Costa Rica

Costa Rica halts China-funded refinery project

Chinese President Xi Jinping waves upon leaving Costa Rica, in San Jose, on June 4. A planned US$1.3 billion project to remodel Costa Rica's only oil refinery with Chinese money was halted on Thursday. Photo: AFP

Costa Rica's government halted a US$1.3 billion refinery modernisation largely funded by the Chinese government because of a contractual violation, paralysing the Central American country's biggest investment project.

Saturday, 22 June, 2013, 2:58am 1 comment

Xi Jinping heads to Mexico after signing trade deals in Costa Rica

President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan smell coffee flowers during their visit to a family at a farm in Costa Rica. Photo: Reuters

President Xi Jinping headed to Mexico yesterday after a successful trade and diplomatic foray into Costa Rica, the only Central American nation that has diplomatic relations with Beijing.

5 Jun 2013 - 3:52am

The rise of the tourist hordes

Venice, which receives 20 million tourists a year, has been transformed by tourism. Photo: Reuters

The world has serious concerns over fiscal crises, security crises and environmental crises. And then there are holidays - when we can put aside lofty concerns and remember what living is all about: seeing friends, hosting family reunions and running barefoot on the beach.

26 Apr 2013 - 2:27am

6.5 earthquake shakes Costa Rica’s Pacific coast

A powerful earthquake struck Costa Rica’s Pacific coast on Tuesday, swaying buildings and sending people running into the streets in the nation’s capital of San Jose.

24 Oct 2012 - 11:13am

Harilela off to 'hell' to save the leatherback

What? A member of the Harilela family is going around asking for donations? Well, sort of ... but in a very minor way. The independently minded eldest granddaughter of patriarch George Harilela, Tiana, is merely circulating a sponsorship form among friends to support her upcoming three-week volunteer work trip to Costa Rica.

6 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

No shame in defeat

So, after the great expectations China's debut on soccer's most prestigious stage proved a disappointment. Tiny Costa Rica managed to all but shatter the dreams of hundreds of millions of fans.

5 Jun 2002 - 12:00am

Rain drops keep falling on the people mover

The Airport Authority was all but issuing wellington boots and umbrellas to arriving passengers yesterday as a leaking tunnel disrupted the operation of the automated people mover.

A water leak in the tunnel for arriving passengers was discovered at 1.40pm and the service was suspended six minutes later.

5 Jun 2002 - 12:00am

Group offers Costa Rican adventure

Hong Kong students can spend a year studying in Costa Rica, thanks to a programme organised by AFS Intercultural Exchanges.

The non-profit-making group will enable students to live with a Costa Rican family and attend a high school or university there.

15 Apr 1997 - 12:00am

In praise of the see-saw factor

ANOTHER useful gauge of entertainment value is the see-saw factor, the number of games in which teams stage come-from-behind victories. Italia '90 was almost a barren zone for such fightbacks with just two teams managing the feat - Costa Rica in beating Sweden 2-1 from 1-0 down, and England in overhauling Cameroon 3-2 after trailing 2-1.

3 Jul 1994 - 12:00am

Chinese goods rate low in poll

A POLL carried out to gauge product quality as perceived by consumers has shown that Chinese-made goods are rated badly by the public.

The poll conducted by the Gallup Organisation and Bozell showed China ranked ninth out of the 12 countries surveyed.

More than 20,000 people in 20 countries took part.

2 Mar 1994 - 12:00am