Costa Rica http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/20008/all en Costa Rica's health-care plan falls ill http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/110823/costa-ricas-ailing-health-care-system <p> SAN JOSE -- Right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh once vowed to flee to Costa Rica if President Barack Obama&rsquo;s health care reforms took effect. Limbaugh might have overlooked a couple of critical details: Costa Rica&rsquo;s respected universal health-care system is highly socialized. It&rsquo;s also on the verge of going broke.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/110823/costa-ricas-ailing-health-care-system" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Costa Rica Health Americas Costa Rica Wed, 24 Aug 2011 10:41:50 +0000 Alex Leff 5673730 at http://www.globalpost.com Sex lives of sloths. Not as boring as we think http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/wanderlust/sex-lives-sloths <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sex is the only thing a sloth does quickly, a new documentary reveals. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Iva Roze Skoch </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> By all intents and purposes, sloths might just take the honors for being every female species&rsquo; worst nightmare.</p> <p> They&#39;re not only the world&rsquo;s laziest animal.</p> <p> Apparently the only thing they do quickly is sex.</p> <p> And by quickly, I mean quickly.</p> <p> The whole mating ritual is done, including foreplay, in about 5 seconds.</p> <p> Then they proceed to get back to what they normally do &ndash; spending <a href="http://animals.howstuffworks.com/mammals/sloth-info.htm ">much of their lives upside down</a>, hanging from the branches of a tree. And you thought excessive TV-watching was bad.</p> <p> According to a new documentary <a href="http://press.discovery.com/uk/apl/programs/meet-sloths/" target="_blank">&quot;Meet the Sloths&quot;</a>&nbsp;airing Mar. 4 on <a href="http://animal.discovery.com/ ">Animal Planet</a>, sloths are &ndash; surprisingly enough &ndash; an extremely sexually active animal.&nbsp;</p> <p> The documentary takes viewers to a <a href="http://www.slothsanctuary.com/welcome/ ">sloth sanctuary</a> in Costa Rica, run by a &ldquo;sloth whisperer&rdquo; Judy Arroyo.</p> <p> The sanctuary is home to some 160 sloths, many of them orphaned or injured.</p> <p> Arroyo has only one rule: no sloth sex. She doesn&rsquo;t need more sloth babies.</p> <p> But here is the problem.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/wanderlust/sex-lives-sloths" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Costa Rica sex lives of sloths Costa Rica Wanderlust Tue, 28 Feb 2012 19:04:00 +0000 Iva Roze Skoch 5693846 at http://www.globalpost.com Costa Rican police arrest 8 over turtle conservationist murder http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/130731/costa-rican-police-arrest-8-connection-turtle-conservationist- A longtime friend said she believes Mora’s murder was related to his anti-poaching work.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/130731/costa-rican-police-arrest-8-connection-turtle-conservationist-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Costa Rica Americas Want to Know Thu, 01 Aug 2013 01:13:00 +0000 Samantha Stainburn 5899478 at http://www.globalpost.com