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Fines Against Owners of Modified Automobiles are Unconstitutional

Drivers who have been ticketed for driving behind the wheel of souped-up cars with modifications to the engine, injection or emissions do not have to pay any fines at this time. Sala Cuarta (Constitutional Hall) has been reviewing a series of complaints against sections of Article 132 of the controversial Transit Law. Drivers have the chance to appeal the infraction and free themselves from having...

Colombian Navy Frigate Docks in Limon

The majestic ARC Gloria, a sailing school for officer candidates in the Colombian Navy, made a friendly visit to the port of Limon over the weekend. According to newspaper La Prensa Libre, the frigate's mission in Limon was to strengthen ties between the Costa Rica and Colombia, the closest South American neighbor -geographically speaking. The Gloria's home port is Cartagena de Indias. She not ...

Battle Lines are Drawn Between Unions and the Government

National labor unions are expected to meet with President Laura Chinchilla later today to deliver an ultimatum. The unions want the government to approve a reasonable and equitable salary increase or face massive labor strikes that will not only involve public workers, but may also count with the support and solidarity of the private sector. This is the third formal meeting between the public e...

Legislator and Minister of Security face challenges to their immunity privilege

A legislator from the powerful National Liberation (PLN is Spanish) political party and our current Minister of Security may see their immunity stripped in order to answer to civil and criminal complaints. One case is that of Jorge Angulo Mora, a legislator who is facing charges of undue influence and financial extortion. The other case is that of Mario Zamora Cordero, our current Minister of Secu...

The Saga of El Palidejo and Facundo Cabral

Alejandro Jimenez Gonzalez AKA Palidejo is a Tico businessman who is currently detained in Guatemala on charges of having masterminded a botched assassination that lead to the tragic demise of Facundo Cabral, a troubadour and messenger of peace and justice for the under-privileged in Latin America. The unfolding of the tragedy and the arrival of Jimenez in Guatemala is proof that life is often ...

Sexual scandal, Writer Under the Rain, There is Good Literature: Warren Ulloa Argüello

Drug use, violence and suicide are just some of the topics covered by Warren Ulloa’s novel. But, I wonder, how does this writer see the world? Under the rain, there is no God. With those six words, Warren Ulloa Argüello earned the National Literature Award for 2011, amidst both controversy and praise. I put cars aside for a moment and sit down with Warren, in the middle of a crowded Chinese res...

How a Tico filmmaker helped in sparking the Occupy Wall Street movement

In the United States, as President Barack Obama and his family celebrated the birthday of civil rights activist and champion of social justice Martin Luther King, Jr. at his new memorial in Washington D.C., thousands of protesters associated with the Occupy Wall Street movement planned demonstrations in cities across the country. The Occupy movement, which came to the world's attention in Septemb...

Message from the US Embassy and Ambassador: Anne S. Andrew

This message was brought to the attention of The Costa Rica Star by the Costa Rica Living Yahoo Group. If you are not a member of this Yahoo Group considering joining it, you can network and engage with people from all over the world who live, retire, and work here in Costa Rica. You can see the original copy of the below message on this website here. This message is directed at US citizens and th...

Richard Bransons family having dinner with former President José María Figueres

Yesterday evening the family of Sir Richard Branson, Billionaire founder of the Virgin Group and Virgin Galatic, had dinner with former President of Costa Rica José María Figueres. Topics of discussion were the choice to abolish the army of Costa Rica, Tourism here, and doing international business. You can read more about the story behind abolishing the Costa Rican army by reading this articl...

Tolls and Traffic Ticket Prices Increase in Costa Rica

The New Year greeted Costa Ricans with a few unwelcome surprises. The first of these was in the way of an increase of the tolls located on the highway that runs from San Jose to Caldera. According to the official press release given by Autopistas del Sol this adjustment was based on the devaluation that the American Dollar suffered during the last few weeks. As of January first the stations...

Surprising census statistics about Costa Rica for 2011

It's hard to think of Costa Rica, a Latin American developing nation, as a country with a falling birthrate and an aging population. That's exactly what the National Institute of Statistics and Census (known as INEC by its Spanish acronym) has indicated according to its preliminary census numbers released just days before Christmas 2011. From 1984 to 2000, the population growth of Costa Rica av...

La Nación Presents the News Makers of 2011

National de facto news daily La Nación has published its annual list of the most newsworthy personalities and entities which consistently graced its pages with either positive or controversial developments in 2011. The following is a quick rundown of the people and entities mentioned and the category they made news in: National Affairs The global financial crisis left its most serious mark i...

A History of Invasions: Costa Rica and Nicaragua

The Minister of the Exterior has presented a formal diplomatic complaint against its counterpart in Managua regarding an alleged invasion by Nicaraguan soldiers this past Monday. According to the Europa Press news bureau, the diplomatic dispatch explained that members of Nicaragua's security forces were conducting a patrol and advanced about a kilometer into Tico territory, voicing taunts directed...

2011 Tourism Statistics Post Significant Growth

The Costa Rican Tourism Institute, known as ICT by it acronym in Spanish, recently released figures which indicate that approximately 2,183,000 tourists will have visited the country by the end of the year. Should this statistic be confirmed in January 2011 by the ICT, it would indicate a growth of 4 percent over last year. This is an encouraging outlook for both ICT and the tourism industry,...

How the Iraq War affected two Tico families

American troops stepped up the pace of their withdrawal from Iraq over the weekend, turning over garrisons and combat positions to Iraqi security forces. Armored vehicles lined up in long columns traveling towards Kuwait for shipment to other American bases around the world. Soldiers' families rejoiced in the United States, while some Iraqis celebrated the withdrawal by burning American flags. ...

Mark your calendars: Massive protest against excessive fiscal reforms planned for December 13.

Various labor unions and social advocacy groups have resolved to voice their discontent against proposed financial reforms with a labor strike and public demonstration. The display of solidarity will take place just days before a large number of Ticos will leave for the beaches and the countryside. The decision was formulated a week ago during an impromptu summit of labor union leaders. Beatriz...