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Source: Wikimedia Commons Detectives Investigate Suicide Aboard Flight to Costa Rica

Source: Wikimedia Commons Agents assigned to the Alajuela Regional Delegation of the Office of Judicial Investigations (Spanish initials: OIJ) are investigating the death of a 53-year old man who was found dead upon landing in Costa Rica. The 53-year old man has been identified as a Costel Comana, a wealthy Romanian citizen. In an institutional communique, OIJ agents provided preliminary in...

Wikimedia Commons Cocaine Brands: An Illustrated Catalog from Costa Rica

Source: Fuerza Publica From oceanic creatures to sports car logos and from mythology to astrology symbols, the imagery used by drug cartels in their packaging of illegal drugs has been on the rise in the last few years. In Costa Rica, this practice is known as troquelado, and it involves the creative use of logos and packing materials when shipping their products, particularly powdered cocaine...

Source: Baxter International A Warm Meal and Helping Hand for Homeless in Costa Rica

Source: Baxter International The following corporate press release is kindly provided by Baxter International, a global healthcare firm that develops, manufactures and markets products that save and sustain the lives of people with hemophilia, immune disorders, infectious diseases, kidney disease, trauma, and other chronic and acute medical conditions. Baxter has a presence in Costa Rica and m...

K-9 Officer Lyra Meet Lyra: A Missing Tourist’s Best Friend in Costa Rica

K-9 Officer Lyra After a dangerous shootout that left two policemen wounded and an alleged robber dead in the eastern suburbs of San Jose, a tactical unit was tasked with looking for an armed suspect who fled the scene. It all happened during the morning rush hour of Thursday in the municipality of Curridabat, and the Directorate of Special Units became resolute on finding the suspect on the r...

Game Connection Costa Rica Exhibits Video Game Development at Major Expo

Source: Green Lava The burgeoning sector of video game development in Costa Rica is picking up speed and attracting international attention. Thanks to an initiative by PROCOMER, which is a government agency in charge of marketing trade and exports, six video game development firms from Costa Rica will exhibit their work and expertise at one of the most important business expos in this field. T...

Source: Fuerza Publica Indigenous Child Rescued in Remote Costa Rica Town

Source: Fuerza Publica Fuerza Publica officers assigned to the National Border Police of Costa Rica spent an entire night walking across beaches, rivers and the thick jungle of Burica, near the southern border with Panama, to rescue an indigenous child of the Ngöbe Bugle (or guaymí) ethnicity. The child was suffering from an acute and dangerous infection due to a wound that he had sustained da...

playas del coco beach costa rica Writing Love Messages on the Beach Sands of Costa Rica

Source: Flickr Sand Sign, a multi-national artistic project featuring Andres Amador, is launching a social initiative for Valentine's Day 2015. For one month, the campaign will be collecting messages with love declarations to draw them on some of the world's most beautiful beaches so that a World Record can be established. As expected, Costa Rica is one of the countries participating in this r...

Wikimedia Commons 50 Shades of Radio in Costa Rica

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today observes World Radio Day, a special celebration of one of the most significant inventions in the field of broadcasting and communications. Per the UNESCO:   From news and public debate to music and entertainment, radio continues to inform, captivate and inspire us in a way that no other medium can. Radio i...

Screenshot from Archive.org Call Girl Columnist in Costa Rica Was a Fake

Screenshot from Archive.org From late 2006 until late 2012, a high-class call girl named Kattia captivated the minds of readers in Costa Rica with titillating prose and highly erotic writing style. Kattia's experiences as a highly paid prostitute who was eager to please her clients in Costa Rica appeared in the defunct magazine SoHo, published by the Grupo Nacion media empire. Kattia was on...

CIMA Hospital in San Jose is often visited by medical tourists U.S. Fraud Suspect Refuses to Leave Hospital in Costa Rica

An alleged fraudster from the United States has reportedly spent the last nine months in the prestigious CIMA Hospital near San Jose, where he is supposed to be in the custody of officers from Fuerza Pública, the national police force of Costa Rica. The suspect was remanded to a correctional center by a criminal court back in May of 2014. Cyrus Anoushirvan Sepher, a 51-year old male with Irania...

Jairo Mora loved to teach children about nature. Wikimedia Commons Letter to President Solis Re: Jairo Mora and Costa Rica

The students, faculty, and staff of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego have prepared a petition to President Luis Guillermo Solís asking that the Jairo Mora loved to teach children about nature. Wikimedia Commons mishandling of evidence during the trial of Jairo Mora Sandoval's alleged killers be investigated and also that protection for enviro...

Amanda Hellman Amanda Hellman: Iowa (1979) – Costa Rica (2015)

Amanda Hellman A few days ago, The Costa Rica Star reported on an incident whereby a photojournalist on assignment for Diario Extra was viciously attacked by a tour operator in the Sarapiqui River. Reporter Alfonso Gatjens was investigating the tragic death of Amanda Hellman, a woman from the United States who lost her life during a kayaking tour of the river, which had been subject to incleme...

Source: Flickr Commons Italian Tourist Drowns in Costa Rica

Playa Brasilito A woman vacationing in Playa Brasilito, one of Costa Rica's Gold Coast beaches located in the province of Guanacaste, lost her life in the surf this weekend. According to a report published by daily tabloid Diario Extra, the woman was an Italian tourist named Patricia Taburiny, who was 64 years of age. Unlike other, recent reports of tourist drownings in Costa Rica, heavy surf ...

Wikimedia Commons Clean Bikini Lines are Very Popular in Costa Rica

Wikimedia Commons A survey recently commissioned across Central America and Mexico by Saba, a brand of health and personal care products, indicates that 90 percent of women in Costa Rica are very mindful of their nether regions. This much can be ascertained by the following statistics gleaned from the survey study: 90 percent of women in Costa Rica (Ticas) between the ages of 14 and 65 eit...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Is It Illegal to Smoke in Your Hotel Room in Costa Rica?

Wikimedia Commons A smoky and hazy issue seems to be unfolding between the Ministry of Public Health (Spanish initials: MSP) and the Chamber of Hotels in Costa Rica. Chamber members are fuming because they consider that the MSP is misinterpreting the Anti-Tobacco Control Law #9028, which has been a source of discontent with regard to its interpretation, implementation and enforcement over the ...

Twin ultrasound. Source: Wikimedia Commons A Cesarean and Psychological Mystery in Costa Rica

Twin ultrasound. Source: Wikimedia Commons Earlier this year, a couple from Tabarcia, a semi-rural and suburban community in the province of San Jose, arrived in the San Juan de Dios Metropolitan Hospital with high hopes of experiencing the delivery of twin baby girls. This expectation was based on five ultrasound imaging procedures, which showed Ms. Leidy Ureña was pregnant with two girls. Ms...

inflation Why is Costa Rica So Expensive? An Economist Explains

In late 2014, when crude oil prices were plunging in the commodities exchanges around the world, consumers were delighted to finally find relief at the pump. In Guatemala, for example, gasoline and diesel prices in December dropped by 23 percent on a year-over-year basis. In Costa Rica, however, the reduction did not even reach 10 percent, and the country still features the most expensive fossil f...

The Sarapiqui River Turmoil in Kayak Death of U.S. Woman in Costa Rica

The Sarapiqui River A journalist investigating the death of a woman from the United States was physically assaulted by an entrepreneur who provides river rafting tours in Costa Rica. Such was the report published by Diario Extra, the daily tabloid which assigned Alfonso Gatjens to look into the circumstances surrounding the tragic death of Amanda Hellman, a woman from the U.S. who died in the ...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Why Are So Many Canadians Drowning in Costa Rica?

Playa Hermosa Guanacaste This past Monday, a retired woman from Montreal and her two-year old grandniece tragically drowned in Playa Santa Teresa, located on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. According to the Toronto Sun, Andree Hamel rushed into the surf to save little Jasmine, who was born in Costa Rica; alas, both were caught in the strong undertow produced by dangerous rip current condition...

Source: Ricardo Retana - Twitter March in Memory of Jairo Mora in San Jose, Costa Rica

Source: Ricardo Retana - Twitter With picket signs, banners, slogans, songs, and a general feeling of indignation, a march in memory of slain environmentalist Jairo Mora took place in San Jose on Thursday, January 29th. Demonstrators were united by a common sentiment and desire to see justice prevail in Jairo's memory. Jairo Mora was 26 years old when he was killed by a group of poachers in...