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Costa Rica News - 05/22/2015
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05/21/2015 -  PHOTO: 7 Eating Habits That Make You Live Longer - 06:37 PM

For more than a decade, I've been working with a team of experts to study hot spots of longevity-regions we call Blue Zones, where many people live to 100 and beyond. They are the Greek island of Ikaria; the highlands of Sardinia; the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica ; Okinawa, Japan ; and Loma Linda, Calif., home of the highest concentration of Seventh-day Adventists in the U.S. Remarkably, we've learned that folks in all these places share similar rituals and practices surrounding food.

05/21/2015 -  EU ban on Costa Rican ornamental plants jeopardizes 700 jobs - 06:37 PM

May 21st, 2015 The European Union has banned the import of certain ornamental plants from Costa Rica due to fears over a bacterium known as Xylella fastidiosa which has been blighting olive trees and vineyards in Europe, and which Italian officials believe was introduced to Italy by way of ornamental plants from Costa Rica. The ban applies to a popular variety known as the "Phoenix" varietal, which includes a number of different tropical ornamentals, according to La Nacion .

05/17/2015 -  Costa Rica, North Carolina Research Campus sign agreement - 03:10 AM

Costa Rica and the North Carolina Research Campus are signing an education cooperation agreement that will allow training opportunities for Costa Rican scientists at the NCRC. "This collaboration reflects the purpose of the NCRC.

05/16/2015 -  Taste of the Stars with NASA Astronaut and Flavor of Costa Rica at Edge Steak and Bar - 06:18 AM

Pop quiz Friday: where is one of the best places in the world to see stars? Hint: it starts with Costa and end with Rica. For years, Costa Rica's been raved about as one of the top 10 places to take in the cosmos, so if it's not already on your bucket list, pencil it in, along with the "Taste of the Stars" dinner at the Four Seasons resort at Peninsula Papagayo, which incorporates the elements of space - weightlessness, extreme temperatures, darkness and luminosity amongst others - into dishes.

05/12/2015 -  10 Best Places to Visit in Costa Rica That Are Beautiful and Safe - 02:19 PM

If you want to get a better hold of one of the smallest countries in Central America, we've got your back by giving you the best places to visit in Costa Rica that are beautiful and safe . Costa Rica lies between Panama and Nicaragua and it is also bordered by the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean.

05/12/2015 -  President Solis to begin ten-day mission to the U.S. on Wednesday hoping to attract investment - 12:14 PM

May 12th, 2015 Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis will leave for the United States Wednesday morning, embarking on a multi-city tour in hopes of attracting new investment in the country, the Foreign Trade Ministry announced on Monday. The president and his delegation, including Foreign Trade Minister, Alexander Mora will visit the cities of Charlotte, Atlanta, Austin and Chicago as part of the ten-day tour and will meet with some 20 companies who are considering opening new operations or expanding existing ones in Costa Rica.

05/12/2015 -  Bill to shutdown Roads Authority "almost ready," President says - 11:10 AM

May 12th, 2015 Efforts to shutdown the National Roads Authority are moving forward, Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis said during a Monday press conference. Responding to a reporter for, the president said that a plan being drafted by the Ministry of Public Works and Transport - which has authority over CONAVI - "is almost ready" and the Executive expects minister Carlos Segnini to present the plan in the coming days.

05/11/2015 -  Miami's Best Eats and Drinks this Week: Craft Beer Week, Return of Michy's, and Jugofresh Superfoods - 05:34 PM

If you didn't take Mom out yesterday, make up for it by giving her a taste of Costa Rica's cuisine all week long at Edge Steak & Bar. Paid your family dues and want some you-time? Celebrate Craft Beer Week with 50 Eggs and its plethora of happenings that include plenty of - you guessed it - beer.

05/11/2015 -  Spring break field trip stresses science lessons - 01:24 PM

Marysville High School students have an opportunity to tour Costa Rica next year and apply their book learning to real-life environments. The trip is scheduled for March 25 through April 2 during spring break and is open to current sophomores and juniors.

05/11/2015 -  Project to fight dengue fever proves a sustainable success - 09:13 AM

A University of Kansas co-sponsored effort to engage communities to fight the mosquito-borne infectious disease dengue fever in poor Costa Rican villages has proven so effective, residents are continuing the programs on their own after the project has ended. KU researchers partnered with colleagues from the University of Costa Rica to develop a community-based participatory research program that actively engaged community members in identifying the primary problems with dengue.

05/10/2015 -  First takes - 11:11 AM

For a long time, Liberia was ground central for the recent Ebola outbreak in west Africa, accounting for close to half of all cases in the last year, and the largest concentration of cases. For a while it seemed an intractable problem.

05/09/2015 -  Latin America's Social Policies Have Given Women a Boost - 07:05 AM

The first day of the "Women and Social Inclusion: From Beijing to Post-2015" global conference, Wednesday May 6, in the Palacio San MartA n, the seat of Argentina's Foreign Ministry. Credit: Fabiana Frayssinet/IPS - Although they do not specifically target women, social policies like family allowances and pensions have improved the lives of women in Latin America, the region that has made the biggest strides so far this century in terms of gender equality, although there is still a long way to go.

05/08/2015 -  Longtime Santa Cruzan Justin Moore survives the challenge of a The Rafta - 06:29 PM

Justin Moore, aboard the Chardonnay II, lived in Santa Cruz for 18 years before moving to Maui six months ago. SANTA CRUZ >> There has to be an easier way to get on TV than the way Justin Moore did it.

05/07/2015 -  Fresh Blast From Costa Rican Volcano Shutters Airport - 10:31 PM

A sudden eruption from Costa Rica's Turrialba volcano sent a thick plume of ash raining down on the capital of San Jose, 60 miles away. The latest in a series of eruptions by Turrialba began on Monday afternoon, with ash towering more than 8,200 feet above the country's highly populated Central Valley.

05/07/2015 -  Spirit Airlines launching nonstop flights from IAH to Latin America - 10:31 PM

This is the first of seven new flights to Latin American destinations in the coming days. Spirit Airlines will also offer service from Houston to Los Cabos, Mexico; Toluca, Mexico; Managua, Nicaragua; San Jose, Costa Rica; San Pedro Sula, Honduras; and San Salvador, El Salvador.

05/07/2015 -  Pura Vida at Edge; Nepal Relief at SushiSamba - 05:30 PM

Guest chef Mario Alcocer of Sol y Sombra , one of three new restaurant concepts at the recently renovated Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo, is collaborating with Edge's Executive Chef Aaron Brooks to provide "authentic Tico flavours" in the lunch, dinner, bar and brunch menus of Edge. The specials run from May 11 through the 17. [EaterWire] is spearheading a one-week campaign to raise resources for relief, rebuilding and recovery.

05/07/2015 -  Moncton man finalist in competition to be a modern day explorer - 10:18 AM

Calixte LeBlanc is one of ten finalists in a competition to find two Canadians to hike the 17,000 kilometre Trans Canada trail while documenting all of their adventures along the way. The 34-year-old Moncton man says when he heard about the contest it was an easy decision to send in a video and essay to enter.


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