Daily Archives: May 8, 2017

New agreement made to get Italian tourists

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff The Costa Rican tourism board and the Spanish airline Iberia have signed an agreement to increase the amount of Italian tourists coming to Costa Rica. To achieve this goal, the airline will improve the … Continue reading

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Spiders and snakes ideally admired from far, far away…

Let me state here and now and for the record I do not scream. When I found a snake on the deck, I calmly shouted: “Snake on deck. Snake on deck,” (non-poisonous) and waited to be joined by my husband. … Continue reading

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Nigerian president meets 82 girls kidnapped years ago

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari met Sunday with the 82 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped three years ago by Boko Haram extremists and released Saturday in Nigeria’s troubled northeast. Details of the girls’ path to freedom were not … Continue reading

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U.S. job market gets jump with drop in unemployment

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff The U.S. job market staged a rebound in April with employers, adding 211,000 workers to their payrolls and the unemployment rate fell to a 10-year low of 4.4 percent. April’s employment numbers are a big … Continue reading

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Islamic State leader killed following Afghanistan raid

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff The leader of Islamic State in Afghanistan has been killed in a joint raid in eastern Nangarhar province, Afghan and U.S. military officials confirmed Sunday. “Sheikh Abdul Hasib, the Emir of Islamic State of Iraq … Continue reading

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50,000 evacuated from city to defuse old, WWII bombs

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff More than 50,000 residents of the northern German city of Hannover have been asked to leave their homes, as authorities prepare to mount a large-scale operation to defuse World War II-era bombs. City officials say … Continue reading

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Volcano causes rumblings in southern Guatemala

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff A volcano in the south of Guatemala was spewing hot ash high into the sky Friday, threatening nearby villages, according to local authorities. Guatemala’s volcanic monitor, Insivumeh, said the Fuego volcano was spitting thick columns … Continue reading

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Macron claims victory in French election results

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff Voters in France have elected centrist Emmanuel Macron president, rejecting the anti-European Union, anti-immigrant policies of rival Marine Le Pen. With nearly all votes counted, France’s Interior Ministry put Macron’s lead at 66.06 percent, with … Continue reading

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Women march Saturday in protests against Maduro

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff Hundreds of women dressed in all white marched in Venezuela’s capital Saturday, continuing more than a month of demonstrations against President Nicolas Maduro. Saturday’s protesters, led by opposition leaders and lawmakers, marched to the Interior … Continue reading

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Lack of licensing not the largest issue in Costa Rican real estate

By the A.M Costa Rica staff There are a lot of problems with real estate in Costa Rica, but the lack of licensed agents is not a big one. The issue of licensing is in the news because the Cámara Costarricense … Continue reading

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Visual arts contest focuses on beautifying capital with urban design

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff The third edition of the visual arts contest has opened as part of the 2017 Festival Internacional de las Artes, according to the cultural ministry. Under the banner of “Es tiempo de transformar a … Continue reading

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2017 Festival Internacional expected to draw variety of artistic styles

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff Over 135 groups, composed of 1,500 artists, are expected to fill the capital for the Festival Internacional de las Artes beginning June 29. A 1.5 kilometer stretch of the city, from the Parque Nacional … Continue reading

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Bill calls to protect Criollo Limonense

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff At least 20 lawmakers have endorsed a bill that would insert into the Costa Rican Constitution Criollo Limonense as a protected language. The bill would require the state to support the survival of the … Continue reading

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Platina may be complete by mid-May

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff Those concrete slabs that were part of the last bit of work to finish the Alfredo González Flores bridge were laid out for the lanes heading toward Alajuela. The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y … Continue reading

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Two children killed in traffic accident

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff The Judicial Investigating Organization recovered the bodies of two minors, ages five and eight, Saturday afternoon in the Valle la Estrella. According to an initial report, the two deceased were run over by a … Continue reading

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Union prepares for fight against Caja

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff The country’s biggest union will not recognize any agreement that implies workers paying more money to the social security system as of June 1. This was confirmed to A.M. Costa Rica by Albino Vargas, … Continue reading

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New bill proposes a tax on some processed foods

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff A new bill in the legislature, backed by members of Frente Amplioo and the Partido Acción Ciudadana would impose an extra tax on Big Macs, McNuggets and other highly processed food. The purpose, the … Continue reading

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Viability of recycling tested in the waste industry

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff Marco Morales has been in the recycling business for 12 years. By selling 22 monthly containers of metal debris, used plastic products and loads of paper and cardboard, Morales has created a thriving family-run … Continue reading

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