Daily Archives: May 4, 2017

Transperfect call center coming to Alajuela

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff Another call center is arriving in Costa Rica with the company constructing it anticipating 120 new jobs from the greater San José area. TransPerfect, which calls itself the world’s largest privately-held provider for translation … Continue reading

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Embassy donates 50 computers

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff The United States Embassy donated what it defined as 30 military-grade laptops and 20 tablets to the traffic cops, a gift worth about $148,000, according to Mario Calderón, head of Policía de Tránsito. Military-grade … Continue reading

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Don’t worry, it’s just a makeup design

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff Twelve women graduated as makeup artists this Tuesday and to celebrate the occasion, a runway was created at the Centro de Atención Institucional Vilma Curling. The women are currently inmates at the prison. According … Continue reading

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African countries spending less on military, report says

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff African military expenditures have finally slowed down after more than a decade of steady increases, according to a new report on global defense spending. The main reason, the report found, is a drop in oil … Continue reading

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Haiti’s main airport flooded after heavy downpours

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff The terminal at the Haitian capital’s international airport has been flooded after a sustained downpour transformed some low-lying Port-au-Prince streets into brown rivers. Videos circulating on social media show passengers up to their ankles in … Continue reading

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Wild bison thundering across reclaimed habitat

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff Bison once thundered across the North American plains by the millions. But they were hunted to near extinction in the 19th century for their hides. Today, their numbers are growing again, thanks in part to … Continue reading

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Observing close star system confirms similarity to ours

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff A relatively nearby planetary system is structured remarkably like what ours probably looked like when it was young, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration confirms. The system around the star Epsilon Eridani, or eps Eri, … Continue reading

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Scientists discover bio clock causing waistline increases

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff As they get older, most people tend to gain weight. But it’s not their fault, according to scientists who have discovered a biological mechanism that causes peoples’ waistlines to expand in middle-age. Endocrinologist Jay Chung … Continue reading

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U.S. House passes budget; goes to Senate for approval

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a budget bill to fund the government through September, one without funding for the border wall President Donald Trump’s promised during his campaign. The $1.16 trillion spending bill … Continue reading

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Caracas protest denounces plan to rewrite constitution

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff Minutes after Venezuelan lawmakers led off thousands on a march Wednesday to protest President Nicolas Maduro’s plan to rewrite the nation’s constitution, government security forces stopped them short with clouds of tear gas and other … Continue reading

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Cultural ministry continues more data-gathering in Alajuelita canton

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff The cultural ministry is mapping out a database of cultural activities and resources for its own record starting in 2017 with Alajuelita. The community is frequently known for its associations with criminal activity rather … Continue reading

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Costa Rican ecologist praised for work with native communities

By the A.M Costa Rica staff The indigenous Emberá townspeople were taking advantage of the arrival of Javier Mateo-Vega, an ecologist with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, to air grievances. A man in the back complained about new houses that the … Continue reading

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OCDE gives low marks to schools

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff The Costa Rican school system has a long way to go if it wants to catch up with more developed countries, according to the latest survey on education carried out by the Programme for … Continue reading

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541 LSD doses seized by tourist police

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff Police officers found over 541 doses of LSD in the middle of Montezuma Tuesday night. According to a report from the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública, the drugs were possibly thrown into the street after … Continue reading

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Health ministry says higher zika rate in 10 cantons

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff The health ministry has noticed that 10 cantons in Costa Rica have seen an increase in the rate of reported cases of zika virus. According to data provided by the Ministerio de Salud, there … Continue reading

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Demolition day begins for some local properties

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff Walls, pools, shacks and even houses are set for a massive demolition operation to be carried out by the Municipalidad de Carrillo, in the northeast area of Guanacaste. Some expats received quite a shock … Continue reading

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