Daily Archives: April 11, 2017

Late payments to the Caja down 11 percent

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff The Costa Rican social security fund announced Friday that delinquent payments by businesses were down by 11 percent, according to the institution’s data. According to the collections office for the Caja Costarricense de Seguro … Continue reading

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National parks remain open for visits

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff The vast majority of the government offices and ministries have closed down for this week’s Semana Santa holidays, but there is one section still open: the parks. According to the Sistema Nacional de Áreas … Continue reading

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Cruz Roja upping Holy Week actions

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff Over 700 members of the Costa Rican Cruz Roja will be intensifying work for this year’s Semana Santa. They are heading to the more prominent vacation spots, the agency said. These members are going … Continue reading

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Poás showing some signs of activity

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff There seems to be an increasing amount of rumbling and grumbling from the Poás volcano, according to reports from the Universidad Nacional’s Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico. The gases emitted from the volcano appear to … Continue reading

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Gorsuch sworn in as justice for U.S. Supreme Court

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff On a gorgeous spring morning in the White House Rose Garden, Neil Gorsuch was sworn in Monday as the 113th Supreme Court justice, filling the seat vacated by the death of Antonin Scalia 14 months … Continue reading

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U.S. quits case against Twitter to reveal anti-Trump account

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff The U.S. government on Friday dropped its effort to force Twitter to identify users behind an account critical of President Donald Trump, the social media company said. In response, Twitter said it was dropping a … Continue reading

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New York lawmakers pass tuition-free college plan

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff Lawmakers in the state of New York have approved a plan to provide free tuition for lower- and middle-class students attending the City University of New York and the State University of New York. The … Continue reading

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Malaysian customs seizes $3 million in rhino horns

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff Malaysian customs officials said Monday they have confiscated 18 rhino horns, weighing more than 51 kilograms, and valued at over $3 million. Customs said they found the horns in a crate Friday at the … Continue reading

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Status remains unclear over U.S.-Russia hotline

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services The United States military says it is still able to deconflict operations with Russia over Syria, but it is unclear whether the two militaries are still using the two countries’ established hotline, aimed … Continue reading

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Polls display strike approval but not more military action

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff Two new U.S. public opinion polls show Americans support President Donald Trump’s missile attacks on Syria for its use of chemical weapons, but have little appetite for further military action against the regime of Syrian … Continue reading

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Gunman kills teacher-wife in an elementary school

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff U.S. police say a gunman opened fire at a southern California elementary school Monday, killing his estranged wife, in a murder-suicide that also left an 8-year old student dead. Police said 53-year old Cedric … Continue reading

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Tropical logging debris threatens sea turtle hatchlings, study says

By the A.M Costa Rica staff Debris from logging in tropical forests is threatening the survival of hatchling leatherback turtles and the success of mothers at one of the world’s most important nesting sites in Colombia. New research by the University … Continue reading

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Authorities advise caution if practicing fasting for Semana Santa

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff Health authorities have issued a warning to all residents who follow the Semana Santa tradition of fasting. According to the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social, this ritual should be done in a way that … Continue reading

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Student projects opens up museum square

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff Students from the Tecnológico de Costa Rica’s school of architecture gave a bit of a cosmetic lift to the Museo de Arte Costarricense Monday. The group of aspiring architects were part of an initiative … Continue reading

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Canton issues public zone herbicide ban

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff Pérez Zeledón has become the first Costa Rica canton to forbid the use of herbicides in public spaces, according to the Federación Conservacionista de Costa Rica. The measure was approved Thursday night by the … Continue reading

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Santa Cruz halts Tamarindo building

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff The municipal council of Santa Cruz, which governs Playa Tamarindo, ordered a temporary hold on construction for a cafeteria and restaurant that are proposed to be built near the beach’s Parque Pico Pequeño. A … Continue reading

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Santa Cruz halts Tamarindo building

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff The municipal council of Santa Cruz, which governs Playa Tamarindo, ordered a temporary hold on construction for a cafeteria and restaurant that are proposed to be built near the beach’s Parque Pico Pequeño. A … Continue reading

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Juan Santamaría Day is a legal holiday

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff Today, Tuesday, April 11 marks the victory of Costa Rican forces in the battle of Rivas. Drummer boy Juan Santamaría sacrificed his life to salvage the battle as a victory for the Costa Ricans, … Continue reading

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