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Expotur events remain closed to the public

The 2017 edition of Expotur will be held next May 11 and 12, and the organizers are expecting more than 5,000 business appointments to take place at the event. Unfortunately, this year will only allow registered business owners and buyers … Continue reading

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Two men arrested on a bus with an axe

Tuesday morning, police officers in La Cruz, Guanacaste, arrested two men who were supposedly preparing to rob a bus with a knife, a gun and an axe. A woman called 911 when she saw them at a La Cruz bus … Continue reading

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Transgender persons head to classroom

A group of 16 students learning lessons in a classroom is not exactly breaking news but these 16 students all share a unique characteristic: They are all transgender. Transvida, a Costa Rican-based association that caters to the needs of the … Continue reading

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Volcano knowledge doesn’t include much on eruptions, study says

Despite broad understanding of volcanoes, our ability to predict the timing, duration, type, size, and consequences of volcanic eruptions is limited, according to a new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. To improve eruption forecasting and … Continue reading

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Prison officials gather to tackle issues facing penitentiary system

Some members of the prison police are getting together for a three-day seminar to discuss the criminal justice system and the role of the penitentiary guards in Costa Rica. The topics for discussion are obvious: transnational crime, drug trafficking, prisoners … Continue reading

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Costa Rica readies for World Book Day

With public readings, exhibition, storytelling, barter and book releases, this coming Saturday Costa Rica celebrates the World Book Day with a kickstart of the activities beginning today. The Biblioteca Nacional commemorates the Costa Rican writer Carmen Naranjo. Her memory will … Continue reading

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New anti-corruption bill hits legislature

A new bill proposing the loss of credentials for legislative members who use their position to seek personal benefit was accepted for discussion Wednesday in a special legislative committee. Essentially, this bill proposes that anyone caught violating such stipulations would … Continue reading

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Protest against shrimp trawling bill today

A mass protest of fishermen is scheduled to take place today at 10 a.m at Avenida Segunda, in San José. According to the Frente Amplio party, the march will gather 600 people mostly from Puntarenas, Guanacaste and Golfo de Nicoya. … Continue reading

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Extraterrestrials aren’t cattle rustlers in Costa Rica

Costa Rica seems to have been spared the hysteria over cattle mutilations, perhaps because there are real predators and real rustlers here. Still, expats should be aware that there is another wave of cattle mutilation claims that have been translated … Continue reading

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Ranchers face mutilations and theft along border

Cattle rustling is less of a tale from old Western movies and more of a reality for many ranchers, particularly along the northern border of Costa Rica. Since January of this year, border police and members of the Fuerza Pública … Continue reading

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BREAKING: Guardacostas rescue U.S. family

Four U.S. family members, two of them young girls, were rescued Wednesday afternoon at Guanacaste’s Playa Flamingo. Guardacostas said their rented Kayak flipped over and forced them to swim over 200 meters to nearby La Penca Island. According to Rodolfo … Continue reading

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Border police have seized 47 horses

Border police announced that they had seized over 47 horses since the beginning of the year. The number represents more than double the amount seized for 2016 and it is only three months in. Most of these horses are confiscated … Continue reading

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$2 million goes to workers helping terminally ill

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff About $2 million was paid by the Costa Rican social security fund in 2016 to salaried workers who took care of sick people facing terminal illnesses. In total, the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social … Continue reading

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Álvarez Desanti appears to be Liberación nominee

José María Figueres has conceded in the election for the  Partido Liberación Nacional presidential nomination. The former president held a press conference this morning as the latest totals show him with slightly less than 40 percent of the votes by … Continue reading

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Deadline to pay the annual pesky tax is today

The annual pesky tax deadline is today. The tax really is called the Timbre de Educación y Cultura, but the amount is so small and so easy to forget that the levy has been dubbed pesky. The tax is just … Continue reading

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315 pounds of coke discovered in bust

Police officers made a huge drug bust in Heredia Thursday. The Fuerza Pública was alerted of a suspicious vehicle parked near a supermarket, according to preliminary reports. Officers approached the car and conducted a check on it to discover there … Continue reading

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Five officers injured in Nicoya attack

A presumed fisherman who came at police officers with a machete suffered a bullet wound and was detained, Casa Presidencial reported Thursday. The arrest followed a melee in which five police officers were injured and official cars were stoned. The … Continue reading

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Four more traffic policemen arrested

The Judicial Investigation Organization announced Thursday the arrest of four more traffic policeman as suspects in crimes of abuse of authority and failure to carry out their duties. One of the officers was arrested at his home in Heredia, another … Continue reading

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