The image of the  Virgen de Los Ángeles that appeared some 300 years ago before Juana Pereira and now can only be seen once a year in its natural state. Today more than 2 million are expected in Cartago.

Vacationing like Brangelina
Getting in touch with your inner Angelina Jolie is easier than it used to be. The so-called voluntourism industry, which sends travelers around the globe for a mix of volunteer work and sightseeing, is generating almost as much praise and criticism as the goodwill ambassador herself.


HSBC Latin American Operations Grow Pre-Tax Profits 16% in First Half
UK financial group HSBC posted a US$1billion profit in the first half of this year  from its Latin American operations, up 15.6% over first half 2006, driven by asset growth and increased fees, the bank said in its latest earnings release.


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Thursday 02 August 2007, San José, Costa Rica

First "Mamatren" This Saturday
The ministro de Vivienda (housing minister), Fernando Zumbado, announced his decision yesterday to participate in the celebrations of the World Breastfeeding Week an take part in the fist "Mamatren" to be held in Costa Rican history.

Appliance Prices Can Vary As Much as 305% At Different Retailers
A study by the Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Comercio (MEIC) - Economy ministry - shows that the price of identical or similar appliances can vary as much 305% and that the interest rate offered by retailers can be as much as 117% per year.

5.000 Walkers Attended to by Red Cross; Big Business For Small Vendors
This year's "romeria" or pilgrimage to Cartago expects some 2 million to descend on the "old metropolis", some coming as afar away as Guanacaste to pay homage to the Virgen de los Angeles.

teady Numbers for Arias
(Angus Reid Global Monitor) - Óscar Arias maintains an acceptable level of public support in Costa Rica, according to a poll by CID-Gallup. 52 per cent of respondents rate the president’s performance as good or very good, down three points since January.


Nicaraguan President Meets Spanish VP
Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega is due to meet in this capital Thursday with Vice President of the Spanish Government Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega, who is touring the region.

Guatemalan Congress Approves CICIG
Guatemala Congress approved creation of the urgently needed International Commission against Impunity CICIG, by an absolute majority Wednesday.

New Special Education Plan in Cuba
A new special education project will be implemented in Cuba in the next academic course, as part of the national program "Educate your Child," official sources reported Thursday.

Panama, Caribbean Cruise Destiny
Panama has become Latin America's most promoted tourist destiny because of its geographical position, political stability and economic growth, assured President Martin Torrijos.

Chavez accuses U.S. of impeding Venezuela's Mercosur entry
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez accused the United States in a Wednesday speech of undermining his country's entry into the Common Market of the South (Mercosur).


Castro Photos Brought Fame, Forced Exile
Ignoring official warnings and counsel from colleagues, Cuban news photographer Cristóbal Herrera Ulashkevich showed the world embarrassing photos of Fidel Castro out of professional pride, he says.


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