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In Costa Rica, the rights to industrial and intellectual property are guaranteed by the Constitution, which in its Section 47 states that "Any author, inventor, producer or merchant shall temporarily have the exclusive property of its inventions, trademarks and commercial names, all according to the law".
Sadly, the problem is not new, the area of Crucitas in the North Zone of Costa Rica continues to be exploited by illegal gold miners who have caused incredible environmental damage. The area has suffered environmental damages since 2012 as a result of a failed mining project; back then, the damages ...

Honduras' Health Ministry is sinking deeper into a corruption scandal, with the National Anti-Corruption Council (CNA) introducing fresh allegations to an ongoing investigation. According to the CNA, the Health Ministry allegedly cooperated with Astropharma to overcharge for medical materials. | Photo: ...
In 2015, a good friend of mine moved to Nosara, Costa Rica for a year to help a local school kickstart their science program. Three years later, he still hasn't left. So I decided to find out what had been keeping him away from his favorite surf spot for so long. Eager to leave the California "winter" behind, my ...
Carlos Alvarado Quesada's surprisingly large victory in Costa Rica's presidential election has buoyed hopes that progressives can win in a region where conservative politics have seemed ascendant. But Alvarado Quesada still faces challenges at home — in particular a rising tide of deadly violence— and it's not yet clear ...
Looking for a support group, local activities, political kindred spirits or a way to pursue your favorite hobby in Costa Rica? Check out this partial list of some of the country's clubs and organizations, particularly those with multicultural or international areas of interest and membership. (Want to see yours here?

President-elect Carlos Alvarado chose the Plaza de la Democracia (Democracy Plaza) in San Jose as the site for the presidential transition act that will take place May 8th. Alvarado made the request directly to the commission in charge of the transition act, which is headed by Marcia Gonzalez president ...
Incidents are reported frequently of national and foreign tourists that choose to ignore the warning signs at the different national parks in Costa Rica and end up risking their lives and endangering the lives of members of the rescue teams. This time its the Guanacaste Conservation Area (ACG) that ...
"We are very happy to host the PGA Tour in Costa Rica for the second consecutive year", stated Maurizio Musmanni, presidident of the Costa Rica Golf Federation. "For Costa Rica this is a very important event for the growth of golf and our development as an organization". Musmanni also highlighted ...
The Contentious Administrative Court acted upon a request presented by Reserva Conchal Beach Resort and has ordered the Municipality of Santa Cruz (Guanacaste) to take immediate measures to close the vehicle access and parking in the Maritime-Land Zone of Conchal Beach. They must transfer ...
In response to actions taken by the Maduro government, Panama will suspend cargo and passenger transport activities of Venezuelan airlines operating in the country for three months. Venezuela forces Copa Airlines to suspend flights… Airline says it will refund passengers. Immediately after ...
According to Siteminder, Costa Rica maintains its strong brand presence in the global tourism market, largely due to its wealth of ecological and cultural offerings, in addition to its well-developed tourism infrastructure. As a result, Costa Rica is a vacation destination that attracts a wide variety of travelers.
Costa Rica is a small country. However, the number of rules and regulations are certainly overwhelming. There are some legal topics that would not make up an article exclusively but still have a lot of importance. Knowing about their existence can be helpful to Expats residing in the country permanently or ...
In fact, you can fly round-trip to San Jose in Costa Rica for $215. Many of the cheapest flights are from the southern US, but there are below-average prices to be found in almost every part of the country for trips predominantly found in the month of May. However, you can find cheap flights to Costa Rica ...
Nicaragua fires: aid from Costa Rica rejected as blaze destroys rainforest ... Earlier this week, Costa Rica dispatched a team of firefighters – equipped with trucks, pumps and drones – to its northern border with Nicaragua, but they were turned away, the Costa Rica government said in a statement. Honduras.
At this hour Election Day in Costa Rica has gone by without major issues, however, followers of the National Restauration Party found that one of their stands in Santa Barbara, Heredia had been burned down in the evening hours. The Supreme Electoral Court stated about this “We have information that a ...
The second and final round elections in Costa Rica officially began with the opening of the voting center in Sidney, Australia, where a native from Heredia, Randall Arce was the first Costa Rican to vote abroad in this presidential elections process. The Supreme Electoral Court opened 52 voting centers for ...

Polling stations across Costa Rica opened earlySunday for a presidential election that has split the country between an ultra-conservative evangelical preacher and a former Cabinet minister from the center-left ruling party. The result will decide who leads the small Central American nation of five million ...
Costa Ricans have two choices in the presidential elections on Sunday: Alvarado or Alvarado. Conservative evangelical Fabricio Alvarado is running against centre-left Carlos Alvarado, who is no relation. The candidates have been neck and neck throughout the campaign, which has been dominated by ...
The United States Department of State through its International Narcotics Control Strategy Report 2018 makes a full analysis of Costa Rica's situation when it comes to drug trafficking and the direct relation with the increase in homicides in the country. “Costa Rica's strategic location, vast maritime territory, ...
In the recent years and after many decades of neglect, investors have been turning their eyes towards the Caribbean province, the project of APM terminals has triggered the interest of many that see the potential of this undeveloped area of Costa Rica. One of the main restrictions or obstacles that investors ...
Costa Rica is the biggest success story of Central America; it consistently outranks its neighbors on most measures of welfare, democracy and human rights. The obvious explanation is that in 1949, following a brief civil war over a disputed election, it abolished its military. The fact that other countries have ...
As it was announced in July 2017, airline Lufthansa will inaugurate this Thursday, March 29, 2018 its non-stop flight between Frankfurt, Germany and San Jose, Costa Rica. Back when the announcement was made, Tamur Goudarzi-Pour, vice-president of Sales for the Americas of Lufthansa had stated: ...
After having hit all the usual vacation spots in Costa Rica (Arenal, Monteverde, Manuel Antonio, and so on), my wife, Lisa, and I headed south down the Pacific highway towards the Osa Peninsula. This was our second trip to Costa Rica and our first time anywhere south of Quepos. The new sights along the ...
Valverde had stated some weeks back that Canatur was concerned about the image of the country “We live off this. In reality, tourists come to Costa Rica not just for the green, but also because we are known for being a peaceful country, without army and 'pura vida' (…) The world could come to think that ...
“I express the solidarity of the Government with the families of the women that have been brutally murdered this last week in the country (…) the country mourns these deaths and they remind us of the terrible reality of the wave of violence against women”, stated President of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solis.
The low cost airlines Volaris Airlines began operating this Thursday, March 15 the new route Costa Rica to Los Angeles, California. Flying from San Jose, Costa Rica to Los Angeles, CA, USA with Volaris can cost you as little as $300.00 (taxes included). As it happens with most low cost airlines the basic ...
A one-time Costa Rican vacation. That was the initial idea of Andrea X, better known as Satya X – but her reaction to the country was love at first sight, a love that then transformed into the idea of leaving her busy life in Brooklyn, New York behind to begin a new life project in Costa Rica. In 2014, Satya X left ...
Costa Rica, a country famous for its ecotourism appeal, is not only known for its beautiful flora and fauna, although they are of incomparable beauty. This country is also the volcanic jewel of Central America. The territory of Costa Rica is part of the majestic Pacific Ring of Fire, possessing more than 200 ...
BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Mar. 8, 2018– The Belize Volleyball Association is pleased to announce that a Belize contingent will depart the country today to Puntarenas, Costa Rica, to compete in Beach Volleyball at the Youth Olympic Games Qualifier to be held this weekend, March 10 & 11. This tournament also ...
We're somewhere in north-central Costa Rica, 50 km (100? a million?) east of La Fortuna and the Arenal volcano. The dirt roads that brought us here are neither signed nor numbered, and no one is able to show me specifically where we are on the map. My question seems to amuse the Spanish-only ...
On March 8, women around the globe commemorated the fight to achieve the freedom and liberties many now enjoy and the ongoing challenges facing women. The celebration brought many into the streets of their cities to march for women's rights, and Costa Rica was no exception. Here's a glimpse of the ...
The film, from award-winning director Andrea Kalin, chronicles Boggs' improbable and extraordinary journey from young visitor to Costa Rica, to the wife of a revolutionary in the making, to First Lady in 1948, as well as her role in reforms President Figueres oversaw including granting the right to vote to ...
The musical Chicago had ten presentations last year at the Melico Salazar Theater in Costa Rica, the turn out was a great success and for this reason, Luciernaga Producciones will bring the famous play to the stage again from April 21 through May 6th in a total of twelve shows. “It is gratifying to know that ...
The Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT) announced the return of Disney Cruises to Costa Rica after a seven year absence. Representatives of ICT made the announcement during their participation in the Seatrade Cruise Global Fair, the largest cruise ship fair in the world, which was taking place March 6-8 in ...
A bill that is being discussed in the Legislative Assembly proposes establishing a tax of 5% on the net sale price of imported or locally produced cement. The bill establishes that “… the tax on cement produced within the national territory or imported, will be of five percent (5%) on the net sale price, both in ...
The Turrialba Volcano in Cartago, Costa Rica had for the past weeks presented a diminished seismic activity and also a decreased degassification; however, the volcano raised its voice again this March 7th when it entered an strombolian eruption phase (relatively mild blasts). The phase which began at ...
Awareness of women's rights is growing in Costa Rica; however, as in the rest of the world, there is still a long way to go. In the country, there are still issues of women's rights that have gaps but there are also positive actions, achievements, and advances, as well as challenges; some deeper than others.
Paddle the rivers and byways of Costa Rica on a family holiday for solo parents. (Intrepid Travel). Explore colorful Costa Rica with your children on a family tour for solo parents, organized by Intrepid Travel. The two-week trip focuses on the Central American country's landscapes, culture and cuisine.
The house has an open-floor plan with dramatic double-volume spaces and elaborate sliding glass door systems that fold away to unify the indoor and outdoor living rooms. Produced by the Dow Jones Media Group; Photos: Peninsula Papagayo. 1/10. Listing of the Day. Location: Peninsula Papagayo ...
“Among the elements considered by the Observatory of Volcanic and Seismic Activity in Costa Rica (OVSICORI)and the National Seismology Network, are the decrease of gas emissions and the tremors, which could indicate the proper conditions to consider a reopening of the park”, explained Rafael ...
Costa Rica will lift a 30-year ban on Robusta coffee trees, a crop that is considered of lower quality than Arabica but that is more resistant to diseases and rising temperatures, confirmed the Ministry of Agriculture. The Ministry of Agriculture's resolution, will allow the production of robusta varieties, a crop that ...
The Costa Rica Tourism Institute (ICT) will be participating in the meeting Routes Americas which will be held in Quito, Ecuador starting today, February 13 and through February 15, with the purpose of negotiating the arrival of new airlines to the country. This event gathers all airlines that operate in America ...
The Costa Rica Ministry of Labor allows an extension of working hours up to nine hours a day provided the work environment and the work would not affect the health of the employee. For example, employees in retail stores are allowed to work up to nine hours a day. The working hours in the private sector ...
The Ministry called upon the govenrment of Venezuela to heed a critical report released Monday by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), denouncing an “alarming” deterioration of “democratic institutionality” and respect for human rights in that South American country.
The three-day stage race takes place in Costa Rica, traversing 150 miles from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea. Don't let the miles fool you – this is not your normal 150-mile bike race. The terrain covers some of the most mind-blowing miles you can imagine. My daughter, Marisa Marsh, 23, and ...
In Costa Rica, drug-smuggling into prison is almost entirely carried out by women. By focusing on women like Sandra – non-violent offenders, coming from situations of poverty – 77-bis released roughly one-fifth of Costa Rica's female prison population, essentially waving a magic wand at chronic ...
“Colorful Costa Rica” by Teresa Nickeson of Maquoketa will be the next program in the DeWitt Noon Lions Club travelogue series Tuesday, Feb. 20. This is a change in the original ... Nickeson, a veteran presenter, and her son, Colin Nickeson, spent 10 days in July exploring Costa Rica. The Lions support ...
The two contenders in Costa Rica's presidential runoff on 1 April 2018, Fabricio Alvarado (PRN) and Carlos Alvarado (PAC), are diametric opposites on the issues that have dominated recent elections, and their supporters are also divided along geographic and socioeconomic lines. Thankfully, a healthy ...
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