Dialysis Patients in Venezuela Face Uncertainty After Power Outages

Seconds before William Lopez was set to be connected to a dialysis machine at a state-run clinic in the western Venezuelan city of Maracaibo in April, the power went out. Missing dialysis treatment, which removes toxins that build up in the blood of people who suffer from kidney failure, leaves Lopez feeling dizzy and nauseated. … Continue reading Dialysis Patients in Venezuela Face Uncertainty After Power Outages

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How Nicaraguan Opposition Journalists Are Struggling in Exile

It's just past 6 pm in a small apartment in the mountains south of Costa Rica's capital San Jose, and presenters Leticia Gaitan and Hector Rosales are announcing the start of the news. But they're not reporting on Costa Rica. The two are in exile, working for Nicaragua Actual, which is broadcast from the apartment … Continue reading How Nicaraguan Opposition Journalists Are Struggling in Exile

Panama Sees Rise in Migrants Passing Through the Darien Gap

Venise Felizor lay on a mattress in a warehouse-turned-shelter on a hot, sticky afternoon with her 20-month-old son, Wesly, in her arms, the boy coughing and wailing after suffering from diarrhea for days. Originally from Haiti, they recently appeared in this tiny Panamanian village after a six-day hike through the jungle along the Colombian border, … Continue reading Panama Sees Rise in Migrants Passing Through the Darien Gap

Two Argentine Pilots Survive Plane Crash in Costa Rica’s San Jose

Two Argentine pilots survived when their light aircraft crash landed Friday in a heavily populated area of the capital of Costa Rica, officials said. The pilots climbed out of the wreckage of the plane after it came down in the Pavas neighborhood of San Jose, in an area full of homes and schools, witnesses and … Continue reading Two Argentine Pilots Survive Plane Crash in Costa Rica’s San Jose

How Costa Rica Became One of the Most Technological and Innovative Countries in Latin America

This country has a little less than 5 million inhabitants. But that has not prevented Costa Rica from being at the forefront of innovation in Latin America. Aside from being known as exporters of coffee and bananas, “Ticos” evolved towards the manufacture of microchips in the 1990s; then towards the export of services and advanced … Continue reading How Costa Rica Became One of the Most Technological and Innovative Countries in Latin America

Costa Rica Tree Frog Found in Box of Bananas at British Grocery Store

That's a very long journey. A tree frog from Costa Rica was discovered more than 5,300 miles away inside a box of bananas at a Lidl grocery store in Nottingham, England. According to the BBC, workers found it as they were unloading boxes of bananas on to the store's shelves. They named it Lloyd. Hayley … Continue reading Costa Rica Tree Frog Found in Box of Bananas at British Grocery Store

‘Narco Submarines’ Are Becoming More Common Among Costa Rica’s Cartels

On May 14, three people fled – or were chased – away from a narco submarine in Playa Llorona in Osa Peninsula in southwestern Costa Rica’s Corcovado Park. They left behind their ominous-looking gray homemade boat. The Fuerza Publica, Border Police and Coast Guard seized more than two tons of cocaine neatly stored aboard the … Continue reading ‘Narco Submarines’ Are Becoming More Common Among Costa Rica’s Cartels

6.1 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Panama Near Costa Rica Border

A strong earthquake struck a lightly populated area of Panama near its border with Costa Rica on Sunday, causing some wooden porches to collapse and products to shake from store shelves. Panamanian authorities said at least two people had been injured in a village but gave no details. Sigifredo Perez, head of operations for Costa … Continue reading 6.1 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Panama Near Costa Rica Border

Costa Rica Air Safety Rating Downgraded to Category 2 by U.S. Federal Aviation Administration

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said on Tuesday it had found Costa Rica does not comply with International Civil Aviation Organization safety standards and reduced its rating to Category 2. The new rating means Costa Rica’s carriers can continue existing service to the United States but will not be allowed to establish new service to … Continue reading Costa Rica Air Safety Rating Downgraded to Category 2 by U.S. Federal Aviation Administration

American Airlines Expanding Flight Options in Costa Rica

Visitors to Costa Rica will have additional flight options when the world’s largest airline expands it service to the country. Starting Dec. 18, 2019, American Airlines will offer a second daily flight from its Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) hub to Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) and another to Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR). The flights … Continue reading American Airlines Expanding Flight Options in Costa Rica

8 in 10 Nicaraguans Exiled in Cuba Would Return Home

Eight out of ten Nicaraguans exiled in Costa Rica would return to the country, according to a study by the Arias Foundation, which highlights that persecution and harassment, death threats and fear, are the main reasons why Nicaraguans fled. The research, carried out by the Nicaraguan sociologist Elvira Cuadra and retired major of the National … Continue reading 8 in 10 Nicaraguans Exiled in Cuba Would Return Home

Costa Rica is Second Country With the Least Violence in Central America

Despite the fact that the homicides have worried the population and authorities in the country, Costa Rica is the second with the least violence in Central America, only behind Panama. The data was announced at the XIV Central American Security Conference (XIV Conferencia de Seguridad Centroamericana) in Honduras, which was attended by Security Minister Michael … Continue reading Costa Rica is Second Country With the Least Violence in Central America

Homicides Reached Record High Levels in Uruguay in 2018

Homicides in Uruguay increased by 45.8 percent in 2018 compared to the previous year, soaring to record levels. The Interior Ministry revealed Monday that there were 414 homicides in Argentina's neighbouring country in 2018, a sharp rise from 2017's tally of 284. The figure confirms the worst fears of the authorities, which had seen private … Continue reading Homicides Reached Record High Levels in Uruguay in 2018

Guadeloupe Prepares to Establish Its First Internet Exchange Point

Developments in the Caribbean digital space are fuelling initiatives to strengthen the internet infrastructure in the region. In Guadeloupe, a recent agreement among three internet service providers has cleared the way for the island to establish its first internet exchange point. Commonly called an IXP or an IX, an internet exchange point is a critical … Continue reading Guadeloupe Prepares to Establish Its First Internet Exchange Point

Venezuelan Government Bars Opposition Leader Juan Guaido from Holding Public Office for 15 Years

The Venezuelan government on Thursday said it has barred opposition leader Juan Guaido from holding public office for 15 years, though the National Assembly leader brushed off the measure and said it would not derail his campaign to oust President Nicolas Maduro. The announcement by state comptroller Elvis Amoroso, a close Maduro ally, cited alleged … Continue reading Venezuelan Government Bars Opposition Leader Juan Guaido from Holding Public Office for 15 Years