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Costa Rica Will Play Chile And South Korea In World Cup Warm-ups










Three days later, on Jan. 25, the Costa Rican national team, known as "La Sele," will be in the United States to take on South Korea in another World Cup prep match for both squads. Costa Rica lost 1-0 to Australia in its first World Cup warm-up this past November. The Costa Rican Football Federation is in talks with Paraguay about playing a home game at the National Stadium in western San Jose on March 5, according to the daily La Nacion. La Sele also is considering another friendly in the United States in the late spring. Costa Rica holds a winning record against Chile with five wins, two losses and two draws. But the Latin America rivals haven't played each other since 2007 (a 2-0 Tico win). <br>More: http://www.ticotimes.net/More-news/News-Briefs/Costa-Rica-will-play-Chile-and-South-Korea-in-World-Cup-warm-ups-this-month_Tuesday-January-07-2014





Costa Rica Development Project Partners With Leading Canadian Marketing Firm



And it seems to be paying off too. More than just a guiding light in sustainable hospitality in Costa Rica, Finca Rosa Blanca was recently voted the top hotel in the Central American region by Conde Nast Traveler's readers. Grano de Oro In Costa Rica, coffee is called the grano de oro, or "grain of gold," because while the bean is small, it has been one of the country's economic mainstays. Admittedly, the size of the coffee sector has decreased in recent years in terms of export revenue (3.6 percent of the total in 2012), and production is expected to decline even further in 2013 due to a strong attack of coffee rust believed to be affecting 65 percent of the area planted; however, coffee remains a powerful foreign exchange earner. Exports were $479.8 million during the 2011/2012 crop year, which puts coffee in third place behind bananas and pineapples in terms of the export value of agricultural products in Costa Rica. As they rely on natural processes, organic shade-grown coffee farms are necessarily messy, like the Chiriqui one at Finca Rosa Blanca. Photo courtesy of Ethan Gelber While Glenn and Teri link no doubt keep a watchful eye on such statistics, they also strongly believe that the approach taken with their plantation accounts for the increased interest in it. <br>More: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ethan-gelber/confessions-of-an-ecotour_b_4495919.html





Activist Vandana Shiva Visits Costa Rica to Campaign Against GMO Crops



"This season represents a big opportunity, as a bigger flow of tourists entering the country is expected, and they will be requiring a lot of services. However, the country must address challenges like increasing investement in security, infrastructure and other areas in order to maintain Costa Rica's status as an attractive destination that offers a unique experience for our visitors," CANATUR President Isabel Vargas said. The chamber study also indicates that job creation in the tourism sector has stagnated. "Our industry has been hit hard by high energy bills and operating costs, so employers now are very cautious about creating new jobs," Vargas added. CANATUR surveyed 205 business owners from hotels, tour http://www.savingsdaily.com/post/v-moda-crossfade-m-100-963 operators, travel agencies, car rentals and restaurants. <br>More: http://www.eturbonews.com/41524/costa-rica-tourism-surge-wont-necessarily-translate-new-jobs





Confessions of an Ecotourism Pioneer in Costa Rica



The Costa Rican Federation for Environmental Conservation (Fecon) today said the activist will offer a visit homepage press conference and she will perform a series of lectures. According to Fecon, Shivas visit aims to unite the Costa Rican women fighting GMO crops and pesticide as this is a very important year to combat GMOs. Shiva, a physicist by profession, is an environmental activist and leader of the movement ecofeminism, is also a part of the organization in favor of sustainable agriculture Navdanya Trust which has mobilized more than 10 million farmers in India to defend their right on seed saving. Shiva rose to fame by tree hugging in the 1970s when preventing deforestation, along with hundreds of other women in the movement Chipko which means hug in Hindi, to continue the indiscriminate felling of forests in the country. The issue of GM crops took force in Costa Rica on January 21 last year when the National Biosafety Commission approved the company D & PL Seeds Ltda, a subsidiary of Monsanto International, for planting two hectares of GM maize for research purposes in Abangares area in the northwestern province of Guanacaste. Last October, opposition MPs and environmental groups submitted to Congress a bill to establish a moratorium on engineered crops because of their alleged harmful effects on human health and the environment. A total of 67 of the 81 municipalities are there in Costa Rica have declared themselves GM-free zones in recent years. <br>More: http://thecostaricanews.com/activist-vandana-shiva-visits-costa-rica-to-campaign-against-gmo-crops/18506





Costa Rica: Tourism surge won't necessarily translate to new jobs



The developer landscape in Costa Rica has been marred with previous projects promising the dream of a better life only to fall flat which puts strain on investor confidence. However in the case of Mar Vista the community is already thriving and early bird buyers are already enjoying life in the sun amidst some of the worst snow storms in recent memory that are hitting most parts of Canada and the United States. Quoted on a popular Costa Rica news site, project manager of Mar Vista, Alejandro Berkowitz, had this to say, At Mar Vista its all here. Theres no waiting. No renderings of what could be. Buy today and build tomorrow. Its that easy! Touted as an affordable luxury sustainable community, the project offers top quality amenities including a K-12 bilingual school (La Paz) which educates over 200 students a day from across 20+ different countries. <br>More: http://www.newson6.com/story/24380250/costa-rica-development-project-partners-with-leading-canadian-marketing-firm





New Managua Consulate of Costa Rica Issues 23,000 Visas in Less Than a Month



The Costa Rican Foreign Ministry said that between December 11 and January 6, the consulate issued 23,080 visas, and one of the busiest days was Jan. 3, when 3,100 were delivered. Much of this movement is that many of Nicaraguans living in Costa Rica come to the country to enjoy the holidays and year-end festivities. Costa Rica reopened its consulate in Managua on December 11 after several weeks out of action due to opposition from a group of neighbors. After these events, the Costa Rican government had to find another place to install the seat. The new consulate allows a more fluid pace because they are running 10 counters and also provides special care for check it out people with physical disabilities, pregnant women and elderly people. <br>More: http://thecostaricanews.com/new-managua-consulate-of-costa-rica-issues-23000-visas-in-less-than-a-month/18510



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