Monday, January 30, 2006

Tico Times Online restores service

By Monday noon the Tico Times had its normal look once again.In an update to the Tico Times hack attack story it has been reported that by Monday noon normal access and service to the site had been restored. Readers can once again enjoy all the regular content of the Tico Times.

Tico Times Online hacked!

This is how the page of the Tico Times Online looked monday morning.

by Uri Ridelman

The online version of the Costa Rican newspaper the Tico Times was hacked Monday morning by a group that called itself "HackTurk."
Avid Tico Times readers were probably shocked when, instead of getting the traditional Tico Times index page, were taken to a creepy page with the picture of an ugly turkish-looking guy extending his arm and hand as if to be kissed.
The page, which had a black background, displayed the message "Hacked by HackTurk." Although no reason for the attack was given, the group wrote the words "we come back," and left the email address ""
When asked how long it would take to restablish normal service to the page, Tico Times personel refused to give an specific hour, but acknowledged that a technician was already working on the situation and that normal access to the page would hopefully be restablished "later today."
The turkish words "Türk Irk'ı Sağolsun" were also on display but nobody knew their meaning.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Talking politics in Costa Rica

Gonzalez and Arias sharing a laugh in Escazu.Former President of Spain Felipe Gonzalez, left, shares a laugh with former President of Costa Rica and presiential candidate of the National Liberation Party (PLN) Oscar Arias. Gonzalez visited Costa Rica to meet with the 1987 Nobel Peace Prize winner and talk, among other things, about the social democratic party and its influence in politics.
Arias, who is currently the leading presidential candidate according to the latest polls, met with Gonzalez in Escazu, Costa Rica, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2006 (AP Photo/Kent Gilbert)

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Biking for votes in Tiquicia

Costa Rican presiential candidate of the Citizen's Action Party(PAC) party Otton Solis rides a bike during a campaign stop in the poor neighborhood of LoreMar de Pural east of San Jose, Costa Rica, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2006. Solis was in second place in the polls with 24.1 percent of the intended vote. Costa Rica's presidential elections will be held on Feb. 5, 2006. (AP Photo/Kent Gilbert)

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Rally of masks for Otton Solis

Supporters wearing masks of Costa Rican presidential candidate of the Citizen's Action Party (PAC) party Otton Solis rally in Guadelupe in San Jose, Costa Rica, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2006. Solis was in second place with 24.1 percent of the intended vote, behind former Costa Rican President and presidential candidate of the National Liberation Party Oscar Arias, who leads with 45.5 percent according to the latest polls. Costa Rica's presidential elections will be held on Feb. 5, 2006.(AP Photo/Kent Gilbert)

Friday, January 20, 2006

NASA launches atmosphere study in Costa Rica

NASA's WB-57 aircraft will make 12 trips into the atmosphere taking off from Alajuela. The NASA WB-57 high-altitude aircraft prepares for take-off at the Juan Santamaria International Airport near, Alajuela, Costa Rica, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2006. NASA scientists said Thursday they have launched a new, innovative study on climate change using a special aircraft that will enter the high troposphere, the lowest level of the earth's atmosphere, in the tropics. The study, conducted from a NASA office at the San Jose airport, started Jan. 14 and will end Feb. 12. During that time, the WB-57F plane will make 12 trips into the high tropical troposphere, which has barely been studied and is believed to have suffered the largest impact from climate change, officials said. (AP Photo/Kent Gilbert)

Monday, January 16, 2006

Cartoon of the day

Cartoon courtesy of La Nacion.comTranslation:
-So now, which hospital is next?
-Any of them! Anyway, none of them has a fire evacuation plan!

Sad to say that cartoonist Alexei was right on, with this critic of the CCSS (Costa Rica's body in charge of administering the hospitals and clinics of the public sector).
Even after last year's fire at Hospital Calderon Guardia, which left 21 deaths, the CCSS has not come up with a national plan to regulate hospital emergency evacuations.

To read the story of the fire as reported by the BBC Online click here.

(Cartoon by Alexei/ La

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Lobbying for CAFTA in Costa Rica

In this photo released by the Costa Rican presidency, U.S. Rep. Dan Burton, R-Indiana, left, greets Costa Rican President Abel Pacheco, right, as U.S. Ambassador Mark Langdale looks on in San Jose, Costa Rica, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006. Burton was visiting Costa Rica to lobby for the Free Trade Agreement between the U.S. and Central America, which Costa Rica has not yet ratified. (AP Photo/Ronald Chacon, Presidency, HO)

Friday, January 06, 2006

Under the flags of Arias

Presiential candidate of the Libertarian Movement (ML) party Otto Guevara, left, speaks with teens on a street during a campaign visit to the poor neighborhood of Metropolis de Pavas in San Jose, Costa Rica, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2006. Guevara was campaigning in an area flying many of the green and white flags of the National Liberation Party of leading presidential candidate Oscar Arias. (AP Photo/Kent Gilbert)

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Running from the bulls

Jose Alberto Romeu jumps the security wall that separates the field from the audience while running away from the bulls assault during "las corridas de toros," the traditional celebration to say farewell to the old year on Friday, Dec. 30, 2005 in San Jose, Costa Rica. Since the middle of the 19th Century, people from all over the country attend this kind of rodeo at the end of the year that takes place in the location of Zapote. (AP Photo/Cristobal Herrera)

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