Costa Rica to Install Scuba Flippers on Finless Sharks

Government unveils creative solution to rectify shark finning dilemma and improve recycling PUNTARENAS – Costa Rica has launched an initiative to replace severed shark fins with scuba flippers, a move that will diminish the environmental calamity of finning and make the ocean beasts more aerodynamic, Environmental Minister Rene Castro said yesterday.    Shark finning, a…

Mae of the Week: January 30

This week’s M.O.T.W. is a familiar face: Costa Rica President Laura Chinchilla. Chinchilla is 54 and lives in Rohrmoser with Óscar Arias’s parents. After four exhausting years of covering shit up, she is looking forward to watching someone else “give it a go.” In her spare time she enjoys borrowing money and unquestionably accepting invitations to…

Costa Rica 3rd Most Powerful Army-less Nation, Study Shows

UN applauds country for pretending to be aggressive sometimes SAN JOSE – Days after celebrating the 65th anniversary of the abolition of its military, Costa Rica was voted the world’s third most powerful army-less nation, according to a United Nations study. Costa Rica surged ahead in the world rankings this year due to its ferocious…

Costa Rica Declares Public Urination National Pastime

Mass urination to be held at National Theater on Dec.9 SAN JOSE – Costa Rica’s thriving public peeing community got its wish this week when Culture Minister Manuel Obregon officially declared the activity a national pastime and holiday. “Peeing in public is what makes this city great,” Obregon said of San Jose during the announcement of the new…

Costa Rica Cancels NBC Thinking It Was “Nicaraguan Broadcasting Company”

Must wait one calendar year to renew subscription SAN JOSE –  Television channel NBC was removed from Costa Rican airwaves last month because the acronym was thought to stand for the “Nicaraguan Broadcasting Company”, Telecommunications Superintendent Sutel announced this week, finally explaining the station’s mysterious disappearance. The decision to remove NBC was made by national…

Costa Rica Installs Ramps to Replace Failing Bridges

Ramps will add tourist appeal to national highways, Chinchilla says SAN JOSE – Costa Rica’s congress voted unanimously yesterday to install ramps to vault national motorists over rivers instead of relying on the country’s failed bridge system. National bridges La Platina, La Vara Blanca near La Paz waterfall, Circunvalación and Puente La Amistad in Guanacaste will be…