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Zika is spread by the Aedes aegyptie mosquito (Wikimedia Commons) Latin America health ministers agree on roadmap to fight Zika

Zika is spread by the Aedes aegyptie mosquito (Wikimedia Commons) MONTEVIDEO (EFE) Costa Rica's Minister of Health, Fernando Llorca and health ministers of 14 Latin American countries agreed in Montevideo, Uruguay Wednesday on a roadmap to fight the Zika virus, linked in Brazil to a dramatic increase of birth defects. After meeting all day in the Uruguayan capital, the ministers approved a ...

brittbw As US primaries approach, The Costa Rica Star welcomes seasoned political reporter

As the race to the White House heats up, The Costa Rica Star is welcoming a seasoned political reporter to its staff to keep US expats in the know about this important election year, with a focus on how US elections affect Americans living abroad. Britt Nelson relocated to Costa Rica in 2011 from Florida, where he served as news editor for the Palatka Daily News, a newspaper owned by the New Yo...

Cristina Vargas claims Dr. Vargas Scott severely deformed her buttocks after injecting her with a toxic substance known as PMMA. (ICR / CRS Archive) Botched cosmetic procedure sheds light on loopholes in doctor training in Costa Rica

Cristina Vargas claims Dr. Vargas Scott severely deformed her buttocks after injecting her with a toxic substance known as PMMA. (ICR / CRS Archive) Several years after charges were initially filed, a Costa Rican doctor is set to face trial in the case of a botched cosmetic procedure that left a former Costa Rican model’s buttocks severely deformed. The Criminal Court of Pavas decided on Ja...

(Archive / Stock) Half a million people in Costa Rica expected to see water rationing up to 12 hours per day

(Archive / Stock) Some 500,000 people living in the San Jose metro area can expect to begin experiencing water rationing of up to 12 hours per day beginning this month, the Costa Rican Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (AyA) said Tuesday during a press conference. The San Jose suburbs of Escazu, Santa Ana, Salitral and Desamparados are expected to be the most affected. Some 150,000 people i...

Photo Credit: Bryan Fabio Herrera Get to Know the Ngäbe-Buglé People of Southern Costa Rica

Enoc and Dr. Rosemary SylvesterBradley of ChocoPrisma. Photo: Bryan Fabio Herrera By Carol Blair Vaughn This interview was conducted on January 29th, 2016, at Bazookas Restaurant in Perez Zeledon, after a meeting of a club for English speakers (CCRC), at which Enoc Jimenez was the guest speaker.  The Ngobe Indigenous straddle the Costa Rica – Panama border, and trace their lineage back to a...

Microcephaly is a birth defect which causes babies to be born with unusually small heads and brains. (Photo by Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters) US adds Costa Rica and Nicaragua to Zika travel alert list

Microcephaly, a birth defect which causes babies to be born with unusually small heads and brains, is linked to the Zika virus. (Photo by Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters) The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday added Costa Rica and Nicaragua to a growing list of places where travelers risk being infected with Zika, a rapidly spreading mosquito-borne virus. The addition of Cos...

(Stock / Archive) US tourist drowns on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast

(Stock / Archive) COSTA RICA STAR NEWS BRIEF A tourist from the United States drowned Monday afternoon in Playa Villa Leonor, in Osa, Puntarenas on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, the Costa Rican Red Cross confirmed. Authorities identified the victim as 67-year-old Daniel Joseph Miller. According to witnesses, Miller struck his head on a rock after being hit by a powerful wave. Family ...

Source: Pixabay Commons Costa Rica is Rated “Easiest Place for Retirement”

Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) February 01, 2016 / Many factors come into play when considering a retirement abroad. Cost of living, prices of rents and real estate, and healthcare options are main concerns. But quality of life for retirees moving abroad also depends in large part on being able to fit in quickly, learn the ropes, and mix well with the locals in their adapted communities. Language, culture,...

Microcephaly is a birth defect which causes babies to be born with unusually small heads and brains. (Photo by Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters) Costa Rica health officials plan to use bacteria to fight mosquito that spreads Zika, dengue

Microcephaly, a birth defect which causes babies to be born with unusually small heads and brains, is linked to the Zika virus. (Photo by Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters) Costa Rica’s Ministry of Health is planning to use bacteria in the fight against the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which spreads Zika virus, dengue, and chikungunya, amongst other viruses and diseases.   The bacterium, known as...

Flickr Commons Costa Rica man will serve 33 years for rape of French tourist

Flickr Commons COSTA RICA STAR NEWS BRIEF A criminal court in Osa, Puntarenas sentenced on Friday a 29-year-old Costa Rican man to 66 years in prison for the multiple rape of a French tourist in Dominical de Osa, Puntarenas in November 2014.   The court sentenced Javier Secundino Cortés Espinoza to a total of 66 years – 11 years each on six counts of rape.   However, u...

Wikimedia Commons Costa Rica: Most Expensive Country in the Americas?

Wikimedia Commons In recent years, the idea of Costa Rica being a very expensive country has been widely reported in news headlines. Many North American expats who moved to Costa Rica believe that this is possibly the most expensive country in the world; nonetheless, this is not an assertion held by MoveHub, an online information exchange website for professionals and families who relocate int...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Tourists Cancel Costa Rica Vacations Due to Zika Scare

The Ministry of Public Health has confirmed two cases of the Zika virus in Costa Rica, and those two infections were enough for one traveler in from Minnesota to cancel an upcoming vacation in our country. According to a news report filed by Rochelle Olson of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, travel agents in that North American metropolis are warning their clients about the dangerous virus, which is ...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Costa Rica’s Liberty Reserve Founder Pleads Guilty

Flickr Commons U.S. Dept of Justice Press Release - Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Leslie R. Caldwell, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, announced today that ARTHUR BUDOVSKY pled guilty to running a massive money laundering enterprise in connection with his operation of Liberty Reserve, a virtual cur...

Veragua Rainforest aerial tram The Importance of Forest Corridors in Costa Rica

Rain forest in Costa Rica OSU Press Release. CORVALLIS, Ore. – As tropical forests become increasingly broken up by roads, farm fields, pastures and other developments, corridors of trees provide vital pathways for pollinators and contribute to a rich diversity of plant species, scientists have confirmed. A study at the Las Cruces Biological Station in Costa Rica shows that when forests are...

Lindblad's National Geographic Islander National Geographic Will Build 2 Ships for Costa Rica Expeditions

Lindblad's National Geographic Islander Seattle, Wash. (PRWEB) January 26, 2016 - Jensen Maritime, Crowley Maritime Corp.’s Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering company, was recently selected to provide detailed design and production engineering services for two, 100 passenger, U.S. flagged, coastal cruise ships for Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. The twin screw diese...

"Map of the Corn Islands (Nicaragua)" by Maximilian Dörrbecker (Chumwa) - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 via Commons Unclaimed Body from Corn Island Tragedy Was a U.S. Resident

"Map of the Corn Islands (Nicaragua)" by Maximilian Dörrbecker (Chumwa) - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 via Commons The mortal remains of Sandra Mayela Chacón, born in Costa Rica but a longtime resident of the United States, laid in repose at Base Two of the Air Surveillance Service in the province of Alajuela, located next to the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). The lat...

"Map of the Corn Islands (Nicaragua)" by Maximilian Dörrbecker (Chumwa) - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 via Commons No Weather Warning Issued in Tour Boat Tragedy

"Map of the Corn Islands (Nicaragua)" by Maximilian Dörrbecker (Chumwa) - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 via Commons The Nicaraguan Naval Force did not issue a warning to Corn Islands mariners on the day that the tour boat Reina del Caribe capsized off the Caribbean coast, resulting in the drowning deaths of 13 tourists from Costa Rica. Such was the statement made by Fermin Blandon, son...

Source: The United Nations Costa Rica Will Lead UN Women’s Economic Empowerment Panel

During a meeting that took place on Thursday morning, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the establishment of a High Level Panel for Women’s Economic Empowerment, which will be co-chaired by President Luis Guillermo Solis of Costa Rica and by Ms. Simona Scarpaleggia, CEO of IKEA Switzerland under the UN Women entity.   Economic empowerment is a something that the UN ...

Families at Playas del Coco Beach Guanacaste Costa Rica U.S. News & World Report: Costa Rica is #1 for Retirement

File photo DAVOS-KLOSTERS, Switzerland, Jan. 20, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Germany is viewed as the best country in the world, according to the inaugural Best Countries report, a joint rankings and analysis project of U.S. News & World Report, WPP's BAV Consulting and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Created to capture how nations are perceived on a global scale,...

Pixabay Commons Chinese Tourists Spend More Than North Americans in Costa Rica

The number of foreign visitors from China increased significantly in 2015, but the Tourism Board of Costa Rica (Spanish initials: ICT) would like to see even greater growth. According to a news report filed by Diego Perez Damasco of national newspaper La Prensa Libre, the year-over-year increase of Chinese tourists in Costa Rica was nearly 30 percent last year. Still, the overall number of tour...

Source: Red Cross of Costa Rica Grateful Cuban Migrants Thank Costa Rica From Miami

By Ivonne Malaver Miami, Jan 18 (EFE).- The first Cuban migrants - who had been stranded in Costa Rica - began arriving in Miami on the weekend distressed over their ordeal, but also grateful to the Central American country for its "incredible humanitarian consciousness" after Nicaragua closed its border to them, temporarily halting their trek to the United States. Odalanier Diaz, 27, was re...

BirdSongSOS.com Songbirds from Costa Rica Star in New Film

BirdSongSOS.com Imagine a world without birdsong. Su Rynard’s wide-ranging and contemplative documentary THE MESSENGER explores our deep-seated connection to birds and warns that the uncertain fate of songbirds might mirror our own. Moving from the northern reaches of the Boreal Forest to the base of Mount Ararat in Turkey and from the streets of New York to the coffee farms of Costa Rica, ...

CIMA Hospital in San Jose is often visited by medical tourists Alleged US Swindler Jailed in Costa Rica Claims Health Problems

CIMA Hospital in San Jose is often visited by medical tourists A slippery United States citizen of Persian ancestry claims that his health is rapidly deteriorating as he awaits trial in Costa Rica, and he is planning international demonstrations to call attention to his plight. Cyrus Anoushirvan Sepher, a Southern California resident in his early 50s, has been remanded to the San Sebastian ...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Costa Rica Health Officials Will Attend Zika Virus Summit

Although no Zika virus infections have been reported in Costa Rica as of mid-January, officials from the Ministry of Public Health (Spanish initials: MSP) are not taking any chances. According to a news report published yesterday by El Nuevo Diario, a national newspaper in Nicaragua, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) will hold a workshop on this dangerous virus on February 2nd and 4th...

Source: Facebook Jailed Bikini Model from Costa Rica Threatened Suicide

Source: Facebook A swimsuit and lingerie model from Costa Rica will be evaluated by a prison psychiatrist in Nicaragua after she allegedly expressed strong suicidal intentions. Such was the report broadcast by Nicaraguan news radio station La Nueva Ya yesterday about Kathia Adriana Corella, who has been incarcerated in that country since early December. As previously reported by The Costa R...

Source: Red Cross of Costa Rica As Cuban Migrants Leave Costa Rica, Miami Schools Look for Money

IOM Media Release - A pilot group of 180 Cuban economic migrants stranded in Costa Rica since 14 November, 2015, left shelters provided by the Government of Costa Rica and departed the country as regular migrants. They have each paid USD 555 for a commercial plane and bus tickets in a package trip to reach Mexico via El Salvador and Guatemala. “The departure of the pilot group of Cubans should ...

Brontosaurus at Blue River Resort Costa Rica Jurassic World? New Dinosaur Amusement Park in Costa Rica

Source: Blue River Resort Costa Rica Rincon de la Vieja, Costa Rica, January 9, 2016. Dinosaurs have indeed taken up residence in the spectacular Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park. The premier Dinosaur Adventure Park is being unveiled by The Blue River Resort & Hot Springs in a lush Rain Forest, along a Blue River. The resort is located on the North Side of the Majestic Volcano R...

Cuba Costa Rica Will Collect $232K in Exit Taxes from Cuban Migrants

Source: Red Cross of Costa Rica Miami, Jan 8 (EFE; additional reporting by The Costa Rica Star).- Mayor Tomas Regalado warned Friday that Miami does not have the necessary funds to deal with all the Cuban refugees expected to arrive in South Florida from Central America over the coming weeks. The municipal administration up to now has not been notified by the federal government about any pl...

H1N1 Virus Swine Flu Deaths in Costa Rica Include Expat and 3-Year Old Boy

H1N1 vaccine will be available in Costa Rica in March 2016. Source: Wikimedia Commons San Jose, Jan 7 (EFE).- At least 14 people, including an expat woman from India, have died from the H1N1 flu virus since December in Costa Rica and 22 others remain hospitalized in serious condition, the Health Ministry said. Northern Costa Rica's San Carlos hospital had the highest number of fatalities, w...

Source: Flickr Commons Dental Tourism in Costa Rica: Less Scary Than Regular Dentistry?

That nearly incapacitating fear that many people experience when visiting their local dentist is not as prevalent when they engage in dental tourism, and British researchers are learning why this happens and how patients can overcome this phobia. Odontophobia is one of the many terms used to associate the unfounded fear of dental procedures. Longitudinal research studies conducted in the United...

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