International arrivals by air grew 7.8% in the first two months of the year

International arrivals by air grew by 7.8% in the first two months of the year compared to 2018, as confirmed by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute, the Instituto Costarricense de Tursimo (ICT). Arrivals a the...

Driver Of Bus In Friday’s Fatal Crash Faces Charges of Negligent Homicide

The bus driver of the Atenas-San Jose route that collided last Friday against a car and a trailer, and in which a 13-year-old girl and her stepfather died, will have to comply with a...

Maine Nursing Student Lends a Helping Hand in Costa Rica

TODAY IN COSTA RICA – Every day, for the last month or so, at the Juan Santamaria (San Jose) airport groups of volunteers are seeing arriving, some with great anticipation in the faces, others...

Public Sector Salaries Increased 157% in 12 Years

The Government next year will pay in wages and benefits for public employees 157% more than it did 12 years ago. The payroll of public servants in 2018 will be almost triple, a payout of...

Cuban Revolution Turns 59

Since revolutionary forces ousted U.S.-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista on Jan. 1, 1959, the Cuban Revolution has captured the imagination of the world. The Cuban Revolution (Spanish: Revolución Cubana) was an armed revolt conducted by...

Venezuela: Wave of arrests as government turns against elected opposition

TODAY VENEZUELA – The arrest of four officials from the opposition in Venezuela, the removal from office of a further 11 and the issuing of arrest warrants against another five, demonstrates the Maduro administration’s...

Card Payments Of Less Than ¢15,000 Do Not Require Signature or ID

Paying for purchases of ¢15,000 colones or less at Costa Rica retail outlets with credit or debit cards that have a chip or contactless technology no longer require the presentation of ID or have...

Writer’s Corner: El Peon and Other Stories from the Campo

Michael Crump has lived in rural, Costa Rica with his wife, Janet and dog, Rose, for 11years. Mike is a prolific writer and his published works include short stories which are published in several...

Tico (Costa Rican) Road Engineering At Its Finest

From Twitter TICO BULL takes you this morning Escazu, Calle Lajas in San Antonio de Escazú to be precise, where literally in the middle of the street sits a utility pole. For us living in...

The United – Avianca – Copa Alliance

After a process that took two years, on November 30, the airlines Avianca  (Colombia), United (U.S.) and Copa (Panama) signed a commercial alliance, will allow the three to share revenue from flights and coordinate...

Inchcape Buys Rudelman in Costa Rica and Panama

British car dealership chain buys Suzuki dealerships in Costa Rica and Panama (Reuters) – UK Car dealership chain Inchcape Plc announced on Monday it would buy family-run Grupo Rudelman, an automotive distribution business in Central...

Woman Charged With Production Of Pornography and Having Sexual Relations With A Minor

The video that was on a 14-year-old’s cellular phone was evidence enough for police to arrest a woman who took advantage sexually of the boy. Foto from Fiscalia The woman, who authorities identified by her last...

Frente Amplio Sets Conditions For Joining National Unity

The Frente Amplio (FA) paid said Thursday that a possible agreement with President-elect Carlos Alvarado to form a government of national unity could be reached on condition that common features must be shared by...

Man Dies After Car Crashes Against Bull in Liberia

On the dark stretch of road that runs parallel to the runway of the Liberia international airport in Guanacaste, a man lost his life when he crashed into a bull in the middle of...

The NewYorkTimes Has A Sh*thole Moment of It’s Own, Compares Oscar Perez to Che...

It seems that every time the Times is ready to turn a corner on its Latin America coverage, it reverts back to covering the 639 million, six language-speaking peoples as it always has; ‘not-Cubans’. Never...

San Juan de Dios closes operating rooms for 12 hours to disinfect of a...

Suspecting that a patient operated recently at the San Juan de Dios hospital in San Jose could carry a “very contagious neurological disease” the medical center to closed their operating rooms for 12 hours. A...

Brazil’s President Left Without a Pension After Failing to Prove He’s Alive

The odd mix-up occurred after pension office administrators in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo indicated that the president had failed to provide them with the necessary paperwork to prove his condition back in...

Kudos To President Carlos And Other Ramblings

Rico’s TICO BULL – Kudos to President Carlos Alvarado. I was one of the many, or few, that never believed he could do what two presidents before him could. Not even Oscar Arias. Get...

Costa Rica defies Maduro: will send a diplomat to Caracas after recognizing Guaidó

Costa Rica will send its Chargé d’Affaires in Venezuela back to Caracas after recognizing Juan Guaidó as the interim president of Venezuela, instead of the Nicolás Maduro regime. On January 9,  Maduro’s Foreign Minister Jorge...

Nicaragua Declines Costa Rica’s Help In Combatting Forest Fires

Nicaragua declined Costa Rica’s the offer to provide support in the forest fires that is affecting the country. According to a statement from Bomberos de Costa Rica (Costa Rica fire department) published on his Facebook...

Festival of Lights Saturday, Dec. 16 At 6:00 pm

The annual “Festival de la Luz” (Festival of Lights) takes place Saturday, December 16, 2018, starting at 8:00 pm in La Sabana Park, San Jose. The holiday tradition is the biggest of all festivals for...

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