Nosara Twins Headed For Russia to Compete Robotics Olympiad

Nosara Twins Headed For Russia to Compete Robotics Olympiad

  COSTA RICA EXTRA, By Marvin Castillo, Voz de Guanacaste – Twin brothers Ramon Jose and Gerardo Monge Gutierrez, both students…

The Face The President Didn’t Want Us To see

The Face The President Didn’t Want Us To see

The image from Facebook post relating to the “100 day report” or what some call the Report to the Nation, speech…

Ticos Can’t Say No!

Ticos Can’t Say No!

COSTA RICA EXTRA – There are many reasons for moving to Costa Rica but the most attractive one is that Costa…

Solar energy that doesn’t block the view

Solar energy that doesn’t block the view

AFTERBIZLIFE (Extreme Tech) -  Researchers at Michigan State University have created a fully transparent solar concentrator, which could turn any window…

[Photos] Off Script

[Photos] Off Script

Scenes outside and inside the Melico Salazar Thursday, August 28, 2014 for President Luis Guillermo Solís 100 day report in office.…

Let Them Eat Lizard: Nicaragua Suggests Eating Iguanas As Food Crisis Looms

Let Them Eat Lizard: Nicaragua Suggests Eating Iguanas As Food Crisis Looms

NICARAGUA NEWS – Nicaragua is in dire straights. The country – Central America’s poorest – is facing widespread hunger because of…

“Visiting an Organic Pineapple Plantation”

“Visiting an Organic Pineapple Plantation”

COSTA RICA NEWS  (Examiner.com) – Our tour of the Corsicana Farm’s Organic Pineapple Plantation began in the fields with the pineapple…

Dancing With the Stars Costa Rica Sundays at 7pm

Dancing With the Stars Costa Rica Sundays at 7pm

COSTA RICA EXTRA ENTERTAINMENT – If there’s one outstanding characteristic of Costa Ricans it’s that they love to dance. In the…

Consumers Can Have Harassing Creditor Calls Blocked

Consumers Can Have Harassing Creditor Calls Blocked

COSTA RICA NEWS – Borrowing money on appliances and other goods and unpaid credit card balances can result in constant and annoying calls to family from debt collectors. Now, consumers have an option of having calls blocked through the Agencia de Protección de Datos de los Habitantes (PRODHAB), the…

President’s Finger Pointing To Keep Prosecutors Busy

President’s Finger Pointing To Keep Prosecutors Busy

COSTA RICA NEWS – President Luis Guillermo Solis’s long awaited 100 days report, also dubbed the address to the nation, is sure to keep dozens of prosecutors…

Police Uncover Weapons Arsenal in Heredia Home

Police Uncover Weapons Arsenal in Heredia Home

COSTA RICA NEWS – How well do you know your neighbours? “Rather strange”, is the profile by the head of the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ), Francisco…

Costa Rica’s Desperate Green Push

Costa Rica’s Desperate Green Push

COSTA RICA NEWS (By Laura Securon Palet | OZY.COM) Newsflash: Climate change isn’t a problem just for your grandchildren. Or polar bears. The dreaded rise in temperatures…

National Emergency Commission Took Seven Years To Rebuild a Bridge

National Emergency Commission Took Seven Years To Rebuild a Bridge

COSTA RICA NEWS – It took the Comisión Nacional de Emergencias (CNE) – national emergency commission-  seven years to erect a bridge that should have been done…

First Women’s Hackaton in Costa Rica

First Women’s Hackaton in Costa Rica

COSTA RICA NEWS – Forty two women engineers and techs on Saturday began a race against time challenging their wits in the Primer Hackatón Femenino de Costa…

Legisaltor Proposes Exempting Internet Services of Paying Sales Tax

Legisaltor Proposes Exempting Internet Services of Paying Sales Tax

COSTA RICA NEWS – Legislator and former presidential candidate, Otto Guevara, is proposing to remove the sales tax on internet service. Guevara introduced a bill that would…

Daily Costa Ricans Using Less Cash Or Checks

Daily Costa Ricans Using Less Cash Or Checks

COSTA RICA NEWS – A recent study by the Banco Central de Costa Rica (BCCR) – Central Bank, reveals Costa Rica are using less cash or checks…

Is Costa Rica The New Model For Prison Standards in Latin America?

Is Costa Rica The New Model For Prison Standards in Latin America?

COSTA RICA NEWS  (AULA)- Prison overcrowding is a widespread problem in Latin America, primarily because of harsh drug-sentencing laws and inadequate budgets, but Costa Rica may be…

Kidney Disease in Guanacaste: Experts Say Herbicides Should Be Investigated

Kidney Disease in Guanacaste: Experts Say Herbicides Should Be Investigated

COSTA RICA NEWS – By Fabiola Pomareda, Voz de Guanacaste – Researches from the Regional Institute of Studies on Toxic Substances (IRET – Instituto Regional de Estudios en Sustancias Toxicas) of the National University (UNA – Universidad Nacional) stated that agrochemicals have not been ruled out as potential factors…

First Women’s Hackaton in Costa Rica

First Women’s Hackaton in Costa Rica

COSTA RICA NEWS – Forty two women engineers and techs on Saturday began a race against time challenging their wits in the Primer Hackatón Femenino de Costa…

American Business Group Proposing Construction of Modern Airport in Limón

American Business Group Proposing Construction of Modern Airport in Limón

COSTA RICA NEWS – Representatives of the Mel Group, based in the U.S.,  met with legislative members of the Partido Unidad Social Cristiana (PUSC) to negotiate the…

Students in Nosara Raise over $1,000 for the Electrocuted Monkeys

Students in Nosara Raise over $1,000 for the Electrocuted Monkeys

COSTA RICA NATIIONAL  NEWS – By Students of Academy del Sol and HomeSchool Beach Academy, Vozdeguanacaste – On Sunday July 20, Academy del Sol students and staff…

“The Idea Still Exists that the Chorotegas are Part of the Past,” Karen Stocker

“The Idea Still Exists that the Chorotegas are Part of the Past,” Karen Stocker

COSTA RICA NEWS – By Roberto Acuña Ávalos , Vozdeguanacaste - Karen Stocker is not Guanacastecan or even Costa Rican, but without a doubt, she knows more…

Nicoya Prison Could Relieve Other Facilities in Country

Nicoya Prison Could Relieve Other Facilities in Country

COSTA RICA NEWS – By Henry Morales & Ariana Crespo, Vozdeguanacaste – Nicoya may become the site of a penitentiary used to relieve overcrowding in prisons throughout…

Landslide Displaces Kids From Turrialba Youth Centre

Landslide Displaces Kids From Turrialba Youth Centre

COSTA RICA NEWS – A series of earth slippages has so damaged the community center building in the village of Jesus Maria in Turrialba that the Health…

Road To San Carlos Could Be Completed Next Year

Road To San Carlos Could Be Completed Next Year

COSTA RICA NEWS – The project with almost three decades in the making is nearing completion, still missing are 25% of land expropriations and loan approval from…

From Butan to Costa Rica: the Four Pillars of Holistic Education

From Butan to Costa Rica: the Four Pillars of Holistic Education

COSTA RICA NEWS – By Henry Morales Navarro, Vozdeguanacaste – The first Innovation in Teaching Conference (Congreso de Innovacion de la Docencia), organized by the University of…

Near 20,000 Guatemalans Learned to Read, Write Using Cuban Method

Near 20,000 Guatemalans Learned to Read, Write Using Cuban Method

LATIN AMERICA NEWS – (Prensa Latina) About 19,425 people have learned to read and write with the Cuban method “Yo, si puedo” (Yes, I Can) from 2007 to date in Guatemala, the national coordinator of that program, Vilma Monteagudo, stated today. About 20 municipalities were declared free of illiteracy…

Argentina Prepares Launch Arsat-I from French Guyana

Argentina Prepares Launch Arsat-I from French Guyana

TODAY ARGENTINA (Prensa Latina)The Argentinian state firm Invap is responsible for the construction and preparation of the Argentine satellite that is on route to the space base…

Panama Sets up Trade Union Committee of Solidarity with Cuba

Panama Sets up Trade Union Committee of Solidarity with Cuba

TODAY PANAMA NEWS (Prensa Latina) The National Confederation of Workers of Panama (CNTP) has established a Trade Union Committee of Solidarity with Cuba, a charter union from…

Frantic Search For Nicaragua Miners

Frantic Search For Nicaragua Miners

TODAY NICARAGUA (Reuters) – Rescue workers have spoken to 20 miners still trapped in a gold mine after a landslide in northern Nicaragua, though seven are still…

Nicaragua Seizes 900Kg of Coke Near Costa Rica Border

Nicaragua Seizes 900Kg of Coke Near Costa Rica Border

TODAY NICARAGUA NEWS – Nicaraguan police and military forces have seized more than 900 kilos of cocaine in four separate drug operations in Rivas province, on the…

Anti-Groping Squad Goes To Work In Colombia’s Capital City

Anti-Groping Squad Goes To Work In Colombia’s Capital City

TODAY COLOMBIA NEWS – It’s early in the morning and with her juvenile looks and a rucksack with a flowery pattern dangling from one shoulder, 22-year-old Laura…

British Tourist in Nicaragua Rescues Endangered Turtles Tied Up and Left To Die

British Tourist in Nicaragua Rescues Endangered Turtles Tied Up and Left To Die

TODAY NICARAGUA NEWS – A British man on holiday in Nicaragua has rescued two large loggerhead turtles from potentially ending up on a dinner menu. Chris Skone-Roberts,…

Venezuela Perceived As Most Dangerous Country In the World

Venezuela Perceived As Most Dangerous Country In the World

TODAY VENEZUELA NEWS – According to the results of Gallup’s 2013 Law and Order Index — which is based on a poll measuring self-reported theft, confidence in…

Guatemala, Honduras Presidents Blame US, Ignore Own Problems

Guatemala, Honduras Presidents Blame US, Ignore Own Problems

LATIN AMERICA NEWS – Children have fled in massive numbers. US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) says close to 63,000 unaccompanied minors have been picked up at…


From Our Bloggers

[blog] Let The Dust Settle

COSTA RICA BLOG – President Luis Guillermo Solís’ (LGS) infamous 100 Day discourse which some time ago was billed as a State of the Nation speech has won many kudos while at the same time raising more questions than answers. At first blush the PAC supporters or anti-Liberationists are, with good reason, his leading cheerleaders. […]…

Corruption And Promotion of Chaos in Government by Costa Rica’s Ruling Class

COSTA RICA BLOG – I read with interest the 100 days in office report of President Solis. In my opinion he has “hit the nail on the head”. Corruption and the promotion of chaos in the Government are the biggest challenges to Costa Rica going forward. Let there be no doubt, Costa Rica is a […]…

It Pays To Complain!

TICO BULL – Following up on “Lessons in Tico living the AyA water and sewer bill”, happy to report that I got my service changed from “ordinario” to “domiciliar”, and what a difference. This month’s (August) water bill will only be ¢9.159 colones,  big different from ¢37.871 and the average of ¢25.000 – ¢28.000 the […]…

ENOUGH ALREADY!

COSTA RICA BLOG – It is just amazing the amount of sad, tragic even disgusting news that has perforated the global media this last week. I really do care, but I am at the point perhaps for personal health I should not. And you readers as well. We have our little piece of land and […]…

We Need More Alegría – Happiness

COSTA RICA BLOG – In so many ways we are a country of sadness hoping for the better. The truth be told, with more than a 20% poverty rate, a government filled with corruption and confusion as well as so many families trying to hold on to its middle class rating; we need help. For […]…

[BLOG] Is The Honeymoon Over?

TICO BULL – For the first time in his 100 days in office, President Luis Guillermo Solís, ran to avoid questions from the press. And for good reason, don’t you think? Just in the past week he has had to distance himself (fire) from the man who put him in power, Ivan Barrantes, who was […]…

[OP-ED] Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells- Jingle all the Way To The Bank!

COSTA RICA BOG – If there is one thing Costa Rica adopted from the United States it is the value of retail sales However, unlike the U.S. the sell/buy season is exaggerated out of proportion. Year after year the schedule is like this: Mother’s Day (A buying spree unto itself and a necessity unto itself […]…

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