Daily Archives: April 5, 2017

20 Costa Ricans trained on U.S. food rules

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff Costa Rica received 20 new professional trainers to improve compliance with new requirements for the exporting of processed foods to the United States. These trainers will help teach public sector officials, academics, producers and … Continue reading

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Judiciary workers protest pension cuts

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff Tuesday, a group of around 300 workers from Poder Judicial protested in front of the Legislative Assembly, demanding congressmen to withdraw a bill that would make cuts to their pension plan. The workers yelled … Continue reading

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Río Cuarto canton created in Alajuela

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff Costa Rica will soon welcome a new canton in its territory: Río Cuarto. This will be the 12th canton of Alajuela province and its borders will be Sarapiquí to the west, San Carlos to … Continue reading

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Legion post plans health care talk

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff U.S. veterans will be briefed today on health care opportunities in Costa Rica. The event is being sponsored by American Legion Post 10, which has included the topic in its monthly meeting today at … Continue reading

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Foreign job seekers file thousands of H1-B apps

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff Large numbers of job seekers from around the world are filing applications at U.S. federal offices as the season opened Monday for H1-B visas for foreign workers. H1-Bs allow employers, mostly high-tech firms, to hire … Continue reading

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White House condemns Syria chemical attack

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff U.S. officials are condemning a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria that left scores dead, even while acknowledging the government of President Bashar al-Assad, widely thought to have carried out the strike, remains a political … Continue reading

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Researchers study seniors with youthful memory skills

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff Researchers are studying people they call super-agers: those 80 and older whose thicker-than-average brains at that age still make them as sharp as a tack. Writing in the “Journal of the American Medical Association,” researchers … Continue reading

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First project deadline expires for new U.S. border wall

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff The first phase of what is expected to be a lengthy and costly process to build additional segments of wall along the southwestern U.S. border ended as the deadline expired Tuesday afternoon for companies to … Continue reading

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Protesters clash in Caracas with Venezuelan police

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff Anti-government demonstrators clashed with security forces in Venezuela’s capital Tuesday, as pressure mounted within and outside the country for President Nicolás Maduro to quickly restore democratic norms and ease a years-long political and humanitarian crisis. … Continue reading

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New experiment launched seeking to turn plastic waste to diesel fuel

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff Some expats may recall a video circulating around Facebook of a sea turtle rescued by scientists off the shores of Costa Rica. They pulled a plastic straw that had been fully embedded up its … Continue reading

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First trimester of energy usage scores 99 with renewable energy

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff The results from the first trimester of energy usage are in and Costa Rica used renewable sources to power around 99 percent of its electricity since the beginning of the year. The data was … Continue reading

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Semana Santa offers beach excursions and taste of Tico Catholicism

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff Semana Santa is around the corner and, for many Ticos, this is a long-awaited celebration where some go to church and the rest flee to the beaches to profit from the hot sun that … Continue reading

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New index ranks best and worst websites

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff Citizens seeking to access public information on municipal websites are the ones facing more hassle, according to the latest public digital index released by the Incae business school, located in La Garita village, Alajuela. … Continue reading

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Motorcyclists account for 43 percent of all traffic fatalities so far this year

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff The public works ministry’s report on the number of traffic deaths for the month of March and the first quarter of the year as a whole yielded some grim results: 43 percent of the … Continue reading

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Over 8,000 registered firearms missing

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff The whereabouts of over 8,236 firearms are unknown to officials of the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública, who fear the final destination is in the hands of criminals. The disappearance of the weapons comes after … Continue reading

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Illegal gold mining creates environmental damage

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff Environmentalists who protested at length over a proposed open-pit gold mine in Cutris de San Carlos are being invited to help clean up after illegal placer operators trashed the place with garbage and even … Continue reading

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Fish inspections yield dismal labeling practices

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff With the upcoming Semana Santa holidays, an inspection report sponsored by the commerce ministry yielded startlingly high results in the number of times fishmongers failed to comply with required pricing and labeling information. The … Continue reading

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