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U.S. oil company Occidental Petroleum, or Oxy, has agreed to compensate five Peruvian Amazon Indian communities for damage resulting from oil production activity. EFE/File U.S. Oil Firm Pays Off Peruvian Indigenous Communities

U.S. oil company Occidental Petroleum, or Oxy, has agreed to compensate five Peruvian Amazon Indian communities for damage resulting from oil production activity. EFE/File Lima, Mar 5 (EFE).- U.S. oil company Occidental Petroleum, or Oxy, has agreed to compensate five Peruvian Amazon Indian communities for damage resulting from oil production activity. Leaders of the Achuar people from the ...

Rachel Brathen at the Envision Festival. Source: Instagram Enjoy a Costa Rica Yoga Vacation From Home

Rachel Brathen at the Envision Festival. Source: Instagram One of the highlights of the recent Envision Festival in the pristine southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica was Rachel Brathen and her yoga sessions. Ms. Brathen is also known as Yoga Girl, and her yoga workshops and retreats in Costa Rica are legendary. In fact, she is currently conducting a Costa Rica yoga retreat at Selva Armonia in ...

Rio de Janeiro's world-famous Copacabana and Ipanema are among the areas contaminated to the point that dermatologists recommend avoiding skin contact with the sands. EFE/File If You Plan to Vacation in Rio de Janeiro, You Need to Read This

Rio de Janeiro's world-famous Copacabana and Ipanema are among the areas contaminated to the point that dermatologists recommend avoiding skin contact with the sands. EFE/File Rio de Janeiro, Mar 2 (EFE).- The sands on the beaches of this Brazilian tourist mecca are heavily polluted, mainly thanks to trash left behind by beachgoers, experts told Efe.   Rio de Janeiro's world-famous ...

Wikimedia Commons Swimming Pool Accident Claims Life of U.S. Child in Costa Rica

Source: Cruz Roja Costarricense A five-year old boy from the United States tragically lost his life while on a family vacation in Costa Rica. According to a news report filed by Patricia Durán of daily tabloid Diario Extra, the unfortunate incident occurred in a rural hotel located about 13 kilometers away from the town of Buena Vista, in the Liberia canton of Guanacaste. The news report ex...

Public domain photo “Perfect” GMO Apples Will Reach the U.S. Market Next Year

Public domain photo By Elvira Palomo. Washington, Feb 24 (EFE).- Genetically modified apples that do not brown will be available in U.S. grocery stores by 2015 with the expectation that waste will be curtailed and sales will expand, despite criticism of altered foods by some groups. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said that, after rigorous scientific reviews, it determined that the va...

Source; Wikiemdia Commons Luxury Rehab Facility in Costa Rica Uses Polemic Treatment

Bing Commons In Costa Rica, a few drug rehabilitation centers offer a controversial treatment that consists of taking certain amounts of Ibogaine, a substance extracted from a few plants that are native to Western Africa. Ibogaine is extracted from these flowering shrubs, and the result is a substance with psychoactive and psychedelic properties. Research on the therapeutic potential of Ibogai...

Source: Recovery Ranch A Clean and Sober Habitat for Humanity Project in Guanacaste

Source: Recovery Ranch One of the most important aspects of recovery from substance abuse is being able to once again provide meaningful contributions to society. Here is a very good example of such an action taking place in Costa Rica, specifically in the Nicoya region of the Guanacaste province. The Costa Rica Star thanks Recovery Ranch for this inspiring press release and for their excellen...

CIMA Hospital in San Jose is often visited by medical tourists Costa Rica is Still a Top Medical Tourism Destination

CIMA Hospital in San Jose is often visited by medical tourists Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) February 12, 2015 - Living in a sunny, low-cost, laidback destination overseas doesn't mean foregoing good healthcare. In many countries outside the U.S., the healthcare is excellent and affordable. Malaysia received the top score in the healthcare category of International Living’s just- released Annual Gl...

Wikimedia Commons Luxury Resort in Guanacaste Concedes Water

Wikimedia Commons For a term of 12 months, an upscale resort in the dry province of Guanacaste will provide some neighboring communities with desperately needed water. The resort in question is the Reserva Conchal, which has ceded rights to a local utility so that water can be extracted from the Nimboyores aquifer located beneath the surface of this private property. An agreement between Re...

Source: PSU U.S. Nursing Students Learn and Practice in Costa Rica

Source: PSU The following press release was originally published by News Services department of Plymouth State University in New Hampshire.  PLYMOUTH, N.H. – A dozen Plymouth State University student nurses spent the first 10 days of the new year in Costa Rica, home of some of the world’s most pristine rain forests and beaches. But these students weren’t on vacation; in fact, they were hard...

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...

Pixabay Commons Dangerous Liaisons: Craigslist Personals in Costa Rica

Every year, lonely hearts around the world dread the prospect of spending Valentine's Day without a special someone to spend it with. Such is the case in Costa Rica and any other country where Valentine's Day is observed as a holiday that celebrates romantic love. This being the 21st century and an exciting period within the Information Age, lonely hearts in Costa Rica who are in a hurry to find a...

Wikimedia Commons What Makes Snakes in Costa Rica so Venomous?

Wikimedia Commons Of all the venomous snakes in Costa Rica, the fearsome gargantilla (Micrurus mipartitus) is often regarded as one of the deadliest. The powerful venom of these snakes can not only cause instant tissue necrosis but also excruciating pain, epilepsy, shock, and death. What is it that makes this reptilian venom so potent? According to a recent study in Proceedings of the Natio...

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...

Coca Cola Does Coca-Cola Really Taste Better in Costa Rica?

Many foreign visitors who stay in Costa Rica long enough to enjoy the locally produced and bottled Coca-Cola are bound to think that the popular carbonated drink tastes better here than it does in their countries of origin. These are mostly visitors who come from Canada, the United States, Europe, and generally outside of Latin America and the Caribbean. Is there really a difference between Coca-C...

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 ...

Source: El Sabanero A New Yoga Shala in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Source: El Sabanero New York, NY (PRWEB) January 21, 2015 - Drishti Yoga Teacher Training today announced that Kurt Reichenberger, owner of El Sabanero Eco Lodge near Tamarindo, Costa Rica has built a brand new yoga shala for their upcoming yoga teacher training in March 2015. For the second year in a row Drishti Yoga Teacher Training announces their Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica will...

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...