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Costa Rica Ground Commerce Covid19 Costa Rica’s Sanitary Measures Cause Chaos at Nicaraguan Border

(Photo: Archive) Back on May 16 the Costa Rican Government announced its decision to limit the entry of foreign cargo drivers to the country with the purpose of preventing borders from eventually becoming an area of transmission of Covid-19. Before this Presidential decree Costa Rica was testing all cargo drivers for Covid-19 before entering the country, situation that was causing delays with ...

Costa Rica LGBTI Rights Same Sex Marriage Will be Legal in Costa Rica on May 26

Back on 2018 the Constitution Court in Costa Rica had pronounced itself on same sex marriage in the country and domestic partnership between same sex couples declaring unconstitutional the articles that forbidden same sex marriage, the Court also adhered to the advisory opinion of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights which stated that same sex couples should be recognized and guaranteed. Th...

Costa Rica OECD OECD Approves Costa Rica’s Application to Join

Costa Rica will become the 38th member state of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD); the formal accession agreement will be signed in the upcoming days. “We are delighted to welcome Costa Rica to the OECD family at a time when multilateralism is more important than ever,” the group’s secretary-general, Angel Gurria, said in a statement. Costa Rica will be the firs...

Costa Rica LGBTI Rights Costa Rican Lawmakers Attempt to Block Gay Marriage one Last Time

In August 2018, Costa Rica’s Constitutional Court voted to legalize gay marriage, making Costa Rica the first country in Central America to recognize the right of same sex couples to marry. The ruling is supposed to take effect in ten days on May 26th, a deadline which brought members of the National Liberation Party (PLN) into a brief fist fight on Tuesday. Enrique Sanchez, Costa Rica’s first ...

Costa Rica Intellectual Property United States Removes Costa Rica from Intellectual Property Watch List

The Government of the United States of America made official, through the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), that Costa Rica has been removed from the list the countries over which the Office maintains surveillance regarding the protection of intellectual property rights. This is stated in the Office’s Special 301 Report, which the United States issues every year to assess re...

Costa Rica President Costa Rican Government Announces Plan to Help Families Affected Financially by Covid-19

The Costa Rican government announced this Friday a plan to offer a benefit of 200 thousand colones, approximately $347.00 USD, a month to families affected financially by the crisis caused by Covid-19, this includes people that have been laid off or have had their income reduced. Part of the funds will come from an extraordinary budget, reassigning funds, and by maintaining the fuel price in m...

Costa Rica President Controversy in Costa Rica Over Governments “Big Data” Unit Operating for Over a Year

Controversy arises in Costa Rica as information was released last Friday in relation to an executive decree (41.996-MP-Mideplan) signed by President Carlos Alvarado October 2019 which was officially published February 17, 2020 regarding the creation of the Presidential Unit of Data Analysis (UPAD), which apparently has been operating for over a year. Article 7 of this decree establishes that pu...

Costa Rica President President of Costa Rica Will Renounce Right to Receive his Presidents Pension

President of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, confirmed his decision of renouncing the right to receiving the ex-Presidents’ pension after he leaves office. By law, in Costa Rica, the Presidents have the right to receive their pension once they leave office, the amount is of an approximate 4 million colones (close to $7,000 USD) a month. “On May 9. 2022, I will present my letter to the Direction...

Costa Rica Abortion President of Costa Rica Signs Technical Norm Regarding Abortion

President of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado and the Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, signed this week the "technical norm for the therapeutic interruption of pregnancy" for cases where the health or life of the pregnant women is in danger, as a guideline and in support of what Article 121 of the Criminal Code states. The Ministry of Health elaborated the text of this technical norm which was sent...

Costa Rica OECD Costa Rica Gets Approval of OECD Investment Committee

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) informed that Costa Rica received the approval of the seventeenth committee required to finalize the process of joining this organization: the Investment Committee. With this, there are just five pending approvals, necessary to reach the ambitious goal by May 2020. The approval was achieved after completing an exhaustive evaluation o...

Costa Rica Fast Passenger Train CABEI Gives Costa Rica Loan to Build Fast Passenger Train

The Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) granted Costa Rica a loan of $550 million to support the construction, equipment and start of operations of the Fast Passenger Train for the Great Metropolitan Area. The total cost of the project is estimated on $1,297 million, the balance would come from private companies through public-private alliance, the government will carry out ...

Costa Rica Minister Treasury Costa Rican Minister of Treasury Resigns

The administration of President Carlos Alvarado lost another important piece with the resignation of the Minister of Treasury, Rocío Aguilar Aguilar announced her decision this Wednesday after being notified that the Comptroller General of the Republic had recommended to the President her suspension for 30 days due to her decision to pay the bills owed by the Central Government to its debtors a...

Illegal Immigration, President Trump How Illegal Immigration to the USA Affects Costa Rican Immigration Policies

“What bloody business has the USA to do with the Costa Rican immigration policies on border crossings?” - Posted reaction to a recent article published in TCRS (The Costa Rica Star) The answer: Plenty. The Bigger Picture: The issue is not just about border runners seeking to stay under the radar as Perpetual Tourists, or those needing to keep their foreign driver's licenses valid. Those con...

Costa Rica Minister of Labor Costa Rican Minister of Labor Resigns After Officer Died in his Police Escort

The Minister of Labor, Steven Nuñez, resigned this Friday Sept 27th after the traffic officer that escorted him to Limon died in a car accident in the early hours of that same day. Nuñez apparently requested the escort last minute since he was running behind to attend a meeting in the province of Limon, since traffic is regulated in a segment of Route 32, the Minister made the request for a tra...

Joe Biden, Democrat, Politics, 2020 Presidential Campaign Why is Former Vice President Joe Biden Still the Democratic Front Runner

Former Vice President Joe Biden may soon find himself between a rock and a hard place. For some unknown reason he is still the Democratic front runner to receive his party’s nomination for president next year. Every time 76-year-old Sleepy Joe opens his mouth he creates more problems for himself. So why are the Democrats sticking with Biden? Just as sure as Cat-5 Hurricane Dorian tore up the no...

Costa Rica Strike Costa Rican Congress Approves Bill That Will Regulate Strikes

In the first bill With 40 votes in favor and 15 against deputies approved the bill to regulate strikes in Costa Rica. Some of the most important points of this project are: -It defines which are considered "essential services", where strikes are NOT allowed. -Salaries are suspended on the first day of any strike. If the strike is declared legal by a court of law, then the employer will ha...

Costa Rica Strike Education Labor Unions in Costa Rica Call for Another Strike Monday September 2

(Photo: Archive) The National Association of Educators (ANDE) and the Association of High-School Teachers (APSE) called on their members to join a new strike movement this Monday, September 2 and Wednesday, September 3 to protest the projects that are currently being discussed in congress regarding public employment, the right to strike in essential services, and those projects that would affec...

politics, democrats, republicans, McCabe, Sanders, Fox, CNN The Difference Between Sanders and McCabe is Credibility

Two familiar faces from the past will be reappearing on the national political-media scene – former Trump administration Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. Sanders, 37, was signed by Fox News as a paid contributor of political commentary while McCabe was signed by CNN also as a paid contributor of political commentary. Squeaky clean Sanders s...

United States Politics, Recession scare, Democrats,Republicans Teflon Don: Is President Trump Recession Proof?

Last week mainstream media did all they could to raise fears of a coming recession using the DOW Jones stock market’s nose-dive of 800 points when no evidence of an impending recession exists. Economic indicators show the U.S. economy remains strong -- then why all the chatter about a fake recession? The stock market bounced back amid the ongoing China trade deal and yet the media talking heads...

Presidential campaign 2020,Trump,Mark Cuban If Biden Drops out Who’s in… Marc Cuban?

After watching these 20-plus Democratic presidential candidates attempt to be regular folks -- at the Iowa State Fair -- it’s fair to assume none of these candidates have what it will take to unseat President Donald Trump in 2020. It was hysterical watching news reports coming out of the state fair showing the likes of U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) walking around holding a deep fried corn d...

Costa Rica Strike Private Sector Angry Over Agreement Costa Rica Made With Public Health Workers

After eight days of striking and after several long meetings between representatives of the CCSS labor union and the Government, an agreement was reached to put an end to the strike that caused the cancellation of 82,872 scheduled appointments and more than 1,400 surgeries and 18,000 procedures . The Executive Director of CCSS, Roman Macaya, celebrated the agreement that put an end to the strik...

Mass Shootings in the United States Is the Fabric Holding the United States Together Coming Apart

The fabric holding together the United States of America is literally coming apart at the seams. As of Aug. 4, 2019 -- 251 mass shootings have occurred this year -- resulting in the deaths of 280 people and wounding another 752 innocent souls, according to Wikipedia. Although there is no widely accepted definition of a mass shooting, it is generally thought to encompass incidents involving mult...

Social Security SErvice Strike Costa Rica 20% of the Social Security Workers in Costa Rica go on Strike

As of noon Friday, the Social Security Service (CCSS) had been forced to suspend 57,536 patient appointments after almost a week of strike which affected over 39% of public health appointments. Close to 20% of the employees are taking part of the strike, which mainly include nurses, support personnel, and personnel in the area of health technologies; also 578 general medical doctors and 408 spe...

Democrats, presidential debate, 2020 presidency Second Presidential Debate Was Like a Pack of Wild Dogs Barking at Each Other

Say what you want about the second Democratic debate held July 30-31 in Detroit, Michigan, but there were no winners. All these 20 candidates for president did was bark at each other like a pack of wild dogs. Clearly both CNN and the Democratic National Committee were losers in this debate. The questions asked of the candidates lacked substance. There were no questions about President Donald Tr...

U.S. Supreme Court Says yes to 2.5 Billion for Trumps US/Mexico Border Wall

The U.S. Congress is on recess until Sept. 9, but rest assured President Donald Trump will not be taking six weeks off. Last week the U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-to-4 decision gave the go ahead to the Trump Administration to transfer $2.5-billion in Pentagon military defense spending to continue construction of a barrier wall along the Mexico/U.S. southern border. These funds for President Trump’...

Trump, Russia, Muller, Speech, No collusion Impeachment Fever is Over Except for the Far-Left Democratic Extremists

Former FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony on Wednesday before the U.S. House Judiciary and Intelligence committees qualified as high political drama -- broadcast live to the nation -- but there was no new information, no revelations or exploding bombshells. For the Democrats and other anti-Trump forces it was a waste of time. For the Republicans it was a waste of time. Mueller’s 400...

President Donald Trump, Strong US Economy, Dow Jones record July 2019 The Legal American Dream: Get to Work Congress

The U.S. Congress isn’t getting much done these days. They are too busy looking at their dang iPhones and tweeting out national policy to get much of anything done for real American citizens. Sure-as-shootin’ our President Donald Trump does a lot tweeting himself, but that’s different. He actually gets things done while Congress does not and they won’t because of the looming Nov. 3, 2020 nation...

US politics, democrats, republicans Are Washington Democrats Seriously Alienating Independent Voters

Let’s give a round of rowdy cheers and whistles to the Washington Democrats who have seriously alienated Independent voters with their screaming rants about a new Socialist America with free healthcare, free college and a $15/hour minimum wage to flip those burgers. Decades ago the Independent voter represented a small number while the two-party political system in the United States of America ...

Costa Rica Styrofoam Costa Rica Signs Law That Prohibits the Use of Styrofoam

President Carlos Alvarado, alongside the Minister for Environment and Energy, Carlos Manuel Rodríguez and the Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, signed into law the reform of the Law for the Integral Management of Waste. This Law enacts the prohibition of the import into national territory, the commercialization and the delivery of polyethylene containers, better known as styrofoam, in any commerci...

Trump, Tanks 4th of July President Trump: His Supporters Love him and Critics Hate him

The Trump Show made quite a splash on the 4th of July as the United States of America celebrated its 243rd birthday of independence from England. Braking from tradition the nontraditional and controversial President Donald Trump took over this year’s festivity in Washington amid much criticism from the Democrats, the candidates running for president and even the City Council of the District of Col...

North Korea, Iran, Russia, China and President Trump

It would defy all the laws of gravity for President Donald Trump to lose the White House next year. Everything is up – economy is the best in decades, employment for real Americans is at record highs, the stock market almost hit 27,000 for the first time and the U.S. military -- that protects real American citizens -- is getting stronger every day. Our president is 100-percent responsible for thes...

Democratic 2020 Presidential candidates The First Democratic 2020 Presidential Debate

There were lots of losers with few winners these past weeks in ‘Politics in the USA.’ On everyone’s mind is the two-night display of weird Socialist Democratic policy goals proudly touted to the nation during the first Democratic debate held June 26-27 in Miami, Florida. On the second night, an NBC moderator asked all 10 presidential candidates if they favored extending free healthcare benefits...

Oldest Beer company in the USA supports President Trump Politics and Beer

Let’s talk about politics and beer. No matter what bar you go into, no matter where it is the subject of ‘Politics in the USA’ pretty much dominates many conversations just like sports and women. These days Pennsylvania bar talk and beyond is all about the popular Yuengling beer and its owner billionaire Dick Yuengling. Last week Mr. Yuengling, 85, took presidential son Eric Trump on a tour of ...

Trump declares peace not war with Iran President Trump Chose Peace and Diplomacy Instead of War

More than likely President Donald Trump backed off striking missile installations in Iran due to the annual G20 Summit  held in Osaka, Japan on June 28-29. The radical Islamic country of Iran shot down an unmanned, unarmed surveillance drone claiming it was flying in Iranian airspace which is in dispute with U.S. military claims that the drone was flying close to Iran but over international waters...

Costa Rica Protests Costa Rican Police Act Removing Roadblocks on Route 32

Roadblocks continued this Monday in Costa Rica in different key roads, particularly Route 32 which communicates San José and Limón. The pressure by different sectors forced the resignation of Minister of Education Edgar Mora, one of the demands of the protesting groups. Labor union leaders announced that roadblocks and other forms of protests will maintain throughout this week as they will p...

Costa Rica Protests A Week of Protests in Costa Rica, Who and Why?

Transport services, fishermen, students all took the streets this week in Costa Rica to protest against the government. Driving slow enough to cause congestion (tortuguismo) and blocking different key roads, drivers, specifically truckers, representing different transport services were the first to manifest their anger earlier this week against the implementation of the Value Added Tax (VAT) wh...

Presidential Election 2020 Joe Biden Leads President Donald Trump in a Nationwide Head-to-Head Pole

A Fox News presidential poll asking the question ‘Biden or Trump in 2020?’ shows that former Vice President Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump in a nationwide head-to-head match up. Really Fox News? This poll has been all over mainstream media and the subject of much discussion because it was on Fox News and not CNN, but CNN is using it right along with everyone else. According to Fox News ...

American Press Secretary White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders Resigns

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has two weeks left as President Donald Trump’s leading spokesperson after her boss announced her resignation late last week on Twitter. In doing so, Sanders and the president met with reporters to further explain her departure having served as press secretary for 1.9 years. “This has been the honor of a lifetime,” Sanders said. “I’ve loved ever...

Nixon Administration , Democrats, Republicans, Robert Muller, Watergate John Dean:Who Cares What a Former White House Counsel for President Richard Nixon Thinks

Who cares what John Dean thinks? The former White House Counsel for President Richard Nixon played a pivotal role in the first and only presidential resignation involving the famed Watergate Scandal of 1973-74. Dean appeared before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee on Monday June 10th. He was asked to appear by committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) to discuss the similarities between the...

Democrats, Nanci Pelosi, Republicans, President Donald Trump Nanci Pelosi: The Never Trumper

The week of June 6 was a study in contrasts -- The 75th anniversary of the World War II D-Day invasion with President Donald Trump standing with surviving heroes in Normandy, France; First Lady Melania Trump hugging and giving high-fives to the D-Day veterans as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi urges “prison” for the president. Nowhere in mainstream media did anyone bother to mention that pres...