US concerns grow over possible Nicaragua Canal land expropriation, ambassador says
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US concerns grow over possible Nicaragua Canal land expropriation, ambassador says

AFP - August 24, 2015

MANAGUA, Nicaragua – U.S. Ambassador to Nicaragua Phyllis Powers acknowledged that her government is concerned over the possible expropriation of land owned by U.S. interests in Nicaragua, where…

Uber unleashes lobbyists in California to reshape driver rules
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Uber unleashes lobbyists in California to reshape driver rules

Alison Vekshin | Bloomberg - August 24, 2015

See also: Uber says it will support drivers fined by police in Costa Rica  SAN FRANCISCO, California – Uber has spent more on lobbyists in the U.S. state of…

Costa Rican motorists soon won’t have to wait for police to clear minor car accidents
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Costa Rican motorists soon won’t have to wait for police to clear minor car accidents

Zach Dyer - August 13, 2015

It’s a common sight on Costa Rican roads: traffic snarled for blocks as two cars sit obstructing traffic, waiting for a traffic cop to appear and give…

Angry protest shuts down Puntarenas-Paquera ferry
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Angry protest shuts down Puntarenas-Paquera ferry

MICHAEL KRUMHOLTZ AND KARL KAHLER - July 1, 2015

The popular Gulf of Nicoya car ferry connecting Puntarenas and Paquera — a major gateway for both tourists and locals between the mainland and Nicoya Peninsula  — was shut down Wednesday because of strikes…

Cañas-Liberia Highway expansion faces yet another delay
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Cañas-Liberia Highway expansion faces yet another delay

L. Arias - June 18, 2015

The expansion from two to four lanes of the highway between Cañas and Liberia, Guanacaste, originally scheduled to be ready in May of last year, will take up to six more months…

Wider Panama Canal set for water trial
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Wider Panama Canal set for water trial

AFP - June 10, 2015

PANAMA CITY – Water will start rushing into the newly expanded Panama Canal on Thursday in one area that was widened, ahead of the waterway's April 2016 re-inauguration.…

Costa Rica’s popular Highway 27 to Pacific at risk from rains
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Costa Rica’s popular Highway 27 to Pacific at risk from rains

Zach Dyer - May 26, 2015

A new report has raised concerns about Route 27 between San José and the central Pacific port town of Caldera during the rainy season. The 76.7-kilometer Caldera…

China throws Brazil multi-billion dollar lifeline for jets, oil
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China throws Brazil multi-billion dollar lifeline for jets, oil

Anna Edgerton and Raymond Colitt | Bloomberg - May 19, 2015

BRASILIA, Brazil — China extended billions of dollars in loans and investment to Brazil as the South American nation reels from a slowing economy and a corruption…

Activists visiting Washington blast Nicaragua’s $50 billion canal project as ‘illegitimate’
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Activists visiting Washington blast Nicaragua’s $50 billion canal project as ‘illegitimate’

Larry Luxner - April 6, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Opponents of Nicaragua’s dubious plans to build a $50 billion interoceanic canal are trying to rally U.S. help in fighting the controversial project. But…

Costa Rican lawmakers move forward with bill to lower cap on rent hikes
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Costa Rican lawmakers move forward with bill to lower cap on rent hikes

L. Arias - March 5, 2015

The Legislative Commission on Legal Affairs unanimously approved a draft bill this week that would decrease the amount landlords are allowed to hike the rent each year for houses…