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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...

RCMP crest Mystery Deepens in Canadian’s Disappearance in Costa Rica

RCMP crest On Wednesday, January 21st, the Office of Judicial Investigations (Spanish initials: OIJ) began looking into the disappearance of Canadian businessman Ryan Craig Piercy, who is believed to have been taken hostage by captors demanding 272 million colones as ransom payment, which is more than $500K in today's currency exchange rate. Yesterday, daily tabloid Diario Extra reported th...

Source: Wikimedia Commons President of Venezuela Fears for His Safety in Costa Rica

Source: Wikimedia Commons In a video statement broadcast by Noticias 24 in Venezuela, one of many state-owned media outlets in the troubled South American nation, President Nicolás Maduro affirmed that a group of terrorists have traveled to Costa Rica with the intention of threatening him. Such was the report published by online news daily CRHoy.com earlier today. President Maduro is one of...

Jairo Mora loved to teach children about nature. Wikimedia Commons Suspects Set Free in Jairo Mora’s Murder Trial in Costa Rica

Jairo Mora Sandoval The seven men charged with the gruesome murder of environmental activist Jairo Mora Sandoval, who was killed while exercising his passion of protecting the sea turtles that massively arrive in Costa Rica during their nesting season, have been cleared of homicide. The murder occurred in late May 2013, and an organized gang of sea turtle poachers was believed to be behind the...

Source: Flickr Commons Major Business Expo Coming to Costa Rica

Source: Flickr Commons SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, Jan. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Tyrexpo2015, which is poised to become among the Western Hemisphere's most important trade shows, is just 15 weeks away! The three-day event runs fromApril 29 through May 1, 2015 at the Pedregal Convention Center in San Jose, Costa Rica. Anticipation is mounting: The premiere exhibition of Tyrexpo2015 promises to be an ...

Source: Facebook Official Statement on Punta Leona Catamaran Tragedy

Three elderly tourists from Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom have lost their lives at sea while enjoying a catamaran cruise off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Acting President Ana Helena Chacon, who is currently in office as President Luis Guillermo Solis is on an official trip to China, held a press conference during which she indicated that 106 passengers were rescued after the...

SJO in Alajuela Death of U.S. Man in Costa Rica Sparks Rift

Source: Cruz Roja Costarricense James Michael Lindsay was 67 years old when he tragically passed away in Costa Rica. He was standing in line at an airline counter of the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) when he felt ill and asked for help. Red Cross rescuers on duty at SJO determined that Mr. Lindsay suffered a cardiac arrest and started basic, and later advanced, lifesaving procedu...

New vehicles for Tourism Police in Limon Tourists Help Police Track Robbery Suspect in Costa Rica

File Photo An armed man was shot dead by Tourism Police officers in the Caribbean region of Costa Rica after a foot pursuit in a mountainous forest. According to a report by Evelin Andino Espinoza of daily tabloid Diario Extra, Tourism Police officers assigned to Punta Uva of Manzanillo, province of Limon, were in pursuit of various armed suspects when one of them suddenly fired multiple times...

Source: Wikimedia Commons The Aftermath of Equestrian Parades in Costa Rica

Source: Flickr CC The loveable city of San Jose will be filled with horses this Friday, and by the end of the traditional Tope (equestrian parade), there will be plenty of horse fecal matter left on the street and sidewalks of Costa Rica’s capital. As reported by Annie Innecken Zúñiga of daily tabloid Diario Extra, this year’s Tope will begin next to the train tracks on Plaza Gonzalez Viquez; ...

San Jose Low Nighttime Temperatures in Costa Rica for the Holidays

Overall good weather will be enjoyed by families and tourists in Costa Rica over the holidays. According to a weather forecast reported by national television network Repretel, sunny skies and moderate breeze will be predominant during Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Average daytime temperatures will fluctuate between 22 and 24 degrees Celsius (71 to 72 Fahrenheit). After the sunset, however, a s...

Source: Flickr Commons Grinch Bosses Refuse to Pay Holiday Bonus in Costa Rica

Source: Flickr Commons Since Monday, the number of complaints by workers who have not received their mandatory holiday bonus, known as Aguinaldo, has climbed to 70. According to a report filed by Jarmon Noguera of daily newspaper La Prensa Libre, the Ministry of Labor has entered 24 judicial actions against employers who have not yet paid the 13th month of pay as dictated by law in Costa Rica....

Source: Wikimedia Commons Problems With Your iPhone in Costa Rica? Read This:

Over the last few days, iPhone users who subscribe to the popular Kolbi wireless carrier in Costa Rica have noticed that they can no longer navigate the Web or use some apps and simultaneously manage a voice call. The crux of this technical issue is that 3G access seems to goes away when a connection is made to another wireless phone or to a data source.   According to technology blog i...

SJO in Alajuela Turmoil Surrounds Death of U.S. Man in Costa Rica

Source: Cruz Roja Costarricense Red Cross paramedics and emergency officials from the San Rafael Hospital in Alajuela are at odds with each other after a 67-year old male from the United States suffered a cardiac and respiratory arrest at the main international airport in Costa Rica. The discord includes allegations of refusal of care and misuse of emergency resources.   The man rep...

front view of the luxury house in valle del sol costa rica Owners of Luxury Homes in Costa Rica Dodge Tax Legislation

Tax collectors in Costa Rica are ready to start looking for owners of luxury properties who lease their homes for less than 30 days at time; however, they currently lack the legislative approval to do so. This does not mean that preliminary investigations will cease until a law is passed; in fact, revenue investigators will increase their intelligence collection in the next few months.   ...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Puerto Viejo in Costa Rica is a Tsunami Risk

Source: Wikimedia Commons The town of Puerto Viejo in the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica is a haven for backpackers, vacationers and expats seeking a warm climate, an ultra-relaxed atmosphere and the friendliness of the local Afro Costa Ricans and indigenous inhabitants. Alas, the infrastructures of Puerto Viejo and the city of Limon are vulnerable to natural disasters such as storm surge and t...

Source: JPS Christmas Lottery in Costa Rica: Millions are Never Claimed

Source: JPS A cherished holiday tradition in Costa Rica consists of participating in the madness of the Gordo Navideño, which roughly translates into “Christmas Fat Cat Lottery.” For this holiday season, the jackpot prize of the lottery in Costa Rica paid a cool $10.5 million for whoever held an entero (whole lottery bill), which can be purchased on a fractional basis since each lotto bill hol...

Pregnant Immigration Fail in Costa Rica: Woman Denied Health Care

A draconian situation in Costa Rica was recently reported by Jimena Soto of online news daily CRHoy.com, and it involves a denial of public health care to a foreign woman who is pregnant with the child of her husband of four years, who happens to be a Costa Rican citizen.   According to the news report, the husband of the Nicaraguan woman who was summarily denied benefits by La Caja,  C...

Tamales Christmas by the Numbers in Costa Rica

For the purpose of ending the year with a creative and seasonal spirits, the School of Statistics at the University of Costa Rica has published a report (PDF) focusing on topics that go beyond the traditional demographics. The 2014 Current Events Survey investigated sentiment and facts related to Pope Francis, Ebola, football, mosquito-borne diseases, extraterrestrial life, and Christmas.  ...

Source: Bing Número Uno: Costa Rica Tops Bing Vacation Searches

Source: Bing In 2014, the Ice Bucket Challenge, Lebron James, Beyonce, the Kardashian clan, and Costa Rica had something very interesting in common: They topped Internet queries from United States users on search engine giant Bing, owned and operated by Microsoft. Within the category of Vacation Destinations, Costa Rica was not only the most searched term on Bing; it was also the only Central ...

Source: Intel Formal Inauguration of Intel R&D Center in Costa Rica

Earlier this week, Intel Corporation held a formal opening ceremony of its new research, development and testing center in Costa Rica. As reported by tech journalist Marvin Barquero of daily newspaper La Nacion, this is a “mega-laboratory” that will test and validate new products designed by this major chip manufacturer.   The opening of this research and development (R&D) cente...