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Costa Rica’s Solís announces 75 development projects for the Caribbean province of Limón

President Luis Guillermo Solís signed an executive order Tuesday establishing a committee to coordinate 75 development projects and initiatives ranging from sewers to job training for the country’s depressed Caribbean region. The president also named writer and intellectual Quince Duncan head of the Commission on Afro-Descendent Affairs during his weekly press conference at Casa Presidencial.

Is Honduras heading for the privatization of parts of its territory?

Honduras, one of the poorest countries in Latin America, ridden by corruption, severely hit by violence, and showing some of the highest inequity levels in the region, seems set to build the first private city in the Central American nation’s history, to begin perhaps as early as next year.

In this holiday season, finding ways to make a difference

These students, parents, teachers, volunteers and donors are expert foragers, turning unused classrooms, time and resources into educational gold. Their determination, commitment and selflessness also represent a broader spirit of giving that we seek to celebrate.

A search for Central America’s own Malalas

On December 10, 2004, Wangari Maathai, a Kenyan environmental and political activist, became the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. In her acceptance speech in Oslo, she said, “I am especially mindful of women and the girl child. I hope [this] will encourage them to raise their voices and take more space for leadership ... and urge them to use it to pursue their dreams.”

In shadow of Brazil World Cup, a nonprofit builds fields of hope

The World Cup operates on a four-year cycle. Players, coaches, teams come and go, and any semblance of permanency can seem like an illusion. What's left behind are the stadiums, reminders of games played and money spent.

Transport Ministry says Cañas-Liberia highway expansion will help local businesses, but residents are wary

CAÑAS, Guanacaste – The widening to four lanes of the Inter-American Highway North, from Cañas to Liberia, is moving forward at full pace. A recent visit by The Tico Times to the construction site confirmed that the project already has changed the lives of hundreds of local residents who use the highway daily.

Lawmakers postpone vote on China loan until October

Costa Rica's lawmakers agreed to postpone until Oct. 12 discussion of a $395 million loan from the government of China to finance the expansion and renovation of Route 32, the main access highway to the province of Limón.

On Guatemalan mountainside, hopes are washed away with the rain

Barely clinging to the side of a mountain, Vista Hermosa lies beyond the dump on the outskirts of Jocotenango, in Guatemala’s Sacatepéquez department, 34 kilometers west of the capital. Home to 375 squatter families, the precarious community lies open to the elements and lacks even the most basic infrastructure of a normal town.

He studied astrophysics at Harvard, was the 9th person to join Facebook, and now has built Guatemala’s first ‘self-sufficient’ home

GUATEMALA CITY – Developing countries might not be at the forefront of the sustainability movement, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a demand for it.

Legislative commision OKs loan to finance expansion of highway to Limón

The Legislative Assembly’s Financial Affairs Commission on Thursday evening passed a bill authorizing a $465 million loan to finance the expansion of a 107-kilometer stretch of highway connecting the capital to the Caribbean province of Limón.

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