Costa Rica News Archives – April, 2012

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Costa Rica to Start Trade Talks With Korea, Colombia in 2012
By Robert Tuttle on April 24, 2012 Costa Rica plans to start negotiating free trade agreements with South Korea and Colombia this year and complete an accord with members of the European Free Trade Area by October, the country’s trade minister said.

Canada, Costa Rica To Expand FTA
by Mike Godfrey,, Washington Canada and Costa Rica have concluded a third round of talks on the expansion and modernization of their existing free trade agreement (FTA). The latest negotiations were held in Ottawa, with a fourth round …

Costa Rican exports up 16 percent in first quarter
Tico Times
Costa Rica exported $2.9 billion worth of goods during the first quarter of 2012, an increase of $403 million – or 16 percent – compared to the same period in 2011, according to the Foreign Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER). March exports exceeded $1 …

Noe Mar McGonagle Brings World Junior Surfing Bronze Medal to Costa Rica
The Costa Rica Star
For the second year in a row, Tico athletes elevated Costa Rica’s status in the surfing world with medals. Noe Mar McGonagle earned third place overall in the under-16 division at the Dakine World Junior Surfing Championship in Playa Venao, Panama.

Enjoy the Finest Craft Beers on Your Next Flight to Costa Rica
The Costa Rica Star
As the first-ever Costa Rica Craft Beer Festival is underway in Avenida Escazu, more good news for beer lovers just arrived: Passengers flying from Denver or St. Louis to our Juan Santamaria and Daniel Oduber international airports will be able to …

Costa Rica To Host The Ibero-American Meeting On Climate Change
Inside Costa Rica
Costa Rica will host the first “Intergenerational Stewardship Iberoamerican Meeting on Climate Change”, in which Heads of State and youth representatives will be participating. A statement by Costa Rica’s Foreign Ministry said, “The meeting will …

Costa Rica announces new fiscal measures to contain deficit
Chicago Tribune
By Isabella Cota SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA, April 18 (Reuters) – Costa Rican president Laura Chinchilla announced a new set of measures to contain the country’s growing fiscal deficit, after a draft tax reform bill was thrown out by a high court a week ago.

Costa Rica receives $340 million loan for road projects
Tico Times
Costa Rica’s government on Monday signed a $340 million credit agreement with the Central American Bank for Economic Integration and the National Roadway Council to finance public roads projects. Among the main projects is the first stage of the …

High School Student Paints 100-foot Mural During Mission Trip to Costa Rica
Inside Costa Rica
When Woodbury High School junior Leah Williams landed in Costa Rica for a mission trip with her church, she wasn’t expecting to put her artistic skills to work. Williams, and her family, traveled to La Guacima, Costa Rica, March 9-20 with Woodbury …

Costa Rica Has The Lowest Infant Mortality Rate in The Isthmus
Inside Costa Rica
Costa Rica has the lowest infant mortality in all Central America, and this parameter is also one of the most reduced in Latin America. The infant mortality rate (IMR) is an indicator of child deaths per thousand live births recorded in the first year ..

World-Class Pampering in Costa Rica
Daily Beast
Such thoughtful service may be commonplace at world-class resorts, but rarely is it delivered as charmingly and unpretentiously as it is at the Four Seasons at Costa Rica’s northerly Papagayo peninsula, a verdant wedge of heaven in what is reputedly …

See Costa Rica close up through homestay and Spanish study
The Bloomington Alternative
The first time I went to Costa Rica, my daughter and I did what most tourists do: we ran around the tourist track, stayed in hostels and rode in tourist vans. We enjoyed it all — the giant turtles on the Tortuguero beach, snorkeling at Manuel Antonio, …

Americans Living in Costa Rica Could Face Yet Another Passport Restriction
Inside Costa Rica
Costa Rica’s proposed Fiscal Reform Plan, which was recently sent back to the National Assembly by Sala Cuarta (Constitutional Hall), is just one example of legislative efforts in several nations to increase revenues with the goal of alleviating …

What else can go wrong for Laura Chinchilla’s government?
Tico Times
In the past weeks, Costa Rica’s ruling party has endured multiple scandals and an unfavorable Supreme Court ruling. President Laura Chinchilla this week faced the toughest setbacks of her administration. The Costa Rican government is trying to repent …

UPDATE 1-Costa Rica draft tax law rejected by high court
Chicago Tribune
(Adds comments from congressman and economist) By Isabella Cota SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, April 10 (Reuters) – Costa Rica’s highest court has rejected an ambitious fiscal reform bill proposed by President Laura Chinchilla to bring the country’s ballooning …

Kidnapped Costa Rican diplomat freed in Venezuela
By Daniel Wallis and Mario Naranjo | CARACAS (Reuters) – A Costa Rican diplomat kidnapped last weekend and held for ransom in the latest attack on foreign envoys in Venezuela was released on Tuesday and is in good health despite having suffered a blow …

Costa Rican famers beat climate change by protecting their soil
Forests Blog, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)
BOGOR, Indonesia (9 April, 2012)_Farmers toiling the slopes of Costa Rica’s Irazu volcano are using electric fences, improved pastures and practising ‘contour farming’ — planting crops across the slope — in their efforts to fight soil erosion and …

A Costa Rican adventure with a helping twist
Brainerd Daily Dispatch
By JESSI PIERCE A secluded island deep in the jungle of Costa Rica with howling monkeys and wildlife not seen outside of a zoo in Minnesota has been the perfect vacation getaway for years for Daniel Dix. But for Dix, this 10-day spring excursion …

Saving the Family Coffee Farm: An Unintentional Organic Journey
Located in a tiny neighborhood miles away from the small town of Atenas, Costa Rica, the farm was a source of both sustenance and great pride for Gerarldo Calderon, his wife Sole, and their two boys — Gabriel, age 7, and Raul, age 4.

Resignation scandal puts Costa Rica tax reform in jeopardy
Chicago Tribune
By Isabella Cota SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, April 4 (Reuters) – A fiscal reform planned by Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla is in increasing jeopardy following the resignations of two senior Finance Ministry officials in as many days due to a …

Slip away to Costa Rica’s hot springs
CNN International
By Katherine Dorsett Bennett, CNN The Springs Resort & Spa was the host hotel for ABC’s “The Bachelor” in Costa Rica. (CNN) — Ziplining through tropical rain forests, rappelling down steep waterfall cliffs and whitewater rafting satisfy the rugged …

Costa Rica Grants Citizenship to more than 3000 Foreigners
The Costa Rica News
San Jose, Mar 30 (Prensa Latina) The Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) has so far registered 3 415 foreigners who met the requirements to be considered Costa Rican citizens, including 70 922 babies born in 2011. According to TSE, 1 353 Nicaraguans, …

Costa Rica Tops List of Alternative Spring Break Trips in Latin America
Inside Costa Rica
Costa Rica tops the list by for the “10 alternative spring break trips in Latin America”. According to Huffington, for an outdoor adventure during Spring Break, Costa Rica is the place to visit. The country is a hot spot for surfers …

Microsoft Includes Costa Rica In Expansion Of Windows Phone Marketplace
Inside Costa Rica
Costa Rica is of thirteen new countries Microsoft will open its Window Phone Marketplace. The new countries that includes Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine, and Venezuela are in …

Costa Rica’s Coveted Ecological “Blue Flag” Awarded to Tulemar Beach
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica (PRWEB) March 30, 2012 Located in Costa Rica’s central pacific coastal town of Manuel Antonio, the beach provides a unique experience for residents and visitors of the residential resort community of Tulemar.

Sloth Photobomb: Furry Friend Creeps Into Picture
ABC News (blog)
A group of students was posing for a photo in Costa Rica when a sloth came slinking in, front and center. The students were traveling with International Student Volunteers, an organization of volunteers from around the world, cutting paths through …

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