Category Archives: Costa Rica News

More Costa Ricans are plugged online

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff More Costa Ricans  are connected to the Internet these days but less and less own their own computer, according to the latest data released by the Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología y Telecomunicaciones. According to … Continue reading

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Ombudsman calls for a better Caja

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff The ombudsman presented its annual labor report for 2017, which analyzes the progress and problems on the state of labor and health care rights in Costa Rica. Before the report is submitted to authorities … Continue reading

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Vaccinations against influenza begin

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff 1.3 million doses of a vaccine against seasonal influenza will be doled out in the next six weeks to constitute the largest vaccination effort ever undertaken by the Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social. Seasonal … Continue reading

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New bill seeks to exploit energy in national parks

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff Geothermal energy extraction inside national parks. That’s the bill set for discussion in the Legislative Assembly in the following weeks after it received preliminary approval by the Comisión Permanente de Asuntos Agropecuarios. The bill … Continue reading

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Five of the largest unions announce general strike

By Rommel Téllez of the A.M. Costa Rica staff At least five unions are calling for a national strike the last week of June, as a measure to stop the recently approved increase in the contributions workers should pay to … Continue reading

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Some expats show they have the write stuff

Special to Retire NOW in Costa Rica Retirement in general is good, and retirement to Costa Rica is great. But soon a new arrival begins to wonder what to do with all the free time. A local businessman who provides … Continue reading

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McKinsey firm expanding Heredia operations

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff McKinsey & Company, a global consulting firm, announced that it would be expanding its operations based in Costa Rica by moving into a new building to support its expanding number of full-time employees. According … Continue reading

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Eclectic gardening mixes old favorites with a tropical locale

This morning I planted azaleas out in the palm garden. Why? Because I am an eclectic gardener, that’s why. Eclectic is good and we have a great climate for an eclectic gardener. What is an eclectic gardener? Why, it’s someone … Continue reading

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UCR students hope to create first regional solar weather database

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff In the hopes of creating the first Central American database of solar weather, a group of young scientists from Universidad de Costa Rica have rolled up their sleeves to actively work in the creation … Continue reading

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Costa Rican universities network at international educator fair

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff Representatives from Costa Rican universities scoured the area and signed agreements at the recent fair for international educators this past week. The National Association for Foreign Student Advisers, or NAFSA, fair is considered the … Continue reading

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Henrietta Boggs, former First Lady, receives honorary doctorate

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff The so-called First Lady of the Revolution, Henrietta Boggs-MacGuire, received an honorary doctorate from Birmingham-Southern College, a small liberal arts school in the U.S. state of Alabama. Ms. Boggs-MacGuire received an honorary doctor of … Continue reading

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Agents bust genteel marijuana lab

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff The Judicial Investigating Organization raided a hydroponic marijuana lab located located very close to the Alajuela courthouse. During the operation, the police arrested a couple aged 30 to 35 years old. Authorities seized marijuana … Continue reading

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Lightning activity quadruples in 2017

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff The sensors for the Costa Rican electricity institute have registered over 1,650 lightning strikes in just the first two days of June alone throughout the country. According to data provided by the Instituto Costarricense … Continue reading

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Don’t eat the horse meat, officials say

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff Agents of the Judicial Investigating Organization made a grisly announcement to citizens Saturday. Three mares that were originally owned by a university located in Atenas were missing from the school’s facilities. A preliminary report … Continue reading

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Security forces issue crackdown on foreigners

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff The public security ministry announced the capture of six foreign nationals in its bid to get tougher on enforcing the immigration laws of Costa Rica. According to the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública, the work … Continue reading

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New traffic reforms intend for harsher penalties

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff Drivers must now abide by different regulations after the approval, in first vote, of a legislative reform that updates the current Ley de Tránsito. The changes seek to make the law more efficient in … Continue reading

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Aduana makes $174,421 from public auctions

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff The government’s coffers were filled a little more for the first quarter of 2017 after the finance ministry conducted public auctions carried out by customs officials. According to a report from the Ministerio de … Continue reading

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Cops arrested for helping in sicario hit

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff For $2,000, two cops detained a paroled prisoner and delivered him to two sicarios, the Spanish name for hitmen, who beat and killed him with a knife in an apparently planned assassination, according to … Continue reading

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