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[OP-ED] A Few Things That Rattle My Cage!

COSTA RICA BLOG – Like everyone else, there are a few things that drive me bonkers and I cannot do much about it. And, I am sharing some of them on this blog. CNN: CNN news makes every tragedy, wherever in the world that tragedy might occur, into a min-industry unto itself. A CNN industry! […]…

[BLOG] Violent, Disturbing And Sexual Content Sell Newspapers in Costa Rica

  TICO BULL - The decline of newspapers has been widely debated as the industry has faced down soaring newsprint prices, slumping ad sales, the loss of much classified advertising and precipitous drops in circulation. In recent years the number of newspapers slated for closure, bankruptcy or severe cutbacks has risen—especially in the United States, […]…

[OP-ED] Taking Care of Your Backyard?

[OP-ED] In America, there was once a television program called, “This is the Week that Was” and the world, including Costa Rica should be a part of that program from July 13 to July 20, 2014. Sadly, last week we had the shoot down of Malaysian Airline MH 17, the invasion of Israel into the […]…

[OP-ED] SO THIS IS PROGRESS?

COSTA RICA BLOG – I like very much to read the comment sections of the online news publications. They reveal the thoughts and mind set of both nationals as well as expats living in Costa Rica. While the government is hell bent to make Costa Rica a member of the developed world country club, perhaps […]…

[BLOG] FIRST WORLD, THIRD WORLD, AND DEVELOPING COUNTRIES – WHAT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE?

The answer to the question of what makes the difference in categorizing these different levels of country development is “PRODUCTION”.  First World countries produce more on a per capita basis than do Developing, or Third World Countries. Production generates the necessary tax revenue base to support the other aspects of the “social good” of Society, […]…

[BLOG] THE DAY AFTER THE DAY

The horns are not blaring, the flags are drooping a little, yet some; some of the faithful still cheer on and believe in La Sele, believe in our country and that’s good. To believe in La Sele is to believe in us, Ticos within our hearts. Soon, the team will be home but I encourage, […]…

[BLOG] THANK YOU SELE!

It was a wonderful ride with the Cinderella team and all those people who cheered, cried and vented anger showing the world we are indeed a nation of passionate people and not a group of pacifists who can’t find their way home. “No,” no more poor me mind set! La Sele and those young people […]…

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Tránsito Steps Up Traffic Controls Starting Tomorrow

Tránsito Steps Up Traffic Controls Starting Tomorrow

COSTA RICA NEWS – Starting tomorrow the Policía de Tránsito (traffic police) will begin to increase its controls from…

Guanacaste Is Thirsty!

Guanacaste Is Thirsty!

COSTA RICA NEWS – Legislators Gerardo Vargas and Johnny Leyva are asking President Luis Guillermo Solís to declare a state of emergency for Pacific coast due to…

Public To Hear Debate on Judge Fiting

Public To Hear Debate on Judge Fiting

COSTA RICA NEWS – The president of the Legislative Assembly Henry Mora said that, due to a decision by the Constitutional Court (Sala IV), debate Tuesday afternoon…

CONCACAF Deserves another World Cup Spot

CONCACAF Deserves another World Cup Spot

COSTA RICA SPORTS – Following the improved displays by Costa Rica, Mexico and United States of America (USA) at the recently concluded FIFA World Cup Finals in…

Ticollage: Costa Rica Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2014

Ticollage: Costa Rica Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2014

COSTA RICA NEWS – Curated and commissioned by the German architects Oliver Schütte and Marije van Lidth de Jeude, Costa Rica’s first pavilion at the Venice Biennale focuses on a competition-winning project…

OIJ Rule Out Suspect in Case of Missing Girl

OIJ Rule Out Suspect in Case of Missing Girl

COSTA RICA NEWS – It’s been twelve days since six year old Yerelyn Guzmán Calvo went missing. The intense search by police and volunteers on the ground,…

Government Looking to Increase Fuel Prices by ¢5

Government Looking to Increase Fuel Prices by ¢5

COSTA RICA NEWS – Brace yourself for another round of gasoline prices. This time, however, coming from the Ministerio de Hacienda (Ministry of Finance),  due to an…

Costa Rica Seeks to Reduce Violence At Soccer (Foobtall) Games

Costa Rica Seeks to Reduce Violence At Soccer (Foobtall) Games

COSTA RICA NEWS – Costa Rica’s  Unión de Clubes de Fútbol de la Primera División (UNAFUT) – Soccer Clubs Federation – and the  Ministerio de Seguridad Publica…

Human Negligence Cause Of Crocodile Attacks in Costa Rica?

Human Negligence Cause Of Crocodile Attacks in Costa Rica?

COSTA RICA NEWS  – The unexpected invasion of their habitat is the reason for the attacks by crocodiles in the rivers, mangroves, estuaries and beaches of Costa…

Alajuelita Residents Protest In Front of President’s House For “Decent” Housing

About 70 residents of Alajuelita has been protesting in front of the home of President Luis Guillermo Solís, located in Barrio Escalante, San José requesting a housing…

Child Migrants – A “Torn Artery” in Central America

Child Migrants – A “Torn Artery” in Central America

COSTA RICA JOURNAL (IPS) – The migration crisis involving thousands of Central American children detained in the United States represents the loss of a generation of young…

Costa Rica To Observe 10th Anniversary of Death in The Chile Embassy

Costa Rica To Observe 10th Anniversary of Death in The Chile Embassy

On July 27, Costa Rica will observe the 10th anniversary of an act that shocked two countries — the death within a few minutes of three Chilean…

Costa Rica Beef And Powedered Milk Headed For Russia

Costa Rica Beef And Powedered Milk Headed For Russia

Costa Rica beef and powdered milk can now be sold Russia. The approval was announced by Russia’s federal veterinarian and health control with which the Costa Rican…

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Gunacaste Celebrates Anniversary In Weeklong of Activities

Gunacaste Celebrates Anniversary In Weeklong of Activities

COSTA RICA NEWS – By Roberto Acuña Ávalos, Vozdeguanacaste – “Our homeland by our free will.” That is the…

Disregarding Squirrel Bite Led to Death, Boy Could Have Been Saved

Disregarding Squirrel Bite Led to Death, Boy Could Have Been Saved

COSTA RICA NEWS – The Ministerio de Salud and the Servicio Nacional de Salud Animal (SENASA) – Ministry of Health and the National Animal Health Service –…

Kilometer 35: A Very Efficient Checkpoint

Kilometer 35: A Very Efficient Checkpoint

COSTA RICA NEWS – Only four years ago, the checkpoint located at kilometer 35 of the Southern Inter-American Highway was a lightweight structure similar to a bus…

Nosara Red Cross President Dismissed

Nosara Red Cross President Dismissed

  COSTA RICA NEWS – By: Henry Morales Navarro, Voice of Guanacaste – “I can’t find any logic for what they accuse me of. It is a…

Guanacaste to Have Six Arsenic Removal Plants

Guanacaste to Have Six Arsenic Removal Plants

COSTA RICA NEWS By: Fabiola Pomareda, Vozdeguanacaste – The Costa Rican Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (AyA – Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados) has reported that…

Recent Seismic Activity in Nicoya Unrelated to 2012 Earthquake

Recent Seismic Activity in Nicoya Unrelated to 2012 Earthquake

COSTA RICA NEWS – By: Henry Morales Navarro, Vozdeguanacaste – The tremors that Nicoyans have received in recent days shouldn’t be related to the earthquake that struck…

La Locura en Playa del Coco (Photos)

La Locura en Playa del Coco (Photos)

The craziness from Playas del Coco, Guancaste. Photos posted by Papa Rooster via Facebook.…

Trapped Garza Woman is Moved to Home for Elderly in Nicoya

Trapped Garza Woman is Moved to Home for Elderly in Nicoya

COSTA RICA NEWS – By Roberto Acuña Ávalos, Voz de Guanacaste -  The blind and deaf elderly woman who had lived trapped in her home in the…

AyA Promises to Remove Arsenic in Downtown Bagaces

AyA Promises to Remove Arsenic in Downtown Bagaces

COSTA RICA NEWS – By Fabiola Pomareda / La Voz de Guanacaste – The Costa Rican Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (AyA – Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos…

Nicoya Celebrates Sele’s Advance to Round of 16

Nicoya Celebrates Sele’s Advance to Round of 16

COSTA RICA NEWS – By: Wilberth Villalobos Castrillo, Vozdeguanacaste – The morning of June 20 seemed to be as normal as any other day, with youths headed…

A Hidden Village in Quepos Where The Colon or Dollar Are Not Welcomed

A Hidden Village in Quepos Where The Colon or Dollar Are Not Welcomed

COSTA RICA JOURNAL – To travel to El Silencio de Quepos, one does not need a passport, but you do need to change money. In this village,…

Guanacaste Schools Still Go Unrepaired

Guanacaste Schools Still Go Unrepaired

COSTA RICA NEWS – Nearly two years after the major 2012 so-called Samara earthquake damaged 75 Guanacaste school buildings, only four of them have been completely repaired,…

Herbicide Use Could be Associated with Deaths Due to Renal Problems in Guanacaste

Herbicide Use Could be Associated with Deaths Due to Renal Problems in Guanacaste

COSTA RICA NEWS – By: Fabiola Pomareda, VozdeGuanacaste – A recent study has reignited the debate surrounding the high incidence of death due to renal illness in…

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Panama Sees 7% Growth in Economy

Panama Sees 7% Growth in Economy

TODAY PANAMA NEWS – Panama’s economy will grow by as much as seven percent this year, thanks in large…

Fidel and Raul Castro Send Messages to Nicaragua

Fidel and Raul Castro Send Messages to Nicaragua

TODAY NICARAGUA NEWS – The leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, and Cuban President, Raul Castro, yesterday sent greeting messages to Nicaragua on the occasion of…

Nicaragua: Sandinista Revolution Celebrations Results in 5 Killed

Nicaragua: Sandinista Revolution Celebrations Results in 5 Killed

TODAY NICARAGUA NEWS – At least five people were killed and more than 20 injured on Sunday in Nicaragua after the celebration of the 35th anniversary of…

Guatemala Extortion Generates $61 Mn A Year

Guatemala Extortion Generates $61 Mn A Year

CENTRAL AMERICA NEWS – Authorities in Guatemala estimate criminals make around $61 million a year from extortion, a figure that illustrates the extent to which this crime…

Guatemala May Target ‘Coyotes’ to Address Child Migrant Crisis

Guatemala May Target ‘Coyotes’ to Address Child Migrant Crisis

CENTRAL AMERICA NEWS – Guatemala’s Congress is analyzing an initiative to target the human smugglers known as “coyotes,” as political pressure in the region builds to tackle…

High Approval Ratings for Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega

High Approval Ratings for Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega

TODAY NICARAGUA NEWS – The management of the government of Nicaragua is now approved by 59.9 percent of the people, a local survey revealed. According to data…

Panama Police Clash with Colombia’s FARC in Cross Border Drug Corridor

Panama Police Clash with Colombia’s FARC in Cross Border Drug Corridor

TODAY PANAMA -Panama’s border police have killed two alleged FARC members in combat near the border with Colombia, a dense jungle region where security forces from both…

Obama Accused of Secret Operation with Immigrant Children of Central America

Obama Accused of Secret Operation with Immigrant Children of Central America

LATIN AMERICA NEWS – The Governor of Nebraska, Dave Heineman,  accuses President Barack Obama of covert operations with the undocumented immigrant children who arrive alone to the…

Russian President Putin Visits Nicargua’s Daniel Ortega

Russian President Putin Visits Nicargua’s Daniel Ortega

TODAY NICARAGUA NEWS – Analysts in international issues described this past weekend’s visit to Nicaragua by Russian President Vladimir Putin as a support to the Government of…

Duarte Receives Hero’s Welcome in Nicaragua

Duarte Receives Hero’s Welcome in Nicaragua

TODAY NICARAGUA NEWS – Humble and quiet, Oscar Duarte, one of the leading players in Costa Rica’s La Selección, national football team, received a hero’s welcome on…

Nicaragua Food Crisis Caused by El Niño Triggered Drought

Nicaragua Food Crisis Caused by El Niño Triggered Drought

TODAY NICARAGUA NEWS (IPS) – The spectre of famine is haunting Nicaragua. The second poorest country in Latin America, and one of the 10 most vulnerable to…

Panama Warns of Incursion of Colombian BACRIM

Panama Warns of Incursion of Colombian BACRIM

TODAY PANAMA NEWS – Panama’s border control agency has warned that Colombian criminal groups descended from the paramilitaries are increasingly using the country as a trafficking route,…

Panama’s New President Offers Gang Amnesty

Panama’s New President Offers Gang Amnesty

TODAY PANAMA NEWS – Panama’s new president has offered a one-month amnesty period for gang members to disarm and cut their ties with organized crime, signalling his…

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ICE May Invest in Hondutel

ICE May Invest in Hondutel

COSTA RICA BUSINESS NEWS – Costa Rica’s state telecom, the Instituto…

Bacardi Opens New Shared Service Centre in Costa Rica

Bacardi Opens New Shared Service Centre in Costa Rica

COSTA RICA BUSINESS NEWS – Bacardi, the largest privately held, family-owned…

Costa Rica Beef And Powedered Milk Headed For Russia

Costa Rica Beef And Powedered Milk Headed For Russia

Costa Rica beef and powdered milk can now be sold Russia.…

Dollar Exchange Remained Unchanged All Week

Dollar Exchange Remained Unchanged All Week

COSTA RICA MONEY – The dollar exchange rate maintained almost unchanged…

Know Anyone Under 40 And Successful?

Know Anyone Under 40 And Successful?

COSTA RICA BUSINESS NEWS – El Financiero, Costa Rica’s financial newspaper…

Ticos Pawning Their Smart TV and Screens Now That the World Games Are Over

Ticos Pawning Their Smart TV and Screens Now That the World Games Are Over

COSTA RICA NEWS – Following La Sele’s loss to The Netherlands…


Living in Costa Rica

Why We Retired To Grecia

Why We Retired To Grecia

COSTA RICA LIVING From International Living – When my wife Jen and I chose Costa Rica as the country we…

A most unusual profession

A most unusual profession

COSTA RICA LIVING – In many Spanish speaking countries including Costa Rica you find the widespread practice of mobile advertising…

A Look Back: Tortuguero, The Place of the Turtles

A Look Back: Tortuguero, The Place of the Turtles

Fifteen years ago, in June of 1999, this article appeared in Escape From America Magazine: Dr. Archie Carr was a…

The other side of Costa Rica — the New Chic

The other side of Costa Rica — the New Chic

LIVE IN COSTA RIC A – The majority of my readers are those thinking of relocating or retiring here or…

Retirees will be pleased to know that Costa Rica’s postal service has made great strides in recent years

Retirees will be pleased to know that Costa Rica’s postal service has made great strides in recent years

LIVE IN COSTA RICA – There was a time when nobody in there right mind would use the country’s postal…

Where do people live better and worse in Latin America?

Where do people live better and worse in Latin America?

LIVE IN COSTA RICA – What is the country best country in Latin America in which to live? Costa Rica.…

Costa Rica: The Expat Abandoned

Costa Rica: The Expat Abandoned

When considering living abroad, many expats make the serious mistake of considering disability, advancing age and death of a partner.…

Good news for retirees who use taxis in Costa Rica

Good news for retirees who use taxis in Costa Rica

Retiring in Costa Rica by  Christopher Howard – Taxis and buses, are very affordable in Costa Rica when compared to…

Two Very Different “Gringo Gulches” in Costa Rica

Two Very Different “Gringo Gulches” in Costa Rica

A lot of the nightlife in San José, capital of Costa Rica, takes place in a section of town often…

Careful of the lottery in Costa Rica

Careful of the lottery in Costa Rica

When one hears the word lottery (lotería in Spanish) mentioned, the first thing that usually comes to mind is the…

Ice Skating in Costa Rica

Ice Skating in Costa Rica

When people retire they find themselves with a lot of spare time on their hands and have to decide what…


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[SATIRE] Costa Rica Government Passes Decree To Change Contents of  1Liter

[SATIRE] Costa Rica Government Passes Decree To Change Contents of 1Liter

This report is satirical whose sole purpose is entertainment. All content is fictional and does not correspond to reality. From the VATICAN ENQUIRER – In…

Gallo Pinto Con Chile!

The “ALBA” Mousetrap?

World Cup Humour

With Heart and Pride! Costa Rica Leaves The World Undefeated and With Heads Held High