Jeikel Jokhansel Mora represents the first baby born in Costa Rica after the world population surpassed 7 billion last week. Mora was born Monday, Oct. 31 at 12:32 a.m., in the San Juan de Dios hospital in San José. His mother, Fressy Avendaño, 18, holds the newborn.
Photo by Alberto Font
To see more of the world’s 7 billionth babies, check out this photo blog from MSNBC.
“If the situation continues as it has, the world, not just Costa Rica, is going to have to take increasingly strong measure to protect the lives of the weakest who are being bulldozed by an attitude that does not agree with the values that the government of Costa Rica represents”
Solis, president of Costa Rica. Taken from the Tico Times paper
President Laura Chinchilla praised Costa Rica on Wednesday as a guest speaker at the 100th birthday celebration of technology giant IBM in New York. IBM, who announced a $300 million investment in Costa Rica on June 30, has held several events to commemorate the company’s centennial year. The New York-based company turned 100 on June 16.
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“It is imperative that we continue collecting information on the importance of maintaining the environmental integrity of our coasts, as much for the economic development of our local communities as for the protection of threatened species,”
Flights at Costa Rica's Juan Santamaría airport Cancelled Due to Volcano Eruptions
Costa Rica’s Turrialba Volcano erupted several times on Thursday afternoon, causing 14 inbound flights and four outbound flights to be cancelled or delayed, an airport spokeswoman said.
The airport was set to reopen provisionally at 4:00 a.m. Friday.
Turrialba Volcano is located some 67 kilometers northeast of the capital San José in the province of Cartago.
Eruptions closed down the airport last month for some 18 hours, stranding thousands of passengers.
this month, scientists with the University of Costa Rica’s National
Seismological Network (RSN) said they believed they had found fresh
cooled lava at Turrialba, which could indicate that the volcano has
moved into a more active phase.
Still, other experts said it was too soon to tell.
Residents in San José and as far away as the town of Grecia, some 100 kilometers away, reported falling ash. (Ticotimes News)
In this small town near San Gerardo de Rivas, a short drive from the Southern Zone’s crossroads city of San Isidro de El General, visitors will find one of Costa Rica’s pioneer businesses. Quesos Canaán is a small, family-run sustainable cheese company that produces types of matured cheese that are often hard to find in Costa Rica.
Wilberth Mata and his wife Kattia Hernández have been making cheese for the past nine years. Their expertise is a result of both coincidence and hard work.
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Dancers in elaborate costumes, delicious food, live music and a love for the river life are all part of the annual Aquatic Carnival, held Oct. 28-30 in San Carlos, Nicaragua, along the Río San Juan. The carnival intends to boost tourism in the border region.
To read more about the festival, click here. Photos and story by Clayton R. Norman.
PUNTO MIRA – The skinny stretch of rutted mud-and-gravel road that connects Tierra Morenas, Punto Mira and Lagunas, in the mountains east of Quepos, is being eaten away by wet-season rains, earthquakes, rivers and mudslides. Some 300 families who live in this lush region, which sees clear-day views of Chirripó, Costa Rica’s highest peak, as well as the Nicoya and Osa peninsulas, depend on the road to get to work, reach medical services or to go to the market. They say their municipal government, despite repeated requests for help, is not maintaining the road in passable condition.
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