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Phytoplankton Costa Rica Microorganism Could Alleviate Climate Change

Imagine tiny bubbles of methane — a potent greenhouse gas — rising from the ocean floor, escaping into the atmosphere, playing havoc in heating up the planet and contributing to global warming and climate change. Yet certain rocks on the depths of the ocean floor host an interesting microbiological community, where microscopic organisms, or microbes, actually eat escaping methane to acquire energ...

source Flickr High School Teacher Marries 15-year-old Student in Perez Zeledon

By Wendy Anders Yesterday the Costa Rican daily, La Nación reported that the Ministry of Public Education (MEP) has opened a disciplinary investigation against a 40-year-old female teacher named Rojas at the Technical Professional High School in San Isidro de El General, Pérez Zeledón, in southern Costa Rica, after she married a 15-year-old student of hers on July 4. La Nación confirmed the ...

Source: Sea Shepherd Costa Rica Fishermen Trained in Sea Turtle Conservation

By Mariluz Parga and Sandra Andraka, International Seafood Sustainability Foundation Incidental capture of sea turtles is a well-known impact of longline and other fisheries worldwide and one of several significant causes of the decrease in sea turtle populations. While effective alternatives to reduce incidental capture are studied and put in place, identifying methods to increase an animal’s ...

costa-rica-news-rio-celeste-waterfall National Park Guards Have Requests Met by President

By Wendy Anders Yesterday, on National Parks Day, President Luis Guillermo Solís met with park guards on a visit to Tenorio Volcano National Park in the northern Guanacaste mountain range. Tenorio National Park is where Costa Rica's enchanting Río Celeste, or Blue River, is located. Park rangers had been threatening to close one or more national parks if their repeated requests for increa...

Sloth Sloth Rescue Center in Costa Rica Seeks Donations

Source: The Sloth Institute Costa Rica, August 20, 2016– Join the Toucan Rescue Ranch (TRR) in raising funds for our rescued adult and orphaned sloths! This fundraiser is to help us raise money to build a sloth pre-release enclosure at our release site in Sarapiqui, Costa Rica. The funds raised will allow us to release orphaned and rehabilitated sloths admitted to our rescue center. We need...

Unions United in Action (Unidad Sindical en Acción)  meeting July 15, 2016 at Hotel Balmoral. Union Leaders Call for Sept. 1 Protest as Prelude to Mass Strike

By Wendy Anders Over the past month, leaders from about 20 unions and civic groups have held a series of meetings to define a common agenda to defend the rights of the country’s public sector employees, announced the Communication and Energy Industry Employees Union (ASDEICE). After their third meeting yesterday at the Ambassador Hotel in San José they announced a protest planned for Thursda...

eradicating marijuana, Ministry of Public Security. Brothers Growing Marijuana in La Amistad Internatl Park Arrested

By Wendy Anders MSP file photo Monday, the Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ) arrested seven more members of a marijuana cultivation and distribution network based in Costa Rica’s southern Perez Zeledón region, stated Walter Espinoza, OIJ Director, in a press conference yesterday. The operation was led by five brothers by the last names Vargas Hidalgo who 21 years ago almost to th...

Public Security Minister Mata addresses 2nd Conference of United Nations Arms Trade Treaty Costa Rica Participates in 2nd UN Arms Trade Treaty Conference

By Wendy Anders This morning in Geneva, Switzerland, Costa Rica’s Security Minister Gustavo Mata reiterated Costa Rica’s wholesale commitment to the effective implementation of the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty. The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) is a multilateral treaty regulating international trade in conventional weapons, according to the United Nations website that entered into force in Dec...

Source: Presidencia Costa Rica Obama and Solis Met on Security, Migration, and More in DC Today

By Wendy Anders Costa Rica’s President Luis Guillermo Solís and U.S. Navy Adm. Kurt Tidd, commander of U.S. Southern Command, greet each other prior to the opening ceremony for the Central American Security Conference April 7 in San Jose. Photo by Jose Ruiz, SOUTHCOM Today President Obama and Vice President Biden received Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis at the White House. Enc...

Costa Rica Gallo Pinto National Dish of Costa Rica Goes Global With New Campaign

Adding a sexy, healthy spin to our familiar breakfast menu of pancakes, eggs and cereal is now easier than ever with Costa Rica's "gallo pinto." A recent study published by Nutrition Journal found that the pairing of any type of beans with rice can help stop unhealthy blood sugar spikes in adults with type 2 diabetes. With 25.8 million people in the U.S. living with this condition, Costa Rican "ga...

Costa Rican Taxi Union Facebook page Taxistas vs Uber – Surprise Protests Announced, Plus New Platform

By Wendy Anders Official (red) taxi representatives cancelled a meeting last Tuesday that they had requested with the Public Services Regulatory Agency (Aresep) during the national taxi protest they held Tuesday,  August 9. When Roberto Jiménez Gómez, Costa Rica’s general regulator, called the cancellation “unfortunate,” Rubén Vargas, president of the Costa Rican Taxi Union (UTC) responded w...

Source: MSP Costa Rica Police Rescued Baby Horse from Caiman-Infested Waters

Source: MSP A young colt that was about to become a meal for hungry caimans is happily galloping today thanks to a daring rescue by Border Police officers in Costa Rica. Earlier this week, a Border Police aquatic unit was navigating the Agua Dulce bayou of the Colorado River, located in the northern Caribbean region of Costa Rica, when they noticed a group of caimans paying close attention ...

Source: OIJ Suspected Tomb Raider Gets Raided in Costa Rica

Source: OIJ On Friday afternoon, agents from the Office of Judicial Investigations (Spanish initials: OIJ) raided a home in San Miguel of Naranjo, a coffee-producing region located in the province of Alajuela. The raid was the culmination of a week-long investigation related to crimes against the archaeological record of Costa Rica. According to an official press release issued by OIJ, agen...

Wikimedia Commons Costa Rica is the First Nation to Ratify Convention Against Racism

Wikimedia Commons Washington, D.C. — The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) welcomes Costa Rica’s ratification of the Inter-American Convention against Racism, Racial Discrimination and Related Forms of Intolerance, on August 5, 2016. With this step, Costa Rica becomes the first country to ratify the Inter-American Convention against Racism, which was approved by the General ...

Illustrative image. (Flickr Commons) Man Gunned Down at Sexual Tourism Hotel in Costa Rica

Illustrative image. (Flickr Commons) A 45-year old man survived a shooting that took place just outside of the Del Rey Hotel, a major sexual tourism hotspot in Costa Rica. According to a news report filed by Esteban Mora of daily tabloid Diario Extra, the man was identified by the last name Fonseca. He is reportedly a taxi driver whose workday often includes parking at the Hotel Del Rey and...

AT&T headquarters, Wikimedia AT&T Enters Costa Rica’s Telecom Market

By Wendy Anders AT&T Inc., the Dallas, Texas-based multinational telecommunications conglomerate, was granted a 10-year data transfer and leased line license last week by Costa Rica's telecom regulator Sutel, reported Costa Rica’s Spanish daily La Nación today. This newest operator in Costa Rica’s telecom market will not offer services to individual consumers, rather will “Focus on offer...

Pixabay Commons 100 Percent of Soybeans in Costa Rica Are Imported from the U.S.

Pixabay Commons ST. LOUIS (August 12, 2016) – The U.S. soybean industry is a multi-faceted, global business, and 10 U.S. soybean farmers just got a closer look at how their soy checkoff works in that marketplace to all U.S. soybean farmers’ benefit. Sponsored by the United Soybean Board’s Audit and Evaluation (A&E) Committee, the See for Yourselfprogram connected these farmers with their c...

Unemployment Costa Rica Costa Rica’s 2nd Quarter Unemployment Remains Unchanged at 9.4%

By Wendy Anders Construction workers on the build site of Croc's Casino Resort in Jaco Beach Business leaders expressed their concerns over stagnant unemployment after 2nd quarter data was made public by the National Census and Statistics Institute (INEC, in Spanish). The INEC announced last week that 9.4 percent of the work force, or over 200,000 people, are unemployed, a figure that ha...

thunderstorm-lightning More Tourists Struck by Lightning in Costa Rica

Two weeks after eight people were rushed to the hospital due to lightning strikes at the main airport of Costa Rica, tourists visiting the Fraijanes lakes sector of Alajuela were also affected by a strong discharge of atmospheric electricity. The incident, which was reported on Saturday by Roger Soto of daily tabloid Diario Extra, took place in the early afternoon hours. A man and a woman were ...

The Costa Rica No One Talks Abour Get to Know The Costa Rica No One Talks About (BOOK EXCERPT)

The Costa Rica No One Talks Abour François Sylvain is an entrepreneur, author, coach and investor raised in Montreal. After traveling across the United States and Europe, François went to Costa Rica to live his dream of living in a tropical climate. The father of four and grandfather of six has written a unique book about his experiences in Costa Rica. This is how he describes his memoir: ...

Rafael Antonio Rodriguez Music Conductor from Costa Rica Will Lead U.S. Concert Band

Rafael Antonio Rodriguez The Boulder Concert Band, a nonprofit, premier adult community band, today announced that Rafael Antonio Rodriguez has been selected as its conductor and musical director. "I am honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to make music with the wonderful musicians of the Boulder Concert Band as their new conductor," commented Rodriguez. "I look forward to many joyo...

indigenous-talamanca Police Destroy Marijuana Crops in Poverty-Stricken Talamanca

By Wendy Anders Costa Rica’s anti-drug police took to the verdant Talamanca mountains this week with their machetes in hand and destroyed an estimated half a million marijuana plants camuflauged in dense vegetation. The 3.6-square kilometer area held 48 different marijuana plantations in the indigenous villages of Manzanillo, Alto y Bajo Bley, Cerro Papayo, Arco Iris, Bajo Piedra Meza, Tortu...

Pixabay Commons How to Choose a Private School in Costa Rica

Pixabay Commons As the next academic year approaches, many parents in Costa Rica are concerned about the educational futures of their children. In choosing the best private school in Costa Rica for your children, there is one golden rule and three mistakes to avoid:   The Golden Rule of Choosing a Private School in Costa Rica   In the minds of parents, there are no perfect schools ...

Transportation Ministry Pedestrian Traffic Deaths Second After Motorcycle Deaths

By Wendy Anders Pedestrian deaths are the second largest type of traffic-related deaths registered in Costa Rica this year, reported the Transportation Ministry today. Of the 42 pedestrian deaths reported so far this year, the ministry claims 37, or 88 percent, could have been prevented by people using pedestrian aerial bridges or crosswalks within close walking distance from where they deci...

Red taxi protest, source Public Security Ministry. Red Taxi Strike Ended Quickly, Caused Chaos, Created Divisions

By Wendy Anders At ten this morning, the country’s public service regulator, Roberto Jiménez, received taxi sector leaders as they demanded to be heard one more time on the issue of Uber’s legality in the country. Jiménez reiterated that his agency, the Aresep, has done everything in its power to regulate public transportation services, and that any further decisions are pending court decisi...

San Jose Costa Rica Taxi Cab Taxis To Hold Major Confrontation on Costa Rica’s Streets Today

By Wendy Anders Publications on social media of a major protest by official taxi drivers throughout the country starting at 5:00am today have public authorities and local residents preparing for the worst. Many parents will keep children home from school, embassies are suggesting people schedule appointments on other days, and police are planning a major counter-operation. The official ta...

Delta Air Lines Delta Flights Resume; Delays Could be Experienced in Costa Rica

(Archive / Delta Airlines) Delta Airlines, the second-largest carrier in the United States, said Monday that it fixed the technical problems that caused massive flight delays and cancellations, and was restoring service slowly around the world. "A Delta ground stop has been lifted and limited departures are resuming following a power outage in Atlanta that impacted Delta computer systems an...

migrants to costa rica Minister: 400 More Migrants Slipped Over from Panama

By Wendy Anders Border police of Panama In recent days, an estimated 400 irregular migrants slipped over from Panama to Costa Rica in the Paso Canoas border area. They are being registered and receiving lodging at the border, said Mauricio Herrera, communication minister, in a statement to Monumental Radio Saturday. Public Security Minister Gustavo Mata spoke to Monumental Radio this wee...

U.S drillship Joides Resolution European Scientists Study Earthquake Origins in Costa Rica

U.S drillship Joides Resolution The effects of earthquakes are often severe and highly visible. They can destroy homes, induce slope failures and trigger tsunamis. The main cause for earthquakes are the stresses that occur in the Earth's interior, when two tectonic plates pass each other and interlock during this process. But even the worst earthquake starts with a very small first crack in th...

Source: Wikimedia Commons FBI Takes Down Mafia-Linked Costa Rica Sportsbook; 39 Arrests

Source: Wikimedia Commons Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Diego Rodriguez, Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation ('FBI'), William J. Bratton, Commissioner of the New York City Police Department ('NYPD'), and James A. McCarty, Acting District Attorney for Westchester...

Facebook Costa Rican High Court Upholds Transgender Prisoner Rights

By Wendy Anders Many suspects awaiting trial are housed alongside convicted criminal in Costa Rica's La Reforma Prison, pictured. (ICR/CRS Archive) La Reforma Prison in La Guácima, Alajuela was ordered this week by the Costa Rican Constitutional Court to ensure clothing requested by and sent to an inmate be provided. The inmate submitted an appeal to the court alleging guards at La Refor...

Phytoplankton Costa Rica Thermal Dome Could Become a World Heritage Site

Sunken coral islands, floating rainforests, giant undersea volcanoes or even spires of rock resembling sunken cities: none of these sites can be inscribed on the World Heritage List because they are found in the High Seas, outside of any national jurisdiction. A report launched today by UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) explores the different ...

African migrants in Costa Rica; OAS Costa Rica Formalizes Plans for Irregular Migrants

By Wendy Anders Source: Red Cross of Costa Rica After waves of Cuban migrants cruised over the CR-Panama border late last year and earlier this year, and in recent months as the trickle of irregular migrants from Africa, Asia, Haiti and other countries has turned into a sizeable group now parked on the northern border seeking routes northward, Costa Rica’s governmental agencies are taking m...

Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika are spread by the Aedes aegyptie mosquito (Wikimedia Commons) Could Florida Surpass Costa Rica in Zika Virus Infections?

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 The trendy Wynwood district in Miami's urban center has become ground zero in the fight against the Zika virus in the U.S., with f...

costa rica cell phone tower Multi-band Spectrum Auction in 2017 to Further Open Telecom Mkt

By Wendy Anders Costa Rican telecommunications oversight agency, the Superintendency of Telecommunications (Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones, SUTEL), published today the rules for the auction of spectrum in the 1800MHz and 1900MHz/2100MHz bands. In the first half of 2017, SUTEL will sell 70MHz of frequencies left over from the 2011 tender, including 2×20MHz in the 1800MHz range and 2×1...

Source: VIDA Facebook Suspect in U.S. Citizen Sondra Elizondo Murder Gets Addtl Prison

By Wendy Anders Merrit Island, Florida resident, Sondra Lynn Payne Elizondo, was found dead in her hotel room in San José, Costa Rica last December. Last week the prime suspect in the case, Alejandro Obando Vega, was ordered three more months in prison by the San José Criminal Court while the case continues to be investigated, reported the judicial branch press office Friday. As previousl...

Crime in Playa Hermosa Guanacaste U.S. Diplomatic Security Reports High Crime Risk in Costa Rica

Source: Flickr CC Theft, robberies, fraud, and crimes related to drug trafficking are a very serious threat to diplomats, expats and tourists from the United States who travel to Costa Rica. Such is the main warning found within the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) 2016 report for Costa Rica. The OSAC serves the U.S. Bureau of Diplomatic Security; nonetheless, its reports are share...

Illustrative image. (Flickr Commons) Manhunt: Dangerous Nicaragua Murder Suspect Fled to Costa Rica

Illustrative image. (Flickr Commons) Law enforcement officers in Costa Rica are currently engaged in a manhunt for Nicaraguan farmer believed to have carried out a gruesome murder in the Chontales Department. The suspect’s name is Herner José Galeano, and his last known whereabouts place him in the rural canton of San Carlos, province of Alajuela.   According to a recent news report...

Source; RCMP Missing Surfer from Costa Rica Found Dead in Canada

Source; RCMP Human remains found by municipal workers in Vancouver Island are those of a 40-year old surfer from Costa Rica who had been missing for more than a month. According to a recent news report filed by Sarah Petrescu of the Times Colonist, the oldest newspaper in Western Canada, Marlon Orozco-Castillo was reported missing by his family after a dispute. The surfer was dealing with p...

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...

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