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    Students and photocopiers require reforms in intellectual property law

    by TCRN Staff This morning a group of students and representatives of photocopiers appeared at the Legislative Assembly to demand the reformation of the new...

    Dollar continues to weaken

    by TCRN Staff The dollar was steady in morning bank counters practically the same as yesterday, when it fell about ¢17. This morning, the dollar was...

    Better oversight is needed for infrastructure projects

    by TCRN Staff In less than two months, the Arias administration will end without significant advancement on outstanding road projects and streamlining public transport systems. The...

    Nicaraguan border reopened for trade

    by TCRN Staff As of yesterday, the border crossing from Costa Rica to Nicaragua at Penas Blancas was reopened for trade, at least for specific...

    Taca delays investment in Costa Rica

    by TCRN Staff Roberto Kriete, CEO of TACA Airlines, said yesterday that his company has postponed huge investments in Costa Rica due to infrastructure constraints...

    Pirate taxi drivers protest turned violent

    by TCRN Staff Hundreds of pirate taxi drives turned San Jose and surrounding areas in chaos yesterday by blocking streets, slowing down traffic and precipitating...

    Decline in coffee production attributed to aging plantations

    by TCRN Staff A 35% decline in national production of coffee in the last seven crops have stimulated authorities to the sector to begin seeking...

    Energy saving campaign set to launch

    by TCRN Staff The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) is launching a campaign to save energy, with the intent to reduce consumption by 120 megawatts. The...

    Cataloging the biodiversity of Coco Island

    by TCRN Staff Scientists from the Universidad Nacional (UNA) discovered six new species of ferns in Isla del Coco, a finding that joined the list...

    Obama salutes Iraqis for voting despite violence

    (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama congratulated Iraqis on Sunday for voting in a parliamentary election despite bomb and rocket attacks that killed at...

    Costa Rica gets early start for International Women’s Day

    by TCRN Staff More than 1,000 people from across the country met yesterday in La Sabana in San Jose and enjoyed music, dancing and talks...

    Money laundering ring broken up in Costa Rica

    by TCRN Staff The authorities Wednesday broke up a Colombian drug money laundering network which, according to reports from the OIJ, the Drug Control Police...

    Another delay from ICE

    by TCRN Staff The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) has once again postponed the sale of prepaid cell lines to late March early April. Originally they...

    Chile begins road to recovery

    by TCRN Staff While rescue effort still continue and thousands have been left homeless, Chile is beginning to recover as aid efforts are being organized...

    Earthquake: Brazil comes to Chile’s aid

    by TCRN Staff "All the solidarity of the Brazilian people" is what the country's president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva offered Monday to Luiz Inácio...

    Despair leads to looting of supermarkets in wake of Chilean quake

    by TCRN Staff In Concepcion desperation has led to hundreds of people looting supermarkets where the vast majority of the population has no potable water,...

    Chile still reeling from 8.8 earthquake

    by TCRN Staff Chile was struck yesterday by an earthquake registering 8.8 degrees on the Richter scale, one of the strongest in history, which killed...

    A night of classical beauty

    Lance Harrell Editor in Chief I had the extreme pleasure on Friday night to attend the Season Opener of the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Costa Rica...

    Guns N’ Roses to play in Costa Rica April 7th

    by TCRN Staff The mystery is cleared and the confirmation is official: The American rock band Guns N 'Roses will give a concert in Costa...

    ICE ensures cellular coverage via Caldera

    by TCRN Staff The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) reported that the new San Jose-Caldera highway is covered by the new 3G cellular network for...

    Hillary Clinton set to visit Costa Rica next week

    by TCRN Staff The U.S. confirmed yesterday that Secretary of State and former first lady, Hillary Clinton, will be visiting Costa Rica next week. During her...

    The Art City Tour kicks off again tonight

    by TCRN Staff Starting today, night and art will become strategic partners to attract visitors to the Costa Rican capital. The fourth edition of Art City...

    Exports and imports on a recovery trend

    by TCRN Staff Overall trade of goods has been showing steady signs of recovery since last November. Cumulative exports in the last 12 months (February 2009...

    New geothermal power plant over half complete

    by TCRN Staff The construction of a new geothermal power plant in Liberia, Guanacaste, is now 55% complete, according to the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad...

    Obama eyes Honeywell CEO for deficit panel

    The official confirmed a report in The Washington Post that a Republican and two Democrats had emerged as leading candidates to be among Obama's...

    Growing wage disadvantage of women compared to men

    by TCRN Staff A recent study, prepared by the State of the Nation and the National Institute of Women (INAMU), reports that on average a...

    Costa Rica Pushing to Attract Retirees

    by TCRN Staff Costa Rica hopes that in the next few years to attract 10,000 foreign retirees to make the country their new home thereby...

    ICE asks customers to save energy

    by TCRN Staff The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) are calling on its subscribers to save energy during this dry season, before we see a...

    National Bank proposes more credit for tourism and construction

    by TCRN Staff According to the new president of the board of the National Bank, Alfredo Volio, the National Bank will be tasked with helping...

    Credit card debt accounted for 2.6% of GDP

    by TCRN Staff The total amount owed on credit cards in Costa Rica accounted for 2.6% of gross domestic product (GDP). The debt, as reported by...

    Immigration and Aliens Police get a personnel boost

    by TCRN Staff Starting in 2011 the Immigration and Aliens Police will have 150 new officers, who will be engaged on research work to combat...

    Sydney R. Lawson joins The Costa Rica News team!

    by Lance Harrell The Costa Rica News is delighted to welcome to our family, Sydney R. Lawson. With a flare for finding unique vacation spots...

    The Costa Rica News’ own Sarah Rarick Ciscusses “The end of Macho” in Global...

    Sarah Rarick, Gender Analyst for The Costa Rica News, participated Thursday in a worldwide discourse discussing if the increase of women in positions of...

    Deputies set deadline for vote Traffic Law

    by TCRN Staff Legislators have now taken up the discussion of amending to the recent Traffic Act and have until Feb. 25 to approve changes,...

    4.4 Quake sends rumbles through the night

    by TCRN Staff The earthquake that shook parts of the country last night at 8:50 pm, was centered in the area of Quepos on the...

    Laura Chinchilla elected as first female President of Costa Rica

    by TCRN Staff The liberationist Laura Chinchilla Miranda Sunday became the first woman to occupy the presidential chair in Costa Rica. This political scientist reached 46.7%...

    Laura Chinchilla next President of Costa Rica

    by TCRN Staff If the current percentages hold, then the next president of Costa Rica will be Laura Chinchilla. With 48% of the popular at...

    Iran Increases Atomic Research Despite UN Threats

    President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's announcement raised the stakes in Iran's dispute with the West, but he said talks were still possible on a nuclear swap...

    Presidential Election Drawing Ticos from Near and Far

    by TCRN Staff The call of the ballot box has not only drawn Costa Ricans living in the country, but also those residing outside the...

    Lancet Oncology Places Costa Rica High in Cancer Survival Rates

    by TCRN Staff Seven out of ten women with breast cancer in Costa Rica succeed in realizing the goal of surviving five years after diagnosis...
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