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The mayor of Osa, Alberto Cole, receives the master plans of what will be the Green International Airport in Southern Costa Rica.

Correspondent Plans for what will be the new international airport in Palmar Norte southern Costa Rica.

The project for the construction of the Green International Airport in the Southern area was recently given a boost, with representatives of the City Council, the Mayor of Osa, and representatives of several cooperatives, whose land will be occupied by Civil aviation authorities.


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The first time our feet touched Costa Rican turf was January 2011 when we deplaned our flight from Michigan. There, we met up with fellow vacationers Don and Patsy Shaw from Colorado and set off for San Isidro de El General.

We commenced our drive to San Isidro in the late afternoon hours of January 1, 2011, on the “Mountain of Death” heading to our rental vacation home. Yes, we drove over the “Mountain of Death!” That was an “exciting” introduction to Costa Rican landscape, not to mention driving habits. We suspect it was lucky for us it was a holiday. Subsequently, we've decided the better route for the Americano driving the rental car, is along the coast. It does take longer, but from our perspective a bit less harrowing.

At that times in 2011 when asked why go to Costa Rica, the answer was obvious.  My husband Bob and I reside in Michigan, and January & February in Michigan are typically gray, cold, and quite snowy months. In previous years, we made attempts to escape Michigan winters by venturing to the US Alabama Gulf Coast. However, we were somewhat disappointed as southern Alabama did not prove as sunny and warm as we hoped. Bob's internet research efforts and a bit of serendipity brought us to Costa Rica and a vacation rental home south of San Isidro in a barrio of San Pedro.

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Over the past 15 years, there's been an explosion of specialty growers, who export everything from coffee beans grown without fertilizers and chemicals to coffee grown in wild bird sanctuaries. Coffee shops that offer these sorts of specialty coffee beans are now in virtually every large U.S. and European city.

Many specialty growers are in Latin America, where the coffee belt stretches from Mexico to Andean highland countries Peru and Bolivia. In recent decades, small coffee farmers in the Americas organized themselves into cooperatives, aided by U.S. and European nonprofit groups.


Raising Our Information And Communications Technology Game By Larry Sampson, New Brunswick Business Journal I stumbled upon something surprising while reviewing the World Economic Forum's Global Information Technology Report for 2010-11. The World Bank ranked Costa Rica the fourth-largest technology exporting country - at 39% of all exports - in the world.

As a resident of southern Costa Rica and one who has always been intrigued by projects like lake Diquis I am always on the look out for new or any interesting info I can find. And after the U.N.'s Mr. James Anaya made his visit earlier in the year the Diquis subject has gotten pretty quiet the last while.

One thing that got my attention recently, I was in an ICE office at the mall in San Isidro getting some changes done on my phone and of course you have to wait the longest time till your turn comes around and I began reading the articles about Diquis that they have posted on their walls. And on the table beside it was a stack of small newspapers called, ‚Äö"AVANCE DIQUIS.‚Äö" I eagerly picked it up and began reading. The copy I have says it is the 2nd edition.



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