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    IMF projects economic slowdown in Costa Rica in 2018

    The economy of Costa Rica will slow in 2018 and reach a growth of 2.6% on the year, concluded a report from a team of International Monetary Fund (IMF) experts who visited the country. “The slowdown reflects multiple shocks that affected the Costa Rican economy, including a three-month strike by state workers against fiscal adjustment […] More

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    Tico Times Beach of the Week: Quesera Beach

    Quesera Beach is a piece of paradise. The hidden gem in the Nicoya Peninsula combines white sand and tranquil, turquoise water so clear you can see to the ocean floor. It is virtually unspoiled, making Quesera the perfect destination for swimming, snorkeling or a relaxing day alone. Want to see more? GOPlaya is a search […] More

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    Santa Teresa Deep Dive: Cultures divide over herbicide

    Stephanie Smith rallied the troops. They were assembling at the Cóbano municipal offices to take on a common enemy: glyphosate, the active ingredient in popular herbicides like Roundup. Their goal that day was to ban pesticide and herbicide use in public areas. Smith was the first to arrive, and she practiced her speech outside the […] More

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    Geminid meteor shower dazzling Costa Rica this week

    From our lookout point near Irazú Volocano National Park, the sky dazzled, glimmering stars outshining the glow of the city beneath us. The night sky has for thousands of years driven fascination about the mysteries it contains. The Ancient Greeks turned stars into the constellations we recognize today. The Mayas built temples that interacted with […] More

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    Costa Rican aviation authorities monitoring Turrialba Volcano

    Several international flights from Costa Rica’s Juan Santamaría International Airport were delayed Wednesday morning due to ash spewing from Turrialba Volcano. At least five flights were delayed and one diverted, according to La Nación. A spokesperson for Aeris, the company that operates the airport, confirmed to the daily that the airport remains fully operational. Passengers can monitor […] More

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    Epsy Campbell resigns as Foreign Minister

    Epsy Campbell resigned Tuesday from her position as Costa Rica’s Foreign Minister following an investigation into the process by which she appointed certain officials. Campbell, who will continue in her role as First Vice President, said in a statement that she had informed President Carlos Alvarado of her decision Tuesday morning. “I understand very well […] More

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    Colombian police bust child sex network run by Israelis

    Colombian police have arrested six Israelis on charges of running a sex tourism operation that exploited underage girls, prosecutors said. After a two-year investigation, Prosecutor General Nestor Humberto Martinez told reporters Sunday that agents have broken up “an Israeli mafia that exploited and used girls, adolescents and women as sex slaves in Colombia.” Two Colombians […] More

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    Costa Rica launches ‘mega-operative’ to reduce domestic violence during soccer final

    Costa Rica’s Public Security Ministry launched what it calls a “mega-operative” to reduce domestic violence on the days of the country’s soccer final, the organization said Tuesday in a press conference. The announcement, which included representatives from the National Institute for Women (INAMU), National Police, C.S. Herediano and Deportivo Saprissa, detailed the joint efforts that […] More

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    The Tico Times Weekly Digest: Dec. 10, 2018

      This edition of the Tico Times Weekly Digest is brought to you by Kaya’s Hotel and Brewery, located on the beach in Puerto Viejo. Linked below are all the stories covered in the video. This week in Costa Rica (Dec. 10, 2018): Body of tourist Carla Stefaniak identified, suspect detained Costa Rican hotel owners […] More

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    Herediano to face Saprissa in Apertura final

    CS Herediano defeated LD Alajuelense on penalties and won on Sunday the second phase of the Apertura tournament of Costa Rican club soccer. Herediano advances to the Apertura final and will face Deportivo Saprissa, which earned a pass to the championship round by winning the first phase of the Apertura tournament — a round robin […] More

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    Costa Rica appoints Guillermo Rodriguez as first indigenous ambassador

    The Costa Rican government named Guillermo Rodriguez Romero, an indigenous Bribri attorney from the village of Suretka in Talamanca, as the ambassador to Bolivia. Rodriguez is Costa Rica’s first indigenous ambassador in history. Costa Rica more than 100,000 indigenous citizens divided into eight language groups. Most, including the Bribri people, are related to the Chibcha […] More

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