Severe Turbulence Injures 2 Aboard Air Canada Flight to Costa Rica

Costa Rica News – Two people were taken to hospital after an Air Canada Rouge flight encountered turbulence on the way to its destination in Costa Rica.

AC1806 was en route to San Jose when it encountered severe turbulence approximately 90 minutes into the flight, according to data from Flightradar24.com.

The plane then turned around just over Asheville, North Carolina and returned to Pearson airport, where it landed without incident.

Peel Paramedics say two flight attendants were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Air Canada says passengers have since departed to San Jose on another aircraft.

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Manqala; Beers & Table Games in San Jose, Costa Rica

Costa Rica Entertainment – Manqala is one of the best bars in San Jose.

It opened last December with the idea of offering craft beers and over 250 table games to the clientele. Playing a table game is a great way to meet people.

The bar is in Barrio Dent, 100 meters south of the Cultural Center. The atmosphere is pleasant and fun. Alejandro Quirós is the administrator. He is a big fan of table games, with 110 games in his personal collection.

He based the idea for the bar on the Canadian restaurant Snakes and Laggers. He partnered with Roy González and Carlos Camacho and the rest was history. A bar where you can enjoy boards, dice and cards was born.

Interestingly, the place has staff dedicated to explain how to play the games. The waiters wear black and those in gray make game recommendations and explain the rules. Fine craft beers complete the picture.

Kenneth Tencio to Represent Costa Rica in Urban Cycling World Championships

Costa Rica Entertainment – Kenneth Tencio will represent Costa Rica and face off against the world champion in freestyle of the X-Knights, Australian Martin Logan.

Martin was the first winner in the history of the Urban Cycling World Championships.

Kenneth “Pollis” Tencio won the last three editions of the BMX freestyle modality in the Knights. He has excellent technique and a refined, explosive style. His tricks and combinations, like the Flip Whip and Tailwhip, are so smooth they appear effortless.

This will be the fourth edition of the event and it will feature five competitors, including Vince Byron, who won two golds, five silvers and two bronzes in the X Games. The world elite will impress us. Each driver will make two passes on the track. The three best scores advance to the final. The X-Knights 2018 will also include the Striders children’s competition.

Fans can purchase tickets at www.eticket.cr and at Servimás points of sale. The cost is from ¢12,000 to ¢35,000.

Cranes At Costa Rica Shipping Port Still Not Functioning

Costa Rica News – On August 29th we all saw the arrival of two Post-Panamax cranes to the port of Moín, Limón.

The press was there along with neighbors and multiple government authorities. The Port Administration and Economic Development Board of the Atlantic Coast (Japdeva) invited them.

The equipment left China on June 22. It is valued at $16 million and was purchased with the aim of increasing the number of containers that Japdeva moves per hour and thus increasing the entity’s revenues.

However, five months later the cranes are not being used due to electrical and mechanical problems. For every day they are not in use, the port entity loses out on $25,000 for loading and unloading of boats in Limón dock.

The supplier of the equipment has not been able to bring the spare parts from Spain because the failures coincided with Christmas. The contractor will solve the problem around the third week of February.

Costa Rica’s 1st Gay Marriage Suffers Bureaucratic Hitch

Costa Rica News – SAN JOSE (Reuters) – Costa Rica’s first same-sex wedding has been blocked by notaries who are refusing to recognize it until laws forbidding gay marriage are changed, setting them at odds with the president.

The marriage between two men was set for this Saturday after a top Latin American human rights court earlier this month ruled that countries in the region should legalize same-sex unions, pushing back against opposition from the Roman Catholic church.

The Inter-American Court, based in Costa Rica’s capital San Jose, recommended that those rights be upheld via temporary decrees while governments pursue permanent laws.

Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis then directed government agencies to apply the ruling until lawmakers or the constitutional court formally adopt new laws.

However, the notary council of the Central American country said on Friday it would only authorize such unions if the local legislature or the court annul laws outlawing gay marriage.

“The rules that regulate marriage in Costa Rica … remain in force,” the council said, telling notaries to abide by them.

The court’s decision has triggered debate ahead of Costa Rica’s presidential election on Feb. 4, with some candidates vowing to fight it.

Solis is barred by law from seeking a second consecutive term.

Several Latin American countries, including predominantly Roman Catholic Costa Rica, still do not allow same-sex marriage.

However, that is changing, and in recent years same-sex couples have been allowed to marry in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Uruguay and some parts of Mexico.

“There’s nothing stopping the road to equality, but the truth is we don’t know how long it will take to get there,” said Larissa Arroyo, an attorney representing the couple in Costa Rica who planned to marry on Saturday.

The country’s Justice Minister Marco Feoli said in a statement that the notary council’s stance went against both the executive branch and the Inter-American Court.

Writing by Daina Beth Solomon; Editing by Dave Graham and Grant McCool

Mafalda Coming to Costa Rica

Costa Rica Entertainment – Mafalda, a famous caricature who has been loved for over five decades, has been in the Children’s Museum since December and the exhibition has been extended giving us a chance to see it until January 28th.

5,000 people have seen The World According to Mafalda so far and it’s been a hit. The 650 square meter exhibition has 13 modules where old and young can rediscover the beginnings of the comic strip and immerse themselves in Mafalda’s world.

It carries themes of the analytical power of the question and investigation and making a change as a society.

It can be seen during the normal museum hours and also at a special activity called Soup Night, in which visitors will enjoy a special soup menu, music from the 70s, a guided tour of the 13 modules, a souvenir, and some surprises.

This will be offered on a few nights, for 50 visitors per night.

Tickets can be purchased at www.museocr.org/boleteria.

Watch Your Bags When Travelling in Costa Rica

Costa Rica News – Tourists are warned not to leave valuables in their cars when they go to the beach.

It’s common sense really. Leaving expensive things in an isolated place is just asking for trouble.

It’s a very common crime here for someone to break into cars to take belongings easily seen from the outside. Leave your suitcases in the hotel or in the trunk where they cannot be seen.

A guy was caught and apprehended on Wednesday night by officers of the Tourist Police after he stole three suitcases from a group of American tourists by breaking the window of their vehicle parked near the beach.

This happened in the center of Quepos. He was seen carrying the suitcases in a suspicious manner. Once recovered the suitcases were returned to their owners.

The suspect was brought to the Prosecutor’s Office to be investigated.

Route 27 Tolls Increasing On January 1st

Costa Rica News – If you are headed from San Jose to Jaco Beach you might want to head there or back before the 1st of January or you can not worry about the less than $0.10 increase.

Tolls on Route 27 are going to increase starting January 1. This road connects San José with Caldera.

The increase corresponds to the quarterly adjustment established by the concession contract.

The increase will be between ¢10 and ¢30 depending on the type of vehicle.

The increase is at the following toll booths: San Rafael, Atenas, Escazú, Pozón, Ciudad Colón, Rampa de Atenas, Guácima, Costanera Sur and Siquiares.

For some sections the rate will stay the same for some types of vehicles. The tolls in which the payment will remain the same for motorcycles and light vehicles are Escazú, Ciudad Colón, Rampa de Atenas, Guácima and Costanera Sur.

Buses and trucks must pay more in most sections. At the Atenas booth, motorcycles and light trucks will actually pay ¢20 less, according to a press release.

Costa Rica Children’s Hospital Brings Christmas Joy Early

Costa Rica News – The 176 children hospitalized in the Children’s Hospital, as well as those in outpatient or the emergency room, received visits and gifts just before Christmas.

The hospital was full of smiles due to the arrival of Santa Claus.

He and other children’s characters toured the halls making sure each little one got a gift. There were cars, dolls, stuffed animals, board games and puzzles all over the place. Christmas carols were being sung.

This annual tradition is carried out thanks to toys donated by families attending the lighting of the traditional Christmas tree of the hospital, on December 7th, in addition to other individuals and companies during a donation campaign.

The tradition has been going for over a decade and a half. It brightens otherwise difficult days for minors receiving medical attention during this season, alleviating some of the pain and stress.

Ship Your Electric Cars to Costa Tica Tax Free

Costa Rica News – Deputies have approved a law to exempt electric cars from taxes.

This happened with 37 votes in favor and only one against.

This new law makes the purchase of these vehicles much more accessible.

While the law promotes this type of transportation, the cost is still high due to the rechargeable battery system on which they operate.

This was the second debate on the issue. The initiative passed the first debate, as well. It will now move onto the signature by President Luis Guillermo Solís and the official publication of the law.

We can expect the legislation to take effect within the first three months of next year.

These cars are great for the environment and Costa Rica’s related goals. A massive sale of these zero-emission vehicles would go a long way to contribute to the idea of Costa Rica becoming carbon neutral by 2022.