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Costa Rica Immigration Offices will remain closed until December 1st, 2020.
Last week the government brought forward a proposal it will present to the International Monetary Fund in order to secure a loan for 1.75 billion. The loan is deemed necessary to keep the country running and be able to pay ongoing commitments.
The Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia restarted scheduled flights this Saturday, September 5, upon receiving its first flight with passengers from the United States of America, after 170 days of closure due to the Covid19 related health emergency.
This fun version of a brief history of Costa Rica is well worth your time. Contains some good information you may not know, but should.
As an update, Costa Rica in 2019 has restored forested land to comprise an estimated 50% of the country.
We especially like the comment, Cost rica is Nice - Be like Costa Rica.
An excellent HD video for the wilderness fans
An interesting Documentary on the geo-engineering debate surrounding chemtrails.
Some good advice on things you should know before visiting.
We would add that while most restaurants add the service charge or tip of 10%, the staff are not paid the same as they are in Canada. One should leave a minimum of 10% in addition to what is on the bill. In some places the service charge is not included and you should consider leaving 20%, especially if the service was good.
As of July 2019, restaurants are required to add the 13% sales tax to all bills. In some restauants both the service charge and the tip are included in the price. That will be indicated on the menu or near the entrance. If you are not sure, ask.
The FDA's released a warning to consumers and health care providers regarding hand sanitizers labeled as containing ethanol, however instead tested positive for methanol. Methanol can be toxic when absorbed through the skin and deadly if swallowed.
One of the biggest risks wth these products is the chance that a child may ingest some of the tainted hand sanitizer.
"The agency is aware of adults and children ingesting hand sanitizer products contaminated with methanol that has led to recent adverse events including blindness, hospitalizations and death," the FDA stated.
The FDA warned consumers of nine hand sanitizers to avoid back in June and has recently added more brands that tested positive for methanol.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends using sanitizers that contain at least 60% ethanol alcohol, as well as frequent hand-washing. For many stores it is mandatory to use hand sanitizer before entering the place of business.
It may be best to carry your own, so you know the product is safe.
The FDA urged consumers to stop using these methanol based products, which should be immediately discarded in hazardous waste containers. "Do not flush or pour these products down the drain."
The following is the latest available list of all the potentially toxic sanitizers, according to the FDA:
4E Global's Blumen Clear Advanced Hand Sanitizer with 70% Alcohol
4E Global's Blumen Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Clear Ethyl Alcohol 70%
4E Global's Blumen Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Clear
4E Global's Klar and Danver Instant Hand Sanitizer (labeled with Greenbrier International Inc.)
4E Global's Modesa Instant Hand Sanitizer Moisturizers and Vitamin E
4E Global's Blumen Advanced Hand Sanitizer
4E Global's Blumen Advanced Hand Sanitizer Aloe
4E Global's Blumen Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Lavender
4E Global's Blumen Clear Lear Advanced Hand Sanitizer
4E Global's Blumen Clear Advanced Hand Sanitizer
4E Global's The Honeykeeper Hand Sanitizer
4E Global's Blumen Advanced Hand Sanitizer Clear
4E Global's Blumen Clear Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer
4E Global's Blumen Clear Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Aloe
4E Global's Blumen Clear Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Lavender
4E Global's Blumen Aloe Advanced Hand Sanitizer, with 70% Alcohol
4E Global's Blumen Advanced Hand Sanitizer Lavender, with 70% alcohol
4E Global's Blumen Advanced Hand Sanitizer Aloe, with 70% alcohol
4E Global's Blumen Antibacterial Fresh Citrus Hand Sanitizer
4E Global's Blumen Hand Sanitizer Fresh Citrus
4E Global's Klar and Danver Instant Hand Sanitizer
4E Global's Hello Kitty by Sanrio Hand Sanitizer
4E Global's Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer (Vitamin E and Aloe)
4E Global's Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer (Aloe and Moisturizers)
4E Global's Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer Vitamin E and Aloe
4E Global's Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer Aloe and Moisturizers
4E Global's Blumen Instant Hand Sanitizer Fragrance Free
4E Global's Blumen Instant Hand Sanitizer Aloe Vera
4E Global's Assured Aloe
AAA Cosmetica's bio aaa Advance Hand Sanitizer
AAA Cosmetica's LumiSkin Advance Hand Sanitizer 4 oz
AAA Cosmetica's LumiSkin Advance Hand Sanitizer 16 oz
AAA Cosmetica's QualitaMed Hand Sanitizer
DDI Multinacional's Earths Amenities Instant Unscented Hand Sanitizer with Aloe Vera Advanced
DDI Multinacional's Hand Sanitizer Agavespa Skincare
DDI Multinacional's Vidanos Easy Cleaning Rentals Hand Sanitizer Agavespa Skincare
Eskbiochem's All-Clean Hand Sanitizer
Eskbiochem's Esk Biochem Hand Sanitizer
Eskbiochem's Lavar 70 Gel Hand Sanitizer
Eskbiochem's The Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer
Eskbiochem's CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol
Eskbiochem's CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol
Eskbiochem's CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol
Eskbiochem's Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer
Grupo Insoma's Hand sanitizer Gel Unscented 70% Alcohol
Limpo Quimicos' Andy's Best
Limpo Quimicos' Andy's
Limpo Quimicos' Gelclor
Limpo Quimicos' NeoNatural
Limpo Quimicos' Plus Advanced
Liqesa Exportacion or Liq-E-S.A.'s Optimus Lubricants Instant Hand Sanitizer
Maquiladora Miniara's Shine and Clean Hand Sanitizer
Maquiladora Miniara's Selecto Hand Sanitizer
Mystic International's Mystic Shield Protection hand sanitizer
Soluciones Cosmeticas' Bersih Hand Sanitizer Gel Fragrance Free
Soluciones Cosmeticas' Antiseptic Alcohol 70% Topical Solution hand sanitizer
Soluciones Cosmeticas' Hand sanitizer (labeled with Wet Look Janitorial and Gardening Corp.)
Tropicosmeticos' Britz Hand Sanitizer Ethyl Alcohol 70%
Yara Elena De La Garza Perez Nieto's Daesi hand sanitizer
Real Clean Distribuciones's Born Basic Anti-Bac Hand Sanitizer
Real Clean Distribuciones's Anti-Bac Hand Sanitizer
Real Clean Distribuciones's Scent Theory – Keep It Clean – Pure Clean Anti-bacterial Hand Sanitizer
Real Clean Distribuciones's Cavalry
Real Clean Distribuciones's ENLIVEN Hand Sanitizing Gel
Real Clean Distribuciones's Lux Eoi Hand Sanitizing Gel
Real Clean Distribuciones's Keep It Clean
Real Clean Distribuciones's Hand Sanitizer
MXL Comercial's Hand Sanitizer Disinfectant Gel 70% Ethyl Alcohol (labeled with Resource Recovery & Trading LLC)
MXL Comercial's Hand Sanitizer Disinfectant Gel 70% Ethyl Alcohol Rinse Free Hand Rub (labeled with Resource Recovery & Trading LLC)
ITECH 361's All Clean Hand Sanitizer, Moisturizer and Disinfectant
Transliquid Technologies's Mystic Shield Protection hand sanitizer
Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer
In a news release, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the shark fins were hidden in 18 boxes. It is believed the dried fins arrived from South America and were likely headed to Asia, the AP reported.
Shark fin soup is awell known Asian delicacy, especially in China. To meet the demand, smugglers kill tens of millions of sharks every year, cutting the fin from a live shark, according to conservation groups, as the AP reported.
The practice of shark finning is banned in several countries because it is extremely wasteful and cruel. After the fin is cut off from the live shark, the rest of the shark is discarded. The practice has been a federal crime in the U.S. since 2000, according to the Miami Herald.
"The goal of this seizure is to protect these species while deterring trackers from using US ports as viable routes in the illegal shark fin trade," Christina Meister, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, said as the Miami Herald reported.
An international agreement between governments around the world is aimed to protect vulnerable animals and plants. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) protects only12 species of sharks, which are included in Appendix II of CITES, according to CNN.
According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service:
"The shipment violated the Lacey Act and included CITES listed species," Gavin Shire, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Chief of Public Affairs, told CNN. "We are limited to what we can say about this as it is an ongoing case."
While it is illegal in the U.S. to cut off a fin from a live shark and discard the rest of the animal, it is not illegal to traffic or trade shark fins in the U.S. Another issue is that shark fin imports may not be indicated on the import forms. Shark fins are often classified simply as dried seafood or frozen seafood, or as shark fins from one of the species not on the list of banned items.
"The recent seizure of more than 1,000 pounds of shark fins in Miami from potentially protected species demonstrates why we need a federal shark fin ban," said Ariana Spawn, an ocean advocate at the nonprofit advocacy group Oceana, as CNN reported. She urged the Senate to pass the Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act (S.877), which would ban the trade of fins nationwide.