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Mexico and Costa Rica are the Countries Whose Citizens Work the Longest Hours

Once again, Mexico and Costa Rica are listed as the countries whose citizens work the longest hours according to the  “Employment Outlook” study carried out by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The analysis of the OECD includes 38 member countries, from North and South America to Europe and Asia-Pacific, the hours worked is calculated as follows: “Average annual ...

Nicaragua Violence Protests and Violence Continue in Nicaragua, Costa Rica Expects Increase in Refugee Requests

The Nicaraguan Vice President Rosario Murillo, wife of President Daniel Ortega, announced Monday the revocation of the social security and pension reforms (approved unilaterally without the approval of congress), that sparked the protests last week which have left close to 30 fatalities. Despite this measure, the street protests and violence have not seized in the Central American country, thou...

Costa Rica Elayne Whyte Costa Rican Representative to the UN Elayne Whyte Received Person of the Year Award

Costa Rican permanent representative to the UN Elayne Whyte Gómez and diplomats from the disarmament delegations of Austria, Brazil, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, and South Africa, received the "2017 Arms Control Person (s) of the Year” award in recognition of their efforts to secure the historic 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons The recognition was awarded based on the votes o...

Costa Rica Nicaragua Protests Costa Rica’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Recommends Not Traveling to Nicaragua as Violence Escalates

Protests in Nicaragua began three days ago when citizens took to the streets to protest changes in the country’s pension system and social security reforms. The government of Nicaragua finally accepted a call for dialogue by the private sector. The protests have led to widespread  violence in the country that have killed at least 10 people (the official number reported by the government) and in...

Costa Rica Condemns Attacks Syria Costa Rica Condemns Attacks on Syria

The government of Costa Rica condemned the US bombing over Syria that took place on Friday evening, as well as the chemical weapons attacks that occurred in the city of Duma on April 7. The actions taken by the United States were justified by President Trump as a response to the toxic attacks that caused the death of many civilians in Syria. President Luis Guillermo Solis and the Ministry of...

Costa Rica Immigration Costa Rica Will be Affected by Trump’s Changes in Immigration Policies

An analysis carried out by project State of the Region brings attention to how the changes in the immigration policies of the United States will affect the Central American region, and in particular Costa Rica and Panama, countries that will likely see an increase in the flow of immigrants from other Central American countries. It is evident that the changes taking place will have an impact in ...

Stephen Hawking Dies Stephen Hawking Dies at 76

English world famous theoretical physicist, cosmologist, regarded author, Stephen William Hawking passed away March 13, 2018 at age 76. Hawking was diagnosed in 1963 of a form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) a motor neurone disease that gradually paralyzed him over the decades. When he was first diagnosed he was told he had only a few years to live; yet, he went on to become one of the m...

Will the President Trump-Un Meeting Ever be a Reality

Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff Last week’s political winners and losers include new tariffs placed upon steel and aluminum imports, North Korea tyrant Kim Jong Un, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former porn-queen Stormy Daniels. The big winner this week is the American steel and alumin...

Steel Tariffs USA Costa Rica New Steel Tariffs Announced by Trump’s Administration Will Affect Costa Rica

President Trump announced this week the new tariffs on aluminum and steel that will affect countries such as Costa Rica. A couple of weeks back, Commerce Department had released three recommendations relating steel and aluminum imports, yet this suggestions were not taken into consideration by President Trump and he provided his own alternatives. The final decision on the exact percentage that ...

Costa Rica Dubai Costa Rica Will Open Business Promotion Office in Dubai

The government of Costa Rica and the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry signed a memorandum of understanding to open a Costa Rican Promotion Office in Dubai, the largest and most populous city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The agreement was signed by Majid Safir Al Ghurair chairman of Dubai Chamber and Manuel Gonzalez Sanz, Costa Rica’s Minister of Foreign Affairs during the Global Bu...

The pretty face of North Koreas Pain North Korea’s Pretty Propaganda Sits Down Behind Vice President Pence at Olympics

Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff. The world’s spotlight has been upon South Korea’s Winter Olympics but the spectacle hasn’t been the athletes from around the world competing for gold, silver or bronze. That’s a sideshow compared to when North Korea’s Kim Yo Jong walked into the main sports are...

Costa Rica v Nicaragua Dispute International Court of Justice Awards Costa Rica Disputed Territory

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) dictated today a historical sentence regarding the cases of “Maritime Delimitation Claim in the Caribbean and Pacific Ocean (Costa Rica v. Nicaragua)” and “Terrestrial Frontier in the North Area of Isla Portillos (Costa Rica v. Nicaragua)”, in which it established the delimitation of the maritime frontier between both countries and ordered Nicaragua to move...

Costa Rica Nicaragua Dispute Nicaragua Must Pay Costa Rica $378,890 According to International Justice Court

The International Court of Justice, the main judicial organ of the United Nations, which has its seat in The Hague, Neatherlands, defined this Friday, that Nicaragua has to pay $378,890 to Costa Rica for the damages caused in Calero Island, also known as Portillos Island or Harbor Head Lagoon, as it is called in Nicaragua, between 2010-2015. The international court had ruled on December 16, 201...

‘Democrats Abroad’ Are Holding Their Regional Meeting in Costa Rica This Weekend

Expats from the US Democrat Party are meeting in Costa Rica to plan their actions regarding the upcoming midterm elections in the United States. Members of the organization Democrats Abroad (DACR) are holding their Americas Regional Meeting from January 25 to January 28 at the Hotel Bougainvillea in Heredia, Costa Rica. 30 democrat leaders are attending who reside in Canada and different Latin ...

Hondruas Earthquake 7.8 Earthquake Hits the Coast of Honduras

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit the Caribbean coast of Honduras this January 9th at 8:51 p.m; the movement was felt in other Central American countries, among them Guatemala, Panama, Belize and El Salvador. The earthquake’s epicenter was 218.10 km Northeast of Barra Patuca, Honduras, and had a depth of 10 km. Because it occurred in the middle of the ocean it is expected that the movement wasn’t...

Which Country in Central America Has the Highest Fuel Prices?

As surprising as it may seem, Costa Rica doesn’t have the most expensive fuel in the region. According to information by GlobalPetrolPrices.com which monitors the prices of fuel in 100 countries, the most expensive fuel was sold in Honduras and Nicaragua. The annual average price for premium gas (gasolina super as it is known in Central America) during 2017 was of US$0.98 per liter in Honduras...

Opposition to President Trump’s Jerusalem Decision has a 285 Million Dollar Cost

Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff. No sooner does the United Nations vote 128 to 9 objecting to President Donald Trump’s decision to finally recognize Jerusalem as the true capitol of Israel and move the U.S. Embassy there, the president cuts $285-million from the annual UN membership fee of whi...

USA Jerusalem Recognition Costa Rica Voted Against the US Regarding Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica voted against the United States’ decision of recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. During the United Nations General Assembly which had the presence of 193 member countries, 128 voted in favor of the resolution which condemns the decision of the United States; 9 nations voted against the resolution and 35 abstained. Although the resolut...

Costa Rica United Arab Emirates Embassy The United Arab Emirates Will Open Embassy In Costa Rica

The government of the United Arab Emirates announced their decision to open an embassy in Costa Rica. The announcement was made by Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to Costa Rican chancellor, Manuel Gonzalez Sanz, in an act of reciprocity since the Embassy of the Republic of Costa Rica was officially opened in Abu Dhabi on Thursday. Curre...

President Trump and President Duterte The Unraveling of the Two-Party System in American Politics

Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff. President Donald Trump arrived back in Washington on Tuesday following g a 12-day Asian tour of Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines, where he met again with the one-and-only, the notorious Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who hosted ...

Texas Mass Shooting – Will the US Ever Be Safe From its Own Armed Citizens?

Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff. Four words from the 1979 movie-war-classic ‘Apocalypse Now’ are ringing out for real from south-central Texas: “The horror! The horror!” On a typically beautiful, peaceful Sunday morning in Sutherland Springs a lone gunman -- dressed all in black -- parked h...

Will Release of Classified Info on JFK Shed New Light on His Assassination?

Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff.  Fifty-four years ago shots rang out in Dallas claiming the life of beloved U.S. President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. To this day questions persist and conspiracy theories run rampant in hundreds of books written by conspiracy theorists. Polls show 62 per...

Massacre in Las Vegas: Sunday Night Shooting Leaves 50 Dead, 400 Injured

Update at 10:30 a.m., Monday Oct. 2: The death toll in the shooting has risen to 58, according to national U.S. media. Las Vegas, Nevada was the scene last night of the deadliest mass killing in modern U.S. history. More than 50 concertgoers were killed and hundreds were injured late Sunday at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip. The gunfire began around 10 p.m. on the south end of La...

Costa Rican Architect Jose Manuel Pizarro Costa Rican Architect Continues to Break World Records, This Time With World’s Longest Slide

Costa Rican architect José Manuel Pizarro made the news earlier this year with the building of the world’s longest over-sea zipline cable in the world with 1,800 meter (5,905 ft.) long at 100 meters (328 ft.) high, reaching a speed of 120 kph (75 mph) named Xtasea and located in Acapulco, Mexico. Now, Pizarro and his company Linea Vertical are in charge of the project Emoción Intensa (Intense E...

Costa Rica Joins United Nations Panel on Bolstering Protection of Water Sources

At last week's United Nations 72nd General Assembly, recommendations from the Global High-Level Panel on Water and Peace were presented, said Costa Rica's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Costa Rica joined the panel when it was established in 2015, and played an important role in developing mechanisms and best practices for promoting cooperation regarding water supplies and sources. Costa Rican ...

Mexico Earthquake Today 6.2 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Mexico Again Saturday Morning

The seismic alert went off in Mexico City at 7:53 a.m. (Mexico time) this Saturday, September 23 as a 6.2 magnitude earthquake was felt again with epicenter in Oaxaca, earlier this same day at 5:38 a.m. a 5.8 magnitude movement took place in the same region. This seism takes place just 4 days after a 7.1 earthquake with epicenter in the city of Puebla caused devastation in Mexico City and the d...

Mexico Earthquake Help Costa Rica Information on How to Help The Victims of The Mexico Earthquake if You Are in Costa Rica

In the past few weeks, several countries have faced tragedy, hurricanes and earthquakes have struck and caused devastation, in small islands in the Caribbean as well as Mexico and the United States. If you are in Costa Rica and you want to help the victims of the Mexico earthquake authorities recommend going directly to the Red Cross in the country. The Costa Rican Red Cross will channel all...

Costa Rica Avianca Airlines Waive Change Fees for Mexico Flights Due To Earthquake

The earthquake that affected Mexico City this September 19 at this point and according to reports has claimed the lives of over 225 people, collapsed buildings, and several damages. Considering the tragedy and complicated situation, several airlines are waiving change fees on flights to and from Mexico City. American Airlines, United Airlines, Copa, Aeroméxico and Avianca are some of the air...

Mexico Earthquake Mexico Affected by Another Earthquake, This Time 7.4 With Epicenter in the City of Puebla

Just 11 days ago, on September 8th the city of Oaxaca on Mexico’s southern coast was affected by an 8.2 earthquake, which caused the death of almost 100 people, and left many buildings with structural damage. Today, September 19, 2017, at 12:14 p.m. Costa Rica time, 1:14 p.m. Mexico time, another earthquake initially reported of a 7.1 magnitude and later confirmed as having a 7.4 magnitude shoo...

Mexico Earthquake An 8.2 Earthquake Hits the Coast of Mexico, Tsunami Alert is Issued, Won’t Affect Costa Rica

An 8.2 earthquake struck Mexico's southern coast this evening at 22:49 (local time), 78.4 kilometers Southwest of Tres Picos (Chiapas). Due to the magnitude of the event, a Tsunami alert has been issued for the Pacific coast, however, due to the direction of the energy Costa Rica will not be affected or the effect could be very mild in the form of dangerous currents that because of the hour in ...

Costa Rica to Host Planet, People, and Peace Sustainable Tourism Conference

Experts from 15 countries will converge on San José, Costa Rica in October to share ideas and strategies on  sustainable tourism. The International Conference on Sustainable Tourism with its theme of Planet, People and Peace (P3), will feature exhibitors from Iceland, Holland, United States, Chile, Canada, Korea, Peru, Ecuador, Panama, Guatemala and also from some African nations, said event or...

Solar Eclipse Has Briefly Taken Over the Media’s Airwaves

Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff.  Monday’s total-solar eclipse has taken over the media’s airwaves. The hearts and minds of Americans weary of toxic politics welcomed the chance to concentrate on the Moon and Sun instead of terrorism, President Donald Trump, North Korea and racial divisi...

Jerry Lewis Dies American Actor and Comedian Jerry Lewis dies at 91

Legendary American actor and comedian Jerry Lewis passed away this Sunday, August 20 in his house in Las Vegas and surrounded by his family, confirmed his agent. Lewis was 91 years-old. Lewis, a native of Newark, New Jersey, jumped to fame when he partnered with singer Dean Martin in the Martin and Lewis comedy team in 1946; in the following decade they made regular appearances in comedy club...

Costa Rica Advances Its Compliance With UN Refugee Response Framework

Costa Rican leaders met last week to analyze the country's progress on the situation of refugees in the country, said the Foreign Relations Ministry press office. As of June 30, 2017, there are a total of 4,414 persons recognized and living as refugees in Costa Rica; however, in recent years there has been a marked increase in the number of refugee applications. In 2015, 2,203 applications were...

Protests at G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany Were Most Memorable in History

Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff.  Protests during the annual meeting of world leaders is nothing new, but this year it was an all-out war attempting to disrupt the proceedings. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made a fool of himself by flying to Hamburg and joining the G20 Summit pr...

Nuclear Weapons Ban UN Adopts Treaty to ban Nuclear Weapons, Despite Criticism From US and Other 8 Countries

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, was approved by 122 countries this Friday in the United Nations conference taking place in New York; however, the opposition of the nuclear-armed countries has given the treaty a “symbolic” character. The text presented by Elayne G. Whyte, Costa Rica’s ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Switzerland and chairwoman of the conference stated that “this...

Oscar Arias on Trump Former President of Costa Rica and Nobel Peace Prize Winner Oscar Arias Severely Criticizes Trump on Spanish CNN

Former two time president of Costa Rica and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Oscar Arias Sánchez, was a guest this Thursday evening in the anniversary of TV show Camilo, a space directed by Cuban journalist Camilo Egaña and which airs on Spanish CNN; the ex-president made strong statements regarding President Trump. “I believe he is since the time of Washington (George), the most uncultured, the leas...

UN Women’s Rights Committee Reviews Costa Rica’s Progress on Eliminating Discrimination

Costa Rica is a small country but with big commitments, and one of those is regarding safeguarding the rights of women to live free of discrimination in society. As a country that has ratified the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, Costa Rica comes under regular review by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) which...

International Economists Predict Stable Growth for Costa Rica, Say Fiscal Reforms Needed

"Costa Rica’s economy is growing at its estimated trend rate of about 4.25 percent," said economists at the International Monetary Fund. Their recently released report also summarized the situation as follows: "The colón has been depreciating moderately since mid-2016, while reserves have declined despite the narrowing in the current account deficit...inflation is returning to desire...

Nuclear Weapons Ban Costa Rican Presides UN Conference on Nuclear Weapons ban

Costa Rican Elayne Whyte Gómez ambassador for the UN is presiding this year the United Nations Conference that is currently negotiating a legally binding instrument to ban nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination. More than 120 countries ratified Whyte to preside the conference which is taking place in New York, USA since June 15 and will conclude July 7. “Advocates of a ban tr...