Immigration in Costa Rica delays fines for illegal foreigners

Immigration postponed until April 2013 the collection of fines for foreigners who are undocumented and for employers that keep people with irregular immigration status.
Thus, the entity seeks that the foreigners continue with the process of regularization, through a special procedure, which was implemented last May 17.

There are four target transient who have children born in Costa Rica, the elderly, disabled and young people under 25 who entered the country as minors. Also foreigners doing housework or agricultural. These last have time to legalize their status until 17 February.

The Migration Act provides penalties for those who remain in the country illegally and for employers who hire foreigners without work permits. Penalties range from $ 100 per month in the country illegally or up to 12 months base salary, in the case of employers.
In order that these people have time to complete the formalities of regularization, the fines will be charged again starting April 23, 2013.

Multi-Nationals are doing well in Costa Rica

St. Jude Medical Company, which produces bovine tissue valves for heart, will end 2012 with about 700 people hired and the prognosis is to grow to 850 people in 2013, said general manager in Costa Rica, Javier Gomez.
In addition, next year plan to increase their product lines in the cardiovascular medical sector.
IBM, in its division of information technology, currently has 250 employees and has set a goal of reaching 1,000 in 2014, said Alberto Mainieri, manager for IBM Global Process Services area in Costa Rica.
This company also has a services division and now stands a new building in the American Zone.
The company Infosys, which is dedicated to the services of information technology, installed in our country a center for care of the American market and will start operating next year, while the Korean EPC engineering continues his attempts to install in our country engineering and design center, told Gabriela Llobet, director of the Coalition for Development Initiatives (Cinde).
Next week announced a reinvestment Cinde (an investment of British capital a company already established in the country), electronic components.
Here are some examples of the expansion that maintains FDI in our country.
Installed and new. This extension is twofold. One is the growth in the operations of foreign firms already established in the country and the other is coming to install new operations.
Llobet estimated that this year will end with positive numbers. In the first half of 2012 the investment already exceeded $ 1,000 million. She said that in December will give more detail on jobs and projects generated by this sector this year.
For next year, said director, hope to continue with positive numbers.
Abroad, firms that are installed in Costa Rica and are registered in the stock market, have had a down year.
Llobet highlighted two aspects of foreign investment. One is the high reinvestment component.
“A very large percentage is the reinvestment component of established firms, it is important because it shows how through different country’s competitive advantages, companies come to stay, to grow, to diversify, some that ripped as manufacturing after bring service operations, “said Llobet.
The other is to diversify the source of foreign investment with the arrival of companies from India and Korea, for example.

Costa Rica is again the happiest country in the world

Costa Rica is again ranked as the happiest country in the world. The Happy Planet Index, which every two years marks the level of happiness of the world’s countries named Costa Rica in first place for the second time in a row, followed by Vietnam and Colombia.

This report measures three things: the welfare of the inhabitants say they have, life expectancy at birth and the ecological footprint of a nation. According to the document, Costa Ricans given a rating of 7.3 to life, life expectancy at birth is 79.3 years and the ecological footprint is 2.5 g per capital. The ecological footprint measures the actions that are done for the environment compared to the use and abuse of natural resources and environment damaging activities. These features give Costa Rica an overall rating of 64.0, Vietnam is with a rating of 60.4 and a 59.8 Colombia. The last three places are occupied by Qatar, with 25.2 points, Chad, with a rating of 24.7 and Botswana with 22.5 points.

“The Happy Planet Index measures what really matters: long and happy lives today and the potential for good lives in the future. We have adhered to incomplete models that only see economic development for a long time now,” said the coauthor of the study. Saamah Abdallah, researcher at the New Economics Foundation, which makes the index.

“Countries like Costa Rica are at the top because people live long and happy lives using only a fraction of the planet’s resources. This is an economic model that can actually lead to healthier lives, happy and sustainable,” he said in the statement press.

But Nic Marcs himself said in an earlier interview with The Nation, that these features do not guarantee happiness of all people. “Costa Rica itself is the happiest country in the world, but it is no paradise, no place is. (…) Happiness is also a decision. A person can live in Costa Rica, a country that gives them all for people to be happy, and yet you are not happy. To begin measuring the happiness of a people, you must first be a definition of what makes people happy. Costa Rica definetely makes me very happy, and therefore we recommend people to give it a try.

The teaching of English becomes more common in the public schools of Costa Rica

Schools are making more time for English classes, while in 2005 these lessons were received by 73.6% of the students, this year it is 87.8%, or equivalent to 373,964 children. For this, the Ministry of Public Education (MEP) hired more teachers, while principals manage to enable spaces for classes in the tight schedule they already have.

Those who study in San Jose primary benefit the most. 96.2% of them attend those lessons, meanwhile, in the rural areas English is offered for only 78.8% of the children, according to the MEP. There are also gaps by location of the school. At least 90% of students in the educational regions of San José, Alajuela, Alajuela, West (San Ramon and other cantons), Cartago, Heredia, Liberia, Santa Cruz and Puntarenas have English teachers give them. Other cantons as Upala, Los Chiles, Guatuso, Osa, Golfito etc exceed the 50% coverage. Leonardo Garnier, Minister of Education, admitted that there is also pressure from parents who demand English. “The earlier you start learning a language, familiarity is greater, the management of pronunciation, grammar” exteriorized Garnier. On the gap between urban and rural, Garnier said that one of the problems is the difficulty of English teachers in remote locations, especially in single-teacher schools (only a teacher because there are fewer than 30 students enrolled).

What do they learn? The primary curriculum is focused more on oral skills, said Carolina Hernandez, MEP advisor in primary English. According to Hernandez, from fourth grade reading and incorporates a bit of writing, but in the first three levels is just to talk and listen. “For learning a second language, motivational activities begin with the child, such as a short play, a song, a dance, something that catches the child’s attention,” said Hernandez. Then, the teacher develops the content you want to teach, then follows a practice and finally the student works in some kind of production at the classroom. In theory, the school must receive five English lessons per week, each of 40 minutes duration. However, some institutions are hardly three weekly classes, given the lack of classrooms. “It’s not ideal, because if we all use the same curriculum, we do not give equal opportunities,” added Hernandez. The teaching of English in primary began as a pilot in 1994. Students receiving the primary language, have less difficulty adapting to English classes in high school.

Because Costa Rica receives lots of English speaking tourists and works with lots of other countries, this is a good step forward to progress. Go Costa Rica.

Obama once again President of the US

Was the reelection of Barack Obama positive for Costa Rica, the future will tell. The re-election of Barack Obama yesterday, second Democratic president who renews his mandate since 1945, caused a wave of enthusiastic people in the country, although most of the media highlights the economic challenges that are presented.

Obama receives congratulations from the world, while China and Russia pray that the Obama administration is successful.

“The best is yet to come” “The night of Obama,” headlined the New York Times Wednesday, noting that despite “strong headwinds on the economic front, plus a stiff resistance from Republicans in Congress and negative advertising, the nation decided to give a second chance to Obama. This victory is also a “ratification of its vast health system reform. The Daily stresses, however, that the head of state is facing a deeply divided country with the Republicans retain their majority in the House and Senate Democrats. Meanwhile, the Washington Post warns on its front cover that the president faces a tough schedule an economy still far from solid as promised” and the impending debt problem that will culminate in December with the expiration the wall budget.

The Wall Street Journal also insists on the famous dyke budget, stressing that the reelected president despite a nation shattered by a prolonged economic downturn has little time to taste his victory. The Chicago Tribune, which notes that although this “sweet victory” Obama is far from comforting the amplitude of four years ago, validates his health insurance law, the reform of Wall Street and the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan . However, 23 million Americans remain unemployed or looking for a better job, says the daily.

Maybe it is time for some Americans to look elsewhere, think of Costa Rica.

Seven resorts of Costa Rica are among the best in Central and South America

Seven hotels resorts in Costa Rica were placed among the top 15 in Central and South America, according to travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler.
According to the ranking published on the website of Condé Nast Traveler, the hotels in Costa Rica that were placed on the list of privilege are the following: Xandari Resort and Spa, Four Seasons Peninsula Papagayo, Hotel Punta Islita, Los Sueños Lodge & Spa, Dreams Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort, Arenas del Mar and the Westin Playa Conchal Resort & Spa.

The magazine presents the Ranking after conducting surveys with readers, which are rated with different aspects such as service, activities, location, rooms, food and others.
The Westin Playa Conchal, highlighted its location between these top 15 resorts in a press release this morning. They said it is the only luxury all-inclusive resort in the region.
“This is a motivating surprise. It is the first time Condé Nast Traveler, U.S. magazine nominates Westin Golf Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal. For the hotel and its employees it is a matter of pride, because for us it is very important to complete with the quality of service and wellness that we promise to our guests”, said general manager Herman Binaghi.

We invite you all to come and visit Costa Rica. Costa Rica has a lot to offer, volcanoes, beautiful beaches, friendly people, interesting real estate, golf, surf, amazing flora and fauna and much more. Come and spend some time in Costa Rica, now you can stay in the best resorts in Central and South America. At this moment we are in a buyers market so there are very good real estate deals available.

Trump’s Hotel Chain in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is getting populair, after Four Seasons, Westin, Hilton, RIU, Marriot and much more Donald Trump is now also thinking of Costa Rica.

Donald Trump, the billionaire U.S. property developer is trying to put his name on hotels in Argentina and Brazil, while expanding its brand in Latin America. Uruguay, Costa Rica and Mexico are also possibilities for hotel development to the extent that trade growth for the region is equivalent to that of China, said Eric Trump, executive vice president of development and acquisitions at the Trump Organization Inc.

The Trump Ocean Club in Panama City, the first hotel company outside the United States, is attracting guests even past the hotel construction boom in the fastest growing economy in Latin America, said in an interview yesterday in the city of Panama. “We are moving in a very different level of all those hotels that do not really affect us,” said Trump, who is the son of 28 years of Donald. “If you look at the hotel’s guests, all are executives.”


Newland International Properties, the real estate developer of the Ocean Club, continues to maintain “friendly conversations” with bondholders after entering into default last year for $ 220 million in debt to build a hotel and apartment complex of 70 floors.


Where can you find Costa Rica

Costa Rica is the most southern country of the five countries that complete Central America, from eight to eleven degrees north latitude, between eighty-three to eighty-six degrees west longitude. According to the latitudes mentioned, Costa Rica is located in the center of the inter-tropical zone at 10 ° north of Ecuador. This area is also known as the “hot zone”, due to warm temperatures prevailed.

The borders of Costa Rica are natural, conventional and diverse. In the east and northeast is limited by the Caribbean Sea, and in the west and south by the Pacific Ocean in the southeast borders the Republic of Panama and Nicaragua to the North, whose border is natural: Sapoa River, Riverside south of Lake Nicaragua and the San Juan river, but due to Cañas Jerez border decree signed in 1858, this border is defined as a line from the Caribbean Sea, just from the tip of Punta Castilla in the mouth of the river San Juan, the border continues along in a straight line upstream to a point three English miles from Fort Castillo Viejo, hence continuing westward, making a curve equidistant from a radius of three miles from the fort, and then continues  two miles south of the right bank of the river, then continues two miles south of the shore of Lake Nicaragua before joining the River Sapoa. From this point on, the boundary follows a straight line to the center of Bahia Salinas.

Costa Rica borders Panama (which was a province of Colombia until 1903). This boundary was not well defined for many years, with Costa Rica claimed as part of its territory along the coast of Laguna de Chiriqui. Later, however, to end the dispute, Costa Rica and Colombia underwent dispute with the decision made by the French President Loubet, but he erroneously suggested a limit that failed to resolve the dispute. After Panama was established as a republic, the matter was referred to the President of the U.S. Supreme Court, Edward Douglas White, who presented his verdict on September 12, 1914. This verdict satisfied the Costa Ricans but was not satisfying enough for Panamanians.

In 1941, Panama and Costa Rica reached agreement through treaty boundary Echandi-Montero/Fernandez Jaen. Treaty signed on May 1, 1941. Then the legislative bodies of both countries approved the border as described: “Beginning in Sixaola river mouth in the Caribbean Sea, following upstream along the lower valley of the river to its emptying into the river Yorkin, from trip upriver along the lower river valley parallel in longitude 9 ° 30 ‘, north of Ecuador, then continues south 76 ° 3T, west to the meridian at longitude 82 ° 58’10 ” west of Greenwich, from there to its continuous along this meridian to the mountain range that separates the Caribbean waters of the Pacific waters, follows this ridge to Cerro Pano, where it meets the ridge dividing the waters of the tributaries Dulce Gulf and Bay Charco Azul, from there follow the ridge until the end of Punta Burica in the Pacific Ocean. “

History of Costa Rica

The history of Costa Rica is a triumph of peace over hostility due to the peaceful atmosphere of this country. Studies in Costa Rica confirmed that many civilizations have settled in this region for 10,000 years, and after the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors.

Many indigenous civilizations have disappeared, with Costa Rica home, leaving behind mysteries and wonders for future generations. One of these wonders are hundreds of rocks that have been found on the Pacific coast, perfectly spherical, ranging from the size of a baseball to rock the size of a car. Objects gold and jade are other treasures left by this ancient civilization, and now can be admired in museums in the Central Valley. More recently, ancient Indian ruins found around the Central Valley, revealing sophisticated aqueducts and canals, as well as magnificent buildings that are beyond imagination.

By the time of the arrival of Columbus, had four main tribes living in Costa Rica. The east coast was the domain of the Caribbean, while Borucas, Diquis Chibchas and lived in the south-west. For starters, these populations were not numerous and when the Spanish arrived, were responsible for almost disappear them, some escaped and others perished, yet many settlers established colonies in Central America and Mexico, which finally won its independence from Spain in 1821.

Because of this historic declaration, Costa Rica declared itself as a democracy, with a president, parliament or elected publicly. Early coffee became the main product of Costa Rica, and the coffee oligarchy became the ruling class. Other products such as bananas also helped the economic growth of Costa Rica. All these efforts of agriculture made possible the improvement of roads, telecommunications systems, building roads, railways, electricity and making education available to all. Realizing this, investors around the world created profitable businesses that exist even today.

Many great presidents we’ve had, and not so memorable, Costa Rica forged today. No doubt, and to date, the greatest achievement of Costa Rica was the dissolution of the army after the civil war of 1948, and mandated under former President José Figueres Ferrer, and that forever changed the face of our nation, and making what is today a nation warm, quiet and peaceful. Some came and went, until the ex-President Oscar Arias put Costa Rica in the eyes of the world, winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1987 for his efforts in Central American conflicts.

Today Costa Rica is still a peace-loving country, no army, however has the highest literacy rate in the world, and many companies such as Intel, has established its corporation here. Tourism also plays a very important role, so that Costa Ricans have learned to value and appreciate the benefits that foreign investment can bring. If you visit us you will notice that everyone in Costa Rica are friendly and always willing to help.

Will Costa Rica go to the World Cup in Brazil 2014

Yesterday Costa Rica won its place together with 5 other countries from North & Central America and the Caribbean to go to the finals to see which 3 countries can compete in the World Cup in Brazil in 2014.

The coach of Costa Rica is answering the questions.

Why today (yesterday) it was so overwhelming compared to other games in the knock out round?

That’s soccer, sometimes there are opportunities. We want to have consistency, but it are different games. There are things to take in consideration, such as the motivation and today (yesterday) we controlled the ball. This is how we want to play, but this is not always possible. It’s like all teams. I congratulate the group for their commitment, mentality, and respect. The match was tough from the start. My intention is that we always play well.

What can Costa Rica expect from the hexagonal knowing all classified teams?

The process continues. Suddenly you have to make some changes, but the base is there. Some players need to mature in friendly matches, while others are ready to play the finals. I think we have to give continuity to this. I’ve always said that the selection is open, for no one the doors are closed. You have to correct some things. We’ve had tough games in many ways, but we have improved our concentration. Now we have different schemes for the circumstances.

Honduras sent a message to defeat Canada, 8-1. What message sends Costa Rica with these seven goals to Guyana?

It is not a message. It is not to say that Costa Rica or is the worst or best. The game was presented well. There were lots of opportunities to make goals, that’s soccer.

How do you catalogue the reaction of the fans whistling against Michael Barrantes?

I want to thank the fans for their presence here at the National Stadium in Costa Rica, but they should take in consideration players have feelings as well. The last player who I wanted change today (yesterday) was Barrantes. I have come to love and support the players in difficult times. I think the fans should respect the players.

A few days ago you said Costa Rica would continue to the hexagonal and we did. Do you think Costa Rica will be in Brazil 2014?

Yes, I still think so. I also believe in Costa Rica. Every time I look at this group, the more I am convinced that we will go to Brazil. You have to work hard, but the group has assimilated nicely tactical engagement. I like the way we move.

There comes an evaluation of the Executive Committee of the Fedefutbol. What do you think your score will be?

I qualify well. We had difficulties and we made some mistakes, like losing the match with Mexico here and draw with El Salvador, something that never crossed my mind. But now we will correct things. We have a good working process and we have entered a stage of efficiency with the players. Went well, not perfect. It has not been easy.

How will you handle the preparation of the Hexagonal?

You have to give more competition to players like (Cristian) Gamboa or Geancarlo  (Gonzalez), you have to give more friction and weight to the team I liked the work of (Randall) Brenes and (Alvaro) Saborio in the points, but we need to try alternatives that can meet different requirements. Rest assured that 12 of this group of 22 will be in the UNCAF.

There is talk that the Hexagonal will be very even, with the exception of Mexico. Do you think the same?

All rivals are tough, Panama, Honduras, Mexico. In the competition it gets tough, it’s the same in South America. Not only Brazil and Argentina win everything. There are teams that are taking away points.

Why did you not put Cristian Lagos to give some minutes?

Had to try the scheme we had and started with Yeltsin (Tejeda) because he was killed in El Salvador, had to encourage him. There will be a moment to give the opportunity to Cristian Lagos.

Go Costa Rica!