Rica Campus Yesterday afternoon, pedestrians and motorists transiting near the main campus of the University of Costa Rica were surprised to see a nubile woman and two young men walking in the middle of a busy roadway, completely naked and carrying planters. As a result of this au naturel display, which took place at the same time rush hour was beginning in the capital c...

Source: MSP “FIFA” Caught Smuggling Marijuana Into Costa Rica

Source: MSP Officers from the National Coast Guard Service of Costa Rica were busy earlier this week in the southern Caribbean coast of Costa Rica as they intercepted a large shipment of compressed and vacuum-sealed marijuana aboard two motor vessels: one named “Leon” and the other “FIFA.” Four suspects were detained in the operation, which started with maritime surveillance by means of vis...

Finca Luna Nueva Lodge Slow Food Climate Change and Agriculture Conference in Costa Rica

FINCA LUNA NUEVA, Costa Rica—Representatives from organizations as diverse as Texas A&M University, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Patagonia, Greenpeace and The Millennium Institute are participating in a three-day conference in Costa Rica. The participants are working together to develop and promote a significantly different approach to food production, land use and climate chang...

Source: Sea Shepherd Sea Shepherd Rescues Nesting Sea Turtle in Costa Rica

Poacher caugh in the act. Source: Sea Shepherd SEA SHEPHERD Media Release -- Just days after the May 31st launch of sea turtle defense campaign Operation Jairo, Sea Shepherd volunteers have located and stopped a poaching operation on Costa Rica’s Pacuare Beach. Shortly after darkness began to fall on the night of June 4th, Sea Shepherd volunteers were preparing to begin their nightly beach ...

Kayak screenshot on June 3, 2015 Now is the Time to Find Ultra-Cheap Airfares to Costa Rica

Kayak screenshot on June 3, 2015 During a few weeks in June and July, low airfare hunters flock to select websites in search of travel deals to Costa Rica. Finding these deals takes a certain amount of skills and luck; to this end, joining an online community of bargain hunters will greatly help. Take, for example, the flight shown on the screenshot included in this article: Round-trip from Bo...

Sea Shepherd new ships Sea Shepherd Offers Costa Rica Services of New Patrol Boat

WireService.ca Media Release (06/01/2015) FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash - In January, Sea Shepherd USA purchased two recently decommissioned U.S. Coast Guard patrol vessels, the USCG Block Island and the USCG Pea Island. Both are 110-foot Island-class fast patrol vessels. The two ships now renamed the Jules Verne and the Farley Mowat,purchased in Baltimore, are now berthed in Key West, Florida. Sea Sh...

The adult victims. Source: Fuerza Publica US Expat Suspected in Murder of Family of 4 in Costa Rica

The adult victims. Source: Fuerza Publica The brutal murder of two children and their parents in a small town in Costa Rica has devastated the community of Copey, located in the Dota Valley, a region renowned for its quality coffee. Although the facts surrounding this horrible incident are somewhat cloudy, law enforcement agents and investigators are considering the possible involvement of a U...

Pixabay Commons Sex Scandal at Private School in Costa Rica

Pixabay Commons Allegations of an improper sexual tryst between a high school teacher and a student are shaking up the Country Day School (CDS) community, a prestigious private academy in Costa Rica where children of well-to-do expats and powerful Ticos are predominantly enrolled. According to a report by Ariel Chaves Gonzalez of daily tabloid Diario Extra, the United States Embassy and more t...

Volaris booking screen New and Cheap: Flights to US, Costa Rica, Mexico, Central America

Source: Volaris Costa Rica is currently the subject of an invasion by budget airlines, which are fighting each other for market share in the lucrative segment of flights between North and Central American destinations. As recently reported by The Costa Rica Star: Data compiled by the Directorate of Civil Aviation in Costa Rica indicates that low-cost airlines transported 9.2 percent of 4.2 mi...

USS Kauffman in Norfolk, Virginia. Source: U.S. Navy Cocaine Smuggling Boat From Costa Rica Intercepted by US Navy

USS Kauffman in Norfolk, Virginia. Source: U.S. Navy PACIFIC OCEAN (United States Navy Press Release) -- In collaboration with the U.S. Coast Guard, the guided-missile frigate USS Kauffman (FFG 59) interdicted 1,775 kg of cocaine, worth an estimated wholesale value of approximately $59 million, in international waters of the Eastern Pacific, May 16. The suspected smuggling vessel was spotte...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Three Delicate Sextuplet Babies in Costa Rica Cling to Life

Source: Wikimedia Commons San Jose, May 25 (EFE).- Hospital authorities in this capital confirmed Monday the death of another of the sextuplets born in Costa Rica on May 17, only three of whom remain alive, all of them in "delicate" condition.   Neonatologist Patricia Fallas told Efe that the baby named Andres died at San Jose's Mexico Hospital when his brain, heart and kidneys sudd...

Wikimedia Commons Memorial Day in Costa Rica

The United States today celebrates Memorial Day, and in Costa Rica the American expat community often gathers to observe the men and women who gave their lives while serving in that country’s Armed Forces. 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 recommend...

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