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Source: Wikimedia Commons Liquor-Free Towns During Independence Day in Costa Rica Source: Wikimedia Commons For many people in Costa Rica, celebrating Independence Day means enjoying parades, picnics and a few ice-cold bottles of Imperial with neighbors at the local bar. Notwithstanding, not all municipalities share the same patriotic standpoint, and some municipalities believe that there is no place for booze during Independence Day celebrations. As a result, some towns in...
Source: Flickr Commons Ebola Virus Could Crumble Western Africa Source: Flickr Commons A German scientist from the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine in Hamburg believes that reaction to the latest Ebola epidemic in Liberia and Sierra Leone has come too late, and that these two nations could now face a severe public health emergency that may spread elsewhere in the western region of the Dark Continent. In a recent interview with the Spanish edi...
Beer Bottle, Can or Draft? Choosing Your Beer in Costa Rica Source: Photobucket Over the last few years, beer culture has been gaining a substantial foothold in Costa Rica. Gone are the days of having to settle for bottles of Imperial, which remains a popular and pleasant experience nonetheless. Beer lovers in Costa Rica now have many options to choose from, and they come in bottles, cans or on tap. What is the best way to serve beer in Costa Rica? Thi...
San Vicente de Paul Hospital in Heredia Costa Rica Achieves Urological Surgery Milestone San Vicente de Paul Hospital in Heredia A young man in Costa Rica who suffered from a malignant tumor in his spinal cord is recovering after a successful surgical procedure that involved the implantation of a penile prosthesis. The surgery was performed at the Saint Vincent of Paul Hospital, a public health facility that serves the community of Heredia. This was the first time a penile implant...
Source: Wikimedia Commons Tasty Decaf Coffee is Closer to Reality   Source: Wikimedia Commons The city of Armenia in Colombia is located in the heart of one of the most fertile coffee-producing regions in the world. This is where the 25th International Conference on Coffee Science is currently taking place, and there are two topics that attendants are likely to discuss: The sequencing of the coffee genome, which was recently completed, and how this m...
Source: Wikimedia Commons Protestors Decried “American-Style” Rodeo in Costa Rica   Source: Wikimedia Commons Outside of the Chinese-donated National Stadium in San Jose this Sunday, animal rights activists picketed and shouted slogans as spectators cheered on bull riders, bronco handlers and rodeo clowns. According to a report filed by Paula Ruiz of La Prensa Libre, the “American-style” (from the United States) rodeo took place without turmoil despite the clamor fr...
Source: Costa Rica Beer Factory Meatless Monday Taking Hold in Costa Rica Source: Costa Rica Beer Factory A global movement that dates back to World War I is slowly being adopted in Costa Rica at just the right time. Meatless Monday is a 2003 initiative established by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; however, it dates back to a wartime policy enacted by the United States a hundred years ago. Considering that economic vegetarianism is a direct res...
M4034S-4211 So Good, They Are Bad For You: Chicharrones in Costa Rica They are traditional, delicious and chock-full of low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. We are talking about chicharrones (fried pork rinds), and in Costa Rica they are associated with Christmas, the end-of-year holidays, town fair celebrations, block parties, and virtually anytime friends gather at bars. It is estimated that each portion of chicharrones (one medium-sized pork rind) conta...
Organ Donor Card Costa Rica Now Online: Organ and Tissue Donor Registry in Costa Rica If you would like to become an organ donor and extend the gift of life with parts of your body that you no longer will need in the afterlife, you may now officially express your intention to La Caja (Costa Rica's public health system) over the Internet. As part of the “Atrévete a Donar” (Dare to Donate) campaign, more than 7,500 people in Costa Rica have registered as organ donors using La Caj...
Source: Bing commercial reuse Costa Rica is Turning Into a Fast Food Nation Source: Bing commercial reuse The ongoing love affair between Ticos and junk food is becoming more steadfast each day. The fast food and casual dining sectors in Costa Rica have become extremely competitive over the last two years thanks to a flurry of brands eager to capture palates, bellies and wallets. According to the 2014 Costa Rica Consumer Profile recently published by business weekly E...